What is micro-history? An interview with Jonathan Healey

5 October 2015

What is micro-history?

Kellogg Fellow and University Lecturer in English Local and Social History Jonathan Healey, in answer, cites the famous phrase of William Blake’s “to see the world in a grain of sand”. It’s an approach to history which focusses on detail as a means of getting closer to a subject, and drawing out bigger questions on humanity, social change, and social existence. In this interview on the book recommendation website Five Books, Jonathan explains how historians find the less-documented ‘voice’ of ordinary people – those who were neither wealthy nor famous – and reveals his top five recommended micro-history reads. Read the interview.

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