Europe

101 Spring 2017 Early Modern Europe in the Age of Empire, 1500-1800: Tasks and Themes

This research seminar will begin by reading some central examples of the historical literature on the first global empires in early modern Europe: Spain, Portugal, France and Britain.

275B.001 Spring 2017 Early Modern Europe

History 275 is the foundational course for graduate students in the history of early modern Europe from the Renaissance to the French Revolution.

285B.004 Spring 2017 Research Topics in Soviet History

Several class meetings devoted to discussions of possible topics, bibliographies, and outlines followed by individual meetings with instructor and general discussions of final drafts. Knowledge of Russian is preferred but not required.

280B.001 Spring 2017 Problems of Nations and Nationalism in Modern Central Europe

This course surveys questions and controversies in the history of the nation and nationalism in Central Europe, from the late 18th Century to the present. 

280B/285B Spring 2017 Ancient Israel in the Modern Western Imagination

Spanning the 17th through the 20th centuries this course sets out to explore the way Europeans, Americans and Israelis have imagined and represented Biblical Israel.  Among the topics we will address are: Spinoza’s heresy, the Enlightenment Bible, the politics of archaeology, histories of Ancient Israel, Christian and Jewish representations of Jesus and the Holy Land, Israelite-Sephardic authenticity and Masada and the Zionist imagination.

275B/280B Spring 2017 Europe's Twentieth Century

We will discuss some of the major historical syntheses on twentieth-century Europe as well as more specific writings on wartime, interwar and postwar Europe that have appeared over the last decades. Particular emphasis will be placed on the tensions between national histories and trans-European trajectories. Weekly position papers and one historiographical essay constitute the principal writing assignments.

280B/285B Spring 2017 Accusing the Self: Historical Credibility of Self-Accusatory Practices

The members of the seminar will try to come to terms with the historical validity of narratives, confessions, and biographies of the accused produces under duress. The class will analyze both police, and court documents, censored diaries, pseudo-autobiographies, but also attempts that try to interpret, make use and sense of the confessions and the self-accusations.

103B.002 Spring 2017 Secularization and Modern European History

Americans have a difficult time making sense of secularism in Europe. Why, for instance, do some French citizens see wearing a burkini or a burqua to be in violation of such cherished secular principles as equality or liberty? Moreover, if Europe is so secular why are religious holidays still observed in most countries and religious symbols tolerated in public schools, such as crosses in Italy? Despite boasting the highest rates of atheism in the world, Secular Europe, according to many critics, remains biased towards its Christian past.

101.003 Spring 2017 Topics in Modern European History, 1789-1989

This 101 will revolve around the questions of cultural identity as they were expressed—and sometimes repressed—in modern Europe. All students working on European topics are welcome, as well as others particularly interested in the topic (please contact me in this case) Because the uses of history are as widely varied as the questions that are asked of it, student in this class will learn to ask those questions for themselves and begin to answer them.

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