A recent discussion among online article authors brought up the question: “What is the best historical textbook?” Many of you will have your own opinions on this, but let me give you my honest opinion. When it comes to world history in general I would say that Heston’s Textbook of the Ancient World or Oxford University Press’s A Companion to European History, are probably the best. And these two are certainly not in any way bad. In fact, it seems that most online article authors would concur with me on this.
Do You Read A World History Textbook?
But what about you? Do you read world history textbooks… Do you recommend the same one? If so, which one? And, if I may, would you please explain why? (I apologize for the high level of terminology here, but I wanted to get some of the discussion out of the way.)
Let me tell you that I read several college textbooks on world history and the major one, with an assist from a very famous world historian, was Heston’s Textbook of the Ancient World. The reason I recommend this one as an example is that Heston succeeded in integrating a lot of information into a relatively small book. He was a whiz at combining history with research. He also managed to squeeze in a bit of science as well. Heston was a world-class scholar, and an associate professor at a major state university, so you could say he knew his stuff.
Now then, what about you? What is your preference when it comes to reading world history? What about a more general guide, like “Complete History” or something like that? Which book should I recommend? Well, let me help you out.
List Of World History Textbooks
First, I recommend a world history textbook-independent guide. These are books that take the basic information from the world history textbook and use it to build an overall lesson plan from that information. For instance, one might look at the material in one of these textbooks and build a lesson around it. For instance, one might find that the textbook discusses the fall of the Roman Empire and how it led to the creation of modern Rome and that the fall was caused by political mistakes. And then build a lesson around that.
Second, I recommend a textbook that covers world history in detail but leaves the interpretation up to the student. Usually the meaning of events is left up to interpretation, especially in an advanced level class, but in a lot of these books you’ll see that the interpretation is left up to the student. You’ll see that lots of the time they’re not really covered in the text itself, but you’ll just learn a lot about it through the interpretive exercises and reviews. So, you’ll need to read the book and decide for yourself if those interpretive exercises and reviews are right or not. But remember, it’s all up to you – it’s your assignment and you get to grade on it.
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Third, I recommend a world history book that reviews important periodicals…and an associate professor of history would be perfect for this. You’ll need a book like this for class, and some sort of review to make sure that the material is covered, so the student can move ahead if needed. And some of these books also have supplemental essays and some appendices as well. And some of them have appendices with essays on the history of the United States, for example.
Fourth, I recommend a book that is written by a college student who is a junior or senior in high school, and that is reviewed by a college student who is in his or her early twenties. Usually these books are not very long and are written in a very clear, concise style. Sometimes they are even short stories, too. And there’s usually a bit of controversy involved as well. So, if you want to learn about the civil war, you might want to read about one of these books…and if you want to learn about the First World War, you might want to read about one of these books…and if you want to learn about the Second World War, you might want to read one of these books.