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HIST 5270 Senior Colloquium: A History of Social Trust: Revolution and Society in Modern Europe (Spring: 3 )

Course Description

Social trust is absolutely critical to the functioning of any society. And yet the history of trust is rarely considered. In this course, we will examine three discrete historical episodes where the basis for trust was significantly altered - Britain during the Scientific and Financial Revolutions, Revolutionary France, and post-Revolution Soviet Union. In each episode, contemporaries were faced with unfamiliar sources of authority, with competing systems for determining truth, and with increasingly illegible indicators of trustworthiness. We will focus on how trust broke down and what kinds of cultural resources were drawn on in the effort to rebuild it.

Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Penelope Ismay

Prerequisites: Senior History Major Status.

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Last Updated: 13-Feb-18