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An accessible guide to completing research projects and building a career as a practicing historian.
Writing history is both an art and a craft. This handbook is designed as an instructional guide to support students, independent scholars, and more. Becoming a Historian guides prospective historians on how best to participate in this vibrant community of scholars. This friendly guide will teach readers how to design research projects, how to differentiate between quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, and how to follow a project through to a positive conclusion. Becoming a Historian is also frank about the pains and pleasures of sticking with a long-term project. Finally, this guide explains how to present original research to wider audiences, including the appropriate use of social media, the art of public lecturing, and strategies for publication.
Written by esteemed historians Penelope J. Corfield and Tim Hitchcock, who bring more than forty years of collective experience to the project, Becoming a Historian explodes the myths and systems that can make the world of research seem intimidating. Instead, this guide offers step-by-step advice designed to make it easier to join this community of scholarship.
About the Author
Penelope J. Corfield is professor emeritus of history at Royal Holloway, University of London, and visiting fellow at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.
Tim Hitchcock is professor of digital history at the University of Sussex. With Robert Shoemaker and others, he has created a series of online history resources, including the Old Bailey Online, London Lives, and Locating London’s Past.