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Old 06-29-2012, 06:29 PM   #5
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Since you want "scholarly" and "pre-industrial", here are some that I've enjoyed and found interesting through the years:

* Byzantium (3 volumes: The Early Centuries, The Apogee, The Decline and Fall) and Absolute Monarchs: A History of the Papacy by John Julius Norwich

* A History of Venice and The Middle Sea: A History of the Mediterranean by John Julius Norwich

* The Civil War: A Narrative by Shelby Foote (3 volumes: Fort Sumter to Perryville, Fredericksburg to Meridian and Red River to Appomattox)

* The Ottoman Centuries by Lord Kinross

* Istanbul: The Imperial City by John Freely

* A History of Scotland by J. D. Mackie

* The Lion in the North: One Thousand Years of Scotland's History by John Prebble

* Kosovo: A Short History and Bosnia: A Short History by Noel Malcolm

* The Spartans: An Epic History and Sparta and Lakonia: A Regional History 1300 to 362 BC by Paul Cartledge

* Thermopylae: The Battle That Changed the World and Alexander the Great by Paul Cartledge

* On Sparta by Plutarch

* The Enemy at the Gate: Habsburgs, Ottomans, and the Battle for Europe by Andrew Wheatcroft

* Lords of the Horizons: A History of the Ottoman Empire by Jason Goodwin

* The Ottoman Empire: The Classical Age 1300-1600 by Halil Inalcik

* Inside Central Asia: A Political and Cultural History of Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey, and Iran by Dilip Hiro

* The Arabs: A History by Eugene Rogan

* A History of Iran: Empire of the Mind by Michael Axworthy

* The Crusades Through Arab Eyes by Amin Maalouf

* The Baburnama: Memoirs of Babur, Prince and Emperor by W.M. Thackston Jr.

* A History of Inner Asia by Svat Soucek

* The Empire of the Steppes: A History of Central Asia by René Grousset

* Carnage and Culture: Landmark Battles in the Rise to Western Power by Victor Hanson

* The Histories by Herodotus and George Rawlinson

I'm sure several of these lack ebook editions; I didn't really pay any attention to that when collecting the links. Many or most will have them though. These are mainly "short" and readable works, rather than monumental, comprehensive, multi-volume works spanning multiple feet of shelf space (mine are mainly paper editions), but if you want tips on those you can always return later.

Edit: typo

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