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History & Politics

History and politics courses range from early Chicago history to current global studies in the University of Chicago tradition. One of our series focuses largely on topics relating to the Middle East and how colonialism in the region continues to impact political decisions today.

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Courses

History, Political Science The Origins of Modern Capitalism II: From Adam Smith's World to Karl Marx's 03/18/2017

HUAS 94011 | The Origins of Modern Capitalism II: From Adam Smith's World to Karl Marx's

This course examines an epochal shift in the history of modern capitalism by comparing and contrasting Adam Smith’s analysis and critique of the division of labor, in The Wealth of Nations (1776), with Karl’s Marx’s analysis and critique of large-scale industry, in Capital Vol. I (1867). We shall attempt to account for the similarities and differences between these modern social theorists by situating their respective analyses and critiques of capitalism in their specific historical context of articulation.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Mark Loeffler

Mark Loeffler

Mark Loeffler

Mark Loeffler received his PhD in history from the University of Chicago in 2011. His dissertation examines contestations of finance capital in Germany and Britain, between the first “Great Depression” of 1873-1896, through the interwar Depression and its aftermath.

5 PD/CPDU
Course Code: HUAS 94011
Section: 01
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates: Mar 18
Tuition: $115.00
Days/Times: Sat
10:00 AM–4:00 PM (with a 1 hour lunch break)



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
March 16, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

History Tesla: Lightning Strikes 04/22/2017

HUAS 53701 | Tesla: Lightning Strikes

Millions are stymied when it comes to the creative process and hit numerous roadblocks. What are the best ways to overcome them and produce the best, most innovative work of your life? Based on his book Lightning Strikes, John Wasik explores the mysteries of the creative process through the life and work of the inventor Nikola Tesla. He will offer some sound techniques on enhancing and rebooting your creative process.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
John Wasik

John Wasik

John Wasik

Mr. Wasik is the author of 16 books, including The Debt-Free Degree and Keynes's Way to Wealth. He's a regular contributor to The New York Times, Forbes, CBS Moneywatch, AARP, Financial Planning, and has spoken all across North America. As a former columnist for Bloomberg and Reuters, his columns have appeared in newspapers on five continents. He's also been a guest on CNN, MSNBC, NBC, NPR, PBS, and radio stations from Australia to Israel.

5 PD/CPDU
Course Code: HUAS 53701
Section: 17S1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates: Apr 22
Tuition: $115.00
Days/Times: Sat
10:00 AM–4:00 PM (with a one-hour lunch break)



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
April 21, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

History George Orwell's England
06/19/2017 to 08/28/2017

HUAS 94003 | George Orwell's England

Self-styled Tory anarchist and democratic socialist, George Orwell (1903-1950) stood out with his staunch opposition to the “smelly little orthodoxies” of his times. His roots in the “lower-upper-middle class,” allowed both close observation of the ruling classes and the perspective from which to challenge their power. Born into an “imperial family,” he attacked the very foundations of the British Empire. This course will focus on Orwell’s fiction and nonfiction to better understand England and its empire at a critical moment. Readings will include novels such as Burmese Days, Keep the Aspidistra Flying, and 1984 and nonfiction, including Road to Wigan Pier and Homage to Catalonia.

No class July 3.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Jim Lothian

Jim Lothian

Jim Lothian

Mr. Lothian holds a PhD in history from the University of Chicago and has taught at Binghamton University. His studies include modern and early modern Britain and Ireland, British Empire, European intellectual history, and history of science.

20 PD/CPDU
Course Code: HUAS 94003
Section: 17U1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
Jun 19 to Aug 28
Tuition: $360.00
Days/Times: Mon
6:00 PM–8:30 PM



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
June 16, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

History Livy’s Books 41-45
06/20/2017 to 08/8/2017

BASC 70044 | Livy’s Books 41-45

This class will take us to the end of the extant books of Livy’s History of Rome, which tell the story of the Third Macedonian War. This conflict marked the end of the Empire created by Alexander the Great and the beginning of Rome’s Empire. Livy uses this historical framework to depict a moral conflict, embodied in the contrast between the last Greek king, Perseus, and Lucius Aemilius Paullus, the Roman general who defeats him, and the struggle to determine the Roman national character. We will also discuss the Periochae – the epitomes of the lost books of Livy – that are included in the volume. (6 weeks)

No class July 4, 18.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Zoë Eisenman

Zoë Eisenman

Zoë Eisenman

Ms. Eisenman is the current Chair of the Basic Program of Liberal Education for Adults. She holds an MA in Classics from University of Chicago. Her main academic focus is on Greek and Roman philosophy, Classical cultural history and gender studies.

18 PD/CPDU
Course Code: BASC 70044
Section: 17U1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
Jun 20 to Aug 08
Tuition: $270.00
Days/Times: Tue
10:00 AM–1:15 PM



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
June 19, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.