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Writing Local History$
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John Beckett

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780719029509

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719029509.001.0001

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New approaches: the region and the community

New approaches: the region and the community

(p.123) VIII New approaches: the region and the community
Writing Local History

John Beckett

Manchester University Press

This chapter focuses on new approaches such as religion and community in local history. Local history, in one form or another, is now one of the fastest growing and widest ranging pastimes in the UK. It engages professional historians and amateurs alike; it has entered several key stages in the national curriculum; it is taught in many university history degree courses; and it is discussed at local society meetings up and down the country every night of the week. The county retained residual significance for the cultural life of the local community, and no one questioned the significance of the parish and the town as study areas, even if the methodology, aims and intention changed, as the range and appreciation of the sources and methods developed. But what of the region? This question emerged in the context of the broader issue of how the UK had changed from a predominantly rural-agrarian to a largely urban-industrial society.

Keywords:   new approaches, region, community, local history, cultural life

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