HSRF 1000-003: HISTORY OF THE WEST: ENLIGHTENMENT TO THE PRESENT

Room: Keating  114                              

TWF 12:30 p.m.-1:20 p.m.

 

Instructor: Tomas Zahora

Office: Dealy 647                                 

Office Hours:    Tuesday 9:30 a.m.-11:20a.m.

                                     1:30 p.m.-2:20 p.m.

Friday 1:30 p.m.-2:20 p.m.

and by appointment

 

E-mail: tzahora@highstream.net (checked at least twice daily: this is the best way to reach me when I am not in Dealy Hall)

Web Page: www.tomaszahora.org — syllabus, handouts, lecture outlines, and helpful links will be updated throughout semester

 

 

 

Required texts:

Textbook:

Kishlansky, Geary, and O’Brien, Civilization in the West, vol. II: Since 1555, 6th ed. (2003). ISBN: 0-321-23625-4

 

Primary source readings and recommended editions:

Voltaire, Candide

           (Penguin paperback, trans. John Butt, ISBN 0140440046)

           e-text: http://etext.library.adelaide.edu.au/v/v93c/

Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

           (Penguin paperback, ISBN 0141439475)

John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

           (Penguin paperback, ISBN 0140432078)

Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Communist Manifesto

           (Penguin paperback, ISBN 0140447571)

Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

           (Harvest books, ISBN 0156787334)

Albert Camus, The Rebel

           (Vintage paperback, ISBN 0679733841)

 

Course objectives:

The course will focus primarily on Europe from the second half of the eighteenth century (after 1750) to the present. The main goal of the course is to provide students with historical and historiographic vocabulary with which to read, understand, and evaluate events and forces that have been shaping European and global history from the end of the eighteenth century to the present. The second goal of the course is to introduce students to primary source material and to provide them with basic skills for working with them. Finally, students will be encouraged to seek continuities, discontinuities, and impact upon the present among the issues, forces, and ideas presented in class.

Class will be conducted in the form of lectures and source-based discussions. Students are encouraged to participate by raising questions and commenting on assigned readings or research projects. All students are welcome to continue class discussion during the instructor’s office hours or via e-mail.

 

Course requirements and evaluation:

Class participation                                                         10 %

Five short essays                       5 x 7%                          35 %

Final essay                                                                    15 %

Midterm                                                                       18 %

Final exam (comprehensive)                                          22 %

Total                                                                                       100%

No incompletes will be given in this course.

 

Attendance policy:

You do not need to bring documentation to excuse your absence. Likewise, you do not need to ask me for permission to miss class. However, class attendance and participation in discussions constitute ten percent of your total course grade. Since discussions are a vital part of the class, I will count them as 2 attendance points. There are six discussion classes (12 points) and 31 lecture classes (31 points), which adds up to 43 points worth 10% of your class grade. You do the math: in other words, a couple of missed classes will not automatically shift you down on the grade scale. On the other hand, absences do add up, missed lectures tend to hurt at exam time, and the difference between an A- and a B+ can amount to a single missed class.

 

Short essays:

You will write five short (at least four double-spaced pages, 1’’ margins throughout, size 12 font) analytical reflection essays based on primary sources. Each essay’s thesis is entirely up to you, as long as it is directly related to the discussed work. For instance, you may begin by determining the overall thesis of the primary source, and then address the author’s treatment of several issues (your essay can treat Voltaire’s Candide as a playful self-criticism of Enlightenment philosophes, particularly in their attitudes toward metaphysics and social theory). An excellent reflection essay will not only present a brief synopsis of the primary source, but will also point to broader historical contexts and references, and will use specific examples (with chapter/section/page citation) from the primary source to support its arguments.

 

► Essays will be due by 5:00 p.m. of the day BEFORE DISCUSSION. Please e-mail them to me at tzahora@highstream.net. Also, bring your own copy of your essay to class discussion. In emergency, drop off a printed version of your essay in my mailbox at the history department. Essays submitted after deadline will incur a 10% penalty for each day they are overdue.

