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Public History: A Textbook of Practice is a guide to the many challenges historians face while teaching, learning, and practicing public history. Historians can play a dynamic and essential role in contributing to public understanding of the past, and those who work in historic preservation, in museums and archives, in government agencies, as consultants, as oral historians, or who manage crowdsourcing projects need very specific skills. This book links theory and practice and provides students and practitioners with the tools to do public history in a wide range of settings. The text engages throughout with key issues such as public participation, digital tools and media, and the internationalization of public history. Part One focuses on public history sources, and offers an overview of the creation, collection, management, and preservation of public history materials (archives, material culture, oral materials, or digital sources). Chapters cover sites and institutions such as archival repositories and museums, historic buildings and structures, and different practices such as collection management, preservation (archives, objects, sounds, moving images, buildings, sites, and landscape), oral history, and genealogy. Part Two deals with the different ways in which public historians can produce historical narratives through different media (including exhibitions, film, writing, and digital tools). The last part explores the challenges and ethical issues that public historians will encounter when working with different communities and institutions. Either in public history methods courses or as a resource for practicing public historians, this book lays the groundwork for making meaningful connections between historical sources and popular audiences.show more

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  • Paperback | 298 pages
  • 174 x 246 x 17.78mm | 521g
  • Taylor & Francis Inc
  • M.E. Sharpe
  • Armonk, United States
  • English
  • 0765645912
  • 9780765645913
  • 944,290

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This is the book we have all been waiting for: an engagingly written, single-authored introduction to Public History from an experienced teacher and practitioner. Thomas Cauvin offers readers a comprehensive overview of the field through a series of well-chosen thematic chapters, drawing on examples from across the globe. -David Dean, co-editor of History, Memory, Performance Are you asking yourself what "public history" means? For the first time Thomas Cauvin describes the complex architecture of the field. This excellent textbook anticipates where the field is going internationally. All current debates are dealt with: cultural heritage, people's history, media, the past exhibited, digital public history, the uses of the past, teaching, civic engagement, and more. The practice of history in public is now illuminated by the author's capacity to jump from field to theory and back. -Serge Noiret, President, International Federation for Public History, European University Instituteshow more

