English Local History
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328 Pages

24 x 17 cm

163 b/w. Illustrations

Imprint: Boydell Press

English Local History

An Introduction

by Kate Tiller

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The classic guide to exploring English local history, brought up to date and expanded.
This is a book for anyone wanting to explore local history in England. It summarises, in an accessible and authoritative way, current knowledge and approaches, bringing together and illustrating the key sources and evidence, the skills and tools, the contexts and interpretations for successive periods. Case studies show these ingredients in use, combined to create histories of people and place over time.
A standard text since its first edition in 1992, this new edition features extensive fresh material, updated to reflect additional availability of evidence, changing interpretations, new tools and skills (not least the use of IT), and developments in the time periods and topics tackled by local historians. The interdisciplinary character of twenty-first-century local, family and community history is a prominent feature. Complemented by 163 illustrations, this book offers an unrivalled introduction to understanding and researching local history.
Introduction
Beginning Local History
The Saxon Centuries: Prehistory into History
Medieval Local Communities
Degree, Priority and Place: Early modern communities, c.1530-c.1750
Traditional into Modern: Local lives c.1750-1914
The Twentieth Century and Beyond
Further Reading

KATE TILLER is Reader Emerita in English Local History at Oxford University, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and the Royal Historical Society and a founding fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford. Over a career of 40 years, based at Oxford's Department for Continuing Education, she developed and implemented courses in local history from community evening classes to new master's and doctoral programmes. In 2019, she was appointed OBE for services to local history.

"Those readers who know this book from its earlier editions will need no urging to advance their experience eighteen years by reading this latest version; those readers new to this work should be encouraged by this review to read and use it as a guide to their own studies. [...] To all who aspire to undertake such local studies, this book remains a great boon, enhanced by this welcome new edition." Edward Royle, Family & Community History
"This book ought to be read by every self-respecting local historian, and every member of FACHRS. The blurb on the back cover for once is perfectly correct: Tiller 'offers an unrivalled introduction to understanding and researching local history'. Her book can be read with profit not just by the beginner, but even by the most experienced local historians." FACHRS
"This book deserves to sit in the most-used and conveniently-to-hand spot in any local historian's bookshelf, whether s/he is starting out or has already made inroads into a chosen place or topic. I suspect that anyone looking through Kate Tiller's comprehensive checklists of resources will find fresh fields to explore, and be grateful for that, and the suggested 'further reading' would provide even the most jaded researcher with new ideas to pursue." Local Historian
"It is an important piece of writing, which supports the work of those who appreciate local and regional history and promote and project its value. It should be in every school and library as well as in the hands of every practitioner." Midland History

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Title Details

328 Pages

2.4 x 1.7 cm

163 b/w. Illustrations

Imprint: Boydell Press