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HST 095A ~ Russian Revolution through Literature and Film

Instructor: Denise Youngblood Professor of History More . . .

The Russian Revolution (1917-1921) was one of the most important events of the 20th century. The Bolshevik coup on October 25, 1917 was followed by a brutal civil war that took millions of lives and nearly destroyed Russia.  This tumultuous period is usually studied through a political or military lens, but we will look at it through novels, memoirs, and stories written by people who experienced it to learn how Russians survived.  We will also study the mythologization of the revolution in film.  Books to be read include John Reed's Ten Days that Shook the World, Viktor Shklovsky's A Sentimental Journey, Isaac Babel's Red Cavalry, and Boris Pasternak's Dr. Zhivago.  Among the films to be watched are "October," "Dr. Zhivago," and "Reds."  Assignments include short weekly papers and a short research paper on any aspect of the revolution and civil war.

Requirements Satisfied: one Humanities course

HST 095B ~ Revolutionary Ideologies in the Twentieth Century

Instructor: Francis Nicosia Raul Hilberg Distinguished Professor of Holocaust Studies; Professor of History More . . .

This is an intellectual history course designed to help students understand some of the significant revolutionary ideas and movements that shaped the history of the twentieth century. The course will examine four revolutionary ideologies and movements in the twentieth century: Marxism-Leninism in the Soviet Union, Fascism in Italy, National Socialism in Germany, and Maoism in China. These modern ideologies, and the movements they spawned, are just four of the many variations that grew out of the eighteenth-century intellectual revolution known as the Enlightenment. Its promise of liberation of the masses and establishment of utopian societies, first attempted during the French and American revolutions in the eighteenth century, remained a key driving force in the history of the twentieth century.

Requirements Satisfied: one Humanities course

HST 095C ~ Due North: An Introduction to Canada

Instructor: David Massell Professor of History More . . .

Canada is cold, and Canadians play hockey. Beyond this, most Americans know little about our northern neighbor, which is located just 40 minutes north of Burlington by car. In fact, Canada is the United States' largest trading partner and a close political ally, which also holds a richly interesting landscape and national experience. This seminar will introduce a select group of UVM students to Canada. We'll study Canada's unique physical and political geography, history, and political system. Then we'll make a three-day field trip to Ottawa, the nation's capital, to explore Canada firsthand. Upon our return, we will share our observations and artifacts with one another, continuing to explore Canadian culture, art, and literature. Students will emerge from the course with a nuanced understanding of our neighbor to the north, as well as bearing sharpened reading, research, writing, and communication skills. Note: In order to participate in this class, students must have/or obtain a passport no later than October 1, 2015.

Requirements Satisfied: one Humanities course

HST 095D ~ Gentility in Early America

Instructor: Jacqueline Carr Associate Professor of History More . . .

When Thomas Dwight of Worcester, Massachusetts visited Boston in 1796, his daughters sent him on his way with a shopping list of the fine and fashionable English goods they hoped he could purchase for them during his stay. Dwight would have had no problem carrying out his daughters' wishes, as shops catering to the refined individual lined the streets of the bustling city. Americans had ready access to "genteel" imported and domestic goods, including fashionable London and Parisian clothing, literature, musical instruments, furnishings, children's toys, and countless fine goods from the China trade.  Female academies offered young women a genteel education and night schools and academies provided young working men with skills to better their place in society. Through public and domestic settings men and women sought to express refined taste and their station in life.  So when Americans spoke of refinement and gentility during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, which many did frequently, what exactly did they mean?  Why were gentility and refinement so important? This seminar provides an opportunity to explore these and related questions through the study of a wide variety of primary sources (diaries, letters, newspapers, literature, portraiture, and domestic material culture) and scholarly secondary sources.  There will be non-classroom learning opportunities including a field trip to the Shelburne Museum, one of the nation's foremost museums of American art and material culture.  The course format includes discussion sessions, library sessions, group work, individual writing assignments, and presentations. Each student will have the opportunity to produce a primary source research paper on a topic of choice.

Requirements Satisfied: one Humanities course

HST 095E ~ Interwar Europe, 1914-1945

Instructor: Ian Grimmer Senior Lecturer of History More . . .

Europe entered into one of the most tumultuous periods of its history between 1914 and 1945. From the home front to the trenches, the Great War marked a definitive end to the world of the nineteenth century and cleared in its wake the autocratic empires of the continent in a wave of revolutionary unrest. Yet perceptions of a "return to normalcy" by the mid-1920s were only fleeting. As the global economy entered into crisis at the end of the decade, Europeans increasingly turned to new ideologies to solve the problems of modernity, ultimately ushering in a second catastrophic war of unprecedented violence.  Drawing on a variety of sources-from films to memoirs-this course will explore the turbulence and dynamism of the interwar years, covering themes such as the social and cultural legacies of World War I; mass culture and the avant-garde; the emergence of Stalinism within the Soviet Union; and Italian fascism, Nazism, and the Holocaust.

Requirements Satisfied: one Humanities course