Europe

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.

103B.004 Fall 2015 German History since 1945

Germany’s post-1945 history has been a history of dramatic change from post-war reconstruction to the transitions following the fall of the Berlin wall. Based around discussion of the assigned major works of historical synthesis on German history since 1945 this reading seminar will address the historical challenges and problems following Germany’s military and moral defeat in May 1945.
 

280B Fall 2015 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.

275B Fall 2015 The Middle Ages

An introduction to the historiography of medieval Europe, emphasizing breadth of coverage and targeted to basic frames of knowledge. The course is therefore geared to those whose first, second, or outside field is medieval history. Readings include works on early and later medieval Christianity, Christianization, monasticism, and heresy; social and economic history; political and institutional history (Merovingians, Carolingians, France, England); and literacy and popular culture. Special attention is also given to ways one can read books and take notes productively.

275B Fall 2015 Introduction to the Long Nineteenth Century in Global Perspective

            This course is intended as an introduction to the challenges posed by the French and the Industrial Revolutions to the political, cultural and economic order of early modern Europe and of the world that Europeans increasingly came to dominate.

280B Fall 2015 The Idea of Reason

This course will follow the fortunes of the idea of “reason” in the work of Kant, Hegel and Marx. We will also examine several 20th-century assessments of their legacy, including work by Frankfurt School theorists.

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