All History Courses

The History Department offers a variety of courses at all levels. Below is a list of recently offered courses. Not all of these courses are offered in any given year, and there may be other courses offered some years. Check the course schedules/descriptions available via the Registrar's Office for the current term's offerings. For the most up to date information, consult the instructor.

HIS 100 Gateway to History: Topics course

History 200 is an introduction to historical practice – what professional historians actually do. It is a requirement for history majors, but we encourage all interested undergraduates to enroll. The class is a small seminar, devoted largely to discussion of primary texts. A final research paper of about ten pages length is required. Juniors and seniors can only register with instructor’s permission. Each section of this course will be organized around a particular theme - please see term description for details.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

HIS 101 The Ancient World

The course introduces European history by examining the civilizations of the ancient world: the cultures of Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece and Rome. We will study multiple aspects of these cultures with a focus on the emergence of the city and its social, political and economic makeup, as seen through a variety of sources from texts and material culture. Students will become aware of the dimension of historiography; that is, how we have come to interpret these peoples today.

Last Offered: Summer 2014

HIS 102 The West and the World to 1500

While exploring the history of Europe and its neighbors from the ancient to the medieval period, this course focuses on how people borrowed from, adapted, and reconciled various ideas to suit their own needs to form, over time, a coherent set of cultural values. To this end, we will consider several themes throughout the semester, including changing models of political organization, ideas of individual rights and responsibilities, attitudes towards women and 'outsiders’, and understandings of nature and of divine power.

Last Offered: Fall 2016

HIS 103 The West and the World since 1492

A thematic survey of European history during the period of Europe's rise to and fall from global dominance. It follows roughly on History 101 but does not assume that you have taken it. The reading consists of important philosophical, political, and literary works and documents, supplemented by a textbook.

Last Offered: Spring 2015

HIS 104 The Ancient City

This course examines the phenomenon of urbanism in the ancient Mediterranean world. After a brief consideration of the rise of cities in the Near East and Egypt, the course focuses on the cities and colonies of ancient Greece and of the Roman Empire, with special attention devoted to Athens and Rome. Topics covered include town planning, public and private spaces and building types, urban life, and colonization, as seen through the archaeological remains of cities located around the Mediterranean basin and beyond.

Last Offered: Summer 2010

HIS 105 Justice and Equality

What is justice? Is it universal or does it vary across cultures and over time? Does justice require equality? If so, equality of what? What steps must we take to become more just and more egalitarian? What can art tell us about justice? What can justice tell us about art? The world’s most powerful minds have wrestled with these questions, and the answers they have posed shape our contemporary global debates. In this unique course, taught by multiple faculty from across the humanities and social sciences, we will consider different conceptions of justice and equality, with special attention to their relevance to the contemporary moment. Beginning with Plato’s Republic , we will address works by such thinkers as Rousseau, Mary Wollstonecraft, Franz Fanon, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, and Martin Luther King. Students and faculty from multiple sections of this course will occasionally meet as one group to analyze how different disciplines confront these complex topics. Outside speakers will also address the course.

Last Offered: Fall 2014

HIS 106 Witchcraft and Witch Hunts, 1400-1800

During the Renaissance and Reformation, many people throughout Europe became convinced that society was threatened by conspiracies of witches. The resulting panics led to the execution of thousands of people, mostly lower-class women. The course delves into intellectual, cultural and social history to explain how and why this happened, with discussion of both broad trends and local factors. As we will see, responses to witchcraft reflected major changes in European society, culture, and politics that lent new meanings to traditional ideas about witches, possession, and malefice and enabled the systematic condemnation of certain groups of people. The ways in which these ideas were mobilized in individual communities and the reasons for doing so varied widely, however, and we will therefore closely examine several specific examples of witch hunts in order to better understand why they were appealing to so many, why they flourished for a time, and why they ultimately faded.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 107 The City: Contested Spaces

What does it mean to live in a city? Can you reshape people’s lives by redesigning city spaces? How do city dwellers, architects, politicians, and others interact with and appropriate their own urban past? This interdisciplinary course will introduce students to different ways of looking at cities, framing them as the contested products of a range of human actions. Through an in-depth examination of four complex urban environments – Chicago, Istanbul, Delhi, and Rome – we will learn about the interplay between space, aesthetics, time, memory, and power. Weekly lectures by an anthropologist, an architect, and a historian will complement discussions of film, historical documents, fiction, and relevant case studies. In addition to writing four short papers, students will hone their analytical skills by observing urban life and form with a series of field studies in the city of Rochester.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 108 History of Mortality

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Last Offered: Spring 2017

HIS 109 Introduction to Archaeology

This course introduces the student to the field of archaeology through three units of study: 1) The history of excavation from ancient to modern times, 2) The techniques of excavation and the analysis of material remains, 3) Modern theories of cultural interpretation of archaeological sites. We will discuss the value of archaeological approaches to the fields of anthropology, history, architectural and art history, religious and classical studies. Much of the instruction will be illustrated by case studies of sites; although the view will be global, there will be a concentration in Old World material from prehistory to the early modern period. Students will be required to write three essays, with subjects selected from each of the three course units.

Last Offered: Spring 2016

HIS 110 The Making of Modern Africa

This course uses film, novel, and historical studies to examine the following themes in the making of modern Africa: the forging of new national identities, creation of wage laborers, and the restructuring of agricultural work, gender, and social age. Students will also explore how African women and men, from their homes and workplaces, and as part of nationalist or national liberation movements during and after the Cold War, have sought to redefine their place in the global economy against the backdrop of new opportunities and challenges presented by the HIV/AIDS pandemic, hunger, international debt, and engagement with China.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 111 The African Diaspora

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Last Offered: Fall 2012

HIS 112 Introduction to African Religions of the Diaspora

This course introduces students to the development of African religions in the Americas, Caribbean, and Canada. Religious traditions such as Africanized Christianity, Santería, Candomblé, Vodun, and Spiritual Baptists will be explored. The course not only provides students with a historical overview of each tradition, but it also explores theological frameworks, doctrinal principles, and ritual activities related to each tradition. Class format includes lectures, discussions, and films.

Last Offered: Fall 2015

HIS 115 N/A

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Last Offered: Fall 2011

HIS 116 N/A

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Last Offered: Spring 2013

HIS 116A N/A

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Last Offered: Summer 2014

HIS 117 N/A

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Last Offered: Spring 2010

HIS 118 CITIES & URBANISM IN PRE-COLUMBIAN MESOAMERICAN AND THE ANDES

The discipline of archaeology can make unique contributions to our understanding of urbanism and daily life given its ability to examine long-term processes of development and change. The goal of this course is to provide an introduction and overview of urbanism as exemplified by the indigenous cities of the New World (e.g. Mesoamerica and South America). While regional differences will be discussed, we will focus mainly on identifying the theoretical issues that intersect all of the regions we will be studying.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 119 N/A

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HIS 120 Cultural History of Ancient Greece

In this course we will survey the unique military, political, and economic history of ancient Greece from the Bronze Age to the death of Alexander the Great. In addition, and more unusually, we will look at ancient Greece's rich cultural and social history.

Last Offered: Fall 2016

HIS 121 The Roman World

The course offers a comprehensive account of the history of Rome. It first deals with her humble beginnings as a small city-state in central Italy, continuing with the process of Roman hegemony in the Italian peninsula and the Mediterranean world, and ending with the times that led to the fall of the Roman Empire in the west in AD 476. Students will be introduced to the analysis of written and archaeological sources in order to answer the basic question, How do we know about the Romans? Thus, the analysis of the evidence will be the foundation to discuss major topics of Roman civilization. For example, an examination of the city of Pompeii will allow us to reconstruct the daily life of a wealthy Roman city, and the first Roman emperor Augustus' written statement of his own political and military achievements provides us with evidence for the transition from a republican to an imperial form of government.

Last Offered: Fall 2015

HIS 122 Medieval Europe

This course introduces students to the world of medieval Europe, roughly 500-1500 C.E. The role of religion will be a central theme in this study of the so-called “Christian Middle Ages,” as well as the ordering structures borrowed and adapted from Roman and so-called barbarian cultures. We will examine how medieval Europeans dealt with social, cultural, and economic change and will study reactions to the “Others” on the margins and in their midst: heretics, Muslims, and Jews. Students will be exposed to some of the principal historical debates about the period, as well as the major types of primary sources available in English translation, and will develop facility in reading, analyzing, and interpreting both primary and secondary sources.

Last Offered: Spring 2016

HIS 123 A World Reborn and Reformed: Europe, 1450-1700

The centuries from 1400 to 1800 are often described as the birth of modern Europe. In this course, we will examine this period both as a precursor to our times and on its own terms. We will look both at well-known developments—Renaissance, Reformation, colonization, absolutism, and Enlightenment—and at the ways in which regular people navigated the religious, social, economic, and political transformations that upended their everyday lives. Through these topics, we will determine what is both ‘early’ and ‘modern’ about the period from a variety of perspectives.

Last Offered: Spring 2014

HIS 124 Modern Europe

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Last Offered: Fall 2014

HIS 125 Vikings

The Viking age lasted a few short centuries and ended a long time ago, approximately in 1100. Who were the Vikings? How did they live? What made them travel such vast distances? In this course we will explore the world of the Vikings, their religious beliefs, family life, technology, law, and literature. We will read their sagas and myths, listen to their music, and watch documentaries that bring to life their ships and villages.

Last Offered: Fall 2016

HIS 126 Hitler's Germany, 1914-1945

This course revolves around the most essential question in modern German history: was Hitler's regime particular to Germany, German culture, and German society, or was merely the manifestation of an immanent quality in all modern nation states? What does it mean to compare any political figure to Hitler? Was his kind of "evil" suis generis or dangerously banal? This course places the rise and fall of the Nazi Party and Hitler in the longer duree of German history, from the Second Empire and WWI, to Weimar, the Nazi State, and the Two Germanys of the Cold War.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

HIS 127 Foundations of Medieval France

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Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 128 Postwar Europe

Until the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the past, present, and future of postwar Europe appeared permanently divided, dominated by an inevitable ideological clash. Collapse of the Iron Curtain, however, required a dramatic re-examination, as the once immutable Cold War now appeared more as a post-war parenthesis. This course examines Europe since Zero Hour 1945 as a singular space—one dominated by superpowers, riven by cultural and economic competition, yet also struggling with its past and reimagining its future.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 130 Russian Civilization

Russian Civilization from its beginnings a thousand years ago to the present day. Each unit will cover historical and cultural background as well as literary texts. We will examine important national "myths" (narratives with a variable connection to the historical record) that govern the Russians' understanding of their history and culture, including: the Golden Age of Kiev, Moscow as the Third Rome, and the myths surrounding the city of Petersburg. We will analyze traditional tensions in Russian civilization which prevail today, such as those between: chaos and order, foreign influence and a strong national identity, innovation and tradition, and between radical skepticism and faith. Readings will include: Russian fairy tales and saints' lives, excerpts from the autobiography of the 17th century heretic Avvakum, tales by Pushkin and Gogol, one of Dostoevsky's most powerful and influential novels ("The Devils/Possessed"), and a wide range of materials from the twentieth century. In English.

Last Offered: Spring 2015

HIS 131 Russia to 1692

This course focuses on the history of Kievan Rus beginning with the official conversion to Byzantine Christianity (988), the period of Mongol rule over Russia, the rise of the city of Moscow to a dominant position among the Russian principalities, and Muscovite society, politics, and economics in the 1500s and 1600s. We will examine the origins of Russian serfdom and Russian autocracy, Muscovite relations with other societies, including England, the role of witches in Muscovite society, and many other topics. We will also be studying the history of the 'Rus' as it intertwines with the history of two neighboring Slavic peoples, the Poles and Ukrainians.

HIS 132 Imperial Russia

This course examines the history of the Russian Empire from the reign of Peter the Great (1692-1725) to the revolutions of 1917. Students will read primary sources in translation, academic articles, and a survey text. About one-half of class time will be devoted to discussion of the readings. Topics will include Peter's westernization of Russian elites and the costs thereof, the Pugachev rebellion of 1773-1775, the spread of Enlightenment ideals to Russia during the Napoleonic Wars, the abolition of serfdom, Sergei Witte’s industrialization drive, socialist movements in Russia, World War I, and the causes of the revolutions of 1917.

Last Offered: Spring 2016

HIS 133 The Russian Revolutions from Lenin to Putin

This class examines the history of the Soviet Union from foundation (1917) to collapse (1991), focusing on internal developments in the Russian part of the Union. We will begin with a discussion of the background to the collapse of the imperial Russian state in 1917, including changes in Russian society and World War I. Later, the class will look at questions such as: Did the New Economic Policy of the 1920s create a stable socioeconomic order? How did Stalin defeat his political rivals and create a personal dictatorship? What were the motivations for the Great Terror of 1937-1938? How did the Soviet Union defeat Nazi Germany in World War II? We will also devote some time to the Soviet role in the Cold War and the appeal of Leninism in colonized and post-colonial societies. The course will conclude with a discussion of the collapse of the USSR and the emergence of a soft authoritarian order in post-Soviet Russia. The syllabus will emphasize primary-source readings and class discussion.

Last Offered: Fall 2015

HIS 134 Russia Now

In this expanded 4-credit version of the 2-credit "Russia Now" course, students will follow current events in Russia through print and electronic sources, and write two short essays and one longer research paper.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 135 DANTE'S "DIVINE COMEDY": A JOURNEY FROM INFERNO TO PARADISE, PART I. "INFERNO" AND "PURGATORIO"

The first of a sequence of two, the course approaches "The Divine Comedy" both as a poetic masterpiece and as an encyclopedia of medieval culture. Through a close textual analysis of "Inferno," and the first half of "Purgatorio," students learn how to approach Dante’s poetry as a vehicle for thought, an instrument of self-discovery, and a way to understand and affect the historical reality. They also gain a perspective on the Biblical, Christian, and Classical traditions as they intersect with the multiple levels of Dante’s concern, ranging from literature to history, from politics to government, from philosophy to theology. A visual component, including illustrations of the "Comedy" and multiple artworks pertinent to the narrative, complements the course. Class format includes lectures, discussion, and a weekly recitation session. Intensive class participation is encouraged. Dante I can be taken independently from Dante II. No prerequisites. Freshmen are welcome. Part of the Dante Humanities Cluster.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 136 Dante's Divine Comedy II

Purgatory and Paradise: This course is the second segment of a two-semester sequence on the DIVINE COMEDY. Please see the description for HIS 135 for more details.

