21H.931 Seminar in Historical Methods

Spring 2002

Blood-stained diary of U.S. Civil War soldier.
Blood-stained diary of Alfred S. Rowe, Company C, 6th Maryland Volunteer Infantry. Shows passage of a bullet through the top. (Image courtesy of the National Park Service: Camp Life.)

Course Highlights

Each version of 21H.931 uses different readings and assignments to introduce students to historical methods.

Course Description

This course is designed to introduce students to fundamental issues and debates in the writing of history. It will feature innovative historical accounts written in recent years. The class will consider such questions as the words historians use, their language, sources, methods, organization, framing, and style. How does the choice of each of these affect the historian's work? How does the author choose, analyze, and present evidence? How effective are different methodologies?
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Prof. Elizabeth Wood

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
2 hours / session