Instructor: Faith Hillis
This colloquium examines the inner workings of modern Europe’s imperial societies, drawing on case studies of the empires that maintained overseas colonies as well as the continent s overland powers (the Russian, Austro-Hungarian, and Ottoman empires). It considers technologies of imperial rule as well as everyday life in imperial societies, asking what kinds of political cultures, communities, and identities empires have produced. The class will be run in a workshop format: we will devote Tuesday classes to discussing exemplary studies of imperial societies, and we will devote Thursday classes to discussing historiographical approaches and research techniques. Over the course of the quarter, students will be expected to design and carry out an original research project. Please come to the first day of class having read and ready to discuss Jane Burbank and Frederick Cooper, Empires in World History: Power and the Politics of Difference (2010).