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Richard B. Simon

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Teaching Big History

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Big Historian Craig Benjamin reviews Teaching Big History in the new issue of The History Teacher:

The prospect of teaching such an enormous, cross-disciplinary course can be daunting to even the most experienced college instructor, which is why Teaching Big History is such a valuable resource. The editors and their authors have essentially created a comprehensive guide for designing, teaching,...
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