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"Archive Stories is path-breaking in it subject matter, methodology, and up-to-date reflection on the status of historical knowledge. It is hard to see how anyone can avoid using this important anthology in methodology and historiography courses."--Bonnie G. Smith, author of The Gender of History: Men, Women, and Historical Practice "Important and timely, this fascinating collection of tales from a multitude of repositories and record office removes all sorts of archive from the historian's grasp (though there are many extraordinary and brave historians writing here) and restores their meaning to politics and society, to the telling of individual and collective pasts."--Carolyn Steedman, author of Dust: The Archive and Cultural History

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Antoinette Burton is Professor of History at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she is the Catherine C. and Bruce A. Bastian Professor of Global and Transnational Studies. She is the author of "Dwelling in the Archive: Women Writing House, Home, and History in Late Colonial India "and "At the Heart of the Empire: Indians and the Colonial Encounter in Late-Victorian Britain." She is the editor of "After the Imperial Turn: Thinking with and through the Nation "and a coeditor of "Bodies in Contact: Rethinking Colonial Encounters in World History," ""both also published by Duke University Press. With Jean Allman, she edits "The Journal of Women's History."

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IN AN ERA WHEN THE ECHO chambers of cyberspace have given a whole new dimension to the concept of the archive, questions about the relationship between evidence and history are at the forefront not just of academic discourse but of public debate across the world. Read the first page
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Why Becoming a Real Historian Might Be Harder Than You Think 11 Feb. 2015
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As the title suggests, this book is a collection of essays written by historians who have, to use the expression, been there and done that. Although these stories come from all over the world and take up a wide variety of topics, they are held together by a common theme: it is unrealistic to think that any archive contains merely the raw materials of history. Why? Because even the archive itself has a history, a history that dictates factors like what the archive contains, how its contents are arranged, how items are labeled, access to materials, and the unpredictable experiences of researchers. A second and related theme is that historians these days are bound to sense a tug-of-war being waged. On the one hand are those positivist ideas about the high level of precision one can supposedly achieve as a result of archival research. (Perhaps such notions have been inspired by recent advances in forensic science popularized by television crime dramas). On the other hand is a postmodern view according to which not only history but even the archive itself is understood to be an interpretation. People who aspire to become historians, and armchair historians who want to know what it's like to dig around among the primary sources, should read this book.
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Did your professor make you buy this? 5 Dec. 2014
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Any graduate student of history should read this book.
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