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  1. Reading strategy 0 items
    Lectures on this module aim to provide an introduction to the topic in hand, and a series of propositions about it. Workshops follow the weekly lectures, and the perspectives of the lecture and the assigned weekly readings form the basis of class discussions in the first workshop hour. You will need to undertake additional reading and primary research to inform your individual research projects.
  2. Block 1: The Houses of History 132 items
    1. General / Introductory Reading 27 items
      1. Making History - The changing face of the profession in Britain

        Webpage Core Reading An important internet source that is dedicated to the history of the study and practice of history in Britain following the emergence of the professional discipline in the late nineteenth century. It contains cross-referenced entries for interviews with historians, journal articles, projects and debates.

      2. BBC Radio 4 - In Our Time, History of History

        Webpage Core Reading BBC Radio 4 programme - Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss how the writing of history has changed over time, from ancient epics to medieval hagiographies and modern deconstructions.

      3. In defence of history - Evans 1997

        Book Core Reading

      4. HISTORY IN PRACTICE. - L.J JORDANOVA

        Book Core Reading

      5. Historians on history - Tosh, John 01/01/2009

        Book Core Reading

      6. What is history? - Edward Hallett Carr, Richard J. Evans 2001

        Book Core Reading

      7. What is history now? - Cannadine 2002

        Book Further Reading

      8. The houses of history: a critical reader in twentieth-century history and theory - Green, Troup 1999

        Book Core Reading A very useful text. Also introduces a theoretical and methodological vocabulary for studying twentieth-century historiography.

      9. Modern historiography: an introduction - Michael Bentley 1999

        Book Further Reading Focuses on broad trends in largely European history-writing.

      10. Writing history: theory and practice - Stefan Berger, Heiko Feldner, Kevin Passmore 2003

        Book Further Reading

      11. History: an introduction to theory, method, and practice - Peter Claus, John Marriott 2012

        Book Further Reading

      12. The idea of history - Collingwood 1946

        Book Further Reading

      13. Fifty key thinkers on history - Marnie Hughes-Warrington 2000

        Book Further Reading Short essays on mainly European and US historians, historiographers, and thinkers who have had an impact on history-writing.

      14. The Routledge companion to historical studies - Alun Munslow 2000

        Book Further Reading

      15. The gender of history: men, women, and historical practice - Bonnie G. Smith 1998

        Book Further Reading

      16. History: what and why? - Southgate 1996

        Book Further Reading

      17. Writing early modern history - Garthine Walker 2005

        Book Further Reading A helpful discussion relevant to all historians - not just early modernists.

      18. New perspectives on historical writing - Burke 1991

        Book Further Reading

      19. Consuming history: historians and heritage in contemporary popular culture - Jerome De Groot 2009

        Book Further Reading

      20. The past is a foreign country - Lowenthal 1985

        Book Further Reading

      21. Deconstructing history - Munslow 1997

        Book Further Reading

      22. The practice of history - Elton, G.R 1969

        Book Core Reading

      23. Historical controversies and historians - William M. Lamont 1998

        Book Further Reading

      24. The use and abuse of history - M. I. Finley 1975

        Book Further Reading

    2. Workshop: Introduction to historiography 4 items
      1. Key reading 4 items
        1. Introduction to Deconstructing History

          Chapter Core Reading Please read pages 1-12 in particular.

        2. The past is a foreign country - revisited - David Lowenthal 2013

          Book Core Reading Please read pages 333-350 (although the entire chapter 'History' is relevant.

        3. Extract from The past is a foreign country

          Chapter Core Reading The original 1985 edition (hard copy in the Library)

      2. Further reading 0 items
        Any of the texts listed in the general / introductory section will provide useful summaries, and an introduction to historiography.
    3. Workshop: Empiricism and the historical imagination 5 items
      1. Key reading 0 items
        Please see instructions in the relevant workshop folder
      2. Additional reading 5 items
        1. The nature of history - Arthur Marwick 1989

          Book Further Reading

        2. What is history? - Edward Hallett Carr, Richard J. Evans 2001

          Book Further Reading

        3. The practice of history - Elton, G.R 1969

          Book Further Reading

        4. In defence of history - Evans 1997

          Book Further Reading

        5. The pursuit of history: aims, methods and new directions in the study of history - John Tosh 2015

          Book Further Reading

    4. Workshop: History as progress 6 items
      1. Key reading 1 item
      2. Additional reading 5 items
        1. Modernizing England's past: English historiography in the age of modernism, 1870-1970 - Michael Bentley 2005

