How to Write History that People Want to Read

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?

Author: Ann Curthoys

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 9780230290389

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.

Writing Life Histories

My interest in writing histories began when facilitating creative writing groups in psychiatric hospitals. Many people wanted to use the group to write about their experiences of mental illness, how it had affected their lives and what ...

Author: Robin Dynes

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781351371650

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"Writing Life Histories" is a practical handbook which gives clear guidance on how to put together life histories in supportive or residential settings. It provides: step-by-step guidance; ideas for different types of life histories; activities, strategies and material for prompting memories; helpful tools and writing tips; suggestions for support and forming partnerships with other local services; ideas for involving the person's family and friends; and, discussion on ethical issues to be considered. The benefits of engaging a group or an individual in life history activities include - an aid to memory; creative stimulation; a personalised identity when in a residential home; promotion of interaction and co-operation with others; and, continuity with previous life experience thus combating loss of identity as well as an excellent opportunity to pass on knowledge and experience to others. For staff knowing about past experiences will promote an understanding of behaviour, needs and outlook on life resulting in more personalised care. Staff have references for conversation with cognitive impaired individuals and knowledge about life accomplishments which promotes respect for individuals. This is an indispensible resource for anyone interested in compiling life histories including nurses, residential home staff, carers, tutors and occupational therapists, group facilitators in day centres, clubs for the elderly or learning disabilities.

Writing National Histories

These dynasties were perceived as the founders of their modern nation-states and their history was written as that of a long vocation for the ... It was simply impossible to write any history with the contemporary politics left out.

Author: Stefan Berger

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134712151

Category: History

Page: 336

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This book examines comparatively how the writing of history by individuals and groups, historians, politicians and journalists has been used to "legitimate" the nation-state agianst socialist, communist and catholic internationalism in the modern era. Covering the whole of Western Europe, the book includes discussion of: * history as legitimation in post-revolutionary France * unity and confederation in the Italian Risorgimento * German historians as critics of Prussian conservatism * right-wing history writing in France between the wars * British historiography from Macauley to Trevelyan * the search for national identity in the reunified Germany.

Writing and Rewriting National Theatre Histories

Moreover, common problems of writing histories are addressed, such as types of evidence (particularly Sauter, Fischer-Lichte, Solomon, and Wilmer), periodization (Pusic), canonization (Rokem and Zarhy-Levo, Filewod, and Day), ...

Author: S.E. Wilmer

Publisher: University of Iowa Press

ISBN: 9781587295218

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 294

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Historians of theatre face the same temptations and challenges as other historians: they negotiate assumptions (their own and those of others) about national identity and national character; they decide what events and actors to highlight--or omit--and what framework and perspective to use for telling the story. Personal biases, trends in scholarship, and sociopolitical contexts influence all histories; and theatre histories, too, are often revised to reflect changing times and interests. This significant collection examines the problems and challenges of formulating national theatre histories.The essayists included here--leading theatre scholars from all over the world, many of whom wrote essays specifically for this volume--provide an international context for national theatre histories as well as studies of individual nations. They cover a wide geographical area: Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and North America. The essays contrast large countries (India, Indonesia) with small (Ireland), newly independent (Slovenia) with established (U.S.A.), developed (Canada) with developing (Mexico, South Africa), capitalist (U.S.A.) with formerly communist (Russia), monolingual (Sweden) with multilingual (Belgium, Canada), and countries with stable historical boundaries (Sweden) with those whose borders have shifted (Germany).The essays also explore such sociopolitical issues as the polarization of language groups, the importance of religion, the invisibility of ethnic minorities, the redrawing of geographical borders, changes in ideology, and the dismantling of colonial legacies. Finally, they examine such common problems of history writing as types of evidence, periodization, canonization, styles of narrative, and definitions of key terms.Writing and Rewriting National Theatre Histories will be of special interest to students and scholars of theatre, cultural studies, and historiography.

Augustan Historical Writing

This work examines the development of narrative historical writing in early eighteenth century England.

Author: Laird Okie

Publisher: University Press of America

ISBN: 0819180505

Category: History

Page: 240

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This work examines the development of narrative historical writing in early eighteenth century England. In addition, it explores the historical dimension of Augustan political ideologies and the character of the Enlightenment in England. Contents: Part One: Tory and Whig History in the Age of Anne: Tory and Whig, Clarendon and Burnet: White Kennett and Laurence Echard; Part Two: The Rise of Whig Historical Writing in the Age of Walpole: Rapin-Thoyras and the Court-Country Historical Debate; The Whig Liberals: John Oldmixon and Daniel Neal; Thomas Salmon: The Tory Rebuttal to Rapin; Part Three: History and Ideology after the Fall of Walpole: Thomas Birch and the Historians; Thomas Carte and the Historical Mind of Jacobitism; James Ralph; William Guthrie; David Hume.

Making Histories

First published in 2006. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Author: CCCS

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135032180

Category: History

Page: 384

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First published in 2006. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Writing Local History

This fascinating book looks at how local history developed from the antiquarian county studies of the sixteenth century, through the growth of "professional" history in the nineteenth century, to the recent past.

