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History in Practice: Week 7
Transcript of History in Practice: Week 7
In your groups, consider why infanticide is an important topic to consider in a course about Victorian history.
What histories might studies on infanticide teach us about?
What does infanticide tell us about Victorian society?
Have a look at the extract from The Lancet, a significant an well-circulated medical journal.
What does Dr. Goldie say about the death of children?
Who is to blame?
Do you think this is a fair assessment?
Edward Berdoe's conclusion
Infanticide: what, why and how?
Mothers on trial?
methods in secondary reading
Have a look at the three examples of introductions to essays that you have been given.
In pairs or small groups, discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each.
Which one is the best? Which is the worst?
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Mothers to blame?
Each group has been given an extract from the same article, published in a journal called
The Nineteenth Century
Does Berdoe agree with Dr. Goldie?
What are the main arguments?
Treating these primary sources critically - how might we explain these differences?
Next assessment piece: overview
Next assessment piece: hints and tips
Introductions - the good, the bad and the ugly
History in Practice Assessment:
Your next piece of assessed work for this course is a detailed essay plan. The plan should consist of:
Death and Dying
in Victorian Britain
Discuss your secondary reading for this week, with particular reference to the following questions:
1. How have historians identified infanticide as a crime associated with money?
2. To what extent do historians think incidences of infanticide reflects the moral politics of Victorian Britain?
3. What difficulties have historians identified with measuring the rates of infanticide?
To what extent have historians relied too much on statistics to understand infanticide?
The deadline for this essay plan is
Wednesday 23rd November, 12 noon