Reading List: Asian History, Australian History, Linguistic History, and Memoir

Asian History

India before Europe by Cynthia Talbot and Catherine B. Asher

Shanghai: China’s Gateway to Modernity by Marie-Claire Bergère

The Age of Confucian Rule: The Song Transformation of China (History of Imperial China) by Dieter Kuhn

Port of Last Resort: The Diaspora Communities of Shanghai by Marcia Ristaino

The United States and China: Into the Twenty-first Century by Michael Schaller

Australian History

Aboriginal Australians: A History Since 1788 by Richard Broome

Lives of the Papunya Tula Artists by Vivien Johnson

Once Upon a Time in Papunya by Vivien Johnson

Genocide and Settler Society: Frontier Violence and Stolen Indigenous Children in Australian History (Studies in War and Genocide) edited by A. Dirk Moses

Language History

Our Marvelous Native Tongue: The Life and Times of the English Language by Robert Claiborne

Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold History of English by John McWhorter

Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World by Nicholas Ostler


The Alexiad (Penguin Classics) by Anna Comnena

How We Survived Communism & Even Laughed by Slevanka Drakulic

Defying Hitler: A Memoir by Sebastian Haffner

The Mitfords: Letters Between Six Sisters edited by Charlotte Mosley

The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Hatchepsut: The Female Pharaoh by Joyce A. Tyldesley

Reading List: Jewish History-Theory, Historiography and General Works, and Memoir


Gender and Jewish History (The Modern Jewish Experience) edited by Deborah Dash Moore and Marion A. Kaplan

The Changing Face of Anti-Semitism: From Ancient Times to the Present Day by Walter Laqueur

How Jewish is Jewish History? (Littman Library of Jewish Civilization) by Moshe Rosman

A Short History of the Jewish People: From Legendary Times to Modern Statehood by Raymond P. Scheindlin

Plumes: Ostrich Feathers, Jews, and a Lost World of Global Commerce by Sarah Stein

Zakhor: Jewish History and Jewish Memory (The Samuel and Althea Stroum Lectures in Jewish Studies) by Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi


Shanghai Diary: A Young Girl’s Journey from Hitler’s Hate to War-Torn China by Ursula Bacon

Shanghai Remembered…: Stories of Jews Who Escaped to Shanghai from Nazi Europe edited by Berl Falbaum

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

Once My Name Was Sara by I. Betty Grebenschikoff

Shanghai Refuge: A Memoir of the World War II Jewish Ghetto by Ernest G. Heppner by Ernest G. Heppner

Exodus to Shanghai: Stories of Escape from the Third Reich (Palgrave Studies in Oral History) edited by Steve Hochstadt

I Will Bear Witness: A Diary of the Nazi Years, 1933-1941 by Victor Klemperer

I Will Bear Witness 1942-1945: A Diary of the Nazi Years by Victor Klemperer

The Lesser Evil: The Diaries of Victor Klemperer 1945-59by Victor Klemperer

Survival In Auschwitz by Primo Levi

On Both Sides of the Wall: Memoirs from the Warsaw Ghetto by Vladka Meed

The Plough Woman: Records of the Pioneer Women of Palestine  A Critical Edition (The Tauber Institute Series for the Study of European Jewry) by Mark A. Raider

Ghetto Shanghai by Evelyn Pike Rubin

Hannah Senesh: Her Life and Diary, the First Complete Edition by Hannah Senesh

The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman


Night by Eli Weisel

Rememberings: The World of a Russian-Jewish Woman in the Nineteenth Century (Studies and Texts in Jewish History and Culture) translated by Henny Wenkart, edited by Bernard Cooperman, by Pauline Wengeroff