The Historian's Toolbox: A Student's Guide to the Theory and Craft of History

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M. E. Sharpe Incorporated, Jan 1, 2003 - History - 170 pages
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What is history and how do we learn about it? How has our understanding of history changed and developed over the years? How do historians and students actually go about "doing" history? In an engaging and entertaining style, this accessible "how-to" manual introduces readers to the theory, craft, and methods of history and provides a series of "tools" to help anyone read, research, and understand the past. The first half of the book is a stimulating overview of the key elements of history -- evidence, narrative, judgment -- that explores how the study and concepts of history have evolved over the centuries. The second half guides readers through the "workshop" of history. Unlocking the historian's "toolbox, " it reveals the tricks of the trade, offering concrete examples and practical advice on the study, comprehension, and communication of history. The book covers myriad historical tools, including documents, sources, footnotes, arguments, bibliographies, chronologies, and many other items. It also examines professional ethics and controversial issues, such as plagiarism, historical hoaxes, and conspiracy theories. Brief and illuminating, and filled with fascinating historical information and stories, The Historian's Toolbox will inspire students and teachers alike as it cuts through the jargon and explains simply the "why, " "what, " and "how" of history.

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Review: The Historian's Toolbox: A Student's Guide to the Theory and Craft of History

User Review  - Bethany Peterson - Goodreads

This has been a very helpful book while I've been working on my research paper. Not only does William's go over the basics of how to write a paper, but he tailors his tips to the would-be historian ... Read full review

Review: The Historian's Toolbox: A Student's Guide to the Theory and Craft of History

User Review  - Caitlin - Goodreads

A good resource for those interested in pursuing the study of history at an undergraduate or graduate level. Williams splits each chapter into short segments on different aspects of studying and ... Read full review

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Williams is Vail Professor of History and Dean of Faculty Emeritus at Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina.

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