Martin Guerre

December 10th, 2012

Natalie Davis wrote The Return of Martin Guerre, a story about a man who goes off to war. Years later, a man returns and claims he to be Martin Guerre; the town goes about living, but is soon confused with the return of a second man claiming to be the true Guerre.

Davis’ story is told through using writing conventions like conjecture, which some, like Robert Finaly, take issue with. In Finaly’s opinion, one cannot write a true historical record by using conjecture. Finaly’s opinion is that only records and true events should be used when writing about a historical incident.

Final Paper. “The USCT at New Market Heights”

December 4th, 2012

Here is the final draft of my paper about the United States Colored Troops at the Battle of New Market Heights.

Final Paper Final Draft. Quint

New Market Heights PowerPoint

December 2nd, 2012

Here is my PowerPoint for my presentation on the Battle of New Market Heights. Video and final paper to come soon.

Links in the PowerPoint lead to urls from which I copied photographs.

299 Powerpoint

Sobul and Furet

November 16th, 2012

The French Revolution is a water-shed moment of human history. Its bloodshed led to a monarchy’s fall, an emperor’s rise, and a shaky political center that has ramifications to this day. Two historians, Sobul and Furet, both have very different views on the Revolution.


It is Sobul’s argument that the French Revolution was one of the best possible outcomes for the French people. Held under oppressive leaders, the French were overtaxed due to overspending during the American Revolution, and many of the country’s populace was starving. With an out-of-touch monarchy, Sobul argues the French people had little recourse left. The Revolution, though bloody, brought out the possibilities of French rule; as well as the exile of the top classes of French society that had been complicit for so long.


On the other hand, Furet claims the French Revolution was good for little. While the Revolution began well, it soon turned sour. With the rise of Robespierre and the Jacobins, the French Revolution restored a high, ruling-class, only with a different name. Robespierre’s Reign of Terror plunged the French into perpetual war, one that pitted revolutionaries vs loyalists. The Reign of Terror also allowed for the rise of Napoleon, who caused world-wide wars that claimed millions of lives. Furet’s argument almost completely goes against Sobul.

Cohen- Homosexuality in Ancient Greece

October 23rd, 2012

David’s Cohen “Homosexuality in Ancient Greece” determines to examine the ways in which the ancient Greeks, mainly the Athenians, saw homosexuality. Cohen begins with an overview of the actual laws in Greece dealing with the matter. He describes Athen’s judicial rulings, and delves further into the matter of gays. Cohen’s thesis being that it is impossible to understand homosexuality in Greece without further understanding the social and judicial¬† views in city-states like Athens.

Cohen finishes his article by stating that in Greece, there was no single view on homosexuality. Each city-state dealt with the matter differently, depending on the social norms there.

Final Literature Review

October 22nd, 2012

Lit Review Final

Here is my final literature review for my project on the Battle of New Market Heights. Not included are primary sources, which will makeup a major portion of my argument.


October 7th, 2012

Braudel’s On History is exactly that. He breaks down historical writings, much like Gilderhus did in our previous readings.

But history is not as clear-cut to Braudel as it was to Gilderhus. History is much more difficult to define to Braudel. He even takes stance on the word-choice of history, such as event. To Braudel, it is difficult to give a single definition to the word, because different groups of people think differently. To scientists or philosophers, an event would differ highly than to historians.

Braudel continues on for some time, as he says he will, about even the smallest of ideas about history. He even dives into what he thinks the profession of a historian includes.

Above all, Braudel wishes to start a discussion between different branches of social scientists. Rather than have small sects of social scientits, Braudel wishes to open a dialogue between them all and reach a conclusion on history.


October 7th, 2012

Gilderhus’ thesis is that historical consciousness developed over the course of 500 years from the 14th to the 19th Centuries.

He begins his paper with the Renaissance, and the work by some to revive the old spirits of the Roman empire.

Gilderhus then discusses the Protestant Reformation and shows the way that both Catholics and Protestants used history to try and give their cause support. Both sides used historical arguments to try and dissuade their opponents.

With the Enlightenment came a new wave of historians, and Gilderhus examines Voltaire’s works. Throughout all the ages Gilderhus highlights the presence of God in historical works. With the Enlightenment, philosophers shied away from religion and examined more of man’s importance in the World.

History gained academic discipline in the 19th Century, and that is where Gilderhus examines why, and how. He mentions the many works of the Roman empire completed in the 19th Century, and how history as we know it today, began to appear in the ways of citations and such. Gilderhus finishes with works in the United States and Marxist texts.

Gilderhus’ conclusion is that history has gone through many avenues in those 500 years. There was romanticism, nationalism, philosophy, science, and form throughout the centuries, until finally coming to history as it is known today.



Paper Proposal- New Market Heights- Ryan Quint

September 30th, 2012

Here is my paper proposal for the semester.


History 299 Paper Proposal

Book Review

September 23rd, 2012

“Bud” Robertson is one of the leading experts on the Civil War. He just retired from Virginia Tech after 40 years of teaching the war, and so when he writes a book review, you know it’s good.

Robertson wrote a review for Richmond Redeemed, here. It does everything a good book review should do; page length and description of the title. Richmond Redeemed covered 4 days in a 9-month long siege, and so Robertson is right to mention that it is dense and could prove tiresome to read for people not as acquainted with the siege.

Robertson’s review briefly covers the key points of the book, and leaves the reader with a clear idea of what they are getting into.