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History : a very short introduction

Author: John Arnold
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2000.
Series: Very short introductions, 16.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Do historians reconstruct the truth or simply tell stories? This book suggests that they do both, and that the balance between 'truth' and 'story' is tremendously important to history. Taking us from the fabulous tales of ancient Greek historians to the varied approaches of modern professionals, History: A Very Short Introduction illuminates our relationship to the past by making us aware of how 'history' has  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Student Collection
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John Arnold
ISBN: 019285352X 9780192853523 9780191540189 0191540188
OCLC Number: 42882934
Description: 137 pages : illustrations, 1 map ; 18 cm.
Contents: 1. Questions about murder and history --
2. From the tails of dolphins to the tower of politics --
3. 'How it really was': truth, archives, and the love of old things --
4. Voices and silences --
5. Journeys of a thousand miles --
6. The killing of cats; or, is the past a foreign country? --
7. The telling of truth.
Series Title: Very short introductions, 16.
Responsibility: John H. Arnold.
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An essay about how we study and understand history, this book begins by inviting us to think about various questions provoked by our investigation of history. It explores the ways these questions  Read more...

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