HIS 137 History of Poland

The aim of this course is to present a general outline of the cultural, political, as well as social and economic history of Poland in the context of Europe. The complexity of a thousand years of Polish history will be presented in an accessible way. We will also explore the themes of European historical diversity and European identity in the context of Poland.

HIS 137A History of Poland (study abroad)

A survey of Polish history from the Piast dynasty through the period of Jagiellonian rule, the time of the elected kings, 123 years of partitioned Poland, the 1920's and 1930's, World War II, the creation and functioning of the People's Republic, the collapse of the communist system.

Last Offered: Summer 2016

HIS 138 The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri: Discover the Wonders of a Medieval Mind

This course is the first segment of a two-semester sequence on The Divine Comedy. The purpose of the sequence is to introduce students to the liberal arts through one of the most significant texts in Western civilization. While reading about Dante's adventurous journey from Inferno to Paradise, students will gain a perspective on the Biblical, Christian, and Classical traditions, and on the political, literary, philosophical, and theological dimensions of medieval European culture. The sequence will also provide students with an avenue of investigation on the problem of knowledge--one of the poem's central concerns--and guide them in developing critical tools and research skills. We will begin the course by building a historical and intellectual frame of reference in which to locate THE DIVINE COMEDY. We will then proceed to a close reading of INFERNO and a few cantos of PURGATORY. Lectures and class discussion will be complemented by a weekly recitation session.

HIS 139 History of India

An introductory survey of the history of India from ancient times to the present, with a special emphasis on the British colonial era and the making of the Indian nation. Course readings will emphasize India's remarkable religious, cultural, and environmental diversity and the challenges and promises that such diversity presents to national identity in the world's most populous democracy. Course format will be an informal mix of lectures, discussions, student presentations, and films.

Last Offered: Fall 2016

HIS 140 East Asia to 1600

This course introduces the early history of East Asia, one of the cradles of the world's great civilizations. Join us on a thousand-year journey through traditional China, Korea, and Japan, up to 1600.

Last Offered: Summer 2010

HIS 141 East Asia After 1600

East Asia is vital to our global economy and rapidly changing American society. We need to understand this region more than ever to be the best possible global citizens in the 21st century. This course introduces the modern histories of China, Korea, and Japan from 1600 to the present. Enemies, friends, imitators, and innovators: the countries of East Asia have played all of these roles. The samurai, imperialism in Asia, the Chinese Revolution, and the Korean War are just a few of the topics we will explore. This course is the companion to “HIS 141: East Asia to 1600,” but does not require any prerequisites--just bring your curiosity.

HIS 142 Traditional China

This course focuses on the history of traditional China from antiquity to the 18th century. Two thousand years of civilization, six thousand miles of the Great Wall, a silk road linking China to Rome, and seven maritime voyages sailing across the Pacific and Indian oceans. How have the notions of “China” and “Chinese” civilization transformed over time through cultural diffusion, commercial exchange, and military expansion? How does increased knowledge of Chinese history change our conceptions of Western civilization and the currents of world history? No prior knowledge of Chinese history or language is required for this course. Besides a standard textbook, one academic monograph (Mountain of Fame) and one Chinese classics (Dream of the Red Chamber) will anchor our readings throughout the course.

Last Offered: Fall 2016

HIS 143 Modern China, 1600-Present

This class covers the search for modern China in the twentieth century. We will trace how China, between invasion, war, and revolution, transformed from an empire to a republic, from republic to Communist state, and from Communist state to the economic powerhouse that it is today.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 144 Traditional Japan

This lecture course will cover Japanese history from the beginning to around 1850. Emphasis will be on the changing nature of political authority, the changing roles of the aristocrats, samurai warriors, and commoners, the emergence of new cultural forms, and the transformation of traditional Japanese society. Readings will include literature, diaries, political, social, and economic history, and material on Japanese women. Several films will be shown in conjunction with the course. Readings: Addiss, Groemer and Rimer, eds, TRADITIONAL JAPANESE ARTS AND CULTURE; C. Totman, JAPAN BEFORE PERRY; K. Brazell, tr. THE CONFESSIONS OF LADY NIJO; G.L. Bernstein, RECREATING JAPANESE WOMEN; abridged versions of THE TALE OF GENJI and TALE OF THE HEIKE, Katsu Kokichi, MUSUI'S STORY among others.

HIS 145 Modern Japan

This course covers Japanese history from the 1800s to the present. During these two hundred years, Japan went through a rollercoaster of events: the Meiji Restoration, industrialization, fascism, wars, atomic bombs, an economic miracle, a “lost” decade, and recently a devastating tsunami. The Japanese paradox of Chrysanthemum and Sword still awaits explanation. Come join me in this journey of books, archives, films, and anime in search of modern Japan.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

HIS 146 Traditional Japanese Culture

Traces the development of the Japanese cultural tradition through the most prominent examples of its visual, literary, and performing arts. These include the poetry, courtly romances, and scroll painting of the ancient courtiers; the poetry, Noh drama, and ink painting of the medieval samurai and Zen monks; the haiku poetry and art of early modern literati groups; and the poetry, kabuki theater, and print art of the new urban classes. Also examined are architecture, flower arranging, and the artistic complex of the tea ceremony. Emphasis is given to the social contexts of artistic expression.

Last Offered: Fall 2016

HIS 147 Issues in Contemporary Japanese Culture

A close look at the recent Japanese literary and cultural scene, with novels by Murakami Haruki (The Elephant Vanishes) and Yoshimoto Banana (Kitchen); films by Itami Juzo (Tampopo) and Morita Yoshimitsu (The Family Game); manga from Tezuka Osamu (Phoenix) and Ikeda Riyoko (The Rose of Varsailles) to the present and anime from Otomo Katsuhiro (Akira) on; and recent views of Japanese culture from at home and abroad. Other areas of interest include women's and gay literature, "business novels," and an examination of the role of the media in today's consumer culture. Graduate students are expected to do additional reading, give a class presentation, and complete a longer seminar-type paper. Class taught in English with additional instuction in Japanese as required for majors.

Last Offered: Fall 2014

HIS 148 Religion and Chinese Society

This course examines the complicated relationship between religion and society in China. It takes a sociological approach, emphasizing that religion should be studied as a social phenomena that closely interacts with the development of society at large. The focus is on contemporary times from the end of the 19th century through present. During this period of time, China experienced tremendous change. This course introduces how such change impacted on and was expressed through religion, religiosity, and religious politics.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 149 The Arab Revolution: Fictions and Current Events in the Arab World

This course combines contemporary Arabic fictions in translation with discussion of the recent history and current events of the Arab world to help us to understand what is happening there now.

Last Offered: Fall 2012

HIS 150 Colonial Latin America

This introductory survey focuses on the Spanish and Portuguese conquests and colonization of the region that we now know as Latin America. Contrary to popular belief, “the Conquest” was constantly negotiated. Indigenous and African rebels, French and Dutch pirates and religious minorities eroded the Iberian hold on this vast territory. Primary source readings are an important component to this class and will introduce you to the writings of Inca nobles, Spanish conquistadors, and free African merchants. As a result, our course focuses on the vibrant societies defined as much by their cultural mixture as by their inherent political, social and economic inequality. The course ends with a brief glimpse at the Latin American independence movements. No prior knowledge of Latin American history or Spanish/Portuguese language is necessary for this course.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 151 Modern Latin America

This introductory survey course will cover the difficult process of nation-building that twenty-odd societies south of the Rio Grande experienced during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

HIS 152 History of Mexico

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Last Offered: Fall 2012

HIS 153 History of Brazil, 1500-2009

This introductory course will highlight major institutions, events and trends as Brazil transitioned from a rural, slave society to a highly urbanized society with one of the world’s most promising economies. Divided into three periods, the course first considers how Portuguese, African and indigenous institutions and traditions molded the colonial period, where sugar and then gold dominated Brazil’s economy. The second part begins with Brazil’s independence from Portugal in 1822 and covers the persistence of slavery, the introduction of railroads, European immigration and the importance of coffee during the Brazilian Empire. The third part of the course shows how samba, Carnaval, industrialization, and futebol as well as underdevelopment, dictatorships, and favelas define modern Brazilian history.

Last Offered: Spring 2015

HIS 154 History of Latin America through Soccer

In this course, we will use soccer as a lens to study the development of modern Latin American history, culture and politics. British immigrants first introduced “the beautiful game” to Argentina in 1867, yet at the time soccer was viewed as a bizarre, violent, and foreign fad. This course will trace the trajectory of both the sport and the Latin American societies that received and molded soccer into the cultural force that it is today. Soccer has been used to fabricate national identities, promote multi-racial societies, and, of course, entertain the masses. We will explore these facets of its impact on twentieth-century Latin American history, while acknowledging the more odious use of the sport in upholding dictatorships, drug trafficking and misogyny. No prior knowledge of soccer or Latin American history is required.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 155 Film as History: Modern Latin America

This introductory course uses film to understand several trends and elements central to Latin American society and culture in the twentieth century. Specifically, the class will be structured around five main themes: Latin America and the United States; Class, Race and Gender; Revolution and Repression; Underdevelopment and Informality; and Religion. By the end of the course, students will have a strong introduction to Latin American modern history and understand the role films, as well as other sources, play in our perception of history.

Last Offered: Spring 2016

HIS 156 A Communist Country on America's Doorsteps: Cuba from Columbus to the Present

While the socioeconomic and political situation in Cuba has changed considerably since the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the process of normalizing relations with the United States is in progress, Cuba has been for many decades a communist country just 90 miles away from American shores. This course traces the complex historical developments which gave rise to this situation and discusses the grave repercussions. The course examines the evolution of socioeconomic and political interest groups in colonial Spanish Cuba and the subsequent American entanglement in the internal historical processes in Cuba, with far-reaching unintended consequences, particularly, the ultimate involvement of the Soviet Union, which brought Cuba to the center of the Cold War between the supper powers.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 157 N/A

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Last Offered: Spring 2017

HIS 158 N/A

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Last Offered: Fall 2011

HIS 159 N/A

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Last Offered: Summer 2013

HIS 160 United States History to 1865

A survey  of the history of the North American continent from its peopling and colonial rivalry to the founding of the United States, its development, and eventual Civil War. Topics include international competition, economic growth, the role of slavery, and political conflict.

Last Offered: Fall 2016

HIS 161 American Political History, 1865 - 1990

A study of the changing use of power from the end of the Civil War until the election of Bill Clinton. Among the topics under investigation is the role of changing nature of the party system, the role of race and gender in voting and governing, and the efforts to alter the basis of American political life.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

HIS 162 Early America to 1783

A study of the discovery, settlement, and development of America, 1580-1783.

Last Offered: Spring 2015

HIS 163 Revolutionary America, 1763-1789

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HIS 164 Democratic America, 1789-1865

Jefferson, Jackson, party formation, popular culture, and sectionalism.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 165 Industrial America, 1864-1929

Changes in national life brought about by the sustained expansion of American industry.

Last Offered: Fall 2012

HIS 166 Liberal America, 1929-1973

This course is an examination of the development of American politics, society, and culture between the onset of the Great Depression and the Watergate scandal. It focuses on the creation and consolidation of the "New Deal order"—a liberal political economy centered on a constrained corporate capitalism, a modest welfare state, and a national security apparatus designed to wage the Cold War and extend American power abroad.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 167 Postindustrial America, 1973-Present

Examines American politics, society, and culture since 1973. Focus is on the deindustrialization of the economy, the revitalization of conservatism, the "culture wars," the end of the Cold War and post-Cold War foreign affairs--including the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq--, and the collapse of bipartisan policy-making.

Last Offered: Fall 2016

HIS 167K N/A

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HIS 168 Introduction to American Politics

When did some states turn blue--and others red--in presidential elections? What are the origins of the modern Congress, including the filibuster-prone Senate and a House run by its majority party? Why did politicians begin to campaign for the presidency, rather than waiting on their front porches for voters to appear? How did voting rights--and other rights of citizenship--expand, then narrow, then expand again, over time? Drawing broadly on historical as well as contemporary evidence, this course will introduce students to the foundations of American government. We will examine political institutions as well as the linkages that connect institutions, political leaders, and ordinary citizens. This course is appropriate for majors and non-majors with an interest in understanding how and why the American political system works as it does.

Last Offered: Fall 2015

HIS 169 Introduction to African American Studies

Drawing on the disciplines of History, Anthropology, and Psychology, this course will introduce students to the interdisciplinary approach to the examination of the black experience in America.

HIS 170 African-American History I to 1900

After a brief review of the primary features of pre-European African society, we will examine the affect of the "Middle Passage" -- the transportation of enslaved Africans to the Western Hemisphere. We will then focus on the process of "Americanization" as the Africans became African-Americans. The struggle for freedom and citizenship will conclude our survey. The main course readings will be a representative sample of African-American autobiographies, and short selections from a secondary text. Using the autobiographies as historical source material, we will produce a brief history of the values and cultural practices of Africans in America, and the ways in which African-Americans adapted to and shaped American life and society.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

HIS 171 African-American History II since 1900

This course introduces students to the development of African religions in the Americas, Caribbean, and Canada. Religious traditions such as Africanized Christianity, Santería, Candomblé, Vodun, and Spiritual Baptists will be explored. The course not only provides students with a historical overview of each tradition, but it also explores theological frameworks, doctrinal principles, and ritual activities related to each tradition. Class format includes lectures, discussions, and films.

HIS 172 History of Jazz

This study of Jazz, as an American musical art form, will be structured around the lives and music of jazz musicians, across a range of instrumental, vocal, and ensemble genres. Course focuses on jazz titans, those individuals and musical groups distinguished by their seminal and permanent influences, such as Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, or Coleman Hawkins or shorter intense careers, such as Charlie Parker. Blues, ragtime, swing, bebop, cool, progressive, and free jazz are landmark terms. And finally, study of the musical history will be enhanced by considerations from sociological, linguistic, and philosophical perspectives. The instructional format includes lectures, discussion and intense emphasis on listening. This course is designed for students with little or no musical training; simple technical, musical vocabulary and concepts will be provided. Reading, listening assignments, brief written assignments and two exams. No prerequisites.

