An introduction

By Roger Spalding and Christopher Parker



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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-7285-7
  • Pages: 168
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £10.99
  • Published Date: September 2007
  • BIC Category: History, Historiography, LITERARY CRITICISM / General, HISTORY / Historiography, Literature & literary studies / Prose: non-fiction, Humanities / Historiography


Historiography can be a daunting term for those not familiar with it. This book presents the key ideas behind the term, in a clear and accessible fashion. The opening chapters introduce the reader to the practices that characterise the subject, while the final chapters address the History of Nazism, Gender History and Cultural History, and seek to demonstrate that the historiographies of these sub-disciplines grow and develop in response to changes within society at large.

This book aims to show that History is not simply an academic subject, but an active and contested factor shaping the nature of the societies we live in. As politicians, in particular, seek to validate their actions by drawing parallels between the past and present, an ability to test these claims for logic and coherence, and to assess the evidence used to support them becomes not simply a valuable academic skill, but a vital requirement for active citizenship.


Chapter one Introduction: history and historiography
Chapter two Academic history
Chapter three Engaging with historiography
Chapter four The essay and historiography
Chapter five Gender and history
Chapter six Historiography and the Nazis
Chapter seven Cultural history and Marxism
Chapter eight Conclusion


Roger Spalding is Senior Lecturer in History at Edge Hill University. Christopher Parker was formerly Professor of History at Edge Hill University

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