History: A Very Short Introduction, Paperback

History: A Very Short Introduction Paperback

Part of the Very Short Introductions series

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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 Arnold's 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 as causation, 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.

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 160 pages, black and white halftones and line drawings
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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  • Category: Humamities
  • ISBN: 9780192853523



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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.