Aug 06, 2020  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

HS 3410 - Mysteries and Controversies in History

There is much in human history that we do not know, or know only incompletely and uncertainly. Sources and evidence remain sketchy; memories fail; disagreements, biases or misperceptions cloud the historical record. Some of these uncertain events and developments have become famous (or infamous) and reveal important lessons about the nature of historical understanding. This course examines selected examples of historical “mysteries” and controversies, while analyzing the process by which history is recorded and remembered. Topics for review may include, but are not limited to, the identity of Robin Hood, the origins of the Shroud of Turin, the fate of the “little princes in the Tower,” the disappearance of the Roanoke colonists, and the search for Jack the Ripper.