Historians have become increasingly sensitive to social and cultural theory since the 1980s, yet the actual methods by which research is carried out in History have been largely taken for granted. Research Methods for History encourages those researching the past to think creatively about the wide range of methods currently in use, to understand how these methods are used and what historical insights they can provide. This updated new edition has been expanded to cover not only sources and methods that are well-established in History, such as archival research, but also those that have developed recently, such as the impact of digital history research. The themes of the different chapters have been selected to reflect new trends in the subject, including landscape studies, material culture and ethics. Every chapter presents new insights and perspectives and will open researchers’ minds to the expanding possibilities of historical research. ; Research Methods for History encourages those researching the past to think creatively about the wide range of methods currently in use, to understand how these methods are used and what historical insights they can provide. ; Contents Acknowledgements List of Figures and Tables Preface to the Second Edition 1., Introduction: Why Bother with Method?, Simon Gunn and Lucy Faire Part 1, The Essentials2., Working With/In the Archives, Michelle T. King 3., Approaching Visual Materials, Ludmilla Jordanova 4., Material Culture, Alan Mayne 5., Landscape and Place, Jo Guldi Part 2, Researching Individuals and Groups 6., Collective Biography, Krista Cowman;7., Life Stories and Historical Analysis, Alistair Thomson Part 3, Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis 8., GIS, Spatial Technologies and Digital Mapping, Keith D. Lilley and Catherine Porter 9., Document to Database and Spreadsheet , R. J. Morris 10., Digital Research, Bob Nicholson Part 4, Deciphering Meanings 11., Reading Language as a Historical Source, Julie-Marie Strange 12., Analysing Behaviour as Performance, Simon Gunn Part 5, Rethinking Categories 13., Ethics and Historical Research, William Gallois14., Time, Temporality and History, Prashant Kidambi Notes on Contributors Index
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Lucy Faire is Honorary Fellow in the Centre for Urban History at the University of Leicester. She specialises in the history of home and leisure. She is the co-author with Mark Jancovich of The Place of the Audience: Cultural Geographies of Film Consumption (BFI, 2003).; Simon Gunn is Professor of Urban History in the Centre for Urban History at the University of Leicester. He has taught and studied research methods in Historical Studies for a number of years. His publications include History and Cultural Theory (Longman, 2006) and The Public Culture of the Victorian Middle Class (MUP, 2000). He is joint editor of the Cambridge University Press journal, Urban History and co-editor with James Vernon of The Peculiarities of Liberal Modernity in Imperial Britain (University of California Press, 2010).