101.008 Spring 2014 Small Histories of Greater Europe

This course is intended as a launch pad and workshop for students writing senior theses in modern European history that do not fit into a more traditional definition of Europe. These might include topics based in a remote or understudied part of Europe, a region that has always only been debatably European, such as Russia and the Soviet Union, or imperial and transnational history.

101.007 Spring 2014 Topics in Modern European History, 1789-1989

Europe has remade itself repeatedly in modern times. The 19th and 20th centuries saw the high and low extremes of European civilization and global power. As its title implies, this 101 is intentionally broad, and is open to those who wish to write about some aspect of European history during this period. The instructor encourages a variety of topics; those focusing on political, scientific, religious, social, and cultural aspects of modern European history, among others, are all welcome.

101.005 Spring 2015 Early Modern Europe

This course will be a senior thesis seminar open to students planning to write on early modern Europe, a field broadly defined to include everything from the Italian Renaissance of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries to the political revolutions of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The seminar will guide students through the process of articulating a research topic, choosing appropriate sources, researching and writing a thesis.

103B.002 Spring 2014 Gender in Early Modern Europe

In Emile, his treatise on education, Jean Jacques Rousseau writes that "the education of women should always be relative to that of men.  To please, to be useful to us, to make us love and esteem them, to educate us when young, to take care of us when grown up, to advise, to console us, to render our lives easy and agreeable Even if she possessed real abilities, it would only debase her to display them."  Women should, in other words, be taught to confine themselves to the private sphere of home and family.  Did this ideal, though, ever reflect reality?

5 Spring 2014 European Civilization from the Renaissance to the Present

This course introduces students to the history of Europe since the late Renaissance, surveying the landmark events, dates, people, and historical processes of European history over the last half-millennium.  We begin in 1492 with the European conquest of the New World and the development of the “new monarchies” in Europe, and move rapidly through the Protestant and Catholic Reformations and Religious Wars, the development of strong and increasingly national states, the intellectual revolutions in science and philosophy, the French Revolution, industrialization, liberalism a

101.003 Fall 2013 Topics in Late Modern European History

This 101 has no specific theme and is designed to accommodate a wide variety of interests. The goal of the course is to write a 30-50 page thesis , using primary sources to pose and answer a compelling historical question. Students will begin the course by analyzing exemplary texts and then move on to present sources they have uncovered and how they plan to use them. After this they will proceed to plot, write and workshop their texts.

103B.007 Fall 2013 Feudalism to Capitalism to Globalization

The ‘transition from feudalism to capitalism’ is one of the most widely studied topics in early modern history, usually defined in some way by radical changes in economic networks and social structures at the dawn of the early modern period – the rise of a commercial bourgeoisie, the emergence of an agricultural proletariat, the proliferation of urban manufacture, early sophistication in credit and finance, etc.

103B.003 Fall 2013 German History since 1945

Germany’s post-1945 history has been a history of dramatic change from post-war reconstruction to the transitions following the fall of the Berlin wall. Based around discussion of the assigned major works of historical synthesis on German history since 1945 this reading seminar will address the historical challenges and problems following Germany’s military and moral defeat in May 1945.


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