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World History

The World History Book Group meets the second Monday of every month at 6:00 p.m. in the Coolidge Seminar Room (1G), unless otherwise specified. Titles are democratically selected, with an emphasis on recent publications.

2018 Schedule

  • Jan. 8: David Armitage, Civil Wars
  • Feb. 12: Walter Isaacson, Leonardo Da Vinci, chapters 1–17
  • Mar. 12: Walter Isaacson, Leonardo Da Vinci, chapters 18–end
  • Apr. 9: Neil McGregor, Germany
  • May 14: Jan Jarboe Russell, The Train to Crystal City
  • Jun. 11: Niall Ferguson, The Square and the Tower: Networks and Power, Freemasons to Facebook
  • Jul. 9: Richard White, The Republic for Which It Stands: The US During Reconstruction and the Gilded Age  (first half)
  • Aug. 13: Richard White, The Republic for Which It Stands: The US During Reconstruction and the Gilded Age (complete book)
  • Sep. 10: Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens
  • Oct. 8: "Histories of Herodotus," translated by George Rawlinson (though for this discussion any translation will be fine)
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  • World History Discussion Group Past Readings