HIS 378 HIS378 Week 2 DQ 1 Social History (Ashford)

HIS 378 HIS378 Week 2 DQ 1 Social History (Ashford)

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Ashford HIS 378 Week 2 Discussion 1 Social History

Social History. 1st Post Due by Day 3.

Prepare: Read
Tosh, John.
The Pursuit of History: Aims, Methods and New Directions in the Study of History (6th ed.). New

York: Routledge, 2015.

  • Chapter 4: The Raw Materials

  • Chapter 5: Using the Sources

  • Chapter 8: History and Social Theory

    Hopkins, Eric. “The Mid- Century Years” in Industrialization and Society: A Social History, 1830-1951. London: Routledge, 2000, 21-56. Accessed December 9, 2015. ebrary. 

    Reflect: Historians often employ a theoretical framework in answering their research questions. This framework is based upon the experience of the historian, the sources he/she has used and/or plan on using, the research question he/she is interested in, and the state of the historical field. Reflect on Chapter 8 of Tosh, the assigned chapter of Hopkins, your final project topic, and your study of history to this point. Reflecting on your final project topic, what research questions would be asked by social historians on this subject? What sources would they use? Does your understanding of history lend itself to using a social historical approach? Why or why not?

    Write: Social history developed as a form of analysis after the Second World War and has been incredibly influential within the discipline of history, directly leading to the topics we will be looking at next week: gender analysis and post-colonial theory.

    In your post, reflect upon the development of social history.

    • Reflecting upon the social climate at the time, postulate on why social history expanded in the 1950s and

      1960s.

    • What questions do social historians seek to answer?

    • How did the writings of Karl Marx influence the development of social history?

    • Is it possible to employ “non-Marxist” social history? Why or why not? Where does the chapter from

      Hopkins fit in?

    • What are the potential strengths and weaknesses to this approach?

    • How might your topic be examined by using a social historical approach?

      Your initial post should be at least 250 to 300 words in length. Support your claims with examples from required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references in CMS format. 


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