Comparative

103U.001 Spring 2018 Refugee Law, Policy, and Experience

Refugees are the frequent subject of news coverage today, where they are often presented in urgent, immediate, and overwhelming terms: “crisis,” “emergency,” “flood.” These are indeed urgent times for what are, in fact, unprecedented numbers of people forcibly displaced due to persecution and violence. But such conditions and responses to them are the product of longer processes; they - and their effects - can be understood only by tracing them through time. This seminar aims to do that by examining the treatment and experiences of refugees in history.

100U Fall 2017 Capitalism and Inequality from the Industrial Revolution to the Present

Economic inequality has become one of the central political concerns of our time, but it has only recently attracted scholarly attention. Is inequality a natural and inevitable characteristic of human society, or can it be historicized to a specific origin in time and place? What are its determinants and how has it changed over time? Has the global spread of industrial capitalism increased or decreased inequality between individuals, between groups, and between countries?  Has changes in inequality historically been the product of market forces, or political forces, or both?

285U Spring 2017 Digital Approaches to History

Digital Approaches to History. This seminar will explore digital approaches to history, with an emphasis on application. Rather than learning how to use technologies, we will focus on gaining an awareness of what technologies and digital methodologies are available and how these technologies and methodologies have helped historians solve specific historical questions. There will be no assigned weekly readings.

280U.001 Spring 2017 Comparative Vantages on "Early Modernity"

Anchored by the experience of Japan but broadly oriented to developments in North America and Western Europe, this seminar will explore defining features of early modernity. Topics include state formation and the law; military power; urbanization; international trade and the penetration of the market; commercial publishing and education; demography and the family; material culture and consumption; art and erotica. Regular visits by faculty colleagues in the department and elsewhere will be arranged.

103U.004 Spring 2017 Witches, Demons and Sex: Popular Religion in the Early Modern Atlantic World

This seminar explores the intersect between popular culture and the institutions of repression, 1500-1800. We will be reading a variety of primary sources, articles and monographs primarily drawing from evidence in the archives of the Inquisitions of Europe and the New World. Although some readings provide examples from Europe, the bulk of our readings are concerned with the New World including case studies from Brazil, Columbia, Peru, and Mexico.

103U.003 Spring 2017 Frontier History

From Hadrian's Wall and the Roman limites, to the American West in the 19th c., to contemporary Chinese jurisdictional claims in the South China Sea, borders and frontiers are universal phenomena best understood from a broadly comparative perspective.

103U.001 Spring 2017 Comparative Genocides

This senior seminar is an introduction to the field of genocide studies from an interdisciplinary, comparative, and thematic perspective.  Its main characteristics follow.  First, this seminar will not focus on any single genocide; instead, it will try to provide a good understanding of the extreme diversity of this form of mass killing.

103U.002 Spring 2017 Law and Comparative Empire

This comparative course explores the roles that law played in the development of political communities in the ancient world, with particular focus on Rome and China.   What was the political impact of writing down laws?  In what ways did law facilitate negotiation and settling of disputes between both individuals and communities?  How did legal norms shape ideas about gender, sexuality and family?  We survey recent scholarship on law and empire, complementing these readings with careful study of ancient evidence, primarily but not exclus

39R Fall 2016 Freshman/Sophomore Seminar: The History of Heaven

Higher Learning begins with the study of heaven. Heaven provides humanity the foundation of its knowledge and political order. One simply cannot understand what knowledge is or how politics function without basic understanding of the ways of heaven. This course examines those ways. Specifically, it examines the function heaven serves in the founding of order against the void in nature through the establishment of conventional systems of time and space and the role heaven has played in the promulgation of political propaganda.

103U.002 Fall 2016 History of Women in the Ancient Mediterranean and Medieval Europe (Proseminar in Comparative History)

Ancient and medieval historians paid little attention to women. When they did, it was either to praise them lavishly or disparage them irredeemably. Since the 1970s scholars have done much to change this two-dimensional presentation through new readings of visual and textual sources as well as through innovative new theories and methods. In this class we’ll engage this rich scholarship with several objectives in mind.

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