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HIS 102E-1: Charles Darwin and His World: The Social Life Science in the Nineteenth Century

HIS 102E—Undergraduate Proseminar in History; Europe Since 1815 (5) Seminar—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Limited enrollment. Designed primarily for history majors. Intensive reading, discussion, research, and writing in selected topics in the various fields of history. Europe since 1815. May be repeated for credit. GE credit: WE.


Professor Daniel Stolzenberg 






Spring 2021


Among the most influential and controversial figures in modern history, Charles Darwin became a global celebrity following publication of his theory of evolution by natural selection in 1859. We will explore the life and thought of Darwin and his contemporaries through published works and private papers, placing them in the context of historical developments, such as the transformation of society and culture in the wake of the Industrial Revolution and the rise of Britain's global empire. Students will learn how to conceptualize, investigate, and write a historical research paper. Individual projects may focus on a wide range of topics related to nineteenth-century science, politics, empire, gender, sexuality, religion, race, capitalism, social movements, and so forth. Non-history majors with an interest in the subject matter and a desire to learn about historical research are encouraged to enroll. (Sample syllabus from a previous year.)

Required texts: Janet Browne, Darwin’s Origin of Species: A Biography; Charles Darwin, Evolutionary Writings