7AAH2002 Approaches to Early Modern History
Credit value: 40
Module convenor/tutor 2019/20: Dr Hannah Dawson
Teaching pattern: 20 x 2-hour weekly seminars
Assessment: 2 x 4000-word essays (50% each)
Students are reassessed in the failed elements of assessment and by the same methods as the first attempt.
The modules offered in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand: there is no guarantee every module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary between years.
The study of early modern history at graduate level requires students to acquire important insights and skills that they may not have encountered in their undergraduate degrees. With the coming of printing and the increasing complexity of social and cultural interaction that it made possible, the quantity of sources expanded exponentially. The gradual breakdown of the Church in Protestant Europe and the demise of Latin as the language of government during this period means that the linguistic and palaeographic skills required of historians become more complex. This compulsory module introduces students to the various approaches to writing the history of early modern Europe and to the specific skills required to research early modern topics. Students will be expected to prepare reading for every session and to play an active part in all discussions, for example by preparing short papers as appropriate.