The Experience of History 1st Edition
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About the Author
Kenneth Bartlett is Professor of History and Renaissance Studies at the University of Toronto, Canada. He is former President of the Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies, was the Founding Director of the University of Toronto Art Centre, and sat on the board of the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, and served as editor of Renaissance and Reformation/Renaissance et Réforme. As a Renaissance specialist, he is author of numerous publications, including A Short History of the Italian Renaissance (2013), The Northern Renaissance and the Reformation (with Margaret McGlynn, 2013), and The Civilization of the Italian Renaissance (revised edition, 2011). Bartlett has produced several multi-part video series, including The Smithsonian Essential Italy (2015), The Great Tours: Experiencing Medieval Europe (2013), The Development of European Civilization (2010), and The Italian Renaissance (2005). He has published articles and conducted workshops in Europe, China, the Middle East, and North America on university faculty development and pedagogy, and in 2005, he was awarded the prestigious 3M National Teaching Fellowship.
- Paperback : 168 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781118912003
- ISBN-13 : 978-1118912003
- Product Dimensions : 6 x 0.4 x 8.9 inches
- Item Weight : 7.8 ounces
- Publisher : Wiley-Blackwell; 1st Edition (December 27, 2016)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 1118912004
- Best Sellers Rank: #9,527,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"My sincere hope is that this book will be used by students at every level and by anyone interested in navigating the modern practice of history. It is written to be provocative and as comprehensive as possible, given the limitations of its author. It acknowledges that there are a great many other ways of approaching the reading, writing, and assessing of history; thus any entry into history requires a guide, or in the world of comtemporary technology, a GPS. That is what I hope this book offers." -Kenneth Bartlett
I was thrilled that this book was written in such an easygoing, understandable, yet still intelligent way. I always hated history throughout my schooling days. I simply didn't appreciate it. As I homeschool my little guys now, I've grown to love it and crave learning more about it. That said, most books like this end up being so scholarly that it's too much for my exhausted brain. This one was a pleasure to read, and I greatly appreciate that. I also loved how much humility is within the pages.
As mentioned in the preface, this book really is a guide through reading, researching, and writing history. It encourages us to use a variety of resources, like diary entries, photos, artwork, etc., along with books, to learn more about history. It also encourages us to use a variety of authors, since they tend to put their own viewpoints and research into their writings, and no two will look alike. It briefly guides us through many of the categories of history, like women's history, Jewish history, military history, and many more. (Here I'll briefly mention that I DO take the Bible as fact, since that is arguably mentioned in the book.)
If you're interested in history at all, this is a nice little book to read. If you're not interested in history, maybe it will encourage you to be.
Top reviews from other countries
I enjoy history and read lots of history books, although I have never studied it. However, I still have two children at school and my older child certainly wants to study history – at least at GCSE level – so this book will certainly be helpful for him. It is not a typical book for students, full of facts, but contains incredibly useful explanations about source material and other relevant information. Were you thinking of studying history or of undertaking any research, this is an invaluable starting point and very readable.
As someone who is not particularly a student of history, although I read an awful lot of non-fiction, I found this book very engaging and easy to assimilate. I especially enjoyed the sections on the various forms of historical writing and more recent categories of research, such as Church and Jewish history, women's history, children's history and holocaust studies.
If you have an enquiring mind, I can thoroughly recommend this book!
Kenneth bartletts book should be required reading for all a-level and undergraduates studying history and should be used by history teachers everywhere especially in lessons dissecting evidence and evidence bias. It is a succinct and bite size introduction to the 'problems' and scopes of the study of history alongside a great introduction to the role of the historian and the expectations of historical writing.
I would certainly recommend this to anyone seriously considering studying or teaching history as a primer and then building from there for greater understanding.
Bartlett encourages objective reading of viewpoints and beliefs at which we now scoff, which aids our understanding. He also expresses concern about something which has bothered me hugely - that is, the lack of history we are leaving generations to come, due to the digital age. However he points out that "history will always reflect the time it is written... ours is no different." He also highlights how technology can help us, and emphasises the dangers of using the internet as a source of information without thoroughly fact-checking.
This book is an enjoyable, accessible read and an invaluable tool to anyone who has interest in what is, to me, the most fascinating and definitely the most inexhaustible subject in the world.