Things I Did Not Know

THINGS I DID NOT KNOW….Darrin McMahon writes about the study of history in Europe and the United States:

Whereas you can go to almost any small college in America and find, say, a professor or two of French or German history, you will be hard-pressed to find a professor of American history anywhere in France or Germany. There are, to be sure, notable exceptions, as well as a number of programs teaching a kind of trendified American studies ? film courses with heavy doses of Zizek and Critical Theory and that sort of thing. But a course on the American Revolution, the New Deal, or the Civil War? Good luck.

Really? But how can they maintain an effective level of condescension toward us if they don’t study our history? This is really quite astonishing, isn’t it?

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