This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and John Elliott, Professor of History, University of Oxford. This extensive conversation provides behind-the-scenes insights into how an undergraduate encounter with a 17th-century painting of The Count-Duke Olivares led John Elliott on a lifelong odyssey to study the history of Spain, Europe and the Americas in the early modern period to become one of the greatest Spanish historians of our age.
This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, Two Cheers for Objectivity, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:
Beginnings - The benefits of travel
In Search of Objectivity - Sentimental dangers
Past and Present - How to revivify yourself
Circumventing Obstacles - The benefits of pressing on
Doing History - Comparing, connecting and writing well
The Power of Imagination - Surprise tests and non-barking dogs
Decline - What it means, exactly
The Impact of Technology - Strengths and weaknesses
Going Global - Opportunities and challenges
History’s Due - Beyond the theme park
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