We have two topics to discuss today. In the first half of class, we will attempt to piece together your work from yesterday. In the second half, I will introduce you to different ways of looking at history, called Historical Schools.
- We need to collate your work from yesterday. Each group will provide us the basics about the event/issue/person examined.
- Everyone needs to add these to their notes. Your notes may be hand-written or electronic, using the program of your choice. Consider the method of organization you will use: flow charts, diagrams, or simple notes are all reasonable choices.
- We will discuss the findings as a whole, and attempt to come to a more complex understanding of America’s relationship with the Middle East and Islamic states.
First, don’t think of “schools” as buildings or places. The term school can also refer to a school of thought, meaning a way of approaching certain issues from a consistent theoretical perspective. For historians, belonging to a certain school or tradition shapes the way they research, argue, and write.
I need you to find a partner and lay claim to one of the Historical Schools listed on pages 7-9 in your text. Here they are:
In 25 minutes, I need you:
- to explain this school to the class
- to provide at least one clear event/issue/person from history that would interest an historian who belonged to the school. Be prepared to your reasoning
Please remember that you have a wide range of sources you can consult online, too.