Dr K. Steinhaus: Spring 2015

Office: UP 2004

Office Phone:  (407) 708-2079

Email: steinhausk@seminolestate.edu

Office hours:

Mon/Wed: 8-9, 10:45-12:30

Tues/Thurs: 9:15-11 [Most days also available 1:45-3]

Additional office hours are available by appointment.

For additional research  help contact:

Jeanne Larsen, Humanities Liaison Librarian: larsenj@seminolestate.edu; 407.708.2616


* Western Civ. Two-- Monday/Wednesday 12:30-1:45 Section:

Awesome Map: http://loiter.co/v/watch-as-1000years-of-european-boarders-change/

Read for Wednesday 1/21: The Duc of St-Simon on Versailles http://legacy.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/17stsimon.asp

Read for Monday 1/26: Sources book Peter I Decrees (pages 82-5)

Read for Wednesday 1/28: Sources book letter from Galileo to Grand Duchess!!!

Reflection Paper #2 due Wednesday 2/4: Which of the systems of governments discussed in class this week and last week makes the most sense to you in the context of early modern Europe (aka. At that time in history when there was no government yet like we have today)? What were strengths and weaknesses of the examples we talked about in class? What strengths and weaknesses are evident from the readings?

Read for Reflection Paper #3: Sources book "Political Testament" of Frederick II (pages 110-2)

Reflection Paper #3 due Wednesday 11 February: How radical were the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment with their Republic of Letters? Were these really "revolutions" or smaller changes?

For Monday 9 February: Read Madame de Remust on Napoleon: http://legacy.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/remusat-napoleon.asp

Reflection Paper #4 due Friday 20 February: Was Napoleon a product of the French Revolution or a unique phenomenon?

Read for Monday 23 February: Sources book's "Factory Rules in Berlin" pages 151-4

For Wednesday 25 February: Was the Industrial Revolution revolutionary for Western Europe? Why, or why not? Use the Berlin factory rules in the Sources book in your answer!!

Reading for Revolutions of 1848 in German States: http://legacy.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/1848schurz.asp

MIDTERM STUDY GUIDE:

The Western Civilizations II midterm exam will contain 21 of the following short answer questions. You will be expected to choose 18 from the 21 I select and answer them. Your answers should consist of several sentences each. During the exam, you will be expected to stay in the room with cell phones off and all materials you need to take the test (aka. Bring your own pens or pencils). The exam will take the whole class period, and you may leave when you finish.

Possible Short Answer Questions:

1. How did the Greek struggle for independence from the Ottoman Empire combine both Romanticism and nationalism?

2. How did sneaky Frederick William IV contribute to the failure of the 1848 Revolution in Berlin?

3. What was the Congress of Vienna? How did it shape European politics for the next century or so?

4. Some areas experienced the Industrial Revolution much more quickly than others. What did a nation or region need to industrialize fast?

5. Which relatively new class emerged thanks to the Industrial Revolution? What were its values?

6. What was the Napoleonic Code? Why do some people think it was Napoleon’s greatest achievement?

7. Who is Admiral Nelson, and why he is a genius?

8. Explain the significance of potatoes to peasants during the Agricultural Revolution.

9. What were the Three Estates of France? Why wasn’t it fair for each estate to get one vote in the Estates-General?

10. Why did the French Revolution get credit for creating secular nationalism?

11. What was the Republic of Letters?

12. Why did Newton (and empiricists) clash with strict Cartesians during the Scientific Revolution?

13. What makes Louis XIV the ultimate absolute monarch? How is Versailles part of his clever strategy?

14. What was the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth? How did it end?

15. What was the Treaty of Westphalia? Why does it matter so much?

16. What was the Reformation?

17. Why was there a population boom in the 1700s?

18. What was the Great Stink, and how did it change London forever?

19. What did Baron Haussmann do to Paris? Why do some love him while others hate him?

20. Dynasty was an important issue for absolute monarchs. Explain why this is.

21. Why was there major tension between the King of Prussia and the Holy Roman Emperor for most of the 18th and 19th centuries?

22. How did most of the Enlightenment thinkers and Scientific revolutionaries view religion?

23. Why did Voltaire leave Frederick the Great’s court? How is this typical of the relationship between an enlightened philosopher and an enlightened monarch?

24. How did Robespierre and others explain the need for massive numbers of executions during the Reign of Terror?

25. What was the Ringstrasse, and how did reflect the changing class sytems in Vienna?

26. What did France lose in the Franco-Prussian War? Also, describe how this war replaced an emperor with a republic and a commune before restoring the republic.

