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LostYonder wrote

Howard Zinn would certainly be towards the top of any list. I would add, though probably not a usual consideration, Orlando Patterson's Slavery and Social Death. Though it has morphed over the years, much of the work of the early Subaltern Studies collective coming out of India is particularly important (once many of them moved to the US their scholarship went different directions though hanging on to the undercurrent of critical studies). Ranajit Guha's Elementary Aspects of Peasant Insurgency in Colonial India is good place to start. E.P. Thompson would also be significant for tracing out the disruptions of liberal modernity in British history.

Most obvious would probably be David Graeber's work, such as his study on the history of Debt. Though critical of Graeber and anarchist movement, David Harvey's work is extremely important to engage, particularly in the ways modernity disrupts historical, non-state, modes of politics and community. In that line, though not a historian, James Scott on tactics of resistance and his critique of the modern state and its making would also be insightful. I would add Paul Willis's Learning to Labour to such a list as well.

There are a number of significant studies in Latin America and Africa but am less familiar with them particularly studies on informality, peasant movements, and destructive effects of western imperialism.

I am sure there are others that I'm overlooking and would also be quite curious of suggestions from others.


mofongo wrote

The black jacobins: toussaint louvertoure and the revolution of San Domingo by LR James.


wild_liger wrote

Settlers: The Mythology of the White Proletariat
The Racial Contract
Caliban and the Witch


noordinaryspider wrote (edited )

Lies My Teacher Told me is right up there with Zinn if I'm tutoring a USAmerican that didn't come out of what's in my underpants or if some judge thought somebody else would be better for them than their own flesh and blood:

If you're talking about a teen/young adult who isn't financially dependent on the empire, I think it would make a perfectly acceptable spine for US History 101 for a junior high/high school level student with access to a reasonable public or private library, adequate time to research, and enough food security and shelter.

You could spend a lot more money for a lot less education.

Might be too scary for under-puberty folks. I'd just suggest world history or some quality, age-appropriate USAmerican literature instead.


Fossidarity wrote

Do they have to be books about history or just old books?


videl wrote

Personally, I'm hoping to discover some books about history. Preferably, some ancient history.


noordinaryspider wrote

Glad I could help and feel free to ask me any other questions you might have about the 20th century.

/sarcasm.....sorta....kinda.....well, laughing is always better than crying anyway.

Great thread, videl, and I've been noticing you asking other good questions too even if I haven't had time to answer them yet.