History and Material Culture

History and Material Culture A Student's Guide to Approaching Alternative Sources - Routledge Guides to Using Historical Sources

3rd Edition

Paperback (10 Mar 2009) | English

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Synopsis

Sources are the raw material of history, but where the written word has traditionally been seen as the principal source, today historians are increasingly recognizing the value of sources beyond text. In History and Material Culture, Karen Harvey embarks upon a discussion about material culture - considering objects, often those found surrounding us in day to day life, as sources, which can help historians develop new interpretations and new knowledge about the past.

Across ten chapters, different historians look at a variety of material sources from around the globe and across centuries to assess how such sources can be used to study history. While the sources are discussed from 'interdisciplinary' perspectives, each contributor examines how material culture can be approached from an historical viewpoint, and each chapter addresses its theme or approach in a way accessible to readers without expertise in the area.

In her introduction, Karen Harvey discusses some of the key issues raised when historians use material culture, and suggests some basic steps for those new to these kinds of sources. Opening up the discipline of history to new approaches, and introducing those working in other disciplines to historical approaches, this book is the ideal introduction to the opportunities and challenges of researching material culture.

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Book information

ISBN: 9780415459327
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Imprint: Routledge
Pub date:
Edition: 3rd Edition
DEWEY: 930.1072
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 358g
Height: 231mm
Width: 156mm
Spine width: 11mm