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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Historical Research Methods Syllabus, Autumn 2017 (b)

On this date on Round and Square's History 
18 August 2016
18 August 2015
18 August 2014
18 August 2013
18 August 2012
18 August 2011
[a] Perspective RF
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Weeks 1-8                  Weeks 9-16

Method and Theory in History
(History Workshop)
History 190
Autumn 2017
Tuesday and Thursday
12:00-2:00 p.m.

Robert André LaFleur                                              Office Hours:
Morse Ingersoll 206                                                  Tuesday      4:00-5:30
363-2005                                                                     Thursday    4:00-5:30           
lafleur@beloit.edu                                                      ...or by appointment                 

Required Books           
Becker, Howard. Tricks of the Trade.
Booth, Wayne. The Craft of Research.
Duby, Georges. History Continues.
Larson, Erik. Devil in the White City. 
Lin, Jennifer. Shanghai Faithful.
Presnell, Jenny. The Information-Literate Historian.
Raab, Nigel. Who is the Historian?
Peacock, James. The Anthropological Lens.
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Research notebook (preferred copies available at the bookstore)
Chicago Manual of Style Guidelines (available at the bookstore) 
Round and Square (www.robert-lafleur.blogsot.com)
The New York Review of Books (NYRB)

Readings Available in .pdf Format
Geil, William Edgar. Adventures in the African Jungle Hunting Pigmies (1917).
Geil, William Edgar. China's Sacred 5 (1926).
Geil, William Edgar. The Isle That Is Called Patmos (1896, 1904).
Stead, William T. William Edgar Geil: The Missionary Missioner (1910).
Wilson, William Whitwell. An Explorer of Changing Horizons (1927).
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Doylestown Historical Society Geil Exhibit (2010) 
Newspaper Articles with a Geil Focus 

Reserve Books
All books are on library reserve.

Course Description  
This course acquaints students with the different approaches to writing history by providing samples of the various ways in which historians (and non-historians) have treated problems in the past. The class also aims to give students experience doing history by working with various kinds of sources. Finally, the course seeks to excite students about the field of history by addressing the issue of why someone would want to become an historian. This course is required for all history majors, who should complete it by the end of their sophomore year or before they declare a major.
Course Description  
This course acquaints students with the different approaches to writing history by providing samples of the various ways in which historians (and non-historians) have treated problems in the past. The class also aims to give students experience doing history by working with various kinds of sources. Finally, the course seeks to excite students about the field of history by addressing the issue of why someone would want to become an historian. This course is required for all history majors, who should complete it by the end of their sophomore year or before they declare a major.
Evaluation
Quizzes                                                 10%        Every Session
Research Proposal Letter                     15%        Week Four
Exam I                                                   10%        Week Seven
Research Proposal (Skeletal Version)  15%        Week Nine
Exam II                                                  10%        Week Fifteen
Presentation                                          10%        Week Sixteen
10,000-word Research Proposal           30%       Week Sixteen

HIST 190
Method and Theory in History (History Workshop) 
Autumn 2017
Week IX 
Tuesday, October 24
Round and Square See separate Round and Square syllabus
Lin, Shanghai Faithful
  Part I—Foreign Ghosts
     Cook: Fujian Province, Mid-1800s
     Doctor: Fujian Province, 1890
     Firstborn: Fuzhou, 1907
  Part II—Patriots
     Light and Truth: Shanghai, 1913
     A Modern Man: Aboard the SS Nanking, 1918
     A Second Daughter: Fuzhou, 1920
     Running Dog: Fuzhou, 1924
     Alma Mater: Fuzhou, 1928
  Part III—A House Divided
     Watchman Nee: Shanghai, 1932
     Island of Shanghai: Shanghai, 1937
     Bund to Boardwalk: Shanghai, 1949
  Part IV—New Order
     American Wolves: Shanghai, 1950
     Missing: Shanghai, 1955
     Prelude: Shanghai, 1957

Thursday, October 26
 Lin, Shanghai Faithful
  Part V—Bad Elements
     Lane 170: Shanghai, 1966
     Yellow Music: Shanghai, 1968
     Barefoot Doctor: Jilin Province, 1969
     Passages: Shanghai, 1971
     Father, Hello! Shanghai, 1972
     Lost: Jilin Province, 1973
  Part VI—Revival
     Faith: Fuzhou, 2015
Geil, Ocean and Isle
            Table of Contents (read carefully)
             All 100 Photographs (look through them all)   
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Research Proposal (Skeletal Version) Assignment Due on 
Sunday, October 29 at 5:00 (hard copy in my office—MI 206)
Click Here to Review the Late Assignment Policy 
 
Week X
(October 31, November 2)
Tuesday, October 31
Larson, Devil in the White City, 1-231
          Prologue: Aboard the Olympic
          Part I: Frozen Music
          Part II: An Awful Fight

Thursday, November 2
Larson, Devil in the White City, 233-429
          Part III: In the White City
          Part IV: Cruelty Revealed
          Epilogue: The Last Crossing
          Notes and Sources
          Bibliography
Geil, Ocean and Isle
            Table of Contents (read carefully)
             All 100 Photographs (look through them all)   

By Sunday, November 5 at 5:00 p.m.
Spend half an hour looking carefully through the DHS Online Archive. Look carefully for specific items relating to your research, historiographical themes, and see if you can see new angles that might help your own work. Send me an e-mail of at least a few short paragraphs to the instructor (lafleur@beloit.edu).
***  ***
Make sure you read the Final Research 
Proposal and Presentation Assignment (due on Week XVI)
Click Here to Review the Late Assignment Policy 

Week XI
(November 7, 9)
See my class attendance and participation policy  
Raab, What is the Historian?
        The Spaces in Which We Work
        The Sources We Use
        The Web of the Historian's Work
        The Historian in the Digital Age

Thursday, November 9
Raab, What is the Historian?
        The Skill Set of the Historian
        History, the Historian, and the Humanities    
Geil, A Yankee on the Yangtze
            Table of Contents (read carefully)
             All 100 Photographs (look through them all)   
 
By Sunday, November 12 at 5:00 p.m.
Doylestown Historical Society Online Archive 
In place of class time today, spend a full hour looking carefully through the DHS Online Archive. Start looking specifically for research items for your own proposal. Send me an e-mail by 5:00.
***  ***
Make sure you read the Final Research 
Proposal and Presentation Assignment (due on Week XVI)
Click Here to Review the Late Assignment Policy 

Week XII
(November 14, 16)
See my class attendance and participation policy  
Becker, Tricks of the Trade, 1-108
          Tricks
          Imagery
          Sampling
          Concepts
           Logic


Thursday, November 16
Becker, Tricks of the Trade, 109-214
          Concepts
           Logic

Geil, A Yankee in Pigmy Land
            Table of Contents (read carefully)
             All 100 Photographs (look through them all)

By Sunday, November 19 at 5:00 p.m. 
Doylestown Historical Society Online Archive 
In place of class time today, spend a full hour looking carefully through the DHS Online Archive. Start looking specifically for research items for your own proposal. Send me an e-mail by 5:00.
***  ***
Make sure you read the Final Research 
Proposal and Presentation Assignment (due on Week XVI)
Click Here to Review the Late Assignment Policy  
Week XIII
Geil, Adventures in the African Jungle Hunting Pigmies (1917)
     Off For Mombasa
     Pigmies of Long Ago
     Approaching Africa
     Billy is Kidnapped
     The Escape From The Fort
     Donkeys and Dangers
     The Land of the Lions
     Sure-Shot, the Missionary
     Billy Outwits a Lion
     Africa's Inland Sea
     Monkeys and Sleeping Sickness
     A Human Panther
     Over the Swamps Toward Sunset
     More Hobnobbing With Royalty
     Fever in the Foothills
     Termites and Driver Ants
     Snakes and Avalanches
     A Bag of Jiggers
     A Savage Welcome
     On a Curious Lake
     A Letter From the Explorer
     African Dwarfs, and Others
     The Forest of Eternal Twilight
     Pigmies At Last
     The Haunts of the Pigmies
     Pigmy Palaver
     The Burial of a Pigmy
     Lost in the Forest of the Pigmies
     A Letter Home
     A Visit to the Jolly Pigmies
     Still More Pigmies
     Wrecked in the Rapids
     Noble Lives


Presnell, The Information Literate Historian, 168-214 
     History and the Internet
     Maps: From Simple to Geographic Information Systems  
Booth, The Craft of Research, 153-202
     Warrants
     Planning
     Drafting Your Report

Thursday, November 30
Geil, The Great Wall of China
            Table of Contents (read carefully)
             All 100 Photographs (look through them all)   

By Sunday, December 3 at 5:00 p.m. 
Doylestown Historical Society Online Archive 
In place of class time today, spend a full hour looking carefully through the DHS Online Archive. Start looking specifically for research items for your own proposal. Send me an e-mail by 5:00.
***  ***
Make sure you read the Final Research 
Proposal and Presentation Assignment (due on Week XVI)
Click Here to Review the Late Assignment Policy  

Tuesday, December 5
Presnell, The Information Literate Historian, 215-321
     Beyond the Written Word...
     Statistics: Quantifying History  
     Presenting Your Research
Booth, The Craft of Research, 203-276
     Revising Your Organization and Argument
     Communicating Evidence Visually
     Introductions and Conclusions
     Revising Style: Telling Your Story Clearly
     Some Last Considerations
Geil, The Eighteen Capitals of China
            Table of Contents (read carefully)
             All 100 Photographs (look through them all)   

Thursday, December 7
Exam II (in-class on Thursday)
***  ***
Make sure you read the Final Research 
Proposal and Presentation Assignment (due on Week XVI)
Click Here to Review the Late Assignment Policy  
Week XVI
Tuesday, December 12
Presentations
***  ***
Final Draft of the Full Research Proposal Due by 10:00 p.m. 
(hard copy in my office, MI 111) on Wednesday, December 13.
Late assignments will be penalized.
[b] Method RF
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Weeks 1-8                  Weeks 9-16

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