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- DescriptionAn engaging autobiographical sketch by an eminent historian from the greatest generation. In this delightful book, historian Charles P. Roland chronicles his life from boyhood in 1920s rural Tennessee to retirement after a distinguished fifty-year academic career. Modestly and with understated humor, this prominent scholar of southern and Civil War history turns his perceptive eye to his own past, mixing personal recollections with incisive social commentary to provide fascinating details about growing up in the South during the Great Depression, soldiering in World War II, and teaching college history in the turbulent second half of the twentieth century.The son and grandson of educators, Roland spent his early working years as a teacher and National Park historian in Washington, D.C. During World War II, he served as a captain in a front-line infantry battalion in Europe, fought in the most crucial sector in the Battle of the Bulge, and earned a Purple Heart fighting in the Remagen Bridgehead. After using the GI Bill to earn his doctorate in history at Louisiana State University--where he worked with Francis Butler Simkins and T. Harry Williams--he spent the next thirty-six years teaching history, first at Tulane University and then at the University of Kentucky, at the same time immersing himself in research and writing numerous books and journal articles. He officially retired in 1988 at the age of seventy but continues to be an active scholar, author, editor, and lecturer.A succinct and satisfying epic of the life of a thoughtful citizen-soldier and scholar, My Odyssey through History is also a valuable remembrance of major twentieth-century events.
- Author BiographyA professor of history emeritus at the University of Kentucky, Charles P. Roland is the author or coauthor of many books, including An American Iliad: The Story of the Civil War; Louisiana Sugar Plantations during the Civil War; The Confederacy; A History of the South; The Improbable Era: The South since World War II; Reflections on Lee: A Historian's Assessment; and Albert Sidney Johnston: Soldier of Three Republics. He is a former president of the Southern Historical Association and a recipient of the Civil War Education Association's William Woods Hassler Award for notable achievements in Civil War history. He lives in Lexington, Kentucky.
- Author(s)Charles P. Roland
- PublisherLouisiana State University Press
- Date of Publication01/12/2003
- SubjectBiography: General
- Place of PublicationBaton Rouge
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintLouisiana State University Press
- Content Note20 halftones
- Weight381 g
- Width139 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine18 mm
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