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Why History Matters (2nd Edition)

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Does history matter? Is it anything more than entertainment? And if so, what practical relevance does it have? In this fully revised second edition of a seminal text, John Tosh persuasively argues that history is...

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Does history matter? Is it anything more than entertainment? And if so, what practical relevance does it have? In this fully revised second edition of a seminal text, John Tosh persuasively argues that history is central to an informed and critical understanding of topical issues in the present. Including a range of contemporary examples from Brexit to child sexual abuse to the impact of the internet, this is an important and practical introduction for all students of history.

Inspiring and empowering, this book provides both students and general readers with a stimulating and practical rationale for the study of history. It is essential reading for all undergraduate students of history who require an engaging introduction to the subject. 

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Articulates the importance of History in making sense of  current affairs
Thoroughly updated coverage of new topical issues 
Written by a leading historian


Illustrative examples and case studies are fully updated
Features a postscript on British historians and Brexit
Bibliography is heavily revised




Preface
Prologue: Britain in Iraq
Contending Histories
Other Worlds
Becoming Ourselves
Parallels in the Past
The Family in Crisis: a Case-Study
History Goes Public
The Citizen's Resource
Conclusion
Postscript: British Historians and Brexit
Notes
Select Bibliography.

Why History Matters is a thoughtful and thought-provoking text about history and historical thinking which challenges us to consider the power of history and the power of historians to intervene in contemporary assumptions and misguided debates. – Samantha Shave, University of Lincoln, UK
Tosh introduces the much-needed theory of practical historical awareness—accurate history that can be practically applied to the present. – Heather Barry, St Joseph’s College New York, USA
Why History Matters makes clear the societal benefits of critical public history, embodying John Tosh’s belief that historians have a duty to promote analytical engagement with the past. – Henry Irving, Leeds Beckett University, UK
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John Tosh is Professor of History at the University of Roehampton, UK, Visiting Professor at Birkbeck University of London and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He is well known for his introductory text The Pursuit of History (6th edition, 2015). He has  also published widely on the history of masculinities in Britain, notably A Man’s Place: Masculinity and the Middle-Class Home in Victorian England (2007).

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John Tosh is Professor of History at the University of Roehampton, UK, Visiting Professor at Birkbeck University of London and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He is well known for his introductory text The Pursuit of History (6th edition, 2015). He has  also published widely on the history of masculinities in Britain, notably A Man’s Place: Masculinity and the Middle-Class Home in Victorian England (2007).

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