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

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M.E. Sharpe, Jan 1, 2007 - History - 200 pages
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Now updated and expanded for the electronic age, this best-selling how-to manual introduces students, teachers, and anyone interested in history to the theory, craft, and methods of the discipline and provides a series of tools to help them read, research, and understand the past.

The first part of the book is a stimulating introduction to the key elements of history -- evidence, narrative, judgment -- that explores how the study and concepts of history have evolved over the centuries. The second part guides readers through the workshop of history. Unlocking the historian's toolbox, it reveals the tricks of the trade including documents, sources, footnotes, bibliographies, chronologies, and more. This section also covers issues of interpretation, speculation, professional ethics, and controversial issues such as plagiarism, historical hoaxes, and conspiracy theories.

New for this expanded edition, part three of the book includes chapters on everyday history, oral history, material culture, public history, event analysis, and history on the Internet that will resonate with a new generation of readers.

Written in an engaging and entertaining style, and filled with interesting examples, The Historian's Toolbox opens up an exciting world of historical research for anyone interested in the past.

  

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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

Contents

The Past
3
History
11
Metahistory
20
Antihistory
27
The Present
33
The Future
39
An Overview
47
Sources and Evidence
56
Narrative and Explanation
90
Interpretation
110
Speculation
126
Everyday History
149
Material Culture
161
Event Analysis
172
Glossary
183
Selected Bibliography
191

Credit and Acknowledgment
79

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About the author (2007)

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

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