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Spring 2014

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Topics in History for First-years and Sophomores

HIST 195 - Merchant

Selected topic or problem in history. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Spring 2014 topic:

HIST 195: Introductory Seminar on Thomas Jefferson (4). A seminar focusing on the life and times of Thomas Jefferson: planter, slave owner, husband, father, author, legislator, diplomat, Secretary of State, Vice President, President, sage. It devotes much of its attention to his two terms as president and also examines his life before his election to the presidency in 1801 and after the expiration of his second term in office. We analyze his strengths and weaknesses, his successes and failures, and his legacy. Includes readings in primary and secondary sources, discussion, weekly essays, and optional tours of Monticello and Poplar Forest. (HU) Merchant. Spring 2014

Winter 2014 topic:

HIST-195: Race and Ethnicity in Latin America (3). This course examines the history of race and ethnicity in Latin America from the colonial past to the republican present. We focus on the origin and evolution of these contentious concepts and also explore how they operated in distinct local-historical contexts, generating social exclusion and, paradoxically, political inclusion. (HU) Gildner.

Fall 2013 topic:

HIST 195-01: Animal Behavior and Human Morality, 1800-present (3). This course deals with the history of the study of animal behavior in its bearing on human morality, from the beginning of the professionalization of the subject around 1800 till the present day. Time and again, tentative connections have been and are being made between the ways animals behave and how humans conduct themselves, thus conferring legitimacy on shared traits. The line of argument in making these linkages is simple and straightforward: if animals behave in certain ways, these ways are natural and therefore beyond reproach; if humans share these traits, they, too, are free of blame. Issues of gender and sexuality traditionally have been at the center of these considerations, but also marriage, the family, slavery, systems of government (monarchy, republic, etc.) have been argued for or against on the basis of animal examples. (HU) Rupke.

Dante: Renaissance and Redemption

HIST 200 - Peterson

A survey of the culture, society, and politics of early Renaissance Italy using the life of the Florentine poet Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) and his Divine Comedy. This period witnessed revolutions in Florence and Rome and the emergence of new artistic forms aimed at reconciling Christian beliefs with classical thought, notably that of the Greek philosopher Aristotle and the Roman poet Virgil. It also generated conflicts between popes, kings, and emperors that issued ultimately in modern European states. First, we survey Dante's historical setting using a chronicle by one of his contemporaries, Dino Compagni. We then follow Dante on his poetic pilgrimage of personal and collective redemption through Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven as he synthesized the artistic, religious, philosophical and political challenges of his age.

Decline and Fall of the Soviet Union and Resurgence of Russia

HIST 222 - Bidlack

This course analyzes the reasons for the decline of the Soviet Union commencing in the latter part of the Brezhnev era and its collapse under the weight of the failed reforms of Gorbachev. It further traces the fragmentation of the USSR into fifteen republics and the simultaneous devolution of authority within the Russian Republic under Yeltsin. The course concludes with the remarkable reassertion of state power under Putin up to the present. Students write an essay assessing the Yeltsin transition and engage in a class debate at the end of the term on the prospects for Russia's future.

Topics in United States, Latin American or Canadian History

HIST 269 - DeLaney

A course offered from time to time, depending on student interest and staff availability, on a selected topic or problem in United States, Latin American or Canadian history. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Spring 2014 Topics:

HIST 269-01: The Freedom Ride. (4). An intensive study of the Civil Rights Movement through the lens of the Freedom Riders. This reading- and writing-intensive four-week study includes a two-week tour of major Civil Rights protest sites in the lower Southern United States. (HU). DeLaney

HIST 269-02: Digital America: A Brief History of the Computer and Modern U.S. Information Society (4). This sprint of a class looks at the birth of the digital computer, traces electronic data processing from the days of mainframes through personal computers and the emergence of today's digital "cloud," and interrogates precisely what a modern "information society" in the United States looks like. Equal parts technology, business, politics, culture, and social theory, the class looks at "information" and how it is has been collected, managed, manipulated, and experienced in America over the past seven decades. (HU) McGee. Spring 2014

 

Winter 2014 Topics:

HIST-269-01: Modern U.S. Business History, Late 19th Century to the Present (3). This seminar in the history of capitalism in the United States focuses on the institutions, individuals, and practices that transformed commerce and industry through waves of industrial, management, post-industrial, and information revolutions. We place this transformation within broader political, social, and cultural context. Topics include entrepreneurship; the rise of new models of firms and corporations; the shifting relationship between state and market; the ways in which businesses and businessmen are portrayed by popular culture; and the often-surprising influences of new technologies, the natural environment, emerging social movements, conflicts over labor and state regulation, shifting political ideologies, and evolution in social thought about the broader place of business in American society. (HU) McGee. HIST-269-02: Blacks in the Age of Jim Crow (3). This course is an intensive examination of southern race relations from 1890 through 1965 which focuses on racial injustice and poverty; black education and entrepreneurship; and the quest for Civil Rights and the white backlash that it provoked. It also focuses on white demagogues and liberals as well as black leaders. (HU) DeLaney. HIST-269-03: Evolution of American Warfare (3). This course examines U.S. military history from the colonial period to the post-9/11 American military experience. Since this is a period of more than four hundred years, the class necessarily limits its focus to major topics and central questions facing the men and women who have fought in American wars. We trace the course of American military history by focusing on three themes: the early development of American military institutions, the evolution of military policy toward civilian populations, and the changing face of battle in which Americans have fought. (HU) Myers.

Fall 2013 Topic:

HIST 269-01: Cancelled

HIST 269-02: Experiencing the American Century: The United States 1945 to Present (3). Prerequisite: Open to any senior, junior or sophomore, and first years who have credit in Hist 107 and 108. A survey of American political, cultural, and social history from 1945 to the present. Explores major events, periods, trends, personages, and concepts associated with the period, and students analyze these themes in broader context. Students engage the historical method and communicate structured arguments effectively (in both written and oral form) using secondary literature and primary documents. (HU) McGee.

Topics in United States, Latin American or Canadian History

HIST 269 - McGee

A course offered from time to time, depending on student interest and staff availability, on a selected topic or problem in United States, Latin American or Canadian history. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Spring 2014 Topics:

HIST 269-01: The Freedom Ride. (4). An intensive study of the Civil Rights Movement through the lens of the Freedom Riders. This reading- and writing-intensive four-week study includes a two-week tour of major Civil Rights protest sites in the lower Southern United States. (HU). DeLaney

HIST 269-02: Digital America: A Brief History of the Computer and Modern U.S. Information Society (4). This sprint of a class looks at the birth of the digital computer, traces electronic data processing from the days of mainframes through personal computers and the emergence of today's digital "cloud," and interrogates precisely what a modern "information society" in the United States looks like. Equal parts technology, business, politics, culture, and social theory, the class looks at "information" and how it is has been collected, managed, manipulated, and experienced in America over the past seven decades. (HU) McGee. Spring 2014

 

Winter 2014 Topics:

HIST-269-01: Modern U.S. Business History, Late 19th Century to the Present (3). This seminar in the history of capitalism in the United States focuses on the institutions, individuals, and practices that transformed commerce and industry through waves of industrial, management, post-industrial, and information revolutions. We place this transformation within broader political, social, and cultural context. Topics include entrepreneurship; the rise of new models of firms and corporations; the shifting relationship between state and market; the ways in which businesses and businessmen are portrayed by popular culture; and the often-surprising influences of new technologies, the natural environment, emerging social movements, conflicts over labor and state regulation, shifting political ideologies, and evolution in social thought about the broader place of business in American society. (HU) McGee. HIST-269-02: Blacks in the Age of Jim Crow (3). This course is an intensive examination of southern race relations from 1890 through 1965 which focuses on racial injustice and poverty; black education and entrepreneurship; and the quest for Civil Rights and the white backlash that it provoked. It also focuses on white demagogues and liberals as well as black leaders. (HU) DeLaney. HIST-269-03: Evolution of American Warfare (3). This course examines U.S. military history from the colonial period to the post-9/11 American military experience. Since this is a period of more than four hundred years, the class necessarily limits its focus to major topics and central questions facing the men and women who have fought in American wars. We trace the course of American military history by focusing on three themes: the early development of American military institutions, the evolution of military policy toward civilian populations, and the changing face of battle in which Americans have fought. (HU) Myers.

