I have had my classes for next term confirmed: I'll be teaching Modern Europe I: 1780s-1871 and Modern Europe III: 1945 - 2001 (well, til roughly "the present day." Whenever it stops feeling like history and starts feeling like current affairs. At Oxford, History stopped in 1973, but I get the impression I am meant to go at the very least up until the fall of communism, and have been toying with stopping at or around 9/11).
This is fun but daunting. What do I know about the french revolution? or the fall of the berlin wall? or any of the 1001 things in between them that I will be confusingly teaching simultaneously? (answer: nothing).
Now I have to choose my set text books by Wednesday, which is a bit of a pain. Thanks for the notice, I am thinking to myself. I have some ideas, of course, but do my learned readers have any suggestions of books they think are suitable or, indeed, wholly unsuitable?