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.

280B Fall 2015 Popular Culture in Early Modern Europe: Microhistorical Approaches

This graduate seminar considers several topics in the study of European popular culture(s) during the long early modern period (14th-19th centuries), relying on the methodologies of microhistory.  In an age that increasingly values “Big History” and “The Long Duration,” this course focuses on a methodological approach widely practiced since the 1970s that seeks to make sense of discrete and unusual moments (often scandals or judicial trials) in the lives and activities of a single person or small group of people who have

159B Fall 2015 European Economic History

History 159B is a survey course about the European economy during the long nineteenth century. The focus of the course is the industrial revolution, its origins in Britain during the last part of the eighteenth century and its uneven spread before the outbreak of World War 1. During the semester, we will grapple with several big questions: What was revolutionary about industrialization? Why did some regions far from Britain, like North America and Japan, industrialize sooner and more successfully than some regions closer to Britain, such as Russia and the Balkans?

166B Fall 2015 Old Regime and Revolutionary France

How did France come to attain political and cultural dominance of Europe during the reign of Louis XIV? How did eighteenth-century developments weaken the political structure of Europe's cultural and military hegemony? By 1800, the political and social structure that nourished France's former dominance had disappeared in a democratic Revolution. The new France remained a European paradigm, but as a democratic challenge to other European states.


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