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Best Social History Books: The Ultimate Collection

Our list of some of the best Social History books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.

1. Domestic Revolutions: A Social History Of American Family Life (1989)

 Best Social History Books: The Ultimate CollectionThe American family has undergone a series of transformations from its socially sanctified role as the center of society to today’s private, independent unit. The authors explain just how the family has adapted and endured these changes. #496,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #766 in Sociology of Marriage & Family (Books) #1879 in Sociology (Books) #2750 in United States History (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Steven Mintz, Susan Kellogg

2. A Social History of American Technology (2017)

 Best Social History Books: The Ultimate CollectionA Social History of American Technology, Second Edition, tells the story of American technology from the tools used by its earliest inhabitants to the technological systems cars and computers, aircraft and antibiotics that we are familiar with today. Ruth Schwartz Cowan and Matthew H. Hersch demonstrate how technological change has always been closely related to social and economic development, and examine the important mutual relationships between social history and technological change. They explain how the unique characteristics of American cultures and American geography have affected the technologies that have been invented,…
Author(s): Schwartz Cowan, Ruth, Matthew H. Hersch

3. Pre-Modern East Asia: A Cultural, Social, and Political History, Volume I: To 1800 (2008)

 Best Social History Books: The Ultimate CollectionDesigned for the East Asian history course, this text features the latest scholarship on the region’s cultural, political, economic, and intellectual history. Coverage is balanced among East Asian countries, with approximately 20 percent of the text focused on Korea, an area that has become increasingly important in world politics. Special attention is devoted to gender and material culture, and themes are reinforced through the text’s pedagogical features. Full color inserts on topics such as food, clothing, and art objects illustrate the rich…
Author(s): Patricia Buckley Ebrey , Anne Walthall, et al.

4. From Poor Law to Welfare State, 6th Edition: A History of Social Welfare in America (1998)

 Best Social History Books: The Ultimate CollectionOver twenty-five years and through five editions, Walter I. Trattner’s From Poor Law to Welfare State has served as the standard text on the history of welfare policy in the United States. The only comprehensive account of American social welfare history from the colonial era to the present, the new sixth edition has been updated to include the latest developments in our society as well as trends in social welfare.Trattner provides in-depth examination of developments in child welfare, public health, and the evolution of social work as a profession, showing how all these changes affected…
Author(s): Walter I. Trattner

5. Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana – Medical, Recreational and Scientific (2013)

 Best Social History Books: The Ultimate CollectionThis is the great American pot story, a dramatic social exploration of a plant that sits at the nexus of political, legal, medical, and scientific discourse. From its ancient origins, to its cutting-edge therapeutic benefits, to its role in a culture war that has never ceased, marijuana has evolved beyond its own illicit subculture into a dynamic, multibillion-dollar industry. Since 1996, when California voters approved Proposition 215, dozens of state and local governments across the country have circumvented federal authority to legalize marijuana for medical purposes. Mining the plant’s…
Author(s): Martin A. Lee

6. Acid Dreams: The Complete Social History of LSD: The CIA, the Sixties, and Beyond (1994)

 Best Social History Books: The Ultimate CollectionFew events have had a more profound impact on the social and cultural upheavals of the Sixties than the psychedelic revolution spawned by the spread of LSD. This book for the first time tells the full and astounding story—part of it hidden till now in secret Government files—of the role the mind-altering drug played in our recent turbulent history and the continuing influence it has on our time.And what a story it is, beginning with LSD’s discovery in 1943 as the most potent drug known to science until it spilled into public view some twenty years later to set the stage for one of the great…
Author(s): Martin A. Lee, Bruce Shlain

7. Education And Social Change: Contours In The History Of American Schooling, 4Th Edn (2014)

 Best Social History Books: The Ultimate CollectionYour recently viewed items and featured recommendations › View or edit your browsing history After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. #2,323,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Rury John L.