Last Offered: Fall 2016

HIS 172B History of Jazz II

This course will focus on Jazz music and musicians in the latter half of the 20th century (ca. 1955-2000). We will investigate the relationship of Jazz to the following topics: new musical styles, other art forms, changes in American society, technological developments, and the evolution of recording, broadcast, and news media. In doing so, we will consider not only musicians who first emerged as leaders during this period (Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Wynton Marsalis, John Scofield), but also those whose careers began earlier (Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Gil Evans) and continued into the 1950s and beyond. We will also examine how repertoire from previous historical periods came to be viewed by subsequent generations. The instructional format includes lectures and discussion along with in-class viewings/listenings of recorded performances. This course is designed for students with little to no musical training.

Last Offered: Spring 2014

HIS 173 The Blues

The blues from its earliest forms to recent developments. It is both a history and a cultural studies course, and the Monday class and the Wednesday class will have different focuses on this account. The primary focus of the Monday class will be historical, examining the music and its development in chronological terms. The primary focus of the Wednesday class will be cultural topics, continuing themes in the music and the lyrics, its reception in American society, and we will trace these by moving back and forth in time. Among the important topics and themes will be race, religion and sexuality; the economic effects of the music industry on the blues and the people who played them, the reception of the blues in African-American culture, and later among white Americans. The goal of the course is to explore the great influence of the blues on American culture. Musical aspects of the blues will also be covered: its peculiar structure and characteristic scales, but no musical knowledge is presumed or needed.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

HIS 174 American Military History

American history has been largely shaped by wars. This course will survey the history of American wars; the military, naval, and civil institutions that have been created to serve the changing needs of national defense; and the citizen-soldiers who have preserved the liberty of the Republic.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 175 Religion in America

Leaning heavily on primary sources, this course surveys the history and ethnography of religion in the United States. Special attention will be given to personal experiences of the divine, political strife and social reform, tensions between sectarianism and pluralism, and the extraordinary religious history of western New York.

Last Offered: Fall 2015

HIS 176 History of Rochester

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HIS 177 AFRICAN AMERICAN RELIGIOUS HISTORY

Historical survey of religions as practiced by people of African descent living in North America. Christianity, Islam, and African-derived religions will be examined. Through its canvassing of doctrinal and ritual frameworks, students are afforded an opportunity to view the diverse and complex terrain of African American religion. Class format includes lectures, discussions, and film/music.

Last Offered: Spring 2016

HIS 178 The Sixties

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Last Offered: Spring 2017

HIS 179 History of New York

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Last Offered: Spring 2017

HIS 180 History of Technology

This course surveys the history of technology and its impacts on agriculture, communication, transportation, housing, health, war and society. Technology has been used to build empires and improve human societies, but also to destroy, enslave, and censor. Today we face limits on technology as well as new and seemingly boundless opportunities for the future. The unifying theme of the course is exploring and understanding the impact of technology on individuals.

Last Offered: Fall 2016

HIS 181 History of Eating and Food

The class is not a narrative of eating or a study of food over time. Instead, it asks students to weave together two stories—the human component of nature and the ways in which we were, are, and will be what we eat and what is eaten. Discussions, films, fiction and non-fiction reading assignments, and discussions of where we go next. Non-traditional writing assignments and few lectures—more Socratic than pedantic.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

HIS 182 Speaking Stones

This course will examine grave stones and funerary architecture in Rochester's historic Mt. Hope Cemetery. Students will be introduced to western funeral ritual and practice, with a particular focus on funerary architecture and cemeteries in the United States, and the place of graves and graveyards in popular fiction and culture. Then they will examine the iconography and epigraphy of graves and funerary monuments in terms of their function of forging symbolic connections among the living and the dead. Case studies will be drawn from Mt. Hope Cemetery, which will further serve to illuminate both Rochester's history, and American religious belief and practice.

Last Offered: Fall 2016

HIS 183 History of Christianity I

The purpose of this course is to explore the general development of Christianity throughout its twenty centuries of existence, paying special attention to the religious presuppositions behind Christianity and its complex relationship to its socio-cultural matrix. The course will focus on important moments in Christian history, including its inception as a Jewish religious movement set in motion by Jesus, its dissemination in the Greco-Roman world by Paul of Tarsus, its growth and triumph in the Roman Empire, the split between the Greek- and Latin-speaking churches, medieval Catholicism, the Reformation and rise of Protestantism, Christianity and the modern world, and contemporary movements and tendencies within the Christian churches.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

HIS 184 History of Islam

This course will trace the development of the religion of Islam from its origins in the Qur'an and Muhammad's teachings, through the codification of the classical tradition in its various forms, and finally to the living Islam of the contemporary world.

Last Offered: Fall 2015

HIS 185 A History of the Future: Millennial Visions in Film and Literature

Through literature and film, this course examines how people at various points in the past have imagined our future--and the ways in which those "millennial visions" were conditioned by specific historical contexts. The course looks at both positive and negative views of the future, and at secular as well as religious predictions for humankind's fate, asking always how our visions of the future, like a fun-house mirror, reflect in sometimes monstrous or exaggerated terms the concerns of the present.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

HIS 186 History of Energy Resources and Utilization

This course will explore the many types of energy resources that have been used to provide heat, light, and power for residential, commercial, industrial, and transportation uses. The major energy resources in the ancient world were renewables (wind, solar, wood) along with muscle power, and this changed very little until the end of the 18th Century when coal came into widespread use. In the late 19th Century petroleum began its rise to become the most widely used energy resource, with natural gas and nuclear energy securing significant market share in the 20th Century. Despite widespread recognition of the environmental consequences of widespread use of fossil fuels, the transition back to renewable resources continues at a very slow pace. This course will explore the history of these various energy resources and how they were utilized, and offer students an opportunity to project various paths to a sustainable energy future.

Last Offered: Spring 2016

HIS 187 Science, Magic, and the Occult from Antiquity to Newton

This course explores the early history of humans' attempts to explain and control the cosmos, taking into account the real contributions made to early science by areas of inquiry now dismissed as magic or superstition, such as astrology, alchemy, and "natural magic." One major theme of the course will be the continuing way in which societies have policed the boundary between what they define as "magic" and what they dub legitimate "science." What is legitimate knowledge about nature, and who gets to define what counts as legitimate? The course will end around 1700, with Newton and the so-called "Scientific Revolution," and the marginalization of astrology, alchemy and similar fields of inquiry as "pseudo-sciences" or popular error.

Last Offered: Fall 2016

HIS 188 SEX AND POWER

This course is an introduction to the interdisciplinary scholarship of Gender, Sexuality and Women's studies. As a survey course, this class is designed to give students from diverse backgrounds and disciplines a basic understanding of debates and perspectives discussed in the field. We will use gender as a critical lens to examine some of the social, cultural, economic, scientific, and political practices that organize our lives. We will explore a multitude of feminist perspective on the intersections of sex, gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, religion, and other categories of identity. In this course, we will interrogate these categories as socially constructed while acknowledging that these constructions have real effects in subordinating groups, marking bodies, and creating structural, intersectional inequalities.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 190 Darwin and Science in America

This course explores the development and reception of Darwin’s theory of evolution from the publication of On the Origin of Species (1859) to present debates about scientific determinism. We will cover familiar topics such as social Darwinism and creationism, but the course focuses on developments in the history of science and philosophy. Darwin posed hard questions for many Americans. If chance variation determined the survival value of an organism, what did this say about human consciousness and free will? Could humans determine their own fate, or was it predetermined by the laws of science? Does evolutionary theory necessarily entail a reductive understanding of consciousness, suggesting the complexities of mind, human behavior, and cultural values are explainable in terms of brain chemistry and neurological processes?

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 191 N/A

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Last Offered: Fall 2016

HIS 192 N/A

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Last Offered: Summer 2017

HIS 193 N/A

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Last Offered: Summer 2017

HIS 193Q N/A

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HIS 194 N/A

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Last Offered: Summer 2017

HIS 194Q N/A

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Last Offered: Spring 2012

HIS 195 VIRT&VIRILE:HIS OF MANLINESS

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Last Offered: Summer 2015

HIS 195Q N/A

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HIS 196 N/A

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Last Offered: Summer 2015

HIS 197 IMAG THE FUTURE:HIS OF SCIFI

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Last Offered: Summer 2015

HIS 197Q N/A

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HIS 198 STALIN AND HIS LEGACY 39-91

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Last Offered: Spring 2017

HIS 198Q N/A

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HIS 199Q N/A

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HIS 200 Gateway to History: Topics course

History 200 is an introduction to historical practice – what professional historians actually do. It is a requirement for history majors, but we encourage all interested undergraduates to enroll. The class is a small seminar, devoted largely to discussion of primary texts. A final research paper of about ten pages length is required. Juniors and seniors can only register with instructor’s permission. Each section of this course will be organized around a particular theme - please see term description for details.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 200W THE POLITICS OF SPORT

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Last Offered: Fall 2015

HIS 201 New Perspectives in Global History

Part I examines the origins of colonialism and “underdevelopment” in the global South as an outcome of the crisis in European feudalism, the rise of capitalism, and the Industrial Revolution in the global North. Progress in the North and not in the South were but two sides of the same process; a view of the North-South that remains largely unchallenged in the recent past, notwithstanding dramatic shifts in the world system during the same period. The dissolution of the Soviet Union, which has profoundly shaped international politics in the past two decades, has not by itself generated an alternative to this understanding of global history. Part II shows how the emergence of China, Brazil, India, and several other countries as economic power houses, competing for world resources and markets with the US-led global North, has not only altered the world’s living standards; it has also inspired new interpretations, rivaling the view that privileges social revolution in the fight for economic independence.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

HIS 202 Health, Medicine, and Social Reform

Examination of the interconnected histories of medical science, public health, and political action promoting social and health reform, from the Scientific Revolution of the seventeenth century to the present. Attention will also be directed to improvements in health status, variations in the distribution of disease and risk, and changes in the social role of medicine and medical institutions. The material includes major primary sources: Frank, Engels,Virchow, Riis, Hamilton, Sigerist, Geiger. Secondary readings will include Rosen's A HISTORY OF PUBLIC HEALTH, and Jones' BAD BLOOD.

Last Offered: Spring 2015

HIS 202W Health, Medicine, and Social Reform

Examination of the interconnected histories of medical science, public health, and political action promoting social and health reform, from the Scientific Revolution of the seventeenth century to the present. Attention will also be directed to improvements in health status, variations in the distribution of disease and risk, and changes in the social role of medicine and medical institutions. The material includes major primary sources: Frank, Engels,Virchow, Riis, Hamilton, Sigerist, Geiger. Secondary readings will include Rosen's A HISTORY OF PUBLIC HEALTH, and Jones' BAD BLOOD.

Last Offered: Spring 2015

HIS 203 Changing Concepts of Health and Illness

The long-term intellectual history of essential ideas in the Western medical tradition: illness, health, and mind/body interaction. The time span ranges from Greek antiquity to the present day, with emphasis on the last 250 years and on the relationship between emotional and biological factors in the onset and experience of disease. Primary sources include Hippocrates, Galen, Maimonides, Descartes, Gaub, Charcot, Freud, Alexander, Cannon, Engel. Secondary sources include Porter's THE GREATEST BENEFIT TO MANKIND: A MEDICAL HISTORY OF HUMANITY.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

HIS 203W Changing Concepts of Health and Illness

The long-term intellectual history of essential ideas in the Western medical tradition: illness, health, and mind/body interaction. The time span ranges from Greek antiquity to the present day, with emphasis on the last 250 years and on the relationship between emotional and biological factors in the onset and experience of disease. Primary sources include Hippocrates, Galen, Maimonides, Descartes, Gaub, Charcot, Freud, Alexander, Cannon, Engel. Secondary sources include Porter's THE GREATEST BENEFIT TO MANKIND: A MEDICAL HISTORY OF HUMANITY.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

HIS 204 History of International and Global Health

Examines the initiation, evolution, and transformation of international and global health activities/policies focusing on developments in the 19th-early 21st centuries. It also considers events such as pandemic plague, exchange of diseases between the Old World and the New, and the role of health concerns in early European and American colonialism and imperialism. The major focus is the evolution of cooperative efforts in international health under governmental, non-governmental, and trans-governmental auspices with attention given to the role of international conferences/conventions, the work of the International Red Cross and the Rockefeller Foundations International Health Division, and the creation/functioning of the Pan American Health Organization, the Office International d'Hygiene Publique, the League of Nations Health Organization, and the World Health Organization. For the later 20th century, we will focus on the World Bank, the Gates Foundation, UNAIDS, and other current players in global health.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

HIS 204W History of International and Global Health

Examines the initiation, evolution, and transformation of international and global health activities/policies focusing on developments in the 19th-early 21st centuries. It also considers events such as pandemic plague, exchange of diseases between the Old World and the New, and the role of health concerns in early European and American colonialism and imperialism. The major focus is the evolution of cooperative efforts in international health under governmental, non-governmental, and trans-governmental auspices with attention given to the role of international conferences/conventions, the work of the International Red Cross and the Rockefeller Foundations International Health Division, and the creation/functioning of the Pan American Health Organization, the Office International d'Hygiene Publique, the League of Nations Health Organization, and the World Health Organization. For the later 20th century, we will focus on the World Bank, the Gates Foundation, UNAIDS, and other current players in global health.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

HIS 205 Islam and the Third World

This course will study some of the important and often dramatic changes occurring in modern Islam by examining the effects on it of Third World political, social, and economic factors. Case studies will be drawn from contemporary Muslim societies but placed in context of similar situations involving other religious traditions in South America, Africa, and South Asia.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

HIS 205W Islam and the Third World

This course will study some of the important and often dramatic changes occurring in modern Islam by examining the effects on it of Third World political, social, and economic factors. Case studies will be drawn from contemporary Muslim societies but placed in context of similar situations involving other religious traditions in South America, Africa, and South Asia.

Last Offered: Fall 2011

HIS 206 Dangerous Texts: Literature and Politics in Russia

The course examines "dangerous texts" from the 17th c. to the present to see how texts and authors were seen as threats to the state and explores ways in which writers perceived themselves as a "second government" and how this affected their writing. Readings include Avvakum, Radishchev, Pushkin, Turgenev, Dostoevsky, Mandelstam, Solzhenitsyn, Voinovich, and Sinyavsky/Tertz.

Last Offered: Fall 2016

HIS 206W Dangerous Texts: Literature and Politics in Russia

The course examines "dangerous texts" from the 17th c. to the present to see how texts and authors were seen as threats to the state and explores ways in which writers perceived themselves as a "second government" and how this affected their writing. Readings include Avvakum, Radishchev, Pushkin, Turgenev, Dostoevsky, Mandelstam, Solzhenitsyn, Voinovich, and Sinyavsky/Tertz.

