Essaying the Past: How to Read, Write, and Think about History

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John Wiley & Sons, Feb 4, 2009 - History - 192 pages
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Part research manual, part study guide, and part introduction to the study of history, Essaying the Past guides the reader through the nuts and bolts of producing good historical prose, offering key strategies and useful tips.
  • Includes expert advice on writing about history, conducting good research, and learning how to think analytically
  • Covers important topics such as framing questions, developing a strong introduction and topic sentences, choosing good evidence, and the crucial role of revision
  • An annotated case study takes the reader through one student’s process of writing an essay and illustrates how strategies discussed in the book can be successfully implemented
  • Six appendices cover the major issues facing students today, such as the dangers of plagiarism and the role of the internet
  

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Contents

Why Would You Look at a Book Like This?
1
Reading to Get Writing
5
Its About Time
7
Whats the Story with History?
14
The Sources of History
20
Good Answers Begin with Good Questions
29
Search Engines Research Ingenuity
36
How to Read a Book without Ever Getting to Chapter One
46
The Work of Topic Sentences
89
Exposition and Evidence
98
Counterargument
107
Surprising Conclusions
115
The Art of Revision
121
The Research Essay
129
The Love of History
148
Bibliographies and Footnotes
154

The Intersection of Reading and Writing
60
Writing to Get Read
69
An Argument in Three Parts
71
Defining Introductions
79
The Dangers of Plagiarism
163
E DBQs and Reviews
171
G More Reading About Writing
181
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About the author (2009)

Jim Cullen teaches history at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York. He was previously a Preceptor in the Expository Writing Program at Harvard University. He is the author of nine books, among them Imperfect Presidents: Tales of Misadventure and Triumph (2007), The American Dream: A Short History of an Idea that Shaped a Nation (2003) and Born in the U.S.A.: Bruce Springsteen and the American Tradition (1997).

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