Writing History Essays: A Student's Guide

Writing History Essays: A Student's Guide

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By (author) Ian Mabbett

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  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Format: Paperback | 184 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 212mm x 12mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 26 December 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Gordonsville
  • ISBN 10: 1403997705
  • ISBN 13: 9781403997708
  • Sales rank: 240,557

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To write history successfully, it is essential to understand the nuts and bolts of technique as well as the underlying principles which are too rarely made explicit, but which govern the whole process. I.W. Mabbett carefully analyzes these principles, and takes us step-by-step through the stages of the process. He shows how history differs from other disciplines, outlines the methods of historical research and writing, and clearly illustrates their application to writing assignments, essays and dissertations in history.

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I.W. Mabbett is Reader in History at Monash University, Australia. He has held visiting positions at the Humanities Research Centre (in the Australian National University) and at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, USA. Since 2002 he has been Professor Emeritus of Aichi Bunkyo University, Nagoya, Japan.

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'A fresh, creative, and intelligent discussion of how beginning historians should approach their work.' - Michael Shirley, Eastern Illinois University, USA 'Mabbett outlines the methods of historical research and writing, and clearly illustrates their application to writing assignments, essays and dissertations in History. I would absolutely recommend this book to students and teachers alike.' - Gerry Hughes, University of Wales, UK

Table of contents

Author's Note A History Essay in History A History Essay is Academic, is an Essay, is Literature The History Essay as a Process Knowing Your Sources Reading Sources Critically Explanation and Judgement Noting What You Read Planning Writing and Independent Thought Drafting Your Essay Documenting Your Essay Revision and Correction Beyond the History Essay The Importance of Good English Expression Appendix: A Note on Historiography References Glossary Index