The research seminar explores the historical origins of central elements of the modern world and identifies milestones in the development of modernity during the “long nineteenth century”, i.e. the period between the last third of the eighteenth century and the First World War. We therefore date the ‘birth of the modern world’ to approximately the beginning of the industrial revolution, the rise of scientific and rational world views and the idea of ‘progress’ in the Enlightenment and the implementation of representative (male-centred) democratic republics by the American and French Revolution. The long nineteenth century sees the ‘coming of age’ of modernity, as well as resistance and reactionary forces. By focussing on topics like capitalism and industrial revolution, liberalism, nationalism, imperialism, enlightenment and a boost of science and academic infrastructure, the seminar brings together basic political, economic and social aspects. The seminar concentrates on processes occurring in Europe, but takes global consequences and experiences into account and encourages students to explore these further.
|Donnerstag||24.10.2019||17:00 - 19:00||D2.0.330|
|Donnerstag||31.10.2019||17:00 - 19:00||D2.0.330|
|Donnerstag||07.11.2019||17:00 - 19:00||D2.0.330|
|Donnerstag||14.11.2019||17:00 - 19:00||D2.0.330|
|Donnerstag||21.11.2019||17:00 - 19:00||D2.0.330|
|Donnerstag||28.11.2019||17:00 - 19:00||D2.0.330|
|Donnerstag||05.12.2019||17:00 - 19:00||D2.0.330|
|Donnerstag||12.12.2019||17:00 - 19:00||D2.0.330|
|Donnerstag||19.12.2019||17:00 - 19:00||D2.0.330|
|Donnerstag||09.01.2020||17:00 - 19:00||D2.0.330|
|Donnerstag||16.01.2020||17:00 - 19:00||D2.0.330|
|Donnerstag||23.01.2020||17:00 - 19:00||D2.0.330|
Participants will be sensitized for the complexity of the modern world and its manifold political, economic and social origins. They will get insight into crucial aspects of modernity (as opposed to political, economic and social principles characteristic of medieval and early modern times) and follow their respective evolutions throughout the “long nineteenth century”. Via readings and discussion of scholarly literature and summarizing the results of the seminar, students will express evidence-based views on historical processes that shaped the modern world.
Absence is admitted for no more than two of the twelve units. Exceeding this limit will require an appropriate extension of the course achievements (see below).
The research seminar will combine inputs delivered by the course leaders with common discussions on scholarly literature that has to be prepared by all participants.
During the semester, students have to actively take part in the discussions (33%), read and prepare compulsory literature (33%), and deliver a concluding essay (34%).
No specific requirements beyond admission the respective programs. Waiting list: First on the list, first in the course.
Apart from interest in history and working knowledge of the English language, no specific knowledge or skills are required for participation in the research seminar.
Office hours as published in institute’s website (https://www.wu.ac.at/en/geschichte/institute/faculty-and-staff).