The course proceeds both chronologically and thematically; in addition to covering major periods and developments, we also try to illustrate a variety of historical subfields, including labor, environment, gender, culture, social movements, immigration, race, domestic politics, foreign relations. We ask students to read the best of both new and old scholarship; each week we contrast a “classic” work with new scholarship. We do this to familiarize students with disagreements among historians and with a sense of how history-writing moves and changes. We also hope to formulate our own arguments, both individual and collective, about the eras we cover.
Survey of the major literature and historiographical issues in the modern European field.