The Historical Imagination (Landscape of History Series #3)

You can read the first two articles in this series at the following links: “The Purpose of Studying History and the Method of the Historian (Landscape of History Series #1)” “The Teacher, Like the Historian…” (Landscape of History Series #2)” In chapter 2 of The Landscape of History, John Lewis Gaddis discusses time and space, which he identifies as “the field in which history happens … Continue reading The Historical Imagination (Landscape of History Series #3)

The Teacher, Like the Historian,… (Landscape of History Series #2)

In chapter 2 of his book, The Landscape of History, John Lewis Gaddis addresses the topic of time and space. Gaddis argues that historians have “the capacity for selectivity, simultaneity, and the shifting of scale: they can select from a cacophony of events what they think is really important; they can be in several times and places at once; and they can zoom in and … Continue reading The Teacher, Like the Historian,… (Landscape of History Series #2)

The Purpose of Studying History and the Method of the Historian (Landscape of History Series #1)

Recently I have been reading John Lewis Gaddis’ excellent work, The Landscape of History, and Gaddis helpfully addresses both the purpose of studying history and the method of the historian. The responsibility of each subject to justify itself in the curriculum is perhaps inevitable, but history seems often to be one that requires the most questioning, even in classical Christian education. The justifying answer most … Continue reading The Purpose of Studying History and the Method of the Historian (Landscape of History Series #1)