Spring 2018

Proseminar in History: Writing the Past

Listed in: History, as HIST-301

Formerly listed as: HIST-99


Sean Redding (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 per week.  

Not open to first-year students. Limited to 25 students per semester; history majors will be given preference. Fall semester: Professor Boucher.  Spring semester:  Professor Redding.

If Overenrolled: Preference given to History majors.

HIST 301 - L/D

Section 01
M 08:30 AM - 09:50 AM CHAP 203
W 08:30 AM - 09:50 AM CHAP 203

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
A Human Being Died That Night Mariner, 2004 Godobo-Madikizela, Pumla Amherst Books TBD
Century of Revolution (2nd ed.) Norton, 1982 Hill, Christopher Amherst Books TBD
History in Three Keys: The Boxers as Event, Experience, and Myth NY: New York: Columbia Univ. Press, 1997 Cohen, Paul Amherst Books TBD
The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 2013 Ginzburg, Carlo Amherst Books TBD
The Return of Martin Guerre Cambridge, MA: Harvard University, Press, 1983 Davis, Natalie Zemon Amherst Books TBD
The Apotheosis of Captain Cook: European Mythmaking in the Pacific Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1997 Obeyesekere, Gananath Amherst Books TBD
How "Natives" Think: About Captain Cook, for Example Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1995 Sahlins, Marshall Amherst Books TBD
Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland New York: Harper Perennial, 1998 Browning, Christopher R. Amherst Books TBD
Maus I: Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History (1st ed.) New York: Pantheon Books, 1986 Spiegelman, Art Amherst Books TBD
Hitler's Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust New York: Vintage, 1997 Goldhagen, Daniel Jonah TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Spring 2008, Fall 2008, Spring 2009, Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Spring 2022, Fall 2022, Spring 2023, Fall 2023, Spring 2024, Fall 2024