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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2022-23

HIST 96.27 Great Historians: Classic Works from Herodotus to Du Bois

This course aims to introduce students to the craft of history via an exploration of the writings of some of the most celebrated historians in the Western tradition. The readings, which range from the 6th century BCE through the 19th century, are all canonical and though none is without its shortcomings, each has endured for good reason.  We will spend the course reading these works closely and critically, cultivating both an appreciative sense of what they do well and a critical sense of where they fall short. In the process, we will consider the methods, aims, purposes, and value of history itself.



Degree Requirement Attributes

Dist:SOC; WCult:W

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Department-Specific Course Categories

Class of 2023 and Before Major Dist: EUR, pre-1800; Class of 2024 and Beyond: Europe, premodern.


  • Spring