Seminar

HIST206 - THINKING ABT CAPITALISM

Description: 
Throughout the world today, economists are influential policymakers and public intellectuals, and non-economists understand many aspects of their lives in economic terms. But as recently as 1945 in some regions of the world and as distantly as 1776 in others, the concept of the economy, the field of economics, and economists as a professional community did not exist. This class explores non-economic ways of understanding material life that have preceded, challenged, or undergirded economic thinking; the emergence of the economy and economics as naturalized, globally recognizable concepts; the formation of economists as an authoritative professional group; and the rise of economic reasoning in daily life. The class takes a global approach, exploring these developments in societies from eighteenth-century Britain to twentieth-century Egypt in order to understand the local variations, international relationships, and transnational processes at work. It simultaneously takes a social approach to intellectual history, considering how popular and professional ideas developed in relation to one another, and how knowledge related to lived experience.
Instructors: 
OFFNER, AMY
Day and Time: 
R 0130PM-0430PM
Room: 
DAVID RITTENHOUSE LAB 2N36
Activity: 
SEM
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    HIST209 - INDUSTRIAL METROPOLIS

    Instructors: 
    VITIELLO, DOMENIC
    Day and Time: 
    T 0130PM-0430PM
    Room: 
    MCNEIL BUILDING 110
    Activity: 
    SEM
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      Registration Notes: 
      HISTORY & TRADITION SECTOR

      HIST211 - THE ENLIGHTENMENT

      Instructors: 
      DEJEAN, JOAN
      Day and Time: 
      W 0200PM-0500PM
      Room: 
      VAN PELT LIBRARY 605
      Activity: 
      SEM
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        Registration Notes: 
        CROSS CULTURAL ANALYSIS; BENJAMIN FRANKLIN SEMINARS

        HIST211 - JEWISH HISTORY & MEMORY

        Description: 
        The seminar will consider Jewish reflections on the meaning of the past from the Bible until the present. It will present a survey of the history of Jewish historical writing including Josephus, medieval chronicles written both in the Moslem and Christian worlds, Jewish histories of the Renaissance and Early Modern Europe, and the rise of the academic study of Judaism in the 19th-century. It will conclude with a consideration of modern and contemporary historical trends. The alleged tension between Jewish notions of memory and the modern writing of history, as articulated in Yosef Yerushalmi's well Known book ZACHOR, will be a consistent theme throughout the course. Considerable reading of primary sources. A reading knowledge of Hebrew is helpful but not required.
        Instructors: 
        RUDERMAN, DAVID
        Day and Time: 
        T 0300PM-0600PM
        Room: 

        COLLEGE HALL 315A

        Activity: 
        SEM
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          Registration Notes: 
          BENJAMIN FRANKLIN SEMINARS

          HIST216 - RELIGION & COLONIAL RULE IN AFRICA

          Description: 
          This course is designed to introduce students to the religious experiences of Africans and to the politics of culture. We will examine how traditional African religious ideas and practices interacted with Christianity and Islam. We will look specifically at religious expressions among the Yoruba, Southern African independent churches and millenarist movements, and the variety of Muslim organizations that developed during the colonial era. The purpose of this course is threefold. First, to develop in students an awareness of the wide range of meanings of conversion and people's motives in creating and adhering to religious institutions; Second, to examine the political, cultural, and psychological dimensions in the expansion of religious social movements; And third, to investigate the role of religion as counterculture and instrument of resistance to European hegemony. Topics include: Mau Mau and Maji Maji movements in Kenya and Tanzania, Chimurenga in Mozambique, Watchtower churches in Southern Africa, anti-colonial Jihads in Sudan and Somalia and mystical Muslim orders in Senegal.
          Instructors: 
          BABOU, CHEIKH
          Day and Time: 
          R 0130PM-0430PM
          Room: 

          COLLEGE HALL 217

          Activity: 
          SEM
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            Registration Notes: 
            BENJAMIN FRANKLIN SEMINARS

            HIST220 - RUSSIA AND THE WEST

            Instructors: 
            PEENEY, MOLLY
            Day and Time: 
            TR 0300PM-0430PM
            Room: 
            WILLIAMS HALL 421
            Activity: 
            SEM
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              Registration Notes: 
              CROSS CULTURAL ANALYSIS; HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCIENCE SECTOR

              HIST230 - THE CITY OF ROME: FROM CONSTANTINE TO THE BORGIAS

              Description: 
              The great city of Rome outlived its empire and its emperors. What happened to the Eternal City after “the fall of the Roman Empire in the West?” In this course, we will follow the story of this great city, its people, its buildings old and new, and its legacy across Italy, Europe, and beyond. Rome rebuilt and reshaped itself through the Middle Ages: home for popes, destination for pilgrims, power broker for Italy. It became a great Renaissance and early modern city, a center of art and architecture, of religion, and of politics. We will be reading a mix of primary sources and modern scholarship. All required texts are in English, though students who take this course for Italian Studies credit may choose to read some works in Italian.
              Instructors: 
              MOYER, ANN
              Day and Time: 
              T 0130PM-0430PM
              Room: 

              COLLEGE HALL 217

              Activity: 
              SEM
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                HIST230 - MACHIAVELLI & MODERN POLITICAL THOUGHT

