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Analysing Early Modern Primary Sources - 10 credits (HST814)

This module focuses on the types of primary evidence that each student is most likely to use in their own research. We will consider different ways of approaching such evidence in the light of the nature of the source itself, by evaluating how other historians have used or misused such evidence, and will analyse primary sources reflectively in order to develop our analytic skills. Particular attention will be paid to the language of such sources and how best we might interpret them. This course is designed to evaluate both the potential and the pitfalls of a range of approaches to early modern evidence. It is also designed to equip students with knowledge about how certain types of evidence came into being and the skills to enable them to ask better questions and to produce sophisticated analyses.