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.

103B.004 Fall 2013 Decolonization and the 20th Century World

During the Twentieth Century the vast overseas empires of the European powers were replaced by a world of nation-states, dominated by the dual superpowers of the USA and USSR. However, the process of decolonization did not mean simply the end of empire, but involved the remaking of the world in very specific and contingent ways. These included both the formation of new modes of global power and political economy, and the persistence of imperial power structures into the postcolonial world.

103B.005 Fall 2013 Revolutionary Europe 1789-1989: Theory and Practice

The nineteenth and twentieth centuries in Europe were a revolutionary age, not only because of the rapid development of modern industrial society and the rise and fall of global empires, but also because political revolutions themselves proved during this period to be “history’s locomotives.” Analyzing why revolutions occur, how to start them, how to end them, and sometimes how to prevent them became one of the chief pursuits of thinkers like Edmund Burke, Karl Marx, and Hannah Arendt.

103B.006 Fall 2013 The ‘Stans: Central Asia in the Soviet Empire

This course has two principal goals: to emphasize the multi-national aspect of Soviet history and to study the formation of modern Central Asia. Students will be introduced to the culture and civilization of Turkestan and learn how this region was marked by its Soviet transformation into five separate republics.

39O Fall 2013 Freshman/Sophomore Seminar: The Great War: Crucible of the Twentieth Century

This course will introduce students to a number of ways of thinking about the war that George F. Kennan described as the "seminal evil of the twentieth century": the Great War of 1914 to 1918. We will be examining some key works of political, social and cultural history, including first-person accounts and literary sources, in an attempt to identify and explore some of the ways in which this war permanently altered the history of Europe. 

C157 Fall 2013 The Renaissance and the Reformation

This course focuses on one of the most dynamic and transformative periods in the history of Europe. Covering the centuries from roughly 1350 to 1650, we will first be analyzing the dramatic rise or "rebirth" of painting, architecture, poetry, political theory and learning that first emerged in the Italian cities of Florence, Venice, Rome, and Naples, and then spread in varying degrees to other parts of Europe.


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