Selective Book List
General Orientation: Suggested Essential Reading. There are 14 books recommended for a general overview of metahistorical issues and questions.
Pagan Christs by
J. M. Robertson
Thematic Reading. These are 15 books suggested
as basic reading in relation
Inanna by Diana Wolkstein and Samuel Noah Kramer.
Voices of the First Day by Robert Lawlor.
Cosmos, Chaos and World Order by Norman Cohn
Fingerprints of the Gods by Graham Hancock.
I Ching, Translated by Richard
to Our Senses by Maurice Berman
The Seven Classics. These are books recommended for an understanding of the background of metahistory and history writing in general. They give in-depth perspective on the origins of historical writing, as well as insight into altered ways of looking at how history is told, how it can be spun, and how narratives can be evaluated.Commentaries on these books are incorporated into the essay, Background to Metahistory.
Myths to Live By by Joseph Campbell
Hamlet's Mill by Gorgio de Santillanna and Herta von Dechend
When God Was A Woman by Merlin Stone
Black Athena by Martin Bernal
Cities of Dreams by Stan Gooch
NOTE: Although the books of Hayden White are responsible for putting the word "metahistory" into current discourse, White's work is purely academic and rather forbiddingly loaded with freeze-dried categories and self-referential jargon. As I have said elsewhere in the site, metahistory is not an academic chess game, it is a path of liberation from belief-driven behavior. There is little or nothing in White that can contribute to the practice of metahistory as developed in this site.
Finally, there are a few reviews on current books of metahistorical bearing. This list is subject to periodic additions. At present (June 2004) it includes the following:
Material by John Lash and Lydia Dzumardjin: Copyright 2002 - 2017 by John Lash.