Microhistories: Microscopic Studies of Individual Events, People and Places

Microhistory is the detailed study of a single event, person, or place, generally over a short period of time, with the goal of answering "larger questions in small places" (Charles Joyner). This list is for works of microhistory and more theoretical books about the practice of microhistory.
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Comments Showing 1-5 of 5 (5 new)

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message 1: by Angie (new)

Angie Thank you for compiling this list! Very helpful in planning for the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge. I am now considering The Life of an Unknown or The House on Diamond Hill.


message 2: by Moloch (new)

Moloch I guess it's time to enlarge my wishlist then! :-D


message 3: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca Carlo Ginzburg is giving lectures at Harvard this week. Seems relevant to Microhistory fans: http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story...


message 4: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Columbine (@24) isn't history; it's current events. It's not merely a matter of when it was written in relation to the events it details, but it wasn't trying to study the events "historically." If that is even possible just a few years after, which it probably isn't.


message 5: by Tyler (new)

Tyler Wolanin Thank you for curating this list - it's not perfect, but it has actual microhistories on it.


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