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Core Course: Debates in American History and Historiography

Convenor: Prof Gary Gerstle

Michaelmas Term, 2 hour seminar per week x 8 weeks
Assessment: Essay: 3–4,000 words (10% of the overall mark)

Leaders of the civil rights movement, August 28, 1963
This course is required of all students in the MPhil in American History program, so that students develop a foundational understanding of key themes in American history. Students acquire the skills needed to pursue advanced research in American history.


This course combines coverage of classic texts of American historiography with readings of new work in the field, so as to bring students up to date on central debates in the field. It covers key themes in political development, labour and capitalism, foreign relations, borderlands, race, immigration, nationality, gender, sexualities, religion, and intellectual history.

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