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Routledge Guides to Using Historical Sources


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Routledge Guides to Using Historical Sources is a series of books designed to introduce students to different sources and illustrate how they are used by historians. Each volume explores one type of primary source from a broad spectrum and, using specific examples from around the globe, examines their historical context, and the different approaches that can be used to interpret these sources.

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History and Material Culture: A Student's Guide to Approaching Alternative Sources

History and Material Culture: A Student's Guide to Approaching Alternative Sources

2nd Edition

Karen Harvey
September 25, 2017

Sources are the raw material of History, but whereas the written word has traditionally been seen as the principal source, historians now recognize the value of sources beyond text. In this new edition of History and Material Culture, contributors consider a range of objects – from an...

Sources and Methods in Histories of Colonialism: Approaching the Imperial Archive

Sources and Methods in Histories of Colonialism: Approaching the Imperial Archive

1st Edition

Kirsty Reid, Fiona Paisley
March 29, 2017

Sources and Methods in Histories of Colonialism provides an in-depth study of the relationships between archives, knowledge and power. Exploring a diverse range of examples and surveying the now substantial scholarly literatures on the functions and scope of the ‘imperial archive’, it facilitates a...

Sources and Methods in Indigenous Studies

Sources and Methods in Indigenous Studies

1st Edition

Chris Andersen, Jean M. O'Brien
December 09, 2016

Sources and Methods in Indigenous Studies is a synthesis of changes and innovations in methodologies in Indigenous Studies, focusing on sources over a broad chronological and geographical range. Written by a group of highly respected Indigenous Studies scholars from across an array of disciplines,...

Understanding Early Modern Primary Sources

Understanding Early Modern Primary Sources

1st Edition

Laura Sangha, Jonathan Willis
July 18, 2016

Understanding Early Modern Primary Sources is an introduction to the rich treasury of source material available to students of early modern history. During this period, political development, economic and social change, rising literacy levels, and the success of the printing press, ensured that the...

Memory and History: Understanding Memory as Source and Subject

Memory and History: Understanding Memory as Source and Subject

1st Edition

Joan Tumblety
April 02, 2013

How does the historian approach memory and how do historians use different sources to analyze how history and memory interact and impact on each other? Memory and History explores the different aspects of the study of this field. Taking examples from Europe, Australia, the USA and Japan and...

Understanding Medieval Primary Sources: Using Historical Sources to Discover Medieval Europe

Understanding Medieval Primary Sources: Using Historical Sources to Discover Medieval Europe

1st Edition

Joel T. Rosenthal
August 26, 2011

Medieval society created many kinds of records and written material which differ considerably, giving us such sources as last wills, sermons, manorial accounts, or royal biographies. Primary sources are an exciting way for students to engage with the past and draw their own ideas about life in the...

History Beyond the Text: A Student’s Guide to Approaching Alternative Sources

History Beyond the Text: A Student’s Guide to Approaching Alternative Sources

1st Edition

Sarah Barber, Corinna Peniston-Bird
November 26, 2008

Historians are increasingly looking beyond the traditional, and turning to visual, oral, aural, and virtual sources to inform their work. The challenges these sources pose require new skills of interpretation and require historians to consider alternative theoretical and practical approaches. In...

Reading Primary Sources: The Interpretation of Texts from Nineteenth and Twentieth Century History

Reading Primary Sources: The Interpretation of Texts from Nineteenth and Twentieth Century History

1st Edition

Miriam Dobson, Benjamin Ziemann
July 17, 2008

How does the historian approach primary sources? How do interpretations differ? How can they be used to write history? Reading Primary Sources goes a long way to providing answers for these questions. In the first part of this unique volume, the chapters give an overview of both traditional and...

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