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070124 PS Proseminar - Free and Bounded Labour in the Middle Ages and the Modern Period (2019S)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 7 - Geschichte
Continuous assessment of course work

Details

max. 25 participants
Language: German

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 05.03. 16:00 - 17:30 Seminarraum WISO 1 (ZG1O2.28) Hauptgebäude, Stiege 6 Zwischengeschoß
Tuesday 19.03. 16:00 - 17:30 Seminarraum WISO 1 (ZG1O2.28) Hauptgebäude, Stiege 6 Zwischengeschoß
Tuesday 26.03. 16:00 - 17:30 Seminarraum WISO 1 (ZG1O2.28) Hauptgebäude, Stiege 6 Zwischengeschoß
Tuesday 02.04. 16:00 - 17:30 Seminarraum WISO 1 (ZG1O2.28) Hauptgebäude, Stiege 6 Zwischengeschoß
Tuesday 09.04. 16:00 - 17:30 Seminarraum WISO 1 (ZG1O2.28) Hauptgebäude, Stiege 6 Zwischengeschoß
Tuesday 30.04. 16:00 - 17:30 Seminarraum WISO 1 (ZG1O2.28) Hauptgebäude, Stiege 6 Zwischengeschoß
Tuesday 07.05. 16:00 - 17:30 Seminarraum WISO 1 (ZG1O2.28) Hauptgebäude, Stiege 6 Zwischengeschoß
Tuesday 14.05. 16:00 - 17:30 Seminarraum WISO 1 (ZG1O2.28) Hauptgebäude, Stiege 6 Zwischengeschoß
Tuesday 21.05. 16:00 - 17:30 Seminarraum WISO 1 (ZG1O2.28) Hauptgebäude, Stiege 6 Zwischengeschoß
Tuesday 28.05. 16:00 - 17:30 Seminarraum WISO 1 (ZG1O2.28) Hauptgebäude, Stiege 6 Zwischengeschoß
Tuesday 04.06. 16:00 - 17:30 Seminarraum WISO 1 (ZG1O2.28) Hauptgebäude, Stiege 6 Zwischengeschoß
Tuesday 18.06. 16:00 - 17:30 Seminarraum WISO 1 (ZG1O2.28) Hauptgebäude, Stiege 6 Zwischengeschoß
Tuesday 25.06. 16:00 - 17:30 Seminarraum WISO 1 (ZG1O2.28) Hauptgebäude, Stiege 6 Zwischengeschoß

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

The evolutionary view of a world-historical development from unfree to free forms of labour relationships (from “feudalism” to “capitalism”, from “status” to “contract”) has been fundamentally challenged by recent historical scholarship. New interpretations now stress that wage labour was until the second half of the 19th century not solely based on a freely negotiated contract between sellers and buyers of labour power, but involved many elements of servitude. In a global historical perspective the simultaneity and interconnectedness of forms of free and unfree labour relations are debated. From this viewpoint, the early development of capitalism is no longer seen as identical with the establishment of free wage labour, but based on the interaction of different modes of production based on more or less unfree forms of labour. The subject therefore provides opportunities to investigate, compare and relate different forms of labour relationships within wide historical and spatial dimensions.
The seminar will be held in weekly sessions. After a general introduction, we will read and discuss exemplary sources, provided by the teacher, in each session. Each participant has – individually or in a group – to present and interpret one of these source texts based on the preliminary reading of pertinent literature. A seminar paper (10-15 pages manus.) that interprets and contextualizes the source texts has to be handed in until the end of the semester.

Assessment and permitted materials

Continuous presence, engagement and the writing of a seminar paper on a subject within the general thematic framework of the course are required.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

20% presence, 40% presentation in session, 40% seminar paper

Examination topics

Reading list

Introductory literature:
Micheal L. Bush (ed.), Serfdom and Slavery. Studies in Legal Bondage, Manchester 1996.
Micheal L. Bush (ed.), Servitude in Modern Times, Cambridge 2000.
Karin Hofmeester/Marcel van der Linden (eds.), Handbook The Global History of Work, Berlin/Boston 2018, Chapter 4, pp. 317-410 (u:search – online)
Marcel van der Linden, Workers of the World. Essays towards a Global Labour History, Leiden u. Boston 2008. (u:search – online)

Association in the course directory

Mittelalter, Neuzeit, Globalgeschichte und Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeschichte

MA HPS: M 1.2, M 1.3

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