“Year Books” and Global Early Modern History

History 280B

Spring 2018
Section: 
4
Instructor: 
Location: 
3104 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
W 2-4
Class Number: 
32888
Units: 
4

This course takes seriously the conceit of academic and popular historical writing that makes use of the unit of the year – annus mirabilus – as a moment or “event” of structural transformation and/or as revelatory of some grand historical process., including globalization itself. This course focuses on “year books” written about the Early Modern period, from the 15 th to the end of the 18 th century. It is organized around canonical years (eg, 1492) and unexpected ones (eg, 1668). We will use these monographs – some more scholarly than others – to reflect on event, process, and structure in a global perspective.