I aim here only at revealing myself, who will perhaps be different tomorrow, if I learn something new which changes me. I have no authority to be believed, nor do I want it, feeling myself too ill-instructed to instruct others. (Montaigne)


A Student's Guide to the Study of History

What is History?

Resources for Historians

Lectures on Ancient and Medieval European History

Lectures on Early Modern European History (in progress)

Lectures on Modern European Intellectual History

Lectures on 20th Century Europe

Syllabi for European History

About the Author

Curriculum Vitae

The History Guide has been created for the high school and undergraduate student who is either taking classes in history, or who intends to major in history in college. The purpose of The History Guide is to better prepare yourself for your history classes and to make your time in class more enjoyable and proficient.

The History Guide contains the complete content of three undergraduate courses in European history which will certainly be of use to those of you studying such topics at the college level or in A.P. European history classes. The History Guide contains ninety lectures in European history from ancient Sumer to the fall of Soviet-style communism in 1989. In essence, what is presented here is an online textbook in western civilization, with special reference to the western intellectual tradition.

Parents engaged in home schooling their children will find much that is of interest and I urge you to contact me if there are any details I can help provide to you.

The History Guide also contains an intellectual autobiography. If you are thinking of pursuing graduate work in history, then you should definitely read it carefully before you jump in over your head.

This site has been developed in the Socratic spirit of wisdom and knowledge. If I can't share the knowledge I have obtained over the years then that knowledge has certainly been ill-conceived. Feel free to send me your comments. Enjoy! This is for you!

The authority of those who teach
is often an obstacle to those who want to learn.

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