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European Route of Industrial Heritage (ERIH)

The History Guide provides lecture content, by Dr. Steven Kreis, in select areas that you might find useful if you need to understand more about context but you want to avoid wikipedia.

World History (Short Histories, Timelines, Quizzes)

Western Civilization since 1648

History 126 Section 1 (Meeting Times, 9:00-9:50 AM, MWF)

Syllabus (updated 16 August 2017)

Virtual Chalkboard for History 126-01

History 126 Section 2 (Meeting Times, 11:00-11:50 AM)

Syllabus (Updated 16 August 2017)

Virtual Chalkboard for History 126-02

Doing History (pdf) includes:
Reading and thinking like a Historian – Why bother?
How to read history?
How do historians determine significance?
Historical thinking is messy and can be dangerous!
What makes some historical interpretations more plausible than others?
Stylistic conventions in writing history papers;
Top ten tips to edit your paper

The West is Built on Racism (Guardian Australia, 18 January 2017)

France under the Ancien Regime (Wikipedia article accessed on 9 February 2016; discusses centralization tendencies and why finances were so crucial)

Charles LeBrun's Ceiling in the Hall of Mirrors (Virtual Tour)

Stages in Writing Significance Essay

First Stage: Begin by Making Notes and Reviewing Potential Evidence

Second Stage: Review the Assignment and Engage in Pre-writing

Third Stage: Write First Draft from Notes

Fourth Stage: Revise body paragraphs to ensure quality of evidence supports claims; improve segues between sentences; improve paragraph topic sentences. Then revise conclusion and introduction verifying that I am providing sufficient background so reader will understand context. Then read full draft and judge coherency between thesis and paragraph topic sentences as well as flow between sentences and paragraphs. Read paper outloud, with meaning, to hear it. Set aside for at least a few hours before undertaking next stage of revision.

Fifth Stage: Proofread for word choice, punctuation, sentence segues, framing quotations, paragraph transitions, and for writing challenges that I know occur in my writing, e.g. wordy passages, passive voice, and weak vocabulary. Set aside and re-read as though I am the audience. Read paper outloud, with meaning, to hear it.