Class Introduction to Contemporary History

  • Presentation


    Mastery of the principal landmarks, movements, characters and ruptures in the Contemporary World, making  them funtional in sociological analises.

  • Code


  • Syllabus


    Part 1: The construction of modernity

    - The Enlightenment and the new conception of Man

    - The end of the Ancien Régime

    - The Charter of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen

    - The rise of the bourgeoisie and its economic, social and political achievements

    - Liberalism, religion and culture

    Part 2: Liberal society

    - The industrial revolution

    - The proletariat and social problems

    - Colonialism and European imperialism; the partition of Africa and the domination of Asia

    Part 3: The great contemporary revolutions

    - Nationalism

    - The unification of Germany and Italy

    - European fascisms

    - The great wars

    - Decolonisation

    - The Cold War

    - The end of history and the return of the Cold War

  • Objectives


    To follow ongoing historical research in order to acquire the ability to identify economic and social interests, as well as the hegemonic forces underlying major historical changes. To know the methodological tools of initiation to research and problematisation in History. To know the main historiographical currents, as well as their authors and their works, which have contributed significantly to renewing our reading of the past, at national and global level.

  • Teaching methodologies and assessment

    Teaching methodologies and assessment

    The working sessions will be theoretical-practical. In the dynamics of the sessions, students will actively participate by reading some previously defined and distributed texts (Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen); Declaration of Independence of the USA; Communist Manifesto; Encyclical Rerum Novarum; Universal Declaration of the Rights of Humanity). The aim of these readings, commented in class, is to use the contexts of each document as a laboratory tool for understanding the changes, scope and implications of each one. In addition to a written test, the assessment will involve participation in the debates centred on these texts, as well as the preparation of an indicidual essay based on one of the texts mentioned.

  • References


    ARMITAGE, David; Subrahmanyam, Sanjay (2010). The Age of Revolutions in Global Context c. 1760-1840. Nova York: Palgrave Macmillan.

    HEFFER, Jean; SERMAN, William (1999). O Século XIX, 1815-1914. Lisboa: Publicações D. Quixote.

    HOBSBAWM, Eric (1985). A Era das Revoluções (1789-1848). Lisboa: Presença.

    PORTER, Andrew (2011). O Imperialismo Europeu 1860-1914. Lisboa: Ec. 70.


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