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Dissertation and Long Essay Reading List

History Dissertation, 2021/22, Semester 1, 2
Dr Geoff Waddington
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

This reading list is intended to give you some guidance about different approaches to historical research, as well as practical advice about undertaking a dissertation / long essay.

Advice about dissertations and long essays

Chapter 9 of Abbott, Mary, History skills : a student's handbook (New York : Routledge, 2009)    

Chapter 8 of Black, Jeremy and Donald M. MacRaild, Studying history, 3rd edition (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)    

Levin, Peter, Excellent Dissertations (Maidenhead : Open University Press, 2011)

Part 1 of Williams, Kate, Planning your dissertation (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Selecting a topic

Chapter 2 of Rudestam, Kjell E., Surviving your dissertation : a comprehensive guide to content and process (London : SAGE, 2007) Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Finding and using primary sources

Chapter 6 of Bombaro, Christine, Finding history : research methods and resources for students and scholars (Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2012) See 'Using sources' below as well.

Oral history and research ethics

Is Your Oral History Legal and Ethical? : Practical Steps, Oral History Society [accessed 19 August 2013]

Ritchie, Donald A.,Doing oral history 2nd edition (Oxford : Oxford University Press, c2003) 

Oliver, Paul, The student's guide to research ethics (Maidenhead : Open University Press, 2003)

Perks, Robert and Alistair Thomson (eds.), The oral history reader, 2nd edition  (London : Routledge, 2006)

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Undertaking historical research

Claus, Peter, and John Marriott, History : an introduction to theory, method and practice (Harlow: Longman, 2011)

Donnelly, Mark, and Claire Norton, Doing history (Abingdon, Oxon., UK: Routledge, 2011)

Rublack, Ulinka, A concise companion to history (Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2011)

Tosh, John and Sean Lang, The pursuit of history : aims, methods and new directions in the study of modern history. (Harlow, England; New York: Pearson/Longman, 2006)

Williams, Robert Chadwell, The historian's toolbox : a student's guide to the theory and craft of history (Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe, 2007)

Trachtenberg, Marc, The craft of international history : a guide to method (Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, c2006)

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Different approaches to history

Arcangeli, Alessandro, Cultural history : a concise introduction (London: Routledge, 2012)

Burke, Peter (ed.), New perspectives on historical writing (Cambridge : Polity Press, 2001)

Gallagher, Ann-Marie, Cathy Lubelska and Louise Ryan, Re-presenting the past : women and history (Harlow, England; New York: Longman, 2001)

Green, Anna, Cultural history (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008)

Iriye, Akira, Global and transnational history : the past, present, and future (Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)

Kent, Susan Kingsley, Gender and history (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011 )

Spiegel, Gabrielle M., Practicing history : new directions in historical writing after the linguistic turn, Rewriting Histories (New York: Routledge, 2005)

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Using sources

Barber, Sarah and C. M. Peniston-Bird,History beyond the text : a student's guide to approaching alternative sources (Abington, Oxon; New York: Routledge, 2009)

Burke, Peter, Eyewitnessing : the use of images as historical evidence Picturing History Series (London: Reaktion, 2001)

Dobson, Miriam and Benjamin Ziemann, Reading primary sources : the interpretation of texts from nineteenth- and twentieth-century history (London : Routledge, 2009) 

Harvey, Karen, History and material culture : a student's guide to approaching alternative sources (London : Routledge, 2009)

Hudson, Pat, History by numbers : an introduction to quantitative approaches (London: Arnold, 2000) 

Rosenthal, Joel Thomas, Understanding medieval primary sources : using historical sources to discover medieval Europe (New York: Routledge, 2011)

This list was last updated on 20/09/2020