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HIST 3201 Study and Writing of History: Material Culture (Fall: 3 )

Course Description

Students will learn to write history using things as well as texts. We will begin the course by reading secondary literature on how to read objects. Each student, in consultation with the professor, will then choose a kind of material evidence, a period and a topic, and the rest of the semester will be devoted to learning how to research and write an ambitious and original research paper. Topics in the past have included: Late-Roman women's fashion and social status in Roman floor mosaics; Grave-goods and the construction of early medieval childhood; Union and southern American Civil War amputation kits; British and American World War II ration cookbooks; and a comparative study of Soviet and American bomb shelters during the Cold War.

Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Robin Fleming

Prerequisites: The History Core, Parts I and II.

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Last Updated: 24-Jun-17