Understanding History

Books to read in the hopes of understanding history objectively.
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message 1: by P.J. (new)

P.J. Sullivan How can you understand history objectively by reading a book about Theodore Roosevelt written by Theodore Roosevelt?


The Celtic Rebel (Richard) P.J. wrote: "How can you understand history objectively by reading a book about Theodore Roosevelt written by Theodore Roosevelt?"

I would rather try to understand history from a direct source rather than read it in another book most often written after the fact from someone who wasn't even there.


message 3: by P.J. (last edited Nov 23, 2017 10:15AM) (new)

P.J. Sullivan Yes, primary sources are better, but can they be objective when writing about themselves? Maybe U.S. Grant did.


The Celtic Rebel (Richard) P.J. wrote: "Yes, primary sources are better, but can they be objective when writing about themselves? Maybe U.S. Grant did."

Well to look at history objectively anyway is not looking at one particular source for me. I would rather look at direct sources but not just one from that area or time. You have got to look at multiple primary sources to get a full objective picture.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads "Objectivity" - not really a virtue that any human can attain in the total sense. We all have biases. (I say that as a historian.)


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