Best Assigned Readings (Fall 13)

These were the most memorable readings I was assigned from my last term of classes.

  • Elizabeth A. Clark, History, Theory, Text: Historians and the Linguistic Turn, (Harvard 2004). Read it for an introductory course in historiography. Provides a whirlwind turn of the 20th century’s leading historiographical schools and controversies.
  • Benjamin Kaplan, Divided by Faith: Religious Conflict and the Practice of Toleration in Early Modern Europe, (Belknap, 2010). Read it for a course in ecclesiology. Informative and entertaining. Filled with the kind of anecdotes to which historians are privy, and novelists envy.
  • Quentin Skinner, “Sir Geoffrey Elton and the Practice of History,” in Transactions of the Royal Historical Society 7 (1997): 301-316. Also read this one for historiography. Elton was a leading mid-twentieth century historian who advocated for a typically modernist, scientific approach to historical inquiry. Skinner helpfully brings to view some of the grave problems with Elton’s approach.
  • Merry Wiesner-Hanks, “Women, Gender, and Church History,” in Church History, vol. 71, (2002): 600-620. Read this one for historiography too. Clearly I was impressed by the readings for that class. Provides a balanced history of the rise of feminist historiography and examines its current status.
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