What is History?


Thelen, “Enola Gay Controversy”

What was “the controversy?”

What does this tell us about what history is?

What was problem with “widening the audience of history?”

How should we consider the view or interpretation of veterans?

What should one consider about their perspective?


Sherwin, Hiroshima as Politics and History

What immediate concerns did Sherwin have with the proposed exhibit?

How does he explain opposite view of Air Force historians?

How does he explain zeal of opponents from magazines to congress?

What did his  quote mean: “Those who insist on only their memories of the past, condemn others to remain ignorant of it?

How does he blame or explain the Cold War as responsible for this in many ways?


Documents of Enola Gay Conflict

What did congressmen mean that historians should “tell history not rewrite it?

Should history, as Senator Ford suggested, leave people happy or feeling good?


Furay and Salevouris, Ch. 1

What’s the authors’ point about the Soviet colonel?

Gov over the list of uses of history on p. 6


Furay and Salevouris, Ch. 2

How do the authors define history?

What’s the point of the authors’ analogy of walking with a flashlight in a dark, rugged landscape?

What can or might affect a historian’s view or account of the past?

Why did Hodding Carter’s background affect how he understood the Civil War?

How can we then evaluate a particular historical interpretation?



Galgano, Doing History, Ch. 1

What is Galgano’s definition of history?

What does he mean that people can misuse the past?  Any examples?

What two things does he cite that can limit historical knowledge?

What are the two approaches he describes about historians?

What is historical context and why important? (pg. 4).

What are common problems of historical inquiry that one should be aware of?

Quickly go over the progressive, consensus, New Left, and Annales schools