Last Offered: Fall 2016

HIS 207 Gender and Representation in Native American Art

In this examination of gender-based artistic practices in several Native North American societies (including Northwest Coast, Plains, Pueblo, Navajo, and Inuit), we will examine how gendered social and artistic roles have altered in response to colonialism in the last two centuries. We will critique some of the entrenched notions in the literature about Native men and women and their art--among them, notions of sacred male "art" vs. secular female "craft," and authentic vs. touristic products. We will also examine the work of some noteworthy individual artists of the last 100 years in Native North American societies, including some contemporary artists who critique gender roles in their art.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

HIS 208 Comparative Modern Revolutions: France, Japan, Mexico, Russia

In this class we will compare the French Revolution (1789-1815), the Japanese Meiji Revolution (usually called in English "the Restoration") of 1868-1890, the Mexican Revolution (1910-1924), and the Russian Revolution (1917-1937). We will examine such questions as: To what extent did particular social groups drive each of these revolutions? To what extent did each of these revolutions begin with a simple collapse of the state? Were new ideologies/ideas important in bringing on each revolution? How important were efforts "from below" and "from above" ( i.e. by established elites and/or new state apparatuses) in determining the outcome of each revolution? Do modern revolutions tend to follow a common course, as Crane Brinton has argued, or are they 'sui generis'?

Last Offered: Spring 2016

HIS 208W Comparative Modern Revolutions: France, Japan, Mexico, Russia

In this class we will compare the French Revolution (1789-1815), the Japanese Meiji Revolution (usually called in English "the Restoration") of 1868-1890, the Mexican Revolution (1910-1924), and the Russian Revolution (1917-1937). We will examine such questions as: To what extent did particular social groups drive each of these revolutions? To what extent did each of these revolutions begin with a simple collapse of the state? Were new ideologies/ideas important in bringing on each revolution? How important were efforts "from below" and "from above" ( i.e. by established elites and/or new state apparatuses) in determining the outcome of each revolution? Do modern revolutions tend to follow a common course, as Crane Brinton has argued, or are they 'sui generis'?

Last Offered: Spring 2016

HIS 209 Corruption and the Global Economy in Historical Perspective

This junior seminar offers students the opportunity to research and discuss the operation and consequences of widespread corruption in the global economy and the complex historical processes – economic, social, and political – which help to explain the phenomenon. To make the seminar a well-focused course, discussion will focus on country-case studies (with about three selected individuals in each country) that help to demonstrate the general pattern of causes and effects. A major issue to consider, among other things, is the role of cut-throat competition among global corporations and the effects of their corrupt activities on the quality of governance.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 209W N/A

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Last Offered: Fall 2014

HIS 210 Africa Welcomes China in a New Global Economy

Part I surveys major areas of interaction between Africans and the Chinese from the end of WWII to the present. Initially, Africans found in China an ally in their struggles for liberation from European colonialism and Western imperialism. Beginning in the late 1980s, the ties broadened to include educational and cultural exchanges, economic aid, and especially trade and investment. Part II places the above connections in historical and global contexts. A global perspective invites students to see that from the perspective of China, the central features of its ties with Africa today are not structurally different from its dealings with other regions of the world. China has, for example, fueled its rapid economic growth with raw materials from every corner of the globe, including coal from the United States. Research also shows that Africans are acutely aware of the historical significance of China’s appearance on the global scene; the rise has given Africans a world of options they had never enjoyed before.

Last Offered: Fall 2016

HIS 210W Africa Welcomes China in a New Global Economy

Part I surveys major areas of interaction between Africans and the Chinese from the end of WWII to the present. Initially, Africans found in China an ally in their struggles for liberation from European colonialism and Western imperialism. Beginning in the late 1980s, the ties broadened to include educational and cultural exchanges, economic aid, and especially trade and investment. Part II places the above connections in historical and global contexts. A global perspective invites students to see that from the perspective of China, the central features of its ties with Africa today are not structurally different from its dealings with other regions of the world. China has, for example, fueled its rapid economic growth with raw materials from every corner of the globe, including coal from the United States. Research also shows that Africans are acutely aware of the historical significance of China’s appearance on the global scene; the rise has given Africans a world of options they had never enjoyed before.

Last Offered: Fall 2016

HIS 211 Guns, War, and Revolution in Southern Africa

This course explores the conditions that created the guerilla movements, the way the rebels and government forces clashed in the air, cities, and jungles, and how the struggles reshaped the history of the region and its position in the global economy before and after the Cold War.

Last Offered: Spring 2014

HIS 211W Guns, War, and Revolution in Southern Africa

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Last Offered: Fall 2013

HIS 212 Africa's Sleeping Giant: Nigeria since the Islamic Revolution of 1804

In the context of the global economy, Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa, is blessed with vast mineral resources and agricultural lands able to produce a wide variety of tropical products and foods. The country's large population is made up of talented and highly resourceful individuals, who are quick to respond to economic incentives. Thus, it is hard to understand why the country has one of the lowest per capita incomes in the world and why the country's economy occupies such a lowly position within the global economy. We focus on the historical development of socio-economic/political structures over time to explain why the giant of Africa continues to slumber. Some of the country's central problems, such as ethnic and religious contradictions, are similar in some way to those in the U.S. The solutions attempted by the governments of both countries, such as affirmative action, are also somewhat similar. We will conduct a comparative analysis of contemporary historical issues in the two countries.

Last Offered: Spring 2016

HIS 213 Natural Disasters and History in Africa

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Last Offered: Fall 2013

HIS 213W Natural Disasters and History in Africa

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Last Offered: Fall 2013

HIS 214 N/A

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Last Offered: Spring 2017

HIS 215 Archaeology of West Africa

The course will enable the student to understand the inception of present-day complex societies of West Africa and how they evolved, and their vicissitudes in the period 500 B.C. to A.D. 1950. Themes include general characteristics of West African societies in the Iron Age, origins of copper and iron technology and their effects on local societies, megalith and tumuli sites of the Western Sudan, urbanism, and trade networks and contacts in West Africa

Last Offered: Spring 2016

HIS 215W N/A

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Last Offered: Fall 2011

HIS 216 Early Civilizations of Africa

The course will examine the environmental, social and cultural dynamics that led to urbanism and other aspects of cultural transformation in Africa before the advent of European colonialism. Topics include concepts of civilization, civilization of Africa, including those of the Nile Valley, the Horn of Africa, the Western Sudan, Zimbabwe, the Inland Niger Delta and the West African Rainforest. The role of the peripheries in the development of these centres will be looked at.

Last Offered: Spring 2016

HIS 217 Prehistory of Ancient Peru: The Incas and Their Ancestors

From Machu Picchu to the geoglyphs on the Nasca desert, the Andean region of South America has a long and rich pre-Columbian history. This course will survey the archaeological approaches to understanding the development of Andean cultures that ranges from hunter-gatherers to the Inca Empire. Some of the prehistoric cultures we will be examining include Caral, Chavin, Nasca, Wari, and the Inca. This will class will also discuss plant and animal domestication, inequality, gender, ceramics, urbanization, and the rise and fall of states and empires.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 218 Unequal Development and State Policy:  Brazil, the US, and Nigeria

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Last Offered: Spring 2017

HIS 219 Animal Histories

This course examines the changing historical relationships between homo sapiens and other animal species from prehistory to the present. We will be concerned with how and why the relationship between humans and animals has changed from one defined by predator-prey relations to one of use-oriented dependence. We will attempt to work out how the current relationship between humans and animals came about through a dynamic historical process, with the ultimate goal of understanding that relationship in its proper historical context. The primary method of instruction will be seminar discussions of the readings.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

HIS 219W Animal Histories

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Last Offered: Spring 2017

HIS 220 Eastern Europe

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HIS 221 20th Century European Thought

This course is an introduction to the main currents of European thought in the twentieth century--a century historian Eric Hobsbawm has rightly termed the "Age of Extremes." Focusing on shifting and competing conceptions of selfhood and society, it will place modern European culture and the intellectuals who forged it within the context of the ordeals of two world wars; a host of revolutions (scientific, sexual, Bolshevik, fascist, and "velvet"); the Holocaust and Cold War; the collapse of European colonialism; and the expansion of American empire. We will center on French and German thought, but other regions of the modern European mind - British, Italian, Polish, Czech, émigré American - will also weigh in.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 222 The Enlightenment

The Enlightenment - the structure of ideas typical of eighteenth century Europe and the Americas, shaped and was shaped by increasing globalisation and the clash of cultures between whites and indigenous peoples. Explosive questioning of religion, political justice and gender were also the consequence of these global encounters. This is a text-based course, emphasising close reading skills.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 222W The Enlightenment

The Enlightenment - the structure of ideas typical of eighteenth century Europe and the Americas, shaped and was shaped by increasing globalisation and the clash of cultures between whites and indigenous peoples. Explosive questioning of religion, political justice and gender were also the consequence of these global encounters. This is a text-based course, emphasising close reading skills.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 223 War, Money, and Ordinary People: European History 1492-1789

This course covers topics such as the changing nature of warfare, the lives of ordinary people, how the state attempted to control their private lives. It also looks at the global world which had emerged along with the growth of national feeling.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

HIS 223W WAR, MONEY, PEOPLE EUROPE

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Last Offered: Spring 2017

HIS 224 Children, Families, and the State

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Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 224W Children, Families, and the State

“Tell about the South,” demands Shreve McCannon in William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom! Was the “Old South” a region stuck in time, anti-modern, anti-North and anti-black” or was it, as historians have recently suggested, “an active participant in, and even a promoter of, change and progress?” This course will examine the many roles, nationally and internationally (real and imagined) played by the Old and New South.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 225 Europe and the Great War, 1914-1918

This course is an introduction to the history of Europe during the First World War. After a preliminary look at the details of the conflict itself, we will be concerned mainly with the effect of the war on European culture, society, and consciousness. Class sessions to include both lectures, films, and regular discussions. Reading to include: Robert Graves, GOOD-BYE TO ALL THAT; Vera Britain, TESTAMENT OF YOUTH; Erich Maria Remarque, ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT; the poems of Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, and others; Alistair Horne, THE PRICE OF GLORY; and Paul Fussell, THE GREAT WAR AND MODERN MEMORY.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 225W Europe and the Great War, 1914-1919

This course is an introduction to the history of Europe during the First World War. After a preliminary look at the details of the conflict itself, we will be concerned mainly with the effect of the war on European culture, society, and consciousness. Class sessions to include both lectures, films, and regular discussions. Reading to include: Robert Graves, GOOD-BYE TO ALL THAT; Vera Britain, TESTAMENT OF YOUTH; Erich Maria Remarque, ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT; the poems of Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, and others; Alistair Horne, THE PRICE OF GLORY; and Paul Fussell, THE GREAT WAR AND MODERN MEMORY.

Last Offered: Spring 2016

HIS 226 History of Friendship

The course is an exploration of the history of friendship focusing on the 19th century and the United States. We will consider friendships between women, between men, and cross-gender friendships; we will also discuss love letters and letters of courtship. To the extent possible, we will look at friendships among children in the years between 1820 and 1870, and between children and adults. We will read and discuss several famous friendships from that era--e. g., Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, the poet Emily Dickinson and her childhood friend and ultimately sister-in-law Susan Dickinson--and use the family correspondence from the Seward Family Archive digital humanities project as our core primary-source evidence for arriving at a historically and culturally situated definition of friendship and the nature of epistolary relationships.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 226W History of Friendship

The course is an exploration of the history of friendship focusing on the 19th century and the United States. We will consider friendships between women, between men, and cross-gender friendships; we will also discuss love letters and letters of courtship. To the extent possible, we will look at friendships among children in the years between 1820 and 1870, and between children and adults. We will read and discuss several famous friendships from that era--e. g., Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, the poet Emily Dickinson and her childhood friend and ultimately sister-in-law Susan Dickinson--and use the family correspondence from the Seward Family Archive digital humanities project as our core primary-source evidence for arriving at a historically and culturally situated definition of friendship and the nature of epistolary relationships.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 227 History of Geographic Exploration

Exploration is examined as an integral part of European expansion into the rest of the world and of the opening of the U.S. in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Three themes organize the course: Pacific exploration by James Cook; the opening of the American West by Fremont, Louis and Clark, and others; and the exploration of the Arctic by men working for Hudson Bay Company.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

HIS 227W History of Geographic Exploration

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Last Offered: Spring 2017

HIS 228 African Americans in South Africa

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Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 228W AFRICAN AM. IN SOUTH AFRICA

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Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 229 England and Ireland since 1500

This course is an introductory survey of the tragically intermingled histories of England and Ireland from the end of the Napoleonic Wars to the present. Main topics include the effects of the Wars on England and Ireland; industrialization (and the lack thereof); class conflict in the 1830s and 40s; the Great Famine; the Irish emigration; Liberalism; Irish Nationalism and the IRA; the Depression; the two world wars, etc. Course consists of lectures, small-group discussions, and a few films.

Last Offered: Fall 2015

HIS 230 Arthur and Robin Hood: History from Myth

King Arthur and Robin Hood, though so popular a feature in our culture that we almost take them as 'givens,' in fact we pay serious study about them. Medieval stories can inform us about Kingship, ideas of chivalry, socio-economic oppression and resistance, the growth and functioning of early legal systems. This course looks at such early stories within the context of their historical periods.

Last Offered: Fall 2015

HIS 230W Arthur and Robin Hood: History from Myth

King Arthur and Robin Hood, though so popular a feature in our culture that we almost take them as 'givens,' in fact we pay serious study about them. Medieval stories can inform us about Kingship, ideas of chivalry, socio-economic oppression and resistance, the growth and functioning of early legal systems. This course looks at such early stories within the context of their historical periods.

