HISTORY 197 - First-Year Seminar in the Humanities
Section: 006 The History of Capitalism in the 17th and 18th Centuries
Term: FA 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:

This course aims, through a series of pertinent literary texts, to introduce students to popular controversies surrounding early capitalism – capitalism, in effect, before it had been named and systematically described by Adam Smith in 1776 in The Wealth of Nations.

We will focus on how to make historical arguments and how to use sources as evidence. In gesturing toward the history of capitalism between 1600 and 1729, we will tease out not only conflicting attitudes towards trade, commerce, and usury but also issues of social structure and geopolitical exploitation. As slavery and colonialism swim into view, we will keep an eye on how such things were legitimated or undermined. We will of course explore the boundaries between history and literary fictions.

Course Requirements:

Written work will include three very short papers (the first two, 3 pages each; the last one, 4 pages). Lively participation in the seminars is essential and expected.

Class Format:

The course, while incorporating mini-lectures, will depend heavily on discussion – i.e. you. You will be expected, both as a commentator and a recipient of comments in student workshops, to come to class fully prepared and ready to speak.

HISTORY 197 - First-Year Seminar in the Humanities
Schedule Listing
002 (SEM)
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21284
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15
3Y1
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MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
006 (SEM)
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30488
Open
12
 
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
007 (SEM)
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30489
Open
16
4Y1
12Enrollment Management
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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ISBN: 9780192815392
Castle Rackrent, Author: Edgeworth, Maria., Publisher: Oxford university press 1980
Required
ISBN: 9780803203624
The beggar's opera, Publisher: University of Nebraska Press 1969
Required
ISBN: 9780872203754
The fable of the bees and other writings, Author: Mandeville, Bernard de, 1670-1733., Publisher: Hackett op.
Required
ISBN: 0142437166
The interesting narrative and other writings, Author: Olaudah Equiano ; ed. with an introduction and notes by Vincent Carretta., Publisher: Penguin Books Rev. ed. 2003
Required
ISBN: 0521786606
The Merchant of Venice : a play by William Shakespeare., Author: Shakespeare, William., Publisher: Cambridge University Press 2007
Required
ISBN: 9780393094121
Moll Flanders : an authoritative text, backgrounds and sources criticism, Author: Defoe, Daniel, 1661?-1731., Publisher: Norton 1981
Required
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