Princes and Their Cities in Burgundian and Habsburg Europe, 1400-1648
Burgundian and Habsburg princes ruled over multilingual, multiethnic populations in which cities formed a key to political control and state formation. This course explored a central dynamic in early modern European history—the interaction of state-building and urban particularism—across the far-flung territories ruled by the Burgundian and Habsburg dynasties from the fifteenth through the mid-seventeenth century. Through an approach both thematic and chronological, this seminar argued for a vision of a dynastic, particularistic Europe, freed of the nationalist traditions of so much nineteenth- and twentieth-century historiography.
Participants: Greg Bereiter, Northern Illinois university; Elise Boneau, Western Michigan University; Savannah Esquivel, University of Illiniois at Chicago; Jack Goodman, Western Michigan University; Patrick Harris, Western Michigan University; Erika Honisch, University of Chicago; Kathleen Kole, University of Notre Dame; Amy Oberlin, Loyola University of Chicago; Christine Petty, Western Michigan University; Jason Ralph, Northwestern University; Rachel Schofeld, Western Michigan University; Christopher Van den Berge, University of Illinois at Chicago; and Jan Volek, Western Michigan University.
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