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Jacqueline Jones, Chair 128 Inner Campus Dr., Stop B7000, GAR 1.104 Austin, TX 78712-1739 • 512-471-3261

Spring 2007

HIS 309L • Western Civilization in Modern Times-Plan II

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Course Description

Restricted to students registered under Plan II for the BA Degree. This course provides an overview of the period from 1492 to the present. What does it mean to be "modern?" How have conceptions of the West taken shape and changed? We will cover exploration and empire, conflict between the major religious traditions, the rise of the state and western political theory, the Enlightenment, the age of revolution, and World Wars I and II. Thematically, it concentrates on different theories of historical change, the relationship between discovery and self-discovery, "civilization" and its critics, and the place of violence politics, society, and warfare.


Coffin and Stacey. Western Civilizations vol. II (15h edition) Bernard Lewis, Cultures in Conflict: Christians, Muslims, and Jews in the Age of Discovery Tony Grafton, The Old World and the New (excerpts) Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness (Norton Critical Edition) Virgina Woolf, A Room of One's Own Hannah Arendt, Eichmann in Jerusalem Additional reading from Martin Luther, Filmer, Locke, and Hobbes; Adam Smith, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and others will be on the web and on reserve. "Lawrence of Arabia"


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