John Arnold

Published in print February 2000 | ISBN: 9780192853523
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191776342 | DOI:

Series: Very Short Introductions


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History: A Very Short Introduction is an essay about how we study and understand history. Rather than concentrating on a specific period of history, it discusses the theory of history in a general way. It begins by inviting us to think about various questions provoked by our investigation of history, and explores the ways these questions have been answered in the past. Concepts such as causation, interpretation, and periodization are introduced by means of concrete examples of how historians work, giving the reader a sense of the excitement of discovering not only the past, but also ourselves.

Keywords: Douglas Adams; Donation of Constantine; Elizabeth I; Jean Froissart; Edward Gibbon; David Hume; Inquisition; William Laud; William of Malmesbury; Karl Marx; John Winthrop

Book.  160 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History

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