Senior Seminar

Historiography Exam

The Historiography test will take place on 20 November 2007.  It will consist of one (1) Essay (50 points) and ten (10) Short Answer/Identification questions (50 points).  The Short Answer/Identification questions will focus on broad concepts, such as “the Christian conception of history.”  Each response should be illustrated with specific examples of individual historians and their books.

I. Essay Question (1 Question; 50 Points).  Please respond fully to the following question.  Make sure that you illustrate your selected characteristics of a good historian with references to specific historians.  Your essay should be at least three typed pages in length.

Using as a foundation the historians and topics relating to history studied in class this semester, identify and explain at least five characteristics a good historian should possess, rank them in order of importance, and illustrate each characteristic with examples drawn from the work of specific historians we discussed.

II. Short Answer (10 Questions; 50 Points).  Choose ten (10) of the following items.  Discuss the characteristics of each concept and then illustrate each answer with specific examples of individual historians and their books. Indicate the historical importance of each term discussed.  Choose four (4) items from Part I and four (4) from Part II.  The remaining two (2) items are your choice.

 Part I

 1. Historiography.

 2. Conceptions of History in Ancient Israel.

 3. The Greek Conception of History.

 4. The Christian Conception of History.

 5. Characteristics of Medieval Historical Writing.

 6. The Study of History as a Profession.

 7. Philology and History Writing.

 8. The Reformation and History Writing.

 9. Edward Gibbon and The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.

 Part II

 10. History Writing During the Nineteenth Century.

 11. Leopold von Ranke and History Writing.

 12. The Speculative Philosophy of History.

 13. The Analytical Philosophy of History.

 14. The Problem of “Objectivity” in History.

 15.  Frederick Jackson Turner and the Turner Thesis.

 16. W. E. B Du Bois and Carter Woodson.

 17. The “Annales” School (France): “mentalité” and “longue durée”.

 18. “New Left” and Women’s History”.

 19. The Enola Gay Controversy and Modern History Writing.

 20. Postmodernism and History Writing.
 



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