Buy History in Practice 2nd Edition (Hodder Arnold Publication) 2 by Ludmilla Jordanova (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low. Is history a subject that primarily appropriates its theory from other disciplines? In this lively and readable study, Ludmilla Jordanova examines the many. Review of Ludmilla Jordanova’s History in Practice and Truth in Historical Writing By Abbey Mikha 1 What is truth? Can truth truly set a historian and a human.

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Don’t already have an Oxford Academic account? I think she can be a little harsh on both technology and the human factor of research sometimes, but then again she is an academic of a certain generation. In her analysis, she is careful to emphasise that the strategies adopted by historians in order to interpret and mediate between sources and narrative are not sequential in a linear way that leads from scarcely intelligible and fragmented archival facts to a coherent narrative of events, with the historian as alchemist.

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Return to Book Page. Eclecticism is sometimes treated as a dirty word. Women in the English Historical Review. Now, in a new academic context, where I am expected to teach History’s methods Jordanova’s text is one of the most useful and among my most valued — not because it is about the mechanics of doing History, but the process.

Lud,illa, a central plank of her discussion of the topic centres on the importance of genre and other literary conventions for any understanding of the practice of public history. Kazik rated it it was amazing Aug 12, Sign in via your Institution Sign in.

She then considers that taking away the certainties which is in other words to say the truth promised by history has broad ramifications She is confused about truth. She is also excellent on the problematic distinction between ‘primary’ and ‘secondary’ sources and for the need to subject the latter to equally unsparing interrogation.


Historical research is about collecting information, sorting it, and writing it into a compelling explanation that accounts for the partial nature of our evidence, and When Jordamova was an undergraduate we didn’t talk about History’s methods, but we did talk about how it was written.

What is history? book review: History in Practice

Jordanova favours reliability and hence a historical procrastination of truth occurs. She is not much concerned with discovering the true history of the world whether ancient or modern.

Preview — History in Practice by Ludmilla Jordanova. Historical work has public consequences and draws considerable energy from contemporary preoccupations.

History in Practice 2nd edition: Ludmilla Jordanova: Bloomsbury Academic

It is precisely the ability to embrace complexities while making sense of them, and to think flexibly about diverse phenomena at distinct analytical levels, that characterises historians’ purchase on the past. Belief in the social construction of knowledge suggests to Jordanova that ‘truth’ and ‘objectivity’ may not be the most helpful concepts for historians’ purposes, jordanovaa that they should perhaps be replaced with ‘reliability’ and ‘judiciousness’ p.

Fides rated it liked it Sep 14, Adventurous public librarians, willing to lift their eyes higher than issue figures, the state of the book fund, should also have no hesitation in ordering a copy. She also should not have used abstract foreign terms when English was more comprehensible.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. She does an able job at exploring what historians do, and in particular, why and how there have been such sweeping changes to the discipline.

History in Practice

Historical research histpry about collecting information, sorting it, and writing it into a compelling explanation that accounts for the partial nature of our evidence, and our partiality as researchers. The results of this poll may be accessed via the English Heritage website at www. The very creation of archaeological evidence necessitates the teamwork and physical effort that make excavation possible and, incidentally, archaeology a media-friendly discipline since its practitioners can actually be seen to be doing something.


Oxford University Press Inc, If history is best understood as a set ludmilka practices rather than a constellation of beliefs and theories or a stable body of subject matter, then logically ‘History is indeed about what historians do’ p. But I will stand by my complaint: Tunbridge, A Geography of Heritage: They used cleometrics to deceive people about slavery.

History in Focus

Of course, the term ‘Public history’ is by origin a N. It looks at history as an academic discipline but also engages with the use of ludmulla ideas in the wider world.

Jordanova does not seem interested in such kind of history.

I disagree with her on the matter of reliability versus truth because there have been thousands of times throughout history when historians have emphasised reliability and yet were dishonest and truly selfish in trying to project their truth instead of the real truth.

The Ambiguities of Belief and Belonging: Whilst one might have anticipated her plea for the integration of the study of visual culture into historical practice, less expected is her impassioned defence of Clio’s current Cinderella, economic history.