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Throughout history, few people lived for very long in a polity that consisted entirely or even mainly of people with whom they shared a language and culture. Any examination of the variety of human cultures must take account of the political structures within which people tried to make their way, sometimes seeking higher degrees of autonomy, sometimes accommodating to rulers' authority, sometimes trying to extend their own power over others. Empires -- polities which maintained and enhanced social and cultural distinction even as they incorporated different people -- have been one of the most common and durable forms of political association This course will focus on the comparative study of empires from ancient Rome and China to the present, and upon the variety of ways in which empires have inspired and constrained their subjects' ideas of rights, belonging, and power. By tracing a major theme across a long period of time, it serves as an introduction to the field of history. The course introduces students to the analysis of sources that is an essential element of the discipline; its coverage of different regions and time periods will allow students to identify areas to explore in subsequent history courses. The study of empire expands our ideas of citizenship and challenges the notion that the nation-state is natural and necessary. We will investigate how empires were held together -- and where they were weak -- from perspectives that focus on political, cultural, and economic connections over long distances and long time periods. Readings will include historical scholarship on the Roman, Chinese, Mongol, Ottoman, Habsburg, Russian, French, British, German, and American empires, as well as primary sources produced by people living in these and other imperial polities.

Course Information

HIST-UA 93

Undergraduate

4 Points

Term Section Instructor Schedule Location

Fall 2017

1
Jane Burbank
TR: 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM 25W4 C-20
1
Frederick Cooper
TR: 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM 25W4 C-20
1
Brendan Albert Jordan
TR: 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM 25W4 C-20

Spring 2018

1
James W Fraser
MW: 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM CANT 101
1
Amy Karwoski
MW: 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM CANT 101
1
Briana Adline Royster
MW: 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM CANT 101
1
Troy Andrew Smith
MW: 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM CANT 101
1
Adrienne K Nguyen
MW: 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM CANT 101
1
Daniel Olson
MW: 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM CANT 101