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micro- +‎ history


microhistory (countable and uncountable, plural microhistories)

  1. (historical) The study of the past on a small scale, such as an individual neighborhood or town, as a case study for general trends
    • 2009 September 13, Daphne Merkin, “Dame of the British Interior”, in New York Times[1]:
      What is certain is that in “The Pattern in the Carpet,” Drabble eschews both chronology and raw autobiographical revelation for a more meandering approach that touches briefly on family pathology and private pain as it crisscrosses the centuries and unfolds the microhistory of jigsaw puzzles, an English invention, circa 1767.

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