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jan 13, 2009, 12:31 pm

I was curious today about all the books that have years as their titles (1665: Journal of the Plague Year (Defoe), 1434, 1491, 1776, and so forth). How many of these books are out there to be read? Since you all are history buffs (and I am trying to be), I was hoping I could enlist your help in the matter. Thanks!

jan 13, 2009, 1:14 pm

1968 The year that rocked the World

I typed 1968 in the brackes to bring up a touchstone and it gave me 100 titles to choose from. Not all are history but it was a very 'interesting' year.

jan 13, 2009, 1:14 pm

1066 is the beginning of the title for several books.

jan 13, 2009, 5:15 pm

>3 DaynaRT: One of those 1066 books is the source of one of my tags.

Redigeret: jan 13, 2009, 6:40 pm

I love books that have years as titles! We have:

1812: the war that forged a nation
1858: Abraham Lincoln
1943: the victory that never was
1948 by Benny Morris
1999: Victory Without War

Sorry, touchstones for year titles are a bit dodgy!

Redigeret: jan 14, 2009, 3:29 am

More books with years as titles:
1688 - A global History
1812 - Napoleon's Invasion of Russia
1914 - by Lyn MacDonald

jan 17, 2009, 10:32 am

I can't recommend the following as history, but as speculative fiction they make entertaining reading:

1421 and 1434 by Gavin Menzies

feb 10, 2009, 5:32 pm

feb 20, 2009, 9:05 pm

1587 - A Year of No Significance: The Ming Dynasty in Decline, by Ray Huang. Besides having a date for a title, I highly recommend this look into why Ming Dynasty officials were unable to respond to the social, political and economic changes that ultimately brought down the dynasty.

mar 25, 2009, 1:37 am

1492: the poetics of diaspora by John Docker.
Docker sees 1492 as a dividing year in history for three “key happenings”: (1) Columbus sailed to the Americas, (2) Moorish Spain came to an end, and (3) the (not converted) Jews were expelled from Spain. The book is about the consequences of (2) and (3): the beginning of several diaporas and nationalisms. All kinds of texts are considered (literary, cooking, political, religious).
Have not read it yet, just purchased it (second hand) for its theme and method.

apr 20, 2009, 3:13 pm

The Other 1492: Jewish Settlement in the New World - I have a signed copy by the author.

maj 18, 2009, 7:20 pm

We just got A.D. 381 (darn that Charles Freeman for not putting the A.D. behind the number!)

maj 18, 2009, 7:43 pm

Paris 1919 by Margaret MacMillan, a good, readable survey of the Paris Peace Conference that officially ended WWI, redrew the map of Europe and much of the world, and, some charge, created the conditions that led to WWII.

jun 3, 2009, 11:03 pm

1483: The Year of Three Kings by Giles St. Aubyn about the end of the War of Roses in England and the three monarchs who ruled that year.

jun 4, 2009, 2:24 am

1759: The Year Britain Became Master of the World by Frank McLynn but why do we have to have such long book titles these days? are people that much dumber than 20 years ago?

jun 4, 2009, 2:42 am

1215 The Year of Magna Carta is one I know of

Redigeret: okt 19, 2009, 6:45 pm

I really like the idea of framing a story around a year. I took a class in high (many years ago) wherein we chose a year to explore. It was a lot of fun scanning the world for events to write about. I forget the year I wrote about, but the subject was piracy in the Adriatic Sea.

Sometimes, however, you get less perspective on the significance of that year because the scope is limited. For example, I got a better sense of the pivotal nature of --and the jeopardy of the War of the American Revolution-- 1776 from Christopher Ward's The War of the American Revolution than I did from David McCullough's 1776.


okt 20, 2009, 1:50 am

Found another one: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599 by James Shapiro.

okt 20, 2009, 10:12 am

The Making of the President 1960

Freedom Riders: 1961 ant the Struggle for Racial Justice

An American Insurection: The Battle of Oxford Mississippi, 1962

The Death of a President: November 1963

October 1964

Cool of the Evening: The 1965 Minnesota Twins

Small Unit Action in Vietnam, Summer 1966

1967: Isreal, the War, and the Year that Transformed the Middle East

1968 The Year that Rocked the World (from post 2 above)

1969: The Year Everything Changed

The sixties (textbook for the class I am taking on the sixties)

I did not think I was going to find every year in a title but thanks to baseball there is one each year.

okt 20, 2009, 10:44 am

1898: The Birth of the American Century by David Traxel is superb

In 1926: Living on the Edge of Time by Hans Gumbrecht is on my to-read list, since both my parents were born that year.

feb 12, 2010, 11:54 am

I started 69 AD: They Year of Four Emperors but am having a slow time getting into it.

Redigeret: sep 11, 2010, 9:20 am

Denne meddelelse er blevet slettet af dens forfatter.

