IU History Dept


Required Reading
D. C. Feeney, “Synchronizing Time”, chapter one of his Caesar’s Calendar: Ancient Time and the Beginnings of History (2007)—available as an e-book through IUCAT

Bonnie Smith, “Gender and the Practices of Scientific History: the Seminar and Archival Research,” AHR 100:4 (Oct. 1995), 1150-1176, on-line via JSTOR. This also appears in her The Gender of History: Men, Women, and Historical Practice (1998).

Timothy Garton Ash, The File (1997), pp. 3-24, 140-144 on e-reserves (password “family”)

Kathryn Burns, “Notaries, Truth, and Consequences,” American Historical Review 110: 2 (April 2005), 350-379, in the library or on-line [if the link doesn't work, go to the Library's electronic journals collection and find it yourself]. AND/OR
Randolph Head, “Knowing Like a State: The Transformation of Political Knowledge in Swiss Archives, 1450-1770,” Journal of Modern History 75:4 (Dec 2003), pp. 745-782.

Further Suggestions
Antoinette Burton, ed., Archive Stories: Facts, Fictions, and the Writing of History (2005).

Jonathan Brent, Inside the Stalin Archives: Discovering the New Russia (2008).

Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra, How to Write the History of the New World: Historiographies, Epistemologies, and Identities in the Eighteenth-Century (2001). National archives of Mexico

E.H. Carr, What is History? (1961) especially "The Historian and his Facts" and "Causation in History."

J. Chandler, A. Davidson, and H. Harootunian, eds., Questions of Evidence (1994).

Elizabeth Eisenstein, "Clio and Chronos: An Essay on the Making and Breaking of History-Book Time," History and Theory, Beiheft 6 ("History and the Theory of Time"), 1966.

Jack Goody, The Logic of Writing and the Organization of Society (1986).

Anthony Grafton, The Footnote: A Curious History (1997).

IU archivesAnthony Grafton, “Dating History: The Renaissance and the Reformation of Chronology,” Daedalus 132:2 (spring 2003).

B.C. Hurst, "The Myth of Historical Evidence," History and Theory 20 (1981).

Journal of Women's History 20:1 (spring 2008)--five articles on "History Practice: Finding Women in the Archives."

Dominick LaCapra, History and Reading: Tocqueville, Foucault, French SUS National Archivestudies (2000), especially chapter one.

Yuri Lotman, "The Problem of the Historical Fact," in his Universe of the Mind (trans. 1990).

Billie Melman, "Gender, History, and Memory: The Invention of Women's Past in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries," History and Memory 5:1 (1993), 5-35.

Geoffrey Nunberg, "Google's Book Search: A Disaster for Scholars," Chronicle Review (Chronicle of Higher Education), Aug. 2009, on-line.

Representations 42 (1993), special issue on "Future Libraries," on-line.

Roy Rosenzweig, “Scarcity or Abundance: Preserving the Past in a Digital Era,” American Historical Review 108: 3 (June 2003), 735-762.

Carolyn Steedman, "Something She Called a Fever: Michelet, Derrida, and Dust," AHR 106 (2001), 1159-1180; also available in her book, Dust (2002).

Rosalind Thomas, Oral Tradition and Written Record in Classical Athens (1989).


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