Europe

280B.003 Spring 2013 Nations and Nationalism in Modern East Central Europe

This course surveys major questions and controversies in the history of the nation and nationalism in modern East Central Europe, from the mid-19th Century to the present.   After considering general background and some theoretical approaches to the subject, we move on to study the emergence of the idea of the nation, and then its translation into politically relevant movements, like sports clubs or national systems of education.  Yet we also consider countervailing trends.  What were the spaces in pre-WWI East Central Europe where a-national (nationally indifferent) ide

280B.002 Spring 2013 Revolutionary France 1770-1848

Traditionally, the French Revolution has been studied as the last chapter in the history of the "Old Regime." Since 1989 all this has changed. Revisionist historiography has given shape to a new unit of French history, "revolutionary France," spanning roughly from the Enlightenment through the Revolution of 1848. The purpose of this course is to give students an opportunity to develop foundational knowledge of this most turbulent of periods in French history.

280/285B.001 Spring 2013 Early Modern European Empires

This course will focus on the rise of the new empires of early modern Europe in a comparative context. Empire studies have been flourishing in recent years, and this seminar will draw upon a range of historical literature on the Spanish, Dutch, British, and French empires. Besides exploring the thematic topography of the literature, we will also bring our collective analytical pressure to bear on the theoretical and methodological approaches of the different texts.

182AT Spring 2013 Technology and Society in the Modern World

How do technology and society interact? What drives technological change? How does technology transfer across different cultures? These and other related questions are examined using historical case studies of productive, military, domestic, information, and biomedical technologies from 1700 to the present. We shall discuss the evolution of artifacts and technological systems such as industrial machinery, weapons, microwaves, computers, and contraceptives.

162B Spring 2013 War and Peace: Europe and the International System since 1914

This upper division course analyzes the turbulent transitions from the classical European balance of power to today's global multipolar system. The class focuses on the history of international relations and Europe's changing role within the international system. We will be examining individual personalities, including Lenin, Stalin, Mussolini, Hitler, Churchill, de Gaulle, Thatcher and Gorbachev; ideologies, such as fascism, communism, and socialism; and institutional structures, including the League of Nations, the United Nations, and the European Union.

159A Spring 2013 Economic History to the Industrial Revolution

This course focuses on the forces that produced that change or were inextricably connected with it--industrialism, liberalism, nationalism, urbanization, the revolution in the technology of warfare, the unprecedented increase in population, and the spectacular expansion of Europe to the four corners of the earth.

182AT Spring 2013 Technology and Society in the Modern World

How do technology and society interact? What drives technological change? How does technology transfer across different cultures? These and other related questions are examined using historical case studies of productive, military, domestic, information, and biomedical technologies from 1700 to the present. We shall discuss the evolution of artifacts and technological systems such as industrial machinery, weapons, microwaves, computers, and contraceptives.

178 Spring 2013 History of the Holocaust

This course will survey the historical events and intellectual developments leading up to and surrounding the destruction of European Jewry during World War II. By reading a mixture of primary and secondary sources we will examine the Shoah (the Hebrew word for the Holocaust) against the backdrop of modern Jewish and modern German history. The course is divided into two main parts: (1) the historical background up to 1939; and (2) the destruction of European Jewry, 1939-1945.

171C Spring 2013 The Soviet Union, 1917 to the Present

An introductory survey of Russian history from the revolutions of 1917 to the present. Marxism-Leninism, War Communism, and Real Socialism; the Great Transformation and the Great Terror; family and nationality; state and society; Russian versus Soviet; Gorbachev versus the past. A midterm and a final; no term paper

169A Spring 2013 Renaissance and Baroque Italy 1350-1800

This course will focus on the history of Italy during a period when it was the leading center of European artistic production and the driving force in the revival of classical learning,  cultural ideals, and political thought. This was the Italy of Raphael, Donatello, Michelangelo, Alberti and Boticelli. At the same time, Italy was also a political battleground through much of the period in the realm of ideas and theory but also in the literal sense.

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