Author: John Beckett

Publisher:

ISBN: UVA:X004832573

Category: History

Page: 244

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This fascinating book looks at how local history developed from the antiquarian county studies of the sixteenth century, through the growth of "professional" history in the nineteenth century, to the recent past. Concentrating on the past sixty years, it looks at the opening of archive offices, the invigorating influence of family history, the impact of adult education and other forms of lifelong learning. This is an authoritative account of how local history has come to be one of the most popular and productive intellectual pastimes in our modern society.

Writing Visual Histories

One of the complexities that writing specifically visual histories presents is the array of fields that have an interest in the matter. We have been clear about the immense value to historians of interdisciplinarity, that is of genuine ...

Author: Florence Grant

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350023468

Category: History

Page: 256

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What can visual artifacts tell us about the past? How can we interpret them rigorously, weaving their formal and material qualities into rich social contexts to reach wider historical conclusions? Unfolding key historiographical and methodological issues, Writing Visual Histories equips students to answer these questions, showing visual analysis to be a key skill in historical research. A multifaceted structure makes this a practical guide for writing and reflecting on visual histories. A first section includes six case studies -- on topics ranging from medieval heraldry to Life magazine. These examples are followed by an exploration of essential concepts that inform historical thinking about visual matters, a treatment of disciplinary practices, and discussion of the practicalities (such as accessing museum collections and organising permissions) that scholars working with visual sources have to navigate. This book is an invaluable tool kit for opening up a historical understanding of visual phenomena and practices of looking, and for writing that takes an integrated approach to studies of the past.

The Writing of Urban Histories in Eighteenth century England

Although history was regarded as a suitable subject for women to read , they were not expected to write it . ... on Newcastle or Susannah Watts on Leicester are the closest that women appear to have come in writing urban history .

Author: Junior Research Fellow in History Rosemary Sweet

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198206690

Category: History

Page: 356

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This text provides an analysis of 18th-century urban culture and local historical scholarship. The author shows how a sense of the past was crucial not only in instilling civic pride and shaping a sense of community, but also in informing contests for power and influence in the local community.

Writing imperial histories

... a question of engaging in gratification or not'.14 Several writers in the Studies in Imperialism series, as we shall see, have similarly been dismissive of Hyam's approach. These perspectives reflect developments in gender history, ...

Author: Andrew S. Thompson

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9781526112545

Category: History

Page: 304

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This book appraises the critical contribution of the Studies in Imperialism series to the writing of imperial histories as the series passes its 100th publication. The volume brings together some of the most distinguished scholars writing today to explore the major intellectual trends in Imperial history, with a particular focus on the cultural readings of empire that have flourished over the last generation. When the Studies in Imperialism series was founded, the discipline of Imperial history was at what was probably its lowest ebb. A quarter of a century on, there has been a tremendous broadening of the scope of what the study of empire encompasses. Essays in the volume consider ways in which the series and the wider historiography have sought to reconnect British and imperial histories; to lay bare the cultural expressions and registers of colonial power; and to explore the variety of experiences the home population derived from the empire.

Writing Witch Hunt Histories

Writers of this work aspire to present an update on some critical developments in the writing of witch-hunt histories. Three institutions in Tampere made a major contribution to this endeavor. The School of Social Sciences and ...

Author: Marko Nenonen

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004257917

Category: History

Page: 234

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The book gives an analytical review of the history of witch-hunt historiography. The history of the witch-hunt research gives understanding of cultural and academic trends which direct any research even when scholars are not cognisent of their underlying premises.

How to Write the History of the New World

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.

Author: Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 0804746931

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.

Practicing History

This essential collection of key articles offers a re-evaluation of the practice of history in light of current debates.

Author: Gabrielle M. Spiegel

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134296835

Category: History

Page: 288

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This essential collection of key articles offers a re-evaluation of the practice of history in light of current debates. Critical thinkers and practicing historians present their writings, along with clear and thorough editorial material, to examine the complex ideas at the forefront of historical practice. This volume gives a synoptic overview of the last twenty-five years’ theoretical analysis of historical writing, with a critical examination of the central concepts and positions that have been in debate. The collection delineates the emergence of "practice theory" as a possible paradigm for future historical interpretation concerned with questions of agency, experience and the subject. These complex ideas are introduced to students in this accessible reader, and for teachers and historians too, this survey is an indispensable and timely read.

Literature and Nationalist Ideology

They are closely linked with nationalism in general and various regional ‘sub-nationalisms’ in particular. The contributors to this volume look at a great variety of aspects of the historiography of modern regional languages of India.

Author: Hans Harder

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351384353

Category: History

Page: 387

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Writing histories of literature means making selections, passing value judgments, and incorporating or rejecting foregoing traditions. The book argues that in many parts of India, literary histories play an important role in creating a cultural ethos. They are closely linked with nationalism in general and various regional ‘sub-nationalisms’ in particular. The contributors to this volume look at a great variety of aspects of the historiography of modern regional languages of India. Please note: Taylor & Francis does not sell or distribute the Hardback in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka

Writing Histories

"Nine historians reflect on their work as writers, exploring some of the most difficult and interesting questions any history-writer faces."--Back cover.

