Ancient

C191 Fall 2005 Death and Dying, Yesterday and Today

This course is jointly offered by a physician and a historian. We will discuss contemporary questions of policy and practice: medical definitions of death; the Ñright to die;â how we die and how we say we want to die; the role of the hospital and the hospice; the functions of the State in mediating between various views about the end of life; the role of doctors, family, and others at the end of life, for example.

177B Fall 2005 Armenia

This survey course will cover the period from the incorporation of most of the Armenian plateau into the Ottoman Empire to the resignation of President Levon Ter-Petrossian in February 1998.

162A Fall 2005 The Struggle for Mastery in Europe, 1763-1914

This upper division course surveys the rise and fall of the European Powers in the period of war and revolution preceding the downfall of Napoleon to the outbreak of World War I. Its major topics: Congress of Vienna (1814-1815); the Vienna system (1815-48); the revolutions of 1848; the Crimean War (1853-56); the war of Italian unification waged by Cavour and Garibaldi (1859-61); the wars of German unification waged by Bismarck (1862-71); the Bismarckian system in operation, 1871-90; Imperialism (1890-1907); and the crises that led to the First World War.

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.

139C Fall 2005 Civil Rights and Social Movements in U.S. History

Beginning with the onset of World War II, the United States witnessed the emergence of a variety of contemporaneous civil rights and their related social movements (as opposed to a single, unitary Civil Rights Movement, as is typically portrayed in standard textbook accounts). These movements, moreover, did not follow a tidy chronological-geographic trajectory from South to North to West, nor were their participants merely black and white. Instead, from their inception, America's civil rights and social movements unfolded both beyond the South and beyond black and white.

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