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on 6 February 2010
Do not be put off by the review entitled 'Not the best buy ever!'. It is not written as a general introduction to history or one from which selective quotes may be taken. It is a thought provoking book which stands in its own right. Probably not totally suitable for a first year undergraduate - I read it while doing my MA - but nevertheless worth reading. I found it a good stimulating read.
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on 8 January 2011
I personally would recommend Jordanova's book to any history student, although perhaps not someone with very little experience of the subject, as it is better for its insights, and ability to reflect on historians' varied work and tasks in an incredibly valuable way. It is very accessible, but it is not heavy on detail, and therefore its utility probably comes in a secondary way, i.e. the ideas may not always be explicitly applicable to phenomena explored in, for example, undergraduate essays.

Jordanova's book is refreshing in that she executes it with a level of self-awareness all too rare in the historical field. A definite recommended read, but remember that this book is exploratory rather than explanatory.
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on 6 November 2003
Contrary to the previous review this book is a good book for undergraduate history students. Jordanova herself states in the prelimanaries of the book that she is not writing a normal book. She geared the book towards students and therefore will not have all of the accepted historical writing rules. The book is good for learning how history relates to other fields as well as what it is like to study history for a living. Do not buy this book if you want to source from it because it is not that kind of book. It is the kind of book a professor would use in a second year historiography course to get students to be interested in history without falling asleep.
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on 29 October 2011
A brilliant, wide ranging but succinct and accessible introduction to history as a discipline and to the principal problems that the practice of history throws up. Updated edition, excellent examples, an indispensable read.
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on 2 May 2009
Goes a long way in answering the question What is history? Complemets Carr in being more practically oriented. The style requires more effort to concentrate than Carr's but is still quite effortless to read.
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on 31 January 2011
Brand new as stated. Very good service, arrived promply and well within the timescale indicated. Would recommend this supplier to others.
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on 17 June 2001
Jordanova has produced a book that is both infuriating and inaccessable. As a first year History student I was advised to but this as an introduction to the study of history. I would like to tell any other student given this advice - DO NOT BOTHER BUYING THIS BOOK. Whereas it might provide a deep and inciteful account it does not lend itself to a selective read. I challenge anyone to be able to find a usable quote or idea that does not last page and page. Jordanova seems to enjoy making an argument as inconcise as possible. For the student of history there are much better introductions to the subject available. I would recommend Black and MacRaild's 'Studying History' or Tosh's 'In Pursuit of History'
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