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

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

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By (author) John Tosh

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  • Publisher: LONGMAN
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 211mm x 15mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 2 September 1991
  • Publication City/Country: Harlow
  • ISBN 10: 0582026342
  • ISBN 13: 9780582026346
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: further reading list, index

Product description

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 throughout.

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Review quote

'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)

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. 6