Research Methods for History

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Simon Gunn, Lucy Faire
Edinburgh University Press, 2012 - History - 246 pages
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The first guide to the sources, techniques and concepts needed for effective historical research. While historians have become increasingly sensitive to social and cultural theory since the 1980s, the actual methods by which research is carried out in History have been largely taken for granted. Research Methods for History encourages those researching the past to think creatively about the wide range of methods currently in use, to understand how these methods are used and what historical insights they can provide.The book covers sources and methods that are well-established in History, such as archival research, together with those that are less widely known. The themes of the different chapters have been selected to reflect recent trends in the subject. Even with more established methods, however, the aim is to present new insights and perspectives and to open researchers' minds to new methodological possibilities.

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Simon Gunn is Professor of Urban History at the University of Leicester.

Lucy Faire is Honorary Fellow at the University of Leicester

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