Historians on History: Readings

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John Tosh
Pearson Longman, 2009 - History - 372 pages
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A follow-up to the bestselling The Pursuit of History, this Readerbrings together the reflections of a number of major historians on the nature and purpose of their craft.

Theyilluminate the different governing assumptions - political, social, personal - that have sustained these leading practitioners in their studies, and show how different influences and methodologies have impacted on them.

In so doing, the booknot only gives an insight into the great variety of aspirations and convictions that animate History as a discipline, butalso brings into focus the key historiographic trends of the English-speaking world since World War II.Key themes which are highlighted include:

The nation
People's history
Structural history
Quantitative history

Ranging widely from the earlier traditions and schools to the wake of postmodernism, authors represented include Braudel, Carr, Elton, Himmelfarb, Hobsbawm, Scott and Zeldin.

This Reader provides the core reading for all History and Theory courses.

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for its contributions to historiography it is a good collection of sources - but is by no means easy to read and presupposes substantial academic knowledge and analytical skill onto its reader. Also filled with a high volume of jargon. A collection of very simple concepts dressed up into fancy terms - Would not recommend this as a reader for anything lower than graduate studies. 


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G R Elton
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John Tosh is Professor of History at Roehampton University, London.

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