History of historiography is neither philosophy of history nor history of historians. It studies not only how idea of history changed along the centuries, but also how and where history had been put in practice. Then history of hitoriography analyzes changes, evolutions and widening in the topics studied by historians. In this sense institution and development of modern universities in XIX and XX c. pushed all this drastically. Fort these reasons studying history of historiography is introductory to all studies in medieval, modern or contemporary history.
Course aims at following the evolution in methods of international historical writing reading some major ‘handbooks’, ‘guides’, textbooks written by the most distinguished historians in 19. and 20. c. These relevant books ‘summarized’ major changes in a ceaseless historiographical change and renewal.
Among the course’s topics, after a brief introduction, the student will meet books by 1. Voltaire, 2. G. Droysen, 3. K. Marx, 4. J. Burkhardt, 5. C.V Langlois - C. Seignobois, 6. F.W. Nietsche, 7. H. Berr, 8. M. Bloch, 9. H. Lefebvre, 10. P.-M. Veyne, 11. L. Febvre, 12. G. Barraclough, 13. W. McNeill, 14. E.H. Carr, 15. J. Topolski, 16. A. Marwick, 17. F. Braudel, 18. J. Le Goff - P. Nora, 19. C. Ginzburg, 20. R. Koselleck, 21. M. De Certeau, 22. H. White, 23. G. Iggers, 24. J.W. Scott, 25. I. Vansina, 26. E. Said, 27. I. Wallerstein, 28. P. Burke - R. Chartier, 29. H. Wehler - J. Kocka, 30. J. Tosh - P. Burke - A. Prost - D. Cannadine, 31. G. Iggers - Q.E. Wang, 32. up to Oxford history of historical writing Vol. 4: 1800-1945 (S. Macintyre, J. Maiguashca, A. Pok) and Vol. 5: since 1945 (A. Schneider, D. Woolf).
In order to pass the examination students are expected 1. To attend the course, 2. To study some chapters from the books mentioned in Bibliography, 3. To pass a written examination (with some combination of multiple choice, short answer, and/or essays, but emphasizing questions requiring written responses), 4. To write a paper on a book at student’s choice.
Active participation of students who can attend the course will be encouraged. Final grade will take into account this active participation (10 per cent of the total grade), a written examination with questions on the general features of the history of historiography (50 per cent of the total grade), and a short written review (3000-6000 words) of a good monograph at the student’s choice from a list to be prepared by the teacher (40 per cent of total grade).