Essaying the Past: How to Read, Write, and Think about History / Edition 2

Essaying the Past: How to Read, Write, and Think about History / Edition 2

by Jim Cullen
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1444351400

ISBN-13: 9781444351408

Pub. Date: 07/10/2012

Publisher: Wiley

The second edition of Essaying the Past features a variety of updates and enhancements to further its standing as an indispensible resource to all aspects of researching and writing historical essays.

  • Includes expert advice on writing about history, conducting good research, and learning how to think analytically
  • Includes a new chapter

Overview

The second edition of Essaying the Past features a variety of updates and enhancements to further its standing as an indispensible resource to all aspects of researching and writing historical essays.

  • Includes expert advice on writing about history, conducting good research, and learning how to think analytically
  • Includes a new chapter addressing common situations that represent steps in the transition from a rough first draft to a final version
  • Covers important topics such as framing questions, developing a strong introduction and topic sentences, choosing good evidence, and the crucial role of revision
  • Includes an annotated case study that takes the reader through one student’s process of writing an essay, illustrating how strategies in the text can be successfully implemented
  • New edition features updates to cultural references, a newly written preface, and reorganized table of contents

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781444351408
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
07/10/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
355,475
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface to the Second Edition xii

Introduction to the Student: Why Would You Look at a Book Like This? 1

Part I Thinking and Reading About History 5

1. History: It’s About Time 7

2. What’s the Story with History? 14

3. Th e Sources of History 21

4. Good Answers Begin with Good Questions 30

5. Search Engines, Research Ingenuity 37

6. How to Read a Book without Ever Getting to Chapter One 47

Part II Writing About History 61

7. Analysis: Th e Intersection of Reading and Writing 63

8. Making a Case: An Argument in Three Parts 72

9. Defi ning Introductions 80

10. Strong Bodies (I): Th e Work of Topic Sentences 92

11. Strong Bodies (II): Exposition and Evidence 101

12. Strong Bodies (III): Counterargument and Counterevidence 112

13. Surprising Conclusions 120

14. Scaling the Summit: Crystallizing Your Argument 127

15. Writing is Rewriting: Th e Art of Revision 132

16. Putting It All Together: Th e Research Essay (A Case Study) 140

Conclusion: The Love of History 160

Appendices

A Writing an Essay: Ten Easy Steps in Review 164

B Essay Varieties: DBQs, Reviews, and Comparison Assignments 166

C Let’s Give a Hand: Bibliographies and Footnotes 173

D Credit Scams: Th e Dangers of Plagiarism 184

E Web of Lies? Weighing the Internet 189

F A Glossary of Key Terms 193

G More Reading About Writing 198

Index 200

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