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Core Course: Sources and Methods

Convenor: Dr Helen Pfeifer

Michaelmas Term, two-hour seminar per week over seven weeks
Assessment: 3–4,000 word essay (10% of the overall mark)

This compulsory module provides an introduction to the theories, approaches and conceptual challenges that accompany original historical research. Four of the classes will explore different ways of contextualising and evaluating key types of source material. The other three sessions will look at how scholars have addressed important underlying themes in the social, cultural, political and economic history of the Early Modern world. Bibliographies will be handed out at least a week in advance of each class. Some of the sessions will involve practical exercises in the handling and analysis of source material.

Topics for 2018-19

  • Global and Transnational History
  • Belief
  • Power
  • Material Culture
  • Visual Culture
  • Archives
  • Ideas and Intellectual History


This information is provided for illustrative purposes only.