by Richard Hirsh
The evacuation of British troops from Dunkirk in May and June 1940 remains a story worthy of a 2017 blockbuster movie (written, co-produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan), no less of serious historical discussion. During this class, we will examine the standard narrative of Dunkirk (as presented in the movie and in historical accounts) and different ways to look at the historical event. You will be asked to do a short presentation of either the conventional account or different ways of looking at the evacuation based on resources found in Canvas (Files/Dunkirk/Dunkirk Resources) and elsewhere. This exercise will help you become accustomed to the general approach of this class in which we critically evaluate historical accounts and employ various interpretive methodologies to gain new insights into them.
For blog posts:
- Write a summary of the information you found in the resource.
- Explicitly identify the perspective and the historiographical approach taken by the author. As we move through the course, you should develop a better understanding and appreciation of different types of methodologies used by authors. Try to highlight and describe these methodologies and approaches.
- Provide a critique of the author. Does the approach help or hinder your understanding of the historical event in a useful new way?
- Include a proper Chicago-style citation of the source. If you’re just citing a web page, provide the author of the page (when available), the title of the page, the URL, and the date you found it. For example, for one of the sites I looked at was Kyle Smith, “A Feminist Reviews Dunkirk,” National Review, http://www.nationalreview.com/article/450033/dunkirk-feminist-review-women-absent-why, 23 August 2017. You can use the chain-link icon in Wordpress to provide a hot link to the site, as I did.
- Put your name somewhere on the post, preferably in the title, as I did, or near the top of the post, as I also did.
- Make sure you select the proper category for listing the blog post. For this post, I selected “00. Dunkirk.” Don’t fret too much if you forget to take this step. The GTA or I can always enter the correct category after you post the blog.
- Optional, but lots of fun: insert pictures and videos into the blog post.
- Include a word count of your post. You can see the number of words used in the bottom left corner of the post-writing box in WordPress. Your post should be a minimum of 250 words in length. This one is 405 words.