HISTORY 195 - The Writing of History
Winter 2021, Section 001 - Writing Warfare in Europe, 1400-1700
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  Online (see other Sections below)
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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This course may not be included in a History major. F.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This writing-intensive first year course is designed to introduce students to the practice of college writing through the lens of warfare in Europe between 1400 and 1700. We will focus on the elements of crafting convincing prose: composing strong introductions, conducting cogent and dense analysis of available evidence, and developing the significance of an argument. We will focus also on elements of writing style to encourage students to develop their own authorial voice for a variety of different audiences, including aspects of mechanics and grammar. Students will become practiced in composing a variety of genres for college-level writing, although we focus on analytic essayistic writing. This course aims to introduce students to the writing of history, and college writing generally, through an examination of early modern militaries and their contexts. We will explore how people between 1400 and 1700 in Western Europe made sense of the military developments they witnessed. We will also consider how later scholars have used these sources to make knowledge about the past. What light do they shed on the documents from the period itself (primary sources, in historical parlance)? Do they largely accord with these documents, or do they make claims that go unnoticed in the documents? What might account for these differences? How can we make sense of warfare in Europe and what forces shaped its practice? This course will allow us to formulate answers to these questions.

Course Requirements:

Peer-reviewed essay writing and synchronous collaborative group projects will constitute the majority of students' grades.

Intended Audience:

First-year students; students who need to meet the FYWR.


HISTORY 195 - The Writing of History
Schedule Listing
001 (REC)
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Note: Unless otherwise noted, all sections are remote with synchronous instruction.
002 (REC)
WF 1:00PM - 2:30PM
003 (REC)
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM

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