History Can Be Studied And Recorded

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History can be studied and recorded in a multitude of ways. Historical autobiographies offer insight into personal stories of the past but raises the question of whether or not these individual histories have been skewed by memory. Historians can learn about more than just historical events by reading historical autobiographies. Autobiographical accounts are a unique form of history in which the reader takes on the perspective of the author and has the opportunity to get a first-hand glimpse of their personal experience and a feel of the environment in which these individuals lived their lives. In order to obtain an understanding of a specific time period, historians search for knowledge that can be verified (Popkin 11). In reconstructing…show more content…
The following autobiographical accounts allow readers to gain insight into the human experience in twentieth century Europe and how these experiences shape the author as they mature. Confronted by adversity, these individuals lived through a time of deprivation, social class exclusion, and racism. Through these personal narratives, one can begin to form an idea of what it means to be European amongst a plethora of nationalities and ethnicities and share in a common bond. Robert Graves, Good-bye to All That In Good-bye to All That, Robert Graves writes of his childhood and his experiences as an officer during World War II. This account follows Graves’ maturity into adulthood through pre and post war times starting from his birth in 1895 up until 1957. Graves, who was born in England, spends his childhood at an all male school until he leaves for France in 1929 when the war broke out in Germany. As a well educated son of a middle-class family, his childhood was a happy one. Graves writes of his childhood environment that shaped him into the man he was. He was intentional in his descriptions of himself and of others as he overcomes fears and obstacles in this autobiography. The first part of this autobiography describes his schooling at Charterhouse, where he was bullied by other students. After joining a poet’s
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