Early Modern Europe

History 275B.002

Fall 2005
202 Wheeler
Day & Time: 
Tu 4-6

More a sampler than a survey, this course is a selective look at historical problems and historiographic trends of the early modern European world from the Renaissance to the French Revolution. We will read landmark studies, both recent and older, that explore the major events and historical transformations of the early modern world, including: problems of periodization, the ideas and practices of the Renaissance, religious reformations, empires and cultural contact, the crisis of the seventeenth century and the decline of Spain, absolutism and constitutionalism, popular struggles, science and society, the Enlightenment and the French Revolution. Methodologically, the seminar will consider how historians have taken inspiration and borrowed methods from a variety of disciplines -- geography, demography, economy, political science, anthropology, literary studies. Geographically, the course will be comparative in approach, continuously raising questions in particular about the centrality of France -- and French historiography -- in this period. Logistically, the course will be run according to Australian Rules,requiring continuous, collective writing and response.