Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Miles Fairburn
    Pages 1-12
  3. Miles Fairburn
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  4. Miles Fairburn
    Pages 85-111
  5. Miles Fairburn
    Pages 145-176
  6. Miles Fairburn
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  7. Miles Fairburn
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 281-325

About this book


Drawing examples from some of the classic works in the discipline, Miles Fairburn examines the nature, varieties, schools and evolution of social history.
Intended for advanced students and practising social historians who see social history as a problem-solving discipline, the methodological problems examined include the absence of social categories, fragmenting evidence, the appraisal of rival explanations, the use of socially constructed evidence to substantiate claims about realities, how to avoid presentism and when its practice is justifiable, how to distinguish important causes and how to tell similarities from differences.


Glossar history social history

Authors and affiliations

  • Miles Fairburn
    • 1
  1. 1.Canterbury UniversityNew Zealand

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