Brandeis University

    HIST 181B: Red Flags/ Black Flags: Radicalism in Europe 1848-1960

    Instructor: Alexander Herbert
    Prerequisites: None
    Course Description: From Marx’s first major book in 1845 to the student-inspired French upheavals of 1968, the history of left-wing politics and ideas has been, in large part, that of struggles between Marxists and anarchists, or between Marxist orthodoxy and anarchist-inspired, left Marxist alternatives. The battle between bearers of the red and black flags is the topic of this course. We will explore this history in context through primary source readings of key influential thinkers. Each class will consist of a brief lecture followed by a course discussion of the sources. Because discussion is a central component of the class, there are only two written assignments: a midterm and a final. The goals for this class are to develop a broad understanding of radical history, appreciate the history of Modern Europe through a non-conventional lens, apply radical ideas to contemporary situations, and practice close reading and interpretation skills.
    Session: Session I
    Day: T, W, Th
    Time: 11:10am - 1:40pm
    Credit Hours: 4 Credits
    Course Format: "Remote Learning" Course for Summer 2022
    Brandeis Graduation Requirement Fulfilled: SS
    Enrollment Limit:
    Course Classification: Undergraduate Level Course
    Course Tuition: $3,290
    Course Fees: None
    Open to High School Students: No