Keeping Time
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Keeping Time

Memory, Nostalgia, and the Art of History

Title Details

Pages: 224

Trim size: 5.500in x 8.500in



Pub Date: 11/01/2010

ISBN: 9-780-8203-3792-0

List Price: $26.95

Keeping Time

Memory, Nostalgia, and the Art of History

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At once memoir and meditation, Keeping Time records one professional historian’s struggle to live in history even as he studies it, writes about it, and teaches it. Exploring the omnipresence of the past in American life today, Peter N. Carroll weaves into his autobiographical narrative a wealth of provocative observations on the practice of history, the connections between “small” lives and large forces, and the relationship of personal choice to public activity.

Carroll feels compelled to view the past in a different way—not as something remote from the present, but as a vital current in everyone’s life. He strives to popularize history, reminding us that the particulars of ordinary life are indeed historical, that all human beings, however “obscure” or “important,” exist in time, and that each must live in history.

A brilliant, witty, touching, and consistently thoughtful book . . . Carroll succeeds in uniting the personal with the professional; in uniting the growth of a New York City working class boy with that of a tenured college professor. Carroll situates the scholar squarely in the world that made him and that he in turn helped to make.

History Teacher

Carroll’s unusual book comments wisely on history as something that is by definition at once personal, social, intellectual, and political. He invites all historians—who rarely stop to think very clearly about what we do and why—to draw both instruction and inspiration from these resonances.

Journal of American History

Keeping Time is a marvelous illustration of how each generation of historians encounters different challenges as its participants try to live lives that connect the craft with their personal needs.

Public Historian

Keeping Time deserves to be read widely, both by teachers of history and graduate faculty. It will throw a helpful light on present social studies and history education.

Educational Forum

About the Author/Editor

PETER N. CARROLL is the author, coauthor, or editor of seventeen books, including The Odyssey of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade: Americans in the Spanish Civil War; They Still Draw Pictures: Children’s Art in Wartime (with Anthony L. Geist); and a volume of poetry, Riverborne: A Mississippi Requiem. He teaches at Stanford University.