History News, Vol. 51, No. 2 (Spring 1996), pp. 18-23.
The historian not only has to be aware of multi-disciplinary approaches, but also multi-historiographical approaches as well. By now the reader will get a sense that the latter half of the twentieth century was for history, as for many other humanities and scientific disciplines, a matter of integrating different established theoretical paradigms rather than taking singular methods of one school or another. “The combination of local history, urban history, and public history offers an excellent opportunity to learn about a sense of place and to trace that sense of place over time and space”, declared Mooney-Melvin. Once a practitioner explores the crossovers and intersections of the sub-genres it becomes clearer, in seeing the different emphasis on different values in community history – the passion for the local place, the treasures of the modern urban lifestyle, and public-private conflicts that localism and modernity creates.
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