Readings for specific dates may vary slightly from the following table as the pace of the class dictates. Students are responsible for keeping up with any such changes, which will also be posted on this web site.

Underlined readings are links to web sites. Students are responsible for learning how to use the World Wide Web to get readings. Students should print out copies of the readings to bring to class. Plan ahead--the Web is a great learning resource, but glitch happens. Do not tell me you could not get the reading because the server went down ten minutes before class.

Readings marked "reserve" are available from the circulation desk of Chesnutt Library. Students should also make copies to bring to class.

Assignments for presentations and critiques are indicated by the student's initials in the right-hand columns. See Requirements for more information.

Unit Date Topic: Reading Assignments


Aug 28 Introduction Pres. Crit.


Sep 4 Problems of Textbook History: An Exercise in Historiography - Selection of readings from textbooks - available from Dr. Corse.  Group  


Sep 11 An Example of Historical Debate: Daniel Goldhagen, "Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust"; Recent Writings by Daniel Goldhagen, esp. "The New Discourse of Avoidance"; Norman Finkelstein, "Articles and Reviews relating to the Goldhagen Thesis" (see esp. Finkelstein's Response To Goldhagen); Blumenthal, "A Scholarly Dispute on the Cause of the Holocaust"; H-Net Discussion Log--keyword search on "Goldhagen" and "Finkelstein"    



Sep 18 Problems of Historical Knowledge: Wilson, chs. 1-2; Thucydides: On Inventing Speeches, from History of the Peloponnesian War; Lord Acton: Inaugural Lecture on the Study of History; Gerald W. Schlabach: A Sense of History: Some Components; James H. Robinson: Why Study History Through Primary Sources; The Need for Source Criticism: A Letter from Alexander to Aristotle?    


Sep 25 History and Theory--Interpretations of Andrew Jackson:  Frederick Jackson Turner, "The Significance of the Frontier in American History"; Alexis de Tocqueville, Principal Causes Which Tend to Maintain the Democratic Republic in the United States; Henry Nash Smith, Virgin Land: The American West as Symbol and Myth (1950). Read the "Prologue and Chapter XI.


Oct 2 Social History and Visual Evidence: Wilson, ch 4; Riis, How the Other Half Lives;      


Oct 9 Actors--Gender: Wilson, ch. 5; "The Sexual Solipsism of Freud"; Solange Alberdo "Beatriz de Padilla: Mistress and Mother" (Handout from Dr. Corse)    


Oct 16 History and the Human Sciences: Wilson, ch. 3; Geertz, Thick Description    


Oct 21 Intellectual History: Modern European Intellectual History: An Introduction; Stephen E. Lucas, "The Stylistic Artistry of the Declaration of Independence"; The Declaration of Independence    


Oct 30 Rational Actor Theory and Public Policy--The Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb: The Last Act - The Enola Gay and the Atomic Bomb (A comparison of the texts of the cancelled and final versions); H-Asia Smithsonian Enola Gay Exhibit Controversy    


Nov 6 Social History and Oral Evidence: Wilson, ch 4; American Slave Narratives: An Online Anthology    


Nov 13 Postmodernism and History: Wilson 6; Foucault, "What Is an Author?"; Mary Klages, Summary and Analysis of "What is an Author?"; John R. Durant, Summary and Analysis of "What is an Author?" Tim Spurgin, "Readers Guide to 'What is an Author?'" Jean Baudrillard,  DisneyWorld Company     


Nov 20 Problems of Textbook History Revisited: Forum on textbooks.    


Nov 27 History and the Future: Wilson, review; TBA    


Dec 4 Virtual Discussion--History and Quantification: Wilson, ch. 3; Dowdle, "The Protomodern Presidency" (reserve);     


Dec 11 Student Presentations    


Dec 18 Student Presentations