Fall 2016 • HIST 491-002
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Prof. Fred Gibbs (fwgibbs@unm.edu)
Mesa Vista Hall, 1077
Office Hours: M 10-11:30; W 11:30-1; almost anytime by appointment


22: Introduction the the course, syllabus, and expectations

24: Rethinking History, 6-32.

Historical Challenges; Greek Historiography

29: Rethinking History, 33-69.

31: Faces, 1-18; 19-35; skim to 42; 42-47.

Roman Historiography

5: NO CLASS (labor day), but note LONG reading assignment for Wed

7: Faces, 48-74.

Christian and Medieval Historiography

12: Faces, 75-98.

14: Faces, 99-129.

Renaissance and Reformation Historiography

19: Faces, 130-161.

21: Faces, 162-187.

Scientific and Philosophical History 1

NOTE ASSIGNMENT CHANGE for the 26th and 28th
Group 1: You will be summarizers for the chapter. Please pull out key ideas, quotes, historiographical changes, etc., that we should record for future use while working our collaborative web project. Do not feel compelled to follow the “summarizer” role as we had before. If you’d have a comment or important questions to contribute, please count those points as part of your summary.

Group 2: As per our discussion last time, you will propose and defend a structure for our historiography web project. Namely, how much should we follow Kelley’s lead? What other chronological divisions should we use? Should any chapters be divided up differently? Are there certain themes and topics that we should highlight separate from the chronological progression? How do we want people to use our historiography website? How can we create something that stands on its own but also werves as a foundation for further expansion (depth or breadth)?

If you are not sure of what group you are now in (because you weren’t in class or you forgot), use this formula: old groups 1 and 2 are now in group 1; old groups 3 and 4 are now in group 2. OTHERWISE, use the group number you counted off in class.

26: Faces, 188-216.

28: Faces, 217-249.

Scientific and Philosophical History 2

3: Sharon Anderson-Gold, “Kant and Herder,” 457-67; Herder, Reflections of the Philosophy of History of Mankind, 3-33. This primary source you should generally skim, but pick your spots to read more carefully when something interests you. If nothing interests you, pick spots at random.

5: Tom Rockmore, “Hegel,” 468-476; Hegel, The Philosophy of History, 1-27; Wilhelm von Humboldt, “On the Historian’s Task,” 57-71 (skim).


10: PROJECT WORKSHOP. Bring TWO copies of your detailed outlines to class. We will exchange them and provide critical feedback on each others’ work. Bringing in a half-baked outline will only frustrate your reviewer and keep your work behind schedule (and my dissatisfaction will be reflected in your grade of the copy you turn into me).

12: Thomas Gil, “Leopold Ranke,” 383-92; Ranke (in Wines), 55-67; Felix Gilbert, “What Ranke Meant,” The American Scholar 56.3 (1987): 393-397. (previously: Guenther Roth, “History and Sociology in the Work of Max Weber,” 306-18.)

ASSIGNMENT: Over the weekend, revise your expanded outlines into prose in MARKDOWN. Use appropriate headings and typography!

Empirical History

17: PROJECT WORKSHOP (I’m away). Bring in revisions (paper or digital) so that someone else (and someone different from last week) can critique your essay.

19: Houses, “Empiricists,” 1-31.; Houses, “Marxist Historians,” 33-58. Everyone will skim both chapters, but pick one to focus on and write (and post to GitHub) a standard comment (400-500 words) on the kind of history you see being done in the source extract. Using examples, illustrate the pros and cons of his approach to doing history. Does the sample reading jive with how it’s described in the introductory section?

NOTE: Begin finding sources for your outside research!

Counting History

24: Houses, “The Annales,” 87-109.

DUE: A 400-500 word comment on the chapter, following the same questions as before: Using examples, illustrate the pros and cons of his approach to doing history. Does the sample reading jive with how it’s described in the introductory section? (this will be the standard assignment for Houses chapter for now on)

ALSO DUE: Bring hardcopies of your chapters, which you will have revised from your workshop on Monday. Remember that we want to follow the Houses style of clarity, accessibility, and brevity.

NOTE: For everyone, but mostly for those of you who did not attend the writing workshop (please let me know if you did but didn’t sign the sign-in sheet), bring the best draft you can. We will determine if you have made enough progress that we can keep your essay in the web project. If not, it probably makes more sense for you to do the original book review assignemnt instead, so as not to drag the project down and compromise everyone else’s hard work on it.

You will exchange papers with a suiutable partner (as discussed on the 19th), carefully critique them and do lots of scribbling on them before Wednesday, and bring to them class on Wednesday to re-exchange with your partner. More revisions will ensue for the next class (31st).

26: Houses, “Quantitative History,” 141-171.

Foucault: Discourse and Observation

31: Foucault, Archeology of Knowledge, 3-17; 21-39.

2: DUE: Book Review Selections. Foucault, The Birth of the Clinic, 1-37.


7: Georg Iggers, “From Macro- to Microhistory: The History of Everyday Life,” Historiography in the Twentieth Century, 101-117. Bring essay questions!

9: DUE: Next draft of website essays in Markdown. Website layout discussion; Video Book Review discussion.

Narrative and Representation

14: Gertrude Himmelfarb, “Telling it as you like it: postmoderist history and the flight from fact,” 158-74; Rethinking History, 70-84 (one last dance with Jenkins). DUE: Video work plans (which will include getting familiar with software).

16: Houses, “The Question of Narrative,” 204-213; Group 1: Hayden White, “The Value of Narrativity in the Representation of Reality,” 5-27; Group 2: Hayden White, “The Fictions of Factual Representation,” [= Houses, 214-229]. DUE: Comments (on your White article) on GitHub. Minor essay revisions (headings, links, lists, bold/italic, quotes) in Markdown. Continue outside research.

Space and Environment

21: William Cronon, “The Trouble with Wilderness: Or, Getting Back to the Wrong Nature,” 7-28. DUE: Comments on web essays on GitHub (see email for more details).

23: NO CLASS for T-DAY weekend (previously: Charles W. J. Withers, “Place and the ‘Spatial Turn’ in Geography and in History,” 637–58; and now you can read Madi’s summary!)

History of Others

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

30: 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. DUE: Essay Revisions (responding to comments).


5: Kieran Healy, “Fuck nuance,” 1-13. Digital History? Watch some videos.

7: Website evaluation and final agenda. Watch some videos.

All course work due by the last day of finals!