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Simon Gunn and Lucy Faire (eds)


Simon Gunn and Lucy Faire (eds)


ISBN 9788131608227
Publication Year 2017
Pages 288 pages
Binding Hardback
Sale Territory South Asia

About the Book

Historians have become increasingly sensitive to social and cultural theory since the 1980s, yet the actual methods by which research is carried out in History have been largely taken for granted. Research Methods for History encourages those researching the past to think creatively about the wide range of methods currently in use, to understand how these methods are used and what historical insights they can provide. This updated new edition has been expanded to cover not only sources and methods that are well-established in History, such as archival research, but also those that have developed recently, such as the impact of digital history research. The themes of the different chapters have been selected to reflect new trends in the subject, including landscape studies, material culture and ethics. Every chapter presents new insights and perspectives and opens researchers’ minds to the expanding possibilities of historical research. Key Features: • International scope. • Encourages methodological comparison across time periods. • Encourages historians at all levels to think critically and creatively. • Transferable methodological skills useful for English Studies, Geography, Archaeology and Cultural Studies. 


• Introduction: Why Bother with Method?

• Working With/In the Archives — Michelle T. King
• Approaching Visual Materials — Ludmilla Jordanova
• Material Culture — Alan Mayne
• Landscape and Place — Jo Guldi
• Collective Biography — Krista Cowman
• Life Stories and Historical Analysis — Alistair Thomson
• GIS, Spatial Technologies and Digital Mapping — Keith Lilley and Catherine Porter
• Document to Database and Spreadsheet — R.J. Morris
• Digital Research — Bob Nicholson
• Reading Language as a Historical Source — Julie-Marie Strange
• Analysing Behaviour as Performance— Simon Gunn
• Ethics and Historical Research — William Gallois
• Time, Temporality and History — Prashant Kidambi

About the Author / Editor

Simon Gunn is a Professor of Urban History in the Centre for Urban History at the University of Leicester. His publications include History and Cultural Theory (2006) and The Public Culture of the Victorian Middle Class (2000). He is joint editor of the journal Urban History. Lucy Faire is an Honorary Visiting Fellow in the Centre for Urban History and Lecturer in Humanities and Arts in the Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning, both at the University of Leicester. She specialises in the history of home, leisure and behaviour. She is the co-author of The Place of the Audience: Cultural Geographies of Film Consumption (2003).