Historiography

Spring 2018 • HIST 491-001
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IN PROGRESS!

This syllabus is a guide, not a contract. As a living document that changes frequently depending on what’s going on with our group, you’ll want to bookmark and consult the online version of this syllabus frequently. Important links to online assignment guides and other instructions will appear throughout the course, and I will always announce important changes in class. No significant changes will be made to the overall workload. If you print out the syllabus, be sure you keep your paper version up to date with the online version.


1: Course Introductions

15: NO CLASS (MLK Holiday)

17: Syllabus, Expectations, Tools

2: Historiographical Introductions

22: What is Historiography?

  • Resolve GitHub and Markdown confusion
  • FHTH “What is Historiography?”, 1-24.

24: Mythistory

  • William H. McNeill, “Mythistory, or Truth, Myth, History, and Historians”, 1–10.

3: Premodern History

29: Ancient History

  • FHTH, 25-35.
  • Faces of History, “Roman foundations”, 48-69. Don’t get lost in the copious detail provided (skim when necessary). But do think about how much this description of Roman history supports or contradicts the much more condensed version from FHTH—and feel free to write about it in your posts.

31: Medieval History

  • FHTH, 35-45.
  • Faces of History, “History in the medieval mirror”, 99-124. Ditto from last time.

4: Historiographical Revolutions

5: Early Modern Historiographical Revolutions

  • FHTH, “The historiographical revolution of the early modern era”, 47-67.
  • Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince, 5-19. (These are really small pages.) As a primary source, don’t worry about integrating Machiavelli into your responses—focus on FHTH. However, everyone should come to class prepared to discuss: How does Machiavelli use history in his text? How does it draw from previous historiographic traditions?

7: Historical Professionalization

  • FHTH, “The 19th century and the rise of academic scholarship”, 68-96.
  • Thomas Gil, “Leopold Ranke”, 383-92.

5: Scientific History

12: Historiography in the Early 20th Century

  • FHTH, “Scientific history in an era of conflict”, 97-124.

14: The Annales School

  • Houses, “The Annales”, 87-109.

6: Marxist / Sociological History

19: Marx and History

  • Tom Rockmore, “Marx”, 488-96.
  • Houses, “Marxist Historians”, 33-58.

21: Sociology

  • Houses, “Historical sociology”, 110-140.

7: (post)Modern Histories

26: A 20th-century overview

  • FHTH, “Glorious Confusion”, 127-65.

28: Quantitative History

  • Houses, “Quantitative History”, 141-50; skim 151-71.
  • Margo Anderson, “Qualitative History”, 246-59.

8: Micro/Macro Histories

5: Historical Scales

  • Georg Iggers, “From Macro- to Microhistory: The History of Everyday Life”, 101-117.
  • Houses, “Anthropology and ethnohistorians”, 172-180; 183-203 (skim).

7: Historical Significance

  • Kieran Healy, “Fuck nuance”, 1-13.
  • Langdon Winner, “Do artifacts have politics?”, 121-35.

9: Spring Break (12 + 14)

10: De-centerings

19: Intro to Postmodernism

  • Houses, “The challenge of postmodernism/poststructuralism”, 297-306; 308-25.

21: Discursive History

  • Foucault, Archeology of Knowledge, 21-39.
  • Foucault, The Birth of the Clinic, 3-20.

11: Histories of Others

26: Postcolonial Histories

  • Houses, “Postcolonial Perspectives”, 263-76.
  • Henrietta Whiteman, “White Buffalo Woman” [= Houses, 288-96] (skim).
  • Dipesh Chakrabarty, “Postcoloniality and the Artifice of History: Who Speaks for ‘Indian’ Pasts?”, 1-27.

28: Gender Histories

  • Houses, “Gender History”, 253-62.
  • Catherine Hall, “Gender Division and Class Formation in the Birmingham Middle Class, 1780-1850” [= Houses, 263-76; skim].
  • Joan Scott, “Gender: A Useful Category of Historical Analysis”, 1053-1075.

12: Narrative and History 1

2: The imperative of Narrative

  • NAH, “Introduction”, 1-15.
  • NAH, “Narrating the Past”, 16-28.
  • NAH, “History as Content/Story”, 29-43.

4: Narrative Baggage

  • NAH, “Narrating and Narration”, 44-79.
  • NAH, “The Past, the Fact, and History”, 80-93.

13: Narrative and History 2

9: Holy Outlines Batman!

11: Beyond Narrative

  • NAH, “Understanding [in] History”, 94-110.
  • NAH, “The Oar in Water”, 111-122.
  • NAH, “Conclusion”, 123-129.

14: What is History For? 1

16: Historic Motivations

  • WIHF?, “History for its own sake”, 10-30.
  • WIHF?, “Professed purposes”, 31-58.
  • WIHF?, “Hidden agendas”, 59-84.

18: Hello Paragraphs

15: What is History For? 2

23: Postmodern History Again

  • WIHF?, “Life and needs in Postmodernity”, 85-106.

25: Peer Essay Review

  • WIHF?, “Histories in Postmodernity”, 107-32.
  • WIHF?, “Histories for Postmodernity”, 133-53.

16: Looking Forward and Back

30: Futures of History

2: Closing Remarks

  • FHTH, “History in a new millennium”, 166-85.
  • Wrap-up comments
  • Evaluations

All course work due by May 11!