History | J200 2796 Modern Revolutions 1:00-2:15 MW BH011 Riley
J200 | 2796 | Riley


Above section open to freshmen, sophomores and juniors only.
Above section COAS intensive writing section and also requires
registration
in COAS W333

Revolution: modern life seems to demand not just abrupt and thorough
changes, but also a sense of a past shaped by revolutions. In this course
we'll examine seven revolutions:
1) the 17th and 18th century revolution in reason;
2) the French Revolution and its successor revolutions in Russia and
China;
3) nationalism and the identification of the individual with the nation;
4) the industrial revolution and the rise of the modern economy;
5) the consumer revolution and the rise of materialism;
6) the rise and the loss of privacy; and
7) the population revolution.

How far has each revolution reshaped human experience? What are the
origins of each innovation? What are the consequences? Finally, are we
caught up in some sort of historical dynamo, in which forces outside human
control dramatically reshape life? Or are these revolutions things made by
people, planned out beforehand?

Lectures, class discussions, readings, short papers.