Enterprise Hall 277
Section Information for Fall 2014
This course examines modern trends, theories, and challenges in historical analysis as a means of introducing students to the academic practice of history. The course is divided into three broad sections. First, we will examine the institutional and conceptual development of the historical profession over time and explore the implications and effects of this development. Second, we will read and analyze a series of influential works that exemplify particular approaches to analyzing evidence, constructing narratives, and conceptualizing historical processes that have influenced current ideas and practices. Finally, we will engage with a handful of more recent works that highlight important aspects of the current state of the field, including the complex relationship between academic and popular approaches to history and the ways in which modern globalization might affect our historical perspective.
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Methodology of the historian including techniques of research, use of documentation and other sources, development of bibliography, and synthesis of material.