Paul Monod

Hepburn Professor of History

 
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 Fall 2018: Monday and Wednesday 10:30-12:00; Tuesday 2:00-4:00, or by appointment
 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.

Books:

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).

 

Courses

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 2018

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HIST 0244 - Early Modern Europe      

Society and Culture in Early Modern Europe
War, famine, and disease marked the terrible "iron century" of European history, from 1550 to 1660. Out of this frightful crucible, modern society was created. We will trace this troubled genesis from the aftershocks of the Reformation to the first rumblings of the French Revolution, stressing the conflicts that gave rise to the modern world: monarchy vs. "liberty," religion vs. "enlightenment," elite vs. popular culture. Topics such as the family, witchcraft, warfare, and fashion will be given special attention. Instructor: Paul Monod. 3 hr lect/disc. EUR HIS SOC

Spring 2019

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HIST 0253 - British History: 1603-1815      

British History: 1603-1815
The medieval pattern of English and Scottish society began to implode in the seventeenth century. The unity of the Church, the relationship between Crown and Parliament, even the social hierarchy, were shaken to their foundations. After generations of civil war, revolution, and party strife, the eighteenth century saw the establishment of a flexible, oligarchic order, able to fight off 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 the tensions incumbent on becoming the first industrial nation. Instructor: Paul Monod. 2 hrs. lect., 1 hr. disc. EUR HIS

Fall 2018

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HIST 0254 - British History: 1815-Present      

British History 1815-Present
The spectacular rise and dramatic decline of Britain’s imperial and industrial power is the central theme of this course. The century after 1815 brought political and social reform and the apogee of middle class culture, but in 1914 the crucial problems of women's rights, labor against capital, and Irish nationalism remained unsolved. War, economic depression and the loss of empire followed. The Labour Party envisaged a welfare state and social contract for post-war Britain; the conservative response was free-market Thatcherism. Today, Britain continues to exemplify the promise and perils of what can be called modernity. 3 hrs. lect/disc. EUR HIS

Spring 2019

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HIST 0500 - Special Research Projects      

Special research projects may only be taken during the Junior or Senior year, preferable after taking HIST 0600. Approval of department chair and project advisor is required.

Fall 2018, Spring 2019

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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 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019

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HIST 1046 - Magic & Occult Early Mod Eur      

Magic and the Occult in Early Modern Europe
Magical and occult thinking have played central roles in Western European culture, a point often overlooked or downplayed by historians who have concentrated on the development of rational thought and the decline of “superstition.” Belief in the ability of human beings to interpret or manipulate supernatural powers shaped popular practices aimed at dealing with everyday problems as well as intellectual theories designed to explain the world. We will examine both the popular and intellectual sides of magic, and how they came together with brutal force in the witch hunts of the 16th and 17th centuries. EUR HIS WTR

Winter 2019

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