The Historian’s Craft

Robert Murray Making Sense of History by Geoffrey Partington Xlibris, 2013, 324 pages, $25.95   Making Sense of History is an old historian and history teacher’s meditations on the craft, often with a light touch. It starts with an analysis of how history—which is always more complicated than people expect—might be presented and goes on to some personal reminiscences and candid comments on public and intellectual figures, past and present. Partington grew up in a mill town near Manchester, subsequently lived in various parts of England, and in 1976 came to live in South Australia, where he joined the education…

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