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Devin E Naar
HIST 590
Seattle Campus

Topics in History

Seminar on selected topics in general history, with special emphasis on preparation for field examinations. Topics vary according to interests of students and instructor.

Class description

In this graduate course, we will explore the profound ruptures of nineteenth and twentieth century Europe from the vantage point of a population that traversed conventional political and cultural boundaries: Jews. Through a comparative and transnational lens, we will examine recent key historiographical developments regarding the three major European empires—Ottoman, Habsburg and Romanov—and the politics of belonging over the longue durée. We will focus on a number of major urban centers, such as Salonica, Vienna, and Odessa, to assess the impact of the collapse of empire, the rise of nation-states, and the diverse ways in which Jews responded to these transitions. How can historians write panoramic histories that simultaneously highlight intimate narratives of the local and particular?

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Weekly seminar

Recommended preparation

Graduate student standing. Undergraduates may inquire if there is space and should ask for the professor's permission.

Class assignments and grading

Weekly discussions, short presentations, and final historiographical paper.

Students will be graded on the basis of their class participation and the quality of their writing.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Devin E Naar
Date: 11/01/2012