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    Description" History from Things" explores the many ways objects--defined broadly to range from Chippendale tables and Italian Renaissance pottery to seventeenth-century parks and a New England cemetery--can reconstruct and help reinterpret the past. Eighteen essays describe how to "read" artifacts, how to "listen to" landscapes and locations, and how to apply methods and theories to historical inquiry that have previously belonged solely to archaeologists, anthropologists, art historians, and conservation scientists. Spanning vast time periods, geographical locations, and academic disciplines, "History from Things" leaps the boundaries between fields that use material evidence to understand the past. The book expands and redirects the study of material culture--an emerging field now building a common base of theory and a shared intellectual agenda.

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    History from Things
    Essays on Material Culture
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by Steven D. Lubar, Edited by William David Kingery
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 224 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 885 g
    ISBN 13: 9781560986133
    ISBN 10: 1560986131

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    New edition
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    Smithsonian Books
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    Smithsonian Books
    Publication date
    01 November 1995
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    Author Information
    Steven Lubar is curator of engineering and industry at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History. W. David Kingery is Regents Professor of Anthropology and Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Arizona.
    Review quote
    "Readers should find in "History from Things" much to provoke thinking about material culture and a stimulus to the type of interdisciplinary communication that the field of material culture studies has tried to offer."--"Journal of American History" ""History from Things" reminds us of the intellectual power of artifact analysis. . . . [It] is a useful book for beginning and experienced teachers of social studies, at every grade level, on the ways to use material culture to better understand the past and as routes to reflect on the more abstract features of culture."--"Social Education" "Eighteen essays discuss the use of artifacts and material culture evidence in broadening historical understanding of the past. Contributors come from a wide array of backgrounds, including art history, anthropology, archaeology, and the history of technology, and the artifacts examined range from Chinese bronzes to the cultural landscape of eighteenth-century English gardens and from New England cemeteries to a twentiety-century steam locomotive. Individually these essays push out the boundaries of material culture study, while collectively they transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries."--"Science, Technology, and Society"