275B.001 Fall 2008 Introduction to Late Modern European History

This seminar explores themes in the history of Europe since the 1890s. Main background reading is Mark Mazower's Europeâ€_Äôs Twentieth Century: Dark Continent . Writing assignments: two papers (7-10 pages), together with brief oral presentations/response papers in class.

275B.002 Spring 2008 Early Modern Europe: Renaissance to Revolution

An introduction to the history and historiography of early modern Europe, broadly conceived. Topics will include: demographic, economic, and social transformations, religious innovation and change, the rise of new state forms and theories of governance, the new science, Enlightenment and revolution, and more. Readings will include both classics and more recent work in the field.

280B.005 Fall 2008 Topics in the Historiography of Modern East Central Europe

Considers debates central to the study of modern East Central Europe: causes and consequences of economic backwardness, roots of national chauvinism and anti-Semitism, the dynamics of Nazi racism, the formation and limits of totalitarian rule, constitution and resuscitation of civil societies, post-Communist transformations, and the reemergence of nationalism.

275B.001 Spring 2008 Europe in the Twentieth Century

This course is not meant to cover the history of 20th century Europe. Its goal rather is to stimulate conversation on a series of provocative questions relating to the history of the continent in this period. Course readings touch upon following issues:

275B.002 Fall 2008 Early Modern Europe

History 275B is the foundational course in the history of early modern Europe from roughly 1400 to 1800, or from the Renaissance through the French Revolution. Its multiple purposes include the following: to examine the major themes, trajectories, and methods of the discipline as they have evolved since the nineteenth century; to read and analyze some of the major classics and current texts in the fields; and to develop the skills of historical criticism, writing, and collaborative work.

103B.005 Fall 2008 Weimar Culture

Drawing on a variety of primary and secondary sources, this seminar will explore the rich and varied legacy of the Weimar Republic (l918-1933) in Germany. An era when radical new experiments in aesthetics, life styles, gender roles and popular culture were attempted against the backdrop of chronic economic and political crisis, Weimar provides a unique example of the vicissitudes of rapid and uneven modernization.

103B.007 Fall 2008 The Idea of the University in Modern Europe

The University is the oldest surviving European institution after the Church. As an ideal it lies at the center of debates about Faith and Science and the aims of education and scholarship in cultivating humanity; as a place it is where schools of thought have formed and future social and political leaders have learned diplomacy by negotiating between them; as an organizing principle its internal disciplinary divisions are the categories by which we think today. What is the relationship between the modern European University, Nation, and State?


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