Fall 2009

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 2009 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 Great Britain and France 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, the consolidation of British colonial rule in India, the French conquest of Algeria, and the development of settler societies in New Zealand and Australia. 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.

Limited to 15 students. Not open to first-year students. Fall semester. Professor Bezucha.

If Overenrolled: If more than 15 students seek to enroll, priority will first be given to history majors, secondly to students who say they are potential history majors, and thirdly to students who are able to read French.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Fall 2009