David Cannadine

Embracing Complexity is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and eminent historian David Cannadine, Princeton University. This thoughtful conversation includes an examination of different aspects of the societal role of both history and historians while rejecting the simplifying distortions of the historical record that we are regularly presented with. David also provides behind-the-scenes insights into several of his bestselling books, including The Undivided Past: Humanity Beyond Our Differences.

This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, Imposing Order, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

  1. Finding One’s Historical Feet – Merging subjective and objective
  2. The Art of Biography – Trevelyan, Mellon, George V and more
  3. The Undivided Past – The origins of a deliberately provocative venture
  4. Transcending Parochialism – The value of history
  5. Categorical Examinations – The utility of boxes
  6. Historical Broadening – Changing practices
  7. What to Do, Part I – Advising presidents and educating Princetonians
  8. What to Do, Part II – Harnessing technology

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