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Administrative Unit: History and Political Science Department
Course Prefix and Number: HIST 329
Course Title: Warfare, Witches, and the Outlines of Modern Life: Early Modern Europe, 1550-1700
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Early modern Europe served as a kind of precedent for modern life, through developments such as competitive empire-building, science and industry, the nation-state, and free-trade economies. The course explores both traditional topics such as the Reformation, the Thirty Years’ War, absolutism and constitutionalism, and the Scientific Revolution, and more recent histories of women, popular culture, sexuality, peasant life, and magic.

 
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

HIST 101 or HIST 111.

 
Course Rotation for Day Program:

Occasional offering.

 
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

A textbook, a monograph, and the use of primary sources are required in this course.

Texts 1-3 Choose the most recent editions of one of the following: 

Texts 4-9 Choose the most recent editions of one of the following: 

Required primary sources:  Significant use of primary sources is required in this course.  Sources may be obtained from one or more of the sites below:



Early-Modern Europe, 1450-1789
By Wiesner-Hanks, Merry (Cambridge University Press)
Recommended
After the Black Death: A Social History of Early Modern Europe
By Huppert, George (Indian University Press)
Recommended
Early Modern European Society, 1500-1700
By Kamen, Henry (Routledge)
Recommended
Peasant Fires: The Drummer of Niklashausen
By Wunderli, Richard (Indiana University Press)
Recommended
Women and Gender in Early Modern Europe
By Weisner, Merry (Cambridge University Press)
Recommended
The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller
By Ginzburg, Carlo (Johns Hopkins University)
Recommended
Man of Three Worlds: Samuel Pallache, A Moroccan Jew in Catholic and Protestant Europe
By Garcia-Arenal, Merceds & Gerard Wiegers (Johns Hopkins University Press)
Recommended
The Order of Books: Readers, Authors, and Libraries in Europe between the Fourteenth and Eighteenth Centuries
By Chartier, Roger (Stanford University Press)
Recommended
 
Course Objectives
  • To understand the major themes in early modern political, social, religious, and economic thought
  • To understand the historical context in which early modern theorists wrote
  • To engage with primary works from the early modern period
  • To better understand some of the ways historians have interpreted the early modern period
  • To gain an introductory knowledge of interdisciplinary approaches in early modern social history, including anthropology, sociology, and cultural studies
  • To evaluate specific arguments made in historical texts and relate language used in texts to historical factors and contexts
 
Measurable Learning Outcomes:
  • Describe how European social, political, economic, and religious issues changed from the late-medieval through early modern era.
  • Explain early modern Europe as holding tensions between medieval religious beliefs and emerging early modern scientific and Enlightenment ideals.
  • Describe early modern Europeans’ and colonial others’ perceptions of one another.
  • Explain the relationships between state efforts at religious uniformity, and the causes and progress of civil conflict within and among European states.
  • Demonstrate understanding of early modern concepts of gender, childhood, class, and criminality.
 
Topical Outline:

Because the course represents an upper-level history elective, it bears a distinctive responsibility for teaching advanced knowledge within the discipline. It must be distinguished as an advanced course by three structural components: extensive reading, intensive writing, and historiographical thinking. It must require advanced students to complete both in class and out of class projects (i.e., midterms, finals, team reports, quizzes, research papers).  The reading load should be a minimum of 1000 pages; the course writing assignments should total c5000 words. 

The major topics include but are not limited to the following areas:

  • The context of Europe in the 1550s
  • Economic structures, including forms of industrialization
  • Family and household structures
  • Women's roles: mother, scold, wife, spinster
  • Childhood and youth
  • High and low, elite and popular cultures
  • Popular politics; riot and rebellion
  • Law enforcement, crime and punishment
  • Religion, the reformation, and social transformations
  • Encounters with other cultures, including the Americas, Asia and Africa
  • Additional areas in which the instructor has expertise
 

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 20

 
Library Resources:

Online databases are available at http://www.ccis.edu/offices/library/index.asp. You may access them from off-campus using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

 
Prepared by: David Karr Date: December 4, 2013
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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