Voices of Empire

In this course we study the history of empires by examining materials produced by people who lived in them. Each week we will read and analyze one or two "primary sources." These will include reports by officials, petitions by subjects, histories by local scholars, short stories by writers, and court cases. Specialists in the history of each empire under consideration will participate in some of the discussions. "Contextual readings" will be assigned to accompany the documents, and instructors will provide recommendations for further investigation of each week's "voices." Our goal is to explore the possibilities for working out from the perspectives of imperial subjects toward understanding imperial polities and their effects. This is a “methods” course designed to develop skill in the attentive reading and interpretation of documents. It offers students an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the histories of several regions and periods of world history. Students will work closely with both the instructors and other professors who specialize in the history of particular empires. In addition to our collective discussions each week, students will write three short papers. Two will be document analyses, each based on a primary source from different empire; the third will be a summary essay at the end of the course. **Students interested in UA-HIST 5 may also be interested in UA-HIST 93 'Empires in World History.' These courses can be taken separately or together.**

In this course we study the history of empires by examining materials produced by people who lived in them. Each week we will read and analyze one or two "primary sources.” These will include reports by officials, petitions by subjects, histories by local scholars, short stories by writers, and court cases. Specialists in the history of each empire under consideration will participate in some of the discussions. “Contextual readings” will be assigned to accompany the documents, and instructors will provide recommendations for further investigation of each week’s “voices.” Our goal is to explore the possibilities for working out from the perspectives of imperial subjects toward understanding imperial polities and their effects.

Course Information

HIST-UA 5

Undergraduate

2 Points

Term Section Instructor Schedule Location

Fall 2017

1
Jane Burbank
R: 2:00 PM - 4:45 PM KJCC 701
1
Frederick Cooper
R: 2:00 PM - 4:45 PM KJCC 701