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.

100.001 Fall 2013 Before Twitter: Communication, Media and Politics from Gutenberg to the Information Society

Our present is often referred to as the ‘age of information’, marked by the expansion of knowledge-producing occupations and by the transformation of information into commodity and social good. By bringing history into media studies, this course will show that adopting a long-term perspective - and examining the similar concerns over communication that societies of the past had - can help to better understand our present ‘information society’.

285B Fall 2013 The Age of Robert the Pious: Kingship, Monasticism, and the "Feudal Mutation"

Robert the Pious (996-1031) has always been a problematic king.  On the one hand, a contemporary life describes him as something of a holy fool.  On the other hand, he conquered Burgundy.  It has always been hard to fit the two together.  In addition, his reign saw the rapid diffusion of monastic reforms from Cluny and Marmoutier, the development of the Peace of God, and the first appearance of popular heresy in the Latin West.

280B Fall 2013 The Problem of Enlightenment: Intellectual and Cultural Histories

Arguably,in the past 25 years, the Enlightenment has effectively collapsed as a set of philosophical, political, and social prescriptions. It has, at the same time, become far more various, plural, and local in its historical character. This course proposes to take up the problem ofEnlightenment as a topic of historical research in this post-national moment, and aims both to survey recent historiography and to identifydirections for promising future work. The course is planned as a set of conversations, both methodological and topical.

280B Fall 2013 The Idea of Reason

This course will follow the fortunes of the idea of “reason” in the work of Kant, Hegel and Marx. We will also examine several 20th-century assessments of their legacy, including work by Frankfurt School theorists.

285B Fall 2013 European Intellectual and Cultural History in the Long 19th Century

Through this seminar, students will develop topics of their choice into full-length research essays. The course is geared toward those interested in intellectual and cultural history, working on European topics – including Russia - from the eighteenth century through the beginning of the twentieth century. (The chronological limit is negotiable). Students should contact Victoria Frede in the early summer to discuss ideas and potential sources.


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