HIST 103 - Debating HistorySemester Hours: 4
This course will examine the evolution of historical interpretation through a close critical and comparative reading of monographs and articles providing historical explanations of a specific field of study or area of concentration. It will explore historical writing as a continually changing process of interpretation, revision, and reinterpretation conditioned by the social, political, and cultural changes and ideological forces that have shaped the direction of historical thought in a given era. It will consider how historians’ perspectives, sources, use of models, and reactions to other historians’ work have conditioned historical interpretation. Consideration will also be given to the varieties of historical writing styles and how they are determined by the anticipated audience for the work. Field of study or area of concentration will vary from semester to semester and will be determined by instructor.
HIST 020 , 014F or 014S . Course is recommended for sophomores. May not be taken on a Pass/D+/D/Fail basis. (Formerly Not By Facts Alone: Reading and Writing the Past as Critical Historians.)
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