Wednesday, April 9, 2014

New Review of "Why Study History?"

Historiography, or the ability to do history, is a major topic in history departments and a major focus for new majors. Without learning how to do history, there would be no good histories written, but at times it can be a struggle to define what history is, what a historian does, and what makes a good historian. Every once in awhile a history professor will write a primer for the young undergrad, and this is one of those books. It explores, brief and concise, the role of the historian: how a historian operates and what makes a good history. John Fea covers the major themes, controversies and presents his ideas in a clear and rational manner. The unique thing about this particular one is that John Fea also presents it from a Christian perspective as well, and the struggles that can happen.
This is the perfect book for any student thinking about majoring in history, and for the college seminar course in history. You will learn a lot about the craft, and how it is done reading this book. As a reader you will come away with a better understanding of the importance, and challenges, facing modern historians.
Thanks, Kevin.