Historian's Toolbox A Student's Guide to the Theory and Craft of History

ISBN-10: 0765620278

ISBN-13: 9780765620279

Edition: 2nd 2007 (Revised)

Authors: Robert C. Williams

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Now updated and expanded for the electronic age, this best-selling how-to manual introduces students, teachers, and anyone interested in history to the theory, craft, and methods of the discipline and provides a series of tools to help them read, research, and understand the past.The first part of the book is a stimulating introduction to the key elements of history -- evidence, narrative, judgment -- that explores how the study and concepts of history have evolved over the centuries. The second part guides readers through the workshop of history. Unlocking the historian's toolbox, it reveals the tricks of the trade including documents, sources, footnotes, bibliographies, chronologies, and more. This section also covers issues of interpretation, speculation, professional ethics, and controversial issues such as plagiarism, historical hoaxes, and conspiracy theories.New for this expanded edition, part three of the book includes chapters on everyday history, oral history, material culture, public history, event analysis, and history on the Internet that will resonate with a new generation of readers.Written in an engaging and entertaining style, and filled with interesting examples, The Historian's Toolbox opens up an exciting world of historical research for anyone interested in the past.
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List price: $29.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 7/15/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638

Robert C. Williams is Vail Professor of History Emeritus at Davidson College and lecturer in history at Bates College. His books include Klaus Fuchs: Atom Spy; Russian Art and American Money, 1900-1940; and The American Atom: A Documentary History of Nuclear Energy (with Philip Cantelon). He lives in Center Lovell, Maine.

Illustrations and Tables
History as Fun
The Craft of History
The Past
The Present
The Future
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)
A Revolutionary War Ancestor's Pension Application (1832)
Sebastian Munster's Map of the Americas, c. 1540
Digging Ancient Moscow
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
Jefferson and Sally Hemings-What's My Line?
Credit and Acknowledgment
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
The Life of Margaret Fuller
Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg
"Little Women" Who Helped Make This Great War
The Reasons Why
Explaining the Mann Gulch Fire of August 5, 1949
Reviewing History
Bellesiles's Arming America
Historical Revision
The Denmark Vesey Slave Conspiracy (1822)
World War II
Women's History: The Leo Frank Case
Historical Speculation
Will the Real Martin Guerre Please Get an Identity?
History as Fiction
The Soldier Who Never Was
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?
Film Can Help the Historian Understand the Past
Films Can Hinder Our Understanding of the Historical Past
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
The Refinement of America
Studying Material Culture
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?
History on the Internet
Using the Internet: Promises and Pitfalls
Wikipedia and "Wikiality"
Blogging the Past (and Present)
Selected Bibliography
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