HIST 502 A - Prob in Comparative History - Prob in Comparative Hist
Intensive comparative examinations of particular issues in the histories of multiple countries, cultures or periods; emphasizes methodology, the discipline of comparative history, and the nature of historiography in a cross-cultural and interdisciplinary context. Course Information: May be repeated to a maximum of 12 hours. Class Schedule Information: Topics will be listed in the department's course guide at http://www.history.uiuc.edu.
Topic: Microhistory Description: What does it mean to change the scale of perspective in history- In science, observation through the telescope or through the microscope, in addition to the naked eye, are equally legitimate, as well as complementing. In history, there is still the tendency to prioritize certain approaches, to pronounce their scale of perspective as more -significant.- The goal of this graduate seminar is to serve as an introduction to a relatively new historical field - microhistory - which has been flourishing since the late 1970s. What paradigm did the first microhistorians challenge- What traditions did they step on- What new directions has microhistorical research taken in the past decades- How does it differ across chronological, geographical and social boundaries- The course consists of class discussions on readings, book reviews and a final historiographical or research paper. The readings draw on a variety of historical schools and aim at providing a
Option 1Number of Required Visit(s): 0
Course Level: Graduate