HIST 635: Problems in European History

HIST 635-006: Becoming Modern: Asia/Europe
(Spring 2020)

07:20 PM to 10:00 PM T

Research Hall 201

Section Information for Spring 2020

What does it mean to become modern?  Does it simply mean, for example, the building of factories and the movement of people from farms into cities?  Or does it necessarily entail, or perhaps even result from, some deeper transformation of things immaterial—our values, our identities, or the structure or content of our ideas?  This course will explore the various ways in which historians have conceptualized the shift from early modernity to modernity.  We will focus on two geographic regions:  Western Europe, whose historical experience gave rise to most of the models of modernization, and East Asia, where many of those models have been applied in an attempt to test their universality.  We will examine, in comparative fashion, the different ways in which historians have traced this shift—through economic and political systems, social structures, popular culture, intellectual life, religion, gender, and national identity.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Investigates selected problems. Readings, discussions, development of bibliographies. Primary sources used where possible. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non-Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

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