How to Write History that People Want to Read

Author: A. Curthoys,A. McGrath

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230304966

Category: History

Page: 265

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Drawn from decades of experience, this is a concise and highly practical guide to writing history. Aimed at all kinds of people who write history academic historians, public historians, professional historians, family historians and students of all levels the book includes a wide range of examples from many genres and styles.

How to Write History that People Want to Read

Author: Ann Curthoys,Ann McGrath

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 0230290388

Category: History

Page: 263

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Writing history can take an author on a journey through time, across the globe and into the lives of others. This book offers great advice to writers, such as: * how much research is necessary? * when should you start writing? * should you structure your work chronologically or thematically? * how do you write a compelling narrative? Drawing upon the deep experience of two historians who have written many histories themselves, How to Write History that People want to Read explains how to succeed in writing exciting historical narratives. It explores why some historical writing is not so engaging, and why some of it is as good as any writing you will ever read. With many practical tips about how to research and write history in many different genres, Ann Curthoys and Ann McGrath provide moral support and experienced mentoring company for all historians involved in the often-lonely process of researching and writing. Perfect for historians of all levels, this book is an indispensable guide to writing history.

How to Write History that People Want to Read

Author: Ann Curthoys,Ann McGrath

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 0230313922

Category: History

Page: 272

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Writing history can take an author – and ultimately a reader – on a journey through time, across the globe and into the lives of others. This book offers great advice to writers, such as: • how much research is necessary? • when should you start writing? • should you structure your work chronologically or thematically? • how do you write a compelling narrative? Drawing upon the deep experience of two historians who have written many histories themselves, How to Write History that People want to Read explains how to succeed in writing exciting historical narratives. It explores why some historical writing is not so engaging, and why some of it is as good as any writing you will ever read. With many practical tips about how to research and write history in many different genres, Ann Curthoys and Ann McGrath provide moral support and experienced mentoring company for all historians involved in the often-lonely process of researching and writing. Perfect for historians of all levels, this book is an indispensable guide to writing history.

Reading Like a Writer

A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them

Author: Francine Prose

Publisher: Union Books

ISBN: 1908526149

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

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DIV In her entertaining and edifying New York Times bestseller, acclaimed author Francine Prose invites you to sit by her side and take a guided tour of the tools and tricks of the masters to discover why their work has endured. Written with passion, humour and wisdom, Reading Like a Writer will inspire readers to return to literature with a fresh eye and an eager heart – to take pleasure in the long and magnificent sentences of Philip Roth and the breathtaking paragraphs of Isaac Babel; to look to John le Carré for a lesson in how to advance plot through dialogue and to Flannery O’Connor for the cunning use of the telling detail; to be inspired by Emily Brontë’s structural nuance and Charles Dickens’s deceptively simple narrative techniques. Most importantly, Prose cautions readers to slow down and pay attention to words, the raw material out of which all literature is crafted, and reminds us that good writing comes out of good reading. /div

How to Read a History Book

The Hidden History of History

Author: Marshall T. Poe

Publisher: John Hunt Publishing

ISBN: 1785356461

Category: Education

Page: 152

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A deconstruction of the modern history book as artifact, How to Read a History Book explains who writes history books, how the writers are trained, and why they write them. It also discusses genre, bias (political and otherwise) and how to read history books between the lines. Written for undergraduates, intro graduate students and anyone with an informed interest in the subject, How to Read a History Book demonstrates that, rather than being objects that fall from the sky, history books are actually socially-constructed artifacts reflecting all the contradictions of modern meritocratic capitalism.

Voice and Vision

Author: Stephen J. Pyne

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674054458

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 336

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It has become commonplace these days to speak of "unpacking" texts. Voice and Vision is a book about packing that prose in the first place. This book is for those who wish to understand the ways in which literary considerations can enhance nonfiction writing. Stephen Pyne, an experienced and skilled writer himself, explores the many ways to understand what makes good nonfiction, and explains how to achieve it. His counsel and guidance will be invaluable to experts as well as novices in the art of writing serious and scholarly nonfiction.

