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Term Paper Topics 16th Waves 2013 March
Seminar Historiography



Note : Students are free to browse the topic lists for past Historiography Seminars at KMLA for unused topics

(1)      Hyejin      The explanation of disasters in Chinese historiography
(2)           The explanation of disasters in Indian historiography
(3)           The explanation of disasters in Islamic historiography
(4)           The explanation of disasters in Medieval European historiography
(5)      Assassin      The explanation of disasters in Ancient Greek and Roman historiography

(6)           British historians and the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857-1858
(7)           South Asian historians and the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857-1858
(8)           British historians and the Mughal Empire
(9)           South Asian historians and the Mughal Empire

(10)           Historiography of Indonesia
(11)           Historiography of Ukraine
(12)           Historiography of Nigeria

(13)           The history of history class in Korean high schools
(14)           History of the Korean historical tv drama
(15)           Pseudohistorical literature in the ROK
(16)           The historical documentary in the ROK

History is not only object of academic discourse, but may serve political purpose, may be used to justify political positions. Such usage is to be examined in the following papers.
(17)      Soho      The usage of history in political discourses : Colonial Korea
(18)           The usage of history in political discourses : ROC / PRC
(19)           The usage of history in political discourses : FRG / GDR
(20)           The usage of history in political discourses : Palestine/Israel
(21)           The usage of history in political discourses : India-Pakistan

(22)           The treatment of dictators in history books : Russia
(23)      Kangaroo      The treatment of dictators in history books : Korea
(24)           The treatment of dictators in history books : Pakistan
(25)           The treatment of dictators in history books : Turkey
(26)           The treatment of dictators in history books : Argentina and Chile

Historical accounts/analyses covering the 20th century have to be political correct, as there are many sensitive issues. In the following paper topics, students are to reexamine the historical figure while trying to apply modern standards of political correctness.
(27)           Political Correctness and Historiography : Alexander the Great
(28)           Political Correctness and Historiography : Hernan Cortes
(29)           Political Correctness and Historiography : Genghis Khan
(30)           Political Correctness and Historiography : Henry Ford

(31)           History as Covered in Comic Books

(32)           When Natural Scientists Write on History
(33)           When Archaeologists Write on History

(34)           History as Seen by Colonial Societies : Colonial Kenya
(35)           History as Seen by Colonial Societies : Colonial Algeria
(36)           History as Seen by Colonial Societies : Colonial Rhodesia
(37)           History as Seen by Colonial Societies : South Africa 1910-1994
(38)           History as Seen by Colonial Societies : French Indochina
(39)           History as Seen by Colonial Societies : British India

other topics of similar scope are acceptable, if agreed to by the teacher.

Useful links :
Overviews :
Article Historiography, Wikipedia
h2g2, Various Historical Methods, or How to Do History, The Rankean School of Thought, The Annales School of Thought

Institutions :
ICHTH The International Commission for Historiography and the Theory of Historiography

Important Works of/on Historiography, Online
Herodotus, Histories (430 to 424 BCE), Greek and English text, Internet Sacred Text Archive
Wikipedia Article on Sima Qian, Records of the Grand Historian 109-91 BCE
Froissart, Chronicles, 12 vols. 1373-1400
Ibn Khaldun, Muqaddimah (1377), trsl. F. Rosenthal
Leopold von Ranke, History of the Reformation in Germany 1845, GB

Important Works of/on Historiography, Print
General Reference : Ernst Breisach, Historiography Ancient, Medieval and Modern, Chicago : UP (1983) 2007, KMLA Lib. Call Sign 907.2 B 835h
D.R. Woolf (ed.), A Global Encyclopedia of Historical Writing, NY : Garland, 2 vols. 1998 [G]

See also
Timeline Famous Historians
Dates in the History of Prehistory
Dates in the History of Archaeology
Dates in the History of the Periodization of History

WHKMLA pages on past Historiography Seminars
12th wave, Spring 2009
13th wave, Spring 2010
14th wave, Spring 2011 (course was cancelled)

Food for Thought
Antoon de Baets, Censorship of History Textbooks, Published as : Antoon de Baets, "History : School Curricula and Textbooks", in : Derek Jones, ed., Censorship : A World Encyclopedia (London/Chicago, Fitzroy Dearborn 2002), pp.1067?73
Index Librorum Prohibitorum 1948; ILP 1900 ed., IA
M.E. Woods, Report on the teaching of history in the schools of Germany and Belgium 1902, IA
E, Dodge, The teaching of history in girls' schools in North and Central Germany, 1908, IA
P.T. Nagy, The historical and political context of the teaching of history before and after the collapse of Communism, IA; Teaching history as teaching of pluralism. In: International Society for History Didactics, 1999. No.1. pp.78-86
B.L. Pierce, Public opinion and the teaching of history in the United States, 1926, IA
Review of Power for a Price: Office Purchase, Elite Families, and Status Maintenance in Qing China 2010 thesis; see Kim Young Yoon, Posthumous Appointment to government positions in Korea (KMLA 2009)

Not necessarily reliable, but entertaining
Mad Revisionist, The Irish Famine of the 1840s, a Sinister Fraud
Wikipedia, Moon Landing Conspiracy Theories
Museum of Hoaxes : History Hoaxes
Wikipedia : Popish Plot (Titus Oates, 1678-1681)
P.B. Gallagher, How Venice Rigged The First, and Worst, Global Financial Collapse 1995 [refering to the 1340s]
One Evil, Evil People : Franz Xaver Werntz, S.J.
Why Physical Silver ? (No title; history of attempts to control financial system)


Keene 1891 : Text-book of Indian history for Indian schools



         November 13th 2012          Alexander Ganse






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