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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.

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.
Author(s): Schwartz Cowan, Ruth, Matthew H. Hersch

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.
Author(s): Patricia Buckley Ebrey , Anne Walthall, et al.

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.
Author(s): Walter I. Trattner

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.
Author(s): Martin A. Lee

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.
Author(s): Martin A. Lee, Bruce Shlain

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.

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.
Author(s): D. Brendan Nagle, Stanley M. Burstein

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

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Author(s): Paul Friedlander

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.
Author(s): James G. Leyburn

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.
Author(s): Michael Schudson

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.
Author(s): Jo-Ann Shelton

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.
Author(s): John Bush Jones

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.
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 Library 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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