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?

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.


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