Europe

101.003 Spring 2006 The Cultural Politics of Modern European Jewry

The modern period (the nineteenth century until the outbreak of World War II) was a time of great social and intellectual ferment among European Jews as they sought to come to grips with the impact of modernity. Naturally, living in so many different places under such varied social and economic conditions, they responded in a host of differing, often mutually exclusive, ways to collective problems such as secularization, embourgeoisement and antisemitism in the West and poverty, urbanization and over-crowding in the East.

158A Fall 2005 Old Regime and Revolutionary Europe, 1715-1815

The eighteenth century in Europe witnessed a series of ";revolutions"; -- intellectual, political, and to a lesser extent, social and economic -- that together constitute the birth rites of modern European society and culture. But the history of the eighteenth century is complex, requiring sustained attention to the social groups, ideas, and institutions that promoted and that resisted change in this period.

101.004 Spring 2006 Research Topics in German History: 1933-1949

Students taking this course will be asked to write a research paper of 35-40 pages based on original as well as secondary sources dealing with National Socialist Germany and Germany under Allied occupation prior to the founding of the German Federal Republic and the German Democratic Republic.

280B.002 Fall 2005 Introduction to Soviet Historiography

The landmarks of Soviet historiography from Leon Trotsky to the latest academic fad, in loose chronological order. Weekly book reviews, no papers.

280B.001 Fall 2005 The Historiography of Medieval Italy

This seminar will give an overview of the key themes and debates in the history of Italy from 300 to 1400. Topics include the end of antiquity in Italy, the impact of the Lombards and the ethnic composition of early medieval Italy, the phenomenon of incastellamento, the origins of the communes, the rise of the Popolo, and the Norman & Angevin kingdoms in the south. Readings will be in English, Italian, and French.

275B.003 Fall 2005 The Long Nineteenth Century

This course is designed to introduce students to some of the main themes of European history from the French Revolution through the First World War. Students will be asked to use Eric Hobsbawm's trilogy (The Age of Revolution, The Age of Capital, the Age of Empire) as the texts of reference; successive weeks will address the revolutions of 1789 and 1848, the emergence of class conflict and consciousness, socialism, nationalism, imperialism, the fin de siËcle, popular religion, prostitution, the changing nature of political cultures, violence, and the First World War.

280B.003 Fall 2005 Transcendence & Immanence in History Thought

The Western debate over the meaning of history, four stages: 1) the providential idea of history (St. Augustine, Venerable Bede, Otto of Freising); 2) immanental repetition (Machiavelli); immanental evolution (Giambattista Vico, Adam Ferguson); 3) immanentalization of transcendence (G.W.F. Hegel, Leopold von Ranke, Karl Marx); 4) freedom, and contigency (Jacob Burckhardt, Friedrich Nietzsche); 5) reason transcending history (Max Weber). The readings may be changed, depending on student interests. Assignments: two or three papers.

275B.002 Fall 2005 Early Modern Europe

More a sampler than a survey, this course is a selective look at historical problems and historiographic trends of the early modern European world from the Renaissance to the French Revolution.

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