History: A Very Short Introduction

History: A Very Short Introduction

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by John Arnold
     
 

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There are many stories we can tell about the past, and we are not, perhaps, as free as we might imagine in our choice of which stories to tell, or where those stories end. John Arnolds Very Short Introduction is a stimulating essay about how we study and understand history. The book begins by inviting us to think about various questions provoked by our investigation…  See more details below

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There are many stories we can tell about the past, and we are not, perhaps, as free as we might imagine in our choice of which stories to tell, or where those stories end. John Arnolds Very Short Introduction is a stimulating essay about how we study and understand history. The book begins by inviting us to think about various questions provoked by our investigation of history, and explores the ways these questions have been answered in the past. Concepts such ascausation, interpretation, and periodization, are introduced by means of concrete examples of how historians work, giving the reader a sense of the excitement of discovering not only the past, but also ourselves.ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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ISBN-13:
9780191606373
Publisher:
OUP Oxford
Publication date:
02/24/2000
Series:
Very Short Introductions
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
279,858
File size:
3 MB

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History 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Michlren More than 1 year ago
Arnold's aptly titled work would be useful for an introductory undergraduate class, especially one that is aimed at giving students an overview of historiography and some of the discussions going on in the field up to the '80s (for after that it gets too "complicated" for Arnold to deal with). As a text for a grad class it is inadequate and simplistic. For people not in school, this would be also be useful. His writing is clear, concise, and immensely readable, something that cannot be said for other academics writing overviews.
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