Women, Society and Politics in Nineteenth Century Europe

History 103B(R.004

Spring 2006
Instructor (text): 
211 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
Tu 10-12

This course will examine the history of women in Europe from the French Revolution to the Russian Revolution (1789 to 1917). The focus will be primarily on the social and cultural developments of the 19th century and their political repercussions. Of particular interest will be the emergence of Nationalism, Socialism and the Suffrage Movement and most of the readings will be from original texts of proponents (and some opponents) of women's rights like Olympe de Gouges, Mary Wollstonecraft, John Stuart Mill, Flora Tristan etc. We will be studying primarily the developments in France, Britain, Germany and Russia although the rest of Europe will be represented and students will be encouraged to write papers on any country or region they choose. Students will be asked to write one short five page paper and a longer fifteen page paper and do a book presentation. Part of the course will be devoted to helping students develop research tools and they will be encouraged to conduct original research for their final paper.