24 Fall 2015 Human Rights in Documents

What are human rights?  Where do they originate?  To whom do they apply?  Human Rights in Documents will explore the evolution and applications of human rights through an examination of primary sources.  From Locke to the Universal Declaration and beyond, this course will invite students to engage with the texts that have created contemporary human rights sensibility.  Readings will be short and will be drawn from a variety of legal, political, cultural, and intellectual sources.

280U.008 Spring 2015 North American Borderlands

This reading seminar will introduce students to important historical work on North American borderlands regions, defined as regions where people interact across independent legal and political regimes. Put differently, borderlands are zones of plural sovereignty. Readings will include work on native polities and empires in colonial-era borderlands; borderlands and the rise of nation-state projects in the nineteenth century; and key problems in the US-Mexican and US-Canadian borderlands in the twentieth century.

280U.005 Spring 2015 Private Lives in the Public Eye: Men, Women, and Children in Western History

This course will provide a broad focus examination of how matters relating to gender, childhood and family have been integral to western development since the Reformation.  We will be reading books and articles that examine the political, social and cultural dimensions of matters relating to private lives and focus especially on how private lives have been affected by and also altered public life, including religion, economics, and politics.

280U.003 Spring 2015 Rhetoric of History, with a Focus on Kingship and Legitimacy

The writing of history is always a rhetorical act, an attempt to make something happen with words.  The means and modes of such writing differ from culture to culture, of course.  In this seminar, we propose a comparative study of ancient historiography in the Mediterranean and in the China.  Our materials for study will include the fifth-century BC Greek historian, Thucydides, the 1st century AD Judaeo-Roman Josephus, and two famous Chinese historians: Sima Qian, whose monumental Shiji or "Archivists' Records" (comp.

280U.001 Spring 2015 Politics, Culture and the City at the Dawn of the Modern World

What is the relationship between the built environment of the city, the cultures of its inhabitants, and the practices of their politics? How did cities around the world become the crucible in which modern political regimes were forged? This course examines these questions through the study of the politics and cultures of the early modern city. It has two related objectives.

101.017 Spring 2015 Writing The Consequences of Conflict in the Modern Period

“After every war,” Nobel Laureate Wisława Szymborska reminds us, “someone has to clean up. Things won't straighten themselves up, after all.”  This writing seminar will investigate the consequences of conflict in transnational perspective during the 19th and 20th centuries and explores how conflict altered international law, political belonging and the everyday experiences of people living in war's wake.


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