Pick a topic in this course and design a research question focusing on the historiography of this topic; i.e. the history of how this topic has been studied and interpreted by historians over the years. You are encouraged to seek your own sources but as a guide consult the readings suggested at the start of the unit.
Submit a research essay proposal including the following information:
1. The essay question you have designed. NB This must be a question, not a vague topic, because your essay will be marked according to the question you have designed.
2. One page describing how you will approach this essay, explaining what questions or issues you will focus on; why these are significant; and what kind of sources will be most useful for your project. You must include some reference to potential primary sources. Include short answers to the following questions:
What is my topic about?
Who are the major historians who have written about this topic?
What other secondary sources will I need to shed light on my topic?
Are there other themes or issues I need to explore in order to understand this topic properly? E.g. do I need to find out more about socialist vs. liberal arguments? Do I need to understand concepts such as ‘memory’, ‘gender’ or ‘identity’?
3. An annotated bibliography of five of the most useful secondary sources for researching this essay. (Your major research essay will of course require more than five sources!)
This is an historiographical task which assesses whether students have understood the topic; shown good judgement in the kinds of historical sources required for 300-level university history essays; and understood how and why different historians have different approaches to or interpretations of historical events.
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