Nearly everyone agrees that history somehow matters for understanding political life, but there are many disagreements concerning how much, how we would know, and the mechanisms of history’s influence. What role do historical legacies, path dependence, and critical junctures play in accounting for contemporary outcomes? What are the best methods for illuminating the influence of the past? We explore these and related questions through close examination of an eclectic array of scholarly materials.
**Please note: Duiring the week of On February 2nd through 7th, class will be held on Thursday, February 6th in 291 Barrows from 10a-12p.