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Social and cultural history


The history of people, their societies and cultures helps bring to life past times and places.

Learning about the lived ‘social history’ experience of individuals, families, communities and institutions by considering social, economic, political, gender and demographic factors helps us better understand experience and change over time.

By examining ‘cultural history’ – the beliefs, ideas, objects and experiences of everyday life, as well as the attitudes, values, rituals and practices of individuals and societies -  we can develop a deeper understanding of how past societies and peoples understood themselves and the world around them.

Our range of social and cultural history books explore how people have lived across periods and geographies, exploring themes such as work, gender, politics, race, religion, family, education, crime, health and leisure.

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