The topic focuses on the study of the writing of history (historiography), introducing the main theoretical debates and methodological approaches within history that have developed from the nineteenth century. It guides students through different approaches to writing history and examines the roots of the current practices of historians in the 21st century. The topic introduces the practices of history, that is, the essential tasks of locating, accessing and analysing historical evidence. It will benefit anyone interested in learning about ways to understand and engage with the past.
Questions it asks include the following: Can historians be objective? Should politics and morality play any role in historical judgements? What is the relationship between history, literature, and philosophy? How do the upheavals of the present affect historians' accounts of the past? This topic explores such key questions about the nature of history and the study of the past.
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