21H.907 | Fall 2000 | Undergraduate

Trials in History


Reading Questions

1 Introduction to the Course  
2 Introduction to the Issues

Ginzburg, Carlo. “The Inquisitor as Anthropologist,” “Witchcraft and Popular Piety: Notes on a Modenese Trial of 1519.” In Clues, Myths, and the Historical Method. Baltimore, 1992, pp. 1-16 and 156-164.

Goodrich, Peter. Languages of Law. London, 1990, pp. 179-208.

Rev, Istvan. “In Mendacio Veritas (In Lies There Lies the Truth).” Representations 35 (Summer 1991): 1-20.

Belknap, Michal R. “Introduction: Political Trials in the American Past.” In American Political Trials. Edited by Belknap. 1981, pp. 3-19.

Christenson, Ron. “Types of Political Trials.” In Political Trials. 1999, pp. 11.

Dissenters on Trial
3 The Trial of Socrates

Hansen, Mogens Herman. “The People’s Court.” Chapter 8 in The Athenian Democracy in the Age of Demosthenes. Cambridge, 1991, pp. 178-96 and 203-5.

Hansen, Mogens Herman. “The Trial of Sokrates: From the Athenian Point of View.” Historisk-filosofiske Meddelelser 71: 3-9, 11-22 and 24-31.

Plato. “Apology,” and “Crito.” In Trial and Death of Socrates. Pp. 21-54.

4 Joan of Arc

Pernoud, Regine. Joan of Arc: Her Story. Pp. 235-37, 1-31, 103-37, 139-158 and 159-64.

Sullivan, Karen. The Interrogation of Joan of Arc. Minneapolis, 1999, pp. xi-xxv.

5 Galileo

Finocchiaro, Maurice A. “Introduction.” In The Galileo Affair. Berkeley, 1989, pp. 1-43.

Biagioli, Mario. Galileo Courtier. Chicago, 1993, pp. 313-52.

Finocchiaro. Pp. 134-36, 143-47, 209-14, 227-32, 240-44, 250-62 and 277-93.

6 Scopes Larson, Edward J. Summer for the Gods. Chapters 4-7, plus one more chapter.
Society on Trial
7 Salem Witch Trials

Rosenthal, Bernard. Salem Story: Reading the Witch Trials of 1692. Pp. 1-50, 129-49, 151-52 and 174-218.

Boyer, Paul, and Stephen Nissenbaum. Salem-Village Witchcraft. Pp. 3-17 and 67-95.

Hemphill, C. Dallett. “Women in Court: Sex-Role Differentiation in Salem, Massachusetts, 1636-1683.” William and Mary Quarterly 39, no. 1 (Jan. 1982): 164-75.

8 Victorian Trials

Walkowitz, Judith. “Mrs. Weldon.” In City of Dreadful Delight. Pp. 171-89.

Berenson, Edward. The Trial of Madame Caillaux. Pp. 1-44, 73-100, 117-50, 171-81, 198-209, 217-226 and 237-247.

Transitional Justice
9 The Trials of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette

Walzer, Michael. Regicide and Revolution. Pp. 1-14, 35-38, 42-80, 139-77 and 219-51.

Hunt, Lynn. “The Bad Mother.” In Family Romance. Pp. 91-103.

10 Soviet Agitation and Show Trials

Wood, Elizabeth A. “The Trial of Lenin in April 1920.” (Manuscript paper)

Conquest, Robert. The Great Terror. 1990, pp. 341-98.

Tucker, Robert C. “Stalin, Bukharin, and History as Conspiracy.” In The Great Purge Trial. Edited by Tucker. New York, 1965, pp. ix-xlviii.

11 Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal

Marrus, Michael. The Nuremberg War Crimes Trial. Pp. 18-38, 51-70 and 104-121.

Deak, Istvan. “Misjudgment at Nuremberg.” The New York Review of Books (Oct. 7, 1993): 46-52.

12 Human Rights Trials and Truth Commissions

Nino, Carlos. Radical Evil on Trial. Pp. vii-xii, 14-16 and 107-89.

Minow, Martha. “Truth Commissions.” In Between Vengeance and Forgiveness. Pp. 52-90.

Course Info

As Taught In
Fall 2000