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Fall 2017-2018
HIS 564   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

The General Crisis of the Seventeenth Century

Yaacob Dweck

This course examines how historians have employed the notion of crisis in the study of the past in particular and the seventeenth century in particular. While the majority of our readings emerge from scholarship on crisis in seventeenth-century Europe, we also look at examples from other times and places. What insights does the notion of crisis release into the historical study of the past? What insights does it inhibit?

Sample reading list:
Hugh Trevor Roper, The General Crisis of the Seventeenth Century
Geoffrey Parker, The Global Crisis
Gershom Scholem, Sabbetai Sevi: The Mystical Messiah
C.V. Wedgewood, Thirty Years War
Steven Shapin and Simon Schaffer, Leviathan and the Air Pump
Michel Foucault, The Order of Things
See instructor for complete list

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Take Home Mid term Exam - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23426 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm W   Dickinson Hall   211   Enrolled:9 Limit:12