280B.006 Spring 2007 Problems and Topics in Revolutionary France: 1750-1850

Traditionally, the French Revolution has been studied as the last chapter in the history of the ";Old Regime."; Since 1989 all this has changed. Recent historiography has given shape to a new unit of French history, ";revolutionary France,"; spanning roughly from the Enlightenment through the Revolution of 1848. The purpose of this course is to give students an opportunity to develop foundational knowledge of this most turbulent of periods in French history.

280B.008 Spring 2007 The Holy Roman Empire

An introduction to the Holy Roman Empire during the 15th to 18th centuries: physical, social, and political geography; Imperial, ecclesiastical, territorial, urban, and rural institutions; main lines of historical development from the late medieval depression to the French Revolution; major interpretations; the pre-history of modern Germany. This is a reading and discussion course (4 credits). Participants may enroll for Directed Readings (Hist 299) for P/NP credit (no paper) or for Old Empire (Hist 280B) for letter grade (paper required).

280B.005 Fall 2007 How to get from Modern Science to Modern Politics: Science, Enlightenment Culture and Politics in 18th Century France and Germany

The idea that the progress of the new sciences which emerged from the Scientific Revolution of the 17th century would eventually lead to the substitution of premodern, confession-based politics by modern, science-based political systems was a central element of Enlightenment philosophy and, thanks to permanent revisions, remained at the core of political and historiographical modernism throughout the 19th and 20th century.

280B.004 Fall 2007 Luther and his Enemies

From the beginning, Martin Luther was convinced that his reform movement was threatened by many enemies who were determined to destroy him: first and foremost he feared the pope and the devil; then religious fanatics, Anabaptists and rebellious peasants; also rival reformers like Zwingli and rival humanists like Erasmus; and last not least the Turks, the Jews and to the very end the pope as Antichrist.

280B.004 Spring 2007 War and Memory

This seminar can be taken as a 280 or 285. The subject is one of the growth areas of the historiography of twentieth century Europe. The focus is on the two world wars, Cold War and wars of decolonization but those with interests in other conflicts will be welcome. Readings offer a variety of perspectives: cultural, political, economic and social. Books include Jay Winter, Remembering War, David Reynolds, In Command of History, A.C Grayling, Among the Dead Cities, and Catherine Merridale, Ivan's War: Life and Death in the Red Army, 1939-1945.

280B.002 Spring 2007 French Culture and Politics, 1815 to the Present

This course is intended to introduce students to selected topics and interpretations of French culture and politics from the Restoration to the present.

101.003 Fall 2007 London

Description and course details are posted under the Britain listing.


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