27. How did the Austrian Empire become Austria-Hungary? How was power split between Austria and Hungary? (We'll talk about this Monday before the review!)

28. Which state did Italy unify under? How did unification happen? (We'll talk about this Monday before the review!)

29. Why did the German states finally unify? Why did unification happen with Prussia at its center instead of some other German state?

* Western Civ. Two-- Tues./ Thurs. 11-12:15 Section:

Awesome Map: http://loiter.co/v/watch-as-1000years-of-european-boarders-change/

Read for Thursday 1/22 : The Duc of St-Simon on Versailles http://legacy.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/17stsimon.asp

Read for Tuesday 1/27: Sources book Peter I Decrees (pages 82-5)

Read for Thursday 1/29: Sources book letter from Galileo to Grand Duchess!!!

Reflection Paper #2 due Thursday 2/5: Which of the systems of governments discussed in class this week and last week makes the most sense to you in the context of early modern Europe (aka. At that time in history when there was no government yet like we have today)? What were strengths and weaknesses of the examples we talked about in class? What strengths and weaknesses are evident from the readings?

Read for Reflection Paper #3: Sources book "Political Testament" of Frederick II (pages 110-2)

Reflection Paper #3 due Thursday 12 February: How radical were the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment with their Republic of Letters? Were these really "revolutions" or smaller changes?

For Monday 9 February: Read Madame de Remust on Napoleon: http://legacy.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/remusat-napoleon.asp

Reflection Paper #4 due Friday 20 February: Was Napoleon a product of the French Revolution or a unique phenomenon?

Read for Tuesday 24 February: Sources book's "Factory Rules in Berlin" pages 151-4

For Thursday 26 February: Was the Industrial Revolution revolutionary for Western Europe? Why, or why not? Use the Berlin factory rules in the Sources book in your answer!!

Reading for Revolutions of 1848 in German States: http://legacy.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/1848schurz.asp

MIDTERM STUDY GUIDE:

The Western Civilizations II midterm exam will contain 21 of the following short answer questions. You will be expected to choose 18 from the 21 I select and answer them. Your answers should consist of several sentences each. During the exam, you will be expected to stay in the room with cell phones off and all materials you need to take the test (aka. Bring your own pens or pencils). The exam will take the whole class period, and you may leave when you finish.

Possible Short Answer Questions:

1. How did the Greek struggle for independence from the Ottoman Empire combine both Romanticism and nationalism?

2. How did sneaky Frederick William IV contribute to the failure of the 1848 Revolution in Berlin?

3. What was the Congress of Vienna? How did it shape European politics for the next century or so?

4. Some areas experienced the Industrial Revolution much more quickly than others. What did a nation or region need to industrialize fast?

5. Which relatively new class emerged thanks to the Industrial Revolution? What were its values?

6. What was the Napoleonic Code? Why do some people think it was Napoleon’s greatest achievement?

7. Who is Admiral Nelson, and why he is a genius?

8. Explain the significance of potatoes to peasants during the Agricultural Revolution.

9. What were the Three Estates of France? Why wasn’t it fair for each estate to get one vote in the Estates-General?

10. Why did the French Revolution get credit for creating secular nationalism?

11. What was the Republic of Letters?

12. Why did Newton (and empiricists) clash with strict Cartesians during the Scientific Revolution?

13. What makes Louis XIV the ultimate absolute monarch? How is Versailles part of his clever strategy?

14. What was the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth? How did it end?

15. What was the Treaty of Westphalia? Why does it matter so much?

16. What was the Reformation?

17. Why was there a population boom in the 1700s?

18. What was the Great Stink, and how did it change London forever?

19. What did Baron Haussmann do to Paris? Why do some love him while others hate him?

20. Dynasty was an important issue for absolute monarchs. Explain why this is.

21. Why was there major tension between the King of Prussia and the Holy Roman Emperor for most of the 18th and 19th centuries?

22. How did most of the Enlightenment thinkers and Scientific revolutionaries view religion?

23. Why did Voltaire leave Frederick the Great’s court? How is this typical of the relationship between an enlightened philosopher and an enlightened monarch?

24. How did Robespierre and others explain the need for massive numbers of executions during the Reign of Terror?

25. What was the Ringstrasse, and how did reflect the changing class sytems in Vienna?

26. What did France lose in the Franco-Prussian War? Also, describe how this war replaced an emperor with a republic and a commune before restoring the republic.