Fall 2013 Topic:

HIST 269-01: Cancelled

HIST 269-02: Experiencing the American Century: The United States 1945 to Present (3). Prerequisite: Open to any senior, junior or sophomore, and first years who have credit in Hist 107 and 108. A survey of American political, cultural, and social history from 1945 to the present. Explores major events, periods, trends, personages, and concepts associated with the period, and students analyze these themes in broader context. Students engage the historical method and communicate structured arguments effectively (in both written and oral form) using secondary literature and primary documents. (HU) McGee.

Histories of Everything

HIST 274 - Jennings

Intensive reading and analysis of diverse works of world history and "universal history." Students develop understanding of historiographical traditions and develop their own framework for thinking about the human past.

Supervised Study Abroad: Athens

HIST 287 - Gildner

Classics, art history, and/or studio in Greece. The credits may be distributed in any way between art and classics, or three credits may be earned in an approved independent study course in any department, including classics.

Spring 2014 Topic:

HIST 287 (CLAS 287): Supervised Study Abroad: Athens: Nation in Ruins: Ancient Heritage and The Making of The Modern Nation-State. (4) Spring Term Abroad. Prerequisite: Permission of the department. The focus of this interdisciplinary course is the role that ancient heritage plays in shaping the modem nation-state of Greece. After one week of preliminary coursework on campus, we spend three weeks in Athens, Greece, exploring the relationship between the past and present through trips to archaeology sites, museums, and historic neighborhoods. Topics include the art and archaeology of Greece, modem Greek history, the role of foreign schools of archaeology, the socio-political role of museums and archaeology sites, antiquities and the "branding" of national identity, and the relationship between Romanticism in Europe and the creation of the modem Greek national identity. Students will design and carry out group projects in Greece. (HU) Laughy, Gildner

Seminar: Topics in History

HIST 295A - Rupke (Multiple Sections)

A seminar offered from time to time depending on student interest and staff availability, in a selected topic or problem in history. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Spring 2014 topic:

HIST 295A-01: Roll Over, Darwin: The Non-Darwinian Tradition in Evolutionary Biology (4). No prerequisite. We begin by discussing the discipline of the history of science and its place in historical scholarship generally. One of the most influential scientific theories is the theory of organic evolution. Its history has largely been written by Darwin and his followers. We shall look at the "Darwin industry" but then additionally explore a revisionist history that incorporates the non-Darwinian approach to the origin of life and species. We look at the scientific facts, the different theories and raise the question "Where were these situated?" "What socio-political purposes and religious connotations did they have?" We end by bringing the historical perspective to bear on today's ongoing controversies about evolution theory. (HU) Rupke.

HIST 295B-01 Rise to World Power, 1776-1920 (4). In the late 18th century, the newly-independent United States was one of the weakest nations in the world. By the early 20th century, it was one of the most powerful. This course, in the history of U.S. foreign relations from 1776 to 1920, explores how and why this dramatic shift occurred. In the process, it emphasizes the interrelationship between domestic and foreign affairs within that history, as well as the origins and evolution of key American diplomatic principles, documents and doctrines. The course also explores the beliefs Americans developed about their place in the world, their expansion across an entire continent, their acquisition of an overseas empire, and the causes and consequences of their participation in armed conflicts from the War for Independence through World War I. Stoler. Spring 2014

Winter 2014 topic:

HIST-295-02: Science and the Supernatural (3). In modern -- especially late-modern -- times, science has become the adjudicator of truth: truth in terms of fact and law-like rationality. The result has been a retreat of the occult, of many superstitions, and the uncovering of fallacies and frauds. Yet large sectors of modern society have remained enamored of the paranormal. Even scientific practitioners themselves, including Nobel Laureates, have kept alive a belief in telepathy, precognition and such phenomena. Equally persistent, especially in religious circles, has been the conviction that miracles do happen; again, great scientists and medical practitioners have supported such notions. In this course, we explore the fascinating history of the uneasy relationship between science and its contested boundaries where fact and fiction overlap. (HU) Rupke.

Fall 2013 Topic:

HIST 295-01: Seminar: Animal experimentation and animal rights in historical perspective (3). Prerequiste: Open to any senior, junior or sophomore, and first years who have credit in Hist 107 and 108 or Hist 101 and 102. In this course we deal with the place of animals in Western society. More particularly, we trace the history of the use of animals as living objects of laboratory experimentation and explore the controversies that vivisectional practices have engendered. Do animals have rights? What to think of animal liberation activism? To what extent has animal experimentation been essential to the progress of science, especially medical science? We look at these questions in the wider context of humane movements, and of societies that have been established for the prevention of cruelty to animals. Students with sufficient background may engage this course in more depth for credit as HIST 395-02, with instructor consent. Rupke.

Seminar: Topics in History

HIST 295B - Stoler

A seminar offered from time to time depending on student interest and staff availability, in a selected topic or problem in history. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Spring 2014 topic:

HIST 295A-01: Roll Over, Darwin: The Non-Darwinian Tradition in Evolutionary Biology (4). No prerequisite. We begin by discussing the discipline of the history of science and its place in historical scholarship generally. One of the most influential scientific theories is the theory of organic evolution. Its history has largely been written by Darwin and his followers. We shall look at the "Darwin industry" but then additionally explore a revisionist history that incorporates the non-Darwinian approach to the origin of life and species. We look at the scientific facts, the different theories and raise the question "Where were these situated?" "What socio-political purposes and religious connotations did they have?" We end by bringing the historical perspective to bear on today's ongoing controversies about evolution theory. (HU) Rupke.

HIST 295B-01 Rise to World Power, 1776-1920 (4). In the late 18th century, the newly-independent United States was one of the weakest nations in the world. By the early 20th century, it was one of the most powerful. This course, in the history of U.S. foreign relations from 1776 to 1920, explores how and why this dramatic shift occurred. In the process, it emphasizes the interrelationship between domestic and foreign affairs within that history, as well as the origins and evolution of key American diplomatic principles, documents and doctrines. The course also explores the beliefs Americans developed about their place in the world, their expansion across an entire continent, their acquisition of an overseas empire, and the causes and consequences of their participation in armed conflicts from the War for Independence through World War I. Stoler. Spring 2014

Winter 2014 topic:

HIST-295-02: Science and the Supernatural (3). In modern -- especially late-modern -- times, science has become the adjudicator of truth: truth in terms of fact and law-like rationality. The result has been a retreat of the occult, of many superstitions, and the uncovering of fallacies and frauds. Yet large sectors of modern society have remained enamored of the paranormal. Even scientific practitioners themselves, including Nobel Laureates, have kept alive a belief in telepathy, precognition and such phenomena. Equally persistent, especially in religious circles, has been the conviction that miracles do happen; again, great scientists and medical practitioners have supported such notions. In this course, we explore the fascinating history of the uneasy relationship between science and its contested boundaries where fact and fiction overlap. (HU) Rupke.

Fall 2013 Topic:

HIST 295-01: Seminar: Animal experimentation and animal rights in historical perspective (3). Prerequiste: Open to any senior, junior or sophomore, and first years who have credit in Hist 107 and 108 or Hist 101 and 102. In this course we deal with the place of animals in Western society. More particularly, we trace the history of the use of animals as living objects of laboratory experimentation and explore the controversies that vivisectional practices have engendered. Do animals have rights? What to think of animal liberation activism? To what extent has animal experimentation been essential to the progress of science, especially medical science? We look at these questions in the wider context of humane movements, and of societies that have been established for the prevention of cruelty to animals. Students with sufficient background may engage this course in more depth for credit as HIST 395-02, with instructor consent. Rupke.