Last Offered: Fall 2013

HIS 231 The French Revolutions

The revolutions which took place in France and the rest of Europe in the 1780s and 1790s were brutal and explosive. They caused a discontinuity in time and the rhythms of ordinary life, but also produced ideas of government and the self which have cast a long shadow over today. Every social, economic and gender group was differently affected by what happened during this time of upheaval and chaos sparked by the collapse of the old monarchy. (Hence it makes some sense to talk about revolutions in the plural). Chairman Mao was once asked when he thought the French Revolution had ended "It's too soon to tell" he replied. The course proceeds through jokes, close documentary analysis, lectures and projects, and a corresponding look at whether it is indeed too soon to tell if the revolutions are over.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 231W The French Revolutions

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Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 232 Modern France

Alternately friends and rivals, modern France and the United States have had a complicated relationship ever since both nations were born in revolution at the end of the eighteenth century. This course will seek to understand France on its own terms by considering a series of formative events such as the Revolution of 1848, the Franco-Prussian War and the Paris Commune, the Dreyfus Affair and the birth of the intellectual, the very different experiences of World Wars I and II, the post-colonial conflicts in Algeria and Vietnam, the near-revolution of May 1968, and contemporary arguments over French foreign and domestic policy.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

HIS 232W N/A

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Last Offered: Spring 2017

HIS 233 (Arezzo) Italy from Napolean to the First Republic

The Italian peninsula has a history that goes back at least 2500 years. But the state of Italy, founded in 1861, is younger than the United States. At the intersection of these two facts lies the main theme of our journey from the Napoleonic invasion of Italy to the approval of the constitution of the Republic of Italy: the difficulty faced by the political leaders of united Italy in getting its citizens to identify with the Italian state. Historical accounts and documents, integrated with a selection of literary, operatic, and cinematic materials, constitute the main sources of information and analysis.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 234 Knights, Criminals, and the Crown: Research in Medieval England

Enough record evidence survives from the operations of the medieval English government to allow students to reconstruct at least public life narratives of certain individuals. This course (1) provides the setting of medieval English history and (2) guides students in individual research projects based on printed and translated English royal documents. Choices include an Italian merchant-banker in London, an English bishop running the administration of Ireland, a rebellious knight at the time of Edward II, a great lady who acts virtually as an earl, and a combative Lincolnshire landowner.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

HIS 234W N/A

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Last Offered: Spring 2017

HIS 235 Environmental History

This course is a global history of the world from the Columbian Exchange to the present. Using the four basic elements of earth, wind, water, and fire, we will explore the earth’s environmental history from the bottom-up. Along the way we will consider the following questions: Does the environment determine human history? Are humans separate from nature? Is environmental change a story of decline or ongoing transformation? Topics covered will include: industrial farming, salmon fishing, river reclamation, natural disasters, fossil fuels, wildfires, dust bowls, anthrax, suburban sprawl, national parks, nature tourism, and much more.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 235W Earth, Wind, Water, Fire: An Environmental History of the Globe

This course is a global history of the world from the Columbian Exchange to the present. Using the four basic elements of earth, wind, water, and fire, we will explore the earth’s environmental history from the bottom-up. Along the way we will consider the following questions: Does the environment determine human history? Are humans separate from nature? Is environmental change a story of decline or ongoing transformation? Topics covered will include: industrial farming, salmon fishing, river reclamation, natural disasters, fossil fuels, wildfires, dust bowls, anthrax, suburban sprawl, national parks, nature tourism, and much more.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 236 Digital History: The Yellow and Yangtze Rivers

The Yellow River was the "cradle of Chinese civilization." The Yangtze River is the artery of China's wealth. Both of them originate from the Tibetan plateau and meander over three thousand miles across China until they finally meet the Pacific Ocean. Seventy million people's livelihoods are being sustained between these two rivers and their 31 main tributaries as well as 17 major tributary lakes. The Yellow and Yangtze tale, running from 5000 B.C. to 2000 A.D., is a microcosm of the history of the Chinese environment. Their past and present crises are also prime reference points to comprehend China's coming water crisis. In this class, we will make maps on top of learning history, and translate our book knowledge into visual guides using digital tools like ArcGIS, Google Earth, and Omeka.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 236W Digital History: Yellow and Yangtze River

The Yellow River was the "cradle of Chinese civilization." The Yangtze River is the artery of China's wealth. Both of them originate from the Tibetan plateau and meander over three thousand miles across China until they finally meet the Pacific Ocean. Seventy million people's livelihoods are being sustained between these two rivers and their 31 main tributaries as well as 17 major tributary lakes. The Yellow and Yangtze tale, running from 5000 B.C. to 2000 A.D., is a microcosm of the history of the Chinese environment. Their past and present crises are also prime reference points to comprehend China's coming water crisis. In this class, we will make maps on top of learning history, and translate our book knowledge into visual guides using digital tools like ArcGIS, Google Earth, and Omeka.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 237 Modern Germany, 1945-Present

This course examines the history of modern Germany since World War II. Starting with the end of the war, we will examine the process by which Germany was divided and the period of its division, tracing the histories and divergent characters of East and West Germany. We will then consider Germany's re-unification after 1989, subsequent controversies over the role Germany should take in international conflicts and the challenges of identifying a newly united Germany's place in an increasingly unified Europe, focusing on issues of immigration, national identity and citizenship. Course materials will include novels, films, memoirs, and historical accounts.

Last Offered: Spring 2016

HIS 237W MODERN GERMANY

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Last Offered: Spring 2016

HIS 238 Secret Nation: Russia's Hidden Past

Russia's profile was always that of a carefully-constructed enigma, as the government went to great trouble to gather (the secret police at home and espionage abroad) and manipulate (state control of printing and censorship) information. But the people were also keeping information from the government, and foreign states sent out disinformation of their own. It's clear that there was an active underground in religion, politics, and other areas. With the policy of glasnost, Gorbachev began the painful process of uncovering secrets from above, and a freer press began to do the same from below. We use materials from history, religion, literature, film, political science, and economics to give a broad and yet richly detailed picture of the information that was hidden and the means by which this was accomplished. The official secrecy that was originally a defensive move came to undermine the state it sought to protect. At the end, we will see to what extent old habits of secrecy persist in post-Soviet Russia.

Last Offered: Fall 2015

HIS 238W Secret Nation: Russia's Hidden Past

Russia's profile was always that of a carefully-constructed enigma, as the government went to great trouble to gather (the secret police at home and espionage abroad) and manipulate (state control of printing and censorship) information. But the people were also keeping information from the government, and foreign states sent out disinformation of their own. It's clear that there was an active underground in religion, politics, and other areas. With the policy of glasnost, Gorbachev began the painful process of uncovering secrets from above, and a freer press began to do the same from below. We use materials from history, religion, literature, film, political science, and economics to give a broad and yet richly detailed picture of the information that was hidden and the means by which this was accomplished. The official secrecy that was originally a defensive move came to undermine the state it sought to protect. At the end, we will see to what extent old habits of secrecy persist in post-Soviet Russia.

Last Offered: Fall 2015

HIS 239 Totalitarianism and Everyday Life

In this course we will compare everyday life in the Soviet Union under Stalin, Nazi Germany, and Fascist Italy. Topics we will discuss include the extent and location of popular support for these regimes, ordinary people's survival strategies, mass consumption, state efforts to manipulate family life and their success or failure, and gender roles. We will also analyze the concept of "totalitarianism" and discuss its value (or lack thereof) as a heuristic device.

Last Offered: Fall 2014

HIS 239W Totalitarianism and Everyday Life

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Last Offered: Fall 2014

HIS 240 History of British India

This course surveys the history of the Indian sub-continent from the coming of the British in the seventeenth century to its partition and independence in 1947. Course readings will emphasize the colonial experience and the results of colonial contact, especially as seen through changes in discourses, social structures, cultural norms, and collective identities. Readings will include essays, novels, and histories by both British and Indian writers. Class format will be a mix of lectures, discussions, and films.

Last Offered: Fall 2013

HIS 240W History of British India

This course surveys the history of the Indian sub-continent from the coming of the British in the seventeenth century to its partition and independence in 1947. Course readings will emphasize the colonial experience and the results of colonial contact, especially as seen through changes in discourses, social structures, cultural norms, and collective identities. Readings will include essays, novels, and histories by both British and Indian writers. Class format will be a mix of lectures, discussions, and films.

Last Offered: Fall 2013

HIS 241 China's Silk Road

The Silk Road, or Silk Route, is a series of trade routes through regions of the Asian continent connecting Chang'an (today's Xi'an) in China, with Asia Minor and the Mediterranean. It extends over 4,000 miles across land and sea. Trade on the Silk Road was a significant factor in the development of the great civilizations of China, Egypt, Mesopotamia, Persia, Indian subcontinent, and Rome, and helped to lay the foundations of the modern world. This course will examine the many civilizations that made up and communicated along these routes, from the eastward expansion of Alexander the Great in the 4th century BCE and the westward expansion of Han dynasty explorers in the 2nd century BCE into modern Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, to the expansion of the Mongol empire across China, Central Asia and Europe in the 13-14th centuries.

Last Offered: Fall 2013

HIS 241W N/A

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Last Offered: Spring 2012

HIS 242 The Culture of Zen

Zen Buddhism was the core around which many of Japan's greatest cultural achievements evolved. From the medieval period on, with its importation from China, the culture of Zen served as the primary context for much of Japanese metaphysics, architecture, landscape and interior design, medicine, ink painting, noh drama, haiku poetry, as well as the entire cultural complex known as the tea ceremony. Along with the Zen doctrinal and textual roots of these remarkable achievements, this course will examine the vibrant culture fostered in the medieval Zen monastic temple institution known as the Gozan and its dispersal into the culture at large.

Last Offered: Spring 2015

HIS 242W N/A

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HIS 243 Chinese Revolutions

More than a hundred years have passed since the fall of China’s last imperial dynasty in 1911. From that time until today, China was shattered and remade by ferocious upheavals: a Republican revolution, a Nationalist revolution, a Communist revolution, and the more recent consumer revolution that is turning China into a global power. How are we to make sense of this continuous revolution, which taken together, has transformed the lives of more people than any other political revolution on earth? In this class we will read much, discuss more, and grapple with the contradictions of the Chinese Revolution to see if we can discover how deep the rabbit hole goes.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

HIS 243W N/A

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Last Offered: Fall 2011

HIS 244 China-United States Relations since 1900

What was the link between Tsinghua University, the MIT of China, and the U.S. Congress? How did the Great Depression travel from New York to Shanghai? Why would millions of Chinese and American soldiers fight on Korean soil in the Korean War? How did Nixon become the most beloved American president in China, and Harvard the warm bed of Chinese dissidents? Will the current century witness the long marriage between Chinese and U.S. economies—the CHINAMERICA, or its bitter divorce? Let us read through news reports, human stories, and statistics together in this course, and find our own answers to the above questions.

HIS 244W N/A

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HIS 245 Tibet: History and Myth

Tibet: the rooftop of the world. The land of Tibet has occupied a contested zone between history and myth for hundreds of years, from a proud Central Asian empire to a Buddhist hermit kingdom guarded by fighting monks, and from a mystical Land of Snows to a militarized ethnic region of China today. In this class we will study the history of Tibet and the roles of neighbors like China and India in shaping that history. We will also explore how Tibet has become a cultural phenomenon, from legends of Shangri-La to Dalai Lama CDs to films like “The Golden Child” and “Seven Years in Tibet.” Careful reading and discussion will be crucial in this class as we wade through myths, political controversies, and even good, bad, and terrabad Hollywood movies in search of the historical Tibet.

Last Offered: Fall 2014

HIS 245W Tibet: History and Myth

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Last Offered: Fall 2014

HIS 246 Digital History: Mapping China's Economic History

In this course we will learn the art of “mapping history.” China, as big as a continent, is composed of at least nine macro regions. China’s twisting economic course throughout the 20th century, was result of the different macro regions’ economic journey. Here we invite you to examine China’s past as both a historian and a cartographer, mapping your findings on a specific region with tools such as line drawings, Google Earth, ArcGIS, and QGIS. Your digital creations may offer new insights toward visualizing modern China.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

HIS 246W Digital History: Mapping China's Economic History

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Last Offered: Spring 2017

HIS 247 The Korean War

The Korean War claimed over 3 million lives and led to the division of Korea, the isolation of China, and the rise of postwar Japan. In America, it helped push massive military buildup and McCarthyism. It was the first battlefield of the Cold War, the first jet war, and the first “limited war” whose battlefields---Chosin, Heartbreak Ridge, and Pork Chop Hill---taught Americans painful lessons that were all too quickly forgotten as the United States stumbled into Vietnam just over a decade later. This course covers modern Korean history, the role of Soviet and American intervention, China’s entry into the war, and the trauma of a Korean nation divided between North and South. Through history books, memoirs, and films, we will explore the lessons of the “Forgotten War” and the future of the Korean Peninsula.

Last Offered: Spring 2016

HIS 247W The Korean War

The Korean War claimed over 3 million lives and led to the division of Korea, the isolation of China, and the rise of postwar Japan. In America, it helped push massive military buildup and McCarthyism. It was the first battlefield of the Cold War, the first jet war, and the first “limited war” whose battlefields---Chosin, Heartbreak Ridge, and Pork Chop Hill---taught Americans painful lessons that were all too quickly forgotten as the United States stumbled into Vietnam just over a decade later. This course covers modern Korean history, the role of Soviet and American intervention, China’s entry into the war, and the trauma of a Korean nation divided between North and South. Through history books, memoirs, and films, we will explore the lessons of the “Forgotten War” and the future of the Korean Peninsula.

Last Offered: Spring 2016

HIS 248 The Samurai

SAMURAI: Swordsman---Servant---Warrior. Popular imagery portrays the samurai and their warrior code (Bushido) as the “soul” of Japan, and the samurai are as heavily romanticized as the knights of medieval Europe. But who were they, and were they really nobler than bloody killers? This course examines the origins of the warrior class in the 10th-11th centuries and its rise to power in the civil wars of medieval Japan. We will read books in Japanese history and literature to trace the peak and the end of the samurai age. We will also explore how the samurai have become a pop culture phenomenon, from the classic films of Akira Kurosawa to cult hits like “Rurouni Kenshin” and “Ghost Dog.” Careful reading and discussion will be crucial in this class to separate the real history from the popular myths.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 248W The Samurai

SAMURAI: Swordsman---Servant---Warrior. Popular imagery portrays the samurai and their warrior code (Bushido) as the “soul” of Japan, and the samurai are as heavily romanticized as the knights of medieval Europe. But who were they, and were they really nobler than bloody killers? This course examines the origins of the warrior class in the 10th-11th centuries and its rise to power in the civil wars of medieval Japan. We will read books in Japanese history and literature to trace the peak and the end of the samurai age. We will also explore how the samurai have become a pop culture phenomenon, from the classic films of Akira Kurosawa to cult hits like “Rurouni Kenshin” and “Ghost Dog.” Careful reading and discussion will be crucial in this class to separate the real history from the popular myths.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 249 N/A

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Last Offered: Spring 2017

HIS 250 Economies and Societies in Latin America and the Caribbean since 1492

The main thrust of the course is an attempt to provide a historical explanation for the general problem of material poverty and the attendant socio-political crises that characterize contemporary Latin America and the Caribbean. The course begins with an examination of the organization of the economies and societies in the region on the eve of the European conquest, and the factors determining the level of development attained by this time. This is followed by a discussion of the socio-economic processes during the colonial period. The post-colonial period (which differs from one country to another) is examined in the context of the inherited socio-economic structures of the colonial period and the changing conditions in the evolving modern global system.

