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Topics in European Political Thought in the Very Long 18th Century
HIST 339
Spring 2007 not offered

The period 1620-1820 was marked by reform, revolution and restoration. It witnessed the rise and fall of European empires and the transformation of European politics. This tumultuous age produced not only social, political and economic upheaval, but monumental shifts in political thought as well. This seminar explores major themes in the history of European political thought during this turbulent two-century span. The class will study thirteen seminal texts in order to address topics including: theories of international order, especially empire; natural law; the function and obligation of the state; monarchism and republicanism; (civil) war and peace; civil society and sociability; mercantilism; physiocracy; and theories of political, historical and moral progress. While the emphasis is on the analysis of primary sources, students also will become familiar with some of the techniques and tendencies of contemporary historians of political thought.

Essential Capabilities: Speaking, Writing
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS HIST
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None

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