Seminar in American Social History

HIST 367 - Senechal

An examination of selected topics in the social history of the United States. Requirements include a major research paper based on original source material. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Spring 2014 topic:

HIST 367: Seminar: 9/11 and Modern Terrorism (4). Terrorism is a form of collective violence famously illustrated in the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon near Washington on September 11, 2001. This course provides an intensive interdisciplinary examination of the origins of the 9/11 attacks and the terrorist organization that launched them. The course also addresses the impact of the attacks and the future prospects of mass violence against civilians, as well as the role of the media in covering (and dramatizing) terrorism. Much of the course focuses on the social divisions and conflicts that lead to terrorism and its increasingly lethal nature over time. Topics include "old terrorism" (as seen in Northern Ireland and Algeria), "new terrorism" (such as that associated with Al Qaeda), the logic of terrorist recruitment, and the nature of and spread of weapons of mass destruction. (HU) Senechal. Spring


Winter 2014

See complete information about these courses in the course offerings database. For more information about a specific course, including course type, schedule and location, click on its title.

European Civilization, 1789 to the Present

HIST 102 - Horowitz, Patch (Multiple Sections)

The French Revolution and Napoleon, the era of nationalism, the rise of socialism, imperialism, World Wars I and II, the Cold War, and European Union.

Japan: Origins to Atomic Aftermath

HIST 104 - Bello

This course traces the span of Japan's historical development from its origins through the Cold War, with a special, but not exclusive, emphasis on an environmental perspective. The first half of the course covers the emergence of indigenous Japanese society and its adaptation to cultural and political influences from mainland East Asia, including Buddhism, Confucianism, and Chinese concepts of empire. The second half covers Japan's successful transition from a declining Tokugawa Shogunate to a modern imperial nation to a reluctant U.S. Cold War ally from the mid?19th to the mid?20th centuries.

History of the United States Since 1876

HIST 108 - McGee, Senechal (Multiple Sections)

A survey of United States History from Reconstruction to the present with emphasis on industrialization, urbanization, domestic and international developments, wars, and social and cultural movements.

Modern Latin America: Túpak Katari to Tupac Shakur

HIST 131 - Gildner (Multiple Sections)

A survey of Latin America from the 1781 anticolonial rebellion led by indigenous insurgent Túpak Katari to a globalized present in which Latin American youth listen to Tupac Shakur yet know little of his namesake. Lectures are organized thematically (culture, society, economics, and politics) and chronologically, surveying the historical formation of people and nations in Latin America. Individual countries (especially Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Mexico, and Peru) provide examples of how local and transnational forces have shaped the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries of North and South America and the Caribbean, and the cultural distinctions and ethnic diversity that characterize a region too often misperceived as homogeneous.

World History to 1300

HIST 173 - Jennings (Multiple Sections)

History of humanity from origins to the Mongol conquests. Focus on large-scale transformation, cross-cultural interaction, and the relationship between human history and natural history. Equal emphasis on Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas.

Topics in History for First-years and Sophomores

HIST 195 - Gildner

Selected topic or problem in history. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Spring 2014 topic:

HIST 195: Introductory Seminar on Thomas Jefferson (4). A seminar focusing on the life and times of Thomas Jefferson: planter, slave owner, husband, father, author, legislator, diplomat, Secretary of State, Vice President, President, sage. It devotes much of its attention to his two terms as president and also examines his life before his election to the presidency in 1801 and after the expiration of his second term in office. We analyze his strengths and weaknesses, his successes and failures, and his legacy. Includes readings in primary and secondary sources, discussion, weekly essays, and optional tours of Monticello and Poplar Forest. (HU) Merchant. Spring 2014

Winter 2014 topic:

HIST-195: Race and Ethnicity in Latin America (3). This course examines the history of race and ethnicity in Latin America from the colonial past to the republican present. We focus on the origin and evolution of these contentious concepts and also explore how they operated in distinct local-historical contexts, generating social exclusion and, paradoxically, political inclusion. (HU) Gildner.

Fall 2013 topic:

HIST 195-01: Animal Behavior and Human Morality, 1800-present (3). This course deals with the history of the study of animal behavior in its bearing on human morality, from the beginning of the professionalization of the subject around 1800 till the present day. Time and again, tentative connections have been and are being made between the ways animals behave and how humans conduct themselves, thus conferring legitimacy on shared traits. The line of argument in making these linkages is simple and straightforward: if animals behave in certain ways, these ways are natural and therefore beyond reproach; if humans share these traits, they, too, are free of blame. Issues of gender and sexuality traditionally have been at the center of these considerations, but also marriage, the family, slavery, systems of government (monarchy, republic, etc.) have been argued for or against on the basis of animal examples. (HU) Rupke.

Europe in the Late Middle Ages, 1198-1500

HIST 202 - Peterson

Examines, through lectures and discussions, the high medieval papacy; the rise of new lay religious movements; Franciscans and Dominicans; dissent and heresy; the Inquisition; Jews and minorities; the rise of universities; scholasticism and humanism; the development of law; Parliament and constitutionalism; the Hundred Years War; the Black Death; the papal schism and conciliarism; gender roles; family structures and child rearing; Europe's relations with Islam and Byzantium; and the rise of commerce, cities and urban values, as well as of the "new monarchies."

Imperial Russia, 1682 to 1917

HIST 220 - Bidlack

From the rise to power of Peter the Great, Russia's first emperor, through the fall of the Romanov dynasty. Completion of either

International Relations, 1919-1970: The End of European Hegemony

HIST 224 - Patch

Topics include the Versailles peace settlement of 1919, the spread of the British Empire to the Middle East and birth of Palestinian nationalism, the impact of the Great Depression and totalitarianism on international relations, the outbreak of the Second World War, the Holocaust and foundation of the State of Israel, the Nuremberg Trials, decolonization in Africa and Asia, the origins of the Cold War, and the foundation of the European Economic Community. What have Europeans learned about conflict resolution from their experience of two world wars and numerous colonial wars?

Topics in European History

HIST 229 - Horowitz

A course offered from time to time depending on student interest and staff availability, on a selected topic or problem in European history. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Winter 2014 Topic:

HIST-229-01: 19th-Century Scandal, Crime and Spectacle (3). This course examines the fascination with scandal and crime in 19th-century Europe. We discuss the nature of scandals, theories of criminality in the 19th century, crime and urbanization, the connection between scandals and political change, and how scandals and ideas about crime were used to articulate new ideas about class, gender and sexuality. Some of the particular topics this class covers include the Diamond Necklace Affair, the Queen Caroline Affair, the trial of Oscar Wilde, and the Jack the Ripper murders. (HU) Horowitz.

History 229-02: Nazism and the Third Reich (3). No prerequisite. This course introduces students to the lively debates among scholars and selected primary sources regarding the causes of the failure of democracy in the Weimar Republic, the mentality of Nazi leaders and followers, the nature of the regime created by them in 1933, the impact of the Third Reich on the position of women in German society, and the degree to which the German people supported the Third Reich's criminal policies of war and racial persecution. (HU) Patch

Topics in European History

HIST 229 - Patch

A course offered from time to time depending on student interest and staff availability, on a selected topic or problem in European history. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Winter 2014 Topic:

HIST-229-01: 19th-Century Scandal, Crime and Spectacle (3). This course examines the fascination with scandal and crime in 19th-century Europe. We discuss the nature of scandals, theories of criminality in the 19th century, crime and urbanization, the connection between scandals and political change, and how scandals and ideas about crime were used to articulate new ideas about class, gender and sexuality. Some of the particular topics this class covers include the Diamond Necklace Affair, the Queen Caroline Affair, the trial of Oscar Wilde, and the Jack the Ripper murders. (HU) Horowitz.

History 229-02: Nazism and the Third Reich (3). No prerequisite. This course introduces students to the lively debates among scholars and selected primary sources regarding the causes of the failure of democracy in the Weimar Republic, the mentality of Nazi leaders and followers, the nature of the regime created by them in 1933, the impact of the Third Reich on the position of women in German society, and the degree to which the German people supported the Third Reich's criminal policies of war and racial persecution. (HU) Patch

Nations and Nationalism

HIST 234 - Eastwood

This course examines the rise and global spread of national identity over the last five centuries by considering cases from Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas and using these to test major theories of nationalism from history and the social sciences. Major questions considered include the following: What, if any, are the empirically identifiable relationships between national identity and other major dimensions of "modernization," such as the rise of the modern state and industrial capitalism? Is nationalism a cause, consequence, or victim of "globalization"? Can we construct a theory of the spread of national identity that not only makes sense of macro-level patterns but also articulates clear "microfoundations" and identifiable causal mechanisms?

