Modern Europe

HISE 1210 Europe and a Wider World: From the Renaissance to 1789
European history from the Middle Ages to the French Revolution: the Renaissance and the Reformation, the origin of the modern state and of capitalism, the beginnings of colonialism, the scientific revolution, and the Enlightenment.    

HISE 1220 The Emergence of the Contemporary World Since 1789
The impact of the French Revolution and Napoleon; reaction and revolt; the growth of nationalism; the industrial revolution and the rise of socialism; international rivalry, imperialism, and the coming of World War I; rise of totalitarianism and the failure of international security; World War II and postwar developments.

HISE 2160 Europe in the 18th Century
Examines developments in human ecology and power, critiques of tradition from diverse groups, and efforts to implement novel models, both cosmopolitan and nationalistic, for a rational and just society.

HISE 2170 Europe in the 19th Century
Explores the quest for popular and national security in an age of radically shifting material circumstances deeply influenced by concepts of political and social equality.          

HISE 2210 Modern Germany 
A survey of the political, social, and economic development of Germany from the revolution of 1848 to the aftermath of the Second World War. Topics include unification, Bismarckian Germany, the Weimar Republic, and the Third Reich.     

HISE 2240 Russian History from the 9th to the Mid-19th Centuries 
Political, social, and economic developments in Russia from the earliest times to the mid-19th century. Kievan and Muscovite background, reforms of Peter the Great, and the effects of westernization.     

HISE 2250 Russian History: The End of the Empire and the Soviet Period 
The Great Reforms and industrialization in Russia and their effect upon political, social, and economic developments. The Russian revolutions of 1905 and 1917. The establishment, development and collapse of the Soviet regime.  

HISE 2320 Early Modern England
A survey of the political, social, economic, and cultural development of England from the founding of the Tudor dynasty to the rebellion of the American colonies (1485-1776). Topics include the Reformation, the civil war, relations with Scotland and Ireland, political thought, crime and riot, education, and domestic industry.

HISE 2330 Modern Britain

A survey of the political, social and economic development of Britain from 1760 to the present. The course will examine how and why Britain became the world's greatest economic and imperial power, and in what ways it may have suffered a decline in the 20th century.                 

HISE 2410 Spain, 1369-1716
Surveys the course of Spanish history from the completion of the medieval Reconquest and the rise of the Trastamara dynasty in the fourteenth century until the end of Habsburg Spain in the early eighteenth century, with particular attention to state formation and the role of Spain as a great European power in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Besides politics, the course examines central topics in the social, religious and cultural history of late medieval and early modern Spain.                                        

HISE 2420 The Age of Reformation
Surveys the transformation of Western Christendom (c. 1400-1700), with emphasis on: late medieval religious practice; discontent and reform currents within the Church; the Protestant Reformations of Luther, Zwingli, Calvin, anabaptists, and others; and Catholic response and Counter-Reformation.                    

HISE 2500 Memories of Violence in 20th-Century Europe
Among the many instances of violent and traumatic collective experiences in 20th century Europe, this class will focus on three particular case studies, the Holocaust in Germany, the bombing of Guernica in Spain, and the siege of Saraievo during the Bosnian War. These cases are not chosen at random, but for their ability to shape how we narrate individual and collective responses to most traumatic experiences of state imposed violence in 20th century Europe.                                   

HISE 2910 Special Topics in European History

Courses offered by visiting professors or permanent faculty. For description, consult the department.
Notes: For specific offering, see the Schedule of Classes.                       

HISE 3190 The Spanish Civil War 
The Civil War of 1936-39 considered both as the watershed of modern Spanish history and as an event of major international significance. Readings and discussion focus on the causes and course of the conflict, and on its consequences down to the present.      

HISE 3270 Literature and Society in Russia, 1800-1917
An exploration of the central role that writers and literature played in the culture and society of nineteenth and early twentieth-century Russia. Readings include selected novels, poetry, critical essays, and memoirs as well as secondary historical literature. The course focuses upon the role of literature in Russian society and the relationship between literary representations and history.            

