HIST 656: Becoming Modern: Asia/Europe

HIST 656-001: Becoming Modern: Asia/Europe
(Fall 2024)

04:30 PM to 07:10 PM T

Innovation Hall 316

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Section Information for Fall 2024

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—Japan, specifically—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.

 

 

Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Explores the various ways in which historians have conceptualized the shift from early modernity to modernity. Focuses 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. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

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

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

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

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