Essaying the Past

How to Read, Write, and Think about History

Author: Jim Cullen

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119111943

Category: History

Page: 216

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Part research manual, part study guide, and part introduction to the study of history, Essaying the Past guides the reader through the nuts and bolts of producing good historical prose, offering key strategies and useful tips. Includes expert advice on writing about history, conducting good research, and learning how to think analytically Covers important topics such as framing questions, developing a strong introduction and topic sentences, choosing good evidence, and the crucial role of revision An annotated case study takes the reader through one student’s process of writing an essay and illustrates how strategies discussed in the book can be successfully implemented Six appendices cover the major issues facing students today, such as the dangers of plagiarism and the role of the internet

On Writing

Author: Stephen King

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743455967

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 297

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The author shares his insights into the craft of writing and offers a humorous perspective on his own experience as a writer.

How to Read a Book

The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading

Author: Mortimer J. Adler,Charles Van Doren

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476790159

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 448

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Analyzes the art of reading and suggests ways to approach literary works, offering techniques for reading in specific literary genres ranging from fiction, poetry, and plays to scientific and philosophical works.

How to Write the History of the New World

Histories, Epistemologies, and Identities in the Eighteenth-century Atlantic World

Author: Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9780804746939

Category: History

Page: 450

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An Economist Book of the Year, 2001. In the 18th century, a debate ensued over the French naturalist Buffon’s contention that the New World was in fact geologically new. Historians, naturalists, and philosophers clashed over Buffon’s view. This book maintains that the “dispute” was also a debate over historical authority: upon whose sources and facts should naturalists and historians reconstruct the history of the New World and its people. In addressing this question, the author offers a strikingly novel interpretation of the Enlightenment.

How to Write a Sentence

And How to Read One

Author: Stanley Fish

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062006851

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 176

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“Like a long periodic sentence, this book rumbles along, gathers steam, shifts gears, and packs a wallop.” —Roy Blount Jr. “Language lovers will flock to this homage to great writing.” —Booklist Outspoken New York Times columnist Stanley Fish offers an entertaining, erudite analysis of language and rhetoric in this delightful celebration of the written word. Drawing on a wide range of great writers, from Philip Roth to Antonin Scalia to Jane Austen and beyond, Fish’s How to Write a Sentence is much more than a writing manual—it is a penetrating exploration into the art and craft of sentences.

Stylish Academic Writing

Author: Helen Sword

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674069137

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 230

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Elegant ideas deserve elegant expression. Sword dispels the myth that you can’t get published without writing wordy, impersonal prose. For scholars frustrated with disciplinary conventions or eager to write for a larger audience, here are imaginative, practical, witty pointers that show how to make articles and books enjoyable to read—and to write.

How to Write a Lot

A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing

Author: Paul J. Silvia

Publisher: American Psychological Association (APA)

ISBN: 9781433829734

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 110

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"All academics need to write, and many struggle to finish their dissertations, articles, books, or grant proposals. Writing is hard work and can be difficult to wedge into a frenetic academic schedule. This revised and updated edition of Paul Silvia's popular guide provides practical, lighthearted advice to help academics overcome common barriers and become productive writers. Silvia's expert tips have been updated to apply to a wide variety of disciplines, and this edition has a new chapter devoted to grant and fellowship writing"--

History

An Introduction to Theory, Method and Practice

Author: Peter Claus,John Marriott

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1317409876

Category: History

Page: 498

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Demystifying the subject with clarity and verve, History: An Introduction to Theory, Method and Practice familiarizes the reader with the varied spectrum of historical approaches in a balanced, comprehensive and engaging manner. Global in scope, and covering a wide range of topics from the ancient and medieval worlds to the twenty-first century, it explores historical perspectives not only from historiography itself, but from related areas such as literature, sociology, geography and anthropology. Clearly written, accessible and student-friendly, this second edition is fully updated throughout to include: An increased spread of case studies from beyond Europe, especially from American and imperial histories. New chapters on important and growing areas of historical inquiry, such as environmental history and digital history Expanded sections on political, cultural and social history More discussion of non-traditional forms of historical representation and knowledge like film, fiction and video games. Accompanied by a new companion website (www.routledge.com/cw/claus) containing valuable supporting material for students and instructors such as discussion questions, further reading and web links, this book is an essential introduction for all students of historical theory and method.

A People's History of the United States

1492-Present

Author: Howard Zinn

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317325303

Category: History

Page: 744

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This is a new edition of the radical social history of America from Columbus to the present. This powerful and controversial study turns orthodox American history upside down to portray the social turmoil behind the "march of progress". Known for its lively, clear prose as well as its scholarly research, A People's History is the only volume to tell America's story from the point of view of - and in the words of - America's women, factory workers, African-Americans, Native Americans, the working poor, and immigrant laborers. As historian Howard Zinn shows, many of America's greatest battles - the fights for fair wage, an eight-hour workday, child-labor laws, health and safety standards, universal suffrage, women's rights, racial equality - were carried out at the grassroots level, against bloody resistance. Covering Christopher Columbus's arrival through the Clinton years A People's History of the United States, which was nominated for the American Book Award in 1981, is an insightful analysis of the most important events in US history.

