Flandrin, Jean-Louis, and Massimo Montanari, eds. Food: A Culinary History (Penguin Putnam, Inc:
New York) 1999.
From pre-history and early civilizations to the present, the editors of this volume call upon scholarly works to describe the eating habits of the Mediterranean world and Europe.
Goldman, Wendy Z. Women, the State and Revolution: Soviet Family Policy and Social Life, 1917-1936
(New York: Cambridge University Press) 1995.
From the Bolshevik Revolution to the Stalinist state, Goldman traces the freedom of women and the freeing of love to “socialized child-rearing” and debates about women’s status in the post-Revolutionary Soviet Union; an eye-opening and exciting book.
Gould, Stephen Jay. The Mismeasure of Man (New York: W.W. Norton) 1981.
Using the Introduction and first chapter, “American Polygeny and Craniometry before Darwin,” the teacher can get a good background on the experiments and theories of Louis Agassiz and Samuel G. Morton, and on how Morton’s experiments were unwittingly fudged in concluding a racial ranking of superior and inferior brains. These studies fueled racialist thinking in the 19th century, since science is assumed to be “objective.”
Gousset, Marie-Therese, ed. Le Livre des Merveilles du Monde: Marco Polo (Paris: Bibliotheque de
In French, with an introduction, here are the images and text of Marco Polo’s journey to China, as they emerged over a period of years during which they underwent various alterations and innovations by several artists. The text reveals Polo’s observations of the “Orient,” but the paintings reflect French art of the early 15th century.
Imrie, Robert. “Slave bones date to 1500s in Mexico,” in The Capital Times (Madison, WI) January 31,
An Associated Press article reporting on the recent findings of an archaeological dig by UW Professor T. Douglas Price. The findings suggest that “African slaves were….mostly young to middle-aged men and they date between the late 1500s and the mid-1600s….”
Johnson, David and Anne Wohlcke. “Building the State: Architecture and Government in the 17th
century, 1661-1715,” in HOT Lessons in U.S. and World History. Produced by The Regents of the
University of California. 2005. CD-Rom.
A superb selection of documents for student analysis covering a wide range of topics, several of which are pertinent to the study of world history.
Kohlmeier, Jada. “Reading Guide for Historical Documents,” Social Education. November/December
A visual/mapping explanation for students on how to interpret a primary source document. Some good examples and lesson plans in the article.
Lincoln, Louise, ed. German Realism of the Twenties: The Artist as Social Critic (Minneapolis, MN: The
Minneapolis Institute of Arts) 1980.
Color and black and white works of art by Otto Dix, George Grosz, and Kathe Kollwitz and other important realist artists are shown and explained in the context of of post-World War I Germany.
Text and images of New Deal Public Art help explain the early 20th century constructions of masculinity and femininity as reactions to modernization and war.
Mendes-Flohr, Paul & Jehuda Reinharz. The Jew in the Modern World: A Documentary History (New
York: Oxford University Press) 1995.
Focused largely on German and Central European history from 17thcentury to the present, these documents tell the experience of European Jews as the “sought integration in the cultural, economic, and political life of modern society” and the resistance they encountered in that process. An outstanding collection.
Mosse, George L. The Image of Man: The Creation of Modern Masculinity (New York: Oxford University Press) 1996.
A thorough examination of the standards set for warrior nations in determining norms of manhood. Well-documented analysis, by the highly revered (now deceased) Professor of History, UW-Madison, this book “reveals how the new bourgeoisie, faced with a bewildering, rapidly industrialized work, latched onto the knightly ideal of chivalry…and…created a soldierly man as an ideal type.”
Mosse, George L. Fallen Soldiers: Reshaping the Memory of the World Wars (New York: Oxford University Press) 1990.
Historian George Mosse details how the experiences of war are remade in the period following the war, constructing the “Myth of the War Experience” through images and monuments in particular. A very useful book in helping teachers analyze the built environment and understand the various representations of nationalism in early 20th century Europe.
(n.a.) National Standards for World History: Exploring Paths to the Present (National Center for History in
the Schools: University of California: Los Angeles) 1996.
An incredibly valuable source for designing curriculum. Historical thinking outlined, rationale for teaching given eras is explained, standards are content-specific, and dozens of suggested activities provided as springboards to creative lesson planning.
Niethammer, Carolyn. Daughters of the Earth (New York: Macmillan Publishing Co.) 1977.
The book covers customs across the North American continent from birth, through courtship and marriage, to economic, military, and religious experiences. The author makes an effort to show both similarities and differences in roles and expectations for women across the many nations of the continent. More anthropology than history, this book is an important foundation for understanding North American indigenous peoples’ cultural practices before the arrival of the European.
Norton, Marcy. “Conquests of Chocolate,” OAH Magazine of History. April 2004, 14-17.
An historical account of Europeans’ first encounters with chocolate, how it was used in the Americas prior to European contact. Very readable article for students or teacher reference.
Stearns, Peter N., ed. World History in Documents: A Comparative Reader (New York University Press:
New York) 1998.
Historical documents in comparative contexts, with introductions and follow-up questions for students.
Vigne, Daniel, producer, director, author. Le Retour de Martin Guerre. 122 min., 1982.
Film set in 16th century southern France, follows the story of a peasant named Martin Guerre who disappears from his village and the court case that ensues when two different men appear claiming to be Guerre. The film, like the book that followed it, gives an excellent view of social history in this period.
Von Eckardt, Wolf and Sander L. Gilman. Bertolt Brecht’s Berlin: A Scrapbook of the Twenties (Lincoln,
NE: University of Nebraska Press) 1975.
How did World War I affect the German nation and people? Bertolt Brecht was but one of the artists whose work expressed the despair of the 1920s. Through an examination of popular culture from art to film to youth and sports, the authors paint a picture that leads directly to fascism.
Wiesner, Merry E., et. al. Discovering the Global Past: A Look at the Evidence Vol. 1 & 2 (3rd Edition)
(Houghton Mifflin: New York) 2007.
From 3100 BCE to the present, these volumes are organized by chapters covering important historical events. Each chapter contains background information, setting up the “problem” and explaining how to gather the evidence for a set of historical documents provided within the chapter. Follow-up questions and an epilog conclude each chapter. A marvelously diverse set of documents is found in each chapter. Background information is succinct and clear. Questions are stimulating.
Wilkinson, Philip. Eyewitness Islam. (DK Publishing, Inc.: London) 2005.
Very appealing overview of Early Arabia through the beginnings of Islam with many colorful images and descriptions of aspects of Islamic life from Turkey to China. Comparable to other “Eyewitness” books.
[n.a.] World History Unfolding: A MindSparks DBQ & Essay Writing Program, World History: 1500-the Present (Highsmith: Fort Atkinson, WI) 2002.
A handy set of well-organized primary source workbooks for student use, with many exercises in each lesson to help students learn how to evaluate and interpret sources.
Zemon Davis, Natalie. The Return of Martin Guerre (Harvard University Press: Cambridge, MA) 1983.
Professor Davis interpreted the life of Martin Guerre from the primary source document, Arrest Memorable written by the French judge who oversaw the case in 1560. A very brief, but exceptionally useful look into the life of 16th century French peasants.