Paul Monod

Principal, Middlebury - CMRS Oxford Humanities Program

 On leave 2015-2016 academic year
 Axinn Center at Starr Library 330

Paul Monod has taught at Middlebury College since 1984.  He grew up in Montreal and was educated at Princeton and Yale Universities.  He has offered courses in British History from 1485 to the present, European History from 1500 to 1800 and the History of the Atlantic World.  In addition, he has advised more than 100 senior theses on various topics.  His own area of specialization is 17th -18th century Britain, and he is now working on a study of the occult (alchemy, astrology, ritual magic) in the British Enlightenment.  He has been the recipient of fellowships from the NEH, the Huntington Library, the Getty Research Institute and the Leverhulme Trust.


Solomon's Secret Arts: The Occult in the Age of Enlightenment (Yale U.P., 2013)

(edited, with Murray Pittock and Daniel Szechi), Loyalty and Identity: Jacobites at Home and Abroad (Palgrave, 2009).

Imperial Island: A History of Britain and Its Empire (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008).

The Murder of Mr. Grebell: Madness and Civility in an English Town (Yale U.P., 2003).

The Power of Kings: Monarchy and Religion in Europe, 1588-1715 (Yale U.P., 1999).

Jacobitism and the English People, 1688-1788 (Cambridge U.P., 1989).



Course List: 

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FYSE 1021 - Love and Death      

Love and Death in Western Europe, 1300-1900
History is not just names and dates; it also encompasses how ordinary people lived and felt. Emotions have a history because they have changed over time. This seminar deals with aspects of the history of desire and fear in Western Europe from the Middle Ages to the industrial era. Topics will include sex, marriage, child-rearing, disease, suicide, and the belief in immortality. In addition to works of historical analysis, we will read literary and theoretical sources, including Dante, Goethe, and Freud. Our aim is to understand how common emotions have been altered by social and cultural circumstances. 3 hrs. sem. CW EUR HIS SOC

Fall 2011

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HIST 0105 - The Atlantic World, 1492-1900      

The Atlantic World, 1492-1900
Linking the Americas with Europe and Africa, the Atlantic has been a major conduit for the movement of peoples, goods, diseases, and cultures. This course will explore specific examples of transatlantic interchange, from imperialism and slave trade to religious movements, consumerism, and the rise of national consciousness. It will adopt a broad comparative perspective, ranging across regional, national ,and ethnic boundaries. We will consider the varied experiences of Native Americans, Africans, and Europeans as they struggled to establish their own identities within a rapidly changing Atlantic world. Pre-1800. 2 hrs. lect./1 hr. disc. CMP HIS SOC

Spring 2012

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HIST 0253 - British History: 1603-1815      

British History: 1603-1815
The medieval pattern of English society disintegrated in the seventeenth century. The unity of the English Church, the relationship between Crown and Parliament, even the social hierarchy, were threatened by new developments. After generations of civil war, revolution, and party strife, the eighteenth century saw the establishment of an oligarchic but more flexible order, able to withstand the challenges of radicalism and the American and French revolutions. By 1815 Britain, at the peak of its power in Europe, was already beginning to experience tensions of industrialism. This course will concentrate on the religious, social, and political aspects of these transformations. Pre-1800. 2 hrs. lect., 1 hr. disc. EUR HIS

Spring 2012

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HIST 0403 - Readings in European History      

Readings in Modern European History: Scottish and Irish Identities
This seminar studies the development of Scottish and Irish national identities, from 1603 to 1922. Scotland and Ireland have had complicated and often tempestuous relationships with each other and with England, the long-dominant power in the British Isles. We will examine the social, political and cultural consequences, from the union of crowns under James I, to creation of the Irish Free State after World War I. Particular attention will be paid to rebellions, civil wars, religious changes, population shifts, literary movements and mass political organizations that have helped to shape national identities on both sides of the Irish Sea. 3 hrs. sem.

Spring 2013

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HIST 0500 - Special Research Projects      

Special research projects during the junior year may be used to fulfill the research seminar requirements in some cases. Approval of department chair and project advisor is required.

Fall 2012, Spring 2013

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HIST 0600 - History Research Seminar      

History Research Seminar
All history majors who have not taken a writing and research seminar are required to take HIST 0600 in their junior fall or, if abroad at that time, their senior fall semester. In this course, students will conceive, research, and write a work of history based on primary source material to the degree possible. After reading and discussion on historical methods and research strategies, students will pursue a paper topic as approved by the course professors. HIST 0600 is also open to International Studies and Environmental Studies majors with a disciplinary focus in history. 3 hr. sem

Fall 2011

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HIST 0700 - Senior Independent Study      

The History Senior Thesis is required of all majors. It is written over two terms, with the final grade applying to both terms. The project is generally begun in the fall and completed during winter or spring. Approval is required to begin the thesis in winter or spring, and such students must still attend the Thesis Writer's Workshops that take place in fall and winter.

Fall 2012, Spring 2013

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INTL 0702 - EUS Senior Thesis      

European Studies Senior Thesis
(Approval Required)

Winter 2012, Spring 2012

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Program in International and Global Studies

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