History by John H. Arnold
A Very Short Introduction

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There are many stories we can tell about the past, and we are not, perhaps, as free as we might imagine in our choice of which stories to tell, or where those stories end. John Arnold's Very Short Introduction is a stimulating essay about how we study and understand history. The book begins by inviting us to think about various questions provoked by our investigation of history, and explores the ways these questions have been answered in the past. Concepts such as causation,
interpretation, and periodization, are introduced by means of concrete examples of how historians work, giving the reader a sense of the excitement of discovering not only the past, but also ourselves.

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Published February 24, 2000 by Oxford Paperbacks. 136 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Similarly, Arnold describes the early Roman Londinium attitude that “while brothels were regarded as a healthy outlet for the male appetite...patrician wives and daughters must be paragons of chastity,” and the Victorian middle-class belief that “the majority of ‘respectable’ women did not enjoy ...

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Certainly Tony Blair hoped so, putting "partnership" at the forefront of his African policy - as relayed through the New Partnership for Africa's Development (Nepad), the October 2001 agreement between African governments and donors which aims to foster accountability and an end to human rights a...

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The New York Review of Books

He was headed for the Institute for Advanced Study…at Princeton, where he will resume work on one of the most ambitious chores the human brain has ever undertaken, his monumental A Study of History.” Actually the work of the Time-Life concern in vulgarizing Toynbee’s image in this country had bee...

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BBC History Magazine

the social housing schemes of Reverdy Road and Deptford High Street, originally conceived as places to protect the poor, have become unbalanced since the ‘right to buy’ policies of the 1980s;

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In the final part of his book, Professor Huffman does cover some of the clerics and scholars who were involved in exchanges between Cologne and London, and he also gives a brief survey of religious relations, while parts of section two deal with artisans ...

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She justifies this criticism by listing a variety of different positions described as postmodernist in the book and countering them with a single definition of her own: 'For historians', she writes, 'postmodernism generally means the view that the historian cannot penetrate the veil of language t...

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