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The study of history has changed dramatically in recent decades. The swiftness and scale of the shift is indisputable, but its precise nature as well as its implications remain hotly contested.
This new study by one of the liveliest and most acute practitioners in the field, has a refreshing transparency, a determination to demystify what historians do. It looks at history as an academic discipline but also engages with the use of historical ideas in the wider world. It examines the way historians have 'divided up' their subject, how this has changed and with what effects. Why have certain fields, such as women's history and black history, generated such intense debates about their value and validity? Is there justification for the frequent characterisation of history as something of a jackdaw subject, with a tendency to appropriate theories and concepts from other areas? What is the nature of the links with adjacent fields, such as anthropology and literary theory?
Issues such as these are part of the book's careful mapping of the theory and practice of history, exploring the discipline's breadth, its complexities, and the intellectual tasks it takes on. With a terrain that has changed so markedly in recent decades, it becomes all the more important to be clear about what historians do,and why. Only with such awareness can history thrive and continue to play a central role both in the construction of modern identities and in the development of a critical understanding of human existence.
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A major, deeply reflective work upon the nature of studying and writing history. No other author has treated the subject in the same way. (Ronald Hutton, Professor of History, University of)
Achieves what I had thought increasingly impossible in this congested field: it says something fresh, stimulating, and thought provoking. It is, to my mind, a very significant contribution to current debates about the nature of history in offering an account which is simultaneously rooted in common sense and the realities of day-to-day historical practice and engaged with theoretical debates. (Patrick Finney, Lecturer in History, University of)
An intensely gripping narrative...unquestionably belongs in all academic library collections. Adventurous public librarians, willing to lift their eyes higher than issue figures, the state of the book fund, should also have no hesitation in ordering a copy. (Library Review 'Reference Reviews')
This brillian essay abounds with penetrating yet down-to-earth insights about the practice of academic history. One of the last half-century's most insightful, level-headed, and humane reflections on the practice of history and its cultural significance...(to be) welcomed by professional historians...also accessible to general readers and undergraduates. (History Journal (US))
This is a comprehensive agenda. Jordanova succeeds in clearly and calmly presenting her views on a wide range of topics with which any student of history needs to be concerned. (Journal of Contemporary British History)
Jordanova succeeds admirably in her aim to place the practices of history in a wider disciplinary context. Not only is she alive to the constructed nature of subject boundaries and their porosity, but also to the relatively recent date of their institutionalisation. (Reviews in History)
This book is likely to be invaluable to the student, and a necessary appendage for the lecturer. (Continuity & Change)
A book no one interested in history should ignore...
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' A major, deeply reflective work upon the nature of studying and writing history. No other author has treated the subject in the same way. She writes with equal facility about the history of society, high politics, economics and science and displays a genuine understanding of the differing spirits and methods of sociology, anthropology, and philosophy and the ways in which these have made an impact upon history.' [Ronald Hutton, Professor of History, University of Bristol]
'This book achieves what I had thought increasingly impossible in this congested field: it says something fresh, stimulating, and thought-provoking. It is a very significant contribution to current debates about the nature of history in offering an account which is simultaneously rooted in common sense and the realities of day-to-day historical practice AND engaged with theoretical debates.' [Patrick Finney, Lecturer in History, University of Wales, Lampeter]
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Book Description U.S.A.: Bloomsbury USA, 2000. Soft cover. Condition: New. 1st Edition. 11487 Language: eng Language: eng Language: eng Language: eng Language: eng Language: eng. Seller Inventory # BU-200-F
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