History 4353 - Spring 2005
Northern Europe: 1300-1800

Room: South Shepler 214
Section 1070: TTh 2-3:15 p.m.

Instructor: Doug Catterall
Office: South Shepler 634
Office Hours: MW, 11a.m.-12 p.m., 2-4 p.m.; TTh 1-2 p.m., 3:30-4:30 p.m.;
and by appointment

work telephone: 581-2949 
e-mail: dougc@cameron.edu

Goals and Approach:

Welcome to Northern Europe, 1300-1800!  In this course we will consider societies and cultures within northern Europe to be more inter-related than separate.  As we will see, countries that seem different from one another in the popular mind were (and are) more closely related than one might think. By looking for patterns of interaction we will be able to see not only these similarities but also understand more clearly how and why differences arose.  Our method in the course will be to construct an overarching narrative based on three themes: state and society, economy, and communities and crime and then to examine two societies, the highly urbanized Dutch Republic and the more rural world of a family living in France and Switzerland.  In the more detailed case studies we will be able to take into account themes beyond our three main ones.  Geographically, much of our focus will be on Sweden, the Dutch Republic, France, the British Isles and northern Germany, but we will also take some other regions of Europe into account for comparative purposes.  In this way we will be able to engage with the major processes that shaped northern European societies in the High Middle Ages and the early modern period while still keeping an eye on the big picture. My hope is, of course, that you will gain a greater understanding of the European past.  At the same time, I also want you to see this course as a vehicle for learning more about the world in which we currently live.  As I place a particular emphasis both on written and oral expression, it is also my hope that you will each improve your abilities in these areas as well.

Click on the link in this sentence to access a more detailed description of the course's aims.

A Seminar Environment: This course is to be run as a seminar.  This means that the focus of much of our classroom activities will not be me standing before you and lecturing.  Instead we will spend our time discussing the issues raised in the books that are assigned for the course (see below for these).  Thus the following things are essential: 1) consistent participation from all members of the class in the dicussions and other activities; 2) openness or the freedom that allows each individual to say what is on his or her mind; 3) respect for boundaries, which means not saying things in a way that might be unacceptable to members of the class or unacceptable in a more general sense.  If we strive towards these three ideals, I guarantee you that this class will be exciting, fun, and even exhilarating!!!

Course Texts:

Main Texts:

James Farr, Artisans in Europe, 1300-1914 (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2000)

Jan Glete, War and the State in Early Modern Europe (London & New York: Routledge, 2002)

Eric A. Johnson and Eric H. Monkkonen, eds., The Civilization of Crime: Violence in Town and Country since the Middle Ages (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1996)

J. L. Price, Dutch Society, 1588-1713 (London: Longman, 2000)

Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie, The Beggar and the Professor : A Sixteenth-Century Family Saga, translated by Arthur Goldhammer (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998)

Other Materials: When I deem it helpful, I will supplement these readings with primary or secondary source readings, usually taken from online resources or my own collections of source materials.

All of the above readings will be required for the course. They are all, apart from the supplementary materials listed under "Other Materials,"available at the CU Bookstore, although I do not require that you buy them there.

Requirements: Course work consists of three elements: participation, which consists of several elements; formal writings; and an essay-based final examination.

Participation (150 points):
a. Discussion (84 points possible): This is an upper division course run largely as a seminar.  Participation in discussion is therefore mandatory and your grade will suffer if you do not participate.  You can earn up to 3 points for each day you come to class, depending on your contributions to class discussion and classroom activities.  No credit will be extended for partially attended classes.

b. Working Papers (60 points possible):  To focus our dicussions and your reading I will assign three short writing exercises (Working Papers), each of which will be worth 20 points and be 2 typed, doubled-spaced pages in length, written in Times Roman, 12-pt. font and must be properly footnoted (see me before starting an assignment if any of these standards are unclear).  The emphasis will vary from paper to paper.  Often I will be asking you to write up a brief analysis of the main point of a section or sections of the reading in question.  In other words, I won't want just a summary, but an actual discussion of what's going on in the piece.  Other papers may require something slightly different.

c. Reading Quiz (35 points possible): There will be one short-essay reading quiz based on the books addressing our three structuring themes: state and society, crime and communities, and economy.

d. Credit for Participation: A perfect score in participation is 150 points.  Thus you need a minimum of 135 for an A, at leasts 120 for a B, at least 105 for a C, and 90 points for a D.  Anything less than that is an F.

Reaction Papers (450 points): You will have to write a focused essay/reaction paper on three of the first four books assigned for the course.  Each paper has a value of 150 points and is to be 5-6 typed, double-spaced pages in length.  Papers are to be typed in Times Roman font with a 12-pt. pitch and must be appropriately footnoted (please see me before writing a paper if you have questions about these standards).  Due dates for the papers are listed below. General guidelines, including my expectations for a paper, are to be found by clicking on the hypertext in this sentence. Specific guidelines for the papers will be provided in this syllabus in a timely manner.  To find them look for the due dates below in the course assignment and reading schedule where you will find the paper title in hypertext; by clicking this hypertext you will arrive at the specific instructions for the paper.

Final Examination (150 points): There will be a comprehensive, essay-based final examination.

Grading Breakdown:

Course Component
Component Point Value
Reaction Papers
Final Examination 150
Total of All Categories 750

Calculation of your mark: In this course 750 points is a perfect score.  Thus an A requires a minimum of 675 points, a B at least 600 points, a C at least 525 points, a D at least 450 points.  Anyone earning less than 450 points fails the course and earns a mark of F.

