As part of my putting together the new ‘Rethinking History’ module at the University of Liverpool, I’m compiling a glossary of terms with which History students should be familiar.
We’re thinking of this second-year undergraduate module as “historiography without the isms”. That doesn’t mean there will be no theory, rather it means we won’t be using the history of History, with a succession of ‘isms’ and schools as the framework. Instead of the old-fashioned and only sometimes high-quality lectures on Marxist History or the Annales School, there will be no lectures at all. Most of the module will be two-hour seminars on different themes dealt with by historians, each led by a historian with an interest in that area. This means the different approaches to History will be met not in dry lectures, but by working through specific issues, questions and themes. All of which makes this glossary quite an important document for them to return to throughout the module and perhaps beyond.
So, what terms would you want to see in such a glossary and how would you define them?
I’ll update this post with replies I get via twitter or facebook,
but feel free to offer suggestions in the comments section below.