The Practice of History / Edition 2

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Overview

The new edition of G. R. Elton's classic work is a wide-ranging, succinct and practical introduction for all students and general readers of history. It makes a major contribution to the question "what is history?".

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631229797
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 236
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

G. R. Elton was Regius Professor of Modern History at Cambridge University from 1983 to 1988. Among his numerous works are The Tudor Revolution in Government (1953), England under the Tudors (1955), Reform and Renewal (1973), The Parliament of England 1559–1581 and The English (Blackwell, 1992), and he was founding editor of the Blackwell History of the Modern British Isles. Professor Elton was President of the Royal Historical Society from 1972 until 1976 and honorary Vice-President from 1976 until his death in 1994.

Richard J. Evans is Professor of Modern History at the University of Cambridge. His many publications include Death in Hamburg (1987), Rituals ofRetribution (1996), In Defence of History (1997, reissued with a new Afterword 2001), and Tales from the GermanUnderworld (1998).

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Purpose 1
The Present Debate 1
Autonomy 7
Kinds 11
Rivals 21
Purpose 35
2 Research 46
The Possibility of Historical Truth 46
Facts and Method 52
The Sources 60
Evidence and Criticism 66
Imagination 76
3 Writing 81
Controls 83
Patterns and Bias 88
Style 97
Audience 105
Categories 108
Length 113
Analysis and Narrative 116
4 Teaching 131
Undergraduate Teaching: What? 135
Undergraduate Teaching: How? 148
The Graduate Student 157
Afterword 165
Notes 204
Index 218
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