America in the Gilded Age, 1870-1900

HIST 247 - Senechal

A survey of the transformation of American society under the impact of industrialization and urbanization. It examines how business leaders, workers, farmers, and the middle class attempted to shape the new industrial society to their own purposes. Emphasis is given to social, intellectual, and cultural experiences and to politics.

The Old South to 1860

HIST 262 - Myers

A study of the making of the Old South. Slavery. Antebellum political, economic, social, and cultural developments. The origins and growth of sectionalism.

Topics in United States, Latin American or Canadian History

HIST 269 - McGee

A course offered from time to time, depending on student interest and staff availability, on a selected topic or problem in United States, Latin American or Canadian history. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Spring 2014 Topics:

HIST 269-01: The Freedom Ride. (4). An intensive study of the Civil Rights Movement through the lens of the Freedom Riders. This reading- and writing-intensive four-week study includes a two-week tour of major Civil Rights protest sites in the lower Southern United States. (HU). DeLaney

HIST 269-02: Digital America: A Brief History of the Computer and Modern U.S. Information Society (4). This sprint of a class looks at the birth of the digital computer, traces electronic data processing from the days of mainframes through personal computers and the emergence of today's digital "cloud," and interrogates precisely what a modern "information society" in the United States looks like. Equal parts technology, business, politics, culture, and social theory, the class looks at "information" and how it is has been collected, managed, manipulated, and experienced in America over the past seven decades. (HU) McGee. Spring 2014

 

Winter 2014 Topics:

HIST-269-01: Modern U.S. Business History, Late 19th Century to the Present (3). This seminar in the history of capitalism in the United States focuses on the institutions, individuals, and practices that transformed commerce and industry through waves of industrial, management, post-industrial, and information revolutions. We place this transformation within broader political, social, and cultural context. Topics include entrepreneurship; the rise of new models of firms and corporations; the shifting relationship between state and market; the ways in which businesses and businessmen are portrayed by popular culture; and the often-surprising influences of new technologies, the natural environment, emerging social movements, conflicts over labor and state regulation, shifting political ideologies, and evolution in social thought about the broader place of business in American society. (HU) McGee. HIST-269-02: Blacks in the Age of Jim Crow (3). This course is an intensive examination of southern race relations from 1890 through 1965 which focuses on racial injustice and poverty; black education and entrepreneurship; and the quest for Civil Rights and the white backlash that it provoked. It also focuses on white demagogues and liberals as well as black leaders. (HU) DeLaney. HIST-269-03: Evolution of American Warfare (3). This course examines U.S. military history from the colonial period to the post-9/11 American military experience. Since this is a period of more than four hundred years, the class necessarily limits its focus to major topics and central questions facing the men and women who have fought in American wars. We trace the course of American military history by focusing on three themes: the early development of American military institutions, the evolution of military policy toward civilian populations, and the changing face of battle in which Americans have fought. (HU) Myers.

Fall 2013 Topic:

HIST 269-01: Cancelled

HIST 269-02: Experiencing the American Century: The United States 1945 to Present (3). Prerequisite: Open to any senior, junior or sophomore, and first years who have credit in Hist 107 and 108. A survey of American political, cultural, and social history from 1945 to the present. Explores major events, periods, trends, personages, and concepts associated with the period, and students analyze these themes in broader context. Students engage the historical method and communicate structured arguments effectively (in both written and oral form) using secondary literature and primary documents. (HU) McGee.

Topics in United States, Latin American or Canadian History

HIST 269 - DeLaney

A course offered from time to time, depending on student interest and staff availability, on a selected topic or problem in United States, Latin American or Canadian history. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Spring 2014 Topics:

HIST 269-01: The Freedom Ride. (4). An intensive study of the Civil Rights Movement through the lens of the Freedom Riders. This reading- and writing-intensive four-week study includes a two-week tour of major Civil Rights protest sites in the lower Southern United States. (HU). DeLaney

HIST 269-02: Digital America: A Brief History of the Computer and Modern U.S. Information Society (4). This sprint of a class looks at the birth of the digital computer, traces electronic data processing from the days of mainframes through personal computers and the emergence of today's digital "cloud," and interrogates precisely what a modern "information society" in the United States looks like. Equal parts technology, business, politics, culture, and social theory, the class looks at "information" and how it is has been collected, managed, manipulated, and experienced in America over the past seven decades. (HU) McGee. Spring 2014

 

Winter 2014 Topics:

HIST-269-01: Modern U.S. Business History, Late 19th Century to the Present (3). This seminar in the history of capitalism in the United States focuses on the institutions, individuals, and practices that transformed commerce and industry through waves of industrial, management, post-industrial, and information revolutions. We place this transformation within broader political, social, and cultural context. Topics include entrepreneurship; the rise of new models of firms and corporations; the shifting relationship between state and market; the ways in which businesses and businessmen are portrayed by popular culture; and the often-surprising influences of new technologies, the natural environment, emerging social movements, conflicts over labor and state regulation, shifting political ideologies, and evolution in social thought about the broader place of business in American society. (HU) McGee. HIST-269-02: Blacks in the Age of Jim Crow (3). This course is an intensive examination of southern race relations from 1890 through 1965 which focuses on racial injustice and poverty; black education and entrepreneurship; and the quest for Civil Rights and the white backlash that it provoked. It also focuses on white demagogues and liberals as well as black leaders. (HU) DeLaney. HIST-269-03: Evolution of American Warfare (3). This course examines U.S. military history from the colonial period to the post-9/11 American military experience. Since this is a period of more than four hundred years, the class necessarily limits its focus to major topics and central questions facing the men and women who have fought in American wars. We trace the course of American military history by focusing on three themes: the early development of American military institutions, the evolution of military policy toward civilian populations, and the changing face of battle in which Americans have fought. (HU) Myers.

Fall 2013 Topic:

HIST 269-01: Cancelled

HIST 269-02: Experiencing the American Century: The United States 1945 to Present (3). Prerequisite: Open to any senior, junior or sophomore, and first years who have credit in Hist 107 and 108. A survey of American political, cultural, and social history from 1945 to the present. Explores major events, periods, trends, personages, and concepts associated with the period, and students analyze these themes in broader context. Students engage the historical method and communicate structured arguments effectively (in both written and oral form) using secondary literature and primary documents. (HU) McGee.

Topics in United States, Latin American or Canadian History

HIST 269 - Myers

A course offered from time to time, depending on student interest and staff availability, on a selected topic or problem in United States, Latin American or Canadian history. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Spring 2014 Topics:

HIST 269-01: The Freedom Ride. (4). An intensive study of the Civil Rights Movement through the lens of the Freedom Riders. This reading- and writing-intensive four-week study includes a two-week tour of major Civil Rights protest sites in the lower Southern United States. (HU). DeLaney

HIST 269-02: Digital America: A Brief History of the Computer and Modern U.S. Information Society (4). This sprint of a class looks at the birth of the digital computer, traces electronic data processing from the days of mainframes through personal computers and the emergence of today's digital "cloud," and interrogates precisely what a modern "information society" in the United States looks like. Equal parts technology, business, politics, culture, and social theory, the class looks at "information" and how it is has been collected, managed, manipulated, and experienced in America over the past seven decades. (HU) McGee. Spring 2014

 

Winter 2014 Topics:

HIST-269-01: Modern U.S. Business History, Late 19th Century to the Present (3). This seminar in the history of capitalism in the United States focuses on the institutions, individuals, and practices that transformed commerce and industry through waves of industrial, management, post-industrial, and information revolutions. We place this transformation within broader political, social, and cultural context. Topics include entrepreneurship; the rise of new models of firms and corporations; the shifting relationship between state and market; the ways in which businesses and businessmen are portrayed by popular culture; and the often-surprising influences of new technologies, the natural environment, emerging social movements, conflicts over labor and state regulation, shifting political ideologies, and evolution in social thought about the broader place of business in American society. (HU) McGee. HIST-269-02: Blacks in the Age of Jim Crow (3). This course is an intensive examination of southern race relations from 1890 through 1965 which focuses on racial injustice and poverty; black education and entrepreneurship; and the quest for Civil Rights and the white backlash that it provoked. It also focuses on white demagogues and liberals as well as black leaders. (HU) DeLaney. HIST-269-03: Evolution of American Warfare (3). This course examines U.S. military history from the colonial period to the post-9/11 American military experience. Since this is a period of more than four hundred years, the class necessarily limits its focus to major topics and central questions facing the men and women who have fought in American wars. We trace the course of American military history by focusing on three themes: the early development of American military institutions, the evolution of military policy toward civilian populations, and the changing face of battle in which Americans have fought. (HU) Myers.

