103B.004 Spring 2015 A Century Later: Germany and the Great War

2014 is the centennial of the outbreak of the "Great War” – a conflict which spread across the globe and unleashed death and destruction on an unimaginable scale. Based around discussions of major works of historical synthesis on early 20th century German history we will address the historical challenges and problems that led to the outbreak of what became known as the First World War.

103B.005 Spring 2015 Soviet History through Film and Fiction

The class is devoted to the relationship between fact and fiction in Soviet history. We will discuss novels, short stories, and movies that attempt to represent life in twentieth-century Russia, from the eve of the revolution to the aftermath of the fall of communism. The authors we will be reading include Isaac Babel, Andrei Platonov, Mikhail Bulgakov, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Yuri Trifonov, and Sergei Dovlatov. Requirements: participation in discussion and weekly 1-page essays.

275B Spring 2015 History of Early Modern Europe

History 275B is the foundational course in the history of early modern Europe from roughly 1400 to 1800, or from the Renaissance to the French Revolution. Its multiple purposes include the following: to examine the major themes, trajectories, and methods of the discipline as they have evolved since the nineteenth century; to read and analyze some of the major classics and current texts in the fields; and to develop the skills of historical criticism, writing, and collaborative work.

285B Spring 2015 Thresholds of the Modern Age

The period between 1500 and 1800 was the staging ground for many of the formations characteristic of what we understand to be European modernity: science, capitalism, social leveling, secularism, the disciplines of knowledge, and much more. This research seminar will offer students interested in the period a semester-long opportunity for intensive primary research and the writing of a substantial work of historical analysis on a topic in the field.

280B.003/285B Spring 2015 Modern Jewish History

CCN for 280: 39780

CCN for 285: 39885

This course will examine various trends in Jewish historical scholarship, focusing on the theme of the Jewish confrontation with modernity—especially politics and culture.  We will approach the subject matter by looking at the emergence of historical consciousness among modern Jews and then fan out to look at newer developments, adopting a more thematic rather than traditional, geographic approach. 

280B.002 Spring 2015 State and Religion in Imperial Russia, 1700-1917

This course will balance between two parallel tracks. 1) It is designed as an introduction to the historiography of Imperial Russia, spanning the eighteenth and nineteenth century, based on some of the most influential historical works , specifically those pertaining to the modernization of the Russian state and its incursion into the lives of Russian subjects, as well those pertaining to the diverse forms of spirituality that flourished within the Russian Empire.

174B Spring 2015 Poles and Others: Living Together, Apart? Jews, Christians and Coexistence in Modern Poland

Every study of Jewish life in the Polish lands invariably harbors assumptions regarding integration. Did Jews and non-Jews living in early modern times share a cultural framework and linguistic sphere?  Could social interactions transcend ghetto walls?

103B.003 Spring 2015 From War to Peace: Europe in the 1940s

This reading seminar will explore the mid-1940s as a watershed moment in European history. Within only a few years the descent into war and genocide was followed by the return to a stable and, in comparison to prewar Europe, fundamentally different social and political order. The starting point was in 1942-43: German mass killing policies in occupied Europe reached their zenith, Nazi Germany’s defeat became a certainty, and the Allies began to impose their vision for a postwar order.

101.007 Spring 2015 Post-Wars: Economy and Society in Western and Eastern Europe in the Twentieth Century

In his magisterial account of Europe after 1945, Tony Judt asserts that “the history of the two halves of post-war Europe cannon be told in isolation from one another.” Brief readings during the first two weeks cover major political, economic, and social themes in the twentieth century and suggest how the two halves of Europe did, and did not, influence each other. During the first four weeks, students will compile a bibliography and identify key primary sources.


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