This innovative and user-friendly workbook is designed to guide students and instructors through the ideas and methods of the growing field of world history. Useful as either a supplement or a core text, this hands-on book provides all the elements necessary to conduct a full-fledged world history course, including narrative, projects, primary sources, and a glossary of terms. Within a unifying argument that world history is the history of a single humanity, David Hertzel uses the comparative method and an array of primary sources to teach critical thinking skills using primary sources. Students become active learners, not only observers but participants in and heirs to world history.
"Hertzel's workbook offers an innovative approach to learning about world history. He does not present us with an exhaustive narrative, but instead offers a wealth of information and learning frameworks along with selective narratives on a variety of world history topics. It will be a valuable tool for faculty who want to teach by using a book filled with practical exercises that places students at the center of the learning process."—David Kalivas, Middlesex Community College and editor, H-World listserv
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Using the guiding thematic argument that world history is the history of a single humanity, David Hertzel asks students to examine historical "universals" such as language and the unified heritage of languages, genealogy, myth, motifs and themes of literature, and archetypes. Rather than provide exhaustive coverage of each of these vast topics, the workbook provides judiciously selected historical examples as models from which instructors and students can open discussion suitable to the time and circumstance of the particular class. The projects guide students to recognize universals in their own lives and societies, allowing instructors and students to pursue historical themes in a critical and open environment. Despite the rigor of the comparative method and the extensive use of primary material, the workbook retains a simple but powerful theme and approach, making it accessible to students representing a wide range of educational and social backgrounds.
-Introduces the idea of history and historical methods
-Presents an accessible narrative that students find readable, rigorous, and relevant
-Includes exercises using the comparative method and teaching critical thought
-Presents projects that guide students in interpreting primary sources
-Gathers over thirty primary sources
-Provides a glossary of over one hundred terms
-Available in two volumes, divided at the traditional 1500 break point, that can be used separately or together
About the Author
David Hertzel is professor of history at Southwestern Oklahoma State University and a Fulbright scholar.
Table of Contents
- The Grand Narrative: Universals in History
- The Complex Narrative: Contrasting Concepts and Traditions