101.007 Fall 2008 European Colonialisms, 1791-1965

Europeans long conceived of themselves in opposition to the ";uncivilized"; peoples they encountered overseas. It would become increasingly clear, however, that us/them binaries were inadequate. Through their involvement in local administration and social networks in their colonies, Europeans were forced to readdress assumptions of cultural differences almost as quickly as they formed. In so doing, they reinvented their imperial projects, and gender, class, national and imperial identities, as well.

103B.009 Fall 2008 Strange Defeats: Other Histories of Late Modern Europe

This seminar focuses on Modern Europe's so-called losers, failures, and defeats and their influences on and interactions with the course of Modern European history. Starting with the rise and fall of the Paris Commune and ending with the devastation of Sarajevo following the end of the Cold War, we will range widely across Europe both geographically and chronologically.

103B.004 Fall 2008 The Memoir as a Primary Source

Memoirs are notoriously unreliable as primary sources, yet historians are continually drawn to them. They provide insights into the way people have experienced some of the most important periods and events in history. They also allow historians to observe how people in the past made sense of their everyday lives. In this course, we will be reading in some of the best-known autobiographies, including those by Augustine, Rousseau, Tolstoi, Gorkii, and Primo Levi. What kinds of historical questions can these texts be used to answer?

103B.006 Fall 2008 Nature and Culture: 19th and 20th Century Environmental History: America and Europe in Comparison

Environmental history is a relatively young discipline. It has sprung from a culture of activism and is now moving towards the mainstream of
historical research. While the current state of environmental anxiety and crisis certainly proves its relevance, historians are proceeding to take a more profound look at the changing relationship between humankind and its natural surroundings as it has unfolded since the Industrial Revolution.

103B.003 Fall 2008 The French Revolution

No event has played a greater role in shaping the modern world than the French Revolution­and it continues to do so, even today. From the Declaration of the Rights of Man to the first modern Terror, modern political life, in all of its global incarnations, can only be fully grasped by understanding its beginnings in 1789. And no episode in history has produced a richer and more varied body of historical writing.

101.008 Fall 2008 Ideas and Politics in Modern Europe

Students in this thesis seminar may choose to work on any time or place in modern Europe, as long as their topic falls within the loose rubric of ideas and politics. This could mean anything from the history of political philosophy (e.g. theories of liberalism in early nineteenth-century England) to a treatment of a particular political or social thinker (e.g. Rosa Luxemburg's concept of revolution, or the influence of Darwin on Herbert Spencer's thought) to the history of a specific political or social movement and its intellectual foundations (e.g.

103B.003 Spring 2008 Popular Fronts, War, Occupation and Resistance: France and Spain, 1936-1945

In 1936 Berkeley students volunteered to fight in Spain. No war in modern times has stirred the passions of people worldwide in the way that the Spanish Civil War did. The clash of ideologies that defined World War II began not in 1941 or 1939 but in 1936 with the formation of the French and Spanish Popular Fronts and the outbreak of the civil war.

101.005 Spring 2008 The Middle Ages

Description and course details posted under Medieval listing.

103B.005 Spring 2008 The Public Intellectual in Modern Europe

The twentieth century has been called, rightly or wrongly, the era of the public intellectual. In this course we will try to understand the terms ";public"; and ";intellectual"; as products of a particular period in European cultural and intellectual history. The term ";public intellectual"; has attracted considerable attention while resisting attempts at definition by sociologists, historians and literary critics.


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