General Policies:

Classroom Environment: Talking to your classmates or others outside the context of classroom activities is rude and will not be tolerated.  Reading outside materials, listening to music, taking telephone calls on your cell-phone, and similar non-class related activities are equally unacceptable.  I expect all students to be respectful of one another's right to speak and express opinions.  Disagreements and different viewpoints are welcome, but debates should not involve insults.  Finally, food and drink are permitted in class as long as courtesy is observed; e.g. if you haven't quite finished your cup of coffee, do bring it along to class, but turning the classroom into a cafeteria is not permissible.  

Attendance: Regular attendance is crucial to your success in this class.  If you miss class regularly, your grade will suffer.  Equally, and as outlined above, lateness in coming to class and early departures will be penalized as these habits are rude to your fellow classmates and to me as the instructor.  I will take attendance daily in this class and an absence is an absence and will be counted as such.  

Preparation: All assignments, whether involving reading or writing, for a given day are to be completed before the class meets on that day.  I also recommend that you take notes as you read and during lectures and dicussions as this will make studying for the reading quiz and final examination and writing the papers for the class less of a challenge.

Late Reaction Papers: The following policy applies to all late papers or formal writings for this course that will receive a letter grade. All papers submitted to me at any time on the day that the paper is due will be considered on time. Papers submitted after that date, no matter what the reason may be, will be automatically marked down one grade. You will then have seven days from the original due date to turn in the paper. If in that time you are unable to complete the work, the paper will receive a zero.

Late Working Papers: No late working papers will be accepted.

Missed Quizzes and Examinations:  There will be no make-ups for the quiz.  Make-ups for the final examination are granted to the student at the instructor's discretion and only with a legitimate (e.g. a medical emergency) and documented reason.

Plagiarism: Plagiarism is the representation of the work of another as your own. In all of the writing you do for this course you must make clear to me which ideas in a paper are your own and which come from someone else. This is especially important for any formal essays you write. In such essays you must cite all primary and secondary sources you use in accordance with the proper conventions. I will hand out a sheet explaining the basics of citation before any formal essays come due.  If for some reason you do not receive a copy of this hand-out, know that you will not be exempt from following its guidelines.  In cases of plagiarism, the Department of History and Government at CU follows the plagiarism policy in the current "Student Handbook," as described in sections 4.07 and 4.08 of the CU Code of Student Conduct.  Penalties for plagiarism as defined by the Student Code of Conduct include:

1) The student may be required to perform additional academic work/project not required of other students in the course;

2) The student may be required to withdraw from the course with a grade of "W" or "F"; or

3) The student's grade in the course or on the examination or other academic work affected by the dishonesty may be reduced to any extent, including a reduction to failure. 

Please heed this warning as I am quite serious about it.

Disability Statement: Cameron University is committed to making its activities as accessible as possible.  The University provides a range of special services for those with disabilities.  If you anticipate a need for any of those services, please contact the Cameron University Disabled Student Services office, located in 314 N. Shepler, 2800 W. Gore Blvd., Lawton, Oklahoma 73505-6377. Phone: (580) 581-2209.  
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Reference Desk: Here is an on-line encyclopedia that you may find useful for this course. The CU Library also has a number of excellent online sources available through EBSCO and I strongly encourage you to use them. Please see me if you require an orientation as to how to access these resources.  For the Columbia Encyclopedia and more click on the hypertext below: http://www.bartelby.com/65/  Please Note: Information on the above site is copyright protected.

Table for Major Historical Trends in Northern Europe:  Click Here

Schedule of Readings, Weekly Topics, Assignments and Activities

(1/11) Introduction and Course Overview

State, Society, and War in Europe, c. 1400-1750

(1/13) Read: Glete, 1-41.

(1/18) Read: Glete, 42-66.

(1/20) Read: Glete, 67-100.

(1/25) Read: Glete, 100-139.

(1/27) Read: Glete, 140-173; Turn In: Working Paper #1

(2/1) Read: Glete, 174-217; selections from Braddick, State Formation in Early Modern England and Wrightson, Earthly Necessities.

Economic Change in City and Country

(2/3) Read: Farr, 1-44.

(2/8) Read: Farr, 45-94; Turn In: Reaction Paper #1.

(2/10) Read: Farr, 94-158.

(2/15) Read: Farr, 159-190.

(2/17) Read: Farr, 191-221; Turn In: Working Paper #2.

(2/22) Read: Farr, 222-275.

(2/24) Read: Farr, 276-299.

Crime and Community in Early Modern Europe

(3/1) Read: Civilization of Crime, 1-34.

(3/3) Read: Civilization of Crime, 35-62; NO CLASS.

(3/8) Read: Civilization of Crime, 63-108.              

(3/10) Read: Civilization of Crime, 109-124, 153-164. Turn In: Working Paper #3;
Reaction Paper #2.

(3/15) NO CLASS

(3/17) NO CLASS

(3/22) Read: Civilization of Crime, 138-152.

(3/24) Read: Civilization of Crime, 165-197.

The Dutch Republic: An Urban Society

(3/29) Read: Dutch Society, 1-53.

(3/31) Read: Dutch Society, 54-129.

(4/5) Read: Dutch Society, 129-186; Take: Reading Quiz.

(4/7) Read: Dutch Society, 187-242; Turn In: Reaction Paper #3; NO CLASS.

(4/12) Read: Dutch Society, 243-284.

Rural Upward Mobility

(4/14) Read: The Beggar and the Professor, chapters 1-3.

(4/19) Read: The Beggar and the Professor, chapters 4-5; Turn In: Reaction Paper #4.

(4/21) Read: The Beggar and the Professor, chapters 6-7.

(4/26) Read: The Beggar and the Professor, chapters 8-9.

(4/28) Read: The Beggar and the Professor, chapters 10-11.

(5/5) Final Examination: 1-3 p.m.

N.B. The Web Syllabus is the Syllabus of Record and is subject to change if I deem this necessary.

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