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Isn't straight history the history of society too?
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Social history is the history of society and it's lived experience.

Sociology applies theories to help us understand what society is and how it functions.
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Social history is the history of society and it's lived experience.

Sociology applies theories to help us understand what society is and how it functions.
Hey, thanks for replying! Do you know how social history differs from a history degree?
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History is more broad, allowing you to experience different fields of history and being able to find out what areas of types of approaches you are more interested. Social history is more specialised and means you would look at historical events mostly in a social context. Whereas straight history involves interpreting historical events from a range of different approaches.

To sum up a social historian will only ever analyse events in a social context. A historian will combine different approaches to analyse events.

Straight history is a good option if you are interested in studying all aspects of history. Social history will appeal to you if you are only interested in studying society and would not like to study other types of history.
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Another way to think of it: history is the study of the "big people and events" in the past, social history considers much more how the "regular" people lived and worked and existed. It's rich in new and interesting insights to our contemporary society as a result, and has more variety in primary sources. Also as a result of this, social history tends to often be considered and taught in conjunction with economic history, as the nature of the economy at that time period necessarily informs the social structure of the time and economic sources are often major indications of social life and structure in the past.
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One is more social
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Hey, thanks for replying! Do you know how social history differs from a history degree?
Most history degrees would involve elements of traditional 'history' and social history.

There are courses tailored to anthropological and social history or economic and social history. I think it's a way of understanding historical events through a certain lens basically.
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