Introduction to the Long Nineteenth Century in Global Perspective

History 275B.001

Fall 2016
175 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
Thu 3-6P
This course is intended as an introduction to the challenges posed by the French and the Industrial Revolutions to the political, cultural and economic order of Europe and of the world that Europeans increasingly came to dominate. We will concentrate on five topics, each of which has European as well global resonances: Revolution as a theoretical problem and as process; nationality and nationalism from the Abbe Sieyes to the claims made for the nation at Versailles; Religion as a domain of conflict with the state, as an important part of popular culture, and as the broad domain out of which came late nineteenth and early twentieth century modernist movements like Theosophy, spiritualism, and the occult in its many forms; the international order as refracted in an imperial expansion, in global science and technology, in the creation of new legal codes; and finally an introduction to the histories of work, of money and financial institutions, and of trade drawing both on modern studies and on classical works by Simmel, Marx, Weber and others. The emphasis will be less on covering a certain literature-- although we will do that-- than on developing the skills needed to ask and answer intellectually exigent historical questions. The final paper, one that I hope will be useful to other students as they prepare for the Masters and Comprehensive examination, asks you to pose and answer such a question.