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Routledge Guides to Using Historical Sources


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Routledge Guides to Using Historical Sources is a series of books designed to introduce students to different sources and illustrate how they are used by historians. Each volume explores one type of primary source from a broad spectrum and, using specific examples from around the globe, examines their historical context, and the different approaches that can be used to interpret these sources.

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Sources for the History of Emotions A Guide

Sources for the History of Emotions A Guide

1st Edition

Katie Barclay, Sharon Crozier-De Rosa, Peter N. Stearns
July 03, 2020

Offering insights on the wide range of sources that are available from across the globe and throughout history for the study of the history of emotions, this book provides students with a handbook for beginning their own research within the field. Divided into three parts, Sources for the History ...

Reading Primary Sources The Interpretation of Texts from Nineteenth and Twentieth Century History

Reading Primary Sources The Interpretation of Texts from Nineteenth and Twentieth Century History

2nd Edition

Miriam Dobson, Benjamin Ziemann
June 23, 2020

Now in its second edition, Reading Primary Sources explores the varied traditions in source criticism and, through specific examples, illustrates how primary sources can be read and used in historical research. Part I of this two-part volume begins by establishing the reader’s understanding ...

Approaching Historical Sources in their Contexts Space, Time and Performance

Approaching Historical Sources in their Contexts Space, Time and Performance

1st Edition

Sarah Barber, Corinna M. Peniston-Bird
April 28, 2020

In Approaching Historical Sources in Their Contexts, 12 academics examine how space, time and performance interact to co-create context for source analysis. The chapters cover 2000 years and stretch across the Americas and Europe. They are grouped into three themes, with the first four ...

History and Economic Life A Student’s Guide to Approaching Economic and Social History Sources

History and Economic Life A Student’s Guide to Approaching Economic and Social History Sources

1st Edition

Georg Christ, Philipp R. Rössner
March 12, 2020

History and Economic Life offers students a wide-ranging introduction to both quantitative and qualitative approaches to interpreting economic history sources from the Middle Ages to the Twentieth Century. Having identified an ever-widening gap between the use of qualitative sources by cultural ...

Reading Russian Sources A Student's Guide to Text and Visual Sources from Russian History

Reading Russian Sources A Student's Guide to Text and Visual Sources from Russian History

1st Edition

George Gilbert
January 30, 2020

Reading Russian Sources is an accessible and comprehensive guide that introduces students to the wide range of sources that can be used to engage with Russian history from the early medieval to the late Soviet periods. Divided into two parts, the book begins by considering approaches that can be ...

History and Material Culture A Student's Guide to Approaching Alternative Sources

History and Material Culture A Student's Guide to Approaching Alternative Sources

2nd Edition

Karen Harvey
September 25, 2017

Sources are the raw material of History, but whereas the written word has traditionally been seen as the principal source, historians now recognize the value of sources beyond text. In this new edition of History and Material Culture, contributors consider a range of objects – from an ...

Sources and Methods in Histories of Colonialism Approaching the Imperial Archive

Sources and Methods in Histories of Colonialism Approaching the Imperial Archive

1st Edition

Kirsty Reid, Fiona Paisley
March 29, 2017

Sources and Methods in Histories of Colonialism provides an in-depth study of the relationships between archives, knowledge and power. Exploring a diverse range of examples and surveying the now substantial scholarly literatures on the functions and scope of the ‘imperial archive’, it facilitates a...

Sources and Methods in Indigenous Studies

Sources and Methods in Indigenous Studies

1st Edition

Chris Andersen, Jean M. O'Brien
December 09, 2016

Sources and Methods in Indigenous Studies is a synthesis of changes and innovations in methodologies in Indigenous Studies, focusing on sources over a broad chronological and geographical range. Written by a group of highly respected Indigenous Studies scholars from across an array of disciplines, ...

Understanding Early Modern Primary Sources

Understanding Early Modern Primary Sources

1st Edition

Laura Sangha, Jonathan Willis
July 18, 2016

Understanding Early Modern Primary Sources is an introduction to the rich treasury of source material available to students of early modern history. During this period, political development, economic and social change, rising literacy levels, and the success of the printing press, ensured that the...

Understanding Medieval Primary Sources Using Historical Sources to Discover Medieval Europe

Understanding Medieval Primary Sources Using Historical Sources to Discover Medieval Europe

1st Edition

Joel T. Rosenthal
August 26, 2011

Medieval society created many kinds of records and written material which differ considerably, giving us such sources as last wills, sermons, manorial accounts, or royal biographies. Primary sources are an exciting way for students to engage with the past and draw their own ideas about life in the ...

Memory and History Understanding Memory as Source and Subject

Memory and History Understanding Memory as Source and Subject

1st Edition

Joan Tumblety
April 02, 2013

How does the historian approach memory and how do historians use different sources to analyze how history and memory interact and impact on each other? Memory and History explores the different aspects of the study of this field. Taking examples from Europe, Australia, the USA and Japan and ...

History Beyond the Text A Student’s Guide to Approaching Alternative Sources

History Beyond the Text A Student’s Guide to Approaching Alternative Sources

1st Edition

Sarah Barber, Corinna Peniston-Bird
November 26, 2008

Historians are increasingly looking beyond the traditional, and turning to visual, oral, aural, and virtual sources to inform their work. The challenges these sources pose require new skills of interpretation and require historians to consider alternative theoretical and practical approaches. In ...

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