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The historian's toolbox : a student's guide to the theory and craft of history

Author: Robert Chadwell Williams
Publisher: Abingdon : Routledge, 2015.
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Written in an engaging and entertaining style, this widely-used how-to guide introduces readers to the theory, craft, and methods of history and provides a series of tools to help them research and understand the past. Part I is a stimulating, philosophical introduction to the key elements of history--evidence, narrative, and judgment--that explores how the study and concepts of history have evolved over the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Williams, Robert C.
Historian's Toolbox : A Student's Guide to the Theory and Craft of History.
Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, ©2014
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Chadwell Williams
ISBN: 9781317456445 1317456440 9781315699639 131569963X
OCLC Number: 907641054
Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 230 pages).
Contents: I. The craft of history --
The past --
Story --
History --
Metahistory --
Antihistory --
The present --
The future --
II. The tools of history --
Doing history : an overview --
Choosing a good paper topic --
Reading history --
Taking notes --
How to write a good history paper --
Sources and evidence --
Primary and secondary sources --
Primary source : The Wannsee Protocol (1942) --
Secondary source : Denying history : who says the Holocaust never happened and why do they say it? (2000) --
Documents --
A Revolutionary War ancestor's pension application (1832) --
Maps --
Sebastian Munster's map of the Americas, c.1540 --
Artifacts --
Digging ancient Moscow --
Images --
Sharpshooter's home or photographer's studio? --
Cliometrics : using statistics to prove a point --
The Black population of Colonial America --
Genetic evidence --
Welsh and Basques, relatively speaking --
Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings : what's my line? --
Credit and acknowledgment --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Styling your bibliography --
Types of bibliographies --
A selective, annotated bibliography --
Acknowledging sources and avoiding plagiarism --
Professional plagiarism : how not to do history --
Narrative and explanation --
The language of the historian --
Paul Revere and the New England village --
Chronology --
The life of Margaret Fuller --
Narrative --
Pickett's charge at Gettysburg --
Argument --
"'Little Women' who helped make this great war" --
Causation --
The reasons why --
Explaining the Mann Gulch Fire of August 5, 1949 --
Interpretation --
Reviewing history --
Bellesile's Arming America --
Historical revision --
The Denmark Vesey Slave Conspiracy (1822) --
Historiography --
World War II --
Women's history : The Leo Frank Case --
Speculation --
Historical speculation --
Will the real Martin Guerre please get an identity? --
History as fiction --
The soldier who never was --
Conspiracies --
Who really really killed Lincoln? --
Forgeries and facsimiles --
Is a document genuine? --
Is a collection of documents authentic? --
How can forgeries influence history? --
Is a newly discovered collection by a well-known author authentic? --
If it is a forgery, who is the forger? --
Fiction as history --
Film as history : fact or fiction? --
Films can help the historian understand the past --
Films can hinder our understanding of the historical past --
III. The relevance of history --
Everyday history --
Studying ordinary people --
The Burgermeister's daughter --
Everyone's a historian --
Oral history --
The perils of memory --
Interviewees and interviewers --
The WPA slave narratives --
Techniques of oral history --
Material culture --
Spirits in the material world --
Richard Bushman and The Refinement of America --
Public history --
History beyond the Ivory Tower --
History and the public --
The Enola Gay controversy --
Event analysis --
History in real time --
The Iraq War : Munich, Mukden, or Mexico? --
New tools : GIS and CSI --
Spatial history : Geographic Information Systems --
Killer app : Crime Scene Investigation Forensics --
History on the internet --
Using the internet : promises and pitfalls --
Wikipedia and "wikiality" --
Blogging the past (and present) --
TMI : too much information --
History as information --
Hacking history : the deluge of Wikipedia --
Private parts : the intrusion of history --
Epilogue : The persistence of history.
Responsibility: Robert C. Williams.

Abstract:

Written in an engaging and entertaining style, this widely-used how-to guide introduces readers to the theory, craft, and methods of history and provides a series of tools to help them research and understand the past. Part I is a stimulating, philosophical introduction to the key elements of history--evidence, narrative, and judgment--that explores how the study and concepts of history have evolved over the centuries. Part II guides readers through the workshop of history. Unlocking the historian's toolbox, the chapters here describe the tricks of the trade, with concrete examples of how to do.

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