104g Syllabus '08

104g Syllabus '08 - Europe since 1750 From the Rise of...

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E u r o p e s i n c e 1 7 5 0 : F r o m t h e R i s e o f D e m o c r a c y t o t h e A g e o f E x t r e m e s Prof. Paul Lerner History 104g Office SOS 276 Spring Semester 2008 Office tel. 740-1653 9:30 - 10:50 T, Th Email: [email protected] THH 212 Office hours: Th 11-1 & by appointment Teaching Assistants : Jennifer Black ([email protected]), Catherine Clark ([email protected]), Raphaelle Steinzig ([email protected]) Discussion Sections : 8-8:50 WPH B50 8-8:50 SOS B41 9-9:50 WPH B30 9-9:50 SOS B41 12-12:50 VKC 260 2-2:50 VKC 205 Course Description This course fulfills the requirement for General Education category Cultures and Civilizations I, which “stress[es] concepts, values, and events in Western history that have shaped contemporary American and European civilization.” Here we will explore selected themes in the history of modern Europe, starting with the philosophical innovations of the Enlightenment, the political achievements of the French Revolution, and the economic and social consequences of industrialization. Rather than attempting a comprehensive, chronological survey of this period of European history, the course offers an in depth exploration of six major themes in what we might call modern European civilization. These themes are: (1) The Enlightenment, the French Revolution and the Concept of Human Rights; (2) Industrialization, Class Formation, and the Liberal Imagination; (3) Marxism and the Revolutionary Tradition in Theory and Practice; (4) Empire, Race and Europe’s Role in the World; (5) Fascism and Counterrevolution; and (6) War and Genocide in the Twentieth Century. Our treatment of these topics will revolve around a number of fundamental questions, including: what does it mean to be modern? What does it mean to be European or Western? How did the great nineteenth-century ideologies of progress — Nationalism, Liberalism, Socialism, etc. — evolve into the repressive (fascist and communist) state systems of the twentieth century? How can we square the Enlightenment’s vision of reason, tolerance and human rights with the brutality of modern state power, or in other words, what historical continuities and
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