Sophomore History Tutorial: The Emergence of Modern Europe|
|Certificates: International Relations|
The CSS sophomore history tutorial is an intensive survey of European history from the late 18th century to the present. The tutorial will concentrate on the key social, political, cultural, economic, and philosophical issues in European history from the French Revolution to the end of the Cold War and the collapse of Communism. In this tutorial, we will become familiar with the master narrative of the emergence of modern Europe (political revolutions, industrialization, empire, warfare, and cultural transformations), but we will also examine this story critically and ask ourselves who (or what) makes history; who is (and is not) part of the story; and what role we play as readers and writers of history. One of our central objectives, then, is to broaden our understanding of the multiple sources and definitions of European modernity--to see the ways in which the "modern" is constructed not (or not only) by economic, political, technological, and intellectual systems, but by people, both ordinary and extraordinary, acting within the possibilities and constraints specific to the contexts in which they live their lives. The tutorial is designed not only to develop a mastery of the historical period in question, but also to consider what it is we do when we read and write history by taking a closer look at the tools and skills involved. It will present a variety of historical sources, methods, and perspectives and will emphasize the development of reading, writing, and debating skills that will be immensely valuable in your CSS education and beyond.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Credit/Unsatisfactory|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CGST-MN)(CSS)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|SECTION 01 - 1st Trimester|
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Mark Kishlansky, Civilization in the West, 7ed. Vol. C ISBN: 0-205-55689-2.
Benedict Anderson, Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism
(Verso, 2006). ISBN-13: 978-1844670864
Christopher Browning, Ordinary Men (Harper Perennial, 1993). ISBN-13: 978-0060995065
Sheila Fitzpatrick, The Russian Revolution (Oxford UP, 2008). ISBN-13: 978-0199237678
Jan Gross, Neighbors (Penguin, 2002). ISBN-13: 978-0142002407
Eric Hobsbawm, Age of Capital (Vintage, 1996). ISBN-13: 978-0679772545
Eric Hobsbawm, Age of Empire (Vintage, 1989). ISBN-13: 978-0679721758
Eric Hobsbawm, Age of Revolution (Vintage, 1996). ISBN-13: 978-0679772538
Stephen Kotkin, Armageddon Averted: The Soviet Collapse, 1970-2000 (Oxford, 2008).
David Landes, The Unbound Prometheus: Technological Change and Industrial
Development in Western Europe from 1750 to the Present (Cambridge UP, 1969).
Georges Lefebvre, The Coming of the French Revolution (Princeton UP, 2005).
Mark Mazower, Dark Continent: Europe's Twentieth Century (Vintage, 2000).
Hugh McLeod, Religion and the People of Western Europe, 1789-1989 (Oxford UP, 1998).
Suggested, but not required:
Francois Furet, The French Revolution, 1770-1814 (Wiley-Blackwell, 1996). ISBN-13: 978-0631202998
Ernest Gellner, Nations and Nationalism (Cornell UP, 2009). ISBN-13: 978-0801475009
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Weekly papers due at the beginning of each class meeting
|Instructor(s): Smolkin,Victoria Times: .....F. 02:00PM-04:00PM; Location: PAC411; |
|Permission of Instructor Required|
Enrollment capacity: 10
|Permission of instructor will be granted during the drop/add period. Students must submit either a ranked or unranked drop/add request for this course.|
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