Lehrveranstaltungen im laufenden Semester

Hauptseminar Neuzeit: From Jefferson vs. Adams to Adams vs. Jackson – the Making of the US 1797-1837 (Bilingual)

PD Dr. Josef Johannes Schmid

Kurzname: HS Aufbaumodul
Kursnummer: 07.068.270c

Zusätzliche Informationen

Die propädeutischen Kenntnisse der Epoche werden vorausgesetzt. Das gilt auch für die geforderten Fremdsprachenkenntnisse.

Dieses als Blockveranstaltung konzipierte Hauptseminar ist Teil der XIV. Projekttage, welche am 17./18. Februar 2020 durchgeführt werden (plus mind. eine verbindliche Vorbesprechung, deren Termin nach Anmeldungsbestätigung bekanntgegeben wird) und als bilinguale Veranstaltung konzipiert. Alle mündlichen Seminarbeiträge (Referat, Diskussion) sollen daher in englischer Sprache erfolgen, die Hausarbeit kann in Englisch oder Deutsch verfaßt werden.

Voraussetzungen / Organisatorisches

B.A. Geschichte: Dieses Hauptseminar ist Teil des Aufbaumoduls Neuzeit. Dieses Aufbaumodul setzt den erfolgreichen Besuch des Basismoduls Neueste Geschichte voraus. Das Hauptseminar wird mit einer benoteten Hausarbeit abgeschlossen; die Note der Hausarbeit bildet die Modulnote.
M.A. Geschichte, M.Ed. Geschichte: Das Hauptseminar wird mit einer benoteten Hausarbeit abgeschlossen; die Note der Hausarbeit bildet die Modulnote.

Inhalt

Maybe, there are no more acrimonious labels attributed in the historical context than “epigone” or “later born”. In some way, these qualifications are often applied to the epoch immediately following the grand epic of American Independence and Washingtonian presidency. While numerous and seemingly endlessly academic, popular and even cinematographic attention is payed to the first, the ensuing period seems comparatively neglected – at least in the broader mainstream of popular perception and academic curriculum.

Quite aware of the fact that this gap will probably not be filled in or by one single seminar, our class shall nonetheless try to throw some light at these times which not only saw the most relevant presidencies of the two Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and Andrew Jackson, but also witnessed such striking events and historic landmarks as the Louisiana Purchase 1803, the Lewis & Clark Expedition (1804-1806), the War of 1812, the begin of the westward expansion, the Indian Removal Act (1830) and finally the Texas War with the iconic fight at the Alamo (1835/1836).

The era during which the young US eventually emerged from the pile of shards left by the War of Independence only to confront the international antagonisms of the Napoleonic Wars and the adjacent time of national(ist) uprising and independence also marked the shaping of the modern America we (seem to) know, the first clash between the future Republicans and Democrats, even the first shows of political demagogy and populism.

Period of transition? Period of (a second?) revolution? Period of a second founding?

Analyzing most of the before-mentioned topics and phenomenons may help us to answer these fundamental questions at least to a certain extent.

Empfohlene Literatur

Bibliography:

Christopher G. Bates, The Early Republic and Antebellum America. An Encyclopedia of Social, Political, Cultural, and Economic History, 4 vols., London/ New York 2015.

Gordon S. Wood, Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789–1815, Oxford 2009.
Sean Wilentz, The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln, New York 2008.
Andrew Berstein/Nancy Issenberg, Madison and Jefferson, New York 2010.

Stephen E. Ambrose, Undaunted Courage – Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West, New York 1997.

Francis P. Prucha, The Great Father: The United States Government and the American Indians, Lincoln/London 1995.
Ray A. Billington, The Far Western Frontier, 1830–1860, New York 1962.
-/Martin Ridge (Eds.), Westward Expansion. A History of the American Frontier, 5th ed., New York/London 2001.

Sean P. Adams (Ed.), A Companion to the Era of Andrew Jackson, 2013.
William Nester, The Age of Jackson and the Art of American Power, 1815-1848, Washington 2013.

Bibliographical links:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bibliography_of_John_Adams
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bibliography_of_Thomas_Jefferson
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bibliography_of_James_Madison
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bibliography_of_James_Monroe
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bibliography_of_John_Quincy_Adams
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bibliography_of_Andrew_Jackson

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bibliography_of_the_War_of_1812
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bibliography_of_early_United_States_naval_history
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bibliography_of_United_States_military_history
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bibliography_of_Midwestern_history

Termine:

Datum (Wochentag)UhrzeitOrt
10.02.2020 (Montag)08.00 - 20.00 Uhr00 461 P11
1141 - Philosophisches Seminargebäude
11.02.2020 (Dienstag)09.00 - 20.00 Uhr00 461 P11
1141 - Philosophisches Seminargebäude

Semester: SoSe 2020