          Book Further Reading

        2. The Whig interpretation of history - Herbert Butterfield 1965

          Book Further Reading

        3. Macaulay and the Heritage of the Enlightenment - P. R. Ghosh 01/04/1997

          Article Further Reading

        4. Critical and historical essays - Macaulay, Thomas Babington 1907

          Book Further Reading

    5. Workshop: History from below 15 items
      1. Key reading 2 items
        1. A New History from Below - Hitchcock, Tim 24/06/2004

          Article Core Reading

      2. Further reading 13 items
        1. Customs in common - E. P. Thompson 2010

          Book Further Reading

        2. The poverty of theory and other essays - Thompson 1978

          Book Further Reading

        3. The making of the English working class - E. P. Thompson 1991

          Book Further Reading

        4. The British Sense of Class - Jon Lawrence 04/2000

          Article Further Reading

        5. Class in Britain - Cannadine 1998

          Book Further Reading Especially the introduction.

        6. Chavs: the demonization of the working class - Owen Jones 2016

          Book Further Reading

        7. The making of the black working class in Britain - Ramdin 1987

          Book Further Reading

        8. The people: the rise and fall of the working class - Selina Todd 2015

          Book Further Reading

        9. Useful toil: autobiographies of working people from the 1820s to the 1920s - Burnett 1994

          Book Further Reading

        10. Family fortunes: men and women of the English middle class, 1780-1850 - Davidoff, Hall 1987

          Book Further Reading

    6. Workshop: From women's history to gender history 23 items
      1. Key reading 2 items
      2. Other important reading 7 items
        1. Gender: A Useful Category of Historical Analysis - Scott, Joan W 1986

          Article Core Reading

        2. Gender and the politics of history - Scott, Joan Wallach 1988

          Book Further Reading

        3. If “Woman” is Just an Empty Category, Then Why Am I Afraid to Walk Alone at Night? Identity Politics Meets the Postmodern Subject - Laura Lee Downs 1993-4

          Article Further Reading A response to Scott’s article 'Gender: A Useful Category of Analysis'.

        4. Reply to Joan Scott - Laura Downs 01/04/1993

          Article Further Reading

        5. Unanswered Questions - Joan W. Scott 01/12/2008

          Article Further Reading

      3. Additional reading 14 items
        1. "The Tip of the Volcano" - SCOTT, JOAN W 01/01/1993

          Article Further Reading

        2. Writing gender history - Laura Lee Downs 2004

          Book Further Reading

        3. Masculinities - R. W. Connell 2005

          Book Further Reading

        4. Gender studies: terms and debates - Anne Cranny-Francis 2003

          Book Further Reading

        5. Gender trouble: feminism and the subversion of identity - Judith Butler 2006 (electronic resource)

          Book Further Reading

        6. Manful assertions: masculinities in Britain since 1800 - Roper, Tosh 1991

          Book Further Reading

        7. What is gender history? - Sonya O. Rose 2010

          Book Further Reading

    7. Workshop: The cultural turn 26 items
      1. Key reading 3 items
        1. Robert Darnton, 'Introduction' to The Great Cat Massacre and other episodes in French Cultural History

          Chapter Core Reading Please read pages 324-325, the introduction to Darnton's 'Great Cat Massacre'.

      2. Additional reading 23 items
        1. Chartier, Darnton, and the Great Symbol Massacre - Dominick LaCapra 01/03/1988

          Article Further Reading

        2. What is cultural history? - Peter Burke 2008 (electronic resource)

          Book Further Reading

        3. Social history vs. cultural history: a German debate - Berger, Stefan 01/02/2001

          Article Further Reading

        4. Popular culture in early modern Europe - Peter Burke c2009

          Book Further Reading

        5. Cultural history: between practices and representations - Chartier 1993

          Book Further Reading

        6. The Possibilities of the past - Natalie Z. Davis 23/1981

          Article Further Reading

        7. [The Possibilities of the past]: A Comment - Carlo Ginzburg 23/1981

          Article Further Reading

        8. The interpretation of cultures: selected essays - Clifford Geertz 2000

          Book Further Reading

        9. The new cultural history - Hunt 1988

          Book Further Reading

        10. History Beyond Social Theory - Lynn Hunt

          Chapter Further Reading

        11. The History of Mentalities: The New Map of Cultural History - HUTTON, PATRICK H 01/01/1981

          Article Further Reading

        12. Cultural history - Anna Green 2008

          Book Further Reading

        13. A cultural history of humour: from antiquity to the present day - Bremmer, Roodenburg 1997

          Book Further Reading

        14. The cheese and the worms: the cosmos of a sixteenth-century miller - Ginzburg, Tedeschi 1992

          Book Further Reading

        15. Varieties of cultural history - Burke 1997

          Book Further Reading

        16. Cultural History/Social History: A Review Essay - Licht, Walter 01/12/1992

          Article Further Reading

        17. The Problem with Cultural History - Peter Mandler 01/01/2004

          Article Further Reading

        18. The New Empiricism - Carla Hesse 05/2004

          Article Further Reading A response to Peter Mandler.

