The Historian's Toolbox: A Student's Guide to the Theory and Craft of History (3rd New edition)

The Historian's Toolbox: A Student's Guide to the Theory and Craft of History (3rd New edition)

By: Robert C. Williams (author)Paperback

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Written in an engaging and entertaining style, this widely-used how-to guide introduces readers to the theory, craft, and methods of history and provides a series of tools to help them research and understand the past. Part I is a stimulating, philosophical introduction to the key elements of history--evidence, narrative, and judgment--that explores how the study and concepts of history have evolved over the centuries. Part II guides readers through the workshop of history. Unlocking the historian's toolbox, the chapters here describe the tricks of the trade, with concrete examples of how to do history. The tools include documents, primary and secondary sources, maps, arguments, bibliographies, chronologies, and many others. This section also covers professional ethics and controversial issues, such as plagiarism, historical hoaxes, and conspiracy theories. Part III addresses the relevance of the study of history in today's fast-paced world. The chapters here will resonate with a new generation of readers: on everyday history, oral history, material culture, public history, event analysis, and historical research on the Internet. This Part also includes two new chapters for this edition. "GIS and CSI" examines the use of geographic information systems and the science of forensics in discovering and seeing the patterns of the past. "Too Much Information" treats the issue of information overload, glut, fatigue, and anxiety, while giving the reader meaningful signals that can benefit the study and craft of history. A new epilogue for this edition argues for the persistence of history as a useful and critically important way to understand the world despite the information deluge.

About Author

Robert C. Williams is Vail Professor of History and Dean of Faculty Emeritus at Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina, and a founding board member of History Associates Incorporated.. He is the author of numerous books and articles in modern Russian, American, and European history, including The Forensic Historian, Klaus Fuchs: Atom Spy, and Ruling Russian Eurasia: Khans, Clans, and Tsars.


History as Fun Part I: The Craft of History 1. The Past 2. Story 3. History 4. Metahistory 5. Antihistory 6. The Present 7. The Future Part II: The Tools of History 8. Doing History: An Overview 9. Sources and Evidence 10. Credit and Acknowledgment 11. Narrative and Explanation 12. Interpretation 13. Speculation Part III: The Relevance of History 14. Everyday History 15. Oral History 16. Material Culture 17. Public History 18. Event Analysis 19. New Tools: GIS and CSI 20. History on the Internet 21. TMI: Too Much Information 22. Epilogue: The Persistence of History Glossary Selected Bibliography Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780765633279
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 248
  • ID: 9780765633279
  • weight: 340
  • ISBN10: 0765633272
  • edition: 3rd New edition

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