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Essaying the Past: How to Read, Write, and Think about History
by Jim Cullen
Part research manual, part study guide, and part introduction to the study of history, this book guides the reader through the nuts and bolts of producing good historical prose offering key strategies and useful tips.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published February 17th 2009 by Wiley-Blackwell
(first published February 4th 2009)
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Excellent source for helping the budding scholar begin the researching, thinking, and writing process concerning history (or any subject, really). It is also quite helpful for the professor (like me!) who wants to make this process as smooth and encouraging as possible to all students.
I can't believe I'm reading this book for a master's program, but, oh well, there it is. It was one of two books I have to read over the summer for a colloquium on US History I'm taking in the Fall. Overall, I can see how it would be effective for a undergraduate History survey course, but if you're a Master's student, you should already know how to write an essay. But, it did remind me of the essentials that I have forgotten in my late-night procrastination marathons.
Undergraduate-level investigation/intro to thinking about history. Not bad, but tries too hard to be "hip" in lots of places-- I don't particularly need references to "Kanye" or "Averil Lavigne" throughout. I know that this is marketed to students younger than I am, but this kind of pandering is lame and ineffective-- and I don't agree that conflating Lavigne with Joni Mitchell and Alanis Morissette is anywhere near an accurate comparison.