History is a puzzle, and solving it takes as much work and ingenuity as scientific research -- but you can't do experiments to test whether you got the right answer.Which no doubt is why Napoleon called history "a group of lies that men have agreed upon." But he was wrong in one crucial respect: men have NOT agreed on those lies but continue to argue about them.
I've read some pretty convincing books, only to later learn that the writers are universally regarded as wingnuts by their colleagues.But others may be easy to find in libraries or on the Web. dissertation or major book -- you will have to become a literary Indiana Jones.Focus at first on confirming the accuracy of key points in your secondary sources. You will need to travel, to rummage through libraries and archives looking for documents and artifacts no one has written up or even noticed before.Ten thousand years from now, they will probably still be arguing over them. When you sign in to comment, IBM will provide your email, first name and last name to DISQUS.