HIST216 - HOW TO RULE AN EMPIRE: INTRO TO EUROPEAN AND AMERICAN IMPERIALISM

Description: 
Over the last five centuries, European and American powers developed changing strategies of empire designed to order societies at home and overseas. The practice of empire spurred worldwide debates that continue today: how did imperialism operate, what purposes did it serve, could it come to an end, and what might replace it? Over the course of two hundred years, these questions inspired some of the world’s great historical writing, and this seminar introduces students to a sample of it. Together we’ll explore varied forms of political, economic, military, and cultural power involved in imperial expansion; the experience and consequences of empire for both colonized and colonizer; and the emergence of anti-imperialist movements. We will read an average of 150 pages per week. No background is required. The books we’ll read reward slow, careful reading. What you learn in this class, and the quality of our experience together, depends on your reading closely, coming to class with informed questions, and being prepared to help your classmates answer theirs. Active, informed class participation will account for forty percent of your grade.
Instructors: 
OFFNER, AMY
Day and Time: 
R 0300PM-0600PM
Room: 

VAN PELT LIBRARY 305

Activity: 
SEM
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    Registration Notes: 
    BENJAMIN FRANKLIN SEMINARS