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Month: December 2016

What is History-Carr

What is History-Carr

What is history? It is the events of the past that people have deemed worthy remembering. In this article, Carr discusses different historians and how they chose to write about history. He started with his own beliefs: history is a combination of facts of the events and how they are interpreted. He then moves on the Leopold von Ranke, whose beliefs challenged his own. von Ranke believed that history should be based on the facts and the facts alone. It…

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Gender: A Useful Category of Historical Analysis-Scott

Gender: A Useful Category of Historical Analysis-Scott

In this article Scott analyzed the concept of gender and how it affects our umderstanding of history. One main point is that gender is a social construct. It is not about biology, but it is a socially agreed upon concept. Following along with this is the idea that gender history must be studied in its historical construct; how genders are view today is entirely different from 1000 years ago.¬†Scott also talks about how gender history cannot be separted, you cannot…

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Footnote from De Thou to Ranke-Grafton

Footnote from De Thou to Ranke-Grafton

The footnote is seen as an essential part of historical writing today. However, that was not always the case. In this article, Grafton discussed the history of the footnote. He explains how works before the footnote were written and how the footnote developed over time. He first begins by discussing Momigliano, who is credited with writing the longest footnote in history spanning over 150 pages. This footnote is seen as extremely articulate, however you would be hard pressed to find…

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The Return of Martin Guerre-David and Finley

The Return of Martin Guerre-David and Finley

The Return of Martin Guerre is unique because it is about a peasant. Most history during that time was written about the elite of society. The book is about an imposter, Arnaud du Tilh, coming back and impersonating Martin Guerre. He claims to be him and even came back and slept with Bertrande, Guerre’s wife. This impersonation continues for years, du Tilh had multiple children with Bertrande. Questions of his real identity only really began to arise when du Tilh…

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On History From Below-Hobsbawm

On History From Below-Hobsbawm

In this article Hobsbawn discusses grassroot history, or the history of the common people. Much of history, especially older history, is about the leaders, the elite of society. Hobsbawn believes that it is important to study the common people, however, he also acknowledges the complications of studying this history. Every history has its difficulties, however, the ones associated with grassroots history are somehwat unique to it. His first critique is that historians read into history what they want. It is…

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