AP European History
|A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599||James Shapiro||1599 was an epochal year for Shakespeare and England. Shakespeare wrote four of his most famous plays: Henry the Fifth, Julius Caesar, As You Like It, and, most remarkably, Hamlet; Elizabethans sent off an army to crush an Irish rebellion, weathered an Armada threat from Spain, gambled on a fledgling East India Company, and waited to see who would succeed their aging and childless queen.|
|The Black Death and the Dancing Mania||J. F. C. Hecker||By the German author and professor, now regarded as the founder of historical pathology. This is a detailed, absorbing and fascinating account of the 'Black Plague" in Europe and the Dancing Mania in Italy, Germany and Abyssinia.|
|Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture||Ross King||
By all accounts, Filippo Brunelleschi, goldsmith and clockmaker, was an unkempt, cantankerous, and suspicious man-even by the generous standards according to which artists were judged in fifteenth-century Florence. He also designed and erected a dome over the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore-a feat of architectural daring that we continue to marvel at today-thus securing himself a place among the most formidable geniuses of the Renaissance.
|Galileo's Daughter: A istorical Memoir of Science, Faith and Love||Dava Sobel||The son of a musician, Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) tried at first to enter a monastery before engaging the skills that made him the foremost scientist of his day. Though he never left Italy, his inventions and discoveries were heralded around the world.|
|Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther||Roland H. Bainton||A biography of the German monk whose protest against some of the doctrines of the Catholic Church led to the Protestant Reformation.|
|The Little Ice Age: How Climate Made History 1300-1850||Brian Fagan||The Little Ice Age tells the story of the turbulent, unpredictable, and often very cold years of modern European history, how this altered climate affected historical events, and what it means for today's global warming.|
|Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time||Dava Sobel||Anyone alive in the eighteenth century would have known that "the longitude problem" was the thorniest scientific dilemma of the day―and had been for centuries. Lacking the ability to measure their longitude, sailors throughout the great ages of exploration had been literally lost at sea as soon as they lost sight of land. Thousands of lives and the increasing fortunes of nations hung on a resolution. One man, John Harrison, in complete opposition to the scientific community, dared to imagine a mechanical solution―a clock that would keep precise time at sea, something no clock had ever been able to do on land.|
|Out of the Flames: The Remarkable Story of a Fearless Scholar, Fatal Heresy, and One of the Rarest Books in the World||Lawrence Goldstone||
Michael Servetus is one of those hidden figureheads of history who is remembered not for his name, but for the revolutionary deeds that stand in his place. Both a scientist and a freethinking theologian, Servetus is credited with the discovery of pulmonary circulation in the human body as well as the authorship of a polemical masterpiece that cost him his life.
|Over the edge of the world : Magellan's terrifying circumnavigation of the globe||Laurence Bergreen||
Prize-winning biographer and journalist Laurence Bergreen entwines a variety of candid, firsthand accounts, bringing to life this groundbreaking and majestic tale of discovery that changed both the way explorers would henceforth navigate the oceans and history itself.
|Plagues and Peoples||William H. McNeill||A radically new interpretation of world history as seen through the extraordinary impact--political, demographic, ecological, and psychological--of disease on cultures. From the conquest of Mexico by smallpox as much as by the Spanish, to the bubonic plague in China, to the typhoid epidemic in Europe, the history of disease is the history of humankind|
|Spice: The History of a Temptation||Jack Turner||The spice trade told not in the conventional narrative of politics and economics, nor of conquest and colonization, but through the intimate human impulses that inspired and drove it.|
|Tulipomania: The Story of the World's Most Coveted Flower and the Extraordinary Passions It Aroused||Mike Dash||A history of the tulip, from its origins in central Asia, to its place as the most coveted commodity in Europe; telling the story of the flower and some of the colorful characters whose lives were entwined with it.|
|Updated July 2017|