Classes

Pacific History

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2017

Prof. David Armitage

Monday, 2-4 pm, CGIS K-401

Pacific History (History 1911)

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2015

Prof. David Armitage

Tuesday, 2-4 pm, Lower Library, Robinson Hall

Enrolment: conference course, limited to 15 undergraduates and graduate students; auditors with instructor's permission

The Pacific Ocean forms the world’s largest feature and has arguably its most expansive and diverse history. It covers a third of the Earth’s surface (63 million square miles), more than the entire land-area of the globe. Humans have inhabited it for over 45,000 years and one-third of humanity lives on its shores and islands. Many rich and well-developed fields cover its history, among...

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What is Intellectual History? (History 97b)

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2014

Prof. David Armitage

Tuesday, 2-4 pm, CGIS S-354

Intellectual historians study almost every period, place, and theme in human history: from classical times to the present, from Asia to the Americas, and from cannibalism to capitalism, by way of politics, philosophy, literature, art and other expressions of human agency and intention. This section will draw examples from a wide range of moments and regions to ask how intellectual history has developed as a field, what methods it uses, and how it can be distinguished from other forms of history even as it informs debates of...

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Pacific History (History 1911)

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2012

Prof. David Armitage

Tuesday, 2-4 pm, CGIS K354

Enrolment: limited to 15 undergraduates and graduate students; auditors with instructor's permission

Methods in Intellectual History (History 2300)

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2012

Prof. David Armitage and Prof. Peter K. Bol

Monday, 2-4 pm, CGIS K354

Enrolment: graduate students; undergraduates and auditors with instructors' permission

All historians work with documents, attempt to recover meaning, and must reconstruct contexts: in this sense, we are all necessarily intellectual historians. However, in the more precise sense that some historians are specifically interested in the history of thought and ideas, only they are conventionally defined as intellectual historians. In the last thirty years, the discipline of intellectual history has been at...

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Advice to Young Leaders (FS 40j)

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2012

Prof. David Armitage

Tuesday, 2-4 pm, CGIS K031

Enrolment: limited to 15; freshmen only

A surprising number of the classic works of political and ethical theory in the western tradition were written for young people in their teens and early twenties, and particularly for those likely to enter public service or positions of authority, as many Harvard students will. This Freshman Seminar will take a selection of these major texts of advice and encouragement and read them with an eye both to the past and to the present. First and foremost, the class will introduce students...

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