Every historian should read these

Polanyi, Karl. The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time. © 1944; Boston: Beacon Press, 1957.

White, Hayden V. "The Burden of History." History and Theory 5, no. 2 (1966): 111-134.

Lukes, Steven. Power: A Radical View. New York and London: Macmillan, 1974; 2nd ed., New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.

Mitchell, Timothy. "The Limits of the State: Beyond Statist Approaches and Their Critics." American Political Science Review 85 (1991): 77-96.

Grafton, Anthony. The Footnote: A Curious History. Rev. ed. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1997.

Poovey, Mary. A History of the Modern Fact: Problems of Knowledge in the Sciences of Wealth and Society. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998.

Ciepley, David. "Why the State Was Dropped in the First Place: A Prequel to Skocpol's 'Bringing the State Back In'." Critical Review 14, no. 2/3 (2000): 157-213.

Sewell, William H. Logics of History: Social Theory and Social Transformation. Chicago Studies in Practices of Meaning. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005.