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The Practice of History, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-631-22980-3
234 pages
January 1991, ©2002, Wiley-Blackwell
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The new edition of G. R. Elton's classic work is a wide-ranging, succinct and practical introduction for all students and general readers of history. It makes a major contribution to the question "what is history?".
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1. Purpose.

The Present Debate.





2. Research.

The Possibility of Historical Truth.

Facts and Methods.

The Sources.

Evidence and Criticism.


3. Writing.


Patterns and Bias.





Analysis and Narrative.

4. Teaching.

Undergraduate Teaching: What?.

Undergraduate Teaching: How?.

The Graduate Student.

Afterword. (Richard J. Evans).



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G. R. Elton was Regius Professor of Modern History at Cambridge University from 1983 to 1988. Among his numerous works are The Tudor Revolution in Government (1953), England under the Tudors (1955), Reform and Renewal (1973), The Parliament of England 1559–1581 and The English (Blackwell, 1992), and he was founding editor of the Blackwell History of the Modern British Isles. Professor Elton was President of the Royal Historical Society from 1972 until 1976 and honorary Vice-President from 1976 until his death in 1994.

Richard J. Evans is Professor of Modern History at the University of Cambridge. His many publications include Death in Hamburg (1987), Rituals ofRetribution (1996), In Defence of History (1997, reissued with a new Afterword 2001), and Tales from the GermanUnderworld (1998).

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  • A classic work written by a world famous historian.

  • Well known by lecturers and a popular text to assign to classes.

  • Afterword puts the book in the context of Elton's other work and assesses its impact.
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