Last Offered: Fall 2016

HIS 251 African Diaspora in Latin America

This upper-level seminar will analyze the arrival of over 6 million Africans to Latin America and their impact on the Portuguese and Spanish societies of the Western Hemisphere from 1500 to 1867. We will properly begin the study the African Diaspora in Latin America by studying the transition from Indigenous slavery to African slavery in Bahia, Brazil. The following weeks will cover the emergent demand for African laborers in the urban centers of Mexico, Colombia, Cuba and Peru. Throughout the class we will study the creative and creolizing cultural processes that accompanied the African presence in the region.

Last Offered: Fall 2015

HIS 251W African Diaspora in Latin America

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Last Offered: Fall 2015

HIS 252 Immigration and the Americas

Although the United States received the largest number of immigrants in the western hemisphere in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the relative impact of immigrants was just as important in other countries such as Argentina and Brazil. This course explores the complex events, trends and personal decisions that impacted migrants' decisions. We will seek to understand their movements as a function of three essential questions: why do people migrate; who migrates; and how do they choose where they migrate? The course will incorporate a variety of materials including interviews, memoirs, monographs and demographic studies. Students will also be involved in a hands-on discovery of Rochester’s own immigrant communities.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 252W We're Coming to the Americas: Immigration in the 19th and 20th Centuries

Although the United States received the largest number of immigrants in the western hemisphere in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the relative impact of immigrants was just as important in other countries such as Argentina and Brazil. This course explores the complex events, trends and personal decisions that impacted migrants' decisions. We will seek to understand their movements as a function of three essential questions: why do people migrate; who migrates; and how do they choose where they migrate? The course will incorporate a variety of materials including interviews, memoirs, monographs and demographic studies. Students will also be involved in a hands-on discovery of Rochester’s own immigrant communities.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 253 Mexico through Time

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Last Offered: Spring 2016

HIS 254 Big Business in the South: Business History of Latin America

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Last Offered: Spring 2017

HIS 254W BIG BUSINESS IN BRAZIL

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Last Offered: Spring 2017

HIS 255 1492 and Beyond: Identity, Culture, and Society in Colonial Latin America

This course will examine the writings of Spanish American residents from 1492 through the end of the seventeenth century. By focusing on conquerors, nuns and indigenous intellectuals, we will analyze the uses of literature as history and viceversa within the context of colonial rule in the Spanish-speaking Caribbean, Mexico, Peru and other spaces. A broad range of sources such as journal entries, poems, and chronicles (among others) will inform our understanding of colonial religion, society, identity, and politics. Readings will include: Christopher Columbus, Hernan Cortes, El Inca Garcilaso, Sor Juana Inés del la Cruz, Chimalpahin and others. Course work will consist of several short papers, a research paper, student presentations, etc. Course in English. *Students taking the course for Spanish credit must have taken SP 200 and will do some reading and most of the writing in Spanish. .

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 256 N/A

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Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 257 History of Masculinity

“Be a man” or “He acted like a real man” – we hear these and similar phrases around us all the time, but what does it mean “to be a real man”? How do we define what masculinity is? Does our definition of masculinity differ from, say, the medieval or Victorian? If so, then how and why? Using primary and secondary sources, as well as film and other media, this seminar explores the historical development of the modern concept of masculinity, the strategies that are used to learn to be “men” (such as sports), and how modern ideas about masculinity affect gender relationships in general as well as men’s mental and physical health.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 257W N/A

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HIS 258 Women's Lives and Letters: America 1830-1880

The description for HIS 258/W, 458, Women's Lives and Letters: Using manuscript correspondence of women from upstate New York in the mid-19th century, students will explore the historical themes contained in the letters--literature and reading, the creation of epistolary selves, readership and authorship, friendship, marriage, motherhood, illness and death, child-rearing, education, spirituality and religion, medical practice, and reform, including abolitionism and women's rights, among other public and domestic themes. Reading in secondary sources will historicize the letters' content; research projects will draw on other primary sources in UR's collections. Students will each transcribe and annotate about ten letters, identifying people and places named in them, and learn text encoding in order to tag the letters for the Seward Family Archive website.

Last Offered: Fall 2016

HIS 258W Women's Lives and Letters: America 1830-1880

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Last Offered: Fall 2016

HIS 259 History of Feminism: Colloquium

In this colloquium we will look at the history of international feminism and explore its many faces. We will examine the various factors that have contributed to women’s historically lower status in society; will look at the emergence of women’s rights and feminist movements as well as the distinctions among various feminist theories, and will discuss the relevance of feminism today.

Last Offered: Spring 2016

HIS 260 The Politics of Sport

This course is a survey of leading American ideas about God, nature, the self, society, and politics from the beginning of the seventeenth century through the mid-nineteenth century. Topics include Puritanism, the American enlightenment, the ideology of the American revolution, the ascendancy of evangelical Protestantism, American romanticism, pro- and anti-slavery thought, and the cultural crisis of the Civil War. Readings from Jonathan Edwards, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and others.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 261 American Thought II: 1865-1990

This course is a survey of leading American ideas about God, nature, the self, society, and politics from the mid-nineteenth century to the end of the twentieth century. Topics include the challenge of secular modernism (and "post-modernism") to mid-nineteenth century Christian and Enlightenment certainties; the rise and fall of social- democratic liberalism and the criticism of its radical and conservative adversaries; the course of debates over cultural pluralism and feminism; and the resilience of anti-modern strains in American social thought. Primary source readings from figures such as Jane Addams, Daniel Bell, Edward Bellamy, Randolph Bourne, Judith Butler, John Dewey, W.E.B. DuBois, Milton Friedman, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, William James, Martin Luther King, Jr., Thomas Kuhn, Christopher Lasch, Walter Lippmann, Malcolm X, Reinhold Niebuhr, Charles Sanders Peirce, John Rawls, Richard Rorty, William Graham Sumner, Thorstein Veblen, and Michael Walzer.

Last Offered: Fall 2014

HIS 262 American Culture to 1876

Posing as its central problem what kind of culture emerges from a society that lacks a proscribed order and fixed tradition, the course traces the transformation from a liberal, evangelical, and individualistic society to a secular and corporate one. Among the topics for consideration are the eclipse of Puritanism, the evangelical fervor, antebellum reform, the re-evaluation of gender, the changing nature of work, and the growing authority of science. The format will be two lectures and one class dicussioin on assigned reading per week. Readings include: H.B. Stowe, UNCLE TOM'S CABIN, H. Melville, "BARTLEBY, THE SCRIVENER," H. D. Thoreau, WALDEN, Edward Bellamy, LOOKING BACKWARD, and P.T. Barnum, STRUGGLES AND TRIUMPHS.

Last Offered: Spring 2010

HIS 263 American Culture since 1876

This course explores the values, assumptions, anxieties, and beliefs of Americans since the late nineteenth century. We will consider both "high" and "popular" cultural artifacts, ranging from literature to the movies, and explore such themes as: the tension between individualism and the quest for community; shifting attitudes toward technology; the impact of gender, race, and class on cultural expression; the search for viable American artistic traditions; and competing visions of social change.

Last Offered: Spring 2014

HIS 263W American Culture since 1876

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Last Offered: Spring 2014

HIS 264 The Idea of America

WHAT IS AMERICA? A country? A continent? A political ideal? A culture? This course traces the development of ideas about America, from its historical beginnings to our own time, from European fantasies about the New World and its possibilities to the experiences of settlers and citizens facing its realities. We will explore the competing and even contending narratives of America in a wide variety of cultural documents, from orations, sermons and political tracts to novels, poems, photographs, and films. The course is open to all interested students and required for all American Studies majors.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

HIS 265 Women and Work in America

This course will examine the economic activities of women in traditional societies that preceded and laid the foundations for early industrialization.  In a variety of pre-industrial societies from Europe, Africa, and the Americas, we will examine closely the participation of women as they contributed to their community’s economic and social wellbeing. The course will investigate the claim that women’s economic contribution was a primary determinant of the nature and pace of the shift from “household work” to “market places,” and ultimately to a “market economy.”

Last Offered: Fall 2011

HIS 265W N/A

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HIS 266 The Arts in American Culture

Examines selected topics in American art and culture of the 19th and 20th centuries. A central concern will be the way in which images, especially paintings and photographs, gave shape to the ideas of what America was and what it meant to be American, as well as to the creation of an urban culture.

Last Offered: Fall 2014

HIS 267 Music-Made America

This version of the course centers on the work of Bruce Springsteen and the manner in which this work reflects and reflects on American working-class experience and culture in the late twentieth century, as well as his efforts to sustain the traditions of populist social criticism while bearing the mantle of a rock star.

Last Offered: Fall 2016

HIS 267W N/A

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HIS 268 History of the American South, 1896-1946

Blue States! Red States! Why so many “red states” in the south? Why such a close attachment to family, religion, community? Why such a penchant for a distinct music, food, and sports culture? Why has the region been so long associated with social backwardness—violence, racism, and political conservatism? These and other characteristics (real or imagined) have roots that extend back to Europe and Africa while many are the result of more recent events—dating back only a few generations. This course will address these and other questions in the search of historical answer to the roots of southern peculiarities and the origins of those “Red States.”

Last Offered: Spring 2015

HIS 268W History of the American South, 1896-1946

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Last Offered: Spring 2015

HIS 269 The Civil War

Over 150 years after the Civil War, historians continue to disagree as to "what caused the war" and raise doubts as to exactly who were the "winners" and "losers." The course re-examines the causes, conduct, and consequences of the American Civil War.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

HIS 269W N/A

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Last Offered: Spring 2013

HIS 270 Progressive America

This course will examine the social, political, and cultural aspects of American Progressivism during the years 1890-1920. Among the topics of focus will be the movement's origins, its dominant strains of thought, its triumphs, and ultimate failure. In addition to providing a factual background of the movement and period, this course will assist students in developing and sharpening their reading, writing, and analytical skills.

Last Offered: Fall 2016

HIS 271 America and the "Good War"

This course is a study of the impact of the Second World War on the politics, society and culture of the United States. It is not a military history course or a course on foreign policy, though we will briefly consider the military and diplomatic aspects of the war. The focus is on the consequences of total warfare for the political economy, social structure, and cultural life of the nation, and particularly on the effects of some of the most traumatic events of the war--the Holocaust, Japanese-American internment, the dropping of the atomic bomb--on the American moral imagination.

Last Offered: Fall 2013

HIS 272 Spiritualism in America

The primary aim of this course is to explore the historical development and structural make-up of modern American Spiritualism. This course offers students a historical narrative that ranges from the early development of modern Spiritualism in upstate New York to current forms, such as African American Spiritual churches of New Orleans. In addition to this historical survey, the course examines major principles making up the framework of modern Spiritualism in America. Class format includes lectures, discussions, films, and field trips.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 273 Lincoln, Douglas, and American Freedom

In what was probably the world's greatest century, marked by several national and international struggles for human freedom, two men stand head and shoulders above the many great men and women who participated in a civil war for American freedom: Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. At first glance, these two men had little in common; one born free on the American frontier, the other unfree in the heartland of slavery. Yet they had much in common; both largely self-educated, they both attained a mastery for words and the ability to communicate simply and directly with their fellow man. As if born to fight in one major battle for human freedom, these two men traveled diverse roads to meet on a momentous battlefield: black freedom and the future of America. Utilizing a wide range of sometimes opposing tactics, each in his own way shaped 19th century Americans understanding of what it meant to be free and a citizen.

Last Offered: Fall 2012

HIS 273W Lincoln, Douglas, and American Freedom

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Last Offered: Fall 2013

HIS 274 History of Race in America

We will identify and discuss the salient moments in the nation's history when race functioned as an organizing principle in the construction of American public and private institutions. Course readings will examine the historical background of current debates on issues such as Affirmative Action, Diversity, Multiculturalism, Educational Testing, Reparations, the Media, and Political Party Re-alignment.

Last Offered: Fall 2016

HIS 274W History of Race in America

We will identify and discuss the salient moments in the nation's history when race functioned as an organizing principle in the construction of American public and private institutions. Course readings will examine the historical background of current debates on issues such as Affirmative Action, Diversity, Multiculturalism, Educational Testing, Reparations, the Media, and Political Party Re-alignment.

Last Offered: Fall 2016

HIS 275 Economics of Discrimination

Economic development of African Americans during the twentieth century, with an examination of the economics of discrimination.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 275W Economics of Discrimination

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Last Offered: Fall 2013

HIS 276 American Movies in their Moment: The Silver Age, 1968-1980

This course considers feature films as evidence for the cultural historian of modern America by considering the role of movies in the social imaginary of the "Seventies" (1968-1980). Films include Easy Rider, Taxi Driver, Deer Hunter, Apocalypse Now, Nashville, Star Wars.

Last Offered: Spring 2016

HIS 277 American Movies in their Moment: The Golden Age 1929-1945

This course considers feature films as evidence for the cultural historian of modern America by considering the role of movies in the social imaginary of the Great Depression and World War II. Films include Little Caesar, Gold Diggers of 1933, Gone with the Wind, Citizen Kane, Double Indemnity, Best Years of Our Lives.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

HIS 278 The Seward Family's Civil War

A hands-on introduction to web-design and historical editing using the Papers of William Henry Seward (1801-1872), Governor of New York, US Senator, and Secretary of State under Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War. The Rush Rhees Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation Department holds the collection, which contains Seward’s public and private correspondence, and that of family members, including his wife, five children, and their extended family. The course will include background reading on the Civil War era, technical instruction on web design in a computer lab, transcribing, editing, annotating historical manuscripts using the original documents, and participation in construction of a website for a digital edition of the papers. This course is a prerequisite for HIS 320: Seward Family in Peace and War, and internships working on the Seward Family digital editorial project.

Last Offered: Fall 2014

HIS 278W The Seward Family's Civil War

A hands-on introduction to web-design and historical editing using the Papers of William Henry Seward (1801-1872), Governor of New York, US Senator, and Secretary of State under Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War. The Rush Rhees Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation Department holds the collection, which contains Seward’s public and private correspondence, and that of family members, including his wife, five children, and their extended family. The course will include background reading on the Civil War era, technical instruction on web design in a computer lab, transcribing, editing, annotating historical manuscripts using the original documents, and participation in construction of a website for a digital edition of the papers. This course is a prerequisite for HIS 320: Seward Family in Peace and War, and internships working on the Seward Family digital editorial project.