        19. Problems in Cultural History: A Reply - Peter Mandler 01/09/2004

          Article Further Reading

        20. Beyond the cultural turn: new directions in the study of society and culture - Bonnell, Hunt 1999

          Book Further Reading

    8. Workshop: The challenges to Eurocentric history 26 items
      1. Key reading 2 items
      2. Additional reading 24 items
        1. Imperialism and postcolonialism - Barbara Bush 2006 (electronic resource)

          Book Core Reading

        2. Conflict and connection: rethinking colonial African history - Cooper, Frederick 01/12/1994

          Article Core Reading

        3. Modernity at large: cultural dimensions of globalization - Arjun Appadurai c1996

          Book Further Reading

        4. The birth of the modern world, 1780-1914: global connections and comparisons - C. A. Bayly 2004

          Book Further Reading

        5. Orientalism - Edward W. Said 2003

          Book Further Reading

        6. AFRICA AND THE BIRTH OF THE MODERN WORLD - Megan Vaughan 12/2006

          Article Further Reading

        7. Unthinking Eurocentrism: multiculturalism and the media - Ella Shohat, Robert Stam 2014 (electronic resource)

          Book Further Reading

        8. Postcolonialism - Young, Robert 01/01/2016

          Book 

        9. The post-colonial studies reader - Bill Ashcroft, Gareth Griffiths, Helen Tiffin 1995

          Book Further Reading

        10. Postcolonial theory: a critical introduction - Leela Gandhi c1998

          Book Further Reading

        11. Postcolonial theory: contexts, practices, politics - Moore-Gilbert 1997

          Book Further Reading

        12. Writing Histories of Contemporary Africa - Ellis, Stephen 2002

          Article Further Reading

        13. Africa since 1940: the past of the present - Frederick Cooper 2002

          Book Further Reading

        14. Approaching African History - Michael Brett 2013

          Book Further Reading

        15. Africans: the history of a continent - Iliffe 1995

          Book Further Reading

        16. The 'New Historiography' in Dar es Salaam: An Answer - Terence Ranger 01/01/1971

          Article Further Reading

        17. At home with the empire: metropolitan culture and the imperial world - Catherine Hall, Sonya O. Rose 2006

          Book Further Reading

  3. Block 2: Public History and Professional Practice 13 items
    1. General / Introductory Reading 7 items
      1. The public historian

        Journal Core Reading A US journal, but contains many useful articles for reflecting on public history.

      2. People and their pasts: public history today - Paul Ashton, Hilda Kean c2009

        Book Further Reading

      3. Consuming history: historians and heritage in contemporary popular culture - Jerome De Groot 2009

        Book Further Reading

      4. History on television - Ann Gray, Erin Bell 2013 (electronic resource)

        Book Further Reading

      5. The public history reader - Martin, Paul 01/01/2013

        Book Further Reading

      6. A companion to museum studies - Sharon Macdonald 2011

        Book Further Reading

      7. The uses and abuses of history - MacMillan, Margaret 01/01/2010

        Book Further Reading

    2. Workshop: Public history - debates and challenges 5 items
      1. Key reading 3 items
      2. Additional reading 2 items
        1. Consuming history: historians and heritage in contemporary popular culture - Jerome De Groot 2009

          Book Further Reading

        2. Theatres of memory - Samuel 1998

          Book Further Reading

    3. Workshop: digital histories 1 item
  4. Block 3: Completing the Project 1 item
    1. Writing Guides 1 item
      History is about evidence, argument and persuasion, which all require good writing skills. Clunky constructions, wordiness, and convoluted prose will blunt your argument. Writing fluently takes practice, but there are some 'tricks' that can be readily grasped and implemented. The books below provide some useful advice and tips.
      1. Elements of style - William Strunk 2008

        Book Core Reading A classic. Covers the basic rules of writing, and packed with tips for writing succinctly.

  5. Digitisations 0 items