About Thomas Cauvin

Thomas Cauvin is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.show more

Table of contents

Introduction: Historians Public Roles and Practices The Role of Historian: A Short History Professional Historians The Rise of Scientific History in the late 19th and early 20th centuries Historians in Ivory Towers Diversity of Public Profiles Local Historians Government, Military Historians, and the Concept of Applied History Historians under Contract The Emergence of a Public History Movement Local History, Social Engagement and Activism The Public History Movement in the United States Public History: Approaches and Definitions Defining Public History: A Difficult Task Historians and Popular Non-Academic Audiences Public or Applied History? The Uses of the Past Working "With" Audiences: Public Historians and Shared Authority History, Memory, and Audiences Institutionalization and Internationalization of Public History A Textbook of Practice Why a Textbook on Public History? From Practice to Practices Part I: Collecting, Managing, and Preserving the Past. Public History and Sources Chapter 1. Collection Management: Archives, Manuscripts and Museums Archives, Manuscripts, and Museum Collections Archives and Manuscript Collections Museum Collections Introduction to Collection Management The Selection Process: Planning, Acquisition, and Examination Recording Collections: Accessioning, Arrangement and Description Accessioning and Arranging Description and Metadata Preserving Collections Treatment and Conservation Preservation and Digitization Deaccessioning Challenges in Archival Collection Management Selection Process in Archival Repositories Born-Digital Archives: New Specific Items Arrangement in Archival Repositories The Specific Management of Museum Collections Selection Process Examination of Material Culture Accessioning Items from a Variety of Donors What Can Public Historians Bring to Collection Management? The Design of Historical Collections Public Historians and the Tensions Between Use (Access) and Storage (Restriction) Maintain Public Access to the Collection Collaboration and Public Participation Chapter 2. Historic Preservation Preserving the Past: Definitions, Purposes, and Debates Cultural Resource Management, Historic Preservation, and Public History Historic Preservation Practices Actors and History of Historic Preservation: Grassroots and Official Programs 86 Finding and Describing Historical Resources Historic Houses Urban and Industrial Sites Landscape and Parks: (Re)-source and Preservation Sites of Death Public Archaeology Historic Preservation and Sustainability Evaluation of Sites and Structures: Preliminary Preservation Research Designing a Nomination for Historic Preservation Process Criteria for Nomination Exceptions, Exclusions, and Refusals International Criteria: UNESCO's World Heritage Sites Protection and Preservation Technology: Standards, Styles, and Materials Legal Protection and Economic Assets Preservation Technology Historic Districts, Revitalization and Cultural Repair Creating Historic Districts Urban Revitalization Cultural Repair of Post-Industrial Areas Chapter 3. Collecting and Preserving People's Stories. Oral History, Family History, and Everyday Life Oral History Practices What Does Oral History Bring to Historical Practice? Starting an Oral History Project Interviews: a Set of Practices Transcription and Preservation of Interviews Family, Community, and Everyday life: Sources for Public Historians Family History and Genealogy Community History Everyday Life People's History and Personal Experiences: Assets and Challenges for Public Historians People's History as Academic Research: the Case of Family Stories From Public Participation to the Absence of Historian? Historical Practice and Personal Experiences: The Question of Subjectivity Stories and the Celebration of the Past Go Beyond Personal Experience Subjectivity from Narrators and Historians Part II: Making Public History. Media and Practice Interpretation in Public History History and Fiction Copyrights, Protection, and Fundraising Copyrights Fundraising and Grant-Application in Public History Chapter 4. Public History Writing Academic, Popular, and Public History Writing Styles Adopting a Public Style: Writing for Large Non-Specialist Audiences Fiction and Historical Novels Children Literature, Comics and Graphic Novels Children's Books Comics and Graphic Novels Digital Public History Writing Chapter 5. Editing Historical Texts Introduction to Documentary Editing: Definition, Purposes, and Debates The Role of Editors The Birth of Modern Edition Step-by-step Historical Editing Process Acquisition Accession Selection Transcription Principles Crowdsourcing and Transcription Text Encoding Verification, Annotation, Indexing Verification Annotation Index Submission Chapter 6. Interpreting and Exhibiting the Past Sites and Purposes of Interpretation Public Historians and Interpretation Sites and Purposes of Interpretation Collaboration and Public Participation Project Development and Interpretive Planning Evaluating Institutions and their Audiences Sites and Institutions Audiences Design Brief and Interpretive Planning Requirements Visitors and Public Participation Interpretive Planning at Historic Sites Exhibiting Design: Space, Objects, and Visitors Exhibiting Space Public and Exhibition Design Interpretive Texts Curating Public Space: Art and Public History Chapter 7. Radio and Audio-Visual Production History on Air: Radio and Sound Archives Film and Documentary: Introduction to History on Screen Making History on Screen Study, Review, Advise the Works of Others Production of "Good" - and Popular - History on Screen History on Screen as Public and Participatory History? Entertainment and Reality (History) Television Partners, Training, and Tools Chapter 8. Digital Public History The Rise of Digital Practices Digital Humanities Digital History Digital Public History and User-Generated Contents From Digital History to Digital Public History Crowdsourcing and Digital Public Engagement Web Design, Programming, and Systems for Digital Public Historians Programming Web Design Creating Usable Digital Sources: Database and Text Encoding Chapter 9. Immersive Environments or Making the Past Alive Immersive Environment and the Recreation of the Past Immersion, Living-History, and Re-enactment Challenges for Living History Sites Performing the Past in Immersive Environments Theatre, First-Person Interpretation, and Historical Performance Tours and Performance Audiences Participation Re-Enactments (Video) Games and Immersive Environments Games and Time Travels Video Games 3D Virtual Reconstruction History in 3D Process, Technology, and Tools PART III: Collaboration and Uses of the Past Chapter 10. Teaching Public History: Creating and Sustaining University Programs Creating Public History Programs How to Create an Appropriate Public History Program? Teaching Theory and Practice Chapter 11. Shared Authority. Purposes, Challenges, and Limits Public History and Shared Authority Historians and Emotions Celebrations of the Past: Historians and Pride Identity and History: Celebration versus Commemoration Public Historians as Actors of Commemorations: A Quest for Pluralism The Limits to Shared Authority The Difficult Past When Sharing Authority is Impossible Radical Trust Chapter 12. Civic Engagement and Social Justice. Historians as Activists From Civic Engagement to Social Justice Public History as a Source of Social Empowerment for Under-Represented Groups Native Populations Looting and Repatriation Migrants Slavery and Segregation Women and Gender History LGBT, Queer, and Sexual Practices Mainstream History Public Historians and Everyday Suffering Criminality, Incarceration, and Prison Memories Poverty and Exclusion History for Peace: Human Rights, Apologies, and Reconciliation Human Rights and Coming to Term with the Past Apologies Reconciliation Chapter 13. Historians as Consultants and Advisors: Clients, Courtroom, and Public Policy Public Historians under Contract Entrepreneurship and Corporate Historians Working Under Contract Clients and Contracts Restriction Contracts for Historians' Benefit Fees and Expenses Historians in the Legal Process A Variety of Issues The Role of Historians as Expert Witnesses Why Historians? What Sort of History? Pressure and Ethical Works Evidence Conflicts of Interest Federal and Government Historians, Public Policy, and Policymaking Federal and Government Historians Typology History The Role of Historians in Federal and Government Agencies Publication Public Policy Public Policy in Need of Historians History in Policy Making Rather Than History for Policy Makersshow more

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