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.

103B.004 Spring 2008 The First World War: Understanding the Twentieth Century

On August 3, 1914, the British Foreign Secretary, Edward Grey, issued a famous warning that was echoed across Europe: ";The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime."; Indeed, historians have suggested that the Great War was the ";seminal catastrophe,"; the crucible of twentieth-century Europe.

103B.006 Spring 2008 Spain from 1808-Present: Politics, War and Fascism in Modern Europe

Spain is a nation of contradictions. From the most powerful state in Europe in 1600, a series of military defeats and political stagnation saw the Spanish Empire collapse and Spain itself sink into despair by 1800. Political upheavals and flirtations with representative government in the 19th century gave way to civil war and dictatorship in the 20th.

101.012 Spring 2008 The Pen is Mightier than the Sword: Histories of Communication, Culture, and Society in and out of Europe

A sword can kill someone. A pen can do more: it can make someone immortal. Conversely, a pen can also make someone or something disappear altogether. This is because ";pens"; write history. This seminar therefore begins with the cliche that ";the pen is mightier than the sword"; and seeks to make the most of it. To do that, we will be looking at the close relationship in European history between communication, culture, and society. We will study how these interrelationships make history.

101.007 Spring 2008 Revolting Peasants? Protest, Riot, and Rebellion in Europe c.1350-1800

It is an old joke among historians that the peasants are ";revolting,"; but in fact ordinary people throughout history engaged in complex political negotiations with their rulers, often protesting against unfair policies and occasionally taking up arms in open rebellion.


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