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How to Teach History

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  1. Lessons & Discussions
    Lesson 1: What Is History and Why Study It? (Preview Content)
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  2. Discussion 1: How to Teach History (Preview Content)
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  3. Lesson 2: History and the Liberal Arts (Preview Content)
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  4. Discussion 2: How to Teach History
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  5. Lesson 3: The Role of History in Classical Education
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  6. Discussion 3: How to Teach History
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  7. Lesson 4: Problems in the Study of History
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  8. Discussion 4: How to Teach History
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  9. Lesson 5: Developing as a Student of History
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  10. Discussion 5: How to Teach History (Preview Content)
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  11. Lesson 6: Essential Qualities and Practices of a History Teacher
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  12. Discussion 6: How to Teach History
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  13. Lesson 7: Important Books for the Study of History
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  14. Lesson 8: Major Historians Teachers Should Know
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  15. Lesson 9: Two Ancient Historians---Livy
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  16. Lesson 10: Two Ancient Historians---Bede
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  17. Discussion 10: How to Teach History
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  18. End of Course Test
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Lesson 7, Topic 3
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In this lecture, Wes Callihan notes various problems we encounter when studying history. He mentions that some historians make their biases or “angles” clear in their writing and some do not. In some cases, we must read carefully to detect bias.

Wes notes that Tacitus (58–120) reveals a common bias when he wrote, “Enough time has passed that I need not fear retribution.” Apparently, historians are sometimes hesitant to record the bald truth when there are still people living who can do them harm.

Edward Gibbons (1737–1794) was an English historian of Roman history who wrote The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. While recognizes a masterful work of historical writing, his bias against organized Christianity and monasticism is clearly evident.