not be confined to artificial
or administrative boundaries.
is the question ?
- whats being considered – a
self-created boundary or an imposition. pride. ownership. control.
- is a boundary a physical thing
or a not, whats the significance -does it unite/divide/neither?
- for an historian, why and what
are the boundaries
- whats the job of the historian
where boundaries are concerned
- what is the scale and degree of
a boundary when it is defined
- berlin/belfast/gaza wall, peace line, grt
wall of china, india-pakistan, 12-federal-reserve, county, province,
country, poorlaw union, USSR/CCCP, congo-hutu,tibet/myanmar/borneo, golden-vale, bog-of-allen, “midlands”, “lake-district”, fingal, silicon-valley,liberties,”the city of london”, IFSC, Elphin, GNER, British/Roman/Greek/Egyptian Empire, The Garden of Eden, Jazz, Urban/Local/Suburbs/Country/Town, Welfare State, Prussia, Gaul, Stone Age, Archaelogy, Provence, Flat Earth
- invader or indigent created
- flow of ideas shaped by
- Intended impact
- Unintended impact
- Previous history
Consider again !
- What is local – local to what ?
- What is history
- Who, what, when ,where. how –
- transience, morphology
- Synonym, Antonym, definition
- Examples, citation
- Necessary, unneccessary
- Abuse, disregard
- Ulterior motivation
- Administrative – whos
administration, accepted or imposed
- artificial – an edifice or a
- boundary – definition –
To what extend do you
agree/disagree ? Purpose of question : understanding, research,
analysis, communication, documentarial
With what – should (be/not) confined to
“throughout history” – whats the viewpoint, the pitch
Doing Local Irish History. Gillespie et al
“The simple idea of studying places as a way of doing local
history is fraught with problems”.
“..the idea of place seems to be such a defining characteristic in
local irish history.”
“explain change over time” – boundaries change, not just by
administrative changes but by local people (p12). (perception)”Before
hte advent of the Ordnance Survey, places and their boundaries were
defined and identified not on paper but in people’s minds”
(technology/comms change perception, acceptance of higher order)
p13 “local history as the study of people in a particular place over
“we need to find some way of categorising these people into manageable
units to sudy them more deeply”
“a map of the local area is always required”
Whats the topic,scope, focus,metric,purpose,outcome. Starting point.
Historical Science ?
Define the personality