History in Practice (Paperback)
  • History in Practice (Paperback)

History in Practice (Paperback)

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Published: 22/08/2019
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Exploring the breadth and complexities of history as a field of study, History in Practice demystifies what historians actually do and the tasks they take on. This study, written by one of the most acute practitioners in the field, examines not only the academic discipline but also engages with the use of historical ideas in the wider world.

The new edition features:

- A new chapter on history in the digital age, covering the use of information technology in historical practice

- Extended coverage of the relationships between history and other disciplines

- Fresh material on current trends in the practice of history

- Over 35 new illustrations spread throughout the book drawn from around the world

This book is essential reading for all students seeking an understanding of history as a discipline.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781780933313
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 558 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm


One of the last half-century's most insightful, level-headed, and humane reflections on the practice of history and its cultural significance. - History Journal

A major, deeply reflective work upon the nature of studying and writing history. No other author has treated the subject in the same way. She writes with equal facility about the history of society, high-politics, economics and science and displays a genuine understanding of the differing spirits and methods of sociology, anthropology and philosophy and the ways in which these have made an impact upon history. - Ronald Hutton, Professor of History, University of Bristol, UK

Now thoroughly revised and updated, Jordanova's book offers a distinctive and insightful perspective on the historical enterprise. Wise, witty and gracious, it is highly recommended. - Patrick Finney, UK Editor, Rethinking History

Ludmilla Jordanova’s History in Practice remains an essential guide to what History is, how it has and can be done, and how it might be done better. Subtle, yet refreshingly forthright, and above all humane, it offers a thought-provoking discussion of History as a methodologically diverse ‘craft’. Wide-ranging and erudite in her range of reference, Jordanova sets History in the context of other academic disciplines, including philosophy, anthropology, psychology and literature, and explores its interrelation with these disciplines. She provides an authoritative map of the variant forms of historical practice, examines the kinds of knowledge produced by historians, surveys trends and fashions, and considers the opportunities and challenges posed by the twenty first-century ‘digital age’. Reading (and re-reading) History in Practice reminds me why I became an historian; but it also reminds me why History matters. It is an inspirational book. - Paul Readman, Professor of History, King’s College, London, UK and author of Storied Ground: Landscape and the Shaping of English National Identity

History is the most slippery of disciplines, hard to grasp and harder still to pin down. Ludmilla Jordanova makes it look easy. With deft precision she lays out the tools that furnish History’s workshop, sharpening their functionality while explaining their use, with the occasional cautionary note. Neither a how-to manual nor a philosophical treatise, History in Practice has long been a vital resource for every student of History. This new edition hones its relevance for a new generation of historians. - Penny Russell, Bicentennial Professor of Australian History, University of Sydney, Australia

There is no better introduction to what historians do and how they do it. Concise, elegant and informative, this book will enable anyone interested in history to find their way in a discipline that offers virtually unlimited opportunities for exploration. - Lynn Hunt, Distinguished Research Professor of History, University of California LA, USA

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