Taking History Seriously in an Ahistorical Age

Friday, 05 Sep 2008

Among the most daunting challenges I have faced as a college professor has been the task of convincing my students that the study of history is an intrinsically worthwhile project. Perhaps accounting and engineering majors have always been a hard-sell in this regard, but the pervasive antihistorical spirit of our contemporary culture makes many students increasingly difficult to persuade. (Let me stress here that my students over the years at several different institutions have been of a high caliber-the problem is a broader cultural one, not limited to postsecondary education.) In the classroom, this reality manifests itself ...

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