Fall 2013 Topic:

HIST 269-01: Cancelled

HIST 269-02: Experiencing the American Century: The United States 1945 to Present (3). Prerequisite: Open to any senior, junior or sophomore, and first years who have credit in Hist 107 and 108. A survey of American political, cultural, and social history from 1945 to the present. Explores major events, periods, trends, personages, and concepts associated with the period, and students analyze these themes in broader context. Students engage the historical method and communicate structured arguments effectively (in both written and oral form) using secondary literature and primary documents. (HU) McGee.

Topics in Asian, African, or Islamic History

HIST 289 - Blecher

A course offered from time to time depending on student interest and staff availability, on a selected topic or problem in Asian or African history. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Winter 2014 Topic:

HIST-289-01: Profit and Prophecy (3). This discussion-intensive course engages the ideals and realities of Islamic commerce, from the 7th century in which Muhammad was reported to have been a merchant, to the roots of modern Islamic banking in the Middle East and South Asia. Through social and intellectual historical inquiry, students investigate a range of themes, including: poverty and charity, economic justice and regulation of merchant capitalism, gender and inheritance, debt, trade with non-Muslims, slavery and wage labor, taxation, usury and gambling. Students learn to take a source-critical approach to Islamic writings in translation, including prophetic literature, commentaries, chronicles and histories. Prior knowledge of Islam or Islamic history is not required. (HU) Blecher.

HIST 289-02: History of South Africa (3). No prerequisite. Survey of the history of South Africa and its neighbors, examining the region both on its own terms and as a part of world history. Topics include the evolution of humans; the arrival of Bantu-speaking peoples; Dutch settlement and British colonization; expansion of the Zulu kingdom; the Anglo-Boer War; colonialism and independence; and the rise and demise of apartheid. (HU) Jennings

Fall 2013 Topic:

HIST 289-01: Modern Islamic Political Thought (3). Perequisite: Open to any senior, junior or sophomore, and first years who have credit in Hist 107 and 108 or Hist 101 and 102. This course investigates Islamic political thought and action from the 18th century to the present in light of Islamic writings on politics from the classical and middle ages. Students learn to approach primary and secondary sources critically on a variety of themes, including: Islamic law and the state; just war and violence; Islamism and democracy; women's participation in the public sphere and in politics; colonialism and the impact of technology and new media in the Middle East and South Asia; blasphemy and free speech; relating to non-Muslims and Muslim minorities in the West; and the changing role of religious education and traditional authority. Blecher.

Topics in Asian, African, or Islamic History

HIST 289 - Jennings

A course offered from time to time depending on student interest and staff availability, on a selected topic or problem in Asian or African history. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Winter 2014 Topic:

HIST-289-01: Profit and Prophecy (3). This discussion-intensive course engages the ideals and realities of Islamic commerce, from the 7th century in which Muhammad was reported to have been a merchant, to the roots of modern Islamic banking in the Middle East and South Asia. Through social and intellectual historical inquiry, students investigate a range of themes, including: poverty and charity, economic justice and regulation of merchant capitalism, gender and inheritance, debt, trade with non-Muslims, slavery and wage labor, taxation, usury and gambling. Students learn to take a source-critical approach to Islamic writings in translation, including prophetic literature, commentaries, chronicles and histories. Prior knowledge of Islam or Islamic history is not required. (HU) Blecher.

HIST 289-02: History of South Africa (3). No prerequisite. Survey of the history of South Africa and its neighbors, examining the region both on its own terms and as a part of world history. Topics include the evolution of humans; the arrival of Bantu-speaking peoples; Dutch settlement and British colonization; expansion of the Zulu kingdom; the Anglo-Boer War; colonialism and independence; and the rise and demise of apartheid. (HU) Jennings

Fall 2013 Topic:

HIST 289-01: Modern Islamic Political Thought (3). Perequisite: Open to any senior, junior or sophomore, and first years who have credit in Hist 107 and 108 or Hist 101 and 102. This course investigates Islamic political thought and action from the 18th century to the present in light of Islamic writings on politics from the classical and middle ages. Students learn to approach primary and secondary sources critically on a variety of themes, including: Islamic law and the state; just war and violence; Islamism and democracy; women's participation in the public sphere and in politics; colonialism and the impact of technology and new media in the Middle East and South Asia; blasphemy and free speech; relating to non-Muslims and Muslim minorities in the West; and the changing role of religious education and traditional authority. Blecher.

Seminar: Topics in History

HIST 295 - Rupke

A seminar offered from time to time depending on student interest and staff availability, in a selected topic or problem in history. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Spring 2014 topic:

HIST 295A-01: Roll Over, Darwin: The Non-Darwinian Tradition in Evolutionary Biology (4). No prerequisite. We begin by discussing the discipline of the history of science and its place in historical scholarship generally. One of the most influential scientific theories is the theory of organic evolution. Its history has largely been written by Darwin and his followers. We shall look at the "Darwin industry" but then additionally explore a revisionist history that incorporates the non-Darwinian approach to the origin of life and species. We look at the scientific facts, the different theories and raise the question "Where were these situated?" "What socio-political purposes and religious connotations did they have?" We end by bringing the historical perspective to bear on today's ongoing controversies about evolution theory. (HU) Rupke.

HIST 295B-01 Rise to World Power, 1776-1920 (4). In the late 18th century, the newly-independent United States was one of the weakest nations in the world. By the early 20th century, it was one of the most powerful. This course, in the history of U.S. foreign relations from 1776 to 1920, explores how and why this dramatic shift occurred. In the process, it emphasizes the interrelationship between domestic and foreign affairs within that history, as well as the origins and evolution of key American diplomatic principles, documents and doctrines. The course also explores the beliefs Americans developed about their place in the world, their expansion across an entire continent, their acquisition of an overseas empire, and the causes and consequences of their participation in armed conflicts from the War for Independence through World War I. Stoler. Spring 2014

Winter 2014 topic:

HIST-295-02: Science and the Supernatural (3). In modern -- especially late-modern -- times, science has become the adjudicator of truth: truth in terms of fact and law-like rationality. The result has been a retreat of the occult, of many superstitions, and the uncovering of fallacies and frauds. Yet large sectors of modern society have remained enamored of the paranormal. Even scientific practitioners themselves, including Nobel Laureates, have kept alive a belief in telepathy, precognition and such phenomena. Equally persistent, especially in religious circles, has been the conviction that miracles do happen; again, great scientists and medical practitioners have supported such notions. In this course, we explore the fascinating history of the uneasy relationship between science and its contested boundaries where fact and fiction overlap. (HU) Rupke.

Fall 2013 Topic:

HIST 295-01: Seminar: Animal experimentation and animal rights in historical perspective (3). Prerequiste: Open to any senior, junior or sophomore, and first years who have credit in Hist 107 and 108 or Hist 101 and 102. In this course we deal with the place of animals in Western society. More particularly, we trace the history of the use of animals as living objects of laboratory experimentation and explore the controversies that vivisectional practices have engendered. Do animals have rights? What to think of animal liberation activism? To what extent has animal experimentation been essential to the progress of science, especially medical science? We look at these questions in the wider context of humane movements, and of societies that have been established for the prevention of cruelty to animals. Students with sufficient background may engage this course in more depth for credit as HIST 395-02, with instructor consent. Rupke.

