The module examines the principal changes in historical method and historiography that have made a lasting impact on the discipline. It examines central features of historiography from ancient to modern times, examining the major historians, historical trends and associated scholarly methods in context. Building on classical, medieval, renaissance and enlightenment developments, this course concentrates on the modernisation of history-writing with the work of Ranke, Burckhardt, Bloch, Braudel and Ladurie and its diversification away from political narrative into a variety of themes and forms. It also examines theoretical approaches to history, from Vico and Hegel through Marx, Weber and Toynbee to the end-of-history announced by Fukuyama. In addition to examining specific history books, the course employs a general reader as a source book for students.
Module coordinator: Dr Hiram Morgan.