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2021-2022 UMaine Undergraduate Catalog 
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HTY 432 - History of Modern Ideas

This is a survey of some of the major currents of modern intellectual history.  In the nineteenth century, Europe was filled with presumptions of its own ascendancy and world-superiority.  These ideas were largely justified through an interpretation of history.  This course will begin by looking at the dominant place of history in the nineteenth century and, in particular, its relation to God, nature, and the nation.  It then turns to some of the grave doubts that emerged over Europe and its modes of thought.  The twentieth century can be interpreted as a disintegration of meaning and understanding, and this course will assess various attempts to describe this crisis, including endeavors to find a new basis for coherent meaning.  Such endeavors continue to the present, where this course concludes.  Attention to the history of are will supplement the discussion of texts.

Prerequisites: Three credits of History or permission.

Course Typically Offered: Variable

Credits: 3