Unit One: The Historical Profession
September 23: Thinking
Bloch, The Historian's Craft (sourcebook)
|Novick, That Noble Dream, pp. 1-60,
30: History and Historians, II
Novick, That Noble Dream, pp. 1-17, 47-60, 320-360,
Paterson, "Americans and the Writing of 20th Century United
States History"; and Daniel Rodgers, "Exceptionalism,"
in Molho and Wood, Imagined Histories, pp. 21-40; both in
Anderson, "Structure and Subject," in Anderson, In
the Tracks of Historical Materialism, pp. 32-55, in
two-page op-ed, open subject, all to be posted on class web site
for following week's discussion.
Units Two and Three: Approaching
Historical Writing; Historiography
The first of units aims to begin preparation for MA essay by
providing a review of basic historical writing skills, introduction to two
major (research article, review essay) approaches to MA
thesis. I tried to pick historiographical essays that covered
the field while simultaneously providing original insights of their own,
while the journal articles offered different models to a possible MA
topic--some, like the Brinkley, on a relatively narrow question that then
is broadened into a more general discussion; others, like the Gerstle,
more of an intellectual history; the Sugrue is a good combination of
social and political history using neighborhood organizations--of the type
readily accessible in Brooklyn. The historiography classes introduce the
concept in more detail, from the perspective of a variety of fields.
October 7: Historical
Lanham, Revising Business Prose (all)
edit one classmate's op-ed, to begin general discussion on writing
styles of all op-eds in class; grade for this assignment will be
solely based on the edits, not on the original writing. Make sure
everyone's op-eds before coming to class.
October 14--No classes
October 21: Historiography--Chinese History
October 28: Historiography--Diplomatic
November 4: Latin American
History--Virtual: Pick up packet at Far Better
November 11: Journal
And, in the shameless
self-promotion department, if you're looking for a good course for
the spring, you can sample my
American Politics course.
Brinkley, "The Antimonopoly Ideal and the Liberal State:
The Case of Thurman Arnold," Journal of American History
80 (1993), pp. 557-579.
Gerstle, "The Protean Character of American
Liberalism," American Historical Review 99 (1993),
Davis Graham, "Legacies of the 1960s: The American 'Rights
Revolution' in an Era of Divided Government," Journal of
Policy History 10 (1998), pp. 267-287.
Sugrue, "Crabgrass-Roots Politics: Race, Rights, and the
Reaction against Liberalism in the Urban North, 1940-1964," Journal
of American History 82 (1995), pp. 557-578.
to JSTOR proxy information
|I can't link directly to JSTOR articles, so the links above only
take you to the JSTOR general site. Once there, click SEARCH and
type in the author's name (e.g., "Brinkley, Alan"), and then click
on the relevant title.
Curry, "Writing Atlantic History, or Reconfiguring the
History of British Colonial America," Journal of American
History 86 (1999), pp. 1093-1114.
Ninkovich, "No Post-mortems for Postmodernism," Diplomatic
History 22 (1998), pp. 451-466.
Rodgers, "The Search for Progressivism," Reviews
in American History 10 (1982), pp. 113-132.
7-page review essay on one of the three historiographical areas.
Unit Four: Using Government
November 25: Executive
research: Congressional Record; or congressional
hearings; both at Thomas
7-page paper on one of the two topics, based exclusively on
primary source material.
Unit Five: The Internet and History
goal: provide a glimpse of how the internet can be used in the
classroom, some background in using it for research, and also have a
general discussion on the dangers/limitations of the internet's use in
writing and teaching history.
The Internet and History
Ayers, "The Pasts and Futures of Digital History"
guided research in one of the following internet document collections: