Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE European Historiography

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION European Historiography begins with a discussion of the idea, meaning and purpose of history, what history is or ought to be, and the challenges of understanding, recording and interpreting it. This study-unit will then proceed to look at the trends in historical thinking as expressed by leading historians and thinkers over time. Individual historians or schools of thought will be grouped so far as possible chronologically and/or thematically from the earliest times to the present covering the main evolving traits in a history of historiography, with examples from the more seminal works along the way. A Bibliography will be given.


- To render students aware of the changing methods and interpretations of historical realities over time;
- To acquaint them with works by leading historians from Graeco-Roman times to the present;
- To appreciate understanding and interpretation according to sources, contexts and times.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- realise what being a historian means and has meant;
- appreciate philosophical and methodological dispositions in the writing of history.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- improve the ability meaningfully to read and to write historical works.

Reading List:

Suggested Readings
• I.Porciani & L.Raphael, Atlas of European Historiography: The Making of a Profession 1800-2005 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010)
• E.Breisach, Historiography: Ancient, Medieval and Modern (Univ of Chicago Press, 3rd ed., 2007)
• R.Spalding & C.Parker, Historiography: An Introduction (Manchester Univ. Press, 2007)
• G.G.Iggers, Historiography in the Twentieth Centrury: From Scientific Objectivity to the Postmodern Challenge (Wesleyan Univ. Press, 2005)
• A.D.Smith, The Nation in History: Historiographical Debates about Ethnicity and Nationalism (Polity Press, 2000)
• M.Bentley, Modern Historiography: An Introduction (Routledge, 1999)
• R.J.Evans, In Defence of History (Granta Books, 1997)

ADDITIONAL NOTES Students registering for this study-unit must be reading History or at least have an 'A' Level in History or equivalent.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Seminar

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Classwork No 10%
Presentation (15 Minutes) Yes 40%
Assignment Yes 50%

LECTURER/S Henry J. Frendo

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