Research Methodology and Historical Investigation
Unit I Criticism of Sources, Primary documents, Secondary contemporary text, Oral testimony, Linguistics, Internal consistency, Comparison with other sources, motivation of author (Private Vs Public declarations.)
Unit II Establishing Facts: Problems of reconstruction of chronology, Problems of assembling date of various levels to establish a set of facts. Illustration.
Unit III Quantitative methods (cliometrics): Historical Statistics. Aggregates and sample Counterfactual statistics building
Unit IV Problems of Archaeology: Identification of ‘Cultures’ from physical finds. Dating Methods. Theory of Archaeology: Gordon Childe “New Archaeology.”
Unit V Language- studies and reconstruction of unwritten history, Problems of historical mapping, Place names.
Unit VI How to take notes, and arrange material from sources.
Unit VII How to write, style and substance system of referencing, Bibliography, Index.