Europe

103B.005 Fall 2018 The European Economy between the Great War and the Great Recession: Paths to Prosperity from Laissez-Faire Capitalism to Neoliberalism

During the twentieth century, a dizzying variety of economic regimes emerged across Europe. The First World War ushered radical communist and fascist solutions for achieving modern economic growth as the classic liberal model, based on international trade and the gold standard lost legitimacy. The Superpowers directed the reconstruction of their respective spheres of influence after the Second World War, giving rise to the welfare states across Western and Northern Europe and transforming Eastern and Southern Europe into urbanized industrial societies.

103B.004 Fall 2018 Faith and Profit in the Pre-Modern Mediterranean: 300-1600

"In the name of God and good profit.” For the 14th century Italian merchant Francesco Datini, faith and profit were two complementary, not conflicting, aims of life. He was far from alone in his thinking, though not unchallenged. Across many historical societies, there have been tensions between the demands of economic and religious life. Who can I marry, what may I sell, what should I do with money, and how shall I interact with strangers? These questions can become especially acute when representatives of two competing belief systems interact with each other.

103B.003 Fall 2018 Soviet History Through Film and Fiction

We will treat the main themes of Soviet history by focusing on representative films and works of fiction, from canonical Civil War stories to cult movies about the crisis of the 1990s, by way of camp memoirs and World War II melodramas.

103B.002 Fall 2018 The Renaissance, 1340-1700

This seminar will focus on the long Renaissance in Europe with particular attention to historical literature that has been written in the past 25 years. We will be reading a wide selection of both articles and books that are representative of the different tasks and themes of Renaissance historians. This will allow us to map the shifting contours of the field as it has evolved over the past few decades with the goal of understanding the potential future of the Renaissance in the 21stcentury.

103B.001 Fall 2018 Nazis and Anti-Nazis in the Third Reich

This seminar will focus on central actors for the rise of Nazism in Germany and will introduce contexts and historical developments in which the National Socialists abolished the civil rights of the 1920s in the Weimar Republic and created a political system of repression and violence against all those who did not share their fascist ideology or did not fit into their racist people’s community (Volksgemeinschaft).

103B.003 Spring 2018 History of Nature: From Early Modern Empires to Global Warming

In 1755 the “Great Lisbon Earthquake” triggered a crisis of faith in God across Europe, and shook the foundations of the Portuguese Empire. In summer 2017 the “Lucifer Heatwave” deepened a crisis of faith in modernity and intensified debates about global warming. This course examines the changing meanings of nature in European culture from the seventeenth century to the present day, and the rise of modern environmentalism.

103B.002 Spring 2018 The Caucasus in the Modern Era: "Ethnicities, Empires, and Nations"

This seminar is a historical survey of the Caucasus from the end of the eighteenth century to the present. A number of features characterize this region, three of which deserve some attention. First, the ethnoreligious diversity of its population is remarkable, for many small ethnies have been able to survive there for centuries in often adverse conditions. Second, the region is also best understood as a corridor through which numerous invasions have passed, often leaving behind them masses of settlers.

103B.001 Spring 2018 Food in Europe, 1500-1950

The history of food as a recognized subfield is relatively young. Sociologists and anthropologists discovered it well before historians did. And yet, food lies at the basis, not only of human survival, but of all political, social, economic and cultural systems. The viability of every state rests on the adequate provisioning of subjects, particularly in the urban metropolis, but also in the military. Grain supplies have always been one of the most basic tests of the mobilizing capacity of the state. Management of dearth in staple goods is no less important in maintaining social cohesion.

101.005 Spring 2018 Topics in Modern European History: 1789 to the Present.

This writing seminar is open to all students planning to write their thesis on a topic related to ‘Late Modern Europe.’ While all topics are welcome, those particularly interested in the region of Russia, Eurasia, or Eastern Europe, as well as those with an emphasis on cultural history, are especially encouraged to register. We will meet during the first few weeks to discuss research and writing strategies, formulate reading lists, and identify primary source bases.

101.004 Spring 2018 Topics in Modern European History, 1789 to the Present

This seminar will guide students through the process of completing a senior thesis in a topic in modern European history, with a geographical focus on Western Europe. Our focus will be the research and writing process, ranging from the feasibility of research topics, historiography, methodology, and analysis, but with an extra emphasis on the practicalities of writing research papers. Students should contact the professor in advance of the seminar to discuss possible topics and, if possible, research questions.

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