The historian's toolbox : a student's guide to the theory and craft of history / Robert C. Williams

Author(s): Williams, Robert Chadwell, 1938-
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Subjects: History--Methodology
History--Research
Formats: Print
Material Type: Books
Language: English
Audience: Unspecified
Edition: 3rd ed
Published: Armonk, N.Y. : M.E. Sharpe, c2012
LC Classification: D
Notes: LCCN: 2011023507
ISBN: 9780765633262 (hardcover : alk. paper)
ISBN: 0765633264 (hardcover : alk. paper)
ISBN: 9780765633279 (pbk.)
ISBN: 0765633272 (pbk.)
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents: I. The craft of history -- The past -- Story -- History -- Metahistory -- Antihistory -- The present -- The future -- II. 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) -- Documents -- A Revolutionary War ancestor's pension application (1832) -- Maps -- Sebastian Munster's map of the Americas, c.1540 -- Artifacts -- Digging ancient Moscow -- Images -- 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 -- Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings : what's my line? -- Credit and acknowledgment -- Notes -- Bibliography -- 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 -- Chronology -- The life of Margaret Fuller -- Narrative -- Pickett's charge at Gettysburg -- Argument -- "'Little Women' who helped make this great war" -- Causation -- The reasons why -- Explaining the Mann Gulch Fire of August 5, 1949 -- Interpretation -- Reviewing history -- Bellesile's Arming America -- Historical revision -- The Denmark Vesey Slave Conspiracy (1822) -- Historiography -- World War II -- Women's history : The Leo Frank Case -- Speculation -- Historical speculation -- Will the real Martin Guerre please get an identity? -- History as fiction -- The soldier who never was -- Conspiracies -- 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? -- Films can help the historian understand the past -- Films can hinder our understanding of the historical past -- III. 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 -- Richard Bushman and The Refinement of America -- 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? -- New tools : GIS and CSI -- Spatial history : Geographic Information Systems -- Killer app : Crime Scene Investigation Forensics -- History on the internet -- Using the internet : promises and pitfalls -- Wikipedia and "wikiality" -- Blogging the past (and present) -- TMI : too much information -- History as information -- Hacking history : the deluge of Wikipedia -- Private parts : the intrusion of history -- Epilogue : The persistence of history
Physical Description: xvi, 230 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm
OCLC Number: 731009620
ISBN/ISSN: 9780765633262
0765633264
9780765633279
0765633272

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