8. The Ancient World: Readings in Social and Cultural History (2009)

 Best Social History Books: The Ultimate CollectionFor courses in Ancient History (Ancient Near East – Egypt/Mesopotamia), Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome. This collection of primary sources focusing on the social and cultural history of the Ancient Near East, Greece, and Rome is designed to encourage students to examine issues pertaining to a broad range of themes through the analysis of relevant ancient literary and non-literary texts. Covering a wide variety of social and cultural concerns€”-ranging from marriage, family, war, and religion, to political culture, slavery, and entertainment€”-the texts are arranged thematically within a general chronological…
Author(s): D. Brendan Nagle, Stanley M. Burstein

9. Rock And Roll: A Social History by Paul Friedlander (1996-01-11) (1715)

 Best Social History Books: The Ultimate CollectionYour recently viewed items and featured recommendations › View or edit your browsing history After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. #1,137,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Paul Friedlander

10. The Scotch-Irish: A Social History (1989)

 Best Social History Books: The Ultimate CollectionDispelling much of what he terms the ‘mythology’ of the Scotch-Irish, James Leyburn provides an absorbing account of their heritage. He discusses their life in Scotland, when the essentials of their character and culture were shaped; their removal to Northern Ireland and the action of their residence in that region upon their outlook on life; and their successive migrations to America, where they settled especially in the back-country of Pennsylvania, Virginia, the Carolinas, and Georgia, and then after the Revolutionary War were in the van of pioneers to the…
Author(s): James G. Leyburn

11. Discovering The News: A Social History Of American Newspapers (1981)

 Best Social History Books: The Ultimate CollectionThis instructive and entertaining social history of American newspapers shows that the very idea of impartial, objective “news” was the social product of the democratization of political, economic, and social life in the nineteenth century. Professor Schudson analyzes the shifts in reportorial style over the years and explains why the belief among journalists and readers alike that newspapers must be objective still lives on. #699,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #315 in Journalism #2851 in Sociology (Books) #1145 in Journalism Writing Reference (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller…
Author(s): Michael Schudson

12. As the Romans Did: A Sourcebook in Roman Social History, 2nd Edition (1998)

 Best Social History Books: The Ultimate CollectionRevised to include new selections and updated bibliographical material, the second edition of this popular sourcebook offers a rich, revealing look at everyday Roman life. It provides clear, lively translations of a fascinating array of documents drawn from Latin and Greek source material–from personal letters, farming manuals, medical texts, and recipes to poetry, graffiti, and tombstone inscriptions. Each selection has been translated into readable, contemporary English. This edition includes more than 50 additional selections that introduce new topics and expand coverage of…
Author(s): Jo-Ann Shelton

13. Our Musicals, Ourselves: A Social History of the American Musical Theatre (2004)

 Best Social History Books: The Ultimate CollectionOur Musicals, Ourselves is the first full-scale social history of the American musical theater from the imported Gilbert and Sullivan comic operas of the late nineteenth century to such recent musicals as The Producers and Urinetown. While many aficionados of the Broadway musical associate it with wonderful, diversionary shows like The Music Man or My Fair Lady, John Bush Jones instead selects musicals for their social relevance and the extent to which they engage, directly or metaphorically, contemporary politics and culture. Organized chronologically, with some liberties taken to keep together similarly…
Author(s): John Bush Jones

14. Ancient Greece: A Political, Social, and Cultural History (2017)

 Best Social History Books: The Ultimate CollectionRevised and updated throughout, the fourth edition of Ancient Greece presents the political, social, cultural, and economic history and civilization of ancient Greece in all its complexity and variety. Written by six leading authorities on the classical world, this captivating study covers the entire period from the Bronze Age through the Hellenistic Era.FEATURES* Uniquely in-depth coverage of social and cultural topics including women and family life, material culture, religion, law, homosexuality, slavery, athletics, and life in the countryside* Excerpts…
Author(s): Sarah B. Pomeroy , Stanley M. Burstein, et al.

Best Social History Books: The Ultimate Collection

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some social history books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

The role of providence in the social order : an essay in intellectual history

Author(s): Jacob Viner
ID: 2292375, Publisher: Princeton University Press, Year: [2016] 1972, Size: 4 Mb, Format: pdf

The Pariah problem : caste, religion, and the social in modern India

Author(s): Rupa Viswanath.
ID: 1308141, Publisher: Columbia University Press, Year: [2014], Size: 17 Mb, Format: epub

The Hidden Lives of Tudor Women: A Social History

Author(s): Elizabeth Norton
ID: 1708128, Publisher: Pegasus Books, Year: July 2017, Size: 20 Mb, Format: epub

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are truly best-sellers according to USA Today, others are written by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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