HISTORY 197 - First-Year Seminar
Section: 002 Farmers and Farming in Pre-Industrial Europe
Term: WN 2009
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Other:
FYSem
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This freshman seminar will investigate the history of "the people without history," the anonymous majority of Europeans who worked the land before the twentieth century. It will examine how village life functuioned, how farmers farmed, how peasant households dealt with the deamnds of religious and secular authorities, and the culture of rural people in Europe between medieval and early modern times. The seminar will also be an opportunity to sharpen historical reading and writing skills. Requirements include oportunity to sharpen historical reading and writing skills. Requirements include participation in class discussions, two essays, and a take-home exam.

Among the books the class will cover are E. Leroy Ladurie, Montaillou, the Promised Land of Error, C. Ginzburg, The Cheese and the Worms, D. Balestracci, The Renaissance in the Fields,F. & J. Gies, Life in a Medieval Village.

Among the films whose representation of pre-modern farming communities the course will analyze are The Tree of Wooden Clogs and The Return of Martin Guerre.

HISTORY 197 - First-Year Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
12028
Closed
0
4Y1
-
W 1:00PM - 4:00PM
002 (SEM)
P
25910
Open
8
8Y1
-
TuTh 8:30AM - 10:00AM
003 (SEM)
P
28325
Open
6
6Y1
-
Tu 3:00PM - 6:00PM
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ISBN: 9780060920463
Life in a medieval village, Author: Frances and Joseph Gies., Publisher: HarperCollins 1st Harper 1991
Required
ISBN: 9780271018799
The Renaissance in the fields : family memoirs of a fifteenth century Tuscan paesant, Author: Duccio Balestracci, Publisher: Pennsylvania State Univ. Press 1. publ. 1999
Required
ISBN: 9780253207517
Peasant fires : the drummer of Niklashausen, Author: Richard Wunderli., Publisher: Indiana University Press 1992
Required
E. Leroy Ladurie, "Montaillou, the Promised Land of Error." Braziller publishers, 2008. isbn: 978-0-8076-1598-0
Required
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