Spring 2011: Cosmopolitanism and Toleration in Enlightenment Europe
Is cosmopolitanism just a utopic ideal or is it possible, in practice, to live and think beyond the boundaries of the nation state? If so, how and when?
HISTH304B01 Cosmopolitanism and Toleration in Enlightenment Europe
NEW COURSE. Is cosmopolitanism just a utopic ideal or is it possible, in practice, to live and think beyond the boundaries of the nation state? If so, how and when? In this seminar, we will investigate this question by focusing on the age of Enlightenment, a period that is strongly associated with the birth of the cosmopolitan ideal. We will focus on a range of different moments, practices, processes, and texts: the political discourse of the East India Company, European interactions with the Ottoman Empire, Barbary pirates and narratives written by their captives, the Atlantic slave trade and the rise of the antislavery movement, memories of the Inquisition in Spain and memories of religious war in France, the 'Grand Tour' to Rome and Venice and the creation of a European middle class. The capstone of the class will be a final research paper based upon the analysis of primary sources.