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The contemporary history handbook

Author: Brian Brivati; Julia Buxton; Anthony Seldon
Publisher: Manchester [England] ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York : Distributed exclusively ... St. Martin's Press, 1996.
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"The contemporary history handbook is the essential guide to anyone studying, researching or simply interested in the contemporary period. It presents a collection of accessible and challenging essays on major debates about the recent past and a set of comprehensive and invaluable guides to contemporary sources." "The volume is divided into three main sections, which together comprise a reference work for  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
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Contemporary history handbook.
Manchester [England] ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York : Distributed exclusively ... St. Martin's Press, 1996
(OCoLC)608211607
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Brian Brivati; Julia Buxton; Anthony Seldon
ISBN: 0719048354 9780719048357 0719048362 9780719048364
OCLC Number: 33862368
Description: xxiv, 488 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Preface / Anthony Seldon --
Introduction / Brian Brivati --
1. The new threat to history / Eric Hobsbawm --
2. World security after the Cold War / John Erickson --
3. Postmodernism and postmodernity: a user's guide / Joe Bailey --
4. The 'end of history' debate revisited / Richard Cockett --
5. The post-war consensus in Britain: thesis, antithesis, synthesis? / Harriet Jones --
6. Whose history? National narratives in multiracial societies / Shamit Saggar --
7. Debates in contemporary political economy / Andrew Graham --
8. 'Sexing the archive': gender in contemporary history / Lucy Noakes --
9. Citizenship and the European Union / Elizabeth Meehan --
10. The hedgehog and the fox: the writing of contemporary British political history / Brian Brivati --
11. The European scramble from Africa / Michael Twaddle --
12. Continuities in state policy: a case study of Ethiopia / Karen Wells 13. Democratisation and economic change in Latin America / George Philip --
14. Japan and the Pacific / Ian Neary --
15. China: a state in search of a civilisation / Chris Hughes --
16. The turbulent decade: Soviet and Russian politics, 1985-95 / Philip Boobbyer --
17. Forward into history: the liberalisation of Eastern Europe / Julia Buxton --
18. Contemporary conservatism and contemporary history in the United States / Gerard Alexander --
19. India / Tom Nossiter --
20. Britain and 'Europe': the shape of the historiographical debate / John W. Young --
Appendix: Bibliographical sources --
21. Private papers / Angela Raspin --
22. Parliamentary sources / Dermot Englefield --
23. National archives in the United States: the case of intelligence history / Bradley F. Smith --
24. National British archives: public records / Nicholas Cox 25. National archives in the United Kingdom: a case study of the Waldegrave initiative on Public Record Office releases / Anthony Gorst and Brian Brivati --
26. The case for preserving our contemporary communications heritage / Philip M. Taylor --
27. Using contemporary written sources: three case studies / Brian Brivati --
28. The press / Chandrika Kaul --
29. Books and journals / Michael David Kandiah --
30. Survey and opinion polls / Tom Nossiter --
31. Oral history / Michael Roper --
32. Elite interviews / Anthony Seldon --
33. Radio / Sian Nicholas --
34. Photography / Brian Harrison --
35. Film as an historical source / Jeffrey Richards --
36. Television and contemporary history / Margaret Scammell --
37. British newsreels / Howard Smith --
38. Opportunities in electronic information / Seamus Ross 39. Electronic record keeping in the UK government and the NHS: opportunity, challenge or threat? / Edward Higgs --
40. Multimedia, hypertexts and the contemporary historian / Lorna M. Hughes --
41. CD-ROM and the historian: information technology and the writing of history / Brian Brivati --
Appendix 1 Useful addresses --
Appendix 2 The Institute of Contemporary British History.
Responsibility: edited by Brian Brivati, Julia Buxton and Anthony Seldon.
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