By Charles W. Hedrick Jr.
This booklet introduces scholars to the executive disciplines, tools and assets hired in 'doing' old historical past, in preference to 'reading' it. The book:Encourages readers to have interaction with old resources, instead of to be passive recipients of old stories supplies readers a feeling of the character of proof and its use within the reconstruction of the earlier is helping them to learn a old narrative with extra serious appreciation Encourages them to contemplate the variations among their very own event of historical assets, and using those items in the way of life of historic society A concise bibliographical essay on the finish of every bankruptcy refers to introductions, indices, examine instruments and interpretations, and explains scholarly jargon Written truly, concisely and concretely, invoking historic illustrations and sleek parallels as applicable.
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Here is Ulrich von Wilamowitz-Moellendorff (1848–1931), who may be regarded as one of the eminences of the nineteenth-century tradition of classical scholarship, discussing in 1908 the greatest ancient historian of the eighteenth century, Edward Gibbon (1737–94), the author of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (1776–88): Of course his work is admirable. Of course no Greek produced anything like it. And yet, if we apply to it the canon of historical research which the nineteenth century brought into vogue, it can only be called a work of research in the same qualified sense as the works of the ancients.
My hostess, a New Yorker, was of the opinion that Californians were incapable of learning Latin: mastery of an inflected language requires discipline and precision; confronted with a periodic sentence, young Californians, their brains spotted with the melanoma of precocious senility brought on by years of walking in the sun without their hats, lack the attention span necessary to make sense of it; by the end of the sentence they have forgotten the beginning and so cannot grasp it whole. In the popular cultural geography of the United States, California and New York City are two opposed poles, its Athens and Jerusalem (I’ll leave the reader to decide which is which).
Comparable ideas can be found associated with the notion of homo faber, man the builder: it is through technology that man opposes nature. Strabo provides another Roman instance of the thought. Commenting on Egypt, he observes that engineering rectified the problems of the periodic inundations of the river, through irrigation. 3). These traditional conceptions of people as environmental agents are only apparently opposed to the notions of divine providence in nature and environmental determinism.