These books can give you a sense of the history and historiography of broad areas of interest, by highlighting the work of scholars who have written on different aspects of the topic.
---------- How to Find Handbooks on your Topic: In Tripod, use the "Region" limit to find handbooks/companions covering specific geographic areas e.g. China, Latin America
• Example: The Palgrave handbook of African colonial and postcolonial history
Launched by Oxford University Press in 1995, Very Short Introductions offer concise introductions to a diverse range of subject areas from Climate to Consciousness, Game Theory to Ancient Warfare, Privacy to Islamic History, Economics to Literary Theory.