Lecture on Western History

Numbering Code U-EDU01 20147 LJ38 Year/Term 2022 ・ Year-round
Number of Credits Course Type Lecture
Target Year From 2nd to 4th year students Target Student
Language Japanese Day/Period Tue.4
Instructor name KANAZAWA SHUUSAKU (Graduate School of Letters Professor)
Outline and Purpose of the Course Approach to historical study through Historiography.
While the past is unalterable, history (or historiography) changes, as it is a way of understanding the past. Thus, learning history does not mean merely memorizing as many as possible historical facts about the past; rather, it means appreciating the vicissitudes and variations in the past ways of understanding the past. As the modern methods of historical study were born in 19th-century Europe, it is especially important to learn about the long trajectory of European ways of understanding the past.
Course Goals The specific goals of this course are learning the history of European historical writing and understanding the major methodologies used in contemprary historical research.
Schedule and Contents The following topics will be discussed (see the Japanese syllabus for further details).

Part I: Introduction
Part II: From the beginning of the modern historiography to the post-modern historical studies
* The birth of modern historiography: Ranke, Burckhardt, Marx, and Weber
* The Annales school
* Some controversial problems: controversy on the crisis of the seventeenth century, memory studies and history of emotion
Part III: Pre-modern European historiography
* Ancient Greek and Roman historiography
* Medieval historical writing
* Historical writings from the Renaissance to Enlightenment
Evaluation Methods and Policy Students will be assessed by two research papers which they will write on the topics of the lecture.
Course Requirements None
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) As a reading list will be provided every week, each student is expected to read the recommended books according to his/her interest.
Textbooks Textbooks/References Not fixed
References, etc. 服部良久・南川高志・小山哲・金澤周作 『人文学への接近法??西洋史を学ぶ』 (京都大学学術出版会、2010年) ISBN:978-4-87698-948-5
金澤周作監修『論点・西洋史学』(ミネルヴァ書房、2020年) ISBN:978-4-62308-779-2