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Writing local history

Author: John Vincent Beckett
Publisher: Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York : Distributed exclusively in the USA by Palgrave, 2007.
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This book describes the development of local history in England from its origins in the Middle Ages to its practise in the early twenty-first century. It looks also at how local history is related to  Read more...


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Vincent Beckett
ISBN: 9780719029509 0719029503 9780719076602 0719076609
OCLC Number: 444479120
Description: XII, 244 str. ; 23 cm
Contents: List of illustrationsAbbreviationsAcknowledgementsPrefaceI IntroductionIIThe origins of local historyThe chorographic traditionWilliam CamdenChristopher SaxtonCounty historiesDugdale and ThorotonNatural historyIII Antiquaries at large: the eighteenth and nineteenth centuriesTopographical studiesArchaeologyCounty historiesCollaborative county historiesIV The parish and the townParish historiesTown histories of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuriesTown histories of the eighteenth centuryTown histories of the nineteenth centuryV Local history marginalisedClubs and societiesArchaeologyProfessional historyNational historyVI Local History and national History, 1880-1945The study of the villageEconomic history, local history and adult educationThe Victoria County HistoryRecord publishingVII W.G. Hoskins and the founding of modern local historyThe Annales SchoolW.G. HoskinsThe Making of the English LandscapePost-war developmentsLocal history and the parishThe Midland PeasantFarming regionsRegions without boundariesVIII New Approaches: the region and the communityCounties and parishesMicrohistoryRegionsPaysSettlementRegional flexibilityRegions and industrialising societyCultural identityPost-modernismIX New Approaches: family history, towns, landscape and other specialismsFamily historyUrban historyLandscape historyVernacular architectureIndustrial archaeologyOral testimonyPlace-namesHeritageX The sources revolutionThe National ArchivesCounty archive officesLocal studies librariesThe familyThe landThe houseSource materials and the VCHXI Local history todayDefining local historyUnderstanding past communitiesTrainingGuidebooksGroup researchGood local historyIssues, geographies and time periodsXII ConclusionBibliographyIndex -- .
Responsibility: John Beckett.


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