Syllabus (pdf format)
Chronologies (2 x 5%): twice in the semester, you will be responsible for compiling an outline chronology relevant for understanding that week's readings. Your chronology should be approximately 1-2 pages, single spaced and should explain the significance of the dates you include (you will probably want to include more than five dates and fewer than thirty). You should circulate this document to the entire group and make sure that it reaches everyone at least 24 hours before class (i.e., at 3:30 on Sunday). more
Reception Account (10%): once in the semester, you should write a brief account (2-3 single-spaced pages or so) of how contemporaries reacted to one of the nineteenth-century sources we are reading. For some texts, you will be able to find reviews from the period; for others, you will need to rely more heavily on the work of other historians. Remember, too, to check the most comprehensive relevant library catalogue you can find (i.e., that of the British Library for works published in Great Britain, the Bibliothèque Nationale for works published in France): how many editions of the text exist? When, and into what languages, was it translated? As with your chronologies, you should circulate your reception account to the entire group at least twenty-four hours before class (that is, by 3:30 on Sunday). more
|Book Review (10%): once in the semester, you will be responsible for reviewing one of the books listed as “further reading” on the website. Your review should be 1200-1500 words (reviews of less than 1000 words or more than 2000 will be substantially penalized); you should assume that you are writing for a university-educated audience with a particular interest in European history. In it, you should briefly summarize the work’s argument and purpose, but you should devote most of your time to placing the work in historical and historiographical context and highlighting the elements you think most deserving of scholars’ attention. more
Final Paper (50%): Given our shared reading obligations, I cannot reasonably expect you to write a full research paper this semester. Moreover, linguistic limitations may make it difficult for you to research comprehensively the topic that interests you most. I expect, however, that you will be able to envision, plan, and begin such a paper. Your research should emerge from your engagement with one or more of the primary sources we have read for discussion and should culminate in 12-15 double-spaced pages (not including notes and bibliography) that include: a polished and engaging introduction; a statement of your research question and method; a concise and pointed overview of the relevant historiography; analysis of several primary sources; some tentative conclusions. more
Participation (20%): It is assumed that all students will do at least the required readings for every week and that they will participate actively in all sessions. Repeated absences and/or non-participation will result in a final grade of B- or less, regardless of the quality of submitted written work.