History Writing and Family History: Alison Light’s ‘Common People’

Originally posted on Storying the Past:
Alice Violett kicks off our discussion of Alison Light’s Common People: The History of an English Family. Alice is in the 3rd year of her PhD at Essex University on ‘Public Perceptions and Personal Experiences of Only Children, c. 1850-1950’ and aims to ‘bust the old stereotypes about ‘selfish,…

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Big Little Problems

This week, I had the bad luck to come across the following story about a book ranking the ‘importance’ of historical figures using computational methods. As a cultural historian, their approach strikes me as fundamentally wrong-headed, from the level of its most basic assumptions, up to the guiding idea itself. Let me tell you why. I’ve […]

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