A post on the virtues of ‘pop history’


Hello team,

Just wanted to talk about some pop history I've been reading recently. Whilst they don't go as in depth as your more conventional academic texts I find I can tear through them at speed and they are a good way of covering lots of ground very quickly so I think they're great.

My favourite has to be Roger Crowley's Conquerors which is a wonderfully concise history on the early Portuguese explorers and is absolutely fascinating. His other books on Lepanto, the history of Venice and Constantinople are all also good.

I also really enjoy the programmes of Mary Beard on Rome and her book S.P.Q.R which was fascinating.

I am currently 4/5 of the way through Simon Winder's Danubia which is similar to his book Germania which is a surprisingly in depth, if slightly meandering, history of the Habsurg lands really (Germania is obviously about mostly the H.R.E area).

Couple of other note worthy mentions of books I have really enjoyed are the Pursuit of Italy, David Gilmour on the Risorgimento, Charles Spencer, To Catch a King, on Charles II, and Adrian Goldsworthy's Augustus, on the first Emperor and first Citizen.

Can highly recommend all.

Would love some further recommendations on pop history books from those who also have a secret love. Any topics welcome but my favourite is Early Modern

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