Fall 2022 - HIST 814 G100

Historical Methods (5)

Class Number: 3949

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    RCB 7102, Burnaby




The goal of this course it to expose students to different ways of writing history and how such ways have been utilized in different geographical and thematic areas. We will often examine similar approaches for different regions or periods as for example in weeks 5 and 12 when we read books on Ottoman and Global history but also how to approach environmental and ecological history. Similarly on weeks 1 and 12 we are reading books that are very different methodologically and have different audiences in mind but both deal with Early Modern European history, and more specifically of the early modern Mediterranean. In most weeks we will read a book alongside an article on similar themes or regions to examine the limitations and opportunities each form of historical writing presents.

A secondary goal of this course is to help you develop skills in reviewing academic work. Thus all your assignments are book reviews including your final assignment.



Required Books:

  1. Fernand Braudel, The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World at the Age of Phillip II
  2. E P Thompson Making of the English Working Class
  3. Alan Mikhail, Nature and Empire in Ottoman Egypt
  4. Thomas Piketty, Capital in the 21st Century
  5. Thomas Laqueur Making Sex
  6. De la Fuente, Alejandro, and Ariela J. Gross. Becoming Free, Becoming Black: Race, Freedom, and Law in Cuba, Virginia, and Louisiana.Cambridge University Press, 2020
  7. Alain Corbin Village of Cannibals
  8. Carlo Ginsburg The Cheese and the Worms
  9. Lisa Moses Leff The Archive Thief: The Man Who Salvaged French Jewish History in the Wake of the Holocaust
  10. Kenneth Pomeranz The Great Divergence: China, Europe, and the Making of the Modern World Economy
  11. Julie Cruikshank Do Glaciers Listen? Local Knowledge, Colonial Encounters and Social Imagination
  12. Gregory Cushman, Guano and the Opening of the Pacific World: A Global Ecological History (Cambridge Univ. Press)
  13. Daniel Horner Taking to the Streets: Crowds, politics and the urban experience in mid-nineteenth century Montreal
  14. Roger Crowley Empires of the Sea

Graduate Studies Notes:

Important dates and deadlines for graduate students are found here: http://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/current/important_dates/guidelines.html. The deadline to drop a course with a 100% refund is the end of week 2. The deadline to drop with no notation on your transcript is the end of week 3.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html