Revolution in the Modern World (HIST*3270) | College of Arts

Revolution in the Modern World (HIST*3270)

Code and section: HIST*3270*01

Term: Winter 2016

Instructor: Sarah Summers


Course Synopsis:

The course examines the role of revolution in shaping this history of the modern world. From the French to the Arab Spring, we will analyze how revolutions began and the scope of political, social, economic, and cultural change wrought by these upheavals. In the process of studying and analyzing the French Revolution, the Russian Revolution, the Chinese Revolution, and the Iranian Revolution/Arab Spring, we will interrogate the definition of revolution itself and determine its feasibility as a historical category.

Course Assessment and Weights:

Participation 14%
In Class Prompts 16% (2% each)
Response Papers (3x10% each)
Group Online Exhibit 30% (20% group grade, 10% individual assessment)
Exhibit Primary Source Analysis 5%
Group In-class Presentation 5%

Required Texts:

Seybolt, Peter J. Throwing the Emperor from His Horse: Portrait of a Village Leader in China, 1923-1995. Boulder: Westview Press, 1996.
Satrapi, Marjane. Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood. New York: Pantheon Books, 2003.

All other readings can be found in the ARES online course reserve system through Courselink; through the url links in the syllabus and on Courselink (indicated by WEB); or on Courselink (indicated by CL)


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