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

Spring 2008

HIS 383C • Literature of European History: Modern Period

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
40475 TH
3:30 PM-6:30 PM
GAR 1.122

Course Description

This course aims to introduce graduate students to major trends and debates in modern European historiography. In terms of subject matter, the readings will cover the period from the Enlightenment to the era following the cold war in Europe. Thematically the course will be structured so as to approach the diverse methodological debates that have arisen amongst European historians in recent years. In this light, we will read classics in the field, as well as more recent literature. The readings are organized so as to problematize the two words of the title: "modern," and Europe. That is, we will think about the move in the last decades from theories of modernization to theories of modernity, with the troubling category of the modern in between. We will also ask how Europe is defined, looking both at internal tensions, but also at the different ways that studies in fields such as imperialism and migration make traditional historiographical boundaries difficult to sustain. The course does not offer comprehensive coverage of modern Europe, but rather examines exemplary works in recent European historiography.

Grading Policy

Short (5-page) Paper on Book Reviews: 20% Short (5-page) Paper on Class Discussion: 20% Medium-length (8-page) Final Review Essay: 20% Weekly Response Papers (10 1-2 page): 20% Class Participation (reading, attendance): 20%


Provisional List of Readings: Hans-Ulrich Wehler, The German Empire Sarah Maza, The Myth of the French Bourgeoisie Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish Juergen Habermas, The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere E.P. Thompson, The Essential E.P. Thompson (selections) Joan Scott, Gender and the Politics of History Helmut Walser Smith, ed., Protestants, Catholics, and Jews in Germany, 1800-1914 Alison Frank, Oil Empire: Visions of Prosperity in Austrian Galicia Mary Neuburger, The Orient Within: Muslim Minorities and the Negotiation of Nationhood in Modern Bulgaria Robert Travers, Ideology and Empire in Eighteenth-Century India: The British in Bengal Isabel Hull, Absolute Destruction: Military Culture and the Practices of War in Imperial Germany Mary Lewis, The Boundaries of the Republic: Migrant Rights and the Limits of Universalism in France, 1918-1940


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