The History of Politics and the Politics of History


Upon completion of the course, students will:
- be able to trace the non-disciplinary provenance of concepts and strategies which have increasing relevance for historical research; that is, while acknowledging the autonomy of spheres as diverse as Politics and History, the course will cope with the common grounds shared and built by political agency and knowledge practices.
- be qualified with skills allowing them to promote a more comprehensive relationship between the public uses of History and academic History writing.
- improve their global consciousness while exploring transnational interactions (focusing on the uneven and combined development of local/national/regional political processes and memorialist practices).

General characterization





Responsible teacher

José Manuel Viegas Neves


Weekly - 3

Total - 224

Teaching language



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Chaturvedi, Vinayak (ed.) (2000). Mapping Subaltern Studies and the Postcolonial. London, Verso. [Introduction]. Burchell, Graham and Colin Gordon and Peter Miller (eds), The Foucault Effect: Studies in Governmentality, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 87–104.
Löwy, Michael (1981). The Politics of Combined and Uneven Development: The Theory of Permanent Revolution. London, Verso].

Mazower, Mark (2008), <Foucault, Agamben: Theory and the Nazis>, boundary 2, 35, 1, 23-34.
Rancière, Jacques (2015), <The Concept of Anachronism and the Historian's Truth>, InPrint, 3, 1, article 3.
Seth, Sanjay (2012). <Revolution and History: Maoism and Subaltern Studies>, Storia della Storiografia, 62, 2, 131-149. Traverso, Enzo (2017). <Totalitarianism between History and Theory’> History and Theory, 55, 97-118.
White, Hayden (1966), <The Burden of History’> History and Theory, 5, 2, 111-134.

Teaching method

Learning activities and teaching methods comprehend lectures and seminar-style classroom. Mandatory readings of primary and secondary sources are demanded.

Evaluation method

Método de Avaliação - Students will facilitate one seminar discussion of a PDF assigned article/book chapter reading by posing initial question(s) for discussion(20%), Students will hand in a 4,000-5,000 word-final essay focused on one or more of the main topics of the course contents(70%), The course emphasizes student participation and therefore a part of the final grade grows from student participation in class discussions(10%)

Subject matter

1. From Nationalism to Transnational History
1.1. The Economic Nationalism of Friedrich List and the Writing of National Histories 1.2. Proletarian Internationalism, Leon Trotsky and Transnational History
1.3. For a Transnational History of Nationalism, Communism and Memory

2. From New Liberalisms to Governmentality Studies
2.1. The Emergence of Anti-Totalitarianism, the Formation of the New Liberalisms and the History of the French Revolution and the October Revolution – from Friedrich Hayek to François Furet
2.2. The Years of 1968 and the Challenges of Liberation Historiography – on Jacques Rancière and Hayden White 2.3. The Philosophy of Michel Foucault and the History of Stalinism and Nazism

3. Provincializing History and Deindustrialization
3.1. Maoism, Postcolonial Theory and the Subaltern Studies.
3.2. Decolonising Politics, Decolonising History and Posthumanism.
3.4. Political Ecology, Deindustrialization and Memory in Western Metropolis.


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