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HIST415: Historical Approaches to Locality and Region

Figure reading from a bookNot available 2014/15

Course Convenor: Professor Angus Winchester

The course will address issues and approaches relevant to the pursuit of history at the scale of locality and region. It will introduced the development of the study of history at micro-level and will explore a range of themes encountered by historians working within a close spatial focus. These will be drawn from the following: boundaries and localities (cultural divisions of space and the definition of place); defining regions (questions of scale, cohesion and expression); relationships between places - core and periphery; micro-history; community history (definitions and identities); case study approaches (individual and comparative); perceptions of space (historical mapping).

Preliminary Reading:

  • Beckett, John V., Writing Local History (Manchester, 2008)
  • Kammen, Carol (ed.), The Pursuit of Local History: readings on theory and practice (London, 1996)
  • Tiller, Kate, English Local History: an Introduction (Stroud, 2002)

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