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Toward One World


reviewed by Ordway Tead - 1962

coverTitle: Toward One World
Author(s): G. Pearson
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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This book, the subtitle of which is "An Outline of World History from 1600 to 1960," is explicitly written for the "non-specialist reader." It is, however, a remarkable piece of scholarship—comprehensive, synoptic, and well organized. In addition to its general uses, it seems to me to hold a special interest for college and secondary school teachers, especially teachers of history. Any consideration of history instruction runs at once into the handling of the problem of "facts" in relation to meanings, perspectives, values. This book is designed to be a fact book. It necessarily conveys the author's selection of facts, but they are objectively offered and the philosophy-of-history issue is virtually and intentionally not raised. My own notion would be that here may well be an altogether admirable factual syllabus for a general "survey" course in history, leaving the teacher free to discuss interpretations, multiple causes, possible trends—in short, to philosophize on the... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 64 Number 3, 1962, p. 258-258
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 2988, Date Accessed: 9/29/2020 3:37:04 AM

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