Like many of mypeers, I was a third-year student in a fourth-year class expected to write atthe fourth-year level. The transition to upper level writing across thedisciplines can be traumatic for the unprepared. Many of us had never written acritical book review for history, and not all of us were history majors. Anumber of students dropped out of the course after writing their first criticalbook review in history simply because they did not know what was required anddid not conduct the research to find out. The critical book review in historyis unique to the discipline and a skill that is expected to be mastered byhistory students after their first year. Understanding whata critical book review in history issupposed to consist of is the first step in writing one.
How to write a critical l book review for upper division history ..