Unnatural history

A month ago, Rob MacDougall recommended Historical thinking and other unnatural acts.

I just got round to buying it from Amazon UK, and all I can say is that I’m digging it just as much as Rob did. I’m only one chapter in, mind you, but it’s shaping up as brilliant stuff. Every historian, every history teacher, should read this book.

(I also indulged in this DVD box set. I had a pay rise. It’ll soon be Christmas. It’s probably my favourite sitcom of all time. I don’t even know why I feel I have to justify it.)

Update: Knew I’d read about the book somewhere else too: Miriam Burstein referred to it back in June.

3 thoughts on “Unnatural history”

  1. I knew there were many reasons I worshipped the Welsh ground upon which you walk! All of Blackadder!

    And Sam Wineburg rocks. There was an excerpt from this in the CHE almost two years ago, and it really made me reconsider how I introduced reading primary sources to my students. I’m finding I need to go further — this crop can’t identify authorship or tell a poem from an essay from an excerpt of a history (Dude — it’s from Tacitus’ History — get a clue!), and so default to “it’s from a novel.” Oddly, in the Ancient and Medieval class, I don’t find myself assigning too many novels …

  2. If I watch an episode a night that’s 24 days of telly. :D (I am of course ignoring the shitty add-ons. Well, I might watch Xmas Carol at some point. The other one could make a good beer mat I suppose.) But it’s not as though there’ll be anything else on the box. Strange how a new channel gets added to Freeview every other week and I still have nothing to watch except the news.

    I’ve begun to realise just how many crappy assumptions I’ve probably made in the past when introducing students to primary sources…

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