280B.001 Spring 2008 Europe in the Early Modern World

This seminar will examine aspects of European history in the early modern period with a view to comparing them with other societies and placing them in the context of the larger early modern world. We will also consider to what extent such a concept â€_Ä" the early modern world â€_Ä" has value as an historical concept. Among the topics to be addressed are: ecological/climate history, household and family history, urban institutions, intercontinental trade and globalization, colonial empires, and the concept of the ";great divergence.";

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280B.002 Spring 2008 Classical Critical Theory

This course will explore the founding texts of the Frankfurt School's first generation, Horkheimer, Adorno, Benjamin, Marcuse, Lowenthal and their circle. It will follow the development of Critical Theory through its Weimar years, American exile and return to postwar Germany.

280B.002 Fall 2008 Family, Civil Society and the State in Italy, Europe and the United States, 1917-1968

The course seeks to build up a comparative framework of national case studies, adopting as its methodology the analysis of interactions between families, civil society and the state.

280B.004 Fall 2008 The Jewish People Between the World Wars

The sociologist Eva Reichmann once described the interwar period as it pertained to Jews as a ";rehearsal for destruction."; Indeed, World War I and its aftermath shook Jewish society to the core. Jews in eastern Europe suffered violence and communal devastation; Russian Jews saw personal liberties increase with the Bolshevik Revolution but religious and communal life assaulted; Jews in central and western Europe experienced the intensification of antisemitism both during and after the war.

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.


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