I really enjoy reading about the history of fiber arts, particularly from a European/North American perspective. I just stumbled across this article, Request for Documentation!, and I found it very interesting. Maybe you'll like it, too.
Of course, I did my "stumbling" on Ravelry. Last week, I found this nugget on Ravelry - The Hearth Library. Oh My. Notice the search function - I typed "spinning" and I got 1127 books. What fun!