Essaying the Past by Jim Cullen
How to Read, Write and Think about History

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The second edition of Essaying the Past features a variety of updates and enhancements to further its standing as an indispensible resource to all aspects of researching and writing historical essays.Includes expert advice on writing about history, conducting good research, and learning how to think analyticallyIncludes a new chapter addressing common situations that represent steps in the transition from a rough first draft to a final versionCovers important topics such as framing questions, developing a strong introduction and topic sentences, choosing good evidence, and the crucial role of revisionIncludes an annotated case study that takes the reader through one student’s process of writing an essay, illustrating how strategies in the text can be successfully implementedNew edition features updates to cultural references, a newly written preface, and reorganized table of contents

About Jim Cullen

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Jim Cullen teaches history at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York City. Cullen, a former Preceptor in the Expository Writing Program at Harvard University, is the author of several books, including The American Dream: A Short History of an Idea that Shaped a Nation (2003) and the forthcoming, provisionally titled Sensing the Past: Hollywood Actors as Historians.
Published June 26, 2012 by Wiley-Blackwell. 224 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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