People's History II: Politics, Place and Identity (HIC1601)
People’s History 1 and 2 complement the World History Level 1 modules. While those adopt a global perspective on the past here we are more interested in the small scale, the local, the individual. In setting up this contrast we touch on a fundamental difference in approach amongst those working in historical studies and the social sciences. On the one hand both past and present societies can be approached from the top down, emphasising the structures and processes that constrain individuals and groups. On the other we might start our quest to explore the past through the perceptions and experiences of non-elite individuals and groups and their ability to make their own histories. Disentangling those histories can in turn shed light on the wider processes and structures of the past.