Historical Methods

History 283

Spring 2012
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Location: 
180 Barrows
Day & Time: 
Th 12-2
CCN: 
39843
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Units

What does, and what can, history as an academic discipline claim to do? The seminar will examine these questions by examining the contemporary practice of historians (historiographical, methodological) and pondering the claims made by historians (epistemological, philosophical). The scope for these investigations will be limited, in the main, to developments in history and related disciplines in the past 60 years. Among the themes to be addressed are: epistemology and memory, causation and narrative, objectivity, historical example and analogy, counterfactual history, global history, and the advantages and drawbacks of historical fragmentation.