You can find plenty of coverage of Economic questions in good quality newspapers, magazines, blogs and articles online, and television and radio programmes. For example, try the Financial Times, The Economist, and Prospect, which frequently include articles on economic matters; and the blogs and commentaries of economists and economic journalists.
For online resources the Economics Network website, Why Study Economics? has useful information for students considering a university course in economics, and a selection of interesting Economics blogs include:
There are several good “popular” introductions to economics, and other relevant books written for a general audience, that are accessible and interesting:
- Tim Harford The Undercover Economist (Little, Brown, 2005)
- David Smith Free Lunch: Easily Digestible Economics (Profile Books, 2003)
- Paul Krugman The Accidental Theorist (Norton, 1998)
- A. BinmoreA Very Short Introduction to Game Theory(OUP, 2007)
- P. DasguptaEconomics: A Very Short Introduction(OUP, 2007)
- Michael Blastland and Andrew Dilnot The Tiger that Isn’t: Seeing through a World of Numbers (Profile Books, 2007)
- Roger E. Backhouse, The Penguin History of Economics (Penguin, 2002)
- Andrew Mell and Oliver Walker, The Rough Guide to Economics (Penguin, 2014)
The best way to prepare for the History component of the degree is to read the history books which interest you, either related to your school work or ranging beyond it – and be prepared to discuss your views of those books and their arguments. To find such material, you might want to follow up on references made in your school or college text books, or your History teacher may also be able to recommend particular works for you to read on topics that you find most interesting.
One good way of broadening your historical horizons is to read one of the popular History magazines: History Today or BBC History, which has weekly podcasts. You may like to look at the books which are being reviewed in the press. You may also like to explore the websites of public institutions which have excellent links to historical materials, such as the British Museum or BBC Radio 4 archives. Lastly, delving into some historical sources can be a great way to develop your ideas and understanding. You could try exploring literature, art, music or even films produced by different societies, and consider what these can tell us about the people of that time.