History

  • by John Arnold
  • Narrated by Richard Davidson
  • 4 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

There are many stories we can tell about the past, and we are not, perhaps, as free as we might imagine in our choice of which stories to tell, or where those stories end. John Arnold's addition to Oxford's popular Very Short Introductions series is a stimulating essay about how people study and understand history. The book begins by inviting us to think about various questions provoked by our investigation of history, and then explores the ways in which these questions have been answered in the past. Such key concepts as causation, interpretation, and periodization are introduced by way of concrete examples of how historians work, thus giving the reader a sense of the excitement implicit in discovering the past--and ourselves.The aim throughout History: A Very Short Introduction is to discuss theories of history in a general, pithy, and accessible manner, rather than delve into specific periods. This is a book that will appeal to all students and general readers with an interest in history or historiography.

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Good introduction to why we should study history

A good argument for why history is important and needs to be studied. Listening to it at 2x speed, I could finish it in less than a day.
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- Alex

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-08-2009
  • Publisher: Audible Studios