The Study and Writing of History
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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.
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Study and Writing of History —
07:20 PM to 10:00 PM W — Robinson B204
Challenging prior notions of what history was Voltaire made the statement that "History consists of a series of accumulated imaginative inventions". Such Enlightenment ideas shook the notion of what the western world considered to be the role of history. A series of redefinitions were produced by historians who were challenged to find a new role for history in their universities and society itself. This course examines twentieth-century trends in historical analysis focusing on the ways historians chose to interpret the historical evidence available to them and the ideologies and methodologies that affected their interpretations. The readings will focus both on general reviews to inform the student of the greater historiographic tradition and on specific works that exemplify turning points in the development of historical trends.
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