Friday, December 11, 2009

FLG Is So Tempted To Take This Class

Pirates, Soldiers, and Diplomats: Islam and the West, 1500-1914

The course examines violence and diplomacy between the Islamic "gunpowder" empires (Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal) and some of their adversaries (Spanish and Austrian Habsburgs, and Russian empires). It studies competing ideologies (jihad and crusade) and practices, raids (e.g. Tatar and Cossack), piracy (the Barbary corsairs and the Knights of St. John), imperial campaigns, frontier warfare, as well as wars of nationalism and imperialism. Studying the diplomatic relations between Islam and the West, special attention will be given to questions such as Islamic and Western intelligence, permanent embassies in Istanbul, and the conversion from unilateral to reciprocal diplomacy

Now that I'm looking, this one looks good too, but unfortunately the time doesn't work for me:
The Byzantine Empire

This course will present the Byzantine or East Roman empire from 602-1204 AD, giving equal attention to internal political and religious history, in an effort to understand how this state overcame numerous crises to last from Antiquity to the dawn of the modern age. It will give much attention to the pivotal role of Byzantium between the Islamic world, the kingdoms of Western Europe, Bulgaria, Russia, the Turks and the Crusades. The course will also consider how Byzantium preserved and spread classical culture and Christianity.

This one looks promising also:
The Jesuit Enterprises, 1540-1773

The Jesuits were involved in virtually every facet of early
modern culture almost around the globe, and they left behind an
extensive paper trail, much of it relatively unexamined. In the past
fifteen years scholarship on them before their suppression in 1773 by
Pope Clement XIV has exploded, inaugurating a trend described as "the
new historiography." The seminar will situate Jesuits in the
traditional mode as agents of the Counter Reformation but more so in
the newer approaches that sees them as cultural agents on a massive
scale in a variety of enterprises in Europe, Latin America, and Asia.
The seminar, adapted as far as possible to the interest of the
participants, requires a research paper, upon which the grade will be
based. The sessions will be devoted largely to discussion of primary
and secondary texts and to reports on the research projects.


Withywindle said...

A Jesuit pirate lands in Crete and asks which way to Byzantium. And the Cretan, lying, says ...

arethusa said...

See, I'm not the only one who references Epimenides of Crete!

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