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George K Behlmer
HIST 595
Seattle Campus

Historical Practices

Emphasizes the interrelatedness of theoretical issues and historical research. Students read works that encourage the rethinking of sources and their historical meaning and experiment with sources, methods, and questions in a set of practical assignments.

Class description

HIST 595 / HSTEU 510 is designed to introduce graduate students to a variety of “historical practices,” many of which are associated with the study of modern Europe. This course will make no attempt to provide an overview of modern European historiography (an undertaking that is bound to be reductionist in any case). Rather, HIST 595 / HSTEU 510 will approach modern European history as a field in which several epistemological orientations--ways of knowing--are simultaneously at work. How is history embedded in words? How is space historically contingent? What does history owe to storytelling? Is a human life a “natural” unit of historical analysis? These will be some of the issues with which we will deal. Graduate students are encouraged, but not required, to take the full 510-511-512 series, wherein the last two quarters will be devoted to producing a substantial seminar paper based on primary sources.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Elizabeth A. Campbell
Date: 04/22/2005