HISTORY 594 - Topics in History
Section: 005 Getting the Documents to Speak
Term: WN 2010
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Historians depend upon archives, but archives were not written for them. Each archive has an organization, an argumentation, and a style, which depends on the context and the purposes for which it was produced. In the West, this scribal culture has a history which began with the great chanceries (religious and political) of the Middle Ages and modern Europe and was amplified during the bureaucratic revolution of the nineteenth century. To learn to work seriously on all sorts of archives, it is necessary to understand the organization of this fantastic field of written production. The class will examine some of the most important types of written documents used by historians, the social and cultural position of those who produced them, and the political context in which they were produced. On the side of public documents, we will focus more particularly on parish registers, notarial acts, police records, trial documents, censorship judgments, tax registrations, censuses, etc. On the side of private ones, we will examine correspondences, account books, family chronicles, diary, etc. Each student will select an archive related to her or his research and write a short but intensive case study on materials from it.

Undergraduate enrollment is by permission of the instructor only.

HISTORY 594 - Topics in History
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
8Graduate Standing
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Note: Section 001: meets with HISTORY 796 and GREEK 806. Course is designed for advanced undergrads and grads. Interested undergrads should contact instructor for permission to 594. HISTORY 796 & GREEK 806 are graduate seminar-level numbers; students enrolling under these numbers will be required to write a more extensive research paper than that required for undergraduates and students enrolling under History 594.
002 (SEM)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: Section 002: Meets with History 335
003 (SEM)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: Section 003: meets with History/SI 379 and SI 589.
004 (SEM)
Tu 2:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: Section 004: meets with CAAS 558 and ANTHRCUL 558
005 (SEM)
M 4:00PM - 7:00PM
Note: Section 005: meets with History 478 & 790. Grads completing a research paper, register for 790.
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