HIST201 - HISTORIANS AT WORK: APPROACHES TO EUROPEAN HISTORY

Description: 
How do historians decide what subjects to study and what to choose as the subject of a book? How do they find their sources? When someone is referred to as a “cultural historian” or taking a “social history” approach, what does that mean, and how important is it to their work? In this seminar we will explore the study of history as a discipline that includes both theory and practice, and as a discipline that has its own history as well. Through reading and discussion we will examine how historians work as researchers and writers. Issues will include major approaches to writing history in the twentieth century and today; some differences—and some similarities—between scholarly history, popular history, and heritage; how historians assess the quality of historical writing; and how they find and assess evidence in their sources. Our examples will come from the history of medieval, Renaissance, and early modern Europe. Participants will write a series of review essays on the readings and related texts, as well as participating in discussion. A non-research history seminar.
Instructors: 
MOYER, ANN
Day and Time: 
M 0200PM-0500PM
Room: 
COLLEGE HALL 217
Activity: 
SEM
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