Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Historical Methods: What We Read This Semester

Today is the last day of my sophomore-level Historical Methods course at Messiah College.  I am now ready to reveal my reading list. Since I am an American historian, you will notice that it is highly driven by sources from my area of expertise



John Fea, “Research as Relationship

Gordon Wood, The Purpose of the Past, 2-16. 


John Tosh, “Historical Awareness” in The Pursuit of History, Ch. 1.

John Fea, “In Search of a Useable Past,” (book manuscript)

Roy Rosenzweig & David Thelen, The Presence of the Past, Ch. 1

Stephanie Lawson, “Is the Future a Foreign County?” Australian Journal of Politics & History   

Brad Gregory, “The Other Confessional History,” History and Theory 45 (2006).  (JSTOR) 


Donald Yerxa and Karl Giberson, “Providence and the Christian Scholar,” Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies XI (1999), 123-140.

Peter Hoffer, “Historians Confront the Problem of Evil,” in The Historian’s Paradox, Ch. 9

John Fea, “Christian Resources for the Study of the Past.” (Book manuscript)

George Marsden, “Human Depravity: A Neglected Explanatory Category,” in Wilfred McClay, ed., Figures in the Carpet, 15-32.

John Fea, “The Power to Transform,” (Book manuscript) 

“The Way of Improvement Leads Home” series

So What CAN You Do With a History Major?”


James Banner, Being a Historian, Ch. 5

Five Tips for New Public Historians,” History@Work Blog           

Suzanne Fischer, “On the Vocation of Public History.”



Roy Rosenzweig, “Scarcity or Abundance? Preserving the Past in a Digital Era,” The American Historical Review 108:3 (June 2003), 735-763.



Websites (Browse before class): Valley of the Shadow, Digitizing Early Washington

Rhys Isaac “A Discourse on Method, Action, Structure, and Meaning,” in The Transformation of Virginia, 1740-1790

Clifford Geertz, “Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight,”

Baylor Institute for Oral History: “Introduction to Oral History

William Cronon, “A Place for Stories: Nature, History, and Narrative,” Journal of American History 78 (March 1992), 1347-1376.  

Jill Lepore, Historical Writing and the Revival of Narrative, Nieman Reports, Spring 2002.

Allen Mikaelian, “Historians vs. Evolution,” AHA Today, May 9, 2012.

Jill Lepore: “Historians Who Love to Much: Reflections on Microhistory and Biography,” Journal of American History 88 (June 2011), 129-144.

Richard D. Brown, “Microhistory and the Post-Modern Challenege, Journal of the Early Republic 23 (Spring 2003).  (JSTOR)

John Fea, “Philip Vickers Fithian’s Rural Enlightenment,” Journal of American History (Sept. 2003), 462-490

“Is Intellectual History a Neglected Field?” Historically Speaking 

Scott A. Sandage, “A Marble House Divided: The Lincoln Memorial, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Politics of Memory, 1939-1963,” Journal of American History 80 (June 1993): 135-167 

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, “How Betsy Ross Became Famous,” Common-Place October 2007.




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