A critical, comparative approach to history-writing
in the Republican era. The institutionalization
and professionalization of History as an academic
discipline. Historical backwardness, catching-up
agendas, national developmentalism, and the "Prussian
way" in Turkey. Nationalism, historians, and the state.
The construction of a national canon from
Akçura and Köprülü, through Barkan, to İnalcık. Universalism
vs particularism. History from above vs history from below.
Odd men out : Reşat Ekrem Koçu, Mustafa Akdağ.
Debates over Islamic, Ottoman or Turkish
identities/legacies as reflected in Art History. The
contrasting worlds of historians and archeologists. The
apertura of the 1950s and 60s. The advent
of social and economic history. Debates over imperialism,
underdevelopment, and pre-capitalist modes
of production. The post-60s generation in History and the
Social Sciences. May be taken by undergraduates
as a taught course (= HIST 490), and simultaneously by
graduate students as a research seminar subject to the
special requirement of producing a major,
30-page research paper based on primary materials.
Subject to the fulfillment of these conditions,
counts towards completion of the seminar requirement