Proseminar in History: Writing the Past
Listed in: History, as HIST-99
John W. Servos (Section 01)
This course offers an opportunity for history majors to reflect upon the practice of history. How do we claim to know anything about the past at all? How do historians construct the stories they tell about the past from the fragmentary remnants of former times? What is the connection of historians' work to public memory? How do we judge the truth and value of these stories and memories? The course explores questions such as these through readings and case studies drawn from a variety of places and times. Two class meetings a week. Not open to first-year students. Required of all history majors. First semester: Professor Czap. Second semester: Professor Servos.