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Fall 2015-2016
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History: An Introduction to the Discipline

Anthony T. Grafton

This course, designed for seniors and juniors in the History Department but open to others, will offer an introduction to the discipline of history. Through a series of case studies, students will learn how historians frame problems, ranging in scale from the history of the world to the lives of individuals, and in time from millennia to single years; examine the kinds of evidence and argument that historians employ; study the intellectual and literary problems involved in constructing a substantial piece of historical writing; and investigate the relations between history and memory in the late twentieth century.

Sample reading list:
Fernand Braudel, The Mediterranean
Joan Brumberg, Fasting Girls
Robert Darnton, The Great Cat Massacre
Daniel Goldhagen, Hitler's Willing Executioners
Edward Said, Orientalism
Thomas Macaulay, History of England

Reading/Writing assignments:
150-200 pages of reading per week. Weekly written response to readings; oral presentations, two papers.

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 20%
Oral Presentation(s) - 15%
Term Paper(s) - 50%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%

Other Requirements:
Open to Juniors and Seniors Only.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20943 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T   Dickinson Hall   210   Enrolled:20 Limit:15 Closed