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Practicing History: Selected Essays (1981) [Textbook]
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From thoughtful pieces on the historian's role to striking insights into America's past and present to trenchant observations on the international scene, Barbara W. Tuchman looks at history in a unique way and draws lessons from what she sees. Here is a splendid body of work, the story of a lifetime spent "practicing history."


  • In Search of History
  • When Does History Happen?
  • History by the Ounce
  • The Historian as Artist
  • The Historian's Opportunity
  • Problems in Writing the Biography of General Stilwell
  • The Houses of Research
  • Biography as a Prism of History
  • Japan: A Clinical Note
  • Campaign Train
  • What Madrid Reads
  • "Perdicaris Alive or Raisuli Dead"
  • The Final Solution
  • Israel: Land of Unlimited Impossibilities
  • Woodrow Wilson on Freud's couch
  • How We Entered World War I
  • Israel's Swift Sword
  • If Mao Had Come to Washington
  • The Assimilationist Dilemma: Ambassador Morganthau's Story
  • Kissinger: Self-Portrait
  • Mankind's Better Moments
  • Is History a Guide to the Future?
  • Vietnam:
    • -- When, Why, and How to Get Out
    • -- Coalition in Vietnam -- Not Worth One More Life
    • -- The Citizen Versus the Military
  • Historical Clues to Present Discontents
  • Generalship
  • Why Policy-Makers Do Not Listen
  • Watergate and the Presidency:
    • -- Should We Abolish the Presidency?
    • -- A Fear of the Remedy
    • -- A Letter to the House of Representatives
    • -- Defusing the Presidency
  • On Our Birthday -- America as Idea

Original title: Practicing History: Selected Essays
Original languages: English


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Practicing History: Selected Essays (1981)
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Language: English

  • "Persuades and Enthralls...I can think of no better primer for the nonexpert who wishes to learn history. " Chicago Sun-Times
  • "Provocative, Consistent, and Beautifully Readable, an event not to be missed by history buffs. " The Baltimore Sun
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Practicing History: Selected Essays (1991)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 9780345303639
Dimensions: 5.3 x 8.3 x 0.6 in
Pages: 320

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Practicing History: Selected Essays (1981)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Knopf
ISBN: 9780394520865
Pages: 306

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