103B.003 Fall 2006 The Question of Culture in Modern European Thought

This seminar will examine the issue of culture, high and low, elite and inclusive, in the last three centuries of European thought. We will look at British, French, German and Austrian thinkers who pondered the meaning of culture and its implications for politics, ethics and art. We will also investigate the ways in which visual culture as a concept has emerged in recent years. Among the thinkers we will read are Sigmund Freud, Matthew Arnold, Georg Lukâˆ_°cs, Theodor W. Adorno, Herbert Marcuse, Terry Eagleton, Raymond Williams, Carl Schorske and Pierre Bourdieu.

103B.005 Fall 2006 Media and Ethnic Conflict

This course provides general knowledge of the historical development of the media in connection with problems of ethnicity. It discusses issues of journalistic practice connected with this particular area. It gives students an in-depth understanding of the way media have participated in recent ethnic conflicts and shaped perceptions of it, both locally and abroad. It examines in particular detail the role of media in the wars of Yugoslavia, and deals also with the Middle East and Rwanda.

103B.007 Fall 2006 Modern Europe at War

This section of History 103 will examine the practice of warfare during the age of European global power from the sixteenth century to 1945. Topics will include tactics and the experience of battle, war as an engine of state-building and social change, and the military encounter between Europe and the wider world. While particular attention will be given to the wars of religion, the Napoleonic period, and the total wars of the twentieth century, students with an interest in 'small' wars and unconventional conflicts are encouraged to apply.

101.015 Spring 2006 The History of Sports, Leisure, and Popular Entertainment in Europe, 1850-1990

This thesis research seminar will examine the history of sports, leisure, and popular entertainment in Europe from the middle of the nineteenth century to the end of the twentieth century. Readings assigned during the first weeks of the semester will introduce students to a range of questions that have stimulated research in the field. How did industrialization change patterns of work and leisure in Europe? How have class differences influenced Europeans? use of free time? What were the consequences of the emergence of a leisure industry at the turn of the twentieth century?

103B(R.003 Spring 2006 Misfits, Outsiders, and the Strange and Unusual: Some Early Modern European Biographies

In the last thirty years, many historians have grown increasingly interested in the history of individuals whose lives were once forgotten or considered marginal or even aberrant to the course of ";mainstream"; history. In the process, we have discovered that researching and studying these ";strange and unusual"; people?s lives reveal new aspects and new understandings of the past that are not possible through classical historical study.

103B.006 Spring 2006 Gender and Nationalism

This course seeks to bring together the two vast historiographic fields of the history of nationalism and history of gender. We will attempt to understand the extent to which these two histories were intertwined in modern history. The course will begin with some methodological discussions. We will then proceed in a part-chronological part-thematic manner. Particular attention will be paid to: (1) war and revolution as definitive moments in nation-building and defining gender-roles (2) gender and the colonial encounter as crucial to the politics of 'nation-ness.'

103B.002 Spring 2006 The Individual in Society, 1860

For European litterateurs, novelists, philosophers, historians, and political theorists of the nineteenth century, there may have been no question more pressing than that of the individual in society. How much scope must society give each person to realize his or her full potential, and what, if anything, did the individual owe society in exchange? Were individuals in fact free to shape their own destiny, or was their fate determined by the society, or "civilization" they belonged to?

103B(R.004 Spring 2006 Women, Society and Politics in Nineteenth Century Europe

This course will examine the history of women in Europe from the French Revolution to the Russian Revolution (1789 to 1917). The focus will be primarily on the social and cultural developments of the 19th century and their political repercussions. Of particular interest will be the emergence of Nationalism, Socialism and the Suffrage Movement and most of the readings will be from original texts of proponents (and some opponents) of women's rights like Olympe de Gouges, Mary Wollstonecraft, John Stuart Mill, Flora Tristan etc.


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