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.

103B.003 Fall 2007 The Year 1848: Revolution in Germany and Europe

The Year 1848 was a watershed in German and European History. New political and economic forces stormed against the last remnants of feudalism. Especially in Central Europe revolts shook the old autocratic structures, bold steps towards democracy, economic liberalism and national unity were made. Yet, in the case of Germany and Austria, the revolution is commonly regarded as a failure. The course will address this assessment from various political and cultural perspectives. Are there defining moments in history? Are there points of no return? How can single events drive history?

103B.005 Fall 2007 Modernity and Its Discontents

Few ideas have been both as celebrated and reviled as ";modernity."; This course will attempt to tease out the meaning and implications of this concept by paying particular (though not exclusive) attention to those who have challenged, critiqued, or even rejected modernity and modern life. While a number of secondary texts will be assigned, the bulk of the reading will be primary sources.

101.005 Fall 2007 Diaspora Communities in the Modern World

This seminar will look at the experience of diaspora communities from a global comparative perspective. Modernization, long thought to entail the formation of ethnically homogenous nation-states, just as often created novel opportunities for migration, occupational specialization, and renewed feelings of attachment among ethnic communities living outside their homelands.

103B.007 Fall 2007 Reasonable Pasts for Reasonable Futures: Writing History in the Age of Enlightenment and Revolution

Among the tools prehistoric men used to make sense, story telling has proved to be both the most influential and the most elusive. Like their archaic ancestors, modern men tell stories about the origin and destination of humanity to make sense of their lives and motivate collective action. As mythical stories which link past and future to a meaningful whole have motivated agendas as divergent as human sacrifice and radical pacifism, their impact on world history is not easy to assess. In the long history of rational reflection on myth, the 18th century is an important turning point.

103B.004 Fall 2007 Black Europe: From Origins to the Present-day

Many have traditionally viewed Europe as the great white continent, yet in recent years a number of scholars have begun to consider the role played by blacks in European history. This course will provide an overview of that historiography. Starting with ancient Greece, we will move through the Renaissance and the era of trans-Atlantic slavery to the modern era, devoting the last few weeks of the course to the study of blacks in Europe since the second world war.


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