Purpose – The paper's aim is to explain historical methodology in a marketing context. Design/methodology/approach – The paper draws on the author's personal experience, being trained in the history method and using the historical method. Findings – An awareness of time contexts and complex change is essential, so too is an appreciation of primary sources (as defined by historians). Reading the present into the past (anachronism) is to be avoided, and the interpretation and explanation of events are essential to good history. Originality/value – The paper represents the author's own personal experience.
Journal of Historical Research in Marketing – Emerald Publishing
Published: Nov 8, 2011
Keywords: Historical method in marketing; Time and change; Primary vs secondary sources; Anachronism; Interpretation; Critical analysis; Economic history; Marketing