The Individual in History


This seminar is a transnational but not quite global history of the ‘the individualistic revolution’ from the eighteeenth century to the present, and the swirling controversies that have ensued.  It is composed of three chronological parts:  1) a review of the great historical thinkers on the places of the individual within the collective as the rise of the individual is taking place; 2) the twentieth century controversies surrounding the prominent place of the individual in both ‘modern’ and ‘traditional’ social orders by liberal, conservative, radical and libertarian thinkers; 3) investigations on the contemporary (since ca 1980) controversies in various parts of the world on this issue.  Students will write a twenty page essay on the places of the individual in history by taking material from the three sections on which the seminar is built. 

Corcoran Department of History
University of Virginia
Nau Hall - South Lawn
Charlottesville, VA 22904


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