Readings by Class Session
|1||Introduction||A Midwife's Tale. (The film version.)|
|2||Narrative and History||The Return of Martin Guerre.|
|3||Narrative and History (cont.)||The Unredeemed Captive.|
|4||The Annales School|| Braudel, Fernand. Mediterranean. New York, NY: Harper Collins, 1992. ISBN: 9780060159580. (selections)
Hexter, J. H. "Fernand Braudel and the Monde Braudellien." Journal of Modern History 44 (1972): 480-539.
Extra Reading if Interested
Hufton, Olwen. "Fernand Braudel." Past and Present no. 112 (August, 1986): 208-213.
|Individual meetings to review research proposals||none|
|5||Gender and History||Holy Feast, Holy Fast. pp. 1-186 (and distribute part III amongst the class).|
|6||The Middle Ages as Fantasy||The Discarded Image.
Cantor, Norman. "The Oxford Fantasists." In Inventing the Middle Ages. New York: W. Morrow, 1991.
Selections from Tolkien, J. R. R. "Beowulf and the Critics." (Manuscript dating early 1930s.)
|7||The MIT Mix - Or How Does a History Department Work?||Dower, John. "Race, Language, and War in Two Cultures." In Japan in War and Peace: Selected Essays. New York: New Press, 1993.
Jacobs, Meg. "How About Some Meat?: The Office of Price Administration, Consumption Politics, and State Building from the Bottom Up, 1941-1946." Journal of American History 84, no. 3 (1997).
McCants, Anne. "The Not-So-Merry Widows of Amsterdam, 1740-1782." Journal of Family History 24, no. 4 (1999).
Perdue, Peter. "Empire and Nation in Comparative Perspective: Frontier Administration in 18th c China."Journal of Early Modern History 5, no. 4 (2001).
Ravel, Jeff. "The Coachman's Bare Rump: an 18th French Cover-up." Unpublished manuscript, 2003.
Ritvo, Harriet. "Race, Breed, and Myths of Origin: Chillingham Cattle as Ancient Britons." Representations 39 (Summer, 1992).
|8||Thinking About Doing History||Telling the Truth About History.
Tilly, Charles. "How (and What) are Historians Doing?" In American Behavioral Scientist , July–August 1990. pp. 685-711.
|9||Environment and History||The Ecological Indian. pp. 9-104, and 145-189.|
|10||Sunday Field Trip||Excursion to Peabody-Essex Museum to tour the Chinese Merchant's House .|
|11||Demography and History||One Quarter of Humanity.|
|12||Culture and History|| Darnton, Robert. The Great Cat Massacre. New York, NY: Vintage Books, 1985. ISBN: 9780394729275.
Mah, Harold. "Suppressing the Text: The Metaphysics of Ethnographic History in Darnton's Great Cat Massacre." History Workshop 31 (Spring, 1991).