Category: Methodology

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Is Historical Research Science?

Following my last post regarding the benefits of the historical approach, various conversations with friends and colleagues have encouraged me to further consider the historian’s methodology. One of the main points of discussion is whether historians and historical research can be thought of as objective in the same sense generally intended...

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History for Pragmatists

I am not a historian. I did not study History as an undergraduate or at Master’s degree level. I personally have no particular interest in history for its own sake. And I still do not fully understand why some historians (including friends I know and love) choose to study certain...

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Not (just) a Parlour Game: in Defence of Counterfactual History

The classic examples roll off the tongue easily, crystallized into cliché by decades of pop culture exposure: What if the Third Reich had won the Second World War? What if the Spanish Armada had not failed in 1588? What if the Confederacy had triumphed in the US Civil War in...

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“Perpetrators or Victims? Understanding the Hitler Youth Generation” Presentation notes and PowerPoint

Thank you for all who came to the Contemporary History Workshop presentation (and especially to the conveyors!) on Feb 24, 2015 at Cambridge University. We had a great discussion with a lot of questions concerning the ‘perpetratorhood’ and ‘victimhood’ of the Hitler Youth generation. There is, of course, no direct...