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critical review analysis

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The New Model Army is a critical, but woefully understudied, element of the Civil War and Revolution. The essay you are producing will bring together a wide variety of historians and at least 3 significant primary sources. This project has several phases:

  • First, you will read an historiographical essay by Barbara Donagan in which she reviews four recent monographs on the Civil War. It will serve as both a good overview of the field, but also a second model for how you can proceed when you sit down to write.
  • Next, you will read THREE (3) foundational primary sources for The New Model Army, all from the pivotal summer & autumn of 1647. You’ve seen them mentioned, now you will read them for yourself. I have uploaded two versions of each document; the ANNOTATED version is pre-highlighted to help you work through the text. Note that there are four (4) sources to choose from.
  • With a grounding in the broad sweep, as well as the documentary record, you will read extended pieces by the two leading historians of the New Model Army, Mark Kishlansky and Ian Gentles. You read a chapter from Gentles’ 2007 book The English Revolution and the Wars in the Three Kingdoms, 1638-1652, in the House of Stuart unit. Look for places where they agree and, more importantly, for where they disagree.
  • Reading extended work from Kishlansky and Gentles, along with the primary sources, will give you a grounding to delve into the journal articles. I have carefully selected SIX (6) options that touch on a wide variety of topics around the Army from a an equally wide variety of methodological perspectives; you will be expected to read at least THREE (3) of them.

With the reading done, your job is to write an historiographical essay in which you seek to answer one of these questions:

  • Why was The New Model Army historically important? Is there consensus among historians on this question?
  • What role did the New Model Army play in the revolution? Is there consensus among historians on this question?

NUTS AND BOLTS Structure is critical to an effective essay. You must have an introduction that sets the stage for the reader and has the thesis statement prominently featured (usually toward the end of the introduction). A thesis can be more than one sentence. A good introduction and thesis, in an historical essay, “gives away” the point to the reader at the outset. The body paragraphs (which proceed in the order they are mentioned in the thesis) serve to “show your work” for the thesis statement. Each paragraph has one major idea – if you find that your paragraph is a page or two long, then there are probably too many ideas in it. A good paragraph can be moved around an essay and acts as its own miniature essay, with the framing topic sentence acting as the “thesis” for the paragraph. Finally, a conclusion reminds the reader where they have been, and what was truly important. The best essays will be ones that liberally use direct and indirect citations to Haigh and the book reviews. For the sake of simplicity, we are going to do parenthetical citations: author’s last name + page number, i.e. (Daxon 488). For the times when you have an author with multiple works (i.e. Kishlansky & Gentles), you will do this: (Kishlansky, Rise, 207) or (Gentles, New Model, 95) or (Kishlansky, “Creation,” 57). Ultimately, citation is just a way for me to be able to check your work, so don’t get worried about it (it is NOT part of the grading rubric!). You MUST use a parenthetical citation when you are directly quoting, AND when you are paraphrasing an author’s idea in your own words

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