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by Donald W. Whisenhunt
2nd edition, 64 pages, $10.95
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This book is designed as a supplement to other text materials for beginning college courses in history — whether European, World, or American. It concentrates on defining history, explaining why history is important, and what can be learned from history. It is designed to be of assistance to the instructor who would like to give a brief overview of history to the students at the beginning of an introductory course. This second edition has been expanded to flesh out some of the ideas that were not explained as fully as they could have been in the first edition. Examples have been updated with more recent events to make it more relevant to today's students. Also some photographs have been added.



  • Chapter 1: Introduction

  • Chapter 2: What is History?

  • Chapter 3: The Importance of History

  • Chapter 4: Historians and What They Do

  • Chapter 5: Schools of History

  • Chapter 6: Why Study History?

  • Chapter 7: How is History Studied?

  • Chapter 8: What Can Be Learned from History?

  • Bibliographical Note


Donald W. Whisenhunt attended McMurry College for his undergraduate education. His graduate work was done at Texas Tech University where he received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in history. Dr. Whisenhunt has taught at Murray State University in Kentucky and at Thiel College in Pennsylvania. He was an administrator and Professor History at Eastern New Mexico University and at the University of Texas at Tyler. He was also Vice President of Wayne State College in Nebraska. Currently he is Professor of History at Eastern Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. The author of over ten books and fifty scholarly articles, Dr. Whisenhunt has received major grants from such groups as the National Endowment for the Humanities and the new Jersey Historical Commission. He has also received the Albert J. Beveridge Award from the American Historical Association.


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