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Include full bibliographical information for the book (author, title, place of publication, publisher, date, number of pages) either right below the title (if you have one) or instead of a title.
In a review, you should address such issues as an approach to the material, the scope of the book, and relative strengths and weaknesses. In order to prove your thesis about strengths and shortcomings in the book you are reviewing, it would be useful to provide several concrete examples of how certain topics are addressed, or whether they are addressed at all. Use your main textbook or classroom notes as a guide to what’s important. You might also want to consider what the selection of material reveals about the preferences and biases of the author(s).
– Contents of the book: chronological and geographical limits
– Type of presentation: chronological, thematic, national
– Title: accurate or misleading
– organization of material
– author’s control of the material
– author’s knowledge of historiography on select subjects
– use of maps and illustrations
Choose two or three special topics and briefly analyze their treatment.
Assess the relative value of the book to its intended audience (scholars, general public, or students). Pay special attention to the question of the usefulness of older publications.
The completed review MUST be submitted by the deadline stated in the syllabus!
Typically, the length should be about four double-spaced pages (about 1000 words, please check the length requirement in your syllabus).
The review must be submitted as an e-mail attachment in WORD format. The file name MUST be yourlastnamereview.doc.