Europe

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.

166C Spring 2013 Modern France

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165A Spring 2013 The Reformations of Christendom

The European Reformations splintered Christianity, and fundamentally altered the political and cultural landscape of Europe. This course will focus on the long history of these Reformations, from their beginnings in the sixteenth centuries, to their aftereffects in the Enlightenment. In particular, it will investigate the connection between the religious events of the early modern period, and the formation of modern political society.

164B Spring 2013 European Intellectual History from Enlightenment to 1870

Reading primary texts, we will examine the major figures and themes in the intellectual development of Europe from Rousseau to Wagner. Included in the topics of the course will be German Idealism, Romanticism, Utopian Socialism, Marxism, Realism, Feminism and Nationalism. We will read works by Kant, Hegel, Goethe, Marx, Flaubert, Wollstonecraft, Kierkegard and others. We will also listen to Wagner's Tristan and Isolde. The intellectual and artistic currents of the period will be set against the background of European history as a whole.

158B Spring 2013 Europe in the 19th Century

Europe changed more rapidly and more dramatically during the nineteenth century than during any other period in recorded history. 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.

100.007 Spring 2013 Special Topics: Early Modern Russia

This course presents an introduction to the Early Modern Russian culture; it encompasses the period from the Time of Troubles (beginning of the seventeenth century) to the reign of Catherine the Great (1762 – 1796).

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