This graduate colloquium is designed for first-year graduate students in all fields of history. The readings for this course illustrate a variety of approaches, analytical categories, and theoretical schools of interest to historians. Readings include books and essays that deal primarily with issues of method, theory and sources, as well as those which are themselves theoretically and methodologically innovative. We will pay close attention to the methods and sources scholars employ but also to their writing strategies. Readings range widely across Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. The course aims to both enrich the work you will do in your particular field and to encourage you to read widely outside your area of interest and expertise.