                Description: 
                Niccolò Machiavelli, the Renaissance author best known for The Prince, is frequently regarded as a consummate cynic. Yet he has been not only a provocation but an inspiration throughout the subsequent history of political thought. This was true for the entire twentieth century, which witnessed an ever-growing interest in the Florentine thinker among historians and philosophers alike. One of the most surprising dimensions of this modern engagement with Machiavelli is surely his recurring presence as figure and motif within left-wing philosophical discourse. In light of the failure of the twentieth-century’s revolutionary experiments, as well as its own entanglements with those experiments, how could radical theory understand its past and imagine its future? What vision could supplant the dimming of utopia? Such questions have frequently led recent theorists into melancholic resignation, but they have also provoked innovative and rigorous attempts to rethink the project of radical politics as radical democracy. How is it that Machiavelli, a thinker indelibly associated with the cynical and amoral manipulation of politics, could become an inspiration for theorists of a robust democratic life? This course will examine this curious history of influence and transformation. Starting with an examination of key texts by Machiavelli himself, we will then trace his reception in European intellectual history, focusing upon the twentieth century. Among authors we will consider will be Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Hannah Arendt, Leo Strauss, John Pocock, Quentin Skinner, Antonio Gramsci, Louis Althusser, John McCormick, and Antonio Negri.
                Instructors: 
                BRECKMAN, WARREN
                Day and Time: 
                W 0200PM-0500PM
                Room: 

                MCNEIL CENTER FOR EARLY AMERI 105

                Activity: 
                SEM
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                  HIST230 - THE NAZI REVOLUTION: POWER AND IDEOLOGY

                  Description: 
                  More than seventy years have passed since Nazi Germany surrendered unconditionally to the Allied Powers on May 8, 1945, but no agreement has emerged on what Nazism was, how Hitler’s regime functioned, how much support it had, why and how it managed the extermination of European Jewry, whether it was ‘a terror state’ or rested on a broad popular consensus. This course will look at Nazism from several angles and focus, in particular, on the power of its ideology and its embodiment and dissemination by the arts. Nazism took the arts very seriously. Hitler always saw himself as an artist and he made certain that the regime expressed the Nazi ‘revolution’ in new and radical forms of art, especially a new culture of the body – strength and beauty combined in a pure, warlike Aryan. The course will investigate the development of the avant-garde arts beyond the first third of the 20th century into the politics of the Nazi regime. We will focus on the relationship between art and politics in the “Age of extremes” (Eric Hobsbawm). The course will also look at the nature of Nazi power and the structure of the Nazi state: how it developed and grew after 1933. The rearmament of Germany and the smashing of the Versailles settlement of 1919, two main aims of Nazi foreign policy, were accomplished by 1936, and the growth of the power of the SS changed the internal politics of the regime. Was ‘terror’ essential to Hitler’s regime and what does the word ‘describe’? Finally, the course will consider the war and Hitler’s aims for world conquest, the extermination of the Jews and the final stage of complete destructiveness at home and abroad. The course will be an active seminar in which students will be expected to read and discuss sources in class. These sources will combine scholarly analyses, works of art and their interpretation, together with political statements and ideological sources. Students will be expected to present one set of literature or class material, connected to one of the themes of the seminar. The course will end with a take-home exam composed of interpretations of selections from the texts we have read and an essay on the issues raised by discussions in class.
                  Instructors: 
                  STEINBERG, JONATHAN
                  KANT, MARION
                  Day and Time: 
                  T 0130PM-0430PM
                  Room: 

                  MCNEIL CENTER FOR EARLY AMERI 105

                  Activity: 
                  SEM
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                    HIST230 - London, Paris, Vienna: Life in a Modernizing City a Global Context

                    Description: 
                    Over the course of the nineteenth century, European cities modernized in many significant ways that turned them into the cities we know today – they lit their streets with gas lamps, tore down dark narrow alleyways in favour of building large boulevards, they built up modern police forces to crack down on urban crime and prostitution. But nineteenth-century cities also had features we rarely see in cities today – they built factories, which encouraged urbanization, leading to overcrowding, shanty-towns, and widespread illness, and they sometimes lacked adequate sewage disposal. What was it like to live in a major European city in this time of rapid change and development? This course looks at three cities – London, Paris, and Vienna – and traces how they changed over the nineteenth century, and how those changes affected the people who lived in those cities. We will look at travel guides and travelogues, memoires, and novels to reconstruct the lives of urban-dwellers, and to trace how these cities changed in the wake of industrialization, urbanization, and imperialism. Selected Readings: Carl Schorske, Fin de siècle Vienna; Jerrold Seigel, Bohemian Paris; Amanda Thomas, Lambeth Cholera Outbreak; Aimée Boutin, City of Noise: Sound and Nineteenth-Century Paris; Richard Hopkins, Planning the Greenspaces of nineteenth-century Paris; Augustus Pugin, Paris and its environs.
                    Instructors: 
                    DELLA ZAZZERA, ELIZABETH
                    Day and Time: 
                    CANCELED
                    Activity: 
                    SEM
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                      Registration Notes: 
                      CROSS CULTURAL ANALYSIS
                      This is an LPS course. Registration may be limited to LPS students.
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