HISTORY 594 - Topics in History
Section: 002 Capitalism and Socialism
Term: WN 2018
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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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 594 - Topics in History
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
5Graduate Standing
Tu 1:00PM - 4:00PM
002 (SEM)
5Graduate Standing
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
003 (LEC)
4Graduate Standing
Tu 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Note: UPDATED CLASS TIME, HISTORY 594.003: The time on this class will be changed to Tuesday 10:00 am - 1:00 pm.
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