History 101.019

Spring 2007
Instructor (text): 
3104 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
TuTh 2-3:30

This course will focus on the rise of the new empires of early modern Europe, namely the Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch, French and British Empires in the period between roughly 1400 and 1800. The study of empire has been a growth industry among historians in recent years, and this seminar will be sampling some of the main historical literature that has appeared in roughly the past decade. We will be sampling different approaches to empire including social, cultural, political, and religious themes and methods. As a seminar in comparative empire studies, it will also focus on the ideologies, political practices, economic and military strategies, and cultural manifestations of modern European empires as they played off of one another. Members of the seminar will be required to be active participants in weekly meetings, give occasional short presentations on the reading, and write a lengthy final paper.