Last Offered: Fall 2014

HIS 279 The Seward Family in Peace and War

A history class in the digital studies curriculum that assumes no background in either one. It is a hands-on introduction to the history of the family, gender, and the antebellum and Civil War eras, to historical editing, and to website design and creation, using the Papers of William Henry Seward (1801-1872), Governor of New York, US Senator, and Secretary of State under Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War. This semester, we will focus on the family’s correspondence from the 1830s, when Seward was away in Albany much of the time, first as a state senator and then as the governor of New York. Topics include the cholera epidemic of 1832, romantic love, and household economy.

Last Offered: Fall 2015

HIS 279W The Seward Family in Peace and War

A history class in the digital studies curriculum that assumes no background in either one. It is a hands-on introduction to the history of the family, gender, and the antebellum and Civil War eras, to historical editing, and to website design and creation, using the Papers of William Henry Seward (1801-1872), Governor of New York, US Senator, and Secretary of State under Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War. This semester, we will focus on the family’s correspondence from the 1830s, when Seward was away in Albany much of the time, first as a state senator and then as the governor of New York. Topics include the cholera epidemic of 1832, romantic love, and household economy.

Last Offered: Fall 2015

HIS 280 Archaeology of Early America

This course introduces students to historical archaeology and uses archaeological sites, material culture, and architecture to investigate European colonization of the Americas. Topics include Euro-Indian contact, the transfer of European and African cultures to American shores, creolization and the emergence of distinctly American traditions, Atlantic connections, and how non-documentary sources help us understand the lives of African-Americans, Indians, and white settlers.

Last Offered: Fall 2013

HIS 280W Archaeology of Early America

This course introduces students to historical archaeology and uses archaeological sites, material culture, and architecture to investigate European colonization of the Americas. Topics include Euro-Indian contact, the transfer of European and African cultures to American shores, creolization and the emergence of distinctly American traditions, Atlantic connections, and how non-documentary sources help us understand the lives of African-Americans, Indians, and white settlers.

Last Offered: Fall 2011

HIS 281 The Role of the State in Global Historical Perspective

The debate on the role of the state versus that of the free market in the socioeconomic process is as old as the history of political economy. We discuss what economists, political scientists, & economic historians characterize as the Washington consensus versus the Beijing consensus or the Asian model. This is followed by a discussion of the contributions of some notable thinkers — Adam Smith, Alexander Hamilton, Friedrich List, John Maynard Keynes, & Friedrich von Hayek. The greater part of the course deals with selected historical cases across the globe. The discussions are informed by a political economy conceptual framework, which helps to explain the politics and economics of state policy and the long-run historical processes that created the political & economic conditions. Students’ performance is based on three short essays (four typed pages each) presented to the class for discussion and thereafter revised for grading. No mid-term & final examinations.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

HIS 282 Hispanic Architecture in the Viceroyalty of Peru

The viceroyalty of Peru was arguably the most important and extensive of the Spanish dominions in the Americas, and from the 16th century became the southern stage of one of the most complex and far-reaching architectural and urbanistic adventures in the history of the world. The European building traditions had to be adapted to the geographical, material, and cultural characteristics of the new territories, with technological and stylistic developments being incorporated from the original Andean civilizations and transformed during the process. Most of these innovations and modifications endure until present times in one form or another, and became a significant part of the construction of the mixed identity of the region.

Last Offered: Fall 2013

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Last Offered: Fall 2010

HIS 283 Politics of Identity

Russia's self-image as it has evolved from Kievan Rus to the present, the product of geography, war, religion, strong leaders, brilliant writers, and other factors. Readings include works by Russian (Pushkin, Gogol, Dostoevsky), Jewish (Zionists, Sholem Aleichem, Babel), and Soviet authors, and the transcript of a conference on post-Soviet identity, held on the eve of Putin's presidency. At the conclusion of the course, we will look at Russia 2016, where a resurgent national identity has serious repercussions for the West. In English.

Last Offered: Spring 2016

HIS 283W Politics of Identity

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Last Offered: Spring 2016

HIS 284 History of the Body

We often marvel at the physical complexities of a human body. But the body has another, perhaps even more complex dimension: the cultural. Human bodies, both male and female, are sites that have been constructed, regulated, and punished in different ways at different times. Using literary texts, art, and scholarship, we will investigate some of these constructs historically and explore how they continue to affect our body experience to this day. Among other topics, we will discuss Christian and non-Christian religious views about human body and sex; investigate how these views shaped attitude to the body in Victorian England and other parts of the world; research changing definitions of beauty and of masculinity and femininity; explore racial bodies and Social Darwinist ideas of the turn of the century, and look at the historically changing body experience of pain and illness.

Last Offered: Spring 2015

HIS 284W HISTORY OF THE BODY

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Last Offered: Spring 2015

HIS 285 Digital History: Building a Virtual St. George's

Students will conduct guided research using a variety of software and historical sources to help create a Virtual Digital St. George’s – a 400-year-old town with approximately 250 properties and historic buildings. We will build multi-layer 2D and selective 3D computer models of the oldest town in English America (founded 1612). Work will include integrating different types of historical data into Excel or ArcGIS databases, independent research on specific buildings and property owners using digital newspaper archives, "building" individual 3D houses within the town using Sketch-Up, Maya, or Revit, reconstructing and furnishing historic house interiors using interior design software. Students with computer programming experience may develop mini-games or mobile devise apps to educate modern visitors to the town.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

HIS 285W Digital History: Building a Virtual St. George's

Students will conduct guided research using a variety of software and historical sources to help create a Virtual Digital St. George’s – a 400-year-old town with approximately 250 properties and historic buildings. We will build multi-layer 2D and selective 3D computer models of the oldest town in English America (founded 1612). Work will include integrating different types of historical data into Excel or ArcGIS databases, independent research on specific buildings and property owners using digital newspaper archives, "building" individual 3D houses within the town using Sketch-Up, Maya, or Revit, reconstructing and furnishing historic house interiors using interior design software. Students with computer programming experience may develop mini-games or mobile devise apps to educate modern visitors to the town.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

HIS 286 Modern Italy through Film

Taking the inspiration from Martin Scorsese’s anthological film My Voyage to Italy, the course focuses on a few momentous episodes and phenomena of Italian political, social, and cultural history as portrayed and interpreted in film. We will discuss aspects of Risorgimento, Fascism, the World Wars and their aftermath, the culture of individual cities, the contrast between North and South, the condition of women, emigration and immigration, power and repression, spirituality, and secularism. Among the major film directors, we will include Rossellini, Visconti, Fellini, Olmi, and Bertolucci. The analysis of the movies will be integrated with readings from the fields of history, literature, criticism, and theater. A glance at Verdi’s operas in the Nineteenth Century and at the tradition of social song as it develops in the post war period will complement the course. This course is complementary to HIS 228 offered in Arezzo.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 286W N/A

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Last Offered: Fall 2010

HIS 287 Ancient Medicine

This course examines the practices and theories of ancient medicine in their historical, political, religious, scientific and social contexts. Its goal will be to evaluate the concept of "health" as a cultural artifact, on the basis that a society's ideal of a "healthy, normal" body is culturally determined. Students should come away from this course with a model of how to interact with the healing practices of cultures other than their own, especially where those practices are of a highly non-secular nature.

Last Offered: Spring 2014

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Last Offered: Spring 2013

HIS 288 POLITICS AND CULTURE IN FASCIST ITALY

Interviewed by the Chicago Daily News in 1924, Mussolini said that Fascism was “the greatest experiment in history in making Italians.” Within the historical and political framework of the so-called Ventennio Fascista—from 1922 to 1943—the course examines Mussolini’s cultural politics as a fundamental strategy not only to gain popular consent and propagate the ideology of the regime, but to implement his vision of Italian national identity. Relying on both material culture, and historical documents and analyses, we will study the fascist philosophy and politics of education, the myth of Rome and its imperial legacy, the archeological, architectural, and restoration projects, the graphic arts, fashion, sports, and documentary film.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

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Last Offered: Fall 2012

HIS 289 Visionaries, Mystics, and Saints in Medieval and Renaissance Europe

What marked out some people as “friends of God” in medieval and Renaissance Europe? And how could contemporaries and modern authors write about interior religious states? The notion of sainthood and the status of mystical visionaries could, in fact, be topics of major dispute, as the example of Joan of Arc demonstrates. This course examines the linked phenomena of mysticism, visions, and sanctity through an introduction to major scholarship on the field, as well as to important contemporary sources for the study of saints and mystics.

Last Offered: Fall 2015

HIS 289W N/A

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Last Offered: Spring 2012

HIS 290 Ancient Christianity

The rise of early Christianity from a persecuted minority religious movement to the dominant religion of the Roman Empire.

Last Offered: Spring 2015

HIS 291 Christian History Part I

This course will examine the origin and evolution of Christianity, juxtaposing Christian belief and behavior with the historical environments Christianity existed in until 1500.

Last Offered: Fall 2015

HIS 291W Christian History Part I

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Last Offered: Fall 2013

HIS 292 The History of the Christian Church: From the Reformation to the Present

This course will focus on the relationship between Christianity and its social environments from the late Middle Ages to the modern world with special focus on the Reformation, enlightenment and present moment.

Last Offered: Spring 2016

HIS 292W The History of the Christian Church: From the Reformation to the Present

This course will focus on the relationship between Christianity and its social environments from the late Middle Ages to the modern world with special focus on the Reformation, enlightenment and present moment.

Last Offered: Spring 2014

HIS 293 Art and Culture of Eastern Christianity

This course examines Christian art in its cultural context in Eastern Europe, the Near East, and the Slavic world. The main theme will be the art of the Byzantine Empire centered in Constantinople until 1453, but in addition, we will look at developments in Post Byzantine Greece, the Balkans, Bulgaria, Kievan Rus', Armenia, and Georgia.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

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HIS 294 Marx, Nietzsche & Freud

This course examines the views of the Marx, Nietzsche, and Freud on religion. Each of these three thinkers developed a radical critique of the religion that was a vital part of his thought, and echoes of their views continue to be heard in contemporary debates about religion. We will discuss their explanations of the origins of religious ideas, the validity of their criticisms – most prominently that religion as such is now harmful to humanity – and how each man’s view of religion reflects larger concerns in his thought. Key Concepts of each thinker, such as alienation (Marx), nihilism (Nietzsche), and neurosis (Freud), will be analyzed.

Last Offered: Fall 2016

HIS 295 Jews in Italy: History, Society, and Culture

This Course will Explore the Jewish experience in Renaissance and early modern Italy with a special focus on Venice. Topics will include the institution of the ghettos, Jewish merchants and moneylenders, Jewish everyday life, the inquisition and the Marranos, and Jewish literature and the arts.

Last Offered: Spring 2016

HIS 296 Ancient Greek Historiography

This course examines the craft of ancient Greek historiography by looking at the method, style, and purpose of the ancient Greek historians. We will read selections from the major historians, including Herodotus, Thucydides, Xenophon, Polybius, Arrian, Appian, and Cassius Dio, as well discuss the more fragmentary and minor historians in the Greek historiographical tradition. Among the principal questions to be discussed in this course: What are the social and historical roots of the historiographical habit as practiced by the Greeks? How does ancient Greek history writing differ from the modern practice of history? How does the practice of writing history change in relation to the different social and historical.

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Last Offered: Spring 2011

HIS 297 The Reformation

On the 31st of October 1517 Martin Luther tacked 95 theological challenges to medieval Catholic beliefs on a cathedral door. Luther’s snowball led to the avalanche we call the Reformation. It permanently altered the western European world. Yet Luther was only a part of broad efforts to reform medieval Catholicism, many of which preceded Luther and many more would follow in the wake of his actions. Although related to problems in the church, the reform movement was also connected to complex economic, intellectual, and socio-political forces that were already at play. The purpose of this course is to examine what happened and why. The course will be conducted as a seminar and will require active participation and short essays. This course is meant to mesh with the Ferrari Symposium in the Humanities scheduled for April 2013.

Last Offered: Spring 2015

HIS 298 Deep Thoughts with German Thinkers

Why are we here? Why do we think what we think? Why do we like art? Appreciate music? Why do we create? Contemplate? Heal? Destroy? All of these big questions had answers…once upon a time. And most of those answers were in…German! That’s right: from the late 18th century to the middle of the 20th century German thinkers dominated the intellectual landscape of the world. This course will look at small texts by some of the most important German writers, musicians and philosophers during this period: Goethe, Kant, Beethoven, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, Schoenberg, Benjamin, Heidegger, Adorno and more. Additionally we will look at scientific and medical writings during this period to better understand why before 1933 Germans won more Nobel prizes than Britain and America combined. This course will be taught in English and all the literature will be in English.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

HIS 299 Archaeology Field and Research Methods

Using Smiths Island, Bermuda, as a historical laboratory, this course trains students in archival research and archaeological survey, excavation, and lab analysis techniques and prepares them for professional work as historical archaeologists. Students will also learn about Bermudian and Atlantic historical developments, trade relations, and slavery and the African diaspora since 1610. Participants will also be introduced to archaeological conservation, museum studies, and underwater archaeological techniques. No prior archaeology experience is necessary.

Last Offered: Summer 2015

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Last Offered: Summer 2013

HIS 300W The History of Nature

This course explores the history of the idea and condition of nature from ancient times to the present. Drawing on contemporary historical scholarship as well as a range of thinkers and writers from Petrarch to Thoreau and beyond, we will study the many ways in which humans have thought about and treated the natural world around them and how the natural world has shaped human history in turn. Some background in history is recommended.

Last Offered: Spring 2016

HIS 301W Modernity and Modernism: Topics Course

A study of selected topics in the history of modern thought and culture in Europe and the United States.

Last Offered: Fall 2014

HIS 302W The Power of Print

This course will examine the history of books, readers, and literacy in the United States from the colonial period to the present. It will explore how the printed word shaped both public events (e.g. the Civil War) and private experience (e.g. relationships within the family). The course will consider such topics as: the relationships between gender and reading; the connections between reading and citizenship; the impact of technological change on the book; the social uses of various kinds of reading; and the nature and development of literacy.

