Comparative

100.002 Spring 2013 Special Topics-Friendship, Family, And Love In Chinese And Western Thinking

The course will focus on conceptions of friendship as well as related notions like family and love in Chinese and Western philosophy and literature. On the Chinese side we will read texts ascribed to Confucius and Zhuangzi, among others, as well as those by contemporary writers.  On the Western side we will concern ourselves with writings by Plato and Aristotle, as well as by a number of contemporary authors. Our interest is both in the question how friendship is understood and practiced and in the question of the special moral considerations to which it gives rise."

103U.002 Fall 2012 The Middle East and the United States: A Social History of Foreign Relations from the American Revolution to the Arab Spring

The goal of this course is to explore - from a social historian’s perspective - the evolving relations between the diverse states and peoples of the Middle East and the United States of America.  From Morocco being the first country in the world to recognize the new American republic in 1777, to President Obama’s landmark speech at Cairo University and recent policy vis-à-vis the “Arab Spring,” the seminar is organized chronologically and will provide a general political history including major issues and debates in US relations with the Middle East.

101.004 Fall 2012 The 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.

285U Fall 2012 History Beyond Borders

This research seminar is for students working on topics from the early modern or modern era that transcend state boundaries. Projects on any world region are welcome. We will spend some time talking about various kinds of 'histories beyond borders,' including transnational, international, comparative, and/or borderlands approaches, and we will work on the craft of writing article-length essays. But most of the semester will be devoted to the production, critique, and refinement of substantial, original essays.

280U.003 Spring 2012 Writing the History of Human Rights

In this course, we will survey the new historiography of human rights and identify some of its main problems, in particular its relations to other fields of historical inquiry (the histories of empire, citizenship, humanitarianism, genocide, international law, decolonization, and the end of the Cold War, among others). What kind of historical narratives are emerging if familiar histories are retold in the new idiom of human rights?

186 Spring 2012 International and Global History since 1945

In 2012, children born in 1945 will turn 67. In the years since their births-almost the span of a human life-the globe has been transformed. The ends of empires and the rise of nationalism have expanded the membership of the United Nations from 51 to 193 nations. But the end of the colonial era was followed by the emergence of new transnational political systems, as the United States and the Soviet Union created vast alliances in the name of the Cold War. Now, one of these superpowers has collapsed, and the other is challenged by rising powers, including China.

280U.001 Spring 2012 Economic History and Economic Culture of the Early Modern Atlantic World, c. 1500-1800

This course explores the development of European economies and the creation of new Atlantic economic systems during the era of European contact with and expansion into the "new worlds" of sub-Saharan Africa and the Americas. In doing so, it also attends to distinctive features of economic life emerging in this era - new theories of political economy, experiments in monetary systems and credit networks, radical new forms of slavery and labor commodification, the rise of cultures of consumption - that helped to create the modern world.

280U.002 Spring 2012 Global Environmental History

This is a reading seminar designed to introduce students to current problems and methods in environmental history. For quite some time, environmental history meant primarily the study of environmentalism and conservation in the United States. More recent work has expanded the field to include questions about colonialism, built landscape, and other topics that seem quite distant to matters of parks and game preserves.

2 Spring 2012 Comparative World History: Comparative Empires

How do empires happen? This course examines world empires in comparative perspective, with a focus on the empires of ancient Rome and modern Japan. Students will be introduced to the rise, perpetuation, and disintegration of the ancient Roman and modern Japanese empires, and will then build on these two case studies, with the help of some classic and contemporary studies on the nature and functions of empire, to learn to think critically and comparatively about empires in world history.

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