Historiography: an introduction

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Manchester University Press, 2007 - History - 155 pages
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Historiography can be a daunting term for those not familiar with it. This book presents the key ideas behind it in a clear and accessible fashion. It introduces the reader to the subject then addresses the History of Nazism, Gender History, and Cultural History to demonstrate that historiographies grow and develop in response to changes within society at large. History is not simply an academic subject, but an active and contested factor shaping the nature of the societies we live in. As politicians seek to validate their actions by drawing parallels between the past and present, an ability to test these claims--and the evidence used to support them--becomes not simply a valuable academic skill, but a vital requirement for active citizenship.

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Contents

history and historiography
1
Academic history
7
Engaging with historiography
32
The essay and historiography
55
Gender and history
78
Historiography and the Nazis
102
Cultural history and Marxism
125
Conclusion
148
Index
153
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About the author (2007)

Roger Spalding is Senior Lecturer in History at Edge Hill University. Christopher Parker was formerly Professor of History at Edge Hill University.

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