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History: A Very Short Introduction / Edition 1

History: A Very Short Introduction / Edition 1

by John H. Arnold
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ISBN-13: 9780192853523
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 06/15/2000
Series: Very Short Introductions Series
Pages: 152
Sales rank: 183,346
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 4.40(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: 1250L (what's this?)

About the Author

John Arnold teaches history at the University of East Anglia, specializing in the medieval period and the philosophy of history.

Table of Contents

1. Questions about murder and history; 2. The history of history; 3. What really happened: truth, archives, and the love of old things; 4. Escapes from the tower; 5. Causation and interpretations; 6. Telling stories, telling tales; 7. Periodization and time; 8. Objectivity, truth, and judgement; 9. The role of the past in the present; Further reading; Index

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History 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 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.
mschaefer on LibraryThing 11 months ago
A fine introduction to the history of historical research and current ways of thinking about doing history. Each chapter opens with an example that is used to illustrate the discussion throughout the chapter.
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