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History in Practice

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Exploring the breadth and complexities of history as a field of study, History in Practice demystifies what historians actually do and the tasks they take on. This study, written by one of the most acute practitioners in the field, examines not only the academic discipline but also engages with the use of historical ideas in the wider world.The new edition features:- A new chapter on history in the digital age, covering the use of information technology in historical practice- Extended coverage of the relationships between history and other disciplines- Fresh material on current trends in the practice of history- Over 35 new illustrations spread throughout the book drawn from around the worldThis book is essential reading for all students seeking an understanding of history as a discipline.
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ISBN-13: 9781350116528
ISBN-10: 1350116521
Pagini: 368
Ilustrații: 45 bw illus
Dimensiuni: 156 x 234 mm
Greutate: 0.69 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Bloomsbury Academic
Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom


Guides readers through some basic arguments about historical knowledge and skills, including digital methods, while showing how pervasive "history" is in contemporary life

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Ludmilla Jordanova is Emeritus Professor of History and Visual Culture, Durham University, where she was Director of the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture 2015-19. She was previously Professor of Modern History, King's College, London and Director of the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Cambridge. Her most recent books are The Look of the Past: Visual and Material Evidence in Historical Practice (2012) and Physicians and their Images (2018).


List of IllustrationsAcknowledgementsNote to ReadersIntroduction1. History in General2. Mapping the Discipline of History3. History in the Humanities4. History in the Social Sciences5. The Status of Historical Knowledge6. Periodisation7. Public History8. Historians' Skills9. History in a Digital Age10. TrendsEndnotesBibliographyIndex


One of the last half-century's most insightful, level-headed, and humane reflections on the practice of history and its cultural significance.
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.
Now thoroughly revised and updated, Jordanova's book offers a distinctive and insightful perspective on the historical enterprise. Wise, witty and gracious, it is highly recommended.
Ludmilla Jordanova's History in Practice remains an essential guide to what History is, how it has and can be done, and how it might be done better. Subtle, yet refreshingly forthright, and above all humane, it offers a thought-provoking discussion of History as a methodologically diverse 'craft'. Wide-ranging and erudite in her range of reference, Jordanova sets History in the context of other academic disciplines, including philosophy, anthropology, psychology and literature, and explores its interrelation with these disciplines. She provides an authoritative map of the variant forms of historical practice, examines the kinds of knowledge produced by historians, surveys trends and fashions, and considers the opportunities and challenges posed by the twenty first-century 'digital age'. Reading (and re-reading) History in Practice reminds me why I became an historian; but it also reminds me why History matters. It is an inspirational book.
History is the most slippery of disciplines, hard to grasp and harder still to pin down. Ludmilla Jordanova makes it look easy. With deft precision she lays out the tools that furnish History's workshop, sharpening their functionality while explaining their use, with the occasional cautionary note. Neither a how-to manual nor a philosophical treatise, History in Practice has long been a vital resource for every student of History. This new edition hones its relevance for a new generation of historians.
There is no better introduction to what historians do and how they do it. Concise, elegant and informative, this book will enable anyone interested in history to find their way in a discipline that offers virtually unlimited opportunities for exploration.