101.003 Fall 2017 Topics in Modern European History, French Revolution to the present

Any topics in Late Modern European history are welcome. We will meet several times at the beginning of the semester to discuss possible topics, bibliographies, and research strategies, and then again at the end to discuss paper drafts. The rest of the time I will be meeting with students individually.

103U.001 Fall 2017 Transgressions and repressions; crimes and punishments in Atlantic Society, 1500-1800

Our course concentrates on the occurrence, nature, and causes of secular and religious transgressions and the institutions of control designed to punish transgressors in early modern Atlantic societies. We will explore the everyday lives and actions of (ex)ordinary people caught up in the mechanisms of the control of crime and religious transgression.

103B.002 Fall 2017 Violence and Feud in the Middle Ages

The Middle Ages has the reputation of being a period of unusual violence tamed only by the legal institutions of the developing state, but the reputation is undeserved, at least if one thinks of violence as the unrestrained use of physical force by individuals. Violence was common in the middle ages, but it was not unrestrained. It was limited, calculated, and essential to maintaining social order. For that very reason, it is all the more interesting.

103B.001 Fall 2017 The Historical Novel and European History

Art has long served as a way of personalizing the past: turning something distant and abstract into a tangible experience. What is historical fiction and how does it relate to the professional practice of history? What are the different advantages and challenges faced by writers and historians in their attempts to represent or investigate the past? How have representations of history changed by place and over time? Rather than using literature merely as a supplement to a historical topic, we will foreground the history of the historical novel.

103U Fall 2017 Antisemitism and Jewish Responses

Hatred of Jews and Judaism is an enduring prejudice, stretching from antiquity to the present. Its seeming chronological limitlessness is matched by its apparent lack of geographical boundaries. So tenacious an ideology is it that even countries where there have never been Jews have nonetheless had antisemites. Beginning with the ancient world, we will examine the history of this hatred by reading both primary and secondary-source material. We will also seriously consider the variety of Jewish responses to it.

103B.003 Fall 2017 History of Economic Crisis, 1720-2008

The year 1720 witnessed the world's first international financial crisis, in the form of the South Sea Bubble in Britain and the Mississippi Bubble in France. Since then the core of "developed" countries in Europe and America has experienced a major economic crisis about once per decade, with the most recent Great Recession still ongoing. How can we understand these crises? Is each one unique, or is there an underlying pattern? What determines their frequency and severity? Are crises an inevitable and natural feature of the modern economy?

280B/285B.003 Fall 2017 Early Modern Britain

For 280B, please use Class Number 46957. For 285B, please use Class Number 22753. 

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. This year, rather than surveying disconnected subjects, I have decided to organize the syllabus around the theme “Forms and Functions of Early Modern Politics.” This is capacious enough to include a wide range of interconnected topics: state formation; empire; gender and power; popular politics; the general crisis of the seventeenth century; political culture; church-state relations; and much else besides.

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.


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