This volume provides a survey of texts about cultural history. It demonstrates the distinctive contributions made by cultural historians to a range of historiographical methods and illustrates the insights to be gained from analyses of how cultural factors have shaped people's experience of the world and guided their actions.
Peter McCaffery taught Sociology and Cultural History in the University of Aberdeen. His publications include Midwifery and the Medicalization of Childbirth, edited with Edwin van Teijlingen, George Lowis and Maureen Porter (2000). He is interested in problems of interdisciplinary collaboration, both in research and in professional practice Ben Marsden is Director of the Centre for the History and Philosophy of Science, Technology and Medicine at the University of Aberdeen. He has been involved in the teaching of cultural history, especially of science and technology, since 1992. His books include Watt's Perfect Engine: Steam and the Age of Invention (2002), Engineering Empires: A Cultural History of Technology in Nineteenth-Century Britain with Crosbie Smith (2005), and Uncommon Contexts: Encounters between Science and Literature, 1800-1914 edited with Ralph O'Connor and Hazel Hutchison (2013).