27. How did the Austrian Empire become Austria-Hungary? How was power split between Austria and Hungary? (We'll talk about this Tuesday before the review!)

28. Which state did Italy unify under? How did unification happen? (We'll talk about this Tuesday before the review!)

29. Why did the German states finally unify? Why did unification happen with Prussia at its center instead of some other German state?

 * Western Civ. One-- Monday/ Wednesday 9:30-10:45 Section:

Awesome Map: http://loiter.co/v/watch-as-1000years-of-european-boarders-change/

Reflection Paper #1 due Wednesday 1/28 (I'll also take them Thursday since I gave the wrong day in class.) Why does Western Civilizations One (essentially European History up to 1600) start with so much talk about ancient civilization in the Middle East and North Africa? Does this make sense to you? Why, or why not? Use facts from the first chapter of the text book or course lecture to back up your opinion!

*Read for Wednesday 1/21: Sources book "Two Visions of the City-States" and Thucydides on Pericles' Funeral.

*Read for Monday 26 January: Sources book (pages 84-8) Arrian on Alexander the Great

*Read for Wednesday 1/28: Sources book "Notices and Graffiti Describe Life in Pompeii"

In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great with Michael Woods: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49B4I3Q6fgY

Reflection Paper #2 due Wednesday 2/4: After class lecture/ discussions, the Sources reading, and Michael Woods’ documentary, do you feel Alexander the Great was especially important or not?

Read for Monday 9 February: Tacitus on Germania: http://legacy.fordham.edu/halsall/source/tacitus1.html (or see Sources text book pages 131-4)

Reflection Paper Three for Wednesday 11 February: In class, we’ve started to talk about the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire under the emperors. Based on what we’ve learned so far, do you believe Ancient Greece had more or less impact than Rome? Why?

Read for Monday 2/16: Sources book pages 161-3 and 184-7 on the emergence of Islamic empires!

Reflection Paper Four due Friday 2/20: Do the Dark Ages deserve to be called "Dark Ages," or were they underestimated by past historians? You can use the following site (featuring goods from the Sutton Hoo burial) as a reference if you choose! http://www.britishmuseum.org/explore/highlights/highlights_all_relationships.aspx?Title=The+Sutton+Hoo+ship-burial&ContentType=Article&PageId=23565

Reflection Paper Five due Wednesday 25 February: Explain the impact the Islamic Empires discussed in class had on the formation of European identity. Do you believe they were an important component of Europe’s self-perception then and now? Why or why not?

Reflection Paper Six due Wednesday 4 March: We talked a lot about the importance of towns. Why did they emerge, and why did they matter so much? Use one of the following primary source documents: Town charter http://www.roebuckclasses.com/texts/middleages/prime/chartertownstomer.htm or Magna Carta http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/source/magnacarta.asp

Extra Credit: Go see Henry V at the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre between February 18- March 22. Tickets, etc. at the following link http://www.orlandoshakes.org/plays-events/henryv.html#.VN0AHi6CiSp You may use your ticket stub or a selfie at the play as proof of attendance.

 * Western Civ. One-- Tues./Thurs. 8-9:15 Section:

Awesome Map: http://loiter.co/v/watch-as-1000years-of-european-boarders-change/

Reflection Paper #1 due Thursday 1/29:  Why does Western Civilizations One (essentially European History up to 1600) start with so much talk about ancient civilization in the Middle East and North Africa? Does this make sense to you? Why, or why not? Use facts from the first chapter of the text book or course lecture to back up your opinion!

*Read for Thursday 1/22: Sources book "Two Visions of the City-States" and Thucydides on Pericles' Funeral.

*Read for Tuesday 27 January: Sources book (pages 84-8) Arrian on Alexander the Great

*Read for Thursday 1/29: Sources book "Notices and Graffiti Describe Life in Pompeii"

In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great with Michael Woods: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49B4I3Q6fgY

Reflection Paper #2 due Thursday 2/5: After class lecture/ discussions, the Sources reading, and Michael Woods’ documentary, do you feel Alexander the Great was especially important or not?

Read for Tuesday 10 February: Tacitus on Germania: http://legacy.fordham.edu/halsall/source/tacitus1.html (or see Sources text book pages 131-4)

Reflection Paper Three for Thursday 12 February: In class, we’ve started to talk about the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire under the emperors. Based on what we’ve learned so far, do you believe Ancient Greece had more or less impact than Rome? Why?

Read for Tuesday 2/17: Sources book pages 161-3 and 184-7 on the emergence of Islamic empires!

