HI 300 bio vs. Micro

HI 300 bio vs Micro - 1 Matthew Gulledge Dr Kalinga HI 300 April 9 2007 Assignment 5 Biography vs Micro History The term Micro History is not a

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Matthew Gulledge Dr. Kalinga HI 300 April 9, 2007 Assignment 5 Biography vs. Micro History The term Micro History is not a commonly used word here in America. The idea of micro history originated in Europe, however it never caught on near as much in America 1 . The distinction between biography and micro history is a very vague one in the historic academic community. Historians have suggested and analyzed several criteria in which to determine whether a work is one or the other. These criteria included the importance of the person being studied, how broad of a focus is the story, as well as the purpose for which it was written. These criteria are very circumstantial and not wholly accepted which is why many historians just prefer to avoid the subject completely. This is why it is incredibly rare to see a book title include the words micro history, but a biography of Ben Franklin is common practice. A micro history tries to answer an important question in history. The pursuit of this answer is the main focus in writing the paper. Although a micro history may focus
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This note was uploaded on 03/19/2008 for the course HI 300 taught by Professor Kalinga during the Spring '07 term at N.C. State.

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HI 300 bio vs Micro - 1 Matthew Gulledge Dr Kalinga HI 300 April 9 2007 Assignment 5 Biography vs Micro History The term Micro History is not a

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