101.006 Spring 2016 Early Modern Europe

This research seminar will guide students through the process of writing a senior thesis in early modern (ca. 1400-1800) European history. Our goal will be to conceive of a compelling historical question, to find an answer to that question using primary source research, and ultimately to present your findings in an engaging, effective fashion. The final product will be a 30-50 page thesis. Given the breadth of early modern European history, our course will not have a specific focus.

101.007 Spring 2016 Empires, Migrations, Frontiers

The most interesting questions posed by global historians do not necessarily address the world as a whole, but instead focus on the intersection of global processes and their local manifestations. This writing seminar is for students who wish to think about history across national borders as well as those interested in studying globalization’s impact in specific contexts. We will begin the semester with a few readings on the history of empires and migrations.

275B Spring 2016 Twentieth Century Europe

This course aims to stimulate conversation on a series of provocative questions relating to the history of modern Europe, a continent alternately coming together and tearing itself apart, reminiscent of the old oscillating universe theory. Remarkable is the persistence of the national question and its power to overwhelm every agenda – including that of social welfare – until its demands seem satisfied. Course readings touch upon following issues:

285B Spring 2016 Research Workshop with an Emphasis on Institutions of Culture and Structures of Cultural Exchange

This is a workshop course on cultural history. All are welcome. But I invite especially projects that examine the institutional infrastructure for the making, transformation, and exchange of knowledge,  art, technology, or ethical norms: printing and publishing; education; translation; travel; museums and concert halls; law and intellectual property, for example.

280B Spring 2016 The History of Emotions, Late Modern Europe

The history of emotions has become a trend in recent years. What stands behind it?  This course pursues two parallel agendas.  One, it introduces students to recent literature and methodologies, surveying some of the most widely cited names in the field, including Lucien Febvre, Barbara Rosenwein, and William Reddy. How have historians approached “the emotions”, and what kinds of historical questions have they sought to answer using this category?

168A Spring 2016 The Spanish and Portuguese Empires in the Golden Age: 1450-1700

This course will focus on the rise and development of early modern Europe's most powerful empires. Rising from the unlikely setting of a weak and fragmented Iberian peninsula in the fifteenth century, the Spanish and Portuguese Empires went on to become the world's first truly global powers. As such, they had a tremendous impact on the political, economic, cultural, and religious life of not only Iberia, but on significant parts of Europe and the New World. These were the empires of Henry the Navigator, Cervantes, Quevedo, Velasquez, and Vittoria.

103B.006 Fall 2015 Religious Violence in Early Modern Europe and the World

This course will examine the historical relationship between religion and violence in early modern Europe and the wider world (from the 15th to the 18th century). Drawing upon primary and secondary sources, we will investigate the ways in which religious violence related to major historical trends, including the Reformation, the Wars of Religion, the Enlightenment, global conquest and colonialism, the development of political philosophy, and the rise of the modern state.

101.004 Fall 2015 Early Modern and Modern Europe

This seminar is open to thesis-writers focusing on any topic in early modern and modern Europe, ca. 1400-today. As our goal is to identify and to inform ourselves about feasible research topics, good theses will be based on themes already developed over previous semesters or in a previous 103. If you are well acquainted with your chosen field, this discussion will prepare you to begin research in primary sources. If you are not, it should encourage you to begin a directed reading in the historiography of your chosen field.


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