Little Book For New Historians, A: Why and How to Study History (Little Books Series)
:Many people think of history as merely "the past"-or at most, information about the past. But the real work of a historian is to listen to the voices of those who have gone before and humbly remember the flesh and...
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:Many people think of history as merely "the past"-or at most, information about the past. But the real work of a historian is to listen to the voices of those who have gone before and humbly remember the flesh and blood on the other side of the evidence. What is their story? How does it become part of our own? In A Little Book for New Historians veteran historian Robert Tracy McKenzie offers a concise, clear, and beautifully written introduction to the study of history. In addition to making a case for the discipline in our pragmatic, "present-tense" culture, McKenzie lays out necessary skills, methods, and attitudes for historians in training. Loaded with concrete examples and insightful principles, this primer shows how the study of history, faithfully pursued, can shape your heart as well as your mind.
Robert Tracy McKenzie (Ph.D., Vanderbilt University) is professor and chair of the department of history at Wheaton College, where he teaches courses in U.S. history, the Civil War and historiography. McKenzie is the author of two award-winning monographs: One South or Many? Plantation Belt and Upcountry in Civil-War Era Tennessee (Cambridge, 1994) and Lincolnites and Rebels: A Divided Town in the American Civil War (Oxford, 2009). He has also written numerous scholarly reviews and articles including "Don't Forget the Church: Reflections on the Forgotten Dimension of Our Dual Calling" in the b
- :part One: Why Study History?
- 1. So What Is History Anyway?
- 2. Our "present-tense Culture"
- 3. Practical Rewards
- 4. Transformation
- 5. Discipleship
- Part Two: How To Study History Faithfully
- 6. Listening To Other Historians
- 7. Listening To The Dead
- 8. Contributing To The Conversation
- 9. Why Does It Matter?
- Appendix: What Is History, And What Are Its Characteristics?
- General Index
- Scripture Index