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Methodology is a long word…

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Methodology is a long word which I do not particularly understand. Someday I must get someone to take me aside and explain what it means. The study of method, I suppose. I am a self-taught biographer and my method is simply to think here is a person and I will tell a story about them.

Ben Pimlott in an interview with Peter Catterall about his book “Harold Wilson” in ‘Anatomising Wilson : Ben Pimlott’, Contemporary Record, 7(2) (1993), pp. 321-337.

It’s interesting that a good many historians feel this way about history. I know from my own experience that thinking about historical method is often rather tricky – what is it that we actually do?

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