HIST 440-010, Historical Method Fall 2010, Dr. Guthrie Study Essay Questions for the Final Exam 1. Discuss the introduction of the concept of a linear history by the ancient Hebrews and trace its development in Christian historiography, Enlightenment historiography, the work of the German idealists (Herder and Hegel), Marx, and the positivists. In the course of your essay, be sure to thoroughly discuss the concept itself and then analyze how its purpose and motive power changed in the hands of these various schools of historians. Is this concept of any value in truly understanding the past? 2. Ever since the Scientific Revolution, there has been an ongoing debate between historians and scientists and among historians themselves regarding the applicability of scientific methods to the study of history. Discuss the origins and subsequent trajectory of this debate. Where do you stand on this issue? 3. Leopold von Ranke once claimed that he wanted to describe historical events “as they
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