Monthly Archive: August 2012

Aug 17

Featured Author: Robert Van Bergen


Robert Van Bergen was one of the first American scholars to study in Japan after its opening to foreigners in the 1860’s. In addition to mastering Japanese and other oriental languages, he taught English to the Japanese and was personally known to many of the revolutionary statesmen of Japan who transformed the country from a feudal empire, with medieval customs to one of the most advanced technological countries in the world in only a single generation.

Aug 16

Ancient History Core Reading Selections

Ancient Greece Classical Library

Heritage History recommends that every student of Ancient History read at least two comprehensive histories (sometimes called “spines”) for both Greece and Rome. Instead of writing individual reviews for a dozen such histories currently available from Heritage History, this review gives an overview of book sets from five different authors that we recommend as “core” reading for beginning and intermediate students.

Aug 16

New Book! Stories of South America


This book provides an excellent introduction to the history of South America, with special attention to the 19th century. It introduces all the major heroes of South American independence in insightful detail, including Miranda, San Martin, Bolivar, O’Higgins, and Don Pedro of Brazil, and provides a more thoughtful critique of the various republican factions that embroiled the continent than some other histories.

Aug 15

New Book! When the Prussians Came to Poland


This first person account of a American woman trapped in occupied Poland during the early years of the First World War gives a moving and chilling account of the atrocities perpetrated by the Prussian army. Unlike many war-related books, it is written from a woman’s perspective and provides personal insights and observations that a more conventional account may omit.

Aug 14

Poem : The Pines


There are not many things that we enjoy as much as reading history, but hiking in the Rocky mountains is one of them. We love the lakes, rivers, and endless forests, and even the five months of winter. This weekend we took the boys up to Steven’s lake, just east of Wallace, near the Idaho/Montana border.

Aug 14

Book Review: Garibaldi and his Red-Shirts


Garibaldi is the most interesting of the characters involved in the wars of Italian Unification. He was a radical politically and violently anti-Catholic, yet selfless in his idealism and always willing to risk his own life and property without thought of personal gain. He was a warrior rather than a statesman and this biography follows his military career in detail.

Aug 10

New Book: Peeps at Ancient Assyria

Peeps at Ancient Assyria

Peeps at Ancient Assyria by James Baikie This account of Ancient Syria does an excellent job presenting the story of Ancient Assyria in a manner appealing to middle school students. Much of the history of Assyria is known by archeological excavations as well as Biblical era chronicles, and Baikie does an excellent job of presenting …

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Aug 10

Book Review: Three Lives of Cortez

The Boy's Prescott

Cortez and the Conquest of MexicoThe Boys’ Prescott by Helen Banks Mexico by Margaret Coxhead Hernando Cortez by Frederick Ober The Conquest of the Empire of the Aztecs by Cortes and his small band of conquistadors is one of the most dramatic and consequential tales in all history. This book tells the story in fascinating …

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Aug 09

New Book: Stories of the French Revolution

This beautifully illustrated book, published on the anniversary of the reign of Terror in France, is an excellent Middle School introduction to the drama of the French Revolution. The story is told in enough depth to be of abiding interest, but focus is mostly on the dramatic events of the era, without too much reflection …

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