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HISTORY AND HISTORICAL FICTION

Chamberlain

This page represents a listing of books, articles, or websites, which I've found useful and/or interesting, in the process of performing research for novels or short stories, or simply indulging promiscuous curiosity.

As a consequence the reader will find a wide variety of topics covered or type of materials referenced . I make no representation as to its comprehensiveness of any given topic, and no apology for its seeming caprice. As a great football philosopher once said, 'it is what it is'.

America : From Colonies to Nation

Francis J. Bremer, The Puritan Experiment

Vaughan and Bremer, ed., Puritan New England : Essays on Religion, Society, and Culture

Edmund S. Morgan, The Puritan Family

David E. Stoddard, The Puritan Way of Death : A Study in Religion, Culture, and Social Change (1977)

David Freeman Hawke, Everyday Life in Early America

Shirley Glubek, Home and Child Life in Colonial Days (Abridgement of Alice Morse Earle's Home Life in Colonial Days and Child Life in Colonial Days)

Ann Leighton, Early American Gardens

Ledlie Irwin Laughlin, Pewter in America : Its Makers and Their Marks

Richard Warch, School of the Prophets : Yale College 1701-1740

Thomas S. Kidd, The Great Awakening : The Roots of Evangelical Christianity in Colonial America

William W. Sweet, The Story of Religion in America

Smith, Handy, and Loetscher, American Christiantiy : An Historical Interpretation with Representative Documents ( see esp. Perry Miller, "The Marrow of Puritan Divinity" pp.45 ff)

David Freeman Hawke, The Colonial Experience

David Horowitz, The First Frontier : The Indian Wars and America's Indians 1607-1776

William Cronon : Changes in the Land : Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England

Schultz and Targias, King Philips' War

H. B. Parkes, "New England in the Seventeen-Thirties", New England Quarterly, Vol 3, No. 3 pp.397-419

William D. Andrews, "The Literature of the 1727 Earthquake", Early American Literature, Vol. 7, No. 3, pp.281 ff.

Robert Middlekauff, The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution, 1763-1789 

America : The Antebellum Period

Daneil Walker Howe, What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848 

Lawrence Lader,  The Bold Brahmins : New England's War against Slavery (1961)

Wilber H. Seibert, " The Underground Railway in Massachusetts ", New England Quarterly, Vol. 9, No. 3, pp. 447-467

Green Grow the Lilacs - Marching Song of the U.S. Army - 'Los Gringos' - during the Mexican War

America : The War Between the States

If you have time for only one book on the Civil War, it should be James McPherson's Battle Cry of Freedom.

For a discursive, narrative history of the conflict, I would be hard-pressed not to recommend Shelby Foote's The Civil War : A Narrative (3 vols.)

Jennifer L Weber,  Copperheads : The Rise and Fall of Lincoln's Opponents in the North (2006)

Alice Rains Trulock,  In the Hands of Providence : : Joshua L. Chamberlain and the American Civil War

Excerpts from James McPherson's Works

Video Compilation : Shelby Foote, Author of the three-volume narrative history of the Civil War, from Ken Burn's PBS Series

National Park Service Virtual Tour : Joshua Chamberlain and the 20th Maine at Little Round Top, Gettysburg

Ashokan Farewell - Theme from PBS' Civil War Series

Marching Through Georgia

Bonnie Blue Flag 

The Battle Cry of Freedom

The Rose of Alabamy



Boston : The Hub of the Universe

Douglas Shand-Tucci, The Art of Scandal : The Life and Times of Isabella Stewart Gardner

Stanley Olson, John Singer Sargent
The Wild West

David Dary, Cowboy Culture

Ancient History 

Fifth Century B.C. Athens


Donald Kagan, The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War

Donald Kagan, The Archidamian War

G. M de Ste. Croix, The Origins of the Peloponnesian War

Victor Davis Hanson, The Other Greeks : The Family Farm and the Agrarian Roots of Western Civilization

Victor Davis Hanson, A War Like No Other: How the Athenians and Spartans Fought the Peloponnesian War


Alexander the Great


Who was Alexander ? Was he Tarn's English Gentleman, Fox's warrior-mystic, Badian's brilliant and ruthless warrior-prince who pretended godhood and married less for passion than policy ? My personal bias is toward Badian--it's the unromantic in me--but the other interpretations offer reasonable alternatives.

N. G. L. Hammond, A History of Macedonia (3 vols)

J. F. C Fuller, The Generalship of Alexander the Great

Robin Lane Fox, Alexander the Great

Donald Engels, Alexander the Great and the Logistics of the Macedonian Army

W.W. Tarn, Alexander the Great. Vol. I, Narrative; Vol. II, Sources and Studies.

Anything by Ernst Badian, also known for his studies of Roman History.


History of Germany

A. J. P. Taylor,The Course of German History : A Survey of the Development of Germany since 1815

Gordon Craig, Germany 1966-1945

Gordon Craig, The Germans

Steven Ozment, A Mighty Fortress : A New History of the German People

Blackbourn and Eley, The Pecularities of German History : Bourgeois Society and Politics in 19th Century Germany

Eda Sagarra, Tradition and Revolution : German Literature and Society, 1830-1890

James J. Sheehan, German Liberalism in the 19th Century

Thomas Nipperdey, Germany from Napoleon to Bismarck


Napoleon - Bibliographies and Resources.

Bilbiography of Napoleonic War Bibliographies

Literature on the Age of Napoleon

History Guide - Napoleon Resources

The International Napoleonic Society

Napoleonic War Re-enactors

95th Rifles Re-enactors Site

Rifle Brigade Wikipedia Article 



Historical Fiction 


Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe Novels

Author Bernard Cornwell's Site 

OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY - Video

OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY - Video 2

OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY - Lyrics