Module Code HI2001

Module Title

History as a Discipline: Development & Key Concepts

Module Description

This module provides an introduction to key theoretical and methodological approaches which have characterized the emergence of History as a discipline since the Middle Ages. It covers a number of influential historical schools of thought and a variety of perspectives, which are taught thematically with reference to the mediaeval, early modern and late modern periods. The module builds on knowledge acquired by students during their first three semesters of study and equips them with the skills to undertake honours work in History.


List of Lecture Titles

2. What Is History? A Debate
3. Writing History in the Middle Ages
4. Writing the History of the Middle Ages
5. Writing History in the Renaissance and Reformation
6. Early Modern Uses of the Past
7. Enlightenment Historiography
8. History as it “really was”: Leopold von Ranke and Historismus
9. Whig Historiography
10. Anti-Whig Historiography
11. History and Forgery
12. Nations and Nationalism in Historiography
13. Marxist Theory and British Marxist Historians
14. The Annales School
15. Against Marxism: Modernization Theory
16. Postmoderism
17. Gender: A Category of Historical Analysis
18. Intellectual and Cultural History: Origins and Method
19. Micro-History and the History of Everyday Life
20. Public History: The Historian and the Wider World
21. The Historical Novel
22. Orientalism
23. Postcolonialism
24. Global and Transnational History
25. Environmental History
26. From Confessional Polemic to Cultural History: Historiographical Change and the English Reformation
27. Anthropology and History: The Example of Missions
28. The Historiography of the French Revolution
29. The Bolshevik Revolution: A Matter of Perceptions
30. The Politics of Memory and History in Central and Eastern Europe
31. Writing History in Fascist Spain: Using and Abusing Mediaeval Pasts
32. Uses of the past in Gorbachev's politics of perestroika and glasnost
33. History on the Streets: Tokyo 1960, Seoul 1980s, Beijing 1989


List of Tutorial Topics



Recommended Reading

G. R. Elton, The Practice of History (1969).
Ludmilla Jordanova, History in Practice (2000).
Richard J. Evans, In Defence of History (1997).
Keith Jenkins, On ‘What is History?’ (1995).
Michael Bentley, Modern Historiography (1999).
Michael Bentley, Companion to Historiography (1997).
John Tosh, Historians on History (2000).
David Cannadine, What is History Now? (2004).
Keith Jenkins and Alan Munslow, The Nature of History Reader (2004).
William Lamont, Historical Controversies and Historians (1998).
Peter Burke, New Perspectives on Historical Writing (2001).
Marnie Hughes-Warrington, Fifty Key Thinkers on History (2000).
F. M. Powicke, Modern Historians and the Study of History (1955).
Peter Lambert and Phillip Schofield, Making History (2004).
Eric Hobsbawm, On History (1997).
G. G. Iggers, New Directions in European Historiography 1984).
Michael Stanford, Introduction to the Philosophy of History (1998).
D. Lowenthal, The Past is a Foreign Country (1985).
Niall Ferguson, Virtual History (1997).
Lawrence Stone, The Past and the Present (1981).
Moses Finlay, The Use and Abuse of History (2000).
F. Braudel, On History (1980).
J. H. Plumb, The Death of the Past (1969).
Appleby, Telling the Truth about History (1994).

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