Thinking Through History: Themes in Advanced Historical Studies 1

Convenor: Tom Johnson

Module Code: HIS00002C

Term taught: Spring

This module provides an introduction to a series of themes and issues relating to the study of history across a broad sweep of time and space. It seeks to examine overarching questions which relate to, and can be applied to, a variety of contexts, and to identify continuities and changes in major concepts that underpin modern historical thought. The module introduces students to the challenges and opportunities of focusing on ‘big picture’ history – to create a better understanding of historical change, to allow productive comparisons between different times and places, to provide context for more specific future historical study and, importantly, to reflect on key questions that have energised historians of various different hues over time.

An illustrative outline of lectures is as follows:

    • Living and Dying
    • Time and Space
    • Us and Them
    • Man and Machine
    • Ritual and Belief
    • Power and Resistance
    • Freedom and Servitude
    • Centre and Periphery
    • Travel and Discovery

To find out more

You might like to look at the following:

  • Berger, Stefan. Writing History: Theory and Practice. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2010
  • Jordanova, Ludmilla. History in Practice. London: Arnold, 2000
  • Bentley, Michael. Modern Historiography: An Introduction. London: Routledge, 1999


For more detailed information, please visit the module catalogue.