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Old October 26th, 2012, 10:46 PM   #21

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I like Joyce Tildsley's books on ancient Egypt, and Barbara Watterson.

On the classical world, Sarah B. Pomeroy and Sue Blundell.

I like the books of Frances and Joseph Gies on medieval life, and the works of Regine Pernoud. Medieval Women by Eileen Power was the book that first got me interested in medieval times.

On the Tudors, I enjoy Alison Plowden, Alison Weir, Alison Sim, and David Loades

I find the historical biographies of Joan Haslip, Antonina Fraser,and Chirstopher Hibbert very interesting.
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Old October 27th, 2012, 06:22 AM   #22

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Peter Brown in on my list.
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Old October 27th, 2012, 02:28 PM   #23
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Marc Bloch back during the interwar period, along with Lucien Febvre, represented the apex of the "historical greatness" for me personally.

Richard Cobb, Robert Darnton, David Bien, William Doyle, Timothy Tackett and C. V. Wedgwood all stand out as well.
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Old November 9th, 2012, 02:54 PM   #24

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War by Time Table is a masterpiece.
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Old November 9th, 2012, 03:17 PM   #25
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In no particular order our Gile na Gile, Guaporense, Salah and Markdienekes, among others.
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Old November 9th, 2012, 04:19 PM   #26

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Richard Saller,
Suzanne Dixon,
John Crook,
Marc Bloch,
Henry Pirenne,
Marko Šunjić,
Salmedin Mesihović,
Nicolas Grimal
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Old November 10th, 2012, 12:29 PM   #27
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On the Tudors, I enjoy Alison Plowden, Alison Weir, Alison Sim, and David Loades

Alison Weir is awesome!
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Old November 27th, 2012, 02:48 PM   #28
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Not a historian as such (he's a journalist by trade) but as somebody with a keen interest in railway history I've enjoyed reading Christian Wolmer's work.
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Old November 27th, 2012, 03:00 PM   #29
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Claude Cahen kicks a particularly large amount of asses, along with Michael Kulikowski, David Abulafia, Thomas Philipp, Halil Inalcik and Bruce Trigger part-time.
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Old November 27th, 2012, 03:17 PM   #30

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I should probably say Edvard Holm (1833-1915). He was a Danish historian that wrote the work on Danish history in the 18th century. All 15 volumes, although he didn't quite finish it, he had planned at least 3 or 4 volumes more. Even though most of it was written more than a century ago, it is still the standard work on the period, and there really wasn't any source be it in archives or in libraries that he hadn't gone through. Luckily he was a positivist, so he does provide good reasoning for his conclusions and relatively good citations, and stick to plain old interpretation of sources without any special theories except his own prejudices to taint his work. But he is also dreadfully boring, without any kind of sense of how to write interesting prose. So even though I constantly have the need to look something up in one of his books, I don't think I will choose him after all.

When I think of a historian that inspired me and really made me look at history in a new perspective I think of someone like Robert Darnton. It was not him that made me interested in history, I have always been that, nor interested in the 18th century, but he did made me realise that history is much more than what I previously thought was history, and that all those little details and interesting tidbits I myself had learned through my interest in antiquarian books could actually be turned into something useful, and he showed me how. And of course last but certainly not least he writes an excellent prose and is never boring. An important point for an historian.
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