How is local history thought about? How should it be approached? What is the context behind local events and institutions? Where does one start? Through brief, succinct notes and essay-length entries, the Encyclopaedia of Local History presents ideas to consider, sources to use, historical fields and trends to explore. It also provides commentary - useful, whimsical, and otherwise - on a number of subjects, including the everyday topics that most local historians encounter. Useful appendices provide information on such things as ethnic groups, religious organizations and other related topics.