Wednesday, March 25, 2015

HIST 127 Reading Three Questions

We will discuss the reading in class Thursday April 9th/Friday April 10th. Have your questions typed to turn in on those dates.

Great Cat Massacre Chapter Two Reading Questions:

Why does Darnton believe that laughter is a good “entry point” for historical examination?

How does Darnton describe the life of an artisan?

Why do the workers stage “mock” trials during the killing of the cats?

What assumptions do contemporary recruiters and employers make about 18th century workers?

What is the condition of the apprentice at the time of the Great Cat Massacre? Had it changed over the preceding decades? If so, how?

How had the printing trade changed during the second half of the 18th century?

When is an 18th century worker living in what Darton describes as a ‘liminal or fluid state’?

Do organizations for artisans act as a social safety net? How?

What role do festivals play in the lives of French people in the eighteenth century?

What does Darton mean when he describes protests as symbolic?

Be able to define:

HIST 125 Reading Three Questions

We will discuss the chronicle reading on Thursday April 16th/Friday April 17th. Have your questions typed to turn in on those dates.

Reading Questions for Villehardouin: The Conquest of Constantinople

Who is our author? Why might he have felt compelled to write this?

What are the Franks doing when they decide to ‘take the cross’?

What is the agreement made between the knights and the Venetians?

Where is the Crusade planning to go first?

What events transpire that set the crusade on a different path from the start?

How does the crusade get introduced to political events in Byzantium? What is the political situation there? Who are the major players?

Describe the relationship between the Latin knights and the Byzantine rulers and

Why does the crusade make a detour to Zara?

How does the Pope react to reports of this crusade? Why might he react the way he does?

How does the King of Hungary figure into the political situation behind this crusade?

How ends the first siege of Constantinople?

What causes the rift between the Franks and their Greek allies?

How is the Frankish Emperor installed?

HIST 127 Source Paper Two

Source paper two will be due on Friday April 10th

Question for paper two: History 102

In the source concerning women miners in the English coal pits, we are given several accounts of the conditions women faced. Paying close attention to the authors of each of these accounts, describe the different concerns of each. Is there a difference between the accounts written by observers and those that are from the women themselves? If there are differences, what might they tell us about 19th century ideas concerning morality?

1. Use footnotes for direct quotation and also when using a thought, concept, or idea that is not your own. A paper without any citations will be given back and you will have one day to add them or receive a failing grade. In a paper of this length extensive quotation is unacceptable.
2. Your paper should have a clear thesis, body, and conclusion.
3. Your paper should be 3-5 pages in length.
4. See the syllabus for the grading scheme for papers
5. 12 point, Times New Roman font
6. double spaced
7. title page

HIST 125 Source Paper Two

Source paper two will be due on Friday April 10th.

Read the following:

Sidonius Apollinaris was from a noble Roman family. What do his descriptions of these two individuals tell us about Roman attitudes towards ‘barbarians’ in fifth century Gaul?

Theodoric is a Goth and Seronatus is a Roman, so is our author more concerned with ‘race’ or with behavior? What traits in individuals are important to Sidonius and does this reflect an overall change in Roman attitudes?

1. Your paper should have a clear thesis, body, and conclusion.
2. Your paper should be between 3 and 5 pages in length.
3. See the syllabus for the grading scheme for papers
4. 12 point, Times New Roman font
5. double spaced
6. Title Page

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Movie Schedule Spring 2015 (Updated 3/2/15)

Because several films have already been cancelled due to weather there have been some updates to the schedule:

Films will be shown on Thursdays at 5 p.m. in room 1-306 (The theater). You are required to attend one of the films that corresponds to your course. You will base your 3-5 page film analysis on whichever film you choose. You can come to any of the films, whether for your course or not, for extra credit points.

March 26th: Danton 127

April 2nd: Agora 125

April 9th: Beijing Bicycle (extra credit only)

April 16th: A Bridge Too Far 127

April 23rd: Ironclad 125

April 30th: The Baader Meinhof Komplex 127

May 7th: History Science Theater 3000: Brave Heart 125

Monday, January 12, 2015

HIST 127 Map Quiz Study Guide

This is the study guide for map quiz five and six. The link below will take you to a practice map you can print out. The maps can be found in the textbook. There are also tons of maps on the web.

Here is a link to a complete map:

Here is a link to the blank practice map:

1. United Kingdom
2. Ottoman Empire
3. Kingdom of the Two Sicilies
4. Denmark
5. Prussia
6. Russian Empire
7. France
8. Spain
9. Portugal
10. Norway
11. Sweden
12. Papal States
13. German Confederation
14. Austrian Empire
15. Sardinia
16. Gulf of Finland
17. Corsica
18. Mediterranean Sea
19. English Channel
20. Crimea

HIST 125 Map Quiz Study Guide

This is the study guide for map five and map quiz six. The link below will take you to a practice map you can print out. The maps can be found in the textbook. There are also tons of maps on the web.

Final Areas of Settlement for:

1. Franks
2. Ostrogoths
3. Visigoths
4. Angles and Saxons
5. Vandals

Locate the following:

6. Ebro River
7. Pyrenees Mts.
8. English Channel
9. North Sea
10. Baltic Sea
11. Bay of Biscay
12. Mediterranean Sea
13. Balearic Islands
14. Elbe River
15. Seine River
16. Loire River
17. Corsica
18. Sardinia
19. Sicily
20. Apennine Mts.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Manifesto of the Communist Party: Full Text

Friday, January 4, 2008

Link to artwork by Hieronymus Bosch

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Selected Letters of Cicero

Voltaire's letters on the English 1778

Livy's History of Rome: Book 21 on Hanibal

Memoirs Of The Comtesse Du Barry, with minute details of her entire career as favorite of Louis XV. Written by herself

This is a link through the Gutenbug Project to the full text of this book.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Important doccuments of the Reformation

The Augsburg Confession

Martin Luther: Against the Robbing and Murdering Hordes of Peasants

Martin Luther: On the Jews and their Lies (excerpts for class discussion)

Martin Luther: On the Jews and Their Lies (Full Text)

Friday, December 28, 2007

Witchcraft Doccuments

Here are some selections from doccuments relating to witchcraft.

Monday, August 27, 2007

The Malleus Maleficarum

Thursday, August 23, 2007

revocation of the Edict of Nantes

King Louis the XIV revocted the edict in 1685, less than 100 years after his grandfather Henry IV had proclaimed it.

Robert Bellarmine: Letter on Galileo's Theories, 1615

Galileo's letter of 1614 to the Grand Duchess Christina Duchess of Tuscany was not widely known, and was ignored by Church authorities. When a year later the Carmelite provincial Paolo Foscarini supported Galileo publicly by attempting to prove that the new theory was not opposed to Scripture, Cardinal Robert Bellarmine, as "Master of Controversial Questions," responded.

Copernicus: The Revolutions of the Heavenly Bodies

Nicholas Copernicus was born February 19, 1473, in Poland. He entered the University of Krakow in 1491, then in 1495 went to Padua and studied medicine. In 1500 he was called to Rome and took the chair of mathematics there. He began to believe that the earth went round the sun about 1507 and from that time until his death worked, more or less intermittently, on his exposition of his theory. He delayed the publication of this exposition because of fear of being accused of heresy. Copernicus died May 24, 1543, just as his book was published. The knowledge of the time was not sufficient to prove his theory; his great argument for it was from its simplicity as compared to the epicycle hypothesis.

Monday, January 1, 2001


This is a link to the blank maps that are used for the map quizes.