The final grade for the course will arise from the combination of class activity, oral presentations and a closed book written exam at the end of the term. (There will be no home essays.) Each participant of the course is required to give at least one oral presentation in class on a specific issue related to the subjects discussed. (The topics and readings suggested below may be supplemented by others, according to the interests of students and depending on the availability of literature. The presentation may consist of a discussion of a major upheaval not listed in the syllabus, especially from the history of Central or Eastern Europe, such as the Pugachev uprising, anti-Habsburg movements in Hungary etc.)
General readings fior the first three meetings (6, 20 and 27 October):
Charles Tilly: European Revolutions 1492-1992 (not included in the syllabus, but available in the library) Ch. 1-2 (pp. 1-51.)
Elliott: Europe Divided, pp. 11-144, 201-227, 283-366.
Parker: Europe in Crisis, pp. 13-75,131-144.
Munck: Seventeenth Century Europe, pp. 199-236.
Briggs: Early Modern France (relevant chapters).
Suggested topics and readings for presentations (roughly in the order of succession):
1. The legitimation and mechanism of political violence in early modern Europe.
Berce: Revolt and Revolution, Ch. 1, 4 (pp. 4-33, 91-126).
2. The debate on the "crisis of the 7th century".
T. K. Rabb: Struggle for Stability in Early Modern Europe, Ch. 1-4 (pp. 3-34).
3. The beginnings of the Reformation and religious persecution in France.
Sutherland: Huguenot Struggle, Ch. 1-2 (pp. 10-61).
4. The international context of the Huguenot wars: the Huguenots and the Dutch independence fighters.
Sutherland: Huguenot Struggle, Ch. 6 (pp. 178-210).
5. The political theory of the Dutch war of independence.
The Dutch Revolt, Introduction and "Defence and Declaration" (pp. ix-xxxiii, 1-78).
6. Overview of the 20th century histriograpy of the English Revolution: social and political history.
R. C. Richardson: The English Revolution Revisited, Ch. 7, 9 (pp. 98133, 150-173).
7. An example of the "social history" approach.
L.Stone: The Crisis of the Aristocracy, or "The Results of the English Revolutions of the Seventeenth Century", in: Three British Revolutions, Ch. I (pp. 23-103).
8. An example of "revisionist" historiography.
C. Russell: The Causes of the English Civil War, Ch. l, 6 (pp l-26, 131-160).
9. The American Revolution as an event in English history.
D. Lovejoy: "Two American Revolutions" and J. G. A. Pocock: "The Revolution against Parliament", in: Three British Revolutions, Ch. 7-8 (pp. 244-288).
10. A test case: Dutch revolutions in the 18th century.
Jacob-Mijnhart (ed.): The Dutch Republic in the 18th Century, Ch 1-4 (pp. 19-119).
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