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The Birth of the Modern: Europe and its Others

By Department of History, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Arizona State University

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This course looks at how over the course of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries Europeans gave up one set of “others,” that is, social outsiders (witches, Jews and the poor) and during the Enlightenment replaced these with a new set of “others” (women, Africans and Asians). History 300 is a historical methods course, so this subject matter will be discussed with a view toward also giving students some basic introduction to how historians develop and debate historical theses.

Customer Reviews

The Birth of the Modern: Europe and Its Others

I downloaded this series of lectures because I was interested in the subject and I really wanted to learn what the course has to offer. I think the professor has a lot of interesting knowledge to impart, but his frequent "ahs" and changing what he is saying in the middle of a sentence makes for a painful listening experience. (I have been guilty of such speech patterns myself in casual talk, but would like to think I would do better in a formal public presentation.)

I do not know if I will listen to the whole series because of poor lecture style. I would encourage the professor listen to the lectures of Keith E. Wrightson and Paul Kagan to get an idea on how to present his materials in a manner that makes the listener what to listen. If there is a later edition of this course in which the lecture style has improved, I would be happy to get it.

A Gem

Despite crummy quality and a rather tangential structure, this guy is extremely well informed and brings in a lot of interesting and disparate seeming currents of European History. For anyone who likes the broad stroke, but on point sort of history concept this is really nice.

Good content but...

I was really looking forward to this program. Unfortunately the recording quality is TERRIBLE... Many of these "class" recordings suffer from this. The room gets mic'ed and you can't hear anything..