Thursday, 7:00-9:50pm; University Hall, Room 321
- Instructor: John Garrigus
- Office number: University Hall 201b or UH 343
- Telephone number in UH201b: 817-272-2869 [I prefer email]
- Email address: email@example.com
- Faculty Profile: https://www.uta.edu/profiles/john-garrigus
- Web page: http://johngarrigus.com
- Zotero library: https://www.zotero.org/garrigus/items
- Office hours: Wednesdays 1 to 3; Thursdays, 3 to 5
This colloquium surveys recent historical literature on the “Age of Atlantic Revolution”. Topics include political and social revolutions as well as economic transformations in England, British America, France, Haiti, and Argentina. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) will be an important tool in this course, which requires no prior GIS experience.
After successfully completing this class, students will be able to:
- describe and evaluate the concept of “The Age of Atlantic Revolutions”.
- describe and evaluate the central issues in the historiography of this field.
- produce critical appraisals of course readings, orally and in writing.
- produce an historical map in QGIS.
- contribute to a collaboratively written QGIS tutorial in GitHub.
- Klooster, Wim. Revolutions in the Atlantic World: a Comparative History. New York: New York University Press, 2009. 9780814747889
- Linebaugh, Peter, and Marcus Rediker. The Many-Headed Hydra: Sailors, Slaves, Commoners, and the Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic. Boston: Beacon Press, 2000. 9780807050064
- Pincus, Steven C. A. 1688: The First Modern Revolution. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009. 0300171439
- O’Shaughnessy, Andrew. An Empire Divided: The American Revolution and the British Caribbean. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2000.
- Donoghue, John. Fire Under the Ashes: An Atlantic History of the English Revolution. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013.
- Dubois, Laurent. Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution. Belknap Press, 2004. 0674013042
- Polasky, Janet L. Revolutions without Borders: The Call to Liberty in the Atlantic World (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2015).
- Johnson, Lyman L. Workshop of Revolution: Plebeian Buenos Aires and the Atlantic World, 1776-1810. (Durham: Duke University Press, 2011).
Required Articles and Chapters
- Palmer, Robert R. “The World Revolution of the West: 1763-1801,” Political Science Quarterly 69 (March 1954): 1-14.
- Cox, Marvin. “A Reassessment of R. R. Palmer’s The Age of Democratic Revolution,” The History Teacher 24, no. 3 (May 1, 1991): 343-52, doi:10.2307/494623.
- Inikori, Joseph E. Chapters 9 & 10 in Africans and the Industrial Revolution in England : A Study in International Trade and Economic Development. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2002.
- Inikori, Joseph. “Slavery and the Development of Industrial Capitalism in England,” The Journal of Interdisciplinary History. 17, no. 4 (April 1, 1987): 771-93.
- You must have access to a computer that can run QGIS; ideally, this would be a laptop that you can bring to class. You can download this free, open-source software at https://www.qgis.org/en/site/forusers/download.html
- You must have access to a computer that can run the GitHub Desktop, available free for Mac and Windows at https://desktop.github.com/
- I encourage you to use the bibliography manager Zotero [free from http://www.zotero.org] to produce your footnotes and bibliography in this course.
- You won’t give me “papers” but will upload all assignments as Word documents to our BlackBoard page or as Markdown code to GitHub. I’ll return the work with written comments in the same way.
- I will post all grades to our class BlackBoard page.
At the end of the semester, students who have accumulated 900 or more points will receive a “A”; 800 to 899 is a “B”; 700 to 799 is a “C”; and 600 to 699 is “D”. Less than 600 points is a failing grade.
|3 reaction papers of 500 words
|Final essay of 3,000 words
Major Assignments and Examinations:
Class Participation: every week
Attendance and participation in our class discussions are important parts of this collooquium. I take attendance and make notes on your participation at every class meeting. I’m not grading you on your brilliance but on your willingness to explore new ideas and offer feedback to your classmates.
Class Presentation: choose your week
At the meeting before we start a new book or article, one student will make a presentation of approximately 15 minutes about the upcoming author. This should be a kind of intellectual biography, which I will grade on your research and presentation skills. What articles and books has she published? When and where did he attend graduate school? Which scholars or ideas have most influenced her? What special tools or perspectives does he generally bring to his work? I’m happy to give you pointers if you have trouble finding material.
We’ll do 3 kinds of GIS assignments: QGIS tutorials, collaborating via GitHub, and making a final map.
QGIS tutorials: due Week 4 <2016-09-15> and Week 5 <2016-09-22>
GIS is an important tool for historians and in this class you’ll develop some basic skills in QGIS, a free open-source GIS program, by completing a number of tutorials, in and outside of class. Those who have already completed these tutorials in an earlier class, will make their own versions, teaching the same QGIS skills with different geographic locations. Due:
GitHub collaboration: due Week 4 <2016-09-15> and Week 5 <2016-09-22>
- GitHub is a website that allows collaborators to share files and keep track of the changes they make in those files. Programmers invented this technology, which is called “version control.” However it can be used by any team trying to create or improve a digital product, even if that product is a GIS tutorial or an historical dataset. In this class we’ll use GitHub to improve the GIS tutorials I’ve written for this class.
- GitHub uses an easy-to-learn syntax called Markdown. [This syllabus was written in Markdown.] We’ll learn Markdown too.
- Students who have completed my QGIS tutorials in an earlier semester, will make their own version of 2 of the tutorials. They will post them to GitHub, so other class members can improve them.
- Students who have never worked with my QGIS tutorials will use GitHub to improve one of my tutorials, or one written by another class member. For example, they might clarify wording, insert a comments about an unclear instruction, add screenshots, and improve the formatting.
Final map: due Week 16 <2016-12-08>
- You will make a map in QGIS and submit it at the end of the semester
- Your map can be one of two things:
- A map related to the Age of Revolutions, made with historical data that I supply. You will submit this as a QGIS file via GitHub.
- A map related to your own historical interests, meeting criteria that you and I set together. You will submit this as an image file via Blackboard.
Three Reaction Papers: due Week 3 <2016-09-08 Thu>; Week 9 <2016-10-20 Thu>; Week 12 <2016-11-10 Thu>
- Due via Blackboard upload before the following day at noon.
- A reaction paper should be at least 500 words long. In it you describe the thesis of the book and, as specifically and thoughtfully as you can, how it affected your understanding of the Age of Revolution.
Final Essay: due Week 16 <2016-12-08>
At the end of this semester you’ll turn in an interpretive essay of about 3,000 words, roughly 10 pages, about the question — What is the Age of Revolution? Is it a useful concept? Why or why not? How would you define or describe that Age? When did it start? When did it end? What events would you include or exclude?
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Week 1 <2016-08-25 Thu>
- In class: Work through the 1st tutorial in the Mapping and GIS area of The Programming Historian, on Google Maps and Google Earth
- Garrigus model presentation: Jeremy Popkin
- For next week: Read Palmer, Cox, and Klooster
Week 2 <2016-09-01 Thu>
- Presentation on Klooster
- Presentation on Palmer
- Discuss Klooster, Palmer and Cox
- In class we will learn how to use Markdown
- For next week, read Linebaugh and Rediker
Week 3 <2016-09-08 Thu>
- Presentation on Linebaugh
- Presentation on Rediker
- Discuss Linebaugh and Rediker
- In class we will
- learn how to use GitHub Desktop and Markdown to collaborate
- review how to install a recent version of QGIS on your laptop
- Due by 11:59pm, reaction paper on Linebaugh and Rediker, The Many Headed Hydra
- For next week, there’s no reading. Instead:
Week 4 <2016-09-15 Thu>
- Presentation on Karl Marx’s model of revolution
- In class, we will use this tutorial to:
- Learn how to find and import various shapefiles constructing the map of a Caribbean island
- Manipulate and categorize the attribute tables that underlie those shapefiles
- Import a raster file containing a previously georeferenced historical map
- We’ll also work with new geographic versions of this Caribbean island tutorial on GitHub, branched by experienced students
- We will also use this tutorial to:
- Import two previously georeferenced maps of Louisiana
- Create several new vector [data] layers based on data that you input from these two rasters, recording vanished towns, roads
- We’ll also work with new geographic versions of this tutorial on GitHub, branched by experienced students
- Again, there’s no reading for next week. Instead:
- new-to-GIS students: complete the georeferencing tutorial in the Mapping and GIS area of The Programming Historian
- new-to-GIS students: use GitHub to improve one of the tutorials created by experienced students
- experienced students: pick the Garrigus QGIS Texas or census “table-join” tutorial on GitHub and make your own branch
Week 5 <2016-09-22 Thu>
- Presentation on Tocqueville’s 1856 model of the French Revolution
- In class we will
- Use this tutorial to georeference historical maps of Texas
- We’ll also work through the new geographic versions of this tutorial drafted by experienced students
- Use this tutorial to learn how to import historical data into QGIS and connect it to spatial data
- We’ll also work through the new geographic versions of this tutorial on GitHub, branched by experienced students
- For next week: Back to our books! Read Donaghue
Week 6 <2016-09-29 Thu>
- Presentation on Donaghue
- Discuss Donaghue
- Discuss possible map projects
- For next week: Read Pincus, chaps 1-9
Week 7 <2016-10-06 Thu>
- Presentation on Pincus
- Discuss Pincus, chaps 1-9
- For next week: read Pincus, chaps 10-15
Week 8 <2016-10-13 Thu>
- Discuss Pincus, chaps 10-15
- Presentation on O’Shaughnessy
- For next week: read O’Shaughnessy
Week 9 <2016-10-20 Thu>
- Discuss O’Shaughnessy
- Due at 11:59pm: reaction paper on O’Shaughnessy, An Empire Divided
- Presentation on Inikori
- For next week: read Inikori
Week 10 <2016-10-27 Thu>
- Discuss Inikori
- Presentation on Polasky
- For next week: read Polasky
Week 11 <2016-11-03 Thu>
- Discuss Polasky
- Presentation on Dubois
- For next week: read Dubois
Week 12 <2016-11-10 Thu>
- Discuss Dubois
- Due at 11:59pm, reaction paper on Dubois, Avengers of the New World
- Presentation on Johnson
- For next week: work on final map
- For two weeks: read Johnson
Week 13 <2016-11-17 Thu> No Meeting
- Work on final map
- Work on final paper
Week 14 <2016-11-24 Thu> No Meeting
- Work on final map
- Work on final paper
- For next week: read Johnson
Week 15 <2016-12-01 Thu> Last class meeting
- Discuss Johnson
- Discuss maps and papers
- Makeup presentations [TBD]
Final Project and Map Due <2016-12-08 Thu>
As the instructor for this course, I reserve the right to adjust this schedule in any way that serves the educational needs of the students. John Garrigus