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What Are a Historian’s Most Important Skills?

The purpose of history (at least according to Leopold von Ranke) is ‘to show how things actually were’. There is much debate about the exact meaning of this phrase – does it provide a warrant only for literalism and the stating of fact, or does it give license, for example, for historians to write about how the past was in essence? 1,055 more words


The Sleepwalkers

Six down, 24,994 to go.

That, way back in 1991, was the number of articles and books on the origins of World War One. As Christopher Clark says, there is no way even an omnilingual historian can read all the secondary works on the subject. 1,123 more words

Book Review

Stealing Other People's Homework: Just Drop the Last Chapter

Since I’m in the middle of reading Christopher Clark’s thick The Sleepwalkers, you again don’t get anything new.

However, rather than give you another retro review, you get somebody else’s look at three new books on… 12 more words

Stealing Other People's Homework

Das Eiserne Königreich

Wie bereits vor kurzem angekündigt folgt hier ein Text zu Christopher Clarks Buch über die preußische Geschichte. Es ist das Buch, mit dem Clark einer größeren Öffentlichkeit in Deutschland bekannt wurde, ehe er mit seiner großen Studie zum Ausbruch des 1. 2,948 more words


Christopher Clark impressionist painting with light class

I enjoyed this class. I learned a lot, had fun, & didn’t spend a lot of time. I enrolled in another one of his classes. 6 more words

Oil Painting

Annika Mombauer, Die Julikrise. Europas Weg in den Ersten Weltkrieg (München: C. H. Beck, 2015).

von Riccardo Altieri

Seit „Die Julikrise“ von Annika Mombauer (Senior Lecturer an der Open University in Milton Keynes, UK) im Jahr 2014 erschien, wurde eine stattliche Anzahl an Rezensionen… 1,307 more words

Neueste Geschichte

The great powers slid into WWI. Martin van Creveld asks if we might do so again.

Summary:  Talk of another Cold War fills our news, with some forecasting a hot war with Russia — perhaps even WWIII. Today Martin van Creveld looks at the last great power rivalry that drifted into war, and explains why it’s not likely to happen again.  1,807 more words