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What is social history ... ?

Samuel, Raphael, Breuilly, John, Clark, J C D, Hopkins, Keith and Cannadine, David (1988) What is social history ... ? In: Gardiner, Juliet, (ed.) What Is History Today...? Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK, 42 - 57. ISBN 9780333422267

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Identification Number: 10.1007/978-1-349-19161-1_5


Ever since its elevation to the status of a disdpline, and the emergence of a hierarchically organised profession, history has been very largely concerned with problematics of its own making. Sometimes it is suggested by ‘gaps’ which the young researcher is advised by supervisors to fill; or by an established interpretation which, iconoclastically, he or she is encouraged to challenge. Fashion may direct the historians’ gaze; or a new methodology may excite them; or they may stumble on an untapped source. But whatever the particular focus, the context is that enclosed and esoteric world in which research is a stage in the professional career; and the ‘new’ interpretation counts for more than the substantive interest of the matter in hand.

Item Type: Book Section
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Additional Information: © 1988 Macmillan Publishers Limited
Divisions: Government
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2009 14:34
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 04:30

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