Social Theory For Historians


Course provides firm foundation in major social concepts that frame and animate much history writing: race, class, gender, status, state, structure, power, inequality, alienation, bureaucracy, capitalism, colonialism, imperialism, society. Reading classic primary texts from the 18th to 20th century, we examine major arguments made with these concepts, historical circumstances they responded to, and weigh their significance past and present. Secondary narrative studies will help frame our inquiries. If you don't control the theory, the theory will control you. Ease with social theory will make you a better and less anxious historian. Instructor: Ho

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