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Below is a list of books by classic historians and authors who have shaped how we understand the past. Compiled by Mark D. Bowles, Professor of History at American Military University, these are free digital books that represent the heart of the historical cannon. The above image is a 2nd century fragment of a Herodotus manuscript.

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HOMER:

(C. 7TH CENTURY BCE)

1911 Britannica Encyclopedia Entry

The Iliad

HESIOD:  

(C. 750 - 650 BCE)

1911 Britannica Encyclopedia Entry

The Epics of Hesiod

SAPPHO:  

(C. 7TH - 6TH BCE)

1911 Britannica Encyclopedia Entry

The Poems of Sappho

ÆSCHYLUS:  

(525 - 456 BCE)

1911 Britannica Encyclopedia Entry

The Prometheus Bound of Æschylus

SOPHOCLES:

(495 - 406 BCE)

1911 Britannica Encyclopedia Entry

The Oedipus Tyrannus of Sophocles

HERODOTUS:

(c. 484 - 425 BCE)

1911 Britannica Encyclopedia Entry  

The Histories of Herodotus

EURIPIDES:

 (480-406 BCE)

1911 Britannica Encyclopedia Entry  

Electra...

THUCYDIDES:

(c. 460 - 395 BCE)

1911 Britannica Encyclopedia Entry

History of the Peloponnesian War

ARISTOPHANES:

(448 - 385 BCE)

1911 Britannica Encyclopedia Entry

Clouds

XENOPHON:

(c. 430 - 354 BCE)

1911 Britannica Encyclopedia Entry

The Anabasis of Xenophon

PLATO:

(427- 347 BCE)

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Entry

The Republic

ARISTOTLE:

 (384 - 322 BCE)

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Entry

The Nicomachean Ethics

POLYBIUS:

(c. 200 - 118 BCE)

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Entry

The Histories

MARCUS TULLIUS CICERO:

 (106 - 43 BCE)

1911 Britannica Encyclopedia Entry

Eleven Orations of Cicero

VIRGIL:

(b. 70 BCE)

1911 Britannica Encyclopedia Entry

The Aeneid

LIVY:

(59 BCE - 17 CE)

1911 Britannica Encyclopedia Entry

Roman History

FLAVIUS JOSEPHUS:

 (3 -100)

1911 Britannica Encyclopedia Entry

The Works of Flavius Josephus

TACITUS:

 (56 - 117)

Britannica Online Entry

The Histories

PTOLEMY:

 (c. 90 - c. 168)

1911 Britannica Encyclopedia Entry

Ancient India

ORIGEN:

 (185-254)

1911 Britannica Encyclopedia Entry 

The Writings of Origen

EUSEBIUS:

 (263-339)

1911 Britannica Encyclopedia Entry

The Ecclesiastical History of Eusebius

SAINT JEROME:

 (347-420)

1911 Britannica Encyclopedia Entry

Being the Histories and Sayings of the Monks

SAINT AUGUSTINE:

 (354-430)

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Entry

The Confessions of Saint Augustine

ISIDORE OF SEVILLE:

 (560-636)

Catholic Encyclopedia Entry

Etymologies: Complete English Translation

SAINT BEDE:

 (672-735)

1911 Britannica Encyclopedia Entry

Ecclesiastical History of England

EINHARD:

 (775-840)

1911 Britannica Encyclopedia Entry

Early Lives of Charlemagne

JOHN ASSER:

 (c. 850-909)

1911 Britannica Encyclopedia Entry

Life of King Alfred

WILLIAM OF MALMESBURY: (1095-1143)

1911 Britannica Encyclopedia Entry

Chronicle of the Kings of England

GEOFFREY OF MONMOUTH: (1100-1155)

1911 Britannica Encyclopedia Entry

The British History

THOMAS AQUINAS:

 (1227-1274)

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Entry

The "Summa Theologica"

GIOVANNI BOCCACCIO:

 (1313-1375)

Catholic Encyclopedia Entry

The Decameron

IBN KHALDUN:

 (1332-1406)

1911 Britannica Encyclopedia Entry

The Muqaddimah

MACHIAVELLI:

 (1469-1527):

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Entry

The Prince

THOMAS MORE:

 (1478-1535)

Catholic Encyclopedia Entry

Utopia

MARTIN LUTHER:

 (1483-1546)

1911 Britannica Encyclopedia Entry

An Open Letter to the Christian Nobility

JOHN CALVIN:

 (1509-1564)

1911 Britannica Encyclopedia Entry

Institutes of the Christian Religion

MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE:

 (1533-1592)

1911 Britannica Encyclopedia Entry

Essays

FRANCIS BACON:

 (1561-1626)

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Entry

The Works of Francis Bacon

GALILEO GALILEI:

 (1564-1642):

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Entry

Dialogues Concerning Two New Sciences

JOHANNES KEPLER:

 (1571-1630)

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Entry

The Harmony of the World

THOMAS HOBBES:

 (1588-1679)

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Entry

Leviathan

RENÉ DESCARTES:

 (1596-1650)

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Entry

Discourse on the Method

JOHN LOCKE:

 (1632-1704)

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Entry

Two Treatises on Government

ISAAC NEWTON:

 (1642-1727)

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Entry

Chronology of Ancient Kingdoms

LEIBNIZ:

 (1646-1716)

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Entry

Discourse on Metaphysics

MONTESQUIEU:

 (1689-1755)

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Entry

The Spirit of Laws

VOLTAIRE:

 (1694-1778)

