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A Balanced Argument? Communicating the Power of Argument to History Undergraduates

In March 2024, the Royal Historical Society visited historians at the Universities of York and York St John. The Visit included a panel discussion on the subject of communicating History to different audiences. In this post, Dr Elizabeth Goodwin (York St John) develops the themes of her presentation at the Visit. Elizabeth's subject is how historians as teachers best communicate the potential of their discipline; and how learning to build, articulate and communicate an argument -- in which the student is central -- is a core purpose of the undergraduate experience. As Elizabeth contends, the need for such skills is pressing. Many students urgently seek the skills to build their confidence, while -- more than ever -- History as a discipline requires informed and eloquent advocates.

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Generative AI, History and Historians, a reading guide

There are few bigger, and more pressing, topics today than the current and future impact of Generative AI. Nowhere is this more evident than in Higher Education. The opportunities and challenges of GenAI are relevant to all those engaged in teaching and research. But each discipline also has distinctive questions and concerns relating to the latest iterations of AI. What, therefore, are the possible implications for the teaching, study, research and communication of history? In this post, we introduce a forthcoming Royal Historical Society event on 'AI, History and Historians', and launch a guide to recent commentaries on GenAI, the humanities and history.

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Hit songs in seventeenth-century England

What makes for a hit song? In this post Christopher Marsh introduces the '100 Ballads' project, a study of the most successful broadside ballads of seventeenth-century England. '100 Ballads' was released online earlier this year. It brings together historians and players of early modern music to research and perform the most popular songs of the time. As well as a history of popular music, performance and publishing, 100 Ballads offers insight into the concerns of everyday life. The songs bring us stories of romance, comedy and tragedy, of value to historians of early modern politics society and culture. Though varied in their subject matter, successful broadside ballads were an amalgam of lyrics, melody and images that made for a hit.

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