H500: Historiography

H500 is a reading intensive graduate seminar that focuses on the evolution of historical thought.  Posing important questions about the purpose and philosophy of history, students will analyze how history writing has developed against a background of social, cultural, and political events.

The first half of this course traces history writing from the ancient world through its development as an academic and “scientific” discipline in the nineteenth century to the rise of various forms of “social history” after WWII.  The second half of this course introduces students to the “postmodern” challenge and new directions for historical inquiry at the beginning of the 21st century.

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