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History through material culture

Hannan, Leonie and Longair, Sarah (2017) History through material culture. IHR Research Guides . Manchester University Press, Manchester. ISBN 9781784991265

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Item Type:Book or Monograph
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Abstract

This book provides a practical introduction for researchers who wish to use objects and material culture as primary sources for the study of the past. The book focuses primarily on the period 1500 to the present day, but the principles put forward are equally applicable to studies of earlier historical eras. Histories of the last five centuries have been driven to a remarkable extent by textual records and it is with this in mind that Researching Objects & Material Culture offers researchers a step-by-step guide to approaching the material evidence that survives from this period. Anticipating that many researchers will feel under-skilled or lacking in confidence in tackling artefacts of the past, the book traces the process of research from the framing of research questions through to the writing up of findings – giving particular attention to the ways in which objects can be located, accessed and understood. This practical guidance is augmented by the use of examples of seminal and contemporary scholarship in this interdisciplinary field, so that readers can see how particular approaches to sources have been used to develop historical narratives and arguments. It will be written in accessible and jargon-free language with clear explanations of more complex discourses. In this way, the book intends to demystify both the process of researching objects and the way research practice relates to published scholarship.

Keywords:History (General), Material Culture, Research skills
Subjects:X Education > X290 Research and Study skills not elsewhere classified
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V140 Modern History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V390 History by Topic not elsewhere classified
Divisions:College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (History)
ID Code:24239
Deposited On:23 Sep 2016 07:53

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