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Date:August 20th, 2009 04:23 am (UTC)
Rutgers put up a pretty comprehensive, although now slightly outdated, list on their website for a few fields. I looked at them and picked out ones for general edification, but it might be helpful?
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Date:August 20th, 2009 04:25 am (UTC)
Oh! Thanks! I'll take a look at those-- they'll probably give me some ideas and most likely have some commonly read books, anyway.
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Date:August 20th, 2009 05:51 am (UTC)
Yeah, I was going to suggest Rutgers' history comps lists for you, too. I'd agree with the last commenter - they're not totally up-to-date, but they're arranged by themes and time periods and are useful. I used them to start developing my comparative women's history list.

And something I neglected to mention earlier when we were talking - if at all possible, try to get your profs to agree on themes. It's helpful for a few reasons - it's easier to choose books if you're the one who has to find them; it's easier to develop potential questions and potential answers; and it makes the actual writing/answering process go a bit easier. At least, it did for me, since I could group readings together much faster, especially for orals.

People like David are all into just adding books based on time-periods, and for Spain that's probably not a bad idea, but especially for your non-modern Spain list, it's a heck of a lot easier to study for comps and answer questions if you have things organized by themes. (Of course, you'll want to talk with Carolyn about themes, too, because if you can get her to develop questions based around mutually-accepted themes, you'll probably feel better.)
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