Seminar on Modern European History
Listed in: History, as HIST-75
Robert J. Bezucha (Section 01)
(EU) The topic changes each time the course is taught. In fall 2008 the general focus will be on European overseas expansion and empire. During the first half of the semester we will compare and contrast the historical experience of France and Great Britain between the Seven Years War (1756-1763) and the Great War (1914-1918). Lectures and discussion of topics such as the politics of anti-slavery in London and Paris, and the consolidation of British rule in India and French rule in Algeria. Attention will be given to recent trends in scholarship, as well as to the current public debate over the heritage of European colonialism and imperialism. Each student will design an individual project and write a research paper during the second half of the semester. Two class meetings per week. Instructor consent required. Limited to 15 students. Not open to first-year students. Fall semester. Professor Bezucha.