162A Fall 2016 Europe and the World: Wars, Empires, Nations 1648-1914

This upper division course surveys the rise and fall of the European Powers in the period of war and revolution preceding the downfall of Napoleon to the outbreak of World War I.

280B.001 Fall 2016 Germans and Jews

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.

175B Fall 2016 Jews in the Modern World

This course will examine the impact of modern intellectual, political, economic, and social forces on the Jewish people since the eighteenth century.  It is our aim to come to an understanding of how the Jews interpreted these forces and how and in what ways they adapted and utilized them to suit the Jewish experience.  In other words, we will trace the way Jews became modern.  Some of the topics to be covered include Emancipation, the Jewish Enlightenment, new Jewish religious movements, Jewish politics and culture, antisemitism, the Holocaust, a

280B.003 Fall 2016 The Forms of European Intellectual Culture, 1450-1700

This course provides an intensive introduction to early modern European intellectual culture. It focuses both on the questions that animated intellectual inquiry and the frameworks inside of which this inquiry was pursued. Major topics will include: humanism and the humanities, politics and political thought, practices of theological inquiry, philology and the historical sciences, genre and the history of the book, the topography of intellectual life (universities, networks, academies), and the sciences of culture in an age of discovery.

275B.001 Fall 2016 Introduction to the Long Nineteenth Century in Global Perspective

This course is intended as an introduction to the challenges posed by the French and the Industrial Revolutions to the political, cultural and economic order of Europe and of the world that Europeans increasingly came to dominate.

177B Fall 2016 Armenia: From Pre-modern Empires to the Present

This survey course will cover the period from the incorporation of most of the Armenian plateau into the Ottoman Empire to the resignation of President Levon Ter-Petrossian in February 1998.

169A Fall 2016 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 Botticelli. 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.

103B.002 Fall 2016 The Soviet Union on the Eve of the End: Film, Fiction, Music (Proseminar in European History)

We will try to understand the Soviet collapse by looking at late-Soviet culture. Requirements include 5-minute reports (10%); class discussion (40%), and 1.5-page responses to weekly assignments (50%).

103B.002 Spring 2016 Money and Credit in Pre-Modern Europe

Some believe that "in the good, old days" everybody paid in hard cash and no one was in debt. In fact, the supply of small-denomination specie was frequently insufficient. Debt was omnipresent. In a real sense, extensions of debt manifested religious ideals of economic behavior as well as relationships of power and of solidarity. What does "I have credit with somebody" mean? Why have credit "with" someone? Credit is never simply an economic institution, but is shaped by legal remedies and religious beliefs, then as now.

103B.003 Spring 2016 Soviet History through Film and Fiction

The class is devoted to the relationship between fact and fiction in Soviet history. We will discuss novels, short stories, and movies that attempt to represent life in twentieth-century Russia, from the eve of the revolution to the aftermath of the fall of communism. The authors we will be reading include Isaac Babel, Andrei Platonov, Mikhail Bulgakov, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Yuri Trifonov, and Venedikt Erofeev. Requirements: participation in discussion and weekly 1-page essays.


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