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HISTORY WE NEVER KNEW - Dr. Ben Kennedy, 2 Sessions
This class addresses four questions I have asked myself and others about history. They come from six decades of studying, writing, and teaching history. The questions are: What is History?, How does History explain things?, Does History repeat itself?, What can we learn from History?. We will consider two questions per session. Some reading will be recommended, but not required. An open mind and a willingness to think and reflect are essential to what we will discuss.
Dr. Ben Kennedy is professor emeritus of history at the University of West Georgia where he taught for 38 years. Upon retiring to the mountain, he also offered classes at YHC as a visiting professor. Ben taught his first ICL class in 1999 – on Ireland. Since then he has taught classes on Napoleon, the French Revolution, Russia in WWII (with Natalia Starostina), 19th Century Europe, and others for ICL. He has visited France many times, the first in 1957 at age 19 and in 2013 at age 75.