This course begins with the Reformation, and surveys religious conflict, enlightened absolutism, the rise of Prussia, the era of the French Revolution, the 1848 revolution, Bismarck’s Three Wars, and the unification of Germany in 1871.
This new course, offered for the first time in winter 2009, addresses how the era is represented today in the United States, Europe and Israel, the aesthetics of various memorials, the historical accuracy of memoirs, and the possible political meanings of Holocaust education in the present. Students in this course will work closely with the Holocaust Living History Workshop, a project that brings together local San Diego Holocaust survivors and undergraduate students.
This course examines European women and gender issues from about 1700 to 1871. Major themes covered are: intellectual and cultural trends (e.g., education and politics); attitudes toward female and male bodies and work roles; and spiritual beliefs and practices.
An undergraduate survey course on the Holocaust, covering antisemitism in Germany, the Nazi seizure of power, methods of Nazi rule, plans for genocide, Jewish behavior in ghettos and camps, and postwar justice.
This seminar addresses Jewish civic autonomy in the late medieval era, the terms of emancipation in the European states, the politics of Jewish socialists, the costs of assimilation, and the consequences of a successful Zionist state in 1948. Graduate students will be required to submit a more substantial piece of work with in-depth analysis and with an increased number of sources cited. A typical undergraduate paper would be ten pages, whereas a typical graduate paper would require engagement with primary sources, more extensive reading of secondary material, and be about twenty pages.
An introduction to feminist historical studies, this course is designed for interested graduate students from all history field groups. Graduate students from other disciplines are also encouraged to participate. The course will provide students a rigorous training in women’s history, in the feminist theories that undergird that scholarship, and in the emergent field of gender analysis. The particular content of the course will change from year to year, but each course will include theoretical texts, historical case studies, and primary sources. Readings will be drawn from different times and places. This course is strongly recommended for those preparing minor fields in women’s history. The course can be repeated twice for credit.
Selected topics in European history from the early modern to the modern era. Readings and discussions focus on issues of methodology and interpretation. Required for all beginning European history graduate students.
This course explores Jewish women’s experiences from the seventeenth century to the present, covering Europe, the United States, and Israel. We examine work, marriage, motherhood, spirituality, education, community, and politics across three centuries and three continents.
We explore contrasts and parallels between African-Americans and Jews from the seventeenth-century to the present. We investigate slavery, the Civil War, shared music, political movements, urban geography, and longings to return to a homeland in Africa or Palestine.
MMW 14. Revolution, Industry, and Empire (4)
This course examines the great changes in European society occurring from the late seventeenth century to the time of the Russian Revolution and considers the impact of those changes on the non-Western world. Topics include absolutist states and the Enlightenment, the French and American Revolutions, industrialization, the rise of nationalism and the nation-state, mass politics, Western imperialism, and the colonial experience. Developments in non-Western countries during this period will be examined from their own internal perspectives.