Redigeret: sep 11, 2010, 9:25 am

Here's a few more:
1066: The Year of the Three Battles
1066: The Story of a Year
1066: The Hidden History of the Bayeaux Tapestry
1066 ... etc
1536: The Year That Changed Henry VIII
1700: Scenes from London Life
1776: Year of Illusions
1787: The Grand Convention
1788: The Brutal Truth of the First Fleet
1788: Comprising a Narrative of the Expedition to Botany Bay and a Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson
1789: The Threshold of the Modern Age (AKA The Revolutions That Shook the World)
1791: Mozart's Last Year
1831: Year of Eclipse
1848: Year of Revolution
1848: The Revolutionary Tide in Europe
1848: The Romantic and Democratic Revolutions in Europe
1877: America's Year of Living Violently
1914: Why the World Went to War
1915: The Death of Innocence (mentioned above without a link)
1916: The Easter Rising
1918: A Very British Victory
1918: War and Peace
1918: The Last Act
1918: The Year of Victories
1921: The Yankees, the Giants, and the Battle for Baseball Supremacy in New York
1932: A Hell of a Year (AKA The Year That Changed a Nation)
1938: Hitler's Gamble
1939: Countdown to War
1939: Baseball's Tipping Point
1942: Australia's Greatest Peril
1948: A Soldier's Tale - The Bloody Road to Jerusalem
1948: Harry Truman's Improbable Victory and the Year that Transformed America's Role in the World (to be published 2011 - this fellow also wrote 1920 and 1960)
1949: The First Israelis
1959: The Year Everything Changed (apparently everything changed again ten years later)
1960: LBJ vs. JFK vs. Nixon
1968: Marching in the Streets
1968: Magnum Throughout the World
1979: The Year that Shaped the Modern Middle East
1982: The Inside Story of the Sensational Grand Prix Season

And for amusement: The Century in Fiction

sep 11, 2010, 9:39 am

Oops - completely forgot Clive Ponting's 1940: Myth and Reality.

maj 9, 2011, 8:11 pm

William Klingaman has written three very good history books that focus on specific dates:
1919: The Year Our World Began
The Year of the Great Crash, 1929
1941: Our Lives in a World on the Edge

maj 9, 2011, 8:28 pm

And there's also the 2nd novel of John Dos Passos "The USA Trilogy", which is
1919: volume 2 of the USA trilogy

maj 10, 2011, 7:37 am

And I think we are all waiting for the book "2011: The Year Everything Changed"

maj 10, 2011, 8:42 am

I don't think anyone has mentioned this yet:

1599 A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare

Also, Life in Year One might count.

maj 25, 2011, 8:48 am

While we're here - there's another 1877 one.

jun 28, 2011, 5:48 pm

I don't think anyone has mentioned 1861 : The Civil War Awakening.

jun 29, 2011, 2:39 pm

any years that weren't important?

dec 15, 2011, 7:44 am

dec 17, 2011, 10:33 pm

I've always thought that would make a great theme for a library display. There are a lot especially for the 1770s, 1812, the 1860s, etc. (Can you say "war".) Here's an unusual one I haven't read, but I would like to get to it. 1831: the year of eclipse by Louis P. Masur.

mar 18, 2013, 1:29 am

One more from the 15th century:

1415: Henry V's Year of Glory

mar 18, 2013, 7:17 am

Sadly, that pretentious schmuck Bernard DeVoto comes to mind with his YEAR OF DECISION: 1846. I note from other LT entries that there are other books about that same year. On a much higher level, the pseudonymous Victor Serge wrote THE YEAR ONE OF THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION. Actually, that's the English equivalent of the original French title, is an allusion to the calendrical changes of the earlier Great French Revolution, which was, of-course, a model for many of the revolutionaries of 1917. I haven't checked to see whether there is any version of this book on LT. No time: my tea-pot is boiling . . .

mar 18, 2013, 8:55 am

Am I cheating to list this:

2990. Victoria's Year: English Literature and Culture, 1837-1838, by Richard L. Stein (read 21 Jun 1997)

It refers to one year but that year is in two years

mar 28, 2013, 2:14 am

apr 1, 2013, 8:35 am

1606: An Epic Adventure

Heh, it's like a loose tooth...

sep 19, 2013, 4:15 pm

It IS like loose tooth!
1066 and All That! (have we no memory of the classics?)
1745 and All that (derivative and predictable)
1942: the year that doomed the axis
and the overly particular: April 1865: the Month That Saved America.

jan 15, 2014, 8:10 pm

Please keep this up, all you well-read folks! I've often thought that this would make a great basis for a library display and you're doing the work for me. :)

jan 16, 2014, 3:33 pm

feb 4, 2014, 12:49 am