What Is History?|
Spring 2015 not offered
|Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory|
All human societies articulate a narrative of their past that provides their/our origin as a people. These, at the same time, can often be contested. Nonetheless, before a particular moment in time, most would not have referred to such understandings as history. In this course, we shall examine the phenomenon that since the writings of the Greeks, Western societies have come to identify as history. We shall engage some of significant interventions, from antiquity to the 19th-century United States, in the ongoing discussion of "what is history?"
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
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Augustine, THE CITY OF GOD AGAINST THE PAGANS (R Dyson, editor)
George Bancroft, THE NECESSITY, THE REALITY AND THE PROMISE OF THE PROGRESS OF THE HUMAN RACE
William Dunning, "THE UNDOING OF RECONSTRUCTION"
Adam Ferguson, AN ESSAY ON THE HISTORY OF CIVIL SOCIETY
John Lewis Gaddis, THE LANDSCAPE OF HISTORY: HOW HISTORIANS MAP THE PAST
Herodotus, THE HISTORY (translated by David Grene)
G. W. F. Hegel, INTRODUCTION TO THE PHILOSOPHY OF HISTORY
Cotton Mather, MAGNALIA CHRISTI AMERICANA OR THE ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY OF NEW ENGLAND
Ronald Meek, ed., TURGOT ON PROGRESS, SOCIOLOGY AND ECONOMICS (Turgot's "Philosophical Review" and "On Universal History")
C. L. S., Montesquieu, THE SPIRIT OF THE LAWS
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Weekly questions prompts, oral presentations, 3 short papers (4-6 pages), one final 12 page essay.
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THIS SECTION IS A FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR (FYS) CLASS.
Not only is this course intended to familiarize students with the theoretical and methodological issues attendant to the writing of history, but, as part of the first-year seminar program (FYS), close attention will be paid to writing submitted for the class, which will include both several short essays and a longer final essay.
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