180 Fall 2005 The Life Sciences Since 1750

This course will survey the development of the sciences of living nature from the mid-18th to the mid-20th century. Topics include scientific and popular natural history, exploration and discovery, Darwin and evolution, cell theory, the organizational transformation of science, physiology and experimentalism, classical and molecular genetics, and the biomedical-industrial complex. Emphasis is on the formation of fundamental concepts and methods, long-term trends toward specialization, institutionalization, and professionalization, and the place of the life sciences in modern societies.

171B Fall 2005 Imperial Russia: Peter the Great

In 1721 Peter the Great chose the title of Emperor for himself, and declared that Russia would be an Empire. The empire lasted until the revolutions of 1917, but was never entirely stable. The Romanovs believed that autocracy was the key to good governance. Yet, the reigns of almost all the Romanov Emperors were marked by coups d'etat, peasant rebellions, and, later, assassination attempts. Russia's expanding boundaries and growing population made it even more difficult to rule. This course will focus heavily on political history and political thought.

185A Fall 2005 History of Christianity

The course deals with the origins of Christianity and the first eleven centuries of its expansion into a major institutional, social, and intellectual force shaping Western Europe. The central themes are the mechanisms and conditions shaping this expansion, rather than a chronological account, in order to present this process as a model of institutionalization of religious movements. The emphasis will be on patterns of crisis and reform; i.e., on conflicts arising within the church itself and as a result of its dealings with the ";outside"; world, and how these crises were resolved.

C176 Fall 2005 Multicultural Europe

In this course, we will trace some of the substantive changes and transformations taking place in contemporary Europe in the areas of culture, society, and politics. In particular, we will look at the effects of massive migration flows--due to globalization processes--on the national culture of the core countries and examine the ways in which particular national cultures react to the increasing multiculturalization of Europe.

280A.001 Fall 2005 Divisions and Convergences: Ancient Jewish External and Internal Boundaries

This seminar will explore the themes of perceived and constructed borders between Jews and ";others"; on the one hand and internal (sectarian) borders on the other. The topic encompasses not only the boundaries conceived within and outside Jewish communities but the crossing of those boundaries that blurred and complicated distinctions. We will read biblical and post-biblical texts that bear on Jewish relations with (or understanding of) other peoples of Palestine, Greeks, and Romans - - and the reception of those texts in subsequent literature.

178 Fall 2005 History of the Holocaust

This course will survey the historical events and intellectual developments leading up to and surrounding the destruction of European Jewry during World War II. By reading a mixture of primary and secondary sources we will examine the Shoah (the Hebrew word for the Holocaust) against the backdrop of modern Jewish and modern German history. The course is divided into two main parts: (1) the historical background up to 1939; and (2) the destruction of European Jewry, 1939-1945.

152A Fall 2005 Modern Ireland

Irish history from the completion of the English conquest (1691) to the present.

151C Fall 2005 Britain 1848-1997

This lecture course will provide a survey of British history over the last 150 years. We will ask how Britain became the first modern, industrial nation and how it acquired the largest empire? What lessons does its history
have for America in the twentieth first century? Did the rapidity with which Britain assembled the modern world - with representative elections, industries, colonies, cities, rapid transport, mass communication and popular culture - sow the seeds of its later demise? How do we reconcile

149B Fall 2005 Italy in the Age of Dante (1000-1350)

The history of medieval Italy is one of vivid contrasts: of beauty and brutality, freedom and tyranny, piety and blasphemy. The great poet of the Inferno summons us to consider such contrasts in nearly every canto: how can such stunningly beautiful language conjure images of such horrendous violence? This course explores the world that produced Dante, Giotto, and Saint Francis. It first traces the emergence of independent city-states in northern and central Italy after the millennium, emphasizing the particular conditions and experiences that created this distinctive medieval civilization.

143 Fall 2005 History of Brazil

Brazilian history will be surveyed in terms of the transition from an agrarian to an industrial society, with readings and lectures organized around key themes in social history. After briefly addressing the colonial legacy (1500-1822), we will begin with the plantation society that characterized Brazil's late nineteenth-century Empire (1822-1889), paying special attention to the aftermath of the abolition of slavery and the arrival of a republic.


Subscribe to RSS - Ancient