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Sources of Twentieth-Century Europe

by Marvin Perry

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The primary sources selected for this document reader amount to a sort of "march of time" narrative of twentieth century Europe. Most of them present a stereotyped account of history. To make matters worse, each excerpt of a primary source is preceded by a lengthy summary written by the editors, which allows lazy students to think they can skip the primary source itself and tells even those who do read the source what they should get out of it. In my view, the pedagogical advantage of primary sources in teaching students history is that they introduce students to the messiness and surprises that constitute the stuff of history, and spark debates over the ambiguity of how to interpret history. This collection of sources, combined with the editorial summaries, make it all look too pat and straightforward. I do give the collection 3 stars because it can serve as a handy collection of many of the most well-known primary sources of European history - the 'greatest hits,' including things like Lenin's "What is to be Done?", Churchill's "Iron Curtain" speech, etc., etc. ( )
  sotirfan | Apr 23, 2010 |
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This reader uses primary sources to illuminate the intellectual, political, and cultural history of 20th-century Europe. Each part, chapter, and section contains an introduction that explains the historical setting and significance of the readings within.

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