Historical Method and Theory

History 283

Fall 2015
Section: 
1
Instructor: 
Location: 
211 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
M 10-12p
CCN: 
40176
Units: 
4

This introduction to historical method and theory will emphasize breadth and fundamental questions. What do historians do? How have the subjects of historical inquiry changed over time? What claims to historical knowledge are tenable? How have historians defined and analyzed sources? Why does the past matter? Half the term will be devoted to theories and practices of history writing from classical antiquity to Leopold von Ranke; the other half to the impact of the Annales School, the rise of cultural history, and contemporary trends. "Critical Theory" will not be a focus, so students strongly interested in this area may wish to enroll in a 283 offered another term. Required readings will be in English.