Saturday, March 14, 2009

Value of sources beyond text

[History and Material Culture Edited by Karen Harvey
Sources are the raw material of history, but whereas the written word has traditionally been seen as the principal source, today historians are increasingly recognizing the value of sources beyond text. In History and Material Culture, Karen Harvey embarks upon a discussion about material culture – considering objects, often those found surrounding us in day to day life, as sources, which can help historians develop new interpretations and new knowledge about the past.
Across ten chapters, different historians look at a variety of material sources from around the globe and across centuries to assess how such sources can be used to study history. Published March 12 2009 by Routledge.]

This work might break fresh ground when considered in the backdrop of Heehs' reductionist method. [TNM]

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