New Directions in Local History Since Hoskins

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Christopher Dyer, Andrew Hopper, Evelyn Lord
Univ of Hertfordshire Press, Oct 1, 2011 - History - 288 pages
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Utilizing the techniques developed by renowned local historian W. G. Hoskins in his landmark study published 50 years ago, "Local History in England," this book demonstrates how local history has evolved as a discipline over the last half century. Fifteen historians write about a variety of local history subjects that are significant in their own right but which also point to current trends in the field. They show how local historians use their sources systematically, from the nonverbal evidence of buildings to various types of electronic sources. All periods between the middle ages and the early twenty-first century are explored, covering many parts of England from Skye to the Kent coast and discussing topics that include social, economic, religious, legal, intellectual, and cultural history.

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Making a living in town and country
The practice of local history
The great awakening of English local history 19181939
Region class and ethnic diversity
Parliamentary elections 19502005 as a window on
minority ethnic communities
their role in town and country
Skye in the eighteenth century
working wives in a Victorian provincial city
Religious culture and belief
The Court of High Commission and religious change
Nonconformist chapel styles
the founding of St Andrews
Sources methods and techniques

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Christopher Dyer is professor of regional and local history and the director of the Centre for English Local History at the University of Leicester. He is the author of Everyday Life in Medieval England and Making a Living in the Middle Ages. Harold Fox is professor of social and local history at the Centre for English Local History at the University of Leicester. Nigel Goose is professor of social and economic history at the University of Hertfordshire.

Andrew Hopper is Lecturer in English Local History at the Centre for English Local History, University of Leicester. He completed his PhD on parliamentarian allegiance in Yorkshire at the University of York in 1999. From 2000 2003, he was the project researcher for the Virtual Norfolk Project at the University of East Anglia. From 2003 2006, Dr Hopper was an AHRC postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Birmingham, working with Professor Richard Cust on the High Court of Chivalry during the 1630s. In 2006 he was appointed as a 'new blood' lecturer in English Local History at the University of Leicester. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and winner of the Yorkshire History Prize, 1995.

Before her retirement, Evelyn Lord was course director of the masters in local and regional history, University of Cambridge. She has published widely on local history and is the author of "The Knights Templar in Britain" and "The Stuart Secret Army," She lives in Cambridge, UK.

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