Embracing Complexity: A Conversation with David Cannadine
This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and eminent historian David Cannadine, Princeton University. This thoughtful conversation includes an examination of different aspects of the societal role of both history and historians while rejecting the simplifying distortions of the historical record that we are regularly presented with. David also provides behind-the-scenes insights into several of his bestselling books, including The Undivided Past: Humanity Beyond Our Differences.
This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, Imposing Order, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:
I. Finding One’s Historical Feet - Merging subjective and objective
II. The Art of Biography - Trevelyan, Mellon, George V and more
III. The Undivided Past - The origins of a deliberately provocative venture
IV. Transcending Parochialism - The value of history
V. Categorical Examinations - The utility of boxes
VI. Historical Broadening - Changing practices
VII. What to Do, Part I - Advising presidents and educating Princetonians
VIII. What to Do, Part II - Harnessing technology
Ideas Roadshow Conversations Series
This book is part of an expanding series of 100+ Ideas Roadshow conversations, each one presenting a wealth of candid insights from a leading expert through a focused yet informal setting to give non-specialists a uniquely accessible window into frontline research and scholarship that wouldn't otherwise be encountered through standard lectures and textbooks.