275B Fall 2014 Europe

This course aims to stimulate conversation on a series of provocative questions relating to the history of modern Europe, a continent alternately coming together and tearing itself apart, reminiscent of the old oscillating universe theory. Remarkable is the persistence of the national question and its power to overwhelm every agenda – including that of social welfare – until its demands seem satisfied. Course readings touch upon following issues:

162A Fall 2014 Europe and the World: Wars, Empire, Nations 1648-1914

This upper division course surveys the rise and fall of the European Powers in the period of war and revolution preceding the downfall of Napoleon to the outbreak of World War I.

159B Fall 2014 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 during the nineteenth century. During the semester, the course will grapple with several big questions: What was revolutionary about industrialization?

5 Fall 2014 European Civilization from the Renaissance to the Present

This course introduces students to European history from around 1500 to the present as an aspect of global history. During this period, a small, poor, and fragmented outcropping of Asia became a world civilization, whose political, cultural, and economic power touched the four corners of the world. Our course will ask how and why this happened. How, in other words, did "modernity" become "western," for better and worse?

280/285B Spring 2014 Introduction to Byzantine Studies

This seminar will offer both a general introduction to and an investigation of special topics within Byzantine studies.  The weekly seminar discussions will be organized as follows: weeks 1-9 covered the period from the 7th until the 15th centuries in chronological sequence.  Students will be expected to become familiar with the sequence of events in Byzantine history through reading G.

275B Spring 2014 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 through 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.

177A Spring 2014 Armenia from Ethnogenesis to the Dark Ages

This survey course will cover close to three millennia of Armenian history, from the process of ethnogenesis to the almost complete destruction of the Armenian "feudal" system by the end of the fifteenth century. Much as this course is based on the broad framework of Armenian political history and institutions (kingship, nakharar system, the church, etc.), it also emphasizes economic development, social change, and cultural transformations. We will reflect upon a number of themes.


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