History

Some Fellows also teach in the History of European Civilization Core sequence. European Civilization is taught on the basis of intensive readings of significant primary source documents.


13001-13002. History of European Civilization I, II

Available Autumn, Winter; or Winter, Spring.

This sequence meets the general education requirement in civilization studies. European Civilization is a two-quarter sequence designed to introduce students to the nature and history of European civilization from the early Middle Ages to the twentieth century. It complements parallel sequences in ancient Mediterranean, Byzantine, Islamic, and American civilizations, and may be supplemented by a third quarter (HIST 13003) chosen from several topics designed to expand a student's understanding of European civilization in a particular direction. We place emphasis throughout on the recurring tension between universal aspirations, and localizing boundaries, as well as on the fundamental rhythms of tradition and change. Our method consists of close reading of primary sources intended to illuminate the formation and development of a characteristically European way of life in the high Middle Ages; the collapse of ecclesiastical universalism in the early modern period; and the development of modern politics, society, and culture in the centuries to follow. Individual instructors may choose different sources to illuminate those themes, but some of the most important readings are the same in all sections. 13001-13002 (13002): Autumn, Winter (Spring). 13001-13002: Winter, Spring.

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