Changing Approaches to Local History: Warwickshire History and its Historians
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324 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

39 b/w and 4 line illus.

Imprint: Boydell Press

Changing Approaches to Local History: Warwickshire History and its Historians

Edited by Christopher Dyer

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Develops an understanding of Warwickshire's past for outsiders and those already engaged with the subject, and to explore questions which apply in other regions, including those outside the United Kingdom.

Published to mark the one hundredth anniversary of the Dugdale Society, which publishes Warwickshire's records, this book brings together a range of scholars - early career researchers, tenured academics, independent scholars and an archivist - all with records of excellence in research and writing, who cover a range of political, social, economic, cultural, architectural and religious subjects from the eleventh to the twentieth centuries. Besides providing original and well-researched interpretations of Warwickshire's past, the book goes further to discuss and analyse the ways in which writing of local history has changed over the last hundred years, paying particular attention to meanings and explanations that have emerged in recent times, from which future developments can be expected. As such the book will appeal not just to those interested in the local history of Warwickshire, but also to everyone concerned with local history in general, and how it should be studied and written.
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Sir William Dugdale

Christopher Dyer

1. The Dugdale Society: Its First Hundred Years
Robert Bearman

2. The Beginnings of Coventry
Peter Coss

3. Was Commerce in Late Medieval Coventry Restricted by Regulation?
Richard Goddard

4. Studying Late Medieval Small Towns in Warwickshire 1920-2020
Andrew Watkins

5. Rural Warwickshire in the Middle Ages: Society and Landscape
Christopher Dyer

6. Religion, Rebellion and Red Jackets: Changing Approaches to Society and Politics in Sixteenth-century Warwickshire
Cathryn Enis

7. Social Networks, Intellectual Affinities and Communal Harmony in Post-Reformation Warwickshire
Susan M. Cogan

8. Discovering Warwickshire's Vernacular Architecture
Nat Alcock

9. Local History and the English Civil War: A View from Warwickshire
Ann Hughes

10. Writing Histories of the Landed Elite in Georgian Warwickshire
Jon Stobart

11. The Victoria County History in Warwickshire
John Beckett

12. Writing Women into the Political History of Warwickshire
Sarah Richardson

13. Shakespeare and the Warwickshire Landscape in the Age of the Tourist
Catherine Richardson

Christopher Dyer


Christopher Dyer is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Leicester. He has written, edited, co-authored and co-edited many books, including William Dugdale, Historian, 1605-1686: His Life, his Writings and His County (Boydell, 2009).



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Title Details

324 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

39 b/w and 4 line illus.

Imprint: Boydell Press