Office: 170 SOS Course Description: This is a graduate seminar designed to give students an understanding of the historical literature about Europe in the 19th century. Its purpose is two-fold: to introduce graduate students to thinking historiographically and to do that thinking in a way that enhances their knowledge of and interest in the history of Europe during the nineteenth century. It will cover the traditional issues such as the French Revolution, industrialization, labor, literacy, nationalism, empire, religion, science and technology, and other areas such as the senses, the environment, visual culture, spatiality and globalization. It is designed to help students with exam field preparation in European history but given the constraints of a fifteen-week semester, it is hardly as comprehensive as your knowledge should be.
Bayly, C. A. The Birth of the Modern World: Blackwell, 2004
Belich, Replenishing the Earth: The Settler Revolution and the Rise of the Anglo World: Oxford, 2009
Browne, Janet. Darwin's Origin of Species: Books That Changed the World. Grove Press, 2008
Cohen, Deborah: Household Gods: The British and Their Posessions: Yale UP, 2007
Confino, Alon. The Nation as a Local Metaphor: Wurttemberg, Imperial Germany, and National Memory, 1871-1918. The University of North Carolina Press, 1997.
Crews, Robert D. For Prophet and Tsar: Islam and Empire in Russia and Central Asia. Harvard University Press, 2009
Ferguson, Niall. Civilization: The West and the Rest. Allen Lane, 2011
Figes, Orlando. Crimea: The Last Crusade. Allen Lane, 2010.
Henkin, The Postal Age: Chicago, 2007
Hunt, Making of the West: Bedford, 2010 revised
Hunt, Lynn. Politics, Culture, and Class in the French Revolution. University of California Press, 1984
Jasanoff, Liberty’s Exiles: Knopf, 2011
MacLeod, Christine. Heroes of Invention: Technology, Liberalism and British Identity, 1750-1914. Cambridge University Press, 2010
Marrinan, Romantic Paris: Stanford UP, 2009
Marx, (Hobsbawm Intro edition): The Communist Manifesto: A Modern Edition: Verso, 1998
Maza. The Myth of the French Bourgeoisie: An Essay on the Social Imaginary, 1750-1850. Harvard University Press, 2005.
Ritvo, The Dawn of Green: Manchester, Thirlmere, and Modern Environmentalism. University Of Chicago Press, October 2009
Ritvo, Noble Cows and Hybrid Zebras: Essays on Animals and History. University Of Virginia Press: December 2010
Schwartz, Modern France: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press, 2011
Schwartz, Spectacular Realities: Early Mass Culture in Fin-de-Siecle Paris. University Of California Press, 1998
Singer, Marx, A Very Short Introduction. Oxford UP, 2001
Stein, Plumes: Ostrich Feathers, Jews, and a Lost World of Global Commerce. Yale University Press, 2010
Tucker, Nature Exposed: Photography as Eyewitness in Victorian Science Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006
Verne, Jules. Around the World in Eighty Days. Signet Classics: June 2005
Weber, Eugen. Peasants into Frenchmen: The Modernization of Rural France, 1870-1914. Stanford University Press, 1976
Requirements: 1) The class meets weekly (but for certain professorial obligations that require re-scheduling) in a seminar setting to discuss the readings for the week. It is therefore imperative that each student keep with the class schedule. That is mandatory.
2) Each student will be responsible for posting a weekly response piece of about a page in length to our class blackboard by midnight on Wednesday. In them you should raise questions and problems related to the week’s readings and pose questions for discussion.
2) Each student will be responsible for two weeks’ readings. When it is his/her week, he/she will find book reviews of the main book or books for the week, gather them as a pdf, post them on the BB and then write a 3-5 page review of the book and its reviews to be submitted the following week. He/she will also be expected to post first that week (say the day before) and set an agenda for discussion in the post.
3) One of those two weeks the student will be responsible for a powerpoint lecture of 25 minutes that presents the week’s subject as one would in an undergraduate lecture course. This will be presented in the seminar. Students need to select topic and lecture date by week two.
4) Each student will also go through a journals from the last ten years (titles to be determined in class) and compile a list of interesting essays as a word document by week 12. We will then merge these and compile a bibliography of journal articles from the last ten years in the field that seemed particularly interesting or relevant to the way we have been framing our nineteenth century in Europe. This is a class project and will be done between all of you together after each student culls one journal themselves.
5) Each student will write a 20-25 page review essay on a topic related to the course. Paper topics and reading lists are due week 7 and final papers are due May 4 at 5pm.
Schedule of Readings and Meetings Week 1: Jan 12: Does Europe Have a History? READ Ferguson for first meeting
Ferguson, Niall. Civilization: The West and the Rest
Mishra Review and Reply by Ferguson in the LRB 3 November 2011
Week 2: Jan 19: The Big Bang: France and Democracy
Hunt, Lynn. Politics, Culture, and Class in the French Revolution.
Schwartz, Vanessa. Modern France: A Very Short Introduction.
Jasanoff, Liberty’s Exiles
Hunt: Ch. 19
Keith Baker, Inventing the French Revolution
Roger Chartier, The Cultural Origins of the French Revolution (1991)