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Saturday, August 18, 2018

HIST 190: Historical Research Methods Syllabus, Autumn 2018 (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
Click here for the other half of this two-part syllabus post:
Weeks 1-8                  Weeks 9-16

Method and Theory in History
(History Workshop)
History 190
Autumn 2018
Tuesday and Thursday
7:10-10:00 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.
Green, Anna and Kathleen Troup. The Houses of History.
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) 
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.

Evaluation
Quizzes                                                 10%        Every Session
Research Proposal Letter                     15%        Week Five
Exam I                                                   10%        Week Seven
Research Proposal (Skeletal Version)  15%        Week Ten
Exam II                                                  10%        Week Fifteen
Presentation                                          10%        Week Sixteen
10,000-word Research Proposal           30%        Finals Week

Students with diverse learning styles and needs are welcome in this course.
In particular, if you have a physical, psychological, medical, or learning disability or health consideration that may impact your coursework and/or require accommodations, please feel free to approach me and/or the Learning Enrichment and Disability Services (LEADS) located on 2nd floor Pearsons (north side), 608-363-2572, learning@beloit.edu, or make an appointment through joydeleon.youcanbook.me. LEADS will work with you to determine what accommodations are necessary and appropriate.  Contact that office promptly, however, since accommodations are not retroactive. Every effort will be made to give you agency over disclosure of your disability status. Confidentiality is maintained to the extent possible but at times others need to know to some information to provide you appropriate accommodations. 
 HIST 190
Historical Research Methods (History Workshop) 
Autumn 2018
Week IX 
Tuesday, October 23
Round and Square See separate Round and Square syllabus
New York Review of Books See separate New York Review of Books syllabus 

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
        The Skill Set of the Historian
        History, the Historian, and the Humanities
Thursday, October 25
Geil, Ocean and Isle
        Table of Contents (read carefully)
        All 100 Photographs (look through them all)  
Doylestown Historical Society Online Archive 
Work through the DHS website, and check the DVDs on library reserve if you wish. Work systematically (as we have done in class), and save files you might need for your final proposals onto a disk you can access while writing. If you are "done" with Geil, let me know about where the rest of your research is going. Whether or not you are using DHS, search specifically for research items for your own proposal (think of Presnell's book; use "everything"). Send me an e-mail by 11:00 p.m. telling me how the process went.
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Week X
(October 30, November 1)
Round and Square See separate Round and Square syllabus
New York Review of Books See separate New York Review of Books syllabus 
Tuesday, October 30
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
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
Thursday, November 1
Geil, A Yankee on the Yangtze
Table of Contents (read carefully)
All 100 Photographs (look through them all)
Doylestown Historical Society Online Archive 
Work through the DHS website, and check the DVDs on library reserve if you wish. Work systematically (as we have done in class), and save files you might need for your final proposals onto a disk you can access while writing. If you are "done" with Geil, let me know about where the rest of your research is going. Whether or not you are using DHS, search specifically for research items for your own proposal (think of Presnell's book; use "everything"). Send me an e-mail by 11:00 p.m. telling me how the process went.
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Week XI
(November 6, 8)
          Prologue: Aboard the Olympic
          Part I: Frozen Music
          Part II: An Awful Fight
          Part III: In the White City
          Part IV: Cruelty Revealed
          Epilogue: The Last Crossing
          Notes and Sources
          Bibliography
Thursday, November 8
Geil, A Yankee in Pigmy Land
            Table of Contents (read carefully)
             All 100 Photographs (look through them all)
Doylestown Historical Society Online Archive 
Work through the DHS website, and check the DVDs on library reserve if you wish. Work systematically (as we have done in class), and save files you might need for your final proposals onto a disk you can access while writing. If you are "done" with Geil, let me know about where the rest of your research is going. Whether or not you are using DHS, search specifically for research items for your own proposal (think of Presnell's book; use "everything"). Send me an e-mail by 11:00 p.m. telling me how the process went.
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Week XII
(November 13, 15)
          Tricks
          Imagery
          Sampling
          Concepts
           Logic
Thursday, November 15
Geil, The Great Wall of China
            Table of Contents (read carefully)
             All 100 Photographs (look through them all)  
Doylestown Historical Society Online Archive 
Work through the DHS website, and check the DVDs on library reserve if you wish. Work systematically (as we have done in class), and save files you might need for your final proposals onto a disk you can access while writing. If you are "done" with Geil, let me know about where the rest of your research is going. Whether or not you are using DHS, search specifically for research items for your own proposal (think of Presnell's book; use "everything"). Send me an e-mail by 11:00 p.m. telling me how the process went.
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Week XIII

Tuesday, November 27
Round and Square See separate Round and Square syllabus
New York Review of Books See separate New York Review of Books syllabus  
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
Thursday, November 29
Geil, The Eighteen Capitals of China
            Table of Contents (read carefully)
             All 100 Photographs (look through them all)   
Doylestown Historical Society Online Archive 
Work through the DHS website, and check the DVDs on library reserve if you wish. Work systematically (as we have done in class), and save files you might need for your final proposals onto a disk you can access while writing. If you are "done" with Geil, let me know about where the rest of your research is going. Whether or not you are using DHS, search specifically for research items for your own proposal (think of Presnell's book; use "everything"). Send me an e-mail by 11:00 p.m. telling me how the process went.
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Tuesday, December 4
Presnell, The Information Literate Historian, 168-321
     History and the Internet
     Maps: From Simple to Geographic Information Systems  
     Beyond the Written Word...
     Statistics: Quantifying History  
     Presenting Your Research
Booth, The Craft of Research, 153-276
     Warrants
     Planning
     Drafting Your Report
     Revising Your Organization and Argument
     Communicating Evidence Visually
     Introductions and Conclusions
     Revising Style: Telling Your Story Clearly
     Some Last Considerations

Thursday, December 6
Exam II (in class)
Week XVI
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[b] Method RF
Click here for the other half of this two-part syllabus post:
Weeks 1-8                  Weeks 9-16

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