The next step in the hierarchy of most books on history is the opening sentence of every paragraph. There is no way that these potentially stimulating issues can be tackled unless we renounce our naive notion of the archive as an assortment of yellowing reams of paper. The first sentence of a paragraph serves to present the main idea of the author, and the subsequent sentences offer the evidence and an analysis. It will be difficult to get rid of this idol however I’d like to believe that the next generation of historians can work at it with more conviction than my generation could muster. In a textbook on history only the first sentence of every paragraph is a concise an overview of the chapter. "History is fundamentally a problem-solving discipline’ Don’t forget to read every illustration, including photos as well as maps and charts. Marcus Colla, Departmental Lecturer in European History at Christ Church, Oxford. If the creator included them they were included to provide reasons.
Although more than 60 years have been passed from the time E.H. After you’ve read the title of your book on history and realized its importance, read the chapter titles on the beginning of the book. Carr first posed the question, students have a lot to decode in his responses. Then, go through the chapter headings introduction, the conclusion section headings, and the one sentence from each paragraph You’ll get a clear understanding of the author’s point of perspective.
In fact, his 1961 book What is History? has had a longer shelf-life than the majority of works on actual historical. It’s now time to go through the body text and look at the most important data such as events, information, and other details to help you develop your own perspective and understanding. It is an interesting truth that the book What’s History? is still a must-read for students and teachers everywhere. When you finish each chapter, you should try to answer these questions: In the end the majority of his arguments and the debates to which Carr was a part of could be seen, now that we try to answer the question, as outdated and quaint. Which argument does the writer attempting to present? Which evidence will the writer utilize to prove her point buy?
Does the argument of the author seem convincing? Why? Why?
What is the most important thing to the author? Where did the information of the author originate? Primary sources?
Secondary sources? Did the majority of the information was derived from a single source? What is the best way to integrate this book in my class?
What is the reason my professors assigned this book? Does it support the concepts I’m learning in the classroom? What am I enjoying about the book? What do I dislike? Why? The past 60 years have included postmodernism, the rise in gender history , and the’memory boom’ to mention only a small portion. While you read, it’s essential to note down your thoughts.
Students today live in a different world of knowledge. If you own the textbook but don’t intend to sell it, we suggest writing notes of your thoughts as well as your ideas and thoughts in the margins of every page as you read. Carr’s thoughts are clearly in tune in our current world as do his critics, who were stuck to the notion that a historian was objective free by current beliefs. If you don’t own the book, or are planning to sell it after you’ve completed reading it, you’ll have to make notes elsewhere. In contrast, Carr saw history as fundamentally a discipline that solves problems. Notes that are well-organized will ensure you’ll be ready for your next exam or essay in which your understanding, knowledge and performance will be evaluated and rated.
It is not enough for historians to rid their minds of the notion that they are from the world in which they live, Carr argued. Making notes in class. They must actually embrace the idea that studying of the past can be directed towards the demands of the future. The class begins and your teacher immediately starts talking about the Antebellum period, which is the time that shaped the development of the United States, from the end of the 18th century to the start of the American Civil War in 1861. It is easy to recognize the value of this argument in the present. The professor is excited and the information flows out of his mouth.
In a world of academics in which the humanities are more pressured to prove their worth than ever before, examining the past for its own sake’ is no longer cutting the mustard. You take several minutes before you begin taking notes. However, I’m not convinced that this is the entire story. You take notes of every word you hear. Instead, I believe that the fascination that has remained with Carr is a reflection of something more fundamental about how we think about the connection between the past and the present. At the end of the class, you’ve got five pages of copious notes. For instance, we’re certainly less prone than previous generations to insist on rigid distinctions between ‘history’ on one hand, and’memory or ‘heritage’ in the second.
The entire lecture was recorded on paper! Your hand is aching and you’re feeling like you have just completed the marathon. Additionally we’re more democratic about the people we think history belongs to, namely who is it from the past and how people today can profit from it. There’s only one issue. Every historian will see the relation between past and present in a different way.
You didn’t pay attention to the word he spoke. It was however Carr’s greatest accomplishment to recognize the tensions in this relationship as the primary driving force behind the discipline in itself. Note taking is a frequent issue for students who are worried that they’ll miss something crucial that they record every word their teacher mentions. "Histories can help tell us how we came to be "here"’ This is a common practice for students studying history who don’t know what’s important and what’s important and what’s not.
Faridah Zaman Associate Professor of History, University of Oxford.