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History in Dispute


What caused the fall of the Roman empire? What did the second amendment to the U.S. constitution mean to the founding fathers? What was the role of black troops in the American Civil War?
History in Dispute addresses these heavily debated questions by offering your students different critical perspectives on major historical events, drawn from all time periods and from all parts of the globe. The intent of this biennial series is to provide students with an enhanced understanding of events typically only summarized in history texts. Each volume will help stimulate critical thinking and provide ideas for papers and assignments in topics such as:

■ The American Revolution

■ American Social and Political Movements

■ Classical Antiquity & Classical Studies

■ The Cold War

■ The Crusades

■ European Social and Political Movements

■ The Holocaust

■ The Middle East

■ The Red Scare After 1945

■ The Spanish Civil War

■ Water and the Environment

■ World War I

■ World War II

■ And more


Each volume in the History in Dispute series has a thematic, era or subject-specific focus that coincides with the way history is studied at the academic level. Presenting dynamic, easy-to-understand scholarship, each volume contains roughly 50 entries chosen by an advisory board of historians and academics. Entries begin with a brief overview  summarizing the controversy. This introduction is followed by two or more signed, point-counterpoint essays of 1,500 to 2,000 words each. The unique pro-con format fosters lively discussions, helps students organize information and promotes critical thinking. Additional features of this valuable series include:

■ Primary source materials connecting entries to actual historical documents

■ Photographs and drawings illuminating pertinent individuals, sites, objects

■ Extensive bibliographies guiding users to recent resources as well as classic texts for further research

■ Chronological list of events framing individual events in their broader context

■ Cumulative subject index and clear table of contents providing  multiple access points to target information

■ And more


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