Thursday, September 22, 2016
Master's seminar introduction to historiography and WW1
Questions on « L’historiographie » by Nicolas Offenstadt, chapters one and two.
These questions are to help launch a discussion in class. Questions will be posted here every Thursday so come back often.
How does Offenstadt look at the question of the position of the historians themselves ?
What are some of the uses of history which Offenstadt refers to ?
Might some of these be still relevant today concerning writings on the First World War ?
What is « présentisme » ? Can you think of any examples which Offenstadt does not mention ?
What is or was the linguistic turn ?
(internet research) :
1. How long were
a) the Middle Ages
b) the long eighteenth century
c) the short twentieth century
2. Why did historians invent these periods ?
3. Who is Hayden White and what are his main ideas ?