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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Making History

The Historian and Uses of the Past

ISBN 9780230276819
Publication Date December 2011
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

Everyone has a personal connection to the past, independent of historical inquiry. So, what is the role of the historian? Exploring the relationship between history and society, Kalela argues for a more participatory research culture and provides practical guidance on planning research projects with greater public impact.

JORMA KALELA Emeritus Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Turku, Finland. His book Historiantutkimus ja historia (The Study of History) is the leading introductory historiography textbook in Finland. Over his forty-year career he has published 11 monographs and 142 scholarly articles and has an international reputation for his work on history and society.

Preface: Why History?
Introduction: Second Thoughts About History
Historical Research
The People Addressed
Politics of History
Cultural Critics
The Impact of Historical Research
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'A timely, accessible and convincingly argued case for more attention to be given to the preparation stage of historical writing, along with a thoughtful and at times provocative discussion of the role of historians and history in the 21st Century. I found the book to be stimulating, thought provoking and personally useful for my own research planning.' - Toby Butler, University of East London, UK
'Drawing on a wealth of intellectual expertise and practical experience, Professor Jorma Kalela has produced a stimulating book for thinking historians. He challenges us to scrutinise professional practice and to engage in profound and possibly unsettling ways with what it means to be an historian today.' - Hilda Kean, Director of Public History and Dean, Ruskin College, UK
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