Seminar on Nazism and the Third Reich

HIST 312 - Patch

Common readings introduce students to some of the most lively debates among scholars about the causes of the failure of democracy in the Weimar Republic, the mentality of Nazi leaders and followers, the nature of the regime created by the Nazis in 1933, the impact of the Third Reich on the position of women in German society, and the degree to which the German people supported this regime's policies of war and racial persecution. Students develop a research topic related to one of these debates for analysis in a substantial research paper utilizing both primary and secondary sources.

Seminar in Russian History

HIST 322 - Bidlack

Selected topics in Russian history, including but not limited to heroes and villains, Soviet biography, Stalin and Stalinism, the USSR in the Second World War and origins of the Cold War, the KGB, and the decline and fall of the Soviet Union and the re-emergence of Russia. May be repeated for degree and major credit if the topics are different.

Winter 2014 topic:

HIST 322: The USSR in the Second World War and Origins of the Cold War (3). This seminar covers the actions of the Soviet state and people during the Second World War, 1939-1945, and during the early stages of the Cold War up through 1953. (HU)  

Seminar on the Origins of the Constitution

HIST 364 - Merchant

An examination of the historical origins and development to 1791 of the Federal Constitution, including English and colonial backgrounds, state constitutions, the Articles of Confederation, drafting and ratification of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Seminar: The Struggle Over China's Environment

HIST 387 - Bello

The course covers the more recent periods of China's so-called "3,000 years of unsustainable growth" from about A.D. 618 into the present. Themes focus on China's historical experience with sedentary agriculture, fossil fuel and nuclear energy, wildlife and forest management, disease, water control, and major construction projects like the Great Wall.

Directed Individual Study

HIST 403 - Patch

A course which permits the student to follow a program of directed reading or research in an area not covered in other courses. May be repeated for degree credit each term of the junior and senior year.

Winter 2014 topic:

HIST 403-03: From Rhodesia to Zimbabwe (3). Focused independent study of major transitions in the late 20th-century history of what is now called Zimbabwe: from the British colony of Southern Rhodesia to the unrecognized white minority-ruled state of Rhodesia (1965) and from Rhodesia to the independent Republic of Zimbabwe (1980). Jennings

Directed Individual Study

HIST 403 - Peterson

A course which permits the student to follow a program of directed reading or research in an area not covered in other courses. May be repeated for degree credit each term of the junior and senior year.

Winter 2014 topic:

HIST 403-03: From Rhodesia to Zimbabwe (3). Focused independent study of major transitions in the late 20th-century history of what is now called Zimbabwe: from the British colony of Southern Rhodesia to the unrecognized white minority-ruled state of Rhodesia (1965) and from Rhodesia to the independent Republic of Zimbabwe (1980). Jennings

Directed Individual Study

HIST 403 - Jennings

A course which permits the student to follow a program of directed reading or research in an area not covered in other courses. May be repeated for degree credit each term of the junior and senior year.

Winter 2014 topic:

HIST 403-03: From Rhodesia to Zimbabwe (3). Focused independent study of major transitions in the late 20th-century history of what is now called Zimbabwe: from the British colony of Southern Rhodesia to the unrecognized white minority-ruled state of Rhodesia (1965) and from Rhodesia to the independent Republic of Zimbabwe (1980). Jennings

Honors Thesis

HIST 493 - Merchant

Honors Thesis.

Honors Thesis

HIST 493 - Myers

Honors Thesis.

Honors Thesis

HIST 493 - DeLaney

Honors Thesis.


Fall 2013

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European Civilization, 1500-1789

HIST 101 - Patch (Multiple Sections)

The rise of capitalism, Renaissance and Reformation, the age of absolutism, and the Enlightenment.

China: Origins to 20th-Century Reforms

HIST 103 - Bello

China's history embodies the full range of experience -as domain of imperial dynasties, target of imperial aggression, dissident member of the cold war Communist bloc, and current regional superpower in East Asia. This course tracks these transitions in political and social organization that, among other things, terminated history's longest lasting monarchical system, ignited two of its largest revolutions, began World War II and produced the most populous nation on earth. A wide range of cultural, political and intellectual stereotypes of China are challenged in the process of exploring its particular historical experience.

History of the United States to 1876

HIST 107 - Myers, Senechal (Multiple Sections)

A survey of United States history from the colonial period through Reconstruction with emphasis on the American Revolution, the formation of the Constitution, the rise of parties, western expansion, the slavery controversy, sectionalism, secession, Civil War and Reconstruction.

Latin America: Mayas to Independence

HIST 130 - Gildner

An introduction to the "Indian" and Iberian people active from Florida to California through Central and South America between 1450 and 1750.

FS: First-Year Seminar

HIST 180 - McGee

Topics vary by term and instructor.

Fall 2013 Topics:

HIST 180-01: FS: The Great Depression (3). First-Year Seminar. Prerequisite: First-Year standing. The focus of this seminar is one of the most tumultuous periods in American history -- the years surrounding the Great Depression. Through readings, period films, and in-class discussion students examine the political, economic, social, and cultural history of 1930s America while also exploring the legacy and effects of that period on the modern United States. This discussion-based seminar entails weekly readings. Students discuss primary documents that trace the origins and context of the stock market crash and economic crisis, the societal and humanitarian effects of the Depression, present the political and cultural responses by New Deal reformers and others to address the crisis, and place the transformation of the U.S. from 1929 to 1941 within a context of rising international tension. Class projects and writing assignments are designed to introduce students both to this complex period and the general practice of history as practiced at the college level. (HU) McGee. Fall 2013

HIST 180-02: FS: Paris in the 19th Century (3). This course investigates the political and cultural history of Paris in the 19th century, focusing on the construction of Paris as a city embodying modernity. We discuss the appeal of Paris in both the 19th and 21st centuries, as well as how Paris became the political and cultural capital of Europe in the period after the French Revolution. Topics include immigration, political unrest, the rebuilding of the city under Napoleon III, urban spectatorship and consumer culture, and the birth of the avant-garde. (HU) Horowitz. Fall 2013

FS: First-Year Seminar

HIST 180 - Horowitz

Topics vary by term and instructor.

Fall 2013 Topics:

HIST 180-01: FS: The Great Depression (3). First-Year Seminar. Prerequisite: First-Year standing. The focus of this seminar is one of the most tumultuous periods in American history -- the years surrounding the Great Depression. Through readings, period films, and in-class discussion students examine the political, economic, social, and cultural history of 1930s America while also exploring the legacy and effects of that period on the modern United States. This discussion-based seminar entails weekly readings. Students discuss primary documents that trace the origins and context of the stock market crash and economic crisis, the societal and humanitarian effects of the Depression, present the political and cultural responses by New Deal reformers and others to address the crisis, and place the transformation of the U.S. from 1929 to 1941 within a context of rising international tension. Class projects and writing assignments are designed to introduce students both to this complex period and the general practice of history as practiced at the college level. (HU) McGee. Fall 2013

HIST 180-02: FS: Paris in the 19th Century (3). This course investigates the political and cultural history of Paris in the 19th century, focusing on the construction of Paris as a city embodying modernity. We discuss the appeal of Paris in both the 19th and 21st centuries, as well as how Paris became the political and cultural capital of Europe in the period after the French Revolution. Topics include immigration, political unrest, the rebuilding of the city under Napoleon III, urban spectatorship and consumer culture, and the birth of the avant-garde. (HU) Horowitz. Fall 2013

Topics in History for First-years and Sophomores

HIST 195 - Rupke

Selected topic or problem in history. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Spring 2014 topic:

HIST 195: Introductory Seminar on Thomas Jefferson (4). A seminar focusing on the life and times of Thomas Jefferson: planter, slave owner, husband, father, author, legislator, diplomat, Secretary of State, Vice President, President, sage. It devotes much of its attention to his two terms as president and also examines his life before his election to the presidency in 1801 and after the expiration of his second term in office. We analyze his strengths and weaknesses, his successes and failures, and his legacy. Includes readings in primary and secondary sources, discussion, weekly essays, and optional tours of Monticello and Poplar Forest. (HU) Merchant. Spring 2014

Winter 2014 topic:

HIST-195: Race and Ethnicity in Latin America (3). This course examines the history of race and ethnicity in Latin America from the colonial past to the republican present. We focus on the origin and evolution of these contentious concepts and also explore how they operated in distinct local-historical contexts, generating social exclusion and, paradoxically, political inclusion. (HU) Gildner.

