101.003 Spring 2017 Topics in Modern European History, 1789-1989

This 101 will revolve around the questions of cultural identity as they were expressed—and sometimes repressed—in modern Europe. All students working on European topics are welcome, as well as others particularly interested in the topic (please contact me in this case) Because the uses of history are as widely varied as the questions that are asked of it, student in this class will learn to ask those questions for themselves and begin to answer them.

103B.001 Spring 2017 African and Asian Immigration to Europe since 1945

Until the end of the Second World War, European colonial empires came to encompass almost all of Africa and Asia. Britain and France ruled the largest of those empires. One of the drivers of colonization was a regular outflow of people from Europe. From 1945, European empires collapsed. In parallel, the migration flows from Europe to Africa and Asia have been replaced by migration flows in the opposite direction. First came European settlers, such as French settlers in Algeria, one million of whom migrated to France in 1961-1963.

103B.001 Fall 2016 Banned Books: The Rise of Censorship in Modernity (Proseminar in European History)

The printing press was a technology that, in over five hundred years, can only really be compared to the rise of the internet. It allowed the spread of information at rates that were previously unimaginable and built communities that would otherwise have been impossible. It enabled the Reformation and changed the face of the political world. With all of this new freedom, though, came new demands for guidance, regulation, and control.

280B.005 / 285B.001 Fall 2016 The Stuart Hall Project

Stuart Hall was arguably the most important and influential intellectual in late twentieth century Britain.  A migrant from Jamaica he arrived in Britain as a Rhodes Scholar and became an important voice in the New Left. His work was diffuse - ranging from analyses of popular culture, racial formation, and neoliberalism - but was always shaped by the politics of his present.  This class will not be an intellectual history of his various theoretical engagements.

280B.004 Fall 2016 German Jewry

This seminar is designed to introduce students to an intensive examination of the major themes and issues concerning the history of the Jews in Germany from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries.  German Jews made defining innovations in Jewish life while at the same time, they also contributed to general western culture to a degree disproportionate to their numbers.  No other Jewish community has had such a profound effect on both Jewish and European civilizations concurrently.

103B.003 Fall 2016 The Renaissance, 1370-1700 (Proseminar in European History)

This seminar will focus on the long Renaissance in Europe with particular attention to historical literature that has been written in the past 25 years. We will be reading a wide selection of both articles and books that are representative of the different tasks and themes of Renaissance historians. This will allow us to map the shifting contours of the field as it has evolved over the past few decades with the goal of understanding the potential future of the Renaissance in the 21st century.

167C Fall 2016 Germany in the 20th Century

This course will explore Germany’s tumultuous relationship to Europe and the world from 1914 to the present. This period was marked the two of the largest and bloodiest conflicts ever seen by mankind, the First and Second World War, the rise of extreme ideologies, the Cold War, the fall of the Iron Curtain, and the return of Germany as a sovereign actor in world affairs.

158C Fall 2016 Old and New Europe, 1914 to the Present: The Changing European Order in the 20th Century

The course details the major international configurations in Europe and the deep transformations of the European order over the long 20th century, ranging from the floating Bismarck order preceding World War I until the new European Union following the end of the Cold War. We will scrutinize the failed Versailles order, the devastation and destabilization of Europe in the Great Depression, and the Nazi New Order for Europe.

5 Fall 2016 Modern Europe

This course introduces students to European history from around 1500 to the present. During this time, a small, poor, and fragmented Europe became a world civilization, whose political, cultural, and economic power now touch the four corners of the globe. Our course will ask how and why this happened. How, in other words, did "modernity" become "western" for better and worse?


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