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.

103U.003 Spring 2015 Making Rights in a Global Modern America

"This course will focus on the meaning of “rights” in a global, modern, United States. Specifically, it will focus on the meaning of rights, who has had access to them, and what this concept has meant to different people at different times. For instance, has work been a right in the twentieth-century and for whom? What happened to the idea of “rights” between the right to refuse labor (emancipation), and the right to employment (institutionalized racism)?

103U.002 Spring 2015 Institutions of Culture

Many of the cultural institutions that we take for granted existed either not at all or in only a few special cases two centuries ago: museums, concert hall, public libraries and opera houses for example and, much more obviously, railway and airport bookshops, rock concert venues, and movie houses.  The sociology of various art forms has changed as well: all sorts of people used to go to the opera and to attend Shakespeare plays in the nineteenth century who would not be there today.

280U Fall 2014 Asymmetrical Conflict

Reading and research in the history of asymmetrical conflict, including case studies in topics such as domination and resistance or guerrilla warfare and counter-insurgency, with special attention to historical sources and methods. Students will develop a research project on a relevant topic of their choice.

101.002 Fall 2014 Writers Group

This section is designed for seniors with well-conceived thesis projects that do not fit within the rubrics of other 101 seminars. Members of the group will observe a common schedule in developing, drafting, and critiquing material but will not share a common subject area. Admission requires a written statement and the consent of the instructor.

103U.004 Fall 2014 The Global Color Line

The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the Color Line,” argued American civil rights activist and author W. E. B. DuBois in 1906. This course explores the global debate over race and equality which gripped the world from the mid-nineteenth to the twentieth century. We will focus mainly on the ideological and political dynamics of, and powerful resistance to, racial discrimination in the British and French empires, the United States, and South and East Asia from 1860 to the 1930s.


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