Fall 2013 topic:

HIST 195-01: Animal Behavior and Human Morality, 1800-present (3). This course deals with the history of the study of animal behavior in its bearing on human morality, from the beginning of the professionalization of the subject around 1800 till the present day. Time and again, tentative connections have been and are being made between the ways animals behave and how humans conduct themselves, thus conferring legitimacy on shared traits. The line of argument in making these linkages is simple and straightforward: if animals behave in certain ways, these ways are natural and therefore beyond reproach; if humans share these traits, they, too, are free of blame. Issues of gender and sexuality traditionally have been at the center of these considerations, but also marriage, the family, slavery, systems of government (monarchy, republic, etc.) have been argued for or against on the basis of animal examples. (HU) Rupke.

Europe in the Early Middle Ages, 325-1198

HIST 201 - Peterson

Examines, through lectures and discussions, the culture and society of late Roman antiquity, the rise of Christianity and the formation of the Western church, Europe's relations with Byzantium and Islam, Germanic culture, monasticism, Charlemagne's empire, the Vikings, feudalism, manorialism, agriculture and the rise of commerce, gender roles and family structures, warfare and the Crusades, the growth of the papacy and feudal monarchies, the conflict between church and state, the revival of legal studies and theology, and the development of chivalric and romantic ideals in the cultural renewal of the 11th and 12th centuries.

France: Old Regime and Revolution

HIST 208 - Horowitz (Multiple Sections)

Historical study of France from the reign of Louis XIV to the Revolution, tracing the changes to French society, culture and politics in the 17th and 18th centuries. Topics include absolutism under Louis XIV, the Enlightenment, socioeconomic changes during the 18th century, and the Revolution.

International Relations, 1815-1918: Europe and the World

HIST 223 - Patch

Topics include the "Metternich system" for maintaining peace, strains in that system caused by the rise of nationalism, European relations with Africa and Asia during the era of Free Trade, the dramatic expansion of Europe's colonial empires in the late-19th century (with special emphasis on the partition of Africa), the development of rival alliance systems within Europe, and the causes of the First World War. Our goal is to understand the causes of international conflict and the most successful strategies for maintaining peace.

U.S.-Latin American Relations from 1825 to Present

HIST 233 - Gildner

Examines the historical interaction between Latin America and the United States from Spanish American Independence in 1825 to the present. Explores the political, social, cultural, economic, and ecological dimensions of this relationship, focusing on such key themes as imperialism, development, military-state relations, the environment, the war on drugs, science and technology, and human rights.

Anthropology of American History

HIST 238 - Bell

This course explores issues within historic American communities that ethnographers often investigate among living groups, including cultural values, religious ideologies, class structures, kinship networks, gender roles, and interethnic relations. Although the communities of interest in this course ceased to exist generations ago, many of their characteristic dynamics are accessible through such means as archaeology, architectural history, and the study of documents. Case studies include early English settlement in Plymouth, Mass.; the 18th-century plantation world of Virginia and South Carolina; the post-Revolutionary Maine frontier and 19th-century California.

The United States, 1789-1840

HIST 242 - Merchant

The political, constitutional, economic and social history of the United States from the beginning of Washington's first term as president to the end of Van Buren's only term. Launching the Republic; Hamiltonian economic program; the first party system; the Revolution of 1800, the second war for independence; the second party system; westward expansion; Nullification; the Bank War; and the second Great Awakening.

Gay and Lesbian Life in 20th-Century United States

HIST 253 - DeLaney

An intensive study of the gay and lesbian experience, with some focus on bisexual and transgendered persons. This course also traces social perceptions of homosexuality from the beginning of the 20th century through the cultural and religious wars of the early 21st century.

History of Women in America, 1609-1870

HIST 257 - Senechal

An examination of women's social, political, cultural and economic positions in America through the immediate post-Civil War. Changes in women's education, legal status, position in the family, and participation in the work force with emphasis on the diversity of women's experience, especially the manner in which class and race influenced women's lives. The growth of organized women's rights.

The History of the African-American People to 1877

HIST 259 - DeLaney

An intensive study of the African-American experience from the colonial period through Reconstruction. Special emphasis is given to the slave experience, free blacks, black abolitionists, development of African-American culture, Emancipation, Black Reconstruction, and racial attitudes.

Topics in United States, Latin American or Canadian History

HIST 269 - McGee

A course offered from time to time, depending on student interest and staff availability, on a selected topic or problem in United States, Latin American or Canadian history. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Spring 2014 Topics:

HIST 269-01: The Freedom Ride. (4). An intensive study of the Civil Rights Movement through the lens of the Freedom Riders. This reading- and writing-intensive four-week study includes a two-week tour of major Civil Rights protest sites in the lower Southern United States. (HU). DeLaney

HIST 269-02: Digital America: A Brief History of the Computer and Modern U.S. Information Society (4). This sprint of a class looks at the birth of the digital computer, traces electronic data processing from the days of mainframes through personal computers and the emergence of today's digital "cloud," and interrogates precisely what a modern "information society" in the United States looks like. Equal parts technology, business, politics, culture, and social theory, the class looks at "information" and how it is has been collected, managed, manipulated, and experienced in America over the past seven decades. (HU) McGee. Spring 2014

 

Winter 2014 Topics:

HIST-269-01: Modern U.S. Business History, Late 19th Century to the Present (3). This seminar in the history of capitalism in the United States focuses on the institutions, individuals, and practices that transformed commerce and industry through waves of industrial, management, post-industrial, and information revolutions. We place this transformation within broader political, social, and cultural context. Topics include entrepreneurship; the rise of new models of firms and corporations; the shifting relationship between state and market; the ways in which businesses and businessmen are portrayed by popular culture; and the often-surprising influences of new technologies, the natural environment, emerging social movements, conflicts over labor and state regulation, shifting political ideologies, and evolution in social thought about the broader place of business in American society. (HU) McGee. HIST-269-02: Blacks in the Age of Jim Crow (3). This course is an intensive examination of southern race relations from 1890 through 1965 which focuses on racial injustice and poverty; black education and entrepreneurship; and the quest for Civil Rights and the white backlash that it provoked. It also focuses on white demagogues and liberals as well as black leaders. (HU) DeLaney. HIST-269-03: Evolution of American Warfare (3). This course examines U.S. military history from the colonial period to the post-9/11 American military experience. Since this is a period of more than four hundred years, the class necessarily limits its focus to major topics and central questions facing the men and women who have fought in American wars. We trace the course of American military history by focusing on three themes: the early development of American military institutions, the evolution of military policy toward civilian populations, and the changing face of battle in which Americans have fought. (HU) Myers.

Fall 2013 Topic:

HIST 269-01: Cancelled

HIST 269-02: Experiencing the American Century: The United States 1945 to Present (3). Prerequisite: Open to any senior, junior or sophomore, and first years who have credit in Hist 107 and 108. A survey of American political, cultural, and social history from 1945 to the present. Explores major events, periods, trends, personages, and concepts associated with the period, and students analyze these themes in broader context. Students engage the historical method and communicate structured arguments effectively (in both written and oral form) using secondary literature and primary documents. (HU) McGee.

East Africa: A Thousand Years

HIST 273 - Jennings

Detailed study of East Africa (the area today occupied by Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda) during the past millennium. Topics include the Swahili city-states of the coast, farming and herding societies of the Rift Valley, Great Lakes kingdoms, Zanzibar Sultanate, European colonial rule, and successes and failures of modern nation-states.

