275B.001 Fall 2007

History 275B.001

Fall 2007
2227 Dwinelle 1st Mtg Only
Day & Time: 
Mon 4-6

This seminar provides an introduction to some of the major issues of Europe's ";long 19th century";: the impact of the French Revolution; the intellectual and psychological origins of socialism; religious developments and ";modernist, secularist"; responses; imperialism/empire; the crisis of the liberal state and of the international system. Woven through most of these topics, however, is the story of the changing ways Europeans were defining community--as class, as confession, and especially as nation, an identity whose dominance in the 19th century we will not take for granted.

The purpose of the seminar is to prepare both Europeanists and others for oral exams in late modern Europe and to familiarize them with classics as well as bright new approaches to central problems. In order to get as much as possible out of the seminar, participants should arrive familiar with a good textbook on the period. Some possibilities: R. R. Palmer and Joel Colton, A History of the Modern World (for the period ca. 1780 to 1914; esp. good for the French Revolution; many editions); Gordon Craig, Europe 1815-1914 (old, but still good); E.J. Hobsbawm [1917], The Age of Revolution (1962); the Norton History of Modern Europe paperback series: Charles Breunig and Matthew Levinger, The Revolutionary Era 1789-1850 and Norman Rich, The Age of Nationalism 1850-90--but any work, or combination of works, will do.

Members will be required to turn in an accurate 5-sentence summary of each book every week. (No need to include the articles.) They will be expected to participate vigorously in discussion. And they will write a short historiographical essay (10-12 pages) on a relevant theme of their own choosing, due at the end of the semester. All books will be available for purchase at the bookstore, except for those few that are either out of print and unobtainable, or are not yet published and unobtainable. Xeroxed copies will be distributed of these. Similarly, xeroxes of the assigned articles will be distributed.

A useful source for the study of nationalism is the website:
www.nationalismproject.org which you should consult for further bibliography.


This course will meet at an off campus location to be announced during the first class session.