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.

285B.001 Fall 2005 Topics in the History of Twentieth Century Europe

I am best equipped to guide research in political, social, economic, and diplomatic history. Participants will be asked to produce a 35-40 page paper based on original research. The projects chosen and structure of the seminar will depend on the interests of the students, and they should consult with me by e-mail or in my office hours about what they might like to do.

167C Fall 2005 Germany in the 20th Century

The story of Germany in the twentieth century is a dramatic one, comprising two world wars, genocide, Allied occupation, a division into two states on opposing sides of the Cold War, and most recently an unexpected unification. This course aims at a systematic account of German history in the 20th century, surveying the political, social, cultural and economic developments.

5 Fall 2005 European History

This introductory course provides essential background to an understanding of Europe today by surveying the elements of its past that went into its making. We begin, roughly, with the ";Closing"; of Europe to the Islamic world after the conquest of Constantinople by the Ottoman Turks in 1453. We end with Europe's Re-opening, in the late 20th and early 21st century, symbolized, in part, the Balkan conflict in the 1990s.

101.008 Fall 2005 War, Revolution, and Memory in Twentieth-Century Europe and Russia

From the two world wars to the revolutions that toppled communist regimes, the people of 20th-century Europe and Russia were more likely than not to find political and social upheaval somewhere on their continent. Genocide, ethnic cleansing, and terror spawned violence on an unprecedented scale, but change could also come with less blood, as in the revolutions of 1968 and 1989/91.

103B(R.002 Fall 2005 Jerusalem and Crusading in the Medieval West

The words "Jerusalem" and "crusade" conjure up many images, not least of which may be Ridley Scott's recent box-office flop, "Kingdom of Heaven." But because crusading in the medieval West lasted for well over 200 years, directed against Muslims, heretics, and even other Christians, the movement cannot be boiled down to just 2 hours. Saladin, the Templars, and Richard the Lion-Heart are indeed a part of this history, but still only a part. The bigger picture is much more complex.


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