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Research Methods for History

Edited by Lucy Faire, Simon Gunn

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A wide-ranging critical survey of methods for historical research at all levels

Historians have become increasingly sensitive to social and cultural theory since the 1980s, yet the actual methods by which research is carried out in History have been largely taken for granted. Research Methods for History encourages those researching the past to think creatively about the wide range of methods currently in use, to understand how these methods are used and what historical insights they can provide.

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Contents

Contents
Acknowledgements
List of Figures and Tables  
Preface to the Second Edition  
1., Introduction: Why Bother with Method?, Simon Gunn and Lucy Faire

Part 1, The Essentials
2., Working With/In the Archives, Michelle T. King
3., Approaching Visual Materials, Ludmilla Jordanova
4., Material Culture, Alan Mayne
5., Landscape and Place, Jo Guldi

Part 2, Researching Individuals and Groups
6., Collective Biography, Krista Cowman;
7., Life Stories and Historical Analysis, Alistair Thomson

Part 3, Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis
8., GIS, Spatial Technologies and Digital Mapping, Keith D. Lilley and Catherine Porter
9., Document to Database and Spreadsheet , R. J. Morris
10., Digital Research, Bob Nicholson

Part  4, Deciphering Meanings
11., Reading Language as a Historical Source, Julie-Marie Strange
12., Analysing Behaviour as Performance, Simon Gunn

Part  5, Rethinking Categories
13., Ethics and Historical Research, William Gallois
14., Time, Temporality and History, Prashant Kidambi

Notes on Contributors
Index

About the Author

Lucy Faire is Honorary Fellow in the Centre for Urban History at the University of Leicester. She specialises in the history of home and leisure. She is the co-author with Mark Jancovich of The Place of the Audience: Cultural Geographies of Film Consumption (BFI, 2003).

Simon Gunn is Professor of Urban History in the Centre for Urban History at the University of Leicester. He has taught and studied research methods in Historical Studies for a number of years. His publications include History and Cultural Theory (Longman, 2006) and The Public Culture of the Victorian Middle Class (MUP, 2000). He is joint editor of the Cambridge University Press journal, Urban History and co-editor with James Vernon of The Peculiarities of Liberal Modernity in Imperial Britain (University of California Press, 2010).

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