9780192853523

History: A Very Short Introduction

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  • ISBN13:

    9780192853523

  • ISBN10:

    019285352X

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 6/15/2000
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Summary

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 addition to Oxford's popular Very Short Introductions series is a stimulating essay about how people study and understand history. The book begins by inviting us to think about various questions provoked by our investigation of history, and then explores the ways in which these questions have been answered in the past. Such key concepts as causation, interpretation, and periodization are introduced by way of concrete examples of how historians work, thus giving the reader a sense of the excitement implicit in discovering the past--and ourselves. The aim throughout History: A Very Short Introduction is to discuss theories of history in a general, pithy, and accessible manner, rather than delve into specific periods. This is a book that will appeal to all students and general readers with an interest in history or historiography.

Author Biography


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

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
x
Questions about murder and history
1(14)
From the tails of dolphins to the tower of politics
15(19)
`How it really was': truth, archives, and the love of old things
34(23)
Voices and silences
57(21)
Journeys of a thousand miles
78(14)
The killing of cats: or, is the past a foreign country?
92(16)
The telling of truth
108(15)
References 123(4)
Further Reading 127(4)
Index 131

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