Concepts & Methods

The Social Construction of Gender Should be at the Centre of Historical Enquiry.’ Discuss.

Introduction Gender is defined as categorising males and females into groups based on the attributes associated with that sex, as opposed to the biological categorisation of genitalia,[1] implying that these categories are socially constructed; thus making the terms unstable and subjective.[2] Arguably this approach should be central to historical enquiry as the social construction ofContinue reading “The Social Construction of Gender Should be at the Centre of Historical Enquiry.’ Discuss.”

‘History is as much a reflection of the present, as it is an attempt to understand the past.’ Discuss.

Introduction When using the term ‘reflection’ it is important to define what this means. With regards to this essay, the term will be used to refer to both the mirroring of events and the process by which current thought influences the presentation of the past, vice versa where the past influences thought upon the presentContinue reading “‘History is as much a reflection of the present, as it is an attempt to understand the past.’ Discuss.”

Critically evaluate different categories of source material relating to the Titanic.

Introduction On the 15th April 1912, the White Star Line’s Titanic sank after an unfortunate collision with an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean causing the deaths of 1500 people.[1] The tragedy, conveniently for historians, provides a variety of source types including material culture, textual evidence, and oral testimony on which this essay is based upon;Continue reading “Critically evaluate different categories of source material relating to the Titanic.”

Critical Review of Witnessing History / Embodying Testimony: Gender and Memory in Post-apartheid South Africa, Annie E Coombes

The article emphasises women’s contribution to testimony on the South African apartheid with an emphasis on their emotions and daily struggles, debating how memorials can sufficiently convey this. Coombes’ argues that the struggle when creating a memorial is how public interest and the sensitivity of private grief can be combined. The question she poses isContinue reading “Critical Review of Witnessing History / Embodying Testimony: Gender and Memory in Post-apartheid South Africa, Annie E Coombes”

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