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  1. How to Use This List 1 item
      1. To access readings click on the title link which will take you to a new page.

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        • For Chapters click on the "Web Address" on the left side to open the .pdf
        • For Journal Articles click on the "DOI" or on the "Web Link"on the left side to get to the full text.  You will need to select the .pdf from the journal page.
        • For Webpages you will be taken straight to the website.

  2. Suggested for Purchase 4 items
    There are no textbooks which cover all the material in the module. If you wish to purchase books that provide a useful introduction to historical practice today, and which will touch on some of the themes dealt with on the module, consider:
    1. History in practice - Jordanova, L. J. 2000

      Book Suggested for student purchase

    2. The pursuit of history: aims, methods, and new directions in the study of modern history - Tosh, John, Lang, Sean 2006

      Book Suggested for student purchase

  3. Useful Websites 1 item
  4. Seminars 95 items
    1. Issues and Concepts in History 95 items
      1. Seminar 1. Archives 18 items
        1. On what is produced 6 items
          1. History: a very short introduction - Arnold, John H. 2000 (electronic resource)

            Book Essential Essential to Read Chapter 4 ' Voices and Silences'

          2. Thinking medieval: An introduction to the study of the middle ages - Bull, Marcus 2005 (electronic resource)

            Book  Especially Read 'The Evidence for Medieval History'

          3. The pursuit of history: aims, methods and new directions in the study of modern history - Tosh, John, Lang, Sean 2006 (electronic resource)

            Book  Read Chapter 3 'Raw Materials'

        2. On what is stored and survives 12 items
          1. Archive fever: a Freudian impression - Derrida, Jacques 1998, c1996

            Book 

          2. The Archive - Peter Fritzsche 04/2005

            Article 

          3. Archives, records, and power: The making of modern memory - Joan M. Schwartz, Terry Cook 2002-3

            Article 

          4. Along the archival grain: epistemic anxieties and colonial common sense - Stoler, Ann Laura 2009

            Book 

      2. Seminar 2. Local History 40 items
        This seminar will discuss local history, each person will be required to read one/two items from the list below and be able to contribute their own thoughts on the benefits and limitations of local history.
        1. ‘On Microhistory’ [in] New perspectives on historical writing - Giovanni Levi

          Chapter 

        2. Local History Seminar Case Study Readings 29 items
        3. Michael Wood's Story of England TV Series 7 items
          To watch these progammes you will be using the Box of Broadcast Service and will need to login in first.
          1. Box of Broadcasts - login

            Website  Once in go to the Login box on the left and type in "Exeter" then select the University of Exeter and login. Then you can minimise the screen and then go to the programme link below.

      3. Seminar 3. Postmodernism 12 items
        All students should read these texts which outline the content of postmodernism, which derive from the debate begun the late 1980s, and which describe later developments. Read at least one item from each section:
        1. Introductory 2 items
          1. 'Poststructuralism and history' [in] Writing history: theory and practice - Kevin Passmore

            Chapter 

        2. The Postmodern Crisis 5 items
          1. Notes - Lawrence Stone

            Article 

        3. Resolution ? 5 items
          1. The Task of the Historian - Gabrielle M. Spiegel 02/2009

            Article 

          2. Companion to historiography - Bentley, Michael 1997 (electronic resource)

            Book  Read Peter Munz, `The historical narrative’ pp. 851-72

          3. In defence of history - Evans, Richard J. 1997

            Book  Especially Read Chapter 7.

          4. The Power of History - Joyce Appleby

            Article 

      4. Seminar 4. Gender 5 items
        First, all students should read these texts which deal with evolution of gender studies in the historical field, in general terms. Read at least two of the following:
        1. What is history now? - David Cannadine 2002 (electronic resource)

          Book  '‘What is Gender History Now?"

        2. The pursuit of history: aims, methods and new directions in the study of modern history - Tosh, John, Lang, Sean 2006 (electronic resource)

          Book  Read sections pp. 244-48 and pp. 298-302.

        3. Introduction [in] Writing gender history

          Chapter  Read the Introduction and Chapter 7.

