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Old December 22nd, 2017, 09:50 PM   #1
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do you own/have access to old history textbooks?

I am interested in old history textbooks. Especially, school textbooks and especially from the Soviet Union.
I studied in the USSR and found an old textbook (from early 50s, I think)
and I found it curious that it was different from what we had. I noticed that it was Politically different... Although I was 9 or 10 at the time.
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Old December 23rd, 2017, 12:03 AM   #2

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We have two complete sets of this:
I inherited a set (1st edition) from my great uncle when he died and my wife found a set (2nd edition) in a bookstore before we met.

I also have a first edition (1934) version of this:

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Old December 24th, 2017, 08:19 AM   #3
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This reminds me of an advertisement I saw on Television in the USA a decade or two ago.
I don't remember what it was for, possibly something connected with the internet.

The premise was that underfunded schools might have decades old textbooks that were obsolete. One scene had a little girl finish a report in her class saying: "Someday, Man will reach the Moon."

I don't think that the following were ever used as textbooks, but:

My family used to have a copy of an edition of Edward S. Ellis The Story of the Greatest Nations, a multi volume work with many reproductions of historical paintings. This was the 1914 edition and as a child I noted how optimistic it was about the present state of the world and the future. I also noted, as a child, how wacky it was that the chapter on Scandinavia suggested that Norse dragon legends might have been memories of giant prehistoric lizards that early man might have encountered in Scandinavia - i.e. dinosaurs!

At the Free Library of Philadelphia I sometimes used the 1740 edition of James Anderson Royal Genealogies, which of course is now 277 years out of date.

The Rare Book Room at the Free Library of Philadelphia has a set of books in different languages listing the Roman emperors with portraits of each taken from coins and medallions. How old are those books? So old that they list the emperors up to the currently reigning one, who I think was Rudolph II (reigned 1576-1612)!

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Old December 24th, 2017, 08:35 AM   #4

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You might find what you are looking for on the internet archive.

Sometimes the search feature can be overwhelming. Can be a very rewarding site.
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Old January 2nd, 2018, 07:35 AM   #5

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I have an old edition of this one from a university history class, and still find it a good intro to whatever period:

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