Microhistory is the intensive historical investigation of a well defined smaller unit of research (most often a single event, community of a village, family or person). In its ambition, however, microhistory can be distinguished from a simple case study insofar as microhistory aspires to "[ask] large questions in small places", to use the definition given by Charles Joyner

New Releases Tagged "Microhistory"

Milk!: A 10,000-Year Food Fracas
Milk!: A 10,000-Year Food Fracas
The Card Catalog: Books, Cards, and Literary Treasures
Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America's Most Storied Hospital
The Whydah: A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked, and Found
Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine
A Short History of Drunkenness
The Gulf: The Making of An American Sea
Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America
Stoned: Jewelry, Obsession, and How Desire Shapes the World
Face Paint: The Story of Makeup
Brilliant Beacons: A History of the American Lighthouse
Lesser Beasts: A Snout-to-Tail History of the Humble Pig
Shady Characters: The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols & Other Typographical Marks
Falling Upwards: How We Took to the Air
Atomic Accidents: A History of Nuclear Meltdowns and Disasters: From the Ozark Mountains to Fukushima

Popular Microhistory Books

Salt: A World History
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
At Home: A Short History of Private Life
Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World
The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Color: A Natural History of the Palette
The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic - and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World
The Dirt on Clean: An Unsanitized History
Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
A History of the World in 6 Glasses
Paper: Paging Through History

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History is not merely about kings and their wars. We should know the story of people at large-not necessarily only those of politicians or film stars. How else can we relate to the lives of people influenced by the socio-political milieu, beyond their control?


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