Author: Ann Curthoys

Publisher: Monash Univ Pub

ISBN: 098046482X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 124

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"Nine historians reflect on their work as writers, exploring some of the most difficult and interesting questions any history-writer faces."--Back cover.

Writing Visual Histories

A multifaceted structure makes this a practical guide for writing and reflecting on visual histories. A first section includes six case studies -- on topics ranging from medieval heraldry to Life magazine.

Author: Florence Grant

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350023475

Category: History

Page: 256

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What can visual artifacts tell us about the past? How can we interpret them rigorously, weaving their formal and material qualities into rich social contexts to reach wider historical conclusions? Unfolding key historiographical and methodological issues, Writing Visual Histories equips students to answer these questions, showing visual analysis to be a key skill in historical research. A multifaceted structure makes this a practical guide for writing and reflecting on visual histories. A first section includes six case studies -- on topics ranging from medieval heraldry to Life magazine. These examples are followed by an exploration of essential concepts that inform historical thinking about visual matters, a treatment of disciplinary practices, and discussion of the practicalities (such as accessing museum collections and organising permissions) that scholars working with visual sources have to navigate. This book is an invaluable tool kit for opening up a historical understanding of visual phenomena and practices of looking, and for writing that takes an integrated approach to studies of the past.

The Globe on Paper

The pages of this book teem with humanists, librarians, missionaries, imperial officials, as well as forgers and indigenous chroniclers.

Author: Giuseppe Marcocci

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780192589576

Category: History

Page: 288

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The age of exploration exposed the limits of available universal histories. Everyday interactions with cultures and societies across the globe brought to light a multiplicity of pasts which proved difficult to reconcile with an emerging sense of unity in the world. Among the first to address the questions posed by this challenge were a handful of Renaissance historians. On what basis could they narrate the history of hitherto unknown peoples? Why did the Bible and classical works say nothing about so many visible traces of ancient cultures? And how far was it possible to write histories of the world at a time of growing religious division in Europe and imperial rivalry around the world? A study of the cross-fertilization of historical writing in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, The Globe on Paper reconstructs a set of imaginative accounts worked out from Mexico to the Moluccas and Peru, and from the shops of Venetian printers to the rival courts of Spain and England. The pages of this book teem with humanists, librarians, missionaries, imperial officials, as well as forgers and indigenous chroniclers. Drawing on information gathered—or said to have been gathered—from eyewitness reports, interviews with local inhabitants, ancient codices, and material evidence, their global narratives testify to an unprecedented broadening of horizons which briefly flourished before succumbing to the forces of imperial and religious reaction.

Writing British Columbia History 1784 1958

These writers responded with a reflexive denial. Their histories made no mention of the mass of Chinese miners whom Bancroft had described as methodically working the various goldfields in the province, nor did they credit the thousands ...

Author: Chad Reimer

Publisher: UBC Press

ISBN: 9780774858977

Category: History

Page: 216

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Captain James Cook first made contact with the area now known as British Columbia in 1778. The colonists who followed soon realized they needed a written history, both to justify their dispossession of Aboriginal peoples and to formulate an identity for a new settler society. Writing British Columbia History traces how Euro-Canadian historians took up this task, and struggled with the newness of colonial society and overlapping ties to the British Empire, the United States, and Canada. This exploration of the role of history writing in colonialism and nation building will appeal to anyone interested in the history of British Columbia, the Pacific Northwest, and history writing in Canada.

Histories and Fallacies

Recent years have brought about a crisis of confidence in the historical profession, leading increasing numbers of readers to ask the question: “How can I know that the stories told by a historian are reliable?” Histories and Fallacies ...

Author: Carl R. Trueman

Publisher: Crossway

ISBN: 9781433520808

Category: History

Page: 192

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Recent years have brought about a crisis of confidence in the historical profession, leading increasing numbers of readers to ask the question: “How can I know that the stories told by a historian are reliable?” Histories and Fallacies is a primer for those seeking guidance through conceptual and methodological problems in the discipline of history. Historian Carl Trueman presents a series of classic historical problems as a way to examine what history is, what it means, and how it can be told and understood. Each chapter in Histories and Fallacies gives an account of a particular problem, examines a classic example of that problem, and then suggests a solution or approach that will bear fruit. Readers who come to understand the question of objectivity through an examination of Holocaust denial or interpretive frameworks through Marxism will not just be learning theory but will already be practicing fruitful approaches to history. Histories and Fallacies guides both readers and writers of history away from dead ends and methodological mistakes, and into a fresh confidence in the productive nature of the historical task.

Writing Cultural History in Colonial and Postcolonial India

Analyzes Indian cultural histories written between 1870 and the present.

Author: Henry Schwarz

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 9781512806458

Category: History

Page: 192

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Analyzes Indian cultural histories written between 1870 and the present. Focuses on English-language texts by Bengali historians on the subject of literature and culture, and compares Indian writing on cultural heritage to the dominant forms of European historiography prevalent during the colonial period.