The Methods and Skills of History: A Practical Guide, 3rd Edition / Edition 3

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Like its predecessors, the third edition of one of our mostpopular texts, The Methods and Skills of History: A PracticalGuide, is a dynamic text/workbook that combines theory with "handson" practice, providing engaging essays, documents, and exercisesdesigned to make history more meaningful and accessible to studentreaders—whether they are majoring in history, taking ahistory course as an elective, or simply reading history on theirown—as well as strengthen their critical-thinking andcommunication skills.

While this third edition retains the essence of its highlysuccessful predecessor in the form of its practical, timely adviceon research and writing and “field-tested” exercises,it features important modifications as well, including areorganization of the chapters to progress even more smoothly froma theoretical discussion of the nature of history (Part I), topractical considerations involved in confronting historicalaccounts (Part II) to actually “doing” history (PartIII). The final section (Part IV) provides a brief overview of howhistory as a discipline evolved and how it relates to otheracademic disciplines, as well as appendices that compriseinteresting historical documents and helpful source references andbibliographies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882952727
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/22/2009
  • Edition description: 3
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 294
  • Sales rank: 256,215
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael J. Salevouris ia a Professor of History atWebster University in St. Louis. He received his Ph.D. degree fromthe University of Minnesota and currently teaches courses inhistory methods, British and European history, the history ofwarfare, and the history of disease and medicine. In addition tovarious reviews and articles he is the author of “RiflemenForm”: The War Scare of 1859-1860 in England, and (withConal Furay) Learning American History: Critical Skills for theSurvey Course. His interests include golf, tennis, mysterynovels, model building, and traveling far and wide when theopportunity presents itself.

A native of Omaha, Nebraska. Conal Furay received hisdoctoral degree from St. Louis University. Before becoming aProfessor Emeritus at Webster University he taught such courses asAmerican Business History and the Western in film and story.Previous publications include The Grass-Roots Mind inAmerica, and (with Michael Salevouris) Learning AmericanHistory: Critical Skills for the Survey Course. Currentinterests are Nebraska Cornhusker football, golfing with friends,and a late-blooming enjoyment of reading National Geographicmagazine from cover to cover.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

PART I Historical Thinking 1

Chapter 1 The Uses of History 3

Exercises Set A 7

Exercises Set B 9

Chapter 2 The Nature of History: History as Reconstruction 11

Exercises Set A 17

Exercises Set B 20

Chapter 3 Historical Thinking: Continuity and Change 23

Exercises Set A 30

Exercises Set B 35

Chapter 4 Historical Thinking: Multiple Casualty in History 39

Exercises Set A 48

Exercises Set B 55

Chapter 5 Historical Thinking: Context 59

Exercises Set A 65

Exercises Set B 69

PART II Confronting the Historical Account 75

Chapter 6 Libraries: Real and Virtual 77

Exercises Set A 87

Exercises Set B 97

Chapter 7 Reading History 105

Exercises Set A 113

Exercises Set B 121

Chapter 8 History on Film 125

Exercise 135

PART III Doing History 137

Chapter 9 Evidence 139

Exercises Set A 147

Exercises Set B 157

Chapter 10 Oral History and Statistics 165

Exercises Set A 174

Exercises Set B 177

Chapter 11 Interpretation 181

Exercises Set A 190

Exercises Set B 197

Chapter 12 Writing: The History Paper 205

Exercises Set A 216

Exercises Set B 220

PART IV Historiography 225

Chapter 13 The History of History 227

Exercise 240

Chapter 14 History and the Disciplines 243

Exercises 249

Appendix A Fur Trade on the Upper Missouri River: Documents 257

Appendix B Source References and Bibliographies 265

Appendix C Sample Oral History Release Form 269

Suggestions for Further Reading 271

Index 277

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