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History by John H. Arnold
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Mar 26, 12

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Read from March 22 to 26, 2012

A quick to read and well written book about the crafting of history. John Arnold explains the difference between history of the past itself and history as what historians write about the past. In his book he discusses historiography as the process of writing about history and history as the end product of that process.

An excellent introduction for anyone interested in researching and writing about history and for readers of history writers to develop a greater appreciation of the the myriad and types of source materials must fond and make decisions about; decisions made in determining what to include and what not to include; interpretation of events; the inevitability of bias both from the sources and the writers of history; the development of history as a discipline and the motivations behind the particular representations of the past historians hand down to us.
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