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Chapter 1&2

ITS 201 Chapter Notes - Chapter 1&2: Diplomatic History, National Myth, International Studies

International Studies
Course Code
ITS 201
Kathryn Lafever

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History uses all discipline of International studies
Political and Diplomatic history: refers to the study of power and power relationships
Economic History: involves the study of the exchange of goods and services
-Economic history has two subfields
-Business History: study of past growth and other factors of sectors
-Labor History: Focuses on working class solidarity and relations with management and
Cultural and Social history: studies music, sports, etc. rather than just dates and such
Historians often debate the causation of events
-Only recently have many historians started focusing on other areas besides political
-Revisionism took charge after World War II claiming many previously held truths
weren’t true
Postmodernists deny the existence of any objective history
-You merely see things through the perspective of each historian
Primary Sources: Are artifacts diaries, letters, etc.
-Direct evidence of the past from someone
Secondary Sources: Oral, written narratives derived from primary sources
-Historiography: A history of histories
Nationalist Histories: not concerned with individual rights and responsibilities, champion one
nation over another.
-Used to elicit demands of retribution and such
-Defense of nation becomes synonymous with defense of national myth because of this
Popular Histories: Less accurate narratives of the past.
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