History teacher subject knowledge reading list

One Big History Department blog post

By HA Secondary Committee, published 28th February 2020

Reading list with reviews

Subject knowledge updating is enjoyable and a huge challenge in a busy teacher's life.

There are fantastic initiatives (such as The History Teachers’ Book Club) which make this process more collegiate. And some historians are incredibly generous with their time and engage with history teachers on social media and at conferences. Nevertheless, there can’t be many of us who look back and don’t get a bit embarrassed about what we used to say about topics that we would never say now we know more. It’s a career-long challenge!

Something a number of colleagues have asked for is a list of reading, roughly by topic, with a review attached. As the HA Secondary Committee we’ve started putting a list together – see attachment at the bottom of the page, plus a link to the live, regularly-updated document on OneDrive (NB link requires Microsoft account). It’s just a start, but the idea is to have useful, accessible books with a quality review in one easy-to-access list. Please help us make it better by sending in suggestions for us to add via @histassoc or enquiries@history.org.uk.

This post originally appeared on the One Big History Department blog.