Wednesday, February 3, 2016

HIST 127: Great Cat Massacre Reading Questions.

Questions due typed in class on February 29th/March 1st.
Be prepared to discuss the reading in class.Instructions on the sections to read are in the syllabus.

Introduction and Chapter 1:

Define “History” and “Anthropology”.

What does Darnton mean when he talks about “cultural history” as opposed to some other type of history?

Why does Darnton believe that fairy tales are useful to us as historians?

How does Darnton use folklore as a historical source?

What does Darnton think of psychoanalyzing fairy tales?

What is l’histoire immobile? What is the context in which Darnton is using this phrase? How is it used as a support for the argument that we can use folklore to learn about history?

What are some of the specific concerns that Darnton sees as being addressed through folklore? Make sure to have some specific examples that he uses.

What process does Darnton use to learn history from the fairy tales he examines? Give some examples.

What does Darnton think about the differences between the French and German versions of some of the folklore examined?

Chapter 2:

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: Suetonius Reading Questions

Questions due typed in class on February 29th/March 1st.
Be prepared to discuss the reading in class.Instructions on the sections to read are in the syllabus.

Who is Suetonius? Who did he work for and how long after the events he is describing did he live? How might these issues have colored his writings?

What was the purpose of the first Triumvirate, how did it come about?

How did Caesar gain the support of the people? Do you see examples of the factionalism mentioned in the lecture on Roman politics in this account?

Do you think Caesar would have claimed a crown? Does Suetonius think so?

Why is the second Triumvirate formed?

What is the relationship between Octavian and Marc Antony?

How did Augustus become emperor? What were his qualifications? Why did people accept him as emperor? Which groups of people did he have to win over?

According to Suetonius, what does an emperor do? How did Augustus spend his days?

How does Suetonius portray Augustus once he comes to power? Does he portray Julius and Augustus in different ways? Does he seem to like one more than the other?

Why is Augustus so concerned with the morals of the Romans? Is this concern confined to the aristocracy?

What is the arc of the career of Tiberius? Does Suetonius think Tiberius began as a good emperor?

How does Claudius become emperor? Did he want the job?

How does Suetonius present Claudius?

By the end of the reign of Nero, does it seem that Rome can continue as an empire?

Do you get the impression that Suetonius would prefer the Republic?

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

HIST 125 & 127 Map Quiz One and Two Study Guide

Follow the link below to print out a practice map.

Be able to identify the locations of:

1. Euphrates River
2. Tigris River
3. Mediterranean Sea
4. Black Sea
5. Caspian Sea
6. Persian Gulf
7. Caucasus Mountains
8. Zagros Mountains
9. Crete
10. Red Sea
11. Upper Egypt
12. Lower Egypt
13. Sinai Peninsula
14. Arabian Peninsula
15. Nile River
16. Asia Minor / Anatolia
17. Greece
18. Aral Sea
19. Mesopotamia
20. Cyprus

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Link to documentary on the Armenian Genocide

This is a link to the documentary we watched some of in class. I encourage you to finish watching.

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.