How to Write History That People Want to Read

How to Write History That People Want to Read

By: Ann McGrath (author), Ann Curthoys (author)Paperback

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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.

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ANN CURTHOYS Professor of History at the University of Sydney, Australia. In addition to writing about historical theory and method, she has written about many facets of Australian history, especially the relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. Her previous books include Freedom Ride: A Freedomrider Remembers (2002) and (with Mary Spongberg and Barbara Caine), A Companion to Women's Historical Writing (Palgrave, 2005). ANN MCGRATH Professor of History at the Australian National University, Australia. She has written numerous books and articles, including 'Born in the Cattle': Aborigines in Cattle Country (1987) and with Pat Grimshaw, Marilyn Lake and Marian Quartly, co-authored Creating a Nation (1994). McGrath has won various prizes for writing and has worked as a historian on public enquiries and commissions, has made television documentaries, curated museum exhibitions and developed pod-streaming history projects.


Acknowledgments Introduction: Navigating History in the 21st century Which History to Tell? Who is your History for? Crying in the Archives History in 3D: Visual, Oral and Material Sources How to Avoid Writer's Block Once upon a Time: Beginnings and Endings Narrative, Plot, Action! Styling Pasts for Presents Character and Emotion Footnote Fetishism: Quotes and Notes Tough Love: Editing and Revising Epilogue: The After Party Marketing, Celebrating and Reviews Notes Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 17/06/2011
  • ISBN13: 9780230290389
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 273
  • ID: 9780230290389
  • weight: 416
  • ISBN10: 0230290388

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