In this seminar we will look at US history from a world historian's perspective. We will try to grasp the big picture - assuming that word history is more than the juxtaposition of national ... read more
In this seminar we will look at US history from a world historian's perspective. We will try to grasp the big picture - assuming that word history is more than the juxtaposition of national histories. We will examine world history through multiple perspectives and narratives and link it with the national history of the United States starting in the early 19h century.
Starting with the examination of existing conceptual, geographical and chronological frameworks we will explore the grand patterns and themes to be considered - such as transmission of values, global war or migration - as well as the units of analysis used for this kind of study. We will learn how they differ from those used in other fields of history.
We will then continue by addressing questions of how in the course of time peoples and societies have experienced both convergence and differentiation and tackle social, economic, and cultural integration with reference to the United States. By framing US history and applying notions and concepts such as nationalism, democracy and power, we will place it in a global context. The emphasis will be put on US international relations in the 19th century as well as on major conflicts of the 20th century.
October 15th: 08.30-10.00 hrs -- Introduction & overview
November 18th: 09.00-16.00 hrs -- bloc I
December 16th: 09.00-16.00 hrs -- bloc II
January 13th: 09.00-16.00 hrs -- bloc III
February 11th: 08.30-10.00 hrs -- wrap-up & discussion Course requirements:
Attendance is compulsory for all blocs. Students are expected to have done the requested readings before each class, to participate actively in the excursions and class discussions and to submit three essays. The readings will be posted on blackboard.close