a reading list

the dean of my school emailed this reading list for the incoming students for the fall. i probably will not be reading any of them (for totally superficial and stupid reasons... that and my plan to spend the whole summer thinking about harry potter and the half-blood prince), but if you're curious, these are the books he thinks they should read:


  • Michael Mann, The Sources of Social Power, Vol. II, Cambridge UniversityPress (Does not have to be read in its considerable entirety; a fewchapters will be sufficient to give the reader a new set of tools foranalyzing all societies.)
  • Benedict Anderson, Imagined Communities, Verso Press (One of the mostfamous books on the phenomenon of Nationalism.)
  • Ernest Gellener, Encounters with Nationalism, Blackwell Press
  • William Easterly, The Elusive Quest for Growth, MIT Press
  • Gordon Craig and Alexander George, Force and Statecraft, OxfordUniversity Press
  • William McNeil, The Pursuit of Power, University of Chicago Press

  • Karl Polanyi, The Great Transformation, Beacon Press
  • Alan Moorehead, The Blue Nile, Harper Perennial Press
  • E.J. Hobsbawm, Nations and Nationalism Since 1789, Cambridge UniversityPress
  • Eric Helleiner, States and the Emergence of Global Finance, CornellUniversity Press
  • P.J. Simmons and Chantal de Jonge Oudraat, Managing Global Issues,Carnegie Foundation


Thomas Tuesday, June 07, 2005 3:46:00 pm  

What are you taking again? Philosophy?

heatherfeather Tuesday, June 07, 2005 3:53:00 pm  


Jay Tuesday, June 07, 2005 4:36:00 pm  

Even in the interest of national security, I think you can skip out on this yawner of a list...

Astrid Wednesday, June 08, 2005 4:53:00 am  

I as in Astrid, once read Benedict Anderson's Imagined Communities for a course at uni. <-- Useless fact.

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