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Spring 2016-2017
HIS 424 / ECS 424 (HA)   No Audit

Intellectual History of Europe since 1880

Anson G. Rabinbach

This course is an introduction to Modern Intellectual History. It will examine the period from 1870-1960 focusing on several main trends and key figures. Late nineteenth century authors like Nietzsche, Weber, and Freud will be examined against the backdrop of the classical social theories of Marx and Mill. The era of totalitarianism after World War I will be examined with particular attention to Communism, Nazism (Carl Schmitt), and the debates over humanism and existentialism. The course will conclude with discussions of thinkers during the Cold War including, Raphael Lemkin, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Hannah Arendt.

Sample reading list:
Karl Marx, Selected Writings, ed., Robert Tucker
J. S. Mill, On Liberty
Sigmund Freud, Civilization and its Discontents
Friedrich Nietzsche, On the Geneaology of Morals
Max Weber, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism
Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism, Part III

Reading/Writing assignments:
150 to 175 pages of reading per week. Weekly post (1 page).

Requirements/Grading:
Papers - 50%
Oral Presentation(s) - 25%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42065 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm M   McCormick Hall   274   Enrolled:11 Limit:9 Closed