Minor in Early Modern Studies - Conceptions of State, Society, and Revolution in the Early Modern Period EMSP 4000X/Y    Conceptions of State, Society, and Revolution in the Early Modern Period
CREDIT HOURS: 6
This course involves close examination of political works by important and influential writers from the sixteenth to early nineteenth centuries. These writers reflected on historical changes and events in their day - including the disunity of Italy, the Protestant Reformation, the English civil war, the Glorious Revolution, the rise of bourgeois society, the French Revolution, and the Napoleonic wars - and formulated complex and sophisticated accounts of human society, sometimes to provide for social and political stability, sometimes to promote freedom and justice. We shall trace the development of their ideas, from philosophical and literary investigations into human nature and contractual theories of society to considerations on political life in relation to philosophy of history.
NOTES: Credit can only be given for this course if X and Y are completed in consecutive terms and partial credit cannot be given for a single term.
FORMAT: Seminar