Black and MacRaild have produced a book that has proved to be of immense use during the first year of my history degree. Studying History is an excellent text because the clear index and contents allow the reader to dip in and out to find relevant information when they need it. Each section provides an overview and explanation of the topic and the book also provides a bibliography of suggested reading. Some may find Studying History too basic and general, however this makes it an invaluable first-step. This book is much more accessable than others available especially Ludmilla Jordanova's History in Practice that is inaccessable and overly complex in structure.
this is a fantastic and well laid out book that is bound to be of good use in my history degree, and which I believe would prove to be useful to anyone studying history at or above GCSE Level. It would also be an interesting book for anyone interested in the study of history generally, even if they do not currently study this subject. Overall - superb!
Perfect for pre-University reading or as a reassuring reference book during an undergraduate History degree.
Explains concepts and terms clearly, with good examples of further reading etc. Goes through the various phases of Historical thought ('schools', methodologies etc)in a sensible, logical way that will give a very solid grounding for anyone looking to get a grasp of the wider subject of History and how/why it is studied.
Also has very clear, well-written guidance in separate section on 'how to write a Uni level History essay, prepare for exams etc'.
Very, very useful book for anyone about to start History at University - or thinking about doing so.