The Rhetoric of History
Published by: University of Oklahoma Press
Imprint: University of Oklahoma Press
276 Pages | 6 x 9
As every historian discovers, it is one thing to learn historical method and amass data and quite another to write effectively about any period or episode. Research is an absorbing means to an end, but writing is often baffling, especially to the beginner. The Rhetoric of History analyzes techniques historians need to employ and includes examples of the writing styles of many of the most notable historians of the United States and Europe.
Topics covered include: •Conceptualization in history •Handling •Openings •Constructing scenes •Narrative structures and analytical historical writing •Continuity •Managing time, place, and cultural milieu •Editing bibliographies and original documents, and •Considerations of historical publishing.
Brimming with practical advice, The Rhetoric of History will prove to be indispensable to historians—both professional and amateur.
“Every working historian, from the novice to the veteran, from the untrained amateur to the professionally prepared, can profit immeasurably from this important work. . . . The Rhetoric of History belongs on the shelf of all those who aspire to effective historical authorship."—Choice