Topics in European Cultural History


Is there such a thing as "cultural history" today?  Decades of highly interdisciplinary scholarship have transformed the study and practice of European history. Initially, such disciplinary cross-pollination began by turning historians away from the "hard" social sciences (quantitative sociology, economics, demography, econometrics) towards interpretive fields (cultural anthropology, art history, material culture studies, literary theory). More recently, however, historians have begun to return to fields that engage human activity in biological and environmental aspects and on broader temporal scales ("deep" history).

This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the many ways it is now possible to practise cultural history, and also introduce some of the most fruitful (and provocative) avenues of current research. Topics will include bodily histories, material culture, history of emotions, religious cultures and environmental and global history. The chronological scope of the course extends from Late Antiquity to late modern Europe, so it will be appropriate for students who are interested in working in any area of European history.

To complete this course students must enrol in HISTORY 706 A and B.

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Availability 2022

Not taught in 2022




HISTORY 706A: 15 points

HISTORY 706B: 15 points