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



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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

Author Biography

Jim Cullen teaches history at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York City. A former Preceptor in the Expositor)' Writing Program at Harvard University, he is the author of a dozen books, including The American Dream: A Shot t History of ah idea that Shaped a Nation (2003) and the forthcoming Sensing (lie Past Hollywood Stars and Historical Visions.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Preface to the Second Editionp. xii
Introduction to the Student: Why Would You Look at a Book Like This?p. 1
Thinking and Reading About Historyp. 5
History: It's About Timep. 7
What's the Story with History?p. 14
The Sources of Historyp. 21
Good Answers Begin with Good Questionsp. 30
Search Engines, Research Ingenuityp. 37
How to Read a Book without Ever Getting to Chapter Onep. 47
Writing About Historyp. 61
Analysis: The Intersection of Reading and Writingp. 63
Making a Case: An Argument in Three Partsp. 72
Defining Introductionsp. 80
Strong Bodies (I): The Work of Topic Sentencesp. 92
Strong Bodies (II): Exposition and Evidencep. 101
Strong Bodies (III): Counterargument and Counterevidencep. 112
Surprising Conclusionsp. 120
Scaling the Summit: Crystallizing Your Argumentp. 127
Writing is Rewriting: The Art of Revisionp. 132
Putting It All Together: The Research Essay (A Case Study)p. 140
Conclusion: The Love of Historyp. 160
Writing an Essay: Ten Easy Steps in Reviewp. 164
Essay Varieties: DBQs, Reviews, and Comparison Assignmentsp. 166
Lets Give a Hand: Bibliographies and Footnotesp. 173
Credit Scams: The Dangers of Plagiarismp. 184
Web of Lies? Weighing the Internetp. 189
A Glossary of Key Termsp. 193
More Reading About Writingp. 198
Indexp. 200
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