Debates among historians
Full course description
The skills-training is about fundamental characteristics and problems of history as an academic discipline and its relation to history as the reality of the past and history as (collective) memory.
The first objective, which starts from reading and understanding completed historical works, is to provide insight in the interpretative nature of historiography, the characteristics of historical debates, and the strengths and weaknesses of particular historical interpretations. The second objective, which concerns the way how historians use sources in their research and how their understanding of sources is related to their interpretations of and controversies about the past, is to introduce students to primary historical sources and their problems and pitfalls in order to encourage a critical and methodical approach to historical sources. The focus is on the understanding and contextualisation of sources in relation to historical interpretations and debates.
Several articles and chapters from various books.