The history of history reflects the major currents of western civilization. Commented reading of principal historians according to the following schema : their conception of history and centres of interest, wealth of information, the quality of their critique, literary form. The course is dedicated to humanism, rationalism, romanticism, liberalism, positivism, marxism and new tendencies in history.
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At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :
By the end of this course, the student should be capable of analysing a text by an historian from the end of the Middle Ages, modern times or the contemporary period. Moreover, documentation being more abundant now, students should be able to compare the different versions that may be given of the same realities.
The lecture shows the evolution of the historical discipline from the ancient times to the beginning of the 20th century. The main topic is related to historian's working practices: use of sources, impact of belief and society, historical methods and writing forms. Il includes the presentation of some insitutions, of the main historiographical trends (universal history, humanism, romanticism, scholarly historiography ...) and of some major historians (Hérodote, Tacite, Froissart, Pasquier, Mabillon, Voltaire, Michelet, Pirenne, etc.).
Bibliographical notice on a historian (10%) oral an written exam (90%) based on the content of the course. A sample of questions (general; on a particular period or an historian) is given at the end of the spring term.
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