This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and eminent historian David Cannadine, Princeton University. This thoughtful conversation includes an examination of different aspects of the societal role of both history and historians while rejecting the simplifying distortions of the historical record that we are regularly presented with.
This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, Imposing Order, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:
Finding One’s Historical Feet - Merging subjective and objective
The Art of Biography - Trevelyan, Mellon, George V and more
The Undivided Past - The origins of a deliberately provocative venture
Transcending Parochialism - The value of history
Categorical Examinations - The utility of boxes
Historical Broadening - Changing practices
What to Do, Part I - Advising presidents and educating Princetonians
What to Do, Part II - Harnessing technology
Ideas Roadshow Conversations Series
This book is part of an expanding series of 100+ Ideas Roadshow conversations, each one presenting a wealth of candid insights from a leading expert in a relaxed and informal setting to give non-specialists a uniquely accessible window into frontline research and scholarship that wouldn't otherwise be encountered through standard lectures and textbooks. For other books in this series visit our website (https://ideas-on-film.com/ideasroadshow/).