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By Aviezer Tucker

The fifty entries during this Companion conceal the most concerns within the philosophies of historiography and historical past, together with usual heritage and the practices of historians.
• Written by way of a world and multi-disciplinary staff of experts
• A state of the art up to date photograph of present study within the field
• a part of the well known Blackwell Companions sequence

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Using models without admitting that they are doing so or without being aware of their logical status has sometimes landed historians in 32 Gellner ( 1981), 149-73. 33 Riggs (1959). / Models and Methods 32 needless difficulties. Some well-known controversies have turned on one historian's misunderstanding of another historian's model; the celebrated controversy between Sir Paul Vinogradoff and F. W. Maitland about the medieval manor provides an example. Vinogradoff suggested that The structure of the ordinary manor is always the same.

This ethnographic approach is associated with the study in depth of the small-scale. The Social Microscope Like sociologists, the social historians of the 1950s and 1960s generally employed quantitative methods, concerned themselves with the lives of millions of people and concentrated on the analysis of general trends, viewing social life 'from the twelfth floor'. 52 In the 1970s, however, some of them turned from the telescope to the microscope. Following the lead of social anthropologists, sociologists paid more attention to microsocial analysis and historians to what has come to be known as 'microhistory' .

The suggestion that it was the tsetse fly which - by attacking horses - prevented the development of anything like feudalism in West Africa is one of the most fascinating studies of 'what is missing', as Weber called it}4 Comparative marriage patterns are the subject of a famous study by John Hajnal which contrasts the West European system of late marriage linked to the establishment of an independent household for the newly-weds, with the practices prevalent in the rest of the world. 15 Using a strategy much like Weber's, the historical anthropologist Alan Macfarlane has published a series of studies which attempt to define the Englishness of English society (individualism, a low propensity to violence, a culture par12 Moore (1966); Stone (1972); Skocpol (1979).

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