For this week, we will focus on newspapers (and periodicals) and their value as sources for studying a range of political, cultural and social topics in early modern history.
Select a topic (some suggestions below but you may chose any which fit your interests); research the topic in online newspapers; choose two accounts and write up a short analysis of the contrasts in the reporting and what you have learned from this.
Consider the following:
- What are the challenges of using newspapers as a source to study your topic? You will find the secondary sources listed below helpful to guide you.
- How easy was it to find articles on your topic? What did you learn about searching newspapers online?
- How similar and how different was the reporting on your topic in the two newspapers you chose to study?
Using Newspapers for Historical Research
- Bates, Denise, Historical Research Using British Newspapers (Pen and Sword, 2016)
- Beals, M.H and Lavender, Lisa, Newspapers (History Subject Centre, 2011)
- Halsey, K. and Owens, W. R., The History of Reading, vol 2 (Palgrave, 2011); especially part III
- Heyd, Uriel, Reading Newspapers: Press and Public in Eighteenth-Century Britain and America (Oxford, 2012)
- Williams, Kevin, Read All About It!: A History of the British Newspaper (Routledge, 2010)
- runaway slaves
- slave rebellions
- wars eg the French and Indian War (aka the Seven years war)
- The Glorious Revolution
- Native peoples