The Great Failure of History Theory

Surfacing very briefly from the depths of non-stop undergrad assignments to say: you find interesting material in all kinds of places, and I am terribly enthused by the discovery, on a gaming blog, of the Great Failure of History Theory, a rebuttal to the Great Man Theory.

Academic Year 2014-2015

The new term starts today. It would appear that I didn’t record last year’s results yet, so here they are: HIS3: 67.6% HIS5: 61.8% LIT4: 68.9% As you can imagine, I’m not totally happy with the HIS5 result. The final assignment – the big one – was marked very hard indeed, despite the comments attached being encouraging and broadly positive.… (more…)

The Term Is Over; The Holidays Have Begun

It turns out that doing two Continuous Assessment modules in one year, and then having an exam in a third module at the end is a pretty sure-fire way to make sure that no other writing gets done. One of the 100% CA modules – LIT4 – has already been marked, although the final result is not out yet. I… (more…)

History, Narrative, and Attention

This might as well be entitled “In which Drew does not comprehend humans”, but if I start titling posts like that, all my blogs will quickly look the same. One of the history course I’m doing this year is focused on Women’s History. Part of it includes a 5000-word essay – a dissertation in all but name – on a… (more…)

Academic Year Starts Soon

Has it really been that long since I last posted here? Man, how the summer doth fly. And at the same time, I can’t wait to get started on the new term, which starts next Monday. Last year’s results have been deemed satisfactory. On LIT3, Literature of the 17th and 18th Centuries, I got 62% – not quite what I would… (more…)

In Lieu of Content

I have assignments now, and exams soon. I will talk more about college when some time arises. In the meantime, here is a modern interpretation of Thoreau: The thing that really, fundamentally bugs me about Thoreau is that this is accurate. Walden Pond was a short stroll from Boston; he nipped back into town every second day or so for… (more…)

Understanding Monarchical Ambition

I’ve had a tough time getting my head around one important question in history – namely, why kings want to expand their holdings. It seemed to me that in most cases, kings who tried to expand their territories were letting themselves in for a world of trouble, and that they’d have been far better off to consolidate and improve existing… (more…)

Reading for History

There’s an interesting effect at the beginning of this term; the modules take up from a point where, more or less, the foundation modules left off. Which is the point where you’re reading two or three chapters from textbooks per unit, and reckoning on getting through one unit per module each week. Now, for the literature modules, this is generally… (more…)

History Textbooks

In a fit of enthusiasm, I bought one of the history textbooks early in the summer, and have been dipping into it at intervals since. That was Robert Gildea’s Barricades and Borders: Europe 1800-1914. I acquired John Merriman’s A History of Modern Europe, Volume Two: From the French Revolution to the Present today. There is another book that I’m not… (more…)

New Term Begins

The new term begins today, and I took the day off from work in order to plan out the lines of attack, as it were. I’m taking History 2 (Europe and the Wider World, 1840-1980s), Literature 2 (20th Century) and Literature 3 (17th-18th Century). All three are fairly dense modules, and the reading list for the two LIT modules is… (more…)