275B.002 Fall 2006 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.

275B.001 Fall 2006 Late Modern Europe: Part I

This seminar will provide an introduction to some of the major issues of Europe's ";long 19th century"; (ca. 1789-1914): the impact of the French Revolution, the intellectual origins of socialism, religion and secularization, imperialism/empire, the crisis of the liberal state and of the international system. Woven through most of these topics, however, is the story of the changing ways Europeans were defining community -- as class, as confession, and especially as nation, an identity whose dominance in the 19th century we will by no means take for granted.

280B.003 Fall 2006 Modern Jewish Historiography

This seminar will offer an in-depth introduction to some of the central trends and personalities in modern Jewish historiography. We begin by reading (and reading about) the founders of modern Jewish historiography. The enterprise of critical Jewish historical scholarship has often been criticized for its atomizing effect on traditional Jewish memory. And yet, despite the absorption of modern historicist currents, Jewish historians have often attempted to construct overarching and holistic accounts of the Jewish past.

285B.001 Spring 2006

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280B.004 Fall 2006 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, but this is not intended to be restrictive. Those with interests in other conflicts and periods will be welcome. The readings offer a mix of cultural, political and social perspectives.

280B.001 Fall 2006 Philosophy and Politics in Modern Western European Thought

This seminar will explore the ways in which philosophy and politics have been intertwined in the thought of prominent European thinkers of the past two centuries. Conservative, liberal, socialist and fascist considerations of the relationship between theory and praxis will be examined. We will read works by, among others, Kant, Hegel, Mill, Marx, Nietzsche, Lukâˆ_°cs, Heidegger, Schmitt, Arendt, and Habermas.

280B.005 Spring 2006 Topics in the Historiography of Modern East Central Europe

Considers debates central to the study of modern East Central Europe: causes and consequences of economic backwardness, roots of national chauvinism and anti-Semitism, the dynamics of Nazi racism, the formation and limits of totalitarian rule, constitution and resuscitation of civil societies, post-Communist transformations, and the reemergence of nationalism.

280B.003 Spring 2006 Introduction to the Historiography of Imperial Russia

In this course, students will interrogate the authors of the best of the books and articles about Imperial Russian history in absentia. Their writings will be grouped thematically, with a special focus on the nineteenth century. Special attention will be paid to social, cultural, and intellectual history in that period (these being the primary areas of debate in U.S. writing about Imperial Russia over the last 50 years: society-state relations and ";civil society";, the role of the intelligentsia, the role of the Church, as well as nationalism and borderlands).

275B.001 Spring 2006 Introduction To Late Modern European History

This seminar explores the main themes of the history of Europe since 1900. For background, we will use Mark Mazower's Dark Continent while investigating the treatment of specific themes in monographs. Since the seminar is an introductory course the approach is inclusive -there is no particular spin, social, cultural or otherwise. The emphasis is on informed discussion. Each meeting opens with an oral presentation/review of the topic. Writing assignments: two papers (7-10 pages) and some short book reviews (500 word max).

280B.004 Spring 2006 Absolutism and Society in Early Modern France

This seminar, which can be taken as a 285, examines older and recent historiographic debates about the nature of ?absolutism? in France, studied within a broader European context. Topics will include: the 17th ?century crisis; structures of governance; the social foundations of absolutism; politics and the court of Louis XIV; the semiotics of kingship; absolutist citizenship and the law; foreigners, religious minorities and the body politic; the origins of the French Enlightenment.


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