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Methods of Historical Research

G. Kuppuram (Author) K. Kumudamani (Author)
Synopsis The purpose of writing this book is to provoke thought in history and its relationship with other subjects both for the College and University students. This book is also useful for teachers and researchers interested in the methods of historical research and the new understanding of history. It also deals as to how the historian does his work, its orientation is practical rather than theoretical or philosophical in nature. This small piece of work also embodies an assumption that the study and writing of history are justified in themselves and reflects a suspicion that a philosophic concern with such problems as the reality of historical knowledge or the nature of historical though only hinders the practice of history. It is said that a society without history would be like a human being without a memory. This book describes the nature of history and its place in modern society. In ancient times, the society had bards, the keeper of the records, but the modern society requires more sophisticated techniques to get as close as possible for discovering the objective reality of the past. This book also points out the basic unity of purpose shared by historical writers, despite their difference of opinions. It also analyses the relationships between history and the natural and social sciences and the problems of historical research and writing is exhaustively dealt with. It also explains how good history can be written and the views of famous historians and historical debates are presented with a few references and themes.
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About the authors

G. Kuppuram

Dr. G. Kuppuram was born in 1956 and received his education at Madras and Karnataka. He graduated in 1976 and received his doctorate and post-doctorate degrees in 1981 and 1986 respectively in Science and Archaeology. At present Dr. Kuppuram is Associate Professor of Archaeology at Egerton University Njoto, Kenya. He has excavated in different parts of India. His previous books include The Imperial Cholas in Karnataka which was his Ph.D. Thesis has been published by Sundeep Prakashan in 1986. His other book Ancient Indian Mining Metallurgy and Metal Technology which was D. Litt. Thesis has been published by Sundeep Prakashan in 1989. Dr. Kuppuram has contributed several research articles on History, Culture and Archaeology in various national and international journals.

K. Kumudamani

Kumudamani Kuppuram was born in 1960 and graduated in 1983. She is the joint author of the book-Agricultural History of Africa, with special reference to Kenya and New Trends in the Study of History and Historical Understanding. She has contributed many articles of topical interest in various journals.

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Bibliographic information

Title Methods of Historical Research
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Sundeep Prakashan
Language: English
isbn 8175741198
length viii+257p., References; 24cm.
Subjects History