Graduate Historiography Syllabus

It’s syllabus time once again. 

This semester, I’m teaching History 101: Western Civilization online and History 502: Graduate Historiography to a group of 7 M.A. and Ph.D. students. The latter is a class that I inherited from my days as an eager junior professor willing to take on any challenge. I now teach it every other semester (or so), but continue to tweak the syllabus. This iteration of the class benefited from me having many of the same students in our basic methods class in the fall. As a result, I have a sense for the strengths, preparation, and aptitude for the conceptual side of historical thinking. 

I think this group will need a bit more background in the history of historical thought than past semesters, so in the first five weeks, I included some classic and solid works on historical thinking to familiarize students with some of the basic contours of the conversation. Otherwise, the topics and the books will look pretty common.

Here’s the reading list:

Wednesday 1/13: What is History?

Wednesday 1/20:
R. G. Collingwood, The Idea of History. Oxford 1946

Wednesday 1/27:
E.H. Carr, What is History? London 1961
Recommended: K. Jenkins, On ‘What is History?’ London 1995

Wednesday 2/3:
M. Gaddis, The Landscape of History. Oxford 2002.

Wednesday 2/10:
P. Novick, That Noble Dream. Cambridge 1988.

Wednesday 2/17: Capital
E. P. Thompson, “Time, Work-Discipline and Industrial Capitalism,” Past and Present 38 (1967), 56-97.
E. P. Thompson, “The Moral Economy of the English Crowd in the Eighteenth Century,” Past and Present 50 (1971), 76-136.
E. P. Thompson, The Making of the English Working Class. New York 1966. Introduction.
A. Gramsci, The Prison Notebooks, Excerpts.
Recommended: K. Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon.

Wednesday 2/24: Foucault
M. Foucault, Archaeology of Knowledge and the Discourse on Language. Trans. A.M.S. Smith. New York 1972. 
Optional: M. Foucault, The Order of Things. New York 1970.

Wednesday 3/2: Gender
Judith Bennett, History Matters: Patriarchy and the Challenge of Feminism. Philadelphia 2007.
J. Scott, “Gender a Useful Category for Analysis,” AHR 91 (1986), 1053-1075.

Wednesday 3/9: The Nation
B. Anderson, Imagined Communities. London 1991.
E. J. Palti, “The Nation as a Problem: Historians and the ‘National Question’,” History and Theory 40 (2001), 1324-346.

Wednesday 3/16 SPRING BREAK

Wednesday 3/23: Time
E. LeRoy Ladurie, “Motionless History,” Social Science History 1 (1977), 115-136.
F. Braudel, The Mediterranean World in the Age of Phillip II. based upon 2nd ed. 1966. London 1972.

Wednesday 3/30: Space and Objects
D. Hayden, The Power of Place: Urban Landscapes as Public History. Cambridge 1995.
Nan A. Rothschild and Diana diZerega Wall, The Archaeology of American Cities. Gainsville 2014. Excerpts.

Wednesday 4/6: Narrative
H. White, Metahistory: The Historical Imagination of Nineteenth Century Europe. Baltimore 1973. Excerpts.

Wednesday 4/13: Agency
M. Sahlin, Islands of History. Chicago 1985.
W. Sewell, Logics of History. Chicago 2011. Excerpts


Wednesday 4/27: Postcolonialism
D. Chakrabarty, Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference. Princeton 2000.
E. Said, Orientalism. New York 1979. Introduction

Wednesday 5/4 The Future
Various Authors, JAH Interchange, “The Promise of Digital History” JAH 95 (2008):
J. A. Dougherty and K. D. Nawrotzki, Writing History in the Digital Age. Michigan 2012.

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