By John Lukacs
To review heritage is to benefit approximately oneself. And to fail to understand the significance of the earlier 151 to stay unaware of the deeds and writing of past generations 151 is to bind oneself by way of the passions and prejudices of the age into which one is born. John Lukacs, certainly one of this day s most generally released historians, explains what the research of heritage involves, the way it has been approached over the centuries, and why it may be undertaken by means of this day s scholars. This consultant is a call for participation to develop into a grasp of the historian s craft. writer: John LukacsPages: 50, PaperbackPublisher: Christendom PressISBN: 1-882926-42-2
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D. D. D. in poetry—but there is at least a touch of absurdity in it. We are, all, historians by nature while we are scientists only by choice; and history is not A Science. ”) The writing of a first-class history (or biography) is open to anyone who has thoroughly read everything he could find about his topic; who has an ability to express himself clearly; and who is mature enough to understand some things about human nature itself—three general requirements that, then, depend on the very authenticity and quality of his interest.
What matters, first and foremost, is the genuineness of your interest in history—almost no matter what history. And this is as true of undergraduates as it is of graduate students. This leads to the relatively new advantages of history majors. A history major who does not go on to graduate school has lately become prized by intelligent employers, since they know that a history major is not some kind have written about Hitler. But it is, inevitably, a study of Hitler himself, too. Thus (a) it is both a historiographical and historical work; and (b) its main subject is that of problems, rather than that of periods—but the latter is true of much of history, always.
But it is, inevitably, a study of Hitler himself, too. Thus (a) it is both a historiographical and historical work; and (b) its main subject is that of problems, rather than that of periods—but the latter is true of much of history, always. * Keep in mind that just as a small book or painting or sculpture or building is not necessarily inferior to large ones, a research paper with an impressive number of footnotes is not necessarily better than one with few footnotes (or even one with none). 36 AStudent’sGuidetotheStudyofHistory of apprentice archivist, but someone who knows how to read and write relatively well—and whose knowledge of some history gives him at least a modicum of understanding of the variety of human beings.
A Student’s Guide to the Study of History (ISI Guides to the Major Disciplines) by John Lukacs