How to Study History

ISBN-10: 0882957090
ISBN-13: 9780882957098
Edition: 1967
List price: $21.95
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Description: We have set down in this book the basic rules and principles of historical study that a student should bear in mind as he enters upon his first college history course. In our experience as college teachers of history, we have found that students  More...

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Book details

List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 1967
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/15/1967
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 274
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

We have set down in this book the basic rules and principles of historical study that a student should bear in mind as he enters upon his first college history course. In our experience as college teachers of history, we have found that students need to be informed on the nature and methods of history as a distinct intellectual discipline, and we have tried to communicate this information in as direct and practical a way as possible.We have no only set before the college student the standards of excellence one should strive to attain in historical study; we have attempted to show, step by step, how to reach these goals. We have presented the methods and principles that appear to have the widest consensus among academic historians, and we have sought to avoid extreme and idiosyncratic opinions.

A Commitment to Excellence
Why Study History?
Prerequisites for Studying History
A Matter of Definition
The Materials of History
How to Use Primary Sources
Basic Rules and Considerations
A Practical Exercise in the Explication of Primary Sources
How to Read Secondary Sources
A Practical Lesson in How to Read a History Book
Excursus on Auxiliary Disciplines
For Students in Survey Courses: How to Use a Textbook and Take Lecture Notes
For Potential and Beginning History Majors: Planning an Undergraduate History Program
For History Majors and Potential Graduate Students: Ancillary Materials and Disciplines
Forms of Historical Communication
Examinations
Book Reviews
Papers and Essays
Shaping and Historical Essay
Creative Historical Thinking
The Nature of Historical Proof
Research Techniques
How to Use the Library
Research Note-Taking
Historical Prose
The Qualities of Style
Problems in Expository Writing
Two Student Papers Critically Examined
Historiography and the Philosophy of History
Historiography as a Formal Subject
Main Trends and Problems in the Philosophy of History
Index

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