 

Primary source discussions (see syllabus for dates):

To prepare for discussion sessions, you will formulate three questions that can, in your opinion, stimulate class discussion of the primary source. You can base your questions on issues you found especially intriguing, important, or simply difficult to understand—or on anything that captured your interest. E-mail me the questions, together with brief explanation (1-2 paragraphs) of your reasons for selecting these questions by 5:00 p.m. of the day BEFORE DISCUSSION. You may append your questions as another page of your reflection essay. I will collate all questions and e-mail them to your classmates on the same day. Failing to submit your discussion questions will result in two points being subtracted from your 31 participation points.

 

Final Essay:

The final essay will be a longer project (8+ pages) based on Albert Camus’ essay The Rebel, and will attempt to trace the development of a broader historical movement or idea. A handout with more specific information will be provided.


Course Schedule:

► NOTE: Chapter assignments refer to the textbook by Kishlansky et al. You should have them read by the end of the week as noted.

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Week 1: INTRODUCTION; EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY WORLD [Chapter 17]

            Wednesday 31 August

Friday 2 September DISCUSSION:

Francis Fukuyama, introduction to The End of History and the Last Man http://www.marxists.org/reference/subject/philosophy/works/us/fukuyama.htm

Ward Churchill, “Some People Push Back”: On the Justice of Roosting Chickens. http://www.kersplebedeb.com/mystuff/s11/churchill.html

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Week 2: THE AGE OF THE ENLIGHTENMENT: POLITICS, SOCIETY, CULTURE [Chapters 18, 19]

Tuesday 6 September

Wednesday 7 September ► NO CLASS

Friday 9 September

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Week 3: THE FRENCH REVOLUTION AND NAPOLEON [Chapter 20]

Tuesday 13 September

Wednesday 14 September DISCUSSION:

Voltaire, Candide [Essay due by 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, 13 September]

Friday 16 September

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Week 4: NAPOLEON; INDUSTRIAL EUROPE [Chapter 21]

Tuesday 20 September

Wednesday 21 September

Friday 23 September

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Week 5: ROMANTICISM; REVOLUTIONS [Chapter 22]

Tuesday 27 September

Wednesday 28 September

Friday 30 September DISCUSSION:

Mary Shelley, Frankenstein [Essay due by 5:00 p.m. Thursday, 29 September]

 

Last day to withdraw without incurring a WF

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Week 6: A CENTURY OF IDEOLOGIES [Chapter 22]

Tuesday 4 October

Wednesday 5 October

Friday 7 October

 

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Week 7: NEW VISIONS OF FREEDOM

Tuesday 11 October DISCUSSION:

John Stuart Mill, On Liberty [Essay due by 5:00 p.m. Monday, 10 October]

Wednesday 12 October MIDTERM EXAM

Friday 14 October

 

 

 

 

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Week 8: THE BIRTH (AND REBIRTH) OF NATIONS [Chapter 23]

Tuesday 18 October

Wednesday 19 October

Friday 21 October

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Week 9: SCIENCE OF NATURE, SCIENCE OF HUMANKIND [Chapter 23]

Tuesday 25 October DISCUSSION: The Communist Manifesto [Essay due by 5:00 p.m. Monday, 24 October]

Wednesday 26 October

Friday 28 October

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Week 10: BUILDING BETTER TOMORROWS: 19TH-CENTURY SOCIETY [Chapter 24]

            Tuesday 1 November

            Wednesday 2 November

            Friday 4 November

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Week 11: EMPIRES [Chapter 25]

Tuesday 8 November

Wednesday 9 November

Friday 11 November

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Week 12: WAITING FOR SOMETHING TO HAPPEN: THE GREAT WAR [Chapter 26]

Tuesday 15 November

Wednesday 16 November

Friday 18 November

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Week 13: A ROOM OF ONE’S OWN

Tuesday 22 November DISCUSSION:

Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own [Essay due by 5:00 p.m. Monday, 21 November]

Wednesday 23 November THANKSGIVING: NO CLASS

Friday 25 November THANKSGIVING: NO CLASS

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Week 14: THE LOST GENERATION [Chapter 27]

Tuesday 29 November

Wednesday 30 November

Friday 2 December

 

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Week 15: THE APOCALYPSE AND AFTER [Chapter 28]

Tuesday 6 December

Wednesday 7 December

Friday 9 December DISCUSSION:

Albert Camus: The Rebel [See handout for Final essay]

 

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Week 16

Friday, December 16 FINAL EXAM 1:30 p.m.