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Entry

Essays on literature, philosophy, art, history

DAVID HUME:

 (1711-1776)

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Entry

Treatise of Morals

JEAN-JACQUES ROUSSEAU: (1712-1778)

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Entry

The Social Contract

DENIS DIDEROT:

 (1713-1784)

1911 Britannica Encyclopedia Entry

Early Philosophical Works

ADAM SMITH:

 (1723-1790)

1911 Britannica Encyclopedia Entry

The Wealth of Nations

IMMANUEL KANT:

 (1724-1804)

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Entry

Metaphysical Foundations of Natural Science

EDWARD GIBBON:

 (1737-1794)

1911 Britannica Encyclopedia Entry

The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

CONDORCET:

 (1743-1794)

1911 Britannica Encyclopedia Entry

Outlines of an Historical View of the Progress of the Human Mind

JOHANN GOTTFRIED HERDER: (1744-1803)

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Entry

Outlines of a Philosophy of the History of Man

GOETHE:

 (1749-1832)

1911 Britannica Encyclopedia Entry

Faust

MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT: (1759-1797)

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Entry

A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

FRIEDRICH HEGEL:

 (1770-1831)

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Entry

Lectures on the History of Philosophy

THOMAS CARLYLE:

 (1795-1881)

1911 Britannica Encyclopedia Entry

The French Revolution: A History

LEOPOLD VON RANKE:

 (1795-1886)

1911 Britannica Encyclopedia Entry

The History of the Popes

AUGUSTE COMTE:

 (1798-1857)

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Entry

Positive Philosophy

JULES MICHELET:

 (1798-1874)

1911 Britannica Encyclopedia Entry

The People

GEORGE BANCROFT:

 (1800-1891)

1911 Britannica Encyclopedia Entry

History of the United States (1834)

ALEXIS DE TOCQUEVILLE:

 (1805-1859)

1911 Britannica Encyclopedia Entry

Democracy in America

JOHN STUART MILL:

 (1806-1873)

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Entry

On Liberty

CHARLES DARWIN:

 (1809-1882)

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Entry

On the Origin of Species

GRACE AGUILAR:

(1816-1847)

Jewish Virtual Library Entry

Essays and Miscellanies

JACOB BURCKHARDT:

(1818-1897)

1911 Britannica Encyclopedia Entry

The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy

FREDERICK DOUGLASS:

 (1818-1895)

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Entry

Narrative of the Life: An American Slave

KARL MARX:

(1818-1883)

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Entry

Capital

FRIEDRICH ENGELS:

(1820-1895)

Britannica Online Entry

The Condition of the Working-Class in England in 1844

FRANCIS PARKMAN:

 (1823-1893)

Britannica Online Entry

The Oregon Trail

WILHELM DILTHEY:

(1833-1911)

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Entry

Introduction to the Human Sciences

LORD ACTON:

(1834-1902)

1911 Britannica Encyclopedia Entry

Modern History Planning

HENRY ADAMS:

 (1838-1918)

1911 Britannica Encyclopedia Entry

History of the United States of America

FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE:

(1844-1900)

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Entry

A Genealogy of Morals

FREUD:

(1856-1939)

1911 Britannica Encyclopedia Entry

The History of the Psychoanalytic Movement

KARL LAMPRECHT:

 (1856-1915)

Dictionary of Art Historians Entry

What is History?

EMILE DURKHEIM:

 (1858-1917)

Britannica Online Entry

Readings from Emile Durkheim

FREDERICK JACKSON TURNER: (1861-1932)

Britannica Online Entry

The Frontier in American History

MAX WEBER:

 (1864-1920)

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Entry

Essays on Art

BENEDETTO CROCE:

 (1866-1952)

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Entry

History, Its Theory and Practice

VLADIMIR ILʹICH LENIN:

 (1870-1892)

1911 Britannica Encyclopedia Entry

The Proletarian Revolution in Russia

ALFRED T. MAHAN:

 (1840-1914)

1911 Britannica Encyclopedia Entry

The Influence of Sea Power upon the French Revolution & Empire

JAMES FORD RHODES:

 (1848-1927)

New York Times Obituary

A History of the Civil War

ALICE MORSE EARLE:

 (1851-1911):

Britannica Online Entry

Child Life in Colonial Days

J.J. JUSSERAND:

 (1855-1932)

New York Times Obituary

With Americans of Past and Present Days

EDWARD CHANNING:

 (1856-1931)

New York Times Obituary

A History of The United States

WILLIAM DUNNING:

 (1857-1922)

New York Times Obituary

Essays on the Civil War and Reconstruction

J. FRANKLIN JAMESON:

 (1859-1937):

American Historical Association Entry

Encyclopedic Dictionary of American History

JANE ADDAMS:

 (1860-1935):

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Entry

Women in Public Life

JAMES HARVEY ROBINSON:

 (1863-1936)

American Historical Association Entry

The New History

W. E. B. DU BOIS:

 (1868-1963):

Britannica Online Entry

The Souls of Black Folk

JOHAN HUIZINGA:

 (1872-1945)

Dictionary of Art Historians Entry

The Waning of the Middle Ages

CARL LOTUS BECKER:

 (1873-1945)

American Historical Association Entry

The United States: An Experiment in Democracy (1920)

CHARLES BEARD:

 (1874-1948)

American Historical Association Entry

History of the United States (1920)

MARY RITTER BEARD:

(1876-1958)

Britannica Online Entry

A Short History of the American Labor Movement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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