The Pursuit of History

The Pursuit of History

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By (author) John Tosh

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  • Publisher: LONGMAN
  • Format: Paperback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 168mm x 241mm x 23mm | 612g
  • Publication date: 3 March 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0582894123
  • ISBN 13: 9780582894129
  • Edition: 5, Revised
  • Edition statement: 5th Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 36,206

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This classic introduction to the study of history invites the reader to stand back and consider some of its most fundamental questions - What is the point of studying history? How do we know about the past? Does an objective historical truth exist and can we ever access it? In answering these central questions, John Tosh argues that, despite the impression of fragmentation created by postmodernism in recent years, history is a coherent discipline which still bears the imprint of its nineteenth-century origins. Consistently clear-sighted, he provides a lively and compelling guide to a complex and sometimes controversial subject, while making his readers vividly aware of just how far our historical knowledge is conditioned by the character of the sources and the methods of the historians who work on them. The fifth edition has been revised and updated throughout, with the addition of new sections on: * Global history * Comparative history * Postcolonialism * Women's and gender history * Oral history and memory Lucid and engaging, this new edition retains all the user-friendly features that have helped to make this book a favourite with both students and lecturers, including marginal glosses, illustrations, suggested further reading and boxed guides to key events and people.

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John Tosh is Professor of History at Roehampton University and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He is the author of several works on historiography, notably Why History Matters (2008) and Historians on History (2nd ed., 2008).

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"An excellent introduction to methodology in history which will be read with advantage by historians at any stage of their development." History "Can easily be handled by the general reader wanting to know what is happening to history today." British Book News

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"An excellent introduction to methodology in history which will be read with advantage by historians at any stage of their development.""History""" "Tosh writes clearly and pungently...a very satisfactory as well as stimulating vade-mecum for all who work at history.""Times Higher Education Supplement" This classic introduction to the study of history invites the reader to stand back and consider some of its most fundamental questions - What is the point of studying history? How do we know about the past? Does an objective historical truth exist and can we ever access it? In answering these central questions, John Tosh argues that, despite the impression of fragmentation created by postmodernism in recent years, history is a coherent discipline which still bears the imprint of its nineteenth-century origins. Consistently clear-sighted, he provides a lively and compelling guide to a complex and sometimes controversial subject, while making his readers vividly aware of just how far our historical knowledge is conditioned by the character of the sources and the methods of the historians who work on them. The fifth edition has been revised and updated throughout, with the addition of new sections on: - Global history- Comparative history- Postcolonialism And substantially revised sections on: - Women's and gender history- Oral history and memory- Cultural History Lucid and engaging, this new edition retains all the user-friendly features that have helped to make this book a favourite for students and lecturers, including marginal glosses, illustrations, suggested further reading and boxed guides to key events and people. John Tosh is Professor of History at Roehampton University and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He is the author of several works on historiography, notably "Why History Matters" (2008) and "Historians on History" (2nd ed., 2008).

Table of contents

Preface to the Fifth Edition. 1. Historical Awareness. 2. The Uses of History. 3. Mapping the Field. 4. The Raw Materials. 5. Using the Sources. 6. Writing and Interpretation. 7. The Limits of Historical Knowledge. 8. History and Social Theory. 9. Cultural Evidence and the Cultural Turn. 10. Gender History and Postcolonial History 11. Memory and the Spoken Word. Conclusion.