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HIST 4285 The Ends of Human History: 20th Century European Intellectual History (Fall: 3 )

Course Description

This course charts the development of European worldviews from 1870 to the present. Beginning with various crises in late-nineteenth-century rationalism, we will subsequently examine theoretical and artistic movements such as decadence, vitalism, psychoanalysis, futurism, surrealism, phenomenology, fascism, existentialism, structuralism, feminism, deconstruction, and postmodernism. The unifying thread in this story traces the gradual intensification of the modernist critique of modern life, a critique that ultimately fragmented in what has been understood as the postmodern moment. We will ask what meaning history and human beings can have in the wake of the catastrophes of the twentieth century.

Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Julian Bourg

Prerequisites: History Core.

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Last Updated: 24-Jun-17