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Creative Historical Thinking

By Michael Douma

© 2018 – Routledge

196 pages | 16 B/W Illus.

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Paperback: 9781138048850
pub: 2018-07-03
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Creative Historical Thinking offers innovative approaches to thinking and writing about history. Author Michael J. Douma makes the case that history should be recognized as a subject intimately related to individual experience and positions its practice as an inherently creative endeavor. Douma describes the nature of creativity in historical thought, illustrates his points with case studies and examples. He asserts history’s position as a collective and community-building exercise and argues for the importance of metaphor and other creative tools in communicating about history with people who may view the past in fundamentally different ways. A practical guide and an inspiring affirmation of the personal and communal value of history, Creative Historical Thinking has much to offer to both current and aspiring historians.  

Table of Contents



Section I: The Argument: Seeing History as a Creative Discipline

Chapter 1: Metaphors of space and time

Chapter 2: Beyond Simple Linear History

Chapter 3: On Facts and Creative Interpretations

Section II: Practical Strategies for Students to become Creative Historians

Chapter 4: How Creative Historians Read and Research

Chapter 5: How Creative Historians Write

Chapter 6: Networking: The Entrepreneurial Historian

Section III: Creativity in the History Classroom

Chapter 7: Rethinking history education with photographs and material culture

Chapter 8: "Why Men Stopped Wearing Hats" and Other Important Historical Questions

Chapter 9: Classroom History Diagrams

Section IV: The Consequences of History as Metaphor

Chapter 10: Can there be one metaphor for all of History?

Chapter 11: Analogies of Historical Thinking

Chapter 12: Creative Historical Thinking for Everyone

About the Author

Michael J. Douma is Assistant Research Professor at the McDonagh School of Business at Georgetown University.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Study & Teaching
HISTORY / Modern / General