HIS 303W International Human Rights

What does it mean to be human? What political, economic, religious, social, or sexual rights might be part of different people's working definitions? This course will look at both a) the historical development of conflicting theories of human rights and b) more contemporary debates about their ideal extent, their exercise, and their enforcement. Special topics will include debates over the meaning of the American and French Revolutions, the fight to design an International Declaration of Human Rights in the aftermath of World War II, the history of organizations such as Amnesty International, and the controversy around UN events such as the 1995 World Conference on Women in Beijing, the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, and the 2000 and 2005 Millennium Summits in New York City.

Last Offered: Spring 2016

HIS 304W Readings in Atlantic History

This course surveys recent scholarship on the early modern Atlantic world emphasizing comparative, transnational and connective methodologies. Topics will include imperial rivalries, the emergence of creole cultures, trade and smuggling, oceanic and coastal environments, the circulations of commodities, diseases, print, and ideas, slavery and the slave trade, community studies of Atlantic places, and the promise and limits of an Atlantic perspective. Students will produce an original research paper on an Atlantic topic.

Last Offered: Fall 2010

HIS 305W Maritime Atlantic World

Study of European expansion into Africa and the Americas from the ages of Discovery to Revolution has taken many forms. Some pursued their investigations topically (slavery, migration, economic development, etc.) and others focused on particular colonies or regions. We shift the focus of inquiry to the Atlantic Ocean itself, as the geographic center of an expanding European world. Rather than treat the ocean as peripheral while studying the settlement of the Atlantic coast, we will be primarily concerned with activities that took place upon its watery face, delving into the lives of the tens of thousands of mariners who were catalysts in identity formation, migration, and economic development. Our focus will be on three topics: migration, (forced and free), maritime activities (seafaring, shipping, and fishing), and trade (how merchants did business and integrated regional economies). By the end, you will hopefully appreciate the centrality of the sea to the development of Africa, Europe, and the Americas.

Last Offered: Fall 2015

HIS 306W Evolution of the Current World Economic Order from 1500

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HIS 307W Socioeconomic Development of Atlantic World

Is a study in Atlantic World history beginning with a comparative examination of the economic, cultural, and political conditions in the major regions of the Atlantic in the mid-15th century. It proceeds systematically to analyze the expansive economic activities which followed the Portuguese and Spanish explorations and the colonization of the Americas. These activities had far-reaching economic, political, and cultural consequences in all regions of the Atlantic, with the emergence of an integrated Atlantic economy in the 19th century as the climax point. We focus centrally on the scholarly debates concerning the differential paths of development followed by the regions and countries of the Atlantic basin and the cultural mixtures (African, European, Americas) which evolved and conclude with a general discussion of the significance of these developments in the Atlantic World for the evolving global system. Student performance is evaluated on the basis of literature reviews and a term paper.

Last Offered: Spring 2010

HIS 308W The Global City

As of 2007, the majority of the world population has lived in cities. This course explores the development of global urbanism since 1945. Placing the global city in the historical context of urban settlement, we will focus on new forms of urban political and social organization, both formal and informal, as they have developed in the contemporary city. We will engage a range of complex policy issues confronting the global city, including issues of environmental and social justice, global markets and migrant labor, the infrastructural challenges of large-scale urban settlement, squatter communities and informal urbanism, and urban planning and governance. 

Last Offered: Fall 2013

HIS 309W The Mediterranean World, 1400-1800

As the meeting point between three continents—Africa, Asia, and Europe—the Mediterranean Sea has been a forum for conflict and acculturation for millennia. In the first part of this course, we will examine the work of historians who have understood the Mediterranean as a region both set apart and unified by its geography and networks of exchange. We will then test these ideas by taking a close look at issues of interconnectedness, boundary-crossing, and relations between Christians, Muslims, and Jews in the Mediterranean world during the late medieval and early modern period.

Last Offered: Spring 2014

HIS 310W The Political Economy of Food in Africa

A three-part exploration of the idea that in the world of African peasants food does not have an independent life apart from the social relations of those who eat it. Part I traces the social biography of food as it moves from the field to the table; Part II seeks to understand whether and to what extent the daily and seasonal processes of Part I acquired new meanings and long-term historical trajectories as a result of Africas engagement with the global economy, and Parts III recasts the issues raised in Parts I and II into a debate between peasant intellectuals and professional historians.

Last Offered: Fall 2011

HIS 311W The Atlantic Slave Trade and Africa, 1650-1851

By the middle of the 19th c. a highly integrated economic system, called the Atlantic Economic Order, had emerged, linking together through a web of multilateral trade the economies of the Atlantic basin that remained unconnected in the late 15th c. The economies of Africa occupied the lowest position within this Economic Order. We examine the extent to which the Transatlantic Slave Trade could help explain this weak position. Beginning with a general view of the level of socioeconomic development in Africa by the late 15th c., relative to other regions in the Atlantic basin, we will proceed to examine the impact of the Atlantic slave trade on the competitive development of commodity production in Africa for the evolving Atlantic market of the period, as well as the socioeconomic and political consequences of the export slave trade within Africa. One major theme of the course is the extent to which the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade limited the development of capitalism in Africa during the period in question.

HIS 312W N/A

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HIS 314W N/A

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Last Offered: Spring 2013

HIS 315W N/A

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HIS 316W N/A

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Last Offered: Spring 2012

HIS 317 N/A

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HIS 317W N/A

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Last Offered: Spring 2013

HIS 318W N/A

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Last Offered: Fall 2011

HIS 319 N/A

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HIS 319W N/A

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Last Offered: Spring 2013

HIS 320 N/A

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Last Offered: Spring 2013

HIS 320W Topics in Medieval History

Selected problems in the political, social, and intellectual history of the Middle Ages.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

HIS 321W Topics in Early Modern European History

Although most people in early modern Europe lived in rural settings, cities assumed new importance during this period. We will examine these cities as capitols for newly centralized empires and as engines of commerce while also considering how urban communities responded to challenges such as poverty, crime, demographic change, and social unrest. Through case studies including Venice, Amsterdam, London, Seville, and Constantinople, we will also explore how cities brought together elite values and the ‘culture of the street’ and thus played a key role in transitions from medieval to modern society.

Last Offered: Fall 2013

HIS 322W Topics in European Cultural History

Novels, plays, music, dance, poetry, painting ... How can we use individual artistic creations as a way of learning about the politics, economics, social structures, and psychological attitudes of the past? This course will answer that question by focusing on a series of modern European examples from the French Revolution through the Second World War.

Last Offered: Spring 2014

HIS 323W World War II: Eastern Front

This course is centered on class discussion of the readings. There will be little lecture time. We will focus on the history of the Soviet Union's struggle with Nazi Germany from 1941-1945, the largest and bloodiest military conflict in human history. Readings will deal with the Holocaust, the history of military operations, the Red Army's "learning curve" in its battle with the Wehrmacht, and everyday life on Nazi-occupied territory as well as the Soviet "home front." Viewing and discussion of documentary and fictional films will be a significant part of the class.

Last Offered: Fall 2013

HIS 324W 19th Century City

In seminar format, this course explores the development and character of both large and small cities in modern Europe, with more extended (but not exclusive) attention to the central European experience. We will consider the transformation of urban space during the epochal era from the late eighteenth through the late-twentieth centuries, looking at the processes of nation-building, industrialization, and commercialization, the development of mass or class cultures, and the urban dynamics of integration vs. fragmentation, private vs. public spaces, and control vs. freedom. Cities have played a crucial role in the development of European societies, often encapsulating the differences among them, while at the same time providing a space of mixing across ethnic, national, and class lines.

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HIS 325W Microhistory

Microhistorians focus on the everyday experiences of ordinary people and uses these to illuminate larger issues. In doing so, microhistory has challenged traditional notions of what matters within history: by choosing “little” people and events instead of seemingly more important political events and actors, by emphasizing marginalized groups usually left out of depictions of normative human experience, and by showing the limits within which individuals have been able to make meaningful choices in their lives. In this course, we’ll read several examples of microhistory, as well as critiques of the method, in order to explore some basic questions of historical study. Can we ever truly represent past lives? Where’s the boundary between history and fiction? What’s the relationship between past and present? Which is more convincing (or truthful): qualitative or quantitative evidence? Since our emphasis will be on the method itself, students will be free to choose research topics from any time period or region.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 326W HISTORY OF ADVENTURE

Why do people climb high mountains, traverse torrid desserts, and sail icy polar seas at mortal peril to themselves and often to no particular purpose? With an emphasis on mountaineering and the exploration of extreme environments, this seminar traces the history of the persistent human tendency to engage in that dangerous and exciting form of activity that we call adventure. Readings will largely consist of classic accounts and memoirs, ranging from Christopher Columbus's journals to Jon Krakauer's "Into Thin Air." Course requirements to include consistent participation in seminar discussions and a final research project.

Last Offered: Fall 2016

HIS 327W REAL EXISTING SOCIALISM

This course examines the diverse history of socialist ideology as lived-experience across Europe. Using historical case studies, from the Paris Commune and Anarchist Barcelona to Stalinist Moscow and Cold War East Germany, we survey the myriad forms socialist states took over the last two hundred years. The course highlights the politics, economics, and daily lives of socialist societies through historical monographs, film, and novels. It asks students to consider: how were these societies organized and why did they fail? To what extent were they a product of geo-political conflicts and the disruptive power of capitalism? Topics include: Secret Police; Plastic Cars; Revolutionaries; National Parks; World’s Fairs; Communist Fashion.

Last Offered: Fall 2016

HIS 328W Global History: 1968

An exploration of a causes and consequences of the most tumultuous year in post-World War II history. 1968 was the year of the Tet Offensive in Vietnam, the rise and brutal crushing of “socialism with a human face” in Czechoslovakia, assassinations in the United States, factory and university occupations in France, suppression of dissent in Mexico and Uruguay, and the feminist protest of the Miss America pageant, to name just a few of the highlights. Our task will be to understand why the tumult exploded internationally and how it shaped the present day.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

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HIS 330W British Imperialism

This seminar is an upper-level introduction to the history of British imperialism and colonialism from the 17th century to the present. Drawing on a variety of primary and secondary materials, we will explore such subjects as geographical exploration (from the South Seas to the Himalaya), colonial settlement and trade, the effects of empire on nature and environment, imperial psychology, imperial culture, gender and empire, decolonization, and the legacy of the British empire in Africa, Asia, and elsewhere. Readings will include classic works by Hobson and Lenin as well as novels, colonial memoirs, and histories. Our format will consist of a mix of informal lectures and discussions and the occasional documentary film. Short response papers and a final research paper (or alternative project) are required.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 331W Europe in 1215

Three events taking place in 1215 provide windows for close looks into the Medieval world of Western Europe. (1) The movement for a measure of control over the rapidly expanding royal power in England produced the Magna Carta. (2) The Fourth Lateran Council legislated important elements for the centralizing and papal-directed church and stimulated the creation of a theology to reach the laity more fully. (3) Poets began writing the vast prose cycle of Arthurian, chivalric romances that we know as the Vulgate or Lancelot-Grail cycle. In short, the course considers politics, law and constitutionalism in the growth of medieval monarchy, the centralizing clerical church and its relationship with the laity, and the world of Arthurian romance. We will take up each subject in turn before each student selects a theme within one of the topics for a research paper.

Last Offered: Spring 2014

HIS 332W Stalinism

In the early 1930s Joseph Stalin consolidated his one-man dictatorship in the USSR. He and his lieutenants revolutionized Soviet society and created a new and unique political and economic system, in large part through the use of state terror. In 1941-1945 Stalin led the Soviet Union in its death struggle with Nazi Germany; in the late 1940s and early 1950s he was one of the architects of the Cold War. In this class we will study social, political, economic and cultural aspects of Stalinism. The course will be focused on discussion of readings and writing of an original research paper, about 20 pages long.

Last Offered: Spring 2015

HIS 333W Russia in East Asia

We begin with the study of various approaches to analyzing the relations between societies balance of power realism, world systems theory, and anthropological/cultural analyses. We then use these analytical tools to examine relations between Russia and neighboring societies in East Asia over the last 150 years, beginning with the Chinese cession of the Amur region to Russia in 1858 and concluding with discussion of current competition for access to fossil fuel resources in the region. We will discuss episodes such as the Russian-Chinese-Japanese competition for influence in Korea in the 1880s, the construction of the Trans-Siberian Railway, the Russo-Japanese War, Soviet border policy and the undeclared war with Japan in the 1930s, the Soviet deportation of 700,000 Koreans from border regions in 1937-1938, the Korean War of 1950-1953, and Sino-Soviet relations after the victory of the Chinese Communist revolution in 1949. Class will be mostly devoted to discussion of readings and preparation of a final paper.

Last Offered: Fall 2012

HIS 334W The Soviet Union and the Cold War

This seminar, based around discussion of readings and a major research paper, will be focused on the Soviet side of the Cold War, including the conflict's impact on Soviet culture, society, daily life, and the economy.

Last Offered: Spring 2013

HIS 335W The Age of Great Cities: Europe in the Nineteenth Century

As a novel form of social and spatial organization, the rise of the modern industrial city between the late eighteenth and early twentieth centuries transformed the European landscape. This course tracks the rise of the modern city and explores the ways in which nineteenth-century Europeans perceived the city as an environment of unhoped for progress and unprecedented danger. The course focuses on four main themes: the physical landscape of the industrial city, political revolution in urban spaces, new forms of urban sociability, and intellectual and artistic responses to new urban environments.

HIS 336W Nations and Nationalism

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Last Offered: Fall 2014

HIS 337 N/A

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Last Offered: Fall 2012

HIS 337W N/A

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Last Offered: Fall 2012

HIS 338W N/A

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Last Offered: Fall 2011

HIS 339W N/A

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HIS 340W Modernity through East Asian Eyes

What is modernity? What does it mean in China, Japan, and Korea? These are vital questions---but let’s not be scared away just because they seem abstract. We will seek answers together through history, literature, and film. Each week we will discuss a theme (such as WAR, POWER, TIME, and RESISTANCE) through films and readings that help us see the puzzle one piece at a time. Our goal is to uncover how modernity has been experienced and pictured on the other side of the globe. In the process, we may gain not only a better understanding of East Asia, but also of ourselves. Note: this seminar assumes at least some basic knowledge of Asian history or society. Contact the instructor if you have not taken at least one course on Asia.

Last Offered: Spring 2014

HIS 341 N/A

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Last Offered: Fall 2012

HIS 341W Culture and Religion in the Indian Ocean

Long before the beginning of European expansion in the sixteenth century, the Indian Ocean