Books vs. the history channel

Books vs. the history channel
British professors are complaining that students don’t know much about history — except for Adolf Hitler — and don’t like to read about it.

History students at university have studied their subject more from watching television than reading serious books, according to a survey of academics published today. Few new undergraduates have read any history books at all and many expect academics to entertain them with TV-style stories rather than serious lectures.

Cronaca points out that the information comes from the history professors, not directly from the students.

Bloggers list the greatest figures in American history on Hawkins’ site. I was invited to participate, but missed the deadline. Ronald Reagan is ranked awfully high, as is George Patton, but I agree with most of the choices.

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