An overview of 20th century European history and culture. Topics include: the impact of World War I; the appeal of totalitarian systems: communism, fascism, Nazism; Europe's "suicide" during World War II; the reconstruction of Europe; the Cold War; economic integration; and Europe's cultural impact since 1914.
This course examines the role of gender in early modern Europe from the late Middle Ages to the end of the 18th century. Topics include religion, law, labor, social and family relations. The course also considers the impact of major historical developments such as the Renaissance, Reformation, Scientific Revolution, industrialization, and the rise of the modern state on gender relations. Cross-listed with WGS 414
A survey of Eastern European history from the end of the Napoleonic Wars to World War I. Major topics include the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian, Russian, and Ottoman Empires; nationalism; industrialization; fin-de-siecle cultural ferment; and the origins and impact of the Great War.
A survey of Eastern Europe from the end of World War I to the collapse of communism. Major topics include the creation of the new states; nationalism; socialism; the Holocaust; Stalinism; the anti-Soviet uprisings in Warsaw, Budepest, and Prague; and the revolutions of 1989.
A survey of Russian history from the origins of Kievan Rus in the 9th century to the Russian Revolution of 1917. Major topics include the Mongols; the development of the Russian autocracy; Orthodoxy; serfdom; the exploration and colonization of Siberia, Central Asia, and Alaska; and Russia's alleged peculiarity vis-à-vis the West.
A survey of Eastern European and Russian history from Prague Spring in 1968 to the election of Vladimir Putin in 2000. Major topics include the dissident movement, the economic failures of communism, the East German Stasi and the Soviet KGB, the political upheaval of 1989 and 1991, and the ethnic conflict in the Balkans.
A survey of Soviet history from the Russian Revolution of 1917 to the collapse of communism in 1991. Major topics include the revolutionary upheaval of 1917, Soviet policies toward national minorities and religious groups, Stalinism, socialist realism, World War II, the "developed socialism' of the Khrushchev and Brezhnev years, the Cold War, and Gorbachev's glasnost and perestroika reforms.
A consideration of the causes, events, and results of a key event in French history. The course also examines conditions in 18th century France and the historiography of the French Revolution.
Examines Spain and the Spanish world from 1400 to 1700. Includes Spanish expansion and empire building worldwide, as well as the economic, political, and social history of Spain itself.
This course provides an overview of the political, economic, and social circumstances of Spain's late 19th and early 20th century, as well as a detailed examination of the war years and their immediate aftermath. It also examines the significance of the war within the larger context of European history.