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Readings in the European Tradition II

Listed in: European Studies, as EUST-122  |  History, as HIST-122

Formerly listed as: EUST-22

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Ellen R. Boucher (Section 01)


(Offered as EUST-122 and HIST-122[EU]) This course offers a critical examination of the concept of European civilization from the seventeenth century through the present day. What did it mean to be “European” in the modern era? To what extent was “European” civilization forged by Europe’s connections to the wider world, and by ideas, art, literature, and politics that originated outside the geographical boundaries of Europe? How was the idea of a coherent European culture and character used as a tool of conquest within the European empires? And how did various people – in Europe, in the empires, and beyond – forge new social, cultural, and political solidarities through their critiques of the idea of European civilization? Does the concept of European civilization remain valuable in our modern, globalized era? The course will combine a study of canonical works of European art, literature, and politics with less well-known texts and works of art created by “non-European” people. Required of European Studies majors.

Limited to 25 students. Spring semester. Professor Boucher.

If Overenrolled: Priority given to EUST or HIST majors, then 1st-yrs. and sophomores.


Transnational or World Cultures Taught in English


2017-18: Offered in Spring 2018
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2017, Spring 2019