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GENT 12/412: The Age of Progress (1815-1870)

The course is an examination of the Industrial Revolution and some of its most important consequences, positive and negative. It also looks at the second generation of Romanticism in music, art and literature, in part as a response to industrialization, and the way the disillusionments of Romanticism led into the age of Realism in the arts.

8:45-9:40 The Pre-Raphaelites, Gamble Pre-Raphaelites
9:40-9:55 Break
9:55-10:50 Poetry that Shocks: Poe, Baudelaire, Robert Browning, Alan

8:45-9:40 The New England Transcendentalists, Stephanie
9:40-9:55 Break
9:55-10:50 The Industrial Revolution, Najm

8:45-9:40 Realism in the United States, Gamble Realism in the United States
9:40-9:55 Break
9:55-10:50 Walt Whitman and Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, Alan

8:45-9:40 Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, Stephanie
9:40-9:55 Break
9:55-10:50 Post 1815 Europe,  Najm

8:45-9:40 Realism in France, Gamble Realism in France
9:40-9:55 Break
9:55-10:50 Flaubert’s Madame Bovary, Alan

8:45-9:40 Frederick Douglass, Stephanie
9:40-9:55 Break
9:55-10:50 Abolition of the Atlantic Slave Trade, Najm

8:45-9:40 Pierre-Joseph Proudhon and Max Stirner, Stephanie
9:40-9:55 Break
9:55-10:50 1848, A year of rebellions, revolutions, and watershed events, Najm

8:45-9:40 Dialogue: Topic TBD, Gentrain Team
9:40-9:55 Break
9:55-10:50 Test; end of Gentrain 12/412.  Exam for students taking the course for a grade is available in Canvas.


Jan 23 2024 - Feb 15 2024
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Najm Akbar

I am Muhammad Najm Akbar. Call me Najm.
Born in Multan, Pakistan, I had my initial education there.
In the United States, I have graduated twice from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, MA 1995 and MALD, 2011, and have a graduate degree in History from Fresno State, 2022. Middlebury awarded me an MA in Teaching of Foreign Language, in 2009.

Alia and I have lived In Monterey since 2005. Our children are married and engaged in their professional lives in New York.

Our biggest delight is our two granddaughters, the eldest turns four soon, and the youngest is about a year and a half old.

I remained part of the Pakistan Foreign Service for two decades and at the Defense Language Institute taught Urdu for thirteen years until 2018.

I joined the MPC pool of adjunct history instructors in 2022 and have taught courses in Gentrain, World History, US History, and History of World Religions. 

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