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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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Good vs Bad Primary Source

Good vs Bad Primary Source

Good Harper, Ida Husted. The History of Woman Suffrage. Vol. 6. New York: National American Woman Suffrage Association, 1922. This is an example of  a good primary source as it is one of the few complete histories of the Women’s suffrage movement from that time and was the very first one written. It was written by a suffragettes who had a first hand experience of the moment. However, this book must also be taken with a grain of salt as…

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Footnotes

Footnotes

Primary Sources [1]   Molly Seawell, The Ladies’ Battle (New York: The MacMillian Company, 1911), 58. [2]   National American Women Suffrage Association, Woman Suffrage, Arguments, and Results (New York: National American Woman Suffrage Association, 1910), 25. [3]   Elizabeth Cady Stanton et al., History of Woman Suffrage (New York: Fowler and Wells, 1881), 32. Secondary Print [1]   Florence Hall, Julia Ward Howe and the Woman Suffrage Movement (New York: Arno and the New York Times, 1969), 99. [2]   Elizabeth Frost-Knappman and Kathryn Cullen-DuPont,…

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Bibliography

Bibliography

Print Sources A Voice of Their Own: The Woman Suffrage Press, 1840-1910, Edited by Martha Solomon. Tuscaloosa: The University of Alabama Press, 1991. Frost-Knappman, Elizabeth and Kathryn Cullen-DuPont. Women’s Suffrage in America. New York: Facts On File, 2005. Hall, Florence. Julia Ward Howe and the Woman Suffrage Movement. New York: Arno and the New York Times, 1969. Seawell, Molly. The Ladies’ Battle. New York: The MacMillian Company, 1911. Wheeler, Marjorie. New Women of the New South: The Leaders of the…

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The French Revolution-Soboul and Furet

The French Revolution-Soboul and Furet

Soboul and Furet’s articles have conflicting views of the French Revoltution. Soboul views the revolution from a Marxist, or class, point of view. He saw it as a transfer of power from one elitist group to another, changing relatively nothing in the long run as far as leaders were concerned. While this interpretation is based on sound sources, the sources are largely biased. However, that is not really different from other interpretations of history either. Every event can be interpretted…

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History and the Social Sciences, the Longue Durée-Braudel

History and the Social Sciences, the Longue Durée-Braudel

In this article, Braudel discusses the concept of the longue durée. This is method of studying history that developed out of the French Annales School. It means to study history over long periods of time. This is often viewed as economic history, as it is something that can be studied over long periods of time to see how it evolved. When studying this, historians look at the historical connections over time that influenced and caused certain events. It is very different…

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