101.003 Fall 2007 London

";When a man is tired of London,"; Boswell told Dr. Johnson in 1777, ";he is tired of life."; Boswell was only one of the many who were attracted by the opportunities offered by the modern city, and the French philosopher Voltaire was only one of the many who envied London as the site of the rise of commercial culture and civil society. London represented something more than merely a place. It was one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world, and the political, financial, and cultural capital of the British Empire and of global markets.

103C.002 Fall 2006 Popular Culture in Early Modern England and France

This seminar will be concerned with the culture and life-experience of ordinary people in the period 1500-1750. Something like 98% of historical scholarship has focused on the elite 2% of early modern populations. This disproportion is understandable in that it was mostly members of elites who wrote and were written about. Getting at the experience of common men and women in the period requires rather more effort and ingenuity. In recent years, some of the most innovative historical work has been done on the ";middling sorts"; and ";lower orders";.

101.004 Fall 2006 Britain and the World

History is often written from the perspective of the nation state. This research seminar instead takes a transnational approach and places the history of Britain in a wider international context. Using Britain as a case study, this seminar will encourage students to think about the movement of peoples, cultures, and ideas around the globe from the Age of Exploration to the late twentieth century.

285C.001 Spring 2006 Research Seminar in Tudor-Stuart Britain

A research seminar in British history, 1400-1700, in which the student is to undertake original research in a topic of his or her interest with the approval of and oversight by the instructor. There are no thematic limitations, and if the instructor's predilection is for legal and political history, he'll gladly embrace all facets of the New Social History and whatever interests the serious student. Constant discussion, sharing of ideas, and mutual criticism.

103C.002 Spring 2006 Gender and Nationalism

This course seeks to bring together the two vast historiographic fields of the history of nationalism and history of gender. We will attempt to understand the extent to which these two histories were intertwined in modern history. The course will begin with some methodological discussions. We will then proceed in a part-chronological part-thematic manner. Particular attention will be paid to: (1) war and revolution as definitive moments in nation-building and defining gender-roles (2) gender and the colonial encounter as crucial to the politics of 'nation-ness.'

280C.001 Fall 2005 Twentieth Century Britain

This course will explore some of the classic historiographical questions and debates through which twentieth century British history has been understood. It will then address issues such as the experience of war, the expansion of the state, the achievement of a mass democratic politics, economic decline, secularisation, decolonisation, migration, and the reshaping of class. The course will also assess the ways in which some of these processes have been revisited and reconceptualised in more recent cultural historical work.

285C.001 Fall 2005 Histories of death and of the dead among the living

This research seminar will be a workshop for students who want to work on the history of death and of the dead among the living. It will, after reading some essential anthropological texts and a superb new book about the dead in post communist Hungary, concentrate on Great Britain and continental western Europe from the eighteenth entury to the present. Students with other geographical or temporal interests are, however, welcome. A detailed discussion of the seminar will be posted on my web site in early May.


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