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The Nature of History Paperback – 18 Sep 1989


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  • Paperback: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; 3rd Revised edition (18 Sept. 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333432355
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333432358
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 13.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 646,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Nature of History 4th Edition Arthur Marwick

Reviews: '...very few will not benefit from some part of it, professionals included, and there could scarcely be a better introduction to history as an academic discipline as currently practised. It should be widely read by anyone interested in history.' - History

'It is intelligent and informative, well arranged and crisply written.' - The Guardian

Description : A thoroughly revised edition of this comprehensive study of the nature of history and its place in modern society.

Contents: Preface - Justifications and Definitions - The Development of Historical Studies to the End of the Nineteenth Century - The Development of Historical Studies: The Twentieth Century - The Place of Theory: History, Science and Social Science - The Historian at Work: Historical Facts and Historical Sources - The Historian at Work: The Writing of History - History, Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies - Controversy in History - Conclusion: The Nature and Profession of History - Appendix A: Examples of Aims and Objectives - Appendix B: Some Aphorisms - Appendix C: Glossary - Bibliography - Index


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Oct. 1999
Format: Paperback
"The Nature of History" by Arthur Marwick is the standard, set text given by many teachers of A-Level Methodology, taught in History lessons. In it, Marwick explores, true to the title, what history is, why it should be studied, and how it is best studied in his view.
He covers, in some detail, with extracts from useful lectures on the subject, the value and usefulness to the historian of such media as novels, films and artwork. Quotations from these chapters in an A-Level essay on the subject, backed-up by reasonable knowledge and evidence, will produce quite a good essay.
However, the most useful and informative segment of the book for me was the section on interpretations of historical events, and historical controversies. Marwick, a respected historian, details arguments over, for example, the First World War and its part in bringing votes for women. He is objective in his judgement of other historians' views, even when they cite his views as being wrong.
The only drawback the book has is that, in long sittings, it can make for turgid reading, since so much information is densely packed into a fairly concise, compact book. Nonetheless, this is nit-picking. I found the book the most useful I read during the Methodology section of my History course, a sentiment shared by the vast majority of my class.
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