Reflection Paper Four due Friday 2/20: Do the Dark Ages deserve to be called "Dark Ages," or were they underestimated by past historians? You can use the following site (featuring goods from the Sutton Hoo burial) as a reference if you choose! http://www.britishmuseum.org/explore/highlights/highlights_all_relationships.aspx?Title=The+Sutton+Hoo+ship-burial&ContentType=Article&PageId=23565

Reflection Paper Five due Thursday 26 February: Explain the impact the Islamic Empires discussed in class had on the formation of European identity. Do you believe they were an important component of Europe’s self-perception then and now? Why or why not?

Reflection Paper Six due Thursday 5 March: We talked a lot about the importance of towns. Why did they emerge, and why did they matter so much? Use one of the following primary source documents: Town charter http://www.roebuckclasses.com/texts/middleages/prime/chartertownstomer.htm or Magna Carta http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/source/magnacarta.asp

Extra Credit: Go see Henry V at the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre between February 18- March 22. Tickets, etc. at the following link http://www.orlandoshakes.org/plays-events/henryv.html#.VN0AHi6CiSp You may use your ticket stub or a selfie at the play as proof of attendance.

* Women, Gender, & Culture (Humanities 2322):

If you want to get a head start for next week (1/27 and 1/29), you're welcome to start reading "The Short, Happy Life of Francis Macomber" by Hemingway : http://www.tarleton.edu/Faculty/sword/Short%20Story/The%20Short%20Happy%20Life%20of%20Francis%20Macomber.pdf

Reflection Paper #1 due Thursday 29 January: How has feminism been a useful concept in the past? Is is still useful today? Why, or why not?  OR   In class, we discussed ideas about gender being determined by nature or nurture. Which do you think has a bigger impact, or are both nature and nurture part of our gender? (This paper will probably be mostly opinion-based!)

Reflection Paper #2 due Thursday 2/5: In the Hemingway short story, the man’s wife encourages him to embrace a really dangerous form of masculinity. Discuss one of the forms of masculinity we talked about in class, and give your opinion of who enforces/ encourages it and why. Do some of these masculinities help society and others hurt it, or are all labels of what should or shouldn’t be “masculine” just holding us back as individuals? You can use Tough Guise to illustrate your point in your argument!

Read for Thursday 12 February: Tennyson's "Lady of Shalott" http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/174626

Reflection Paper #3 for Thursday 12 February: We encountered many portraits of women (in both art and literature) created by men. Would it be an oversimplification to say that the women were depicted as almost all either “good girls” (mothers, saints, etc.) or “bad girls” (wild women!)? Many argue that these are the only two “types” shown in the media. Do you agree? Why, or why not? Use examples from class lecture notes.

Reflection Paper #4 for Friday 20 February: Using examples from class of women who produced acceptably “feminine art,” write about whether you believe they were revolutionary women or not. (aka. Did their topics make them people who conformed to what society wanted them to be, or where they just sneakier/ subtler in their efforts to achieve their dreams?)

Read the first three chapters of the Guerrilla Girls text book by Thursday 25 February!!!

Extra Credit: Go see Henry V at the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre between February 18- March 22. Tickets, etc. at the following link http://www.orlandoshakes.org/plays-events/henryv.html#.VN0AHi6CiSp You may use your ticket stub or a selfie at the play as proof of attendance.

Reflection Paper #5 for Thursday 26 February: We spent some time looking at famous muses in history. Discuss what sort of roles these muses often had in art and literature, and name at least one specific example of a muse we discussed in class. Why do you think most muses for artists and authors have been female?

MIDTERM STUDY GUIDE:

Answer two of the following with at least 3 paragraphs (they can be small!) for clear intro/ body/ conclusion format!! Exam is open book/ notes.

  1. Discuss someone who you believe typifies a form of masculinity or femininity. Write about the “masculine” or “feminine” traits your person embodies, and compare these traits with at least 2 examples of the same gender as discussed in class or readings.

  2. Compare and contrast what was and what was not considered “appropriately feminine” for early female artists/ authors. Give at least 2 examples of women who played by the rules and women who ignored them!

  3. As we discussed muses, we also discussed some (often dysfunctional) relationships that impacted artists or authors’ creativity. What are some examples of these? What do they say about the impact of society’s gender norms and expectations to influence the creative process?

 

*Handy Hints:

Here's a half-decent site for comma rules since some students have asked for tips: http://www.grammarbook.com/punctuation/commas.asp