      5. Seminar 5. New Political History 12 items
        Each group will give a presentation to the class on their themes/questions. This will be followed by a class discussion about the importance of political history, and what insights and interpretations it can give historians. Group 1: What is ‘new’ about the ‘new political history’? In what ways are they critical of progressive, Whiggish and liberal readings of British political history? (Lawrence in Berger, Lawrence, Speaking, Vernon, Fielding) Group 2: How does New Political History combine high and low approaches? (Lawrence in Berger, Lawrence, Speaking, Vernon, Fielding) Group 3: What is the importance of language for ‘new political historians’? (Lawrence, Vernon, Bentley) Group 4: What is the importance of gender for ‘new political historians’? (Francis, Lawrence, Transformation, Black)
        1. THE LOST WORLD OF YOUNG CONSERVATISM - LAWRENCE BLACK 18/11/2008

          Article 

        2. Looking for the 'New Political History' - Review by: Steven Fielding

          Article 

        3. The Concept of Political Culture - Ronald P. Formisano

          Article 

        4. 'Political History' [in] Writing history: theory and practice - Jon Lawrence

          Chapter 

      6. Seminar 6. Class 8 items
        Everyone will be expected to read the excerpt from Karl Marx ‘The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte’, reproduced in Teodor Shanin ed., Peasants and Peasant Societies, pp.331-332. which will be available on the ELE site. In addition two groups will look at the readings on medieval society and two groups will look at the readings on modern industrial societies. This reading will form the foundation of your contributions to the debate.
        1. Medieval (peasants) 4 items
          1. The English peasantry in the later Middle Ages: the Ford lectures for 1973 and related studies - Hilton, R. H., American Council of Learned Societies 1975

            Book  Read Chapter 1 ‘The Peasantry as a class’.

          2. English society in the Later Middle Ages, 1348-1500 - Keen, Maurice Hugh, American Council of Learned Societies 1990

            Book  Read Chapter 1.

        2. Medieval (proletariat) 3 items
          1. "The Nineteenth Century : A Viable Hierarchical Society" Chapter 3 [in] Class in Britain

            Chapter  Also Chapter 1 in this book is also very useful for general debate

  5. Essays 74 items
    1. Writing Essays 6 items
      1. Critical thinking and analysis - Deane, Mary, Borg, Erik 2011

        Book 

      2. Academic researching, writing and referencing - Deane, Mary 2010

        Book 

      3. How to write better essays - Greetham, Bryan 2008

        Book 

      4. Reading critically at university - Metcalfe, Mike 2006 (electronic resource)

        Book 

      5. The student's guide to writing: grammar, punctuation and spelling - Peck, John, Coyle, Martin 2005

        Book 

    2. Term Two - Questions 68 items
      1. Questions 1 & 2 18 items
        1. To what extent is the work of historians write shaped by the politics of the archive? OR: 2. What different approaches do historians take to the study of sources? Over which issues do they disagree?
        1. History: a very short introduction - Arnold, John H. 2000 (electronic resource)

          Book  Read Chapter 4 'Voices and Silences'

        2. The historian's craft - Bloch, Marc 1954

          Book  Especially read Section 2.

        3. Processing the past: contesting authority in history and the archives - Blouin, Francis X., Rosenberg, William G. 2011 (electronic resource)

          Book 

        4. The Pursuit of History - Tosh, John 2006

          Book  Read Chapter 3 'The Raw Materials'

        5. Archive fever : a Freudian impression - Jacques Derrida 1998

          Book 

        6. WRITING HISTORIES OF CONTEMPORARY AFRICA - STEPHEN ELLIS 2002-4-2

          Article  Particularly read the second half of the article

        7. The Archive - Peter Fritzsche

          Article 

        8. Archives, records, and power: The making of modern memory - Joan M. Schwartz, Terry Cook 2002-3

          Article 

        9. Along the archival grain: epistemic anxieties and colonial common sense - Stoler, Ann Laura 2009

          Book  Difficult but worthwhile read

      2. Questions 3 & 4 17 items
        3. How and why has the nation as a frame for historical research been challenged in the last 50 years? OR: 4. Why has the history of nation dominated historical writing, and how is this approach being challenged?
        1. National Histories 6 items
          1. Writing the nation: A global perspective - Stefan Berger 2007 (electronic resource)

            Book 

        2. Challenges 'From Below' 4 items
          1. 'On Microhistory' [in] New perspectives on historical writing - Giovanni Levi

            Chapter 

        3. Challenges 'From Above' 7 items
          1. Myths, Wagers, and Some Moral Implications of World History - Jerry H. Bentley 2005

            Article  Complements abuses of history by nationalist historians

          2. Introduction [in] The theft of history

            Chapter 

          3. The Problem of Interactions in World History - Patrick Manning June 1996

            Article 

      3. Questions 5 & 6 10 items
        5. Why and how do historians periodise? OR: 6. How do historians conceptualise time? You should allude to at least 2 forms/case studies of periodisation for these questions
        1. The historian's craft - Bloch, Marc 1954

          Book 

        2. Thinking medieval: An introduction to the study of the middle ages - Bull, Marcus 2005 (electronic resource)

          Book  Especially read Chapter 2 'What are the Middle Ages?'

