Reading History

By Michael Burger

© 2021

History students read a lot. They read primary sources. They read specialized articles and monographs. They sometimes read popular histories. And they read textbooks. Yet students are beginners, and as beginners they need to learn the differences among various kinds of readings – their natures, their challenges, and the unique expectations one needs to bring to each of them.

Reading History is a practical guide to help students read better. Uniquely designed with the author’s engaging explanations in the margins, the book describes primary sources across various genres, including documents of practice, treatises, and literary works, as well as secondary sources such as textbooks, articles, and monographs. An appendix contains tips and questions for reading primary or secondary sources.

Full of practical advice and hands-on training that will allow students to be successful, Reading History also helps cultivate a wider appreciation for the discipline of history.

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  • Page Count: 96 pages
  • Illustrations: 18
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.0in x 9.0in
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Short and succinct, Reading History introduces students to different kinds of historical writing, acting as a guide to help them read and understand primary and secondary sources.

Reading History

By Michael Burger

© 2021

History students read a lot. They read primary sources. They read specialized articles and monographs. They sometimes read popular histories. And they read textbooks. Yet students are beginners, and as beginners they need to learn the differences among various kinds of readings – their natures, their challenges, and the unique expectations one needs to bring to each of them.

Reading History is a practical guide to help students read better. Uniquely designed with the author’s engaging explanations in the margins, the book describes primary sources across various genres, including documents of practice, treatises, and literary works, as well as secondary sources such as textbooks, articles, and monographs. An appendix contains tips and questions for reading primary or secondary sources.

Full of practical advice and hands-on training that will allow students to be successful, Reading History also helps cultivate a wider appreciation for the discipline of history.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 96 pages
  • Illustrations: 18
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Michael Burger is a professor of History at Auburn University at Montgomery.
  • Table of contents

    Preface
    Figures and Table

    Part I: Introduction

    1. Introduction

    Part II: Primary Sources

    2. From Manuscript to Edition

    2.1 Editing
    2.2 Kinds of Editions: Print and Online
    2.3 Translations

    3. Primary Source Basics and Two Documents of Practice

    3.1 Questions about the Source
    3.2 Drawing Historical Conclusions: Questions about the World beyond the Source
    3.3 Reading against the Larger Historical Context
    3.4 Documents of Practice

    4. Narrative Sources and Cognate Sources

    5. Literary Sources and Treatises

    5.1 Literary Sources
    5.2 Treatises

    6. Material Evidence and Comparing Sources

    6.1 Introduction
    6.2 Art
    6.3 Archaeological Evidence

    Part III: Secondary Sources

    7. Historians Presenting Original Research: Monographs and Articles

    8. Textbooks and Popular History

    8.1 Textbooks
    8.2 Popular History
    8.3 Online Secondary Sources

    Part IV: Other Matters

    9. Counting: Primary Sources and Secondary Sources

    10. What Is in It for You?

    Appendix: Questions and Tips

    Suggestions for Further Reading

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