This assignment will require you to write an analytical article review in an essay format. Its length should be 750 to 1000 words. The purpose here is to introduce you to more sophisticated historical writing, beyond a textbook. A textbook’s primary purpose is simply to inform the reader of what happened in history, and to a lesser extent, show how historians work by using primary sources and by discussing questions amongst each other. The primary audience is students. The articles that I am giving you have fellow scholars as their primary audience. Historians (and other scholars) communicate and debate with each by publishing these articles, and books. They debate not just basic facts, but also interpretations of events and they try to answer particular questions of why and how something in history has happened.
I am providing below a choice of three possible articles based on three themes. You need to choose one of these and analyze it. The purpose is not just to summarize, but to analyze the article. This does involve a certain amount of summarizing but you are not just repeating what the author is saying, you are explaining the article to me. In particular, I am interested in what the author’s thesis is, how he or she goes about arguing in favour of this thesis, and what types of sources the author uses. You should also explain what is the wider debate to which the author is contributing and how their arguments fit into this debate. This should be integrated with the content of the article.
These articles are available on the library website through JSTOR.
You need to provide a bibliography in which you present your article in MLA or APA format. Any direct quotations need to be in quotation marks and need an in-text citation (or a footnote if you prefer) with the page number. You cannot quote without showing your source – this is plagiarism. You should also provide a citation when discussing important ideas such as the author’s thesis.
Selected choices for your article review:
Keith Allen, “Bread rationing and the First World War in Berlin, 1914-1923”, Journal of Social History 32 (1998), pp 371-393
Leffler, Melvyn. “The Cold War: What do “We Now Know”?” The American Historical Review 104 (1999) pp. 501-524
Mazower, Mark. “Military Violence and National Socialist Values: The Wehrmacht in Greece 1941-1944.” Past and Present 138 (1992) pp. 129-158