21H.931 Seminar in Historical Methods

As taught in: 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 theĀ National Park Service: Camp Life.)

Level:

Undergraduate

Instructors:

Prof. Elizabeth A. Wood

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?