HISTORY 197 - First-Year Seminar in the Humanities
Section: 006 The Jewish Heart of Europe, 1800-1918
Term: WN 2018
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Other:
FYSem
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

The cities of the Austro-Hungarian Empire were crucibles of modern Western culture at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth century. They were also an early stage for the conflicts that would lead to twentieth-century catastrophe. This course will explore the relationships among national and other identities, modern arts, architecture, and literatures, and socio-political contexts in the three metropolises of central Europe before and after the collapse of that empire. Some of the innovations this milieu produced include: Freud and the birth of psychoanalysis; the emergence of modern art and design; political innovations from novel forms of socialism to right-wing populism based in antisemitism; modernist literature from Franz Kafka to Robert Musil; the philosophy of language (Wittgenstein, Mauthner); finally, the popular pleasures of the café house and the entertainments associated with it. In what ways does the peculiar political and social context of this time and place (between East and West, past and future) relate to all of these positive and negative aspects of the modern world we would inherit? This is a key question of cultural history, the branch of history that this seminar is intended to introduce.

Most of the readings will be made available for free electronically; some books may be recommended for a total cost of roughly $50.

Course Requirements:

Assigned homework will include historical essays, literature (short stories and novellas), three films, a Freudian case study, and primary sources such as contemporary newspapers. Discussions are an important part of the class, so attendance is mandatory, and participation expected. Graded assignments include two short essays, an in-class examination after Thanksgiving break, and a final paper.

Intended Audience:

This course is designed as a Freshman Seminar, and no prerequisites or specialized background knowledge is expected or assumed. A basic introduction to the history of the region will be built in to the course in the form of brief lectures, presentations, or readings.

Class Format:

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HISTORY 197 - First-Year Seminar in the Humanities
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