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HIST412: Approaches to Political History

Not available 2014/15

Course Convenor: Dr Michael Hughes

Teaching: Lent Term

Assessment: written project (c. 4,000 words) and associated oral presentation.

This module discusses the relative merits of ways in which historians can, and have written about the exercise of power within societies including the narrative approach, the study of 'great' men and women, constitutional history, prosopography, local, regional and national studies, international comparisons, the relationship between politics and economics, and post-modernism. It is essentially historiographical, focusing on key works, but encourages students to apply ideas and approaches discussed in the seminars to their own areas of specialist interest.

Introductory Reading:

  • Balogh, Brian, 'The State of the State among Historians', Social Science History, 27 (2003), 455-463;
  • Hoppit, Julian (ed.), Parliaments, nations and identities in Britain and Ireland, 1660-1850 (Manchester, 2003).

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