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Lecture : Seminar in Historical Methods Lec 1
By Anne McCants | Seminar in Historical Methods
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Course Description
This course is designed to acquaint students with a variety of approaches to the past used by historians writing in the twentieth century. The books we read have all made significant contributions to their respective sub-fields and have been selected to give as wide a coverage in both field and methodology as possible in one semester worth of reading. We examine how historians conceive of their object of study, how they use primary sources as a basis for their accounts, how they structure the narrative and analytic discussion of their topic, and what are the advantages and drawbacks of their various approaches.
Courses Index
1 : Introduction to Ancient Greek History   (Donald Kagan / Yale)
2 : The American Civil War and Reconstruction   (David Blight / Yale)
3 : European Civiliization - 1648-1945   (John Merriman / Yale)
4 : Early Modern England   (Keith Wrightson / Yale)
5 : The American Revolution   (Joanne Freeman / Yale)
6 : African-American History: Modern Freedom Struggle   (Clayborne Carson / Stanford)
7 : Introduction to European History   (Multiple Instructors / Berkeley)