Glennys J. Young
Seminar on selected topics in general history, with special emphasis on preparation for field examinations. Topics vary according to interests of students and instructor.
History 590, Winter 2012: Comparative Revolutions
This course will an introduction to the comparative study of modern revolutions in world history. The course will examine critically the theories that have been generated to explain the causes and processes of revolutions. We will also critically assess the concepts (e.g., political culture, modernity) that historians and other scholars have used in the comparative study of revolutions. Our main “case studies” will be the French, Chinese, and Russian Revolutions. But we will also examine scholarship on other revolutions as relevant to the intellectual goals of the course.
Requirements will likely include weekly, or near-weekly, response papers, a 12-15 pp. final paper on a topic of the student’s own choosing, and an in-class presentation.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Graduate standing in History or another relevant department.
Class assignments and grading