Posted May 21, 2005 by Montana Redhead (now with letters)
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|I can't really explain it. My advisor brought in a map of the Maconnais in the 12th century and had me explain it, then I explained the multiple concepts of feudalism and why it's a sort of catch-all and rather useless, then I explained heresy, and then what drove 15th century Europeans to move outward into the Atlantic.|
Then I was asked was there a 17th century crisis, what were the extra-religious consequences of the Reformation, particularly in relation to gender, and what, exactly, Christine Carpenter meant by "community".
I was asked about the historiography of medieval Spain and tolerance, and the historiography of anti-Semitism.
Finally, I was asked about the move from brideprice to dowry (I was expecting that one) and what the outcome of that was, particularly for Venice. I was then asked to talk about Thomas Laquer and the body. And the last question I was asked about the dialogue between Gisella Bok and Claudia Kuntz concerning the culpability of women in Nazi Germany and what, if any, implications that had for post WWII German gender relations.
Those last two really threw me for a loop, as I was not expecting questions on modern history at all, but I managed to get through it. No one was out to get me, and in some ways, I think the unexpected connections I made between colonization and the frontier, and bringing Richard White, a native American historian, into my discussion of the Spanish Reconquista, really did me a lot of good.