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Woods College of Advancing Studies



Professors: Alex Bloom, A.B. California at Santa Cruz, A.M., Ph.D. Boston College; Christopher Hannan, A.B. Harvard, M.Phil. St. Andrews, Scotland, Ph.D. Boston College; Martin Menke, A.B. Tufts, A.M., Ph.D. Boston College; Michael Paul, A.B., A.M. London School of Economics and Political Science; Ph.D. Boston College; Lorenz Reibling, B.A. Munchen-Kolleg Techniche, Cand. Ph.D. Ludwigs-Maximilians, M.S. Boston College.

HS 08215  European Civilization 1789–1989
HS08215 Syllabus
Survey of Europe's tumultuous history from the French Revolution to the revolutions of 1989. The focus develops modern ideologies (from conservatism and capitalism to Marxism and fascism), the role of technological change in accelerating globalization, and the role of the individual as citizen in modern society as well as the great challenges and achievements of the twentieth century.
Spring, Thurs 6:30–9, Jan 17–May 9, Professor Menke

HS 12701 America Between the Wars: Good Times and Hard Times
HS12701 Syllabus
A survey of the years 1918–1945, covering the roaring 20s, the Stock Market Crash, the Depression, the New Deal and the American involvement in World War II. Course investigates the political events of these years, the changing patterns of American life, the social and cultural trends, and the emergence of America as an international power.
Spring, Mon 6:30–9, Jan 13–May 5, Professor Bloom

HS 13001  Puritans to Patriots: Town of Boston 1630-1822
HS13001 Syllabus

Course covers the history of Boston from its founding through the momentous events of the 17th and 18th centuries when Boston became the second most important city in the British Empire. During the tumultuous 18th century, Boston significantly expanded financially and geographically, becoming the capital of New England before facing a number of difficulties in the mid-1700’s. Course traces Boston’s central role in the American Revolution, with an emphasis on Adams, Revere and others, as well as the Boston Massacre, the Tea Party and the Battle of Bunker Hill. We will then focus on how Boston reinvented itself after independence to become by the 1820’s, the “Hub of the Universe.”
Spring, Tues 6:30–9, Jan 14–May 6, Professor Hannan

HS 14201  An Emerging World: Political, Economic and Cultural Trends in the 21st Century
HS14201 Syllabus
Focuses on events in Europe to view how the world community of nations defined their role in and came to terms with the twenty-first century. Novels, memoirs, essays and documentaries reveal the events and decisions that forced or allowed nations to define themselves in the modern world. Topics include Europe and World War I; the Great Depression; World War II; decolonization and the Cold War; and resurgent nationalism and the “new world order,
globalization and terrorism.” Books include Regeneration, Pat Barker; The Road to Wigan Pier, George Orwell; The European Home Fronts, Earl Beck; Blood and Belonging, Michael Ignatieff; and brief readings.
Spring, Sat 9-–12, Jan 18–May 3, Professor Paul

HS 17701  Resistance: Call to Action
HS17701 Syllabus
Course explores the lives, motivations, and outcomes of individuals who for a myraid of reasons responded to the emerging Nazi catastrophe. Course defines resistance from religious, ethical, moral, political as well as military perspectives identifying the main protagonists, their moral or ethical dilemmas and final composite failure. What makes resistance permissible, legitimate or even mandatory? Do the gospels encourage resistance? Looks at religious organizations, political groups, and student movements during this tumultuous period in history. Analyzing confrontation, adaptation and alternative strategies enriches class insight. Guest speakers.
Spring, Wed 6:30–9, Jan 15–May 7, Professor Reibling

Anticipated History electives 2014-2015
History of Sports; Vietnam; Modern America