HIST 229 - Topics in European History
Credits: 3 credit in fall or winter; 4 in spring)
A course offered from time to time depending on student interest and staff availability, on a selected topic or problem in European history. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.
Winter 2013 topics:
HIST 229-01: Women and Gender: Early Modern Europe (3). An investigation of the history of Europe from the 16th century to the French Revolution, through the lens of gender, examining how historical events and movements, such as the Reformation, the Enlightenment and the French Revolution changed gender roles and women’s lives, and conversely how and why gender roles remained relatively constant in the early modern era. The four main units of this course are: women’s roles within the family and the European demographic system; the role of women in religious orders and movements, as well as Catholic and Protestant ideas about gender; how society treated women and men deemed ‘deviant’; how equality between the sexes became both a possibility and a problem during the Enlightenment and Revolution. (HU) Horowitz.
HIST 229-02: Media and Politics in Early Modern England (3). The invention of the printing press has been credited with revolutionizing the world, but long before there was print, the people of England were exposed to and participated in the creation of a variety of forms of media. This course examines the use of media in early modern England, investigating the political effects of England’s transition from an oral and scribal culture to a literate culture. This class also involves an extensive introduction to the use of early modern source materials. (HU) Schnepper.
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