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Historiography & Historical Methods
Transcript of Historiography & Historical Methods
Discussions, Fall 2017
Discussion, 5 September
1. Why are questions essential to the historians’ task?
2. Why are no two histories exactly alike? What makes some histories better than others?
3. What is the difference between a historical and historiographical question?
4. What historical and historiographical questions are you pondering for your project?
What is the relationship between historical and historiographical questions?
Who/what is the subject of your historiographical essay?
Why did this happen?
How did this happen?
When did it happen?
Discussion, 7 September
1. How did the practice of history become professionalized?
2. Why was political history the paradigm of professional history in the nineteenth- and early twentieth- centuries?
3. Why is the difference between amateur and professional history?
Why might it be important to have answers to these questions?
What questions do you have about the Primary Source Collection Project due on 14 September?
How do you identify the structure of an essay (using the examples from today or resistance)?