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Glennys J. Young
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

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

See above.

Recommended preparation

Graduate standing in History or another relevant department.

Class assignments and grading

See above.

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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 Glennys J. Young
Date: 11/12/2011