Key Works in Contemporary Historical Thought


Course Objective

The aim of the course is to acquire an overview of contemporary
historical thought. Students are able to analyse and evaluate historical
works in relation to their historiographical context, and present their
views about it in class.

Course Content

This course is about contemporary history writing. We examine theories,
methods, practices, and concepts that historians and social scientists
use to explain and write about the past. We will discuss key works by
authors such as Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie, Carlo ginzburg, Michel de
Certeau, Joan Scott, and Dipesh Chakrabarty. In class students will
present their thoughts on a key historical work in the field of their
master-specialization. Additionally we will discuss Lynn Hunt's, Writing
History in the Global Era (2014) and Jo Guldi and David Armitage's, The
History Manifesto (2014).

Teaching Methods

Lectures and seminars.

Method of Assessment

Written Open Book Exam (75%), oral presentation and participation at the
seminars (25%).


- Lynn Hunt, Writing History in the Global Era (Paperback), 2014 or
- Jo Guldi and David Armitage, The History Manifesto (Open Access,
Cambridge UP), 2014.

Target Audience

Students MA and ResMA History; All interested

General Information

Course Code L_GAMAGES023
Credits 6 EC
Period P1
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator dr. C.M. van den Akker
Examiner dr. C.M. van den Akker
Teaching Staff dr. C.M. van den Akker

Practical Information

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