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Origins of Modernity

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This cluster is the interdisciplinary study of the foundations of our cultures, societies, and political systems, that is, of how we came to be who we are. It examines culturally, politically, and socially significant events such as the American and French revolutions, the rise of capitalism, the industrial revolution, the institution of representative democracy, and urbanization, or similarly important intellectual movements such as the Renaissance, the Reformation and Counter-Reformation, and the Enlightenment.