      4. Questions 7 & 8 23 items
        7. What has been the impact of postmodernism on the historical profession? You may answer in general terms, or with reference to one area of history. [please note: this is an essay about its impact, NOT primarily about the validity of its arguments] 8. Why did postmodernism threaten to end history and why did it fail?
        1. Articles 9 items
          There are a considerable number of articles debating postmodernism here are a few:
          1. History and Post-Modernism - Patrick Joyce, Catriona Kelly November, 1991

            Article 

          2. History and Post-Modernism - Lawrence Stone, Barielle M. Spiegel May, 1992

            Article 

          3. The End of Social History? - Patrick Joyce January, 1995

            Article 

          4. Response to Arthur Marwick - Hayden White April, 1995

            Article 

        2. Books 14 items
          Many of the general works on historical practice such as Jordanova, Tosh etc. will have sections on postmodernism.
          1. On the future of history: the postmodernist challenge and its aftermath - Breisach, Ernst c2003 (electronic resource)

            Book  eBook & book. Chapter 1

          2. Postmodernism for historians - Brown, Callum G. 2005 (electronic resource)

            Book  Read the Introduction

          3. History : an introduction to theory, method and practice / Peter Claus and John Marriott. - Claus, Peter.

            Book  Read Chapter 5 "Postmodernism and Postcolonialism"

          4. On deconstruction: theory and criticism after structuralism - Culler, Jonathan 1983

            Book 

          5. Chapter 8 [in] In defence of history

            Chapter  Read Chapter 8 [for a response to his critics, see the Afterword and the debate on the Institute of Historical Research website referenced below].

          6. The postmodern history reader - Jenkins, Keith 1997

            Book 

          7. Writing medieval history - Partner, Nancy F. 2004

            Book  Focus on reading about its impact on the field of medieval history

          8. The content of form: narrative discourse and historical representation - White, Hayden V., American Council of Learned Societies 1987

            Book 

          9. A concise companion to history / edited by Ulinka Rublack. - Rublack, Ulinka.

            Book  Read "The Status of Historical Knowledge" pp.57-80

  6. Concepts for Exams 105 items
    The books suggested below are for guidance only. They are a starting point. If you choose a case study from your other history modules, use the reading lists for those modules too. Don’t forget to also use the search tools you have learnt about on this module to find further reading
    1. General Texts 7 items
      1. New perspectives on historical writing - Burke, Peter 2001

        Book 

      2. What is cultural history? - Burke, Peter 2008

        Book 

      3. History and social theory - Burke, Peter 1992

        Book 

      4. What is history now? - Cannadine, David 2002

        Book 

      5. What is history today ... ? - Gardiner, Juliet 1989

        Book 

      6. Historians on history: readings - Tosh, John 2009

        Book 

    2. Gender 26 items
      See also the reading list for the seminar on gender and the online resource "Defining Gender, 1450-1910" (see below)
      1. Defining Gender, 1450-1910

        Webpage  A very useful general resource

      2. History matters: patriarchy and the challenge of feminism - Bennett, Judith M. 2006

        Book 

      3. History : an introduction to theory, method and practice / Peter Claus and John Marriott. - Claus, Peter.

        Book  Read Chapter 10 "Feminism , gender and women's history"

