HIS 323C • Eighteenth-Century Europe
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
This course examines European history during a period characterized by intense debate about the social, cultural, and intellectual order. What were the insights and the limitations of the Enlightenment critiques of the world? How successful were writers and rulers in reforming eighteenth-century society? Some of the specific issues we will explore include: the Enlightenment critique of religion, slavery, "tradition," torture, and social injustice; theories about power and the ideal political regime; women during the eighteenth century; success and limitations in reforming Europe's social, legal, and economic order.
Isser Woloch, EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY EUROPE: TRADITION AND PROGRESS, 1715-1789. Voltaire, CANDIDE. Cesare Beccaria, AN ESSAY ON CRIMES AND PUNISHMENTS. Rousseau, THE SOCIAL CONTRACT. Olaudah Equiano, THE LIFE OF OLAUDAH EQUIANO. Goldoni, MIRANDOLINA.*