Companion to Women's Historical Writing

Author: M. Spongberg,A. Curthoys,B. Caine

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1349724688

Category: Psychology

Page: 712

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This A-Z reference work provides the first comprehensive reference guide to the wide range of historical writing with which women have been involved, particularly since the Renaissance. The Companion covers biographical writing, travelogue and historical fictions, broadening the concept of history to include the forms of writing with which women have historically engaged. The focus is on women writing in English internationally, but historical and historiographical traditions from beyond the English-speaking world are also examined. Brief biographies of individual writers are included.

The Destiny Formula

Find Your Purpose. Overcome Your Fear of Failure. Use Your Natural Talents and Strengths to Build a Successful Life

Author: Ayodeji Awosika

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781522827849

Category:

Page: 162

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Do you feel stuck in your circumstances? Do you have big dreams, but lack the right strategy to reach your goals?If you answered yes to either of these questions, read more to learn about what this book can do for you.This book is for: People who know there's more to life than the "cookie-cutter" options laid out for us. People who know what they want from life, but feel a bit "stuck," and need an extra push to reach their goals. People who have big dreams for their lives, but keep getting sidetracked. People who are motivated, but need direction and guidance in finding their life's purpose. Look, the purpose of this book isn't just to get you "hyped up." If you're completely lazy with no ambition there isn't a book out there that can help you.This book is for people who know deep down they could be doing more and need some strategies to get where they truly want to be. I've been in your position. I know how you feel. You set goals and fall short.You have big dreams and you know it's possible to achieve them, but they intimidate you. You've been following the conventional path and you know it doesn't suit you at all. You know you have the talent and ability to succeed, but you need to create a plan that will finally work. Are you the type of person who is willing to invest in yourself and your future?I know what you might be saying to yourself... "Is this book worth it?"If all this book did was give you a useful strategy to kick your procrastination habits and make real progress towards your goals....would it be worth it? If all this book did was give you that much needed kick in the pants for you to "snap out of it," and get back on track...would it be worth it? If all this book did was help you find more clarity about what you should do with your life...would it be worth it? If you answered yes to any of these questions, I think the answer to whether or not you should invest in yourself and buy this book is clear. What's stopping you from living the life of your dreams?Scroll up to the top and select "Buy now with one click."

Historiography: An Introductory Guide

Author: Eileen Ka-May Cheng

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1441135995

Category: History

Page: 256

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"What is historiography?" asked the American historian Carl Becker in 1938. Professional historians continue to argue over the meaning of the term. This book challenges the view of historiography as an esoteric subject by presenting an accessible and concise overview of the history of historical writing from the Renaissance to the present. Historiography plays an integral role in aiding undergraduate students to better understand the nature and purpose of historical analysis more generally by examining the many conflicting ways that historians have defined and approached history. By demonstrating how these historians have differed in both their interpretations of specific historical events and their definitions of history itself, this book conveys to students the interpretive character of history as a discipline and the way that the historian's context and subjective perspective influence his or her understanding of the past.

Doing History

Author: Mark Donnelly,Claire Norton

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136656944

Category: Education

Page: 256

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History as an academic discipline has dramatically changed over the last few decades and has become much more exciting and varied as a result of ideas from other disciplines, the influence of postmodernism and historians' incorporation of their own theoretical reflections into their work. The way history is studied at university level can vary greatly from history at school or as represented in the media and Doing History bridges that gap. Aimed at undergraduate and postgraduate students of history this is the ideal introduction to studying history as an academic subject at university. Doing History presents the ideas and debates that shape how we do history today, covering arguments about the nature of historical knowledge and the function of historical writing, whether we can really ever know what happened in the past, what sources historians depend on, and whether historians’ versions of history have more value than popular histories. This practical and accessible introduction to the discipline introduces students to these key discussions, familiarises them with the important terms and issues, equips them with the necessary vocabulary and encourages them to think about, and engage with, these questions. Clearly structured and accessibly written, it is an essential volume for all students embarking on the study of history.