Category: Methodology

Posts on methodology applicable to historical fields

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Interpreting Perpetrators

A recent interdisciplinary workshop at UCL, organised by the IAS Centre for Collective Violence, Holocaust and Genocide Studies and funded by the Octagon Small Grants Fund, entitled Interpreting Perpetrators aimed to shed light on some of the issues related to understanding, studying and representing perpetrators. The discussions were based on...

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Dark Tourism: Concept and Limitations

Recently, there has been a surge in interest in the phenomenon of dark tourism. A large upcoming conference in Glasgow along with many recent publications on the subject provide ample evidence of this phenomenon. Those studying the subject would argue this is a response to the growth and development in...

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Book Review: Michael Brenner’s Israel

Is Israel a state like any other? This is the controversial question that the famous German historian of Jewish history, Michael Brenner, has set out to answer in his latest book Israel. As you would expect, the history of Israel is highly contentious – prone to excessive politicisation, polemical debate...

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Using Photos as Historical Sources

My research into the work of the Women’s Timber Corps initiated me into the use of photographs as historical sources. Like many historians, I am in my comfort zone when using texts. Images, in contrast, I feel less sure about. As Holly highlighted in her recent post, historians need to...

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Reading Koselleck: A Guide for Historians

As a student of history, you are often asked (or perhaps even ask yourself) the point of what you are doing. What you study is over – ‘done and dusted’. The protagonists are often dead; the situation unchangeable. What can you achieve? Historians are notoriously bad at predicting the future;...

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Using Multiple Factor Analysis for Historical Research

In humanities research projects, big data is the next big thing. Where I study, at UCL, there is an entire department devoted to digital humanities. I don’t fully understand the relationship between the DH department and the history and German departments – all I know is that I want to experiment with big data methodologies in...

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What is Oral History?

‘Oral history is as old as the first recorded history and as new as the latest digital recorder.’ These are the first words of the ‘Oxford Handbook on Oral History’ which forecasts the transformation of this discipline throughout time. Following conversations with his contemporaries, in 431 BC, Thucydides famously recited...

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Digital Humanities: Bringing History to the Public

This article is the result of a conversation I had over Facebook messaging, in response to this HTTP article on digital humanities (DH). I have been living off campus in the so-called ‘real’ world for over a year now, having completed my MPhil in Renaissance Literature at the University of...