- Dec 2009
Everyone has a theory of history, but some make it clear what they're doing. I'd rather have a book by someone who straight-ups says they're approaching a topic from a particular intellectual framework than from someone whose methodology is unclear.At university I was taught that many old school historians are biased in their accounts due to being Marxist/Post modernist/etc and that I would be wasting my time reading any of the Pelican series of intro history books (60s/70s published). Do you guys find that to be the case? There's some old school historians in some of these lists, Acton was a Victorian and although I've heard he's fab I haven't read his works yet.