Ancient

181B Fall 2005 Modern Physics

The course examines the establishment of the ideas and institutions of modern physics over the last century and a half. We begin with the nineteenth-century organization of the discipline and the debates over the classical world picture (mechanics, electromagnetism and optics, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics). We then follow the dramatic changes that undid the classical picture, from the discovery of radioactivity through Einstein's theories of relativity on to the the creation of quantum mechanics and the accompanying philosophical disputes.

C175A Fall 2005 The Jews of Early Modern Europe

This course examines Jewish culture and society in the formative period from the Spanish Expulsion in 1492 to legal emancipation in 1791. During this time, the Jewish people began to make the enormously complex transition from medievalism to modernity. Topics to be surveyed include the expulsion from Spain, the religious, intellectual, and socioeconomic dimensions of Sephardic dispersion, the impact of the Reformation, Messianism, resettlement in the West, women's lives, anti-Judaism, the rise of Polish Jewry, Hasidism, Enlightenment and Emancipation.

154 Fall 2005 Canada: 1604 to the Present

A survey of Canadian history from exploration-first settlement to the present. Principal emphases will be upon Canadian political and constitutional development, the emergence of two distinct linguistic societies, immigration and demographic forces, and the Southward Warp (US influence on Canada).

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.

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