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The Oral History Reader (Routledge Readers in History) Paperback – January 10, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0415133524 ISBN-10: 0415133521

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Product Details

  • Series: Routledge Readers in History
  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (January 10, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415133521
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415133524
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,241,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Oral History Reader is by far the most comprehensive, valuable collection of articles on the topic in the English language. Perks and Thomson have done a remarkable job of pulling together articles that capture the exciting potential as well as the complex problems inherent in the oral history process. Their historical sweep, from some of the earliest pieces on interviewing to the recent explorations of the use of new technology, offer something to both the novice and the seasoned practitioner. Not content with merely compiling some of the very best published articles on an array of topics, the editors' commentaries and extensive footnoting point the way to even more avenues of inquiry. This remarkable collection is a boon to students and teachers alike.
–Sherna Berger Gluck Director, Oral History Program California State University Long Beach

Within the anthology will be found pathbreaking works on the theoretical and methodological issues raised by the practice of oral history as well as key writings illuminating the ways in which oral history has expanded our understanding. The authors are to be commended for their commitment to bringing the best of oral history thinking and writing to the attention of a popular audience; work that has been simponal in changing our attitudes toward the practice of history and the devlopment of an international community of fieldworkers.
–Ronald Grele, Oral History Research Office, Columbia University in the City of New York

Rob Perks and Al Thomson have made an excellent choice of articles for The Oral History Reader. It is particularly helpful to have them available in one volume. The carefully chosen themes cover the sweep of an oral historian's work, and will be useful not only to the proposed audience but also to practising oral historians--both those in the academy and those in the community. This will be a book that stimulates and refreshes us....
–Megan Hutching, Historical Branch, Te Taiwhenua, Wellington, New Zealand

This rich and carefully balanced anthology should become a key resource for future students of oral history.
–Paul Thompson, author of The Voice of the Past: Oral History

The Oral History Reader demonstrates how central oral history is to a whole range of humanities and social science disciplines...Drawing on the internationalism of oral history, it provides an invaluable resource to students and their teachers.
–Joanna Bornat, The Open University

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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 11, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The essays on the public history aspects of oral history usage are a must read!
I hope that professors use this as a text book for an oral history class. I encourage them to allow students to pick from the various articles according to their particular interests. Perhaps a professor could require short papers in response to a few of the essays.
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