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HISTORY TEACHING IN SCHOOLS.
In course of publication, each volume in fcp. 8vo. complete in itself,
EDWARD E. MORRIS, M.A. of Lincoln College, Oxford.
Late Master of the Bedford shire Middle-Class Public School.
TH 'HE conviction has long been growing that for schools in general small and cheap
books, if carefully prepared, are better than those which are larger and more costly.
The difficulty in applying this idea to books of history is the risk of spoiling the interest by diminishing the detail. But it is generally allowed that the complete picture of any short period is of more value, in an educational point of view, than a mere outline of the history of a nation ; and the practice, dictated by the course of many public examinations, of reading periods of history, seems to suggest a way in which it may be possible to secure in handy and cheap volumes that fulness without which history is unprofitable,
For schools the study of elaborate histories is, and must remain, an impossibility; and generally, it may be safely said that in school routine time cannot be found for going through the complete continuous history of more than one or two countries at most. But it is not possible to understand thoroughly the history of even one country, if it be studied alone. A knowledge of the condition of surrounding countries is of at least equal importance with its own previous history. It is, so to speak, a horizontal rather than a vertical study of history.
It is proposed, therefore, by publishing a series of books relating only to definite periods of history, to meet a want which cannot be met by continuous histories of any one country. The series will by no means be confined to the history of England, but will deal also with European history; and where the course of events in England may give to the epoch its name and character, care will be taken to trace the connexion of English history with that of the continental nations, and with the progress of ideas at work among them.
Great as the improvement has been in the histories prepared of late years for the use of schools, much still remains to be done before we can have manuals thoroughly adapted for boys and girls, whose memories cannot retain mere names, or retain them at the cost of efforts which weaken their powers in other directions. In school histories no reference should be made to events of which some, clear idea
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cannot be laid before the reader, and no names mentioned of actors in the history, unless enough can be said to exhibit them as living men. To this rule the contributors to the present series will, so far as practicable, strictly adhere.
In short, it will be their object, not to recount all the events of any given epoch, but to bring out in the clearest light those incidents and features on which the mind of the young most readily fastens, and all those characteristics which exhibit the life of a people as well as the policy of their rulers, special attention being paid to the literature, manners, and state of knowledge during each epoch.
With each volume a Map or Maps will be given, one, if necessary, representing the state of Europe during the period of which it treats; and a Chronological Analysis, shewing the relation of English and foreign events. Lists of authorities consulted and of books suitable for further study will be giren in a Preface. Footnotes will be avoided,
Lastly, the first volume of the series will have an introductory chapter, sketching the previous history of Europe so far as may be requisite to make the succeeding chapters intelligible. In the other volumes an introductory chapter, when it seems vecessary, will be inserted in order to connect the book with earlier epochs treated n the series. The work, when complete, will thus form a series of consecutive olumes, which will give the reader, it is hoped, a full and accurate view of the history of England and Europe from the days of Charles the Great and Alfred to the present time.
Epochs selected, and Authors :
I. The Era of the Protestant Revolution. By F. SEEBOHM, Anthor of 'The Oxford Reformers
Colet, Erasmus, More.' With 4 Coloured Maps and 12 Diagrams on Wood. Price 2s. 6d. II. The Crusades. By the Rev. G. W. Cox, M.A. late Scholar of Trinity College, Oxford ; Author
of the · Aryan Mythology '&c. With a Coloured Map. Price 28. 6d. III. T'he Thirty Years' War, 1618-1648. By SAMUEL RAWSON GARDINER, late Student of Ch. Ch.
Autoor of History of England from the Accession of James I. to the Disgrace of Chief
Justice Coke' &c. With a Coloured Map. Price 28. 6d.
GAIRDNER, of the Public Record Office; Editor of The Paston Letters' and of Letters and
Coloured Maps. Price 2s. 60.
Her Majesty's Senior Inspector of Schools. With Coloured Map Price 28. 6d. The Beginning of the Middle Ages ; Charles the Great and Alfred; the History of England in
its connexion with that of Europe in the Ninth Century. By the Very Rev. R. W. CHURCH,
M.A. Dean of St. Paul's. The Norman Kings and the Feudal System. By the Rev. A, H. JOHNSON, M.A. Fellow of All
Souls College, Oxford. The Early Plantagenets and their relation to the History of Europe; the foundation and growth
of Constitutional Government. By the Rev. WILLIAM STUBBS, M.A. &c. Regius Professor of Modern History in the University of Oxford; Editor of 'Select Charters of English Constitutional History from the Earliest Times to the Reign of Edward I.' and of several
Chronicles and Memorials of this period in the Rolls Series. The Age of Elizabeth. By the Rev. M. CREIGHTON, M.A. Fellow of Merton College, Oxford. The Stuarts and the Puritan Revolution. By J. LANGTON SAYFORD, Author of 'Studies and
Illustrations of the Great Rebellion,' * Estimates of the English Kings,' &c. The Fall of the Stuarts; and Western Europe from 1678 to 1697. By the Rev. EDWARD HALE,
M.A. Assistant Master at Eton. The Age of Anne. By EDWARD E. MORRIS, M.A. Editor of the Series Frederick the Great and the Seven Years' War. By F. W. LONGMAN, of Balliol College,
Oxford. The War of American Independence. By JOHN MALCOLM LUDLOW, Barrister-at-Law, Author
of A Sketch the History of th United States from Independence to Secession,' &c.
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