Individual Differences in Reading History

Authored by: Bruce VanSledright

Handbook of Individual Differences in Reading

Print publication date:  September  2015
Online publication date:  August  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415658874
eBook ISBN: 9780203075562
Adobe ISBN: 9781135120931

10.4324/9780203075562.ch18

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Abstract

History is fundamentally an interpretive domain. We can talk about history as a subject or a textual object. However, for my purposes here, it will make sense to speak of it more as a practice, that is, as a practice of reading the past to see what it might tell us here in the present about how things were, how people back then thought about their worlds. As the argument often goes, this helps us understand ourselves better. So, as a practice, history is all about reading, reading ourselves and reading the world of the past together in an inextricable combination.

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