How to Read a History Book

How to Read a History Book

The Hidden History of History

How to Read a History Book explains who writes history books, how the writers are trained, and why they write them.


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A deconstruction of the modern history book as artifact, How to Read a History Book explains who writes history books, how the writers are trained, and why they write them. It also discusses genre, bias (political and otherwise) and how to read history books between the lines.

Written for undergraduates, intro graduate students and anyone with an informed interest in the subject, How to Read a History Book demonstrates that, rather than being objects that fall from the sky, history books are actually socially-constructed artifacts reflecting all the contradictions of modern meritocratic capitalism.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Marshall T. Poe
Marshall T. Poe Marshall T. Poe grew up in Kansas, studying at Grinnell College, Iowa before attending graduate school at Berkeley in California. Poe lived ...
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