A Summary from a Rapporteuring Seminar

An Overview

The following is a summary I wrote while attending a rapporteuring and writing seminar. I was pleasantly surprised when they gave us a summary writing exercise centring on history as it is one of my favourite subjects.

Summary wirtten by me on Caribbean Social History

A modern social historian explained the challenges associated with modern social history or post modern history. Post modern history was defined as an attempt to reconstruct vanished societies and the past lives of individuals long deceased. Therefore, reconstruction is a vital aspect of this type of historical investigation. The main sources of historical social reconstruction are usually documents such as court records and newspaper reports. One of the main objectives of a social historian is attempting to recreate as visual and textured a picture as possible, because there will always be more than one perspactive on subject matter.

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The paintings by Agostino Bruinas, a 18th century artist, were used as examples to illustrate how perspectives of historical items can differ. Brunias spent time in Dominica and St. Vincent and his paintings depicted African slaves as well dressed, well fed happy individuals. But to what extent was that reality? One point of view could be that he is a propagandist trying to impress upon viewers of his work that slaves were treated well. Another point of view is that he was merely commissioned to paint these artworks by a wealthy plantation owner and simply completed what he was paid to paint.

Whatever the reason, analysis of these paintings could also shed light on gender relations and colour and class interactions of the period.

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2besure 4 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

I must admit, I never heard the term rapporteuring and had to look it up: One who is designated to give a report, as at a meeting. Thanks for teaching me something new! Interesting topic as my Father is from the Bahamas!

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SkeetyD 4 years ago from Barbados Author

You're welcome and thank you for commenting. We Caribbean people are awesome!

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2besure 4 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

Yes, we are! Blessings!

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travmaj 4 years ago from australia

I wasn't familiar with the term rapporteuring either. Fascinating hub,

- realisation - must be more observant! And awesome! Cheers..

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SkeetyD 4 years ago from Barbados Author

Hi travmaj! I am so glad this hub introduced you to a new term. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

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Ausseye 3 years ago

Hi DSkeeter:

Love the exploration of myth

A history is and the truth is something else

I am engaged by your revelation of what might not have been

So the future is a history to be told

I expect your history to be recorded in glory

The past is too well dressed ……………loved the look at it, and what it was, and might have been

Bean eaten and forgotten

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SkeetyD 3 years ago from Barbados Author

Hey Ausseye! How are you? Thank you fo your unmistakable comments LOL! The beans I am not too sure about but I'm hoping that when my past is explored that I am remembered wearing Burberry.

cathyrhine 2 years ago

Thanks for sharing your experience ,it gave me an insight of what is expected from me

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SkeetyD 2 years ago from Barbados Author

Hi cathyrhine! I am glad the hub has helped you

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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


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You are certainly a gifted writer. Please keep up the fine work.


Kenneth Avery, Hamilton, Alabama

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SkeetyD 19 months ago from Barbados Author

Hey Kenneth. Thab

Thank you so much for your kind comments.

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