Writing History Essays : A Student's Guide
To write history successfully, it is essential to understand the nuts and bolts of technique as well as the basic underlying principles which are too rarely made explicit, but which govern the whole process. I. W. Mabbett carefully analyses 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. This practical guide covers all aspects of the essay-writing process, including: - how to read sources critically - how to plan and draft your essay - the purpose of footnotes and referencing - the problems of inadvertent plagiarism - the importance of using good English - beyond the history essay: book reviews, reports and examinations. Writing History Essays is an indispensable aid for all those studying history and is ideal for beginners. Focusing on the fundamentals, this helpful and informative guide demonstrates that it is through the writing of history essays that we learn the nature of the discipline.
- Paperback | 184 pages
- 138 x 212 x 12mm | 240.41g
- 26 Dec 2006
- Palgrave USA
- Palgrave MacMillan
- Gordonsville, United States
About Ian Mabbett
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.
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
'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