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  1. Well, I can definitely vouch for one book.

    Fernand Braudel. “Structures of everyday life: possible and impossible”. An entertaining work that thoroughly explores the life, production, and economy of the entire world of the late Middle Ages-Modern times to the XIX century.

  2. I won't tell you for the whole of Odessa, but if you are interested in the Medieval period, then:

    • Montayu, an Occitan village (1294-1324). Written by French historian Emmanuel Le Roy Laduri;

    • “The True Truth: Languages of Medieval Justice”. The author is the magnificent Olga Togoeva. She also has a course on Arzamas, I recommend it;

    • monographs and novels by Umberto Eco. He is not only a talented writer, but also a wonderful medievalist. This means that a high level of reliability is guaranteed.

  3. Anisimov “Imperial Russia” is a very good monograph! Easy to read, lots of interesting facts.Covers the period from Peter the Great to the execution of the family of Nicholas II.

    On Ancient Russia, you can read Gumilev's “From Russia to Russia”. Writing is also interesting, but he has developed a special theory of passionarity. He pays great attention to peoples and tribes. Questions certain historical events.

    And so, you can take recognized historians like Kostomarov, Klyuchevsky, Tatishchev, Solovyov and study their works!

  4. If we talk about the Modern period, namely the turn of the XVII-XVIII, then I strongly recommend Neil Stevenson's Baroque Trilogy: Quicksilver, Mixing, The System of the World. This is a cryptohistory, in addition to being written in a fascinating and interesting way, Stevenson also explains the reasons for many things that arose at that time: money that was not backed by metal or land, stock trading, the birth of science in a modern interpretation, and international trade. Plus an immersion in that era: Victorian etiquette, witches ' sabbaths, the clash of Catholics and reformers, palace intrigues, cryptography and black cabinets, and much more.

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