HC231H - Spaces of Modernity

Professor: Daniel Rosenberg

4.00 credits

  • CRN 25288: Monday & Wednesday, 10:00-11:20am @ CAS 202

We live in a global village, it is often said. But what does this actually mean? How has a world, which was until comparatively recently made up of many villages, become one? This course examines the emergence of modern space. It focuses especially on the history of Europe, highlighting the development of distinctive spaces of modern life and the ideas and oppositions that define them—empire and colony, city and country, public and private, feminine and masculine, and so forth. It raises questions of geography, architecture, planning, and related spatial disciplines. The course is divided into three chronological segments: in the first part, 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 and the industrial remaking of nature.