Episode 406: Zach Schrag on History

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April 27, 2021


Professor Zachary Schrag is a historian of the twentieth-century United States and a professor of history at George Mason University. His specialities are: history of technology, policy history, transportation history, urban history, and oral history. On this episode, we discuss what history means and his book, the Princeton guide to historical research.

Key points include:

  • 01:40: History as the study of people
  • 07:23: Internal contradictions
  • 19:48: How a historian organises information
  • 30:04: Recommendations for history students
  • 37:26: History’s influence on politics