Photographs and the Practice of History

Photographs and the Practice of History

Author: Elizabeth Edwards

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ISBN: 9781350120648

Page: 208

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Structured around key concepts in historical methodology which are recognisable to all undergraduates, the book shows that from the mid-19th century onward, photographs have influenced historical enquiry.

What is it to practice history in an age in which photographs exist? What is the impact of photographs on the core historiographical practices which define the discipline and shape its enquiry and methods? In Photographs and the Practice of History, Elizabeth Edwards proposes a new philosophy of history which explores these questions and redefines the practices at the heart of this discipline. Structured around key concepts in historical methodology which are recognisable to all undergraduates, the book shows that from the mid-19th century onward, photographs have influenced historical enquiry. Exposure to these mass-distributed cultural artefacts is enough to change our historical frameworks even when research is textually-based. Intended as a companion to 'how to' guides on visual research, Photographs and the Practice of History builds on existing literature by leading scholars and gives readers a foundation on which to build their own historical practices.



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