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Cover; Half-title; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; List of Illustrations and Maps; Preface: Citizens Who Quest (For Knowledge); 1. Knights on Horseback; 2. Brutal Soldiery; 3. New Men with Rifles; 4. Unlikely Heroes; 5. Bearers of Burdens; 6. Innocents at War; Afterword: Historians with Axes (To Grind); Exploring Further; Index.
Americans are often accused of not appreciating history, but this charge belies the real popular interest in the past. Historical reenactments draw thousands of spectators; popular histories fill the bestseller lists; PBS, A & E and The History Channel air a dizzying array of documentaries and historical dramas; and Hollywood war movies become blockbusters. Though historians worry that these popular representations sacrifice authenticity for broad appeal, Michael C.C. Adams argues that living history -- even if it is an incomplete depiction of the past -- plays a vital role in stimulating the his.
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