HISE 3280 Literature and Society in Russia, 1917-1991
An exploration of the role that literature and writers played in the history and culture of the Soviet Union from its inception to its collapse in 1991. Readings include selected novels, poetry, and memoirs as well as secondary historical literature. The course focuses on the relationship between writers and the state and society in the Soviet period and the relationship between literary representations and history.                              

HISE 3290 Origins of the Second World War, 1919-1939
European international affairs from the treaty of Versailles to Hitler's invasion of Poland, emphasizing the diplomatic, political, and military forces that contributed to the outbreak of the Second World War.                                

HISE 3300 Death, Disease, Destitution and Despair in Early Modern Europe
Readings, discussion, and a research paper examining the experience of and social reaction to illness, insanity, poverty, and death in Western Europe.                              

HISE 3311 History of Gardens, Parks and Green Spaces
This course examines the creation of gardens, parks and public space in Europe and the Americas from 1500 to the present day. We will study not just the historical evolution, technology or art form of gardens and parks but we will also explore what they mean to people.                

HISE 3513 History of the Jews in Russia, 1772-2000 
This course studies the history of the Jews in Russia from the First Partition of Poland in 1772 until the beginning of the twenty-first century. The course examines the evolution of that Jewish community itself and the issues that divided that community. It also reviews the evolving policies that tsarist and Soviet regimes adopted toward the Jews. Finally, the course addresses the scope of official and unofficial anti-Semitism in tsarist and Soviet Russia. A vital question the course explores is that of Jewish identity and self-definition, particularly the individual and collective responses Russian Jews made to the tsarist regime's profound anti-Semitism, the pronounced emancipation under the early Soviet regime, or to the anti-Semitic policies that emerged in the Soviet Union after WWII.                

HISE 3910 Special Topics in European History
Courses offered by visiting professors or permanent faculty. For description, consult the department.
Notes: For specific offering, see the Schedule of Classes.           

HISE 4140 Household, Gender, and Sexuality in Early Modern Europe
This course examines the structure, function, and emotional content of families in Europe from the Renaissance to the 18th century. The construction of gender as well as attitudes to and the regulation of sexuality will also be discussed.                        

HISE 4350 Britain in Decline?

This is a history of Britain since 1945. The course will focus on perceptions of Britain's decline and the debates that have developed around that subject. These include not only Britain's decline as a great power, but also the debate over economic decline and whether there was some sort of failure, and the debate over cultural decline and the influence of Americanization and mass culture. Special attention will be paid to social and cultural developments as indications of dramatic improvement rather than decline, as well as the more traditional issues surrounding Britain's economy and its role in the world.                                   

HISE 4910 Special Topics in European History

Courses offered by visiting professors or permanent faculty. For description, consult the department.
Notes: For specific offering, see the Schedule of Classes.                  

HISE 6050 The Italian Renaissance

An examination of cultural, religious, and political developments in Renaissance Italy and their impact on the rest of Europe.                  

HISE 6100 Renaissance and Reformation, 1450-1660
Examines religious and secular aspects of the breakdown of Christian unity from the Renaissance to the mid-seventeenth century. Topics include the decline of the Church; philosophical and doctrinal conflict; dissent and renewal in the Protestant Reformation; the Catholic Reformation; ideology, politics, and wars of religion; Counter-Reformation; and foreign intervention in France and the Netherlands.               

HISE 6140 Revolutionary-Napoleonic Europe, 1789-1815 
This course explores the questioning of traditions throughout Europe, the exchange of concepts of social organization among regions, and the emergence of an imperial power that redirected civilization.                                 

HISE 6330 Imperial Spain, 1469-1716 
Examines the rise and decline of Spanish power in Europe and the Atlantic world and the internal development of the Spanish kingdoms from unification under Fernando and Isabel through the reigns of Charles V and Philip II to the end of the Habsburg dynasty. Besides politics and diplomacy, reading and discussions will address religious practice and the Spanish Inquisition, the art and literature of the Golden Age, and the cult of honor with its consequences for social structure, economic life and gender relations.                             

