HIST 135
The Coffeehouse from Arabia to the Enlightenment
Last Offered Fall 2022
Division II Writing Skills
This course is not offered in the current catalog

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Invented in sixteenth-century Arabia, the coffeehouse soon made its way to Egypt and Istanbul and then to Western Europe. This institution offered a social space where men (and women) could congregate to discuss politics and ideas. Everywhere, it was an object of suspicion, yet its onward march proved unstoppable, and it even became one of the central spaces of the European Enlightenment, the eighteenth-century movement that laid the foundations of modern Western secular thought. In this course, we will reconstruct the progress of the coffeehouse in order to understand what made it so special. Through its prism we will explore a crucial period in the history of Europe and the Middle East, and investigate how intercultural interactions and intellectual exchange shaped the modern world at a time of religious and political polarization.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 1376
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Attendance and participation; two 5-7-pp. papers (and a revision of each); final research project proposal and bibliography; a final, 10-12 pp. research paper; a final research presentation.
Prerequisites: First-year standing.
Enrollment Preferences: First-year students,
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills
WS Notes: This class is designed as an intensive expository writing seminar for first-year students. We focus on the structure of expository argument, the importance of revision, on library and research skills, etc. Students receive detailed feedback on their writing throughout the semester and are expected to use the opportunity to hone their craft.
Attributes: HIST Group C Electives - Europe and Russia
HIST Group G Electives - Global History
HIST Group P Electives - Premodern

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