History Through Material Culture

Leonie Hannan, Sarah Longair

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History through material culture is a unique, step-by-step guide for students and researchers who wish to use objects as historical sources.
Responding to the significant, scholarly interest in historical material culture studies, this book makes clear how students and researchers ready to use these rich material sources can make important, valuable and original contributions to history.
Written by two experienced museum practitioners and historians, the book recognises the theoretical and practical challenges of this approach and offers clear advice on methods to get the best out of material culture research. With a focus on the early modern and modern periods, this volume draws on examples from across the world and demonstrates how to use material culture to answer a range of enquiries, including social, economic, gender, cultural and global history.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationManchester
PublisherManchester University Press
Commissioning bodyInstitute of Historical Research
Number of pages200
ISBN (Print)978-1-7849-9126-5
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • History
  • Methods
  • Methodology
  • Study guide
  • Primary sources
  • Material culture
  • Museums
  • Collections

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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