rhodeislander Posted August 4, 2013 Share Posted August 4, 2013 Hey guys, so first off, apologies for what will surely come off as an uber-noob post. I usually post over on the government affairs forum, but I've migrated over to the history forum to ask for some advice. I've always thought about going for a PhD in history. I majored in European history as an undergrad, and even though I've since moved away from history toward international relations and Asian Studies, the idea has always remained in the back of my head. I was mainly deterred as an undergrad by the dismal job market and by my adviser, a rather embittered medievalist who had just been denied tenure because she generally terrified everyone. While I'm aware that the job market for Europeanists remains moribund, I would like to at least explore the prospect. While my research interests are still very nebulous, I am very interested in basically anything having to do with Christianity in daily life: monasticism, local saints/cults/myths, popular heretical movements, etc. I would also be interested in trying to find some way to perhaps incorporate all those Chinese language skills I've built up, maybe researching trade and cultural exchange between Europe and the Far East in the high middle ages (limited though it was). Anyway! I'd like to know if anyone out there can recommend some books for me to read this year that might help me decide if taking the plunge into a PhD is right for me. Either key books about Medieval history that every aspiring Medievalist should be familiar with, or books about the historical discipline in general that every PhD student should read. Basically, I'd like to read some of the key books of the discipline, to both get caught up on current trends and theories as well as figure out whether or not this is something I love enough to devote the rest of my life to. So if anyone out there can recommend some books to get me started, I would be much obliged. Thanks! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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