Visions of Japan's Empire in East Asia: 19th-Century Origins through World War II

HIST 284 - Bello

Japan's 19th-century imperial system ensured its status as the only major non-western "great power" in the first half of the 20th century. Within the space of its fifty years of existence (1895-1945), imperial Japan underwent radical political, social and cultural transformations that had equally profound effects on East Asian and world history, culminating in World War II. The course explores these distinctive transformations, which constitute Japan's theory and practice of political and cultural imperialism, through an analysis of text and image, from which the class constructs a website.

Topics in Asian, African, or Islamic History

HIST 289 - Blecher

A course offered from time to time depending on student interest and staff availability, on a selected topic or problem in Asian or African history. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Winter 2014 Topic:

HIST-289-01: Profit and Prophecy (3). This discussion-intensive course engages the ideals and realities of Islamic commerce, from the 7th century in which Muhammad was reported to have been a merchant, to the roots of modern Islamic banking in the Middle East and South Asia. Through social and intellectual historical inquiry, students investigate a range of themes, including: poverty and charity, economic justice and regulation of merchant capitalism, gender and inheritance, debt, trade with non-Muslims, slavery and wage labor, taxation, usury and gambling. Students learn to take a source-critical approach to Islamic writings in translation, including prophetic literature, commentaries, chronicles and histories. Prior knowledge of Islam or Islamic history is not required. (HU) Blecher.

HIST 289-02: History of South Africa (3). No prerequisite. Survey of the history of South Africa and its neighbors, examining the region both on its own terms and as a part of world history. Topics include the evolution of humans; the arrival of Bantu-speaking peoples; Dutch settlement and British colonization; expansion of the Zulu kingdom; the Anglo-Boer War; colonialism and independence; and the rise and demise of apartheid. (HU) Jennings

Fall 2013 Topic:

HIST 289-01: Modern Islamic Political Thought (3). Perequisite: Open to any senior, junior or sophomore, and first years who have credit in Hist 107 and 108 or Hist 101 and 102. This course investigates Islamic political thought and action from the 18th century to the present in light of Islamic writings on politics from the classical and middle ages. Students learn to approach primary and secondary sources critically on a variety of themes, including: Islamic law and the state; just war and violence; Islamism and democracy; women's participation in the public sphere and in politics; colonialism and the impact of technology and new media in the Middle East and South Asia; blasphemy and free speech; relating to non-Muslims and Muslim minorities in the West; and the changing role of religious education and traditional authority. Blecher.

Seminar: Topics in History

HIST 295 - Rupke

A seminar offered from time to time depending on student interest and staff availability, in a selected topic or problem in history. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Spring 2014 topic:

HIST 295A-01: Roll Over, Darwin: The Non-Darwinian Tradition in Evolutionary Biology (4). No prerequisite. We begin by discussing the discipline of the history of science and its place in historical scholarship generally. One of the most influential scientific theories is the theory of organic evolution. Its history has largely been written by Darwin and his followers. We shall look at the "Darwin industry" but then additionally explore a revisionist history that incorporates the non-Darwinian approach to the origin of life and species. We look at the scientific facts, the different theories and raise the question "Where were these situated?" "What socio-political purposes and religious connotations did they have?" We end by bringing the historical perspective to bear on today's ongoing controversies about evolution theory. (HU) Rupke.

HIST 295B-01 Rise to World Power, 1776-1920 (4). In the late 18th century, the newly-independent United States was one of the weakest nations in the world. By the early 20th century, it was one of the most powerful. This course, in the history of U.S. foreign relations from 1776 to 1920, explores how and why this dramatic shift occurred. In the process, it emphasizes the interrelationship between domestic and foreign affairs within that history, as well as the origins and evolution of key American diplomatic principles, documents and doctrines. The course also explores the beliefs Americans developed about their place in the world, their expansion across an entire continent, their acquisition of an overseas empire, and the causes and consequences of their participation in armed conflicts from the War for Independence through World War I. Stoler. Spring 2014

Winter 2014 topic:

HIST-295-02: Science and the Supernatural (3). In modern -- especially late-modern -- times, science has become the adjudicator of truth: truth in terms of fact and law-like rationality. The result has been a retreat of the occult, of many superstitions, and the uncovering of fallacies and frauds. Yet large sectors of modern society have remained enamored of the paranormal. Even scientific practitioners themselves, including Nobel Laureates, have kept alive a belief in telepathy, precognition and such phenomena. Equally persistent, especially in religious circles, has been the conviction that miracles do happen; again, great scientists and medical practitioners have supported such notions. In this course, we explore the fascinating history of the uneasy relationship between science and its contested boundaries where fact and fiction overlap. (HU) Rupke.

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HIST 295-01: Seminar: Animal experimentation and animal rights in historical perspective (3). Prerequiste: Open to any senior, junior or sophomore, and first years who have credit in Hist 107 and 108 or Hist 101 and 102. In this course we deal with the place of animals in Western society. More particularly, we trace the history of the use of animals as living objects of laboratory experimentation and explore the controversies that vivisectional practices have engendered. Do animals have rights? What to think of animal liberation activism? To what extent has animal experimentation been essential to the progress of science, especially medical science? We look at these questions in the wider context of humane movements, and of societies that have been established for the prevention of cruelty to animals. Students with sufficient background may engage this course in more depth for credit as HIST 395-02, with instructor consent. Rupke.

Seminar on The United States, 1840-1860

HIST 344 - Myers

An intensive examination of the sectional conflict: the Mexican War, Manifest Destiny, slavery and the territories, the abolition movement, the failure of compromise, and secession. Emphasis on the study of primary sources and class discussion of assigned reading.

Seminar: Congo, Rwanda, and The Modern World

HIST 377 - Jennings

Examines how this seemingly remote region became the inspiration for the first modern human rights campaign, the source of the uranium used to build the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, a hot spot in the Cold War, and the setting for a genocide that spilled over into an "African World War" fueled by intricate links between African resources and the global economy.

Advanced Seminar

HIST 395 - Rupke

A seminar offered from time to time depending on student interest and staff availability, in a selected topic or problem in history. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Fall 2013 topics:

HIST 395-02: Seminar: Animal experimentation and animal rights in historical perspective (3). Prerequisite: Instructor consent. In this course we deal with the place of animals in Western society. More particularly, we trace the history of the use of animals as living objects of laboratory experimentation and explore the controversies that vivisectional practices have engendered. Do animals have rights? What to think of animal liberation activism? To what extent has animal experimentation been essential to the progress of science, especially medical science? We look at these questions in the wider context of humane movements, and of societies that have been established for the prevention of cruelty to animals.  (HU) Rupke.

Directed Individual Study

HIST 403 - DeLaney

A course which permits the student to follow a program of directed reading or research in an area not covered in other courses. May be repeated for degree credit each term of the junior and senior year.

Winter 2014 topic:

HIST 403-03: From Rhodesia to Zimbabwe (3). Focused independent study of major transitions in the late 20th-century history of what is now called Zimbabwe: from the British colony of Southern Rhodesia to the unrecognized white minority-ruled state of Rhodesia (1965) and from Rhodesia to the independent Republic of Zimbabwe (1980). Jennings

Directed Individual Study

HIST 403 - DeLaney

A course which permits the student to follow a program of directed reading or research in an area not covered in other courses. May be repeated for degree credit each term of the junior and senior year.

Winter 2014 topic:

HIST 403-03: From Rhodesia to Zimbabwe (3). Focused independent study of major transitions in the late 20th-century history of what is now called Zimbabwe: from the British colony of Southern Rhodesia to the unrecognized white minority-ruled state of Rhodesia (1965) and from Rhodesia to the independent Republic of Zimbabwe (1980). Jennings

Honors Thesis

HIST 493 - DeLaney

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Honors Thesis

HIST 493 - Merchant

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Honors Thesis

HIST 493 - Myers

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Honors Thesis

HIST 493 - DeLaney

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