“About History” is a short introductory guide to the discipline of history. The author provides a short introduction to the history of Western Europe, and then goes on to describe different types of historians and their method of research. The author ends the book with a description of his own personal qualifications as a historian, and his professional opinion on the subject of history. In addition the author briefly describes how one can become ahistorical (that is, without historical truth), and the many methods that exist for this purpose. The book is an excellent primer for a class in history, and will make the student appreciate the depth of the subject. It will also help the student understand how important it is to know what we know about history, because knowledge about history is one of the keys to making sense of our world today.
Introduction to the History of Western Europe by John M. Hesburgh, is a very interesting primer on the history of Western Europe. The author provides an introductory overview of the many ways historians have explored the past, and then goes into the various disciplines of public history and the history of Western Europe. The reader will benefit from this wide-ranging survey of the historical process.
“About History” is a book-and-discussion guide to the study of history written for students of all levels, from beginner to expert. This book covers everything from ancient history to modern day, and brings together different strands of academia, history, and art through its clear writing style and engaging style of storytelling. Unlike many history textbooks, this text contains well-researched material that draws on multiple disciplines of the humanities, including anthropology, art, social science, sociology, and psychology. The book contains essays on such diverse topics as ancient Greece and Rome, twentieth-century European history, the cold war, immigration and diversity, and much more. These essays provide insights into some of the most important issues of the day, such as the Enclosure Acts and “the Left and Right,” immigration, anti-American sentiment in America, and the environmental movement. The book is chock full of case studies, descriptive detail, and lively discussions that will be useful to students in classrooms, homes, and college or university studies.
Environmental History traces its roots back to the rise of the industrial revolution in England, and traces its influence into the nineteenth and the twentieth centuries. As the industrial revolution exploded across Britain and the rest of the developed world, ordinary people started to notice that they were not only experiencing economic growth, but also significant changes in their environment. They found themselves having to deal with waste disposal, pest control, and more. Environmental historians have sought to uncover the role that these everyday changes played in the shaping of society. This book traces the impact of industrialization on the landscape of the Middle Ages.
“About History” traces the development of time periods and explores how these changes affected society and culture. The book examines various time periods, such as the Dark Ages, the Early Middle Ages, the Glorious Revolution, Renaissance, and the Reformation. It explores how geographical features, social structures, cultural trends, and political events influenced each period. This broadens the range of historical study and allows historians to examine how different periods shaped the course of history. Cultural patterns also play a crucial role, as women were excluded from the property owning class in many cases, creating a sense of gender inequality.
“About History” brings to life the complexity of human history and makes readers think about the larger forces that have shaped the world we live in today. By presenting a realistic account of how history has unfolded over time, this book helps students discover the layers of history that have been obscured over time. Through systematic research and intriguing examples, this book not only helps students gain an appreciation for how the past has affected current events, but also helps them appreciate how important it is to examine the past. In addition, this book is useful for historians who need to develop an understanding of the past from a variety of perspectives.