History 280B: “Year Books” and Global Early Modern History

Instructor: Professor Peter Sahlins

This course fulfills the elective requirement for the DE in REMS.

This course takes seriously the conceit of academic and popular historical writing that makes use of the unit of the year – annus mirabilus – as a moment or “event” of structural transformation and/or as revelatory of some large-scale historical processes and narrative claims, including globalization itself. This course focuses on “year books” (books about particular years) written about the Early Modern period, from the 15th to the end of the 18th century. It is organized around canonical years (eg, 1492, 1789) and unexpected ones (eg, 1536,1668). We will use these monographs – some less scholarly than others – to reflect on event, process, and structure in a global perspective, and on historical writing more broadly.

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