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Writing History: A Guide for Students 3rd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0195337556
ISBN-10: 0195337557
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"Storey's book is a first-rate guide for students who are new to the field of history and to the processes of historical research and writing. He offers a useful framework for organizing and successfully completing a major research project in a history class."--Ellen Stroud, Oberlin College

"It is rare that books about writing are well-written. This is a well-presented story that should keep students' attention throughout. It is also brilliantly practical. This is the computer manual that tells you to plug in the machine first. It is a work that students will read and that faculty can rely on."--Mark A. Kishlansky, Harvard University

"The strength of this text is its focus upon a methodical process of selecting a research topic, building the argument, and organizing the essay. Nothing else out there, in my opinion, does this as well as Writing History."--John Howard Smith, Texas AandM University-Commerce

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William Kelleher Storey is Associate Professor of History at Millsaps College. Formerly Preceptor in Expository Writing at Harvard University, he is the author of Guns, Race, and Power in Colonial South Africa (2008) and Science and Power in Colonial Mauritius (1997).
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 3 edition (April 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195337557
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195337556
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.3 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #287,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Will on December 13, 2005
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This book is fairly short (111 pgs with not a lot of print on them,) but is a great introduction to writing for history classes. It doesn't go into lots of detail, it is very basic.

It was helpful in figuring out "What on earth should I write about?" "How do I make a thesis?" all the way to finishing a history paper.
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For those of you who don't want to suffer from grammar overload, I highly recommend this volume. The book is fairly short, but each chapter offers the basic information needed to write your history paper. Additionally, Storey's writing style is light, and in some places quite humorous -- which is a pleasant bonus in a writing manual. Each chapter is broken down into nice, small sections that can be read in a few minutes each. This is great if you have a lot of small breaks during the day instead of one large chunk of study time. The book is not a chore to read.

Storey's book is an excellent first book for someone who wants to write about history, although it does not get very deep into the subject. For theories of historiography you'll need to look at other books. Also, this book won't replace your grammar manual or stylebook. Think of it as your first stop.
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This book is good for what most people will use it for, a class. While it is a bit simple at times if you have graduated from Middle School it is a fine guide to writing history. The book came in a timely fashion for my class and fit its description.
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I am an undergraduate history student working on my first substantial research paper, and this book is giving me clear, orgainized instruction on how to focus my research and writing. It's well written, easy to read, and very straightforward. The single best instruction on writing I have encountered in my studies.
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As a student of history, this book has lots of helpful hints on how to get your point across. One reference book definitely needed on the shelf of any serious history student.
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