Writing Local History Paperback – 1 Apr 2007
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Professor Beckett takes the reader on a fascinating historical journey in which he charts the gradual evolution of local history… This is an important addition to the historiography of local history, which deserves to reach a wide public audience. --Adam Longcroft, University of East Anglia (BBC's Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine)
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John Beckett is Professor of English Regional History at the University of Nottingham and Director of the Victoria County History at the University of London -- .
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This book aims to break down those barriers, especially with the rise of post-graduate University courses across the country. He examines how it has developed of the years, even when ignored, and the challenges it faces and how both academic and amateur lead the way in this branch of history.
What he explains is how over the years the fusty antiquarian view of local history has exploded after the Second World War to the popular subject it is today. John Beckett admits that since the war local history has been democratised with a huge audience and how it can make a contribution to our national story.
History is about peeling back the layers and that our past belongs in our present, and it must be remembered that local history encompasses a wide range of interests, concerns and outputs some excellent work. Beckett out lines this and what has happened in the past to local history, what the challenges are and how we need to overcome them. At the same time he sets out his vision for the future, especially in the age of the computer and access to material and sources gets easier every year.
He also admits that while local history may seem parochial to some that it is still ‘proper’ history and a very credible subject to study. He also outlines that academics need to capture and facilitate the enthusiasm of the amateur practitioners to a greater understanding of our understanding of our past communities.
This is an excellent book for all those interested in and wanting to gain more from English local history. This book should be recommended reading for all those involved in local history, its research and communicating out to the public.
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