HISTORY 445 - Topics in History
Section: 002 Capitalism and Socialism
Term: WN 2018
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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The past decade has seen an explosion of scholarship on the history of capitalism, but all too often this topic is treated as synonymous with modern economic history in general. That’s understandable, insofar as capitalism in one form or another dominates nearly everywhere in the early 21st century. As historians, however, we shouldn’t forget that for most of the past century socialism posed a vigorous challenge to capitalism, whether as an ideal among leftist activists or as a day-to-day reality among people in the Soviet Union, China, Eastern Europe, and an diverse array of countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. This class will integrate the story of socialism with the story of capitalism in an attempt to develop a more inclusive overview of modern economic history. The focus of the class will be on secondary scholarship, organized thematically and historiographically rather than chronologically.

Course Requirements:

The reading list will include approximately one book (or a comparable collection of articles) each week. Students will be asked to write a short response essay (about 1,000 words) for each week’s readings; there will be no exams or quizzes.

Intended Audience:

The target audience for the class includes advanced undergraduates (particularly those considering graduate studies in this field), master’s students, or doctoral students preparing for prelim exams. Those outside the history department are particularly encouraged to join the class. No previous background in history or economics is required, though some experience reading scholarly monographs in history (or related fields) would be helpful.

HISTORY 445 - Topics in History
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002 (LEC)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
003 (LEC)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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