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HIST 358: Invention of the Modern Self (HC)

History 358: The Invention of the Modern Self (Graham) Spring 2012

Locating Journal Articles

Journal articles and other periodical publications provide scholarly information on specific aspects of European history.  Since articles are generally published on a shorter schedule than books, they can be more-up-to-date.  The following indexes are the best ways for you to identify journal articles related to your research.

Literature Reviews

Literature reviews are a particularly useful kind of journal article when doing research.  They address the issues involved in a particular question and the debates among scholars.  They map out the intellectual terrain succinctly and give you the major landmarks in terms of key authors and significant titles for greater understanding.   

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Articles relating to topics of interest include:

Jewishness and Britishness in the Eighteenth Century
Isaac Land
Volume 3, Issue 1, January 2005

Abstract: Jews in Britain were experiencing de facto emancipation and enlightenment before most of their counterparts on the continent. Ironically, widespread assimilation provoked unease and occasional panic. The presence of a prosperous Jewish minority troubled those who regarded Britain as a “second and better Israel.”

Family, the State, and Law in Early Modern and Revolutionary France
Matthew Gerber
Volume 7, Issue 2, pages 474–499, March 2009

Abstract: Over the past two decades, feminist historians of early modern and revolutionary France have succeeded in pushing the history of the family in a political direction. They have achieved this not only by highlighting the centrality of the family to early modern and revolutionary political culture, but also by elucidating the ways that families and the state have reshaped one another over time through the medium of law and legal culture. Although the most prominent political histories of the family concern the abrupt shifts wrought by the French Revolution, specialists in early modern France have also charted important if less dramatic changes in the relationship between families and state. Comparing early modern and revolutionary changes to family law reveals that the Revolution not only offered a new but contested republican model of the family, it also changed the practical negotiations through which law is made and remade.

Tracking Citations Forward in Time

Usually researchers find more sources by looking at the footnotes in an article or book, but these will always be older than the publication you have in hand.  Citation indexes like the Web of Science (which includes sections for the Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, and Science) are set up to search for sources cited in the footnotes of journal articles as soon as they become available.  This allows you to find newer articles which cite the books and articles you already know are key for your topic.  By relying on connections between authors rather than subject words and by moving forward in time, citation searching can open up new avenues of research.

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