The Pursuit of History

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

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This famous study examines important questions about historians and their work - Why do we study history? How do we construct our knowledge of the past? What are the limitations of historical evidence? and What different kinds of history are being written today?The subjects covered in the book are difficult and sometimes controversial and John Tosh has proved himself an admirable guide in this justly-celebrated work. His cool eye and lively pen make the issues clear and involving; and he makes the reader vividly aware of just how far our historical knowledge is conditioned by the character of the sources and by the methods of the historians who work on them.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 15.24mm | 385.55g
  • Harlow, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 3rd edition
  • 0582304717
  • 9780582304710

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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
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Table of contents

Preface to the Third Edition 1 Historical Awareness2 The uses of history3 The raw materials4 Using the sources5 The themes of mainstream history6 Writing and interpretation7 The limits of historical knowledge8 History and social theory9 History by numbers10 Theories of meaning11 History by Word of mouth Conclusion Further reading Index
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