Research Hall 202
Section Information for Spring 2017
This course examines trends in historical scholarship, paying particular attention to the historical subfields that emerged since the 1960s (for example: the histories of race and ethnicities, women's and gender history, the history of imperialism and post colonialism, etc.). We will not look at all of these, but will try to understand the underlying processes behind new histories by examining some of them. Cultural and social history are the broad rubrics under which most of our work will fall, and we will also be interested in the ways disciplinary boundaries have been both crossed and enforced as history was influenced by trends in other disciplines and other disciplines turned to history. In examining changes in historical practice we will be looking both at how historical and social forces affected historical practices and at debates within and among historical camps. Attention to the ways that historians choose and interpret their sources, efforts to expand the realm of sources and the ways to use them, as well as changing forms of presentation will also form part of our discussions. The course is divided in two parts: Part I focuses on approaches and theories; Part II examines selected works of 20th century U.S. history. The texts chosen for Part II allow us to consider the value of the theories and methods studied in Part I. The main writing assignments will be a take home midterm essay and a historiographic review paper.
Methodology of the historian including techniques of research, use of documentation and other sources, development of bibliography, and synthesis of material.