HISE 6350 Crime and Punishment in Hanoverian England

This in depth seminar focuses on crime, punishment and the justice system in eighteenth-century England. We will investigate such topics as the rise of defense lawyers, the goals of punishment and the development of a system of police. Students will also make use of a digitized data base, theoldbaileyonline,  which contains the transcripts of trials held at the Old Bailey courthouse in London to write a research paper.                             

HISE 6360 English Civil War
This course explores the causes, conduct, and consequences of the English Civil War from 1603-1660.                                

HISE 6370 Seminar in Early Modern England
Readings, discussion, and research paper will focus on a selected topic of English history between 1485 and 1789. Topics will include Religion and Society and Georgian England, 1714-1783.                             

HISE 6380 Seminar in Modern British History
Readings, discussion, and a research paper focusing on one of the following periods of modern British history: Britain in the Age of Revolution, 1760-1850; The Victorian Era, 1830-1900; Britain in the Age of World War, 1900-1945. On occasion, the seminar might focus on a topic rather than a period.

HISE 6420 Readings in the Holocaust
Examines the origins and development of the Nazi Final Solution; the experience of the victims, perpetrators, rescuers, and bystanders; and the relationship between history and memory.    

HISE 6510 The Russian Revolution, 1900-1924

The course explores the origins and nature of the Russian revolutions of 1905 and 1917. It focuses equal attention upon the policies of the tsarist regime and the various social movements, political parties, and ideologies that arose in opposition to that regime. The reasons for the Bolshevik victory in October 1917 and the character of the early Bolshevik regime from 1917 through the Civil War are problems the course addresses. The contentious debates historians have conducted on almost every aspect of the revolution are an important part of the course's readings and discussions.                        

HISE 6511 Stalin's Russia, 1924-1953
This seminar addresses four major questions: 1) What was the nature of the political, social, and cultural system that came into existence under Stalin and how did that system evolve during his lifetime? 2) What was the scope and nature of political repression and state terror under Stalin? Given the reality of state terror, how can we explain the genuine enthusiasm that the regime was able to mobilize for so many of its initiatives? 3) What was the Soviet experience during World War II, and how did the war affect Soviet society and politics? 4) What was the range of experiences that ordinary individuals and families encountered in their private lives during the Stalin era? A major question throughout the course is the character of Stalin's personal rule and the extent of his responsibility for the major developments under his leadership.     

HISE 6512 In Stalin's Shadow: The Soviet Union, 1953-1991

This course examines the evolution of the Soviet Union from Stalin's death until its collapse in 1991. Its primary focus is on the important changes that occurred in the political, cultural, and social spheres within the Soviet Union itself and in the stances that the Soviet Union adopted toward the rest of the world. The initial changes, which contemporaries described as the thaw, witnessed a liberalization that culminated in an explicit denunciation of many of Stalin's policies. The course concludes with an inquiry into the Gorbachev reforms of glasnost and perestroika, which culminated in the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.                     

HISE 6600 Photography and the Historical Imagination
This class aims to explore the relationship between historical memory and photographic practice.                 

HISE 6601 Jewish Life and Culture in Central Europe, 1750 to the Present
This course explores the many facets of Jewish life and culture in Germany and other Central European nations. We will focus on the relationship of various Jewish communities with their Gentile neighbors, local and state authorities and trace the course and success of the Haskalah movement (the Jewish enlightenment). We will be particularly sensitive to the daily life experience of women in their struggles to find a voice and acceptance as women and as Jews, s well as the dramatic rise of a Jewish middle class in the realm of science, finance and industry.Notes: An elective in Jewish Studies                          

HISE 6610 Postwar Culture: The Divided Continent 
This course explores the many gays daily practices and political ideologies have intersected in the lives of ordinary European citizens in the era of the Iron Curtain.             

HISE 6910 Special Topics in European History

Courses offered by visiting professors or permanent faculty. For description, consult the department.
Notes: For specific offering, see the Schedule of Classes