The Pursuit of History

The Pursuit of History : Aims, Methods and New Directions in the Study of Modern History

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Why do we study history? How do we construct our knowledge of the past? How objective can it be? What are its limitations? Can we apply to it the methodology of social science? What different kinds of history are being written today? Answering these key questions, John Tosh's new edition preserves the shape of the original but extends the existing chapters with new much material on e.g. discourse, the history of mentalities and historical explanation; and gender has become an important recurring motif more

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 134.62 x 210.82 x 15.24mm | 294.83g
  • Pearson Education Limited
  • Harlow, United Kingdom
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • further reading list, index
  • 0582026342
  • 9780582026346

Table of contents

Preface to the first edition. Preface to the second edition. 1. The uses of history. 2. The raw materials. 3. Using the sources. 4. The mian themes: politics, ideas, language. 5. The main themes: economy, society, mentality. 6show more

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'This is exactly the kind of book to recommend warmly to any student wanting a general introduction to the discipline of history. It is highly accessible and could as easily be handled by the general reader wanting to know what is happening to history today.' British Book News (of the First Edition)show more