Travel, Captivity, and Refuge in the Early Modern World

History R1B.002

Spring 2017
204 Dwinelle
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TuTh 5-6:30
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  • This course satisfies the second half of the Reading and Composition Requirement.
  • This course does not count for credit toward the History Major but may fulfill other requirements.
  • Most of us have at one time been travelers. For the sake of curiosity and ambition, necessity and desperation, we leave home and cross into unfamiliar worlds. This course will examine the history of travel from the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries. During this period, European imperialism, religious conflict and the rise of global markets propelled more people to travel further than ever before. We will follow explorers and soldiers, diplomats and refugees, captives, sailors, and scientists as they voyaged through the Indian, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Throughout a range of travel narratives and secondary sources, our class will focus on three main questions. To what extent could early modern travelers recognize and understand the foreign cultures and people they encountered? How did class, race, gender and religion shape these encounters? Did travel transform the travelers? We will work together each week to critically analyze the readings and discuss approaches to historical research and writing, and we will devote several meetings to peer reviews and writing workshops.\

    Hayley Rucker is a Ph. D. Candidate in the History Department. She received her B.A. at UC Berkeley and her M.A. at the University of Arizona in the Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies, where she worked primarily on space and spiritual community in early modern France. Her current research interests include travel, identity, and conversion in early modern Europe. Her dissertation explores the intersection of mobility, space, and cultural change aboard ship in eighteenth-century voyages through Atlantic and Indian Ocean worlds.