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HIST 2839 Urban Underworlds: Crimes and Madness in Nineteenth Century Europe (Fall: 3 )

Course Description

Nineteenth century industrialization and the urbanization that accompanied it changed the nature of Europe’s cities permanently. These new metropolises saw a steady rise in crime, violence, and a preoccupation with the dangerous — or “mad”— elements in society. This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to analyze the seedy underbelly of cities such as London, Paris, and Berlin. Focusing on the darker side of city life from Jack the Ripper to Bedlam to the brothels of Montmartre, we will examine issues of class, crime, madness, deviant sexuality, and popular culture as we explore the impact of modernity on Europe’s urban societies.

Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Erica Foss

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 24-Jun-17