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The Pursuit of History

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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
Aug 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
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
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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").
Jan 28, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: academic
While the books does give an overview of various fields of history, it is hopelessly out of date and patronizing.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.
A good introduction to the study of history.

Yes, I am that boring.
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Excellent. I made a lot of notes.
Daniel Petrides
Jul 03, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
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
Terri Lynn
Aug 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
P.H.G. Haslam
A very comprehensive introduction to a huge range of topics in historiography. Very useful for students.
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2016 - Masters - Uni of Dundee
Dec 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Required reading for anyone who wish to grapple with research methods for history. A bit Anglo-centric at times.
Ed Callahan
Mar 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a good introduction to the current state of modern historiography.
Aug 27, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you have any kind of research experience in the history field, this book may seem irrelevant. It did to me.
Nov 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book has many great points and concepts to consider. It is a must read for anyone who is truly researching History.
Sep 29, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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').
Richard Cubitt
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Postmodernist approaches have been unkind to history. Yet I still feel much can be learned from its study.
Tosh presents good information on historical writing, history and theory. However his writing style is convoluted and hard to understand at times.
Mark Cheathem
Jul 27, 2013 rated it liked it
More theoretical and philosophical than a previous text I've used for a historical methods class. I like the British perspective as well.
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