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February 11, 2009

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From Concept to Completion: A Dissertation-Writing Guide for History StudentsWith the AHA Publications Sales Shop online it has never been easier to order publications for class, research, or personal interest. Below we highlight a handful of the most recent publications.

Graduate Students

From Concept to Completion: A Dissertation Writing Guide for History Students
by the AHA Graduate and Early Career Committee

Filled with helpful tips, sage advice, and practical steps from outstanding historians, this pamphlet is a must-have resource for all graduate students about to begin the long and daunting road towards completing the PhD.

Those interested in graduate education in history should also check out the AHA’s Graduate Student Resource page. Find tips, advice, and resources for every stage of graduate studies, from applying to graduate school, to crafting a dissertation, to entering the job market, to getting that first interview.

The History Major and Undergraduate Liberal EducationReports

The History Major and Undergraduate Liberal Education: Report of the National History Center Working Group to the Teagle Foundation

History’s contribution to liberal learning is distinctive. This report by the Teagle Foundation attempts to understand the relationship between the history major and the broader goals and processes of liberal learning.

Learn more about the report in this past AHA Today post, or visit the National History Center’s site.

New Essays on American Constitutional History
Two new pamphlets are available that pertain to American Constitutional History. See below for more on each.

The War Power: Original and Contemporary by Louis Fisher

New Essays on American Constitutional History: The War PowerThe original conception of “war powers,” as defined by the new American republic in the Constitution, was a power not vested in the U.S. president, but in the people, who through regular elections expected Congress to make the ultimate decision on taking the nation to war against another country. This pamphlet examines the history of the war powers and how their conception has changed over the past two hundred years.

Women and the U.S. Constitution, 1776-1920 by Jean H. Baker

In the drafting of the U.S. Constitution, gender was a non-issue. Women played no role in the authorship of either the original 1787 document or the Bill of Rights, and were largely excluded from the Constitution’s application. As a result, American women played a peripheral role in constitutional history until 1920. This pamphlet looks at the role of women vis-à-vis the Constitution as it changed throughout the 19th century, culminating with the passing of the women’s suffrage amendment in 1920.

34th Directory of History Departments 2008-09
Published annually, the Directory of History Departments and Organizations in the United States and Canada lists information on more than 820 history departments and historical organizations.

Other Publications
While above we’ve mentioned the most recent publications, there is much more to be found on the Publications Sales site. Find pamphlets of interest to students, teachers, and others in the profession. Also find publications that cover a variety of history topics.

This post first appeared on AHA Today.

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