Widely acclaimed for its accessibility and engaging approach to the subject, the fourth edition of The Methods and Skills of History combines theory and instruction with hands-on practice, making it a comprehensive guide to historical research and writing. * Combines theory with hands-on practice in its introduction to historical methods * Includes a series of field-tested exercises designed to make the research and writing of history more meaningful and accessible to readers * Features expanded coverage of writing history and up-to-date coverage of online research * Designed to strengthen students critical thinking and communication skills
Michael Salevouris is a Professor Emeritus of History at Webster University in St. Louis. In addition to various reviews and articles he is the author of Riflemen Form: The War Scare of 1859-1860 in England (1982), and, with Conal Furay, Learning American History: Critical Skills for the Survey Course (1997). The late Conal Furay was Professor Emeritus at Webster University, where he taught such courses as American Business History and the Western in film and story. He is the author of The Grass-Roots Mind in America (1977), and, with Michael Salevouris, Learning American History: Critical Skills for the Survey Course (1997).
Preface xi Part I HISTORICAL THINKING 1 1 THE USES OF HISTORY 3 Exercises Set A 8 Exercises Set B 10 2 THE NATURE OF HISTORY: HISTORY AS RECONSTRUCTION 13 Exercises Set A 21 Exercises Set B 24 3 HISTORICAL THINKING: CONTINUITY AND CHANGE 27 Exercises Set A 37 Exercises Set B 39 4 HISTORICAL THINKING: MULTIPLE CAUSALITY IN HISTORY 43 Exercises Set A 55 Exercises Set B 60 5 HISTORICAL THINKING: CONTEXT 65 Exercises Set A 73 Exercises Set B 77 6 HISTORY WRITING: TELLING A STORY 83 Exercises Set A 91 Exercises Set B 98 Part II CONFRONTING THE HISTORICAL ACCOUNT 101 7 LIBRARIES: REAL AND VIRTUAL 103 Exercises Set A 115 Exercises Set B 124 8 READING HISTORY 131 Exercises Set A 141 Exercises Set B 149 9 HISTORY ON FILM 151 Exercise 165 Part III DOING HISTORY 167 10 EVIDENCE 169 Exercises Set A 179 Exercises Set B 188 11 ORAL HISTORIES, STATISTICS, AND PHOTOGRAPHS 197 Exercises Set A 211 Exercises Set B 214 12 INTERPRETATION 217 Exercises Set A 227 Exercises Set B 234 13 WRITING FOR YOUR READER 241 Exercises Set A 249 Exercises Set B 250 Part IV HISTORIOGRA PHY 253 14 THE HISTORY OF HISTORY 255 Exercise 269 15 HISTORY AND THE DISCIPLINES 271 Exercises 279 appendix A: FUR TRADE ON THE UPPER MISSOURI RIVER: DOCUMENTS 287 appendix B: SOURCE REFERENCES AND BIBLIOGRAPHIES 295 appendix C: SAMPLE ORAL HISTORY RELEASE FORM 299 SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING 301 Index 307 Writing Capsules 1. Coherent Paragraphs: The Topic Sentence 10 2. The Literature Review 35 3. Essays: The Introduction 76 4. Integrating Quotations 97 5. The Precis 148 6. Coherent Paragraphs: Transitions 244