      4. Masculinities - Connell, Robert W. 2005

        Book 

      5. Writing gender history - Downs, Laura Lee 2010

        Book 

      6. Manhood in early modern England: honour, sex, and marriage - Foyster, Elizabeth 1999

        Book 

      7. English masculinities, 1660-1800 - Hitchcock, Timothy V., Cohen, Michèle 1999

        Book 

      8. A concise companion to history / edited by Ulinka Rublack. - Rublack, Ulinka.

        Book  Read "Gender" by Dorothy Ko pp.203-236

      9. Manful assertions: masculinities in Britain since 1800 - Roper, Michael, Tosh, John 1991

        Book 

      10. Gender: A Useful Category of Historical Analysis - Joan W. Scott December, 1986

        Article 

      11. A history of European women's work - Deborah Simonton 1998

        Book 

      12. Theorizing patriarchy - Walby, Sylvia 1990

        Book 

      13. Gender in history - Wiesner, Merry E. 2001

        Book 

    3. Power 18 items
      1. A concise companion to history / edited by Ulinka Rublack. - Rublack, Ulinka.

        Book  Read "Power" by Christopher Clarke pp.131-156

      2. On civilization, power, and knowledge: selected writings - Elias, Norbert, Mennell, Stephen, Goudsblom, Johan 1998

        Book 

      3. Max Weber: an introduction to his life and work - Käsler, Dirk 1988

        Book 

      4. Colonial Governmentality - David Scott Autumn, 1995

        Article 

      5. Domination and the arts of resistance: hidden transcripts - Scott, James C. 1990 (electronic resource)

        Book  Especially Read Chapter 1

      6. Sociological writings - Weber, Max, Heydebrand, Wolf V. 1994

        Book 

      7. Case Studies of Power in History 5 items
        Also look at the reading list for the seminar on the ‘New Political History’
        1. Lineages of the absolutist state - Anderson, Perry 1974

          Book 

        2. 'Power' [in] What is medieval history?

          Chapter 

        3. Kings, nobles and commoners: states and societies in early modern Europe - Black, Jeremy 2003

          Book 

    4. Riches and Poverty 11 items
      1. Standards of living in the later Middle Ages - Dyer, Christopher 1989

        Book 

      2. A concise companion to history / edited by Ulinka Rublack. - Rublack, Ulinka.

        Book  Read "Commerce" by Kenneth Pomeranz pp.105-130

    5. Class 10 items
      1. The concept of class: an historical introduction - Calvert, Peter 1982

        Book 

      2. Class in Britain - Cannadine, David 1998

        Book  Read Chapter 1

      3. Class struggles - Dworkin, Dennis L. 2007 (electronic resource)

        Book  Especially read Part 2

      4. Section C [in] Class

        Chapter 

      5. The Communist Manifesto - Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels 2002

        Book 

      6. Equality - Tawney, R.H. 1964

        Book 

      7. The making of the English working class - Thompson, E. P. 1991

        Book  Read Chapter Ten

    6. Ethnicity/National Identity 11 items
      Try looking at other books by these authors and searching the library catalogue for keywords ‘race history’ or ‘slavery’ or ‘ethnic identity’ or ‘ethnicity’ or ‘imperialism’
      1. Imagined communities: reflections on the origin and spread of nationalism - Anderson, Benedict R. O'G., American Council of Learned Societies 2006

        Book  Especially read the Introduction and Chapter 1

      2. Victorian attitudes to race - Bolt, Christine 1971

        Book 

      3. A concise companion to history / edited by Ulinka Rublack. - Rublack, Ulinka.

        Book  Read "Ethnicity" by Elizabeth Buettner pp.247-268

      4. The ethnic cleansing of Palestine - Pappé, Ilan 2006

        Book 

      5. A history of modern Palestine: one land, two peoples - Pappé, Ilan 2006

        Book 

      6. The Israel/Palestine question - Pappé, Ilan 1999

        Book 

      7. Race and empire in British politics - Rich, Paul B. 1989

        Book 

    7. Religion 22 items
      1. Companion to historiography - Bentley, Michael 1997 (electronic resource)

        Book  Read ‘Popular Religion in the Central and Later Middle Ages’, pp. 221-246.

      2. The anthropology of religion: an introduction - Bowie, Fiona 2000

        Book 

      3. The Victorian Church - Chadwick, Owen 70/1966

        Book 

      4. Religion, Society, and the Historian - Patrick Collinson 06/1999

        Article 

      5. Religion in the medieval West - Hamilton, Bernard 1986

        Book 

      6. The new Cambridge history of Islam - Cook, M. A., Robinson, Chase F., Hefner, Robert W., Robinson, Francis 2010

        Book 

      7. World religions: Eastern traditions - Oxtoby, Willard G. 1996

        Book 

      8. The Oxford history of Christianity - McManners, John 1993

        Book 

      9. The Oxford illustrated history of the Crusades - Riley-Smith, Jonathan Simon Christopher 2001

        Book 

      10. A concise companion to history / edited by Ulinka Rublack. - Rublack, Ulinka.

        Book  Read "Religion" by Miri Rubin pp.317-332

      11. Chinese religion: an introduction - Thompson, Laurence G. 1969

        Book 

      12. Religion and Revolution in American History - John F. Wilson Winter, 1993

        Article 

      13. Religion in history: conflict, conversion, and coexistence - Wolffe, John 2004

        Book 

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