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Number of Pages for Books

Color Coding Legend of Book List

  • Purple Book Listing: 900 pages or more
  • Gold Book Listing: 600-899 pages
  • Red Book Listing: 400-599 pages
  • Blue Book Listing: 250-399 pages
  • Green Book Listing: Removed from Online Bookstore

Color Coding Legend of Book List (Weighted List for East Asia)

A lower number of pages in e-books in the East Asia section gets marked the same as a higher number of pages in e-books in the other regional sections. Basically, most of the East Asian books are much shorter than the other regional ones. Part of this is just the length of books available on the Apple iBookstore and the relative cost of them, but also East Asian literature is traditionally very concise, compared to other regional literature.

  • Purple Book Listing (weighted) : 600 pages or more
  • Gold Book Listing (weighted) : 500-599 pages
  • Red Book Listing (weighted) : 300-499 pages
  • Blue Book Listing (weighted) : 200-299 pages
  • Green Book Listing: Removed from Online Bookstore

Minimum Number of Pages Per Book

  • Europe - 500 pages
  • Asia - 450 pages
  • Africa - 450 pages

Geographic List - Recommended Commercial (Apple iBookstore) Serious E-Books

Africa Based First Reads (27 e-books)

Mediterranean

  1. Trade and Institutions in the Medieval Mediterranean by Jessica L. Goldberg (1000 AD) - 759 pages
  2. Agents of Empire: Knights, Corsairs, Jesuits and Spies in the Sixteenth-Century Mediterranean World by Noel Malcolm (1500s AD) - 624 pages
  3. Peiresc's Mediterranean World by Peter N. Miller (1600s AD) - 684 pages
  4. The Mediterranean Medina by AA.VV., Ludovico Micara, Attilio Petruccioli & Ettore Vadini - 570 pages

Entire Continent Africa

  1. The Fortunes of Africa by Martin Meredith (3000 BC-2000 AD) - 784 pages
  2. Africa's Development in Historical Perspective by Emmanuel Akyeampong, Robert H. Bates, Nathan Nunn & James A. Robinson (1000-2000 AD) - 858 pages
  3. A History of Sub-Saharan Africa by Robert O. Collins & James M. Burns - 677 pages

Christian Egypt

  1. Berenike and the Ancient Maritime Spice Route by Steven E. Sidebotham - 456 pages
  2. Social Networks in Byzantine Egypt by Giovanni Roberto Ruffini (500s AD) - 526 pages
  3. Darfur's Sorrow by M. W. Daly (1500s AD-2000 AD) - 582 pages
  4. Coptologia Journal Volume II, Coptologia Journal Volume XI, Coptologia Journal Volume XV, Coptologia Journal Volume XVII, Coptologia Journal Volume XVIII, Coptologia Journal Volume XIX by Prof. Fayek M. Ishak - 80 + 126 + 168 + 173 + 188 + 187 = 922 pages

Islamic Egypt

  1. The Canonization of Islamic Law by Ahmed El Shamsy (800s AD) - 480 pages - Shafi School
  2. The Epistle on Legal Theory by al-Shafii & Joseph E. Lowry (820 AD) - 544 pages - Shafi School
  3. Maimonides by Joel L. Kraemer (1138-1204 AD) - 640 pages - Egypt
  4. The Sword of Ambition by Luke Yarbrough & Uthman b. Ibrahim al-Nabulusi (1262 AD Egypt) - 478 pages
  5. Brains Confounded by the Ode of Abu Shaduf Expounded by Humphrey Davies & Yusuf al-Shirbini (1600s AD) - 465 pages
  6. An Account of the Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians by Edward William Lane & Jason Thompson - 620 pages

North Africa

  1. De Africa Romaque by Niccolo Mugnai - 586 pages
  2. Staying Roman by Jonathan Conant (439-700 AD)- 865 pages
  3. Disagreements of the Jurists by Devin Stewart & al-Qadi al-Numan (974 AD) - 496 pages
  4. Black Morocco by Chouki El Hamel (1500s-2000 AD) - 589 pages
  5. A History of Algeria by James McDougall - 804 pages

West Africa

  1. A Cultural History of the Atlantic World, 1250-1820 by John K. Thornton - 560 pages
  2. The History of Islam in Africa by Nehemia Levtzion & Randall Pouwels - 601 pages
  3. A History of Nigeria by Toyin Falola & Matthew M. Heaton - 578 pages

Central and Southern Africa

  1. Congo by David van Reybrouck - 656 pages
  2. A History of South Africa, Fourth Edition by Leonard Thompson - 512 pages
  3. The Shaping of South African Society, 1652-1840. by Richard Elphick & Hermann Giliomee - 646 pages
  4. Madagascar: The Eighth Continent by Peter Tyson - 615 pages

Over-Studied/Less Interesting Europe (35 e-books)

France (15 e-books)

High-Late Medieval France

  1. Anselm of Canterbury: The Major Works by St. Anselm, Brian Davies & G. R. Evans (1033-1109 AD) - 544 pages
  2. Canon Law and the Letters of Ivo of Chartres by Christof Rolker (1100 AD) - 748 pages
  3. Arthurian Romances by Chretien de Troyes (1130-1191 AD) - 769 pages
  4. The Fabliaux Nathaniel E. Dubin (1100-1300s AD) - 1,024 pages
  5. Intellectual Culture in Medieval Paris by Ian P. Wei (1100-1300 AD) - 841 pages
  6. Templar Families by Jochen Schenk (1120-1307 AD) - 677 pages
  7. The Trial of the Templars by Malcolm Barber (1307 AD) - 748 pages

Renaissance France

  1. 1,000 Years of Annoying the French by Stephen Clarke (1066-2000 AD) - 688 pages
  2. French Books of Hours by Virginia Reinburg (1400-1600 AD) - 507 pages
  3. Gargantua and Pantagruel by Francois Rabelais (1471-1553 AD) - 1,231 pages French
  4. The Complete Essays of Michel de Montaigne by Michel de Montaigne (1533-1586 AD) - 1,970 pages
  5. The Heptameron by Margaret of Queen (1558 AD) - 1,047 pages

Early Modern France

  1. The Misanthrope and Other Plays by Moliere (1622-1673 AD) - 508 pages
  2. The Works of Madame Jeanne Guyon by Jeanne Guyon (1648-1717 AD) - 883 pages
  3. Best of Fenelon by Francois Fenelon (1651-1715 AD) - 589 pages
  4. The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane by Alain-Rene Lesage & Tobias Smollett (1668-1747 AD) - 903 pages
  5. The Great Nation: France from Louis XV to Napoleon by Colin Jones (1710-1799 AD) - 688 pages

British Isles

  1. The Lore of Scotland by The Estate of Jennifer Westwood & Sophia Kingshill - 576 pages
  2. The Penguin History of Britain: The Struggle for Mastery by Prof David Carpenter (1066-1284 AD) - 640 pages
  3. The Welsh (Terry Breverton) 848 pages

European Continent (13 e-books)

Medieval European Continent

  1. The Crisis of the Twelfth Century by Thomas N. Bisson (1100s AD) - 720 pages
  2. An Environmental History of Medieval Europe by Richard C. Hoffmann - 620 pages
  3. Medieval Chivalry by Richard W. Kaeuper - 696 pages
  4. The Apocalypse in the Early Middle Ages by James T. Palmer - 494 pages

Early Modern European Continent

  1. The Reformation by Diarmaid MacCulloch - 864 pages
  2. The Age of Louis XIV, The Age of Voltaire, Rousseau and Revolution by Will Durant & Ariel Durant (1648-1715 AD All Europe, 1715-1756 AD Western Europe, 1756-1789 Western Europe 1715-1789 All Europe) - 803 + 799 + 1,093 = 2695 pages
  3. The Business of War by David Parrott - 727 pages
  4. Lineages of the Absolutist State by Perry Anderson - 576 pages

General Islam

  1. Islamic Societies to the Nineteenth Century by Ira M. Lapidus - 1,314 pages
  2. The Venture of Islam, Volume 2 by Marshall G. S. Hodgson (750-1500 AD) - 617 pages
  3. The Sufis by Idries Shah - 489 pages
  4. The Legacy of Jihad by Andrew G. Bostom, M.D. - 759 pages

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