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The Pursuit of History

3.38 of 5 stars 3.38  ·  rating details  ·  275 ratings  ·  14 reviews
The essential introduction to the practice of history - revised with new features to ensure it is even more popular with students.

Tosh is consistently the best-selling Longman History textbook.

The last 3 editions have achieved total sales of over 83,000 copies.

The use of photos of significant people and events help make the text more lively.

New layout and design enables re
Paperback, Fourth Edition, 357 pages
Published February 1st 2006 by Longman Publishing Group (first published February 27th 1984)
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Stuart Jennings
Well written introduction to the subject arranged in clear thematic chapters
Has run through more editions than most of us have had hot dinners. As a tutor this means its shelf life as text book is limited as each edition sees slight rearrangements of themes, chapters and pagination and courses have to be restructured accordingly
Great overview of historical methods. Could only be improved by the inclusion of something of the sense of how to assemble material, identify key themes, and avoid fallacies (refer David Fischer's "Historians' Fallacies").
A good introduction to the study of history.

Yes, I am that boring.
This book has many great points and concepts to consider. It is a must read for anyone who is truly researching History.
Terri Lynn
I read this in preparation for a graduate school independent study in graduate historiography and it is awesome. Tosh has an incredible enthusiasm for history and historiography and knows how to make it come alive for readers. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Daniel Petrides
While I must agree with the reviewer who found all of the glossings a touch patronising, they are but a small detraction from what is otherwise and excellent book on what, in my opninion, is both a most interesting and important part of history. Whereas many historians have written books of the subject that are essentially manifestos for their own viewpoint (among them G.R. Elton and E.H. Carr) Tosh here aims to be complete even handed and instead provides an overview of key issues involved in h ...more
Tosh presents good information on historical writing, history and theory. However his writing style is convoluted and hard to understand at times.
While the books does give an overview of various fields of history, it is hopelessly out of date and patronizing. It defines words and events in the margins. Things like Third Reich, empathy, etc. Definitely wouldn't be reading it if the professor didn't assign exam questions on specific passages.
Clear and interesting introduction to historical methods, approaches and relevant theory. Has some useful marginal notes and some hilarious ones ('empathy', 'lay readership' and 'kinship').
Mark Cheathem
More theoretical and philosophical than a previous text I've used for a historical methods class. I like the British perspective as well.
If you have any kind of research experience in the history field, this book may seem irrelevant. It did to me.
Extremely helpful for those, like me, who are concerned with historical research and study.
Sep 26, 2012 Todd rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: IB students/History majors and buffs
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This is a great book to understand histrical research and uses of historical materials.
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This is a good introduction to the current state of modern historiography.
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