HC 231H: Spaces of Modernity

Professor: Daniel Rosenberg

4.00 credits

  • CRN 26159: Tuesday & Thursday, 1015-1145 @ REMOTE
  • CRN 26160: Tuesday & Thursday, 1215-1345 @ REMOTE

It is often said that today we live in a global village in which technologies, including those of communication and transportation, have diminished the importance of geographical distance. But what does this kind of generalization actually mean? How have spatial practices changed since early modernity? And what are the implications of this change? This course examines the emergence of modern social, cultural, and intellectual forms from the fifteenth to the twenty-first centuries through their articulation in space. It focuses especially on the histories of Europe and the United States, highlighting the spaces of modern life, and the ideas and oppositions that define them—empire and colony, city and country, public and private, feminine and masculine, racialized same and other. It raises questions of geography, architecture, planning, and related spatial disciplines. The course is divided into three chronological segments. In the first part of the course, we examine village life in Europe from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries. In part two, we explore the implications of the industrialization and urbanization of the nineteenth century on ways of life. In part three, we look at twentieth and twenty first century responses to these new conditions, culminating in an examination of the industrial reorganization of the Columbia River.