Objectives

The course has two specific objectives:

* To identify and analyze the major debates that informs the study of this historical topic.

* To analyze how different historical methodologies have shaped the practices and conclusions of historians working on this period.

For the purposes of this class, I am far less interested in whether or not students agree with a particular school of historians or with any specific historian. All of the people you will read have succeeded at their craft, and all are quite accomplished. All are excellent historians. I am far more interested in students’ ability to outline arguments, and in students’ ability to distinguish one argument from another. These abilities are the critical skills we will hone during the semester.

Students’ success in class will depend on attendance and participation. Although there is no attendance policy, I expect graduate students to attend class except in extreme circumstances. And I expect students to come to class prepared to discuss the material.

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