Department of History and Civilization

“If the past has been an obstacle and a burden, knowledge of the past
is the safest and the surest emancipation” Lord Acton (1834-1902)

The Department of History and Civilization (HEC) offers a distinctive programme of transnational and comparative European history. Transcending nation-state paradigms, our programme studies the construction of Europe's boundaries and the diversity and complexity of experiences within them.

Our central concerns are the interlinking of European societies since the Renaissance and the complex cultural legacies that have shaped contemporary Europe. The HEC community is also committed to exploring the place of Europe in the world through the study of empires, global processes and institutions.

The rich variety of research approaches and themes, as well as the broad background of its professors, enable the Department to recruit high-quality Ph.D. candidates and to host outstanding research fellows, thereby forming a vibrant and international academic community.

 

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Women and Modernity

Women and Modernity

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Ursula Hirschmann Lecture by Prof. Lynn A. Hunt (UCLA) on 2 October 2014
Luxury and the Ethics of Greed in the Early Modern World

Luxury and the Ethics of Greed in the Early Modern World

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Conference jointly organized by the HEC Department, Harvard University-Villa I Tatti and the Leverhulme International Luxury Network of the Warwick University on 25 (Villa I Tatti) and 26 (EUI) September 2014
European Court and State Manufactures in a Global Perspective, 1400-1800

European Court and State Manufactures in a Global Perspective, 1400-1800

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International Workshop organized by Prof. Luca Molà, Prof. Philippe Minard (EHESS and Université de Paris VIII) and Prof. Giorgio Riello (University of Warwick), 22-24 September 2014

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