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. The Past, History and Historiography
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. Marxism: A Theory of History
11. The Annales School I: French historical revolution?
12. The Annales School II: Influence and successors
13. Gender: A Category of Historical Analysis
14. Intellectual and Cultural History I
15. Intellectual and Cultural History II
16. Postcolonial Perspectives: The Empire Writes Back
17. Orientalism
18. Putting Nature Back into History? Environmental History
19. Library Research Skills
20. Archival Research
21. Oral History: Memory as a Source
22. Luther and the Historians
23. Protestantism and Progress
24. Fire Over England: The Debate on the English Reformation
25. Rebellion and Resistance in Pre-Industrial Europe
26. The American Revolution
27. France and 1789: Revolution and National Memory
28. The Scientific Revolution and the Origins of Modern Science
29. The Victorian Conflict of Science and Religion
30. The (Social) History of Science and the ‘Science Wars’
31. Modern Uses of the Past
32. Public History: The Historian and the Wider World


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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