Early American History | History 2600


This graduate seminar explores the historiography of early America.  Readings proceed chronologically, from 1492 to 1800.  But since what constitutes “early America” is in dispute, we begin with that debate. While the emphasis in this course is on historiographical development over the course of the twentieth century, rather than on the most dazzling work of the past few years, certain recent trends emerge on this syllabus:  the interest on global or at least transatlantic approaches and the rise of both cultural history and what some scholars call the “new political history.”  At the end of the semester, you should have gained pretty thorough knowledge of the development of the field, its chief debates, the methods that have dominated it, along with a proficiency in writing historiographically.