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HIST 3199 Study and Writing of History: Social Biography (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

This course is about the pursuit of the mundane, the personal, and the micro-level in order to reveal the political, the collective, and the macro-level. Students will use personal narratives (diaries, letters, interviews) to reconstruct individual lives of regular people and see these lives as windows onto larger phenomena in history. In other words, this is an exercise in social biography. A social biography is not about the lives and works of great men, but about how the life experience of a regular person is both symptomatic and constitutive of the society at large.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Dana Sajdi

Prerequisites: The History Core, Parts I and II; History Major Standing

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Last Updated: 18-Feb-16