by La Trobe University
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‘Making History’ aims to give students an understanding of the role and importance of historiography (the particular ‘spin’ or interpretation in history) and an awareness of significant historiographical changes in the discipline of history as a whole.
Emphasis will be placed on the way in which changes in thinking about the present have affected the shaping of the past and the debates surrounding each point of historiographical change. The first series of lectures will cover national, transnational, global and postcolonial historiographical shifts. These categories co-ordinate closely with concerns over the ‘hegemony of Western thought’ but also reflect changing national concerns within specific countries in the East and West. The second will explore more conceptual areas of historical thought: social/cultural, environmental, women and the body. These often critique the meta-narratives of ‘history as progress’ and ‘history from above.’
|1||The Human Body and the Telling of History||Histories of the body have been powerfully shaped by the work of the French philosopher Michel Foucault who examined the ways in which the body was shaped by the medico-political space.||23:52||Free||View in iTunes|
|2||The Relevance of Environment in History||Analyses of space and place often intersect with history making. An increasing awareness of climate change has made some Australian historians particularly aware of the ways in which the landscape and the land has shaped the Australian sense of ‘self’||31:52||Free||View in iTunes|
|3||The Importance of Women's History||Women’s history closely aligns with cultural and social history in its inclusive approach. It emerged alongside the cultural turn in the 1990s as key-defining category of historical inquiry.||14:35||Free||View in iTunes|
|4||How Materials can be Used to Make History||The cultural ‘turn’ of the 1990s remains one of the most powerful influences in modern history writing. Cultural historians often emphasise everyday life within historical societies and rely on methodologies borrowed from anthropology.||23:52||Free||View in iTunes|
|5||The Telling of Civil Rights||The history of civil rights in the US has been dominated by debates on the role of Martin Luther King. Some historians have argued for a longer history of civil rights extending from well before King’s speech.||17:28||Free||View in iTunes|
|6||Postcolonialism and Making History||Postcolonial histories generally focus on the relationship between the colonizing country and the colonized peoples (in this case, Japan and Koreans) in specific historical contexts.||12:43||Free||View in iTunes|
|7||Global History and World History||Global histories began to appear in the 1990s though they emerged in response to the grand world histories of William McNeill some years earlier.||15:05||Free||View in iTunes|
|8||The Transnational Approach to History||Transnational history challenges the rigid framework of national history. It examines history from the perspective of the global circulation of ideas and is particularly relevant to Australian historians seeking a broader, more expansive framework.||14:23||Free||View in iTunes|
|9||How is Chinese History Distinctive?||The historian was defined as scribe and astrologer in ancient China. He played a sophisticated role within the dynastic political culture of the Chinese historical past.||25:47||Free||View in iTunes|
|10||The Origin of Ancient History||The great Greek historians Herodotus (c. 484-420 BCE) and Thucydides (c.460-400 BCE) provided some of the most important models for historians until the modern period.||23:26||Free||View in iTunes|