Doing History: An Introduction to the Historians Craft, with Workbook Activities

Paperback | September 21, 2015

byWendy Pojmann, Barbara Reeves-Ellington, Karen Ward Mahar

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In this era of Twitter and text-messaging, which calls into question previously accepted notions of literacy, today's students need a new and more pragmatic approach to developing writing and research skills. While a number of guides to historical research and writing and several historicalmethodology texts have appeared in the past several years, no single text accomplishes what Doing History: An Introduction to the Historian's Craft does. Through a unique two-part organization, authors Wendy Pojmann, Barbara Reeves-Ellington, and Karen Ward Mahar offer specific assignments toidentify students' weaknesses and build their skills. They provide concrete examples of historical approaches and theories and detailed guidelines to help students complete their work within the constraints of the academic term. The text integrates the complexities of historical research and writing into a single, comprehensive narrative without compromising depth and breadth. Its lively and accessible writing style helps students grapple with sophisticated ideas while also avoiding the pitfalls that commonly entrap them asthey learn to think and write as historians. The book's intellectually engaging discussions of the discipline of history in Part One: the Historian's Craft are enriched by solid examples of published scholarship. Students preparing research projects will benefit from straightforward guidelines forthe research and writing process. In addition, the integrated workbook in Part Two: Doing History Workbook Exercises allows them to hone their skills with assessment exercises and skill-building assignments.

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In this era of Twitter and text-messaging, which calls into question previously accepted notions of literacy, today's students need a new and more pragmatic approach to developing writing and research skills. While a number of guides to historical research and writing and several historicalmethodology texts have appeared in the past se...

Wendy Pojmann is Professor of History at Siena College. Barbara Reeves-Ellington is former Associate Professor of History at Siena College. Karen Ward Mahar is Professor of History at Siena College and the Co-Director of the American Studies Program.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.88 × 7.91 × 0.51 inPublished:September 21, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199939810

ISBN - 13:9780199939817

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Table of Contents

PrefaceAbout the AuthorsPart One: Handbook1. What is the Discipline of History2. The Development of the Discipline3. Historiography4. Primary Sources5. Research6. WritingPart Two: Workbook1. What is the Discipline of History2. The Development of the Discipline3. Historiography4. Primary Sources5. Research6. WritingAppendixGlossaryAdditional ReadingsIndex

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"Doing History is very well crafted. It strikes the right balance between methods of historical and historiographical analysis. The writing is accessible and the authors move logically through defining history as a discipline, laying out the major types of history and how they have evolvedover time, introducing students to the concept of historiography, teaching students how to examine primary and secondary sources, and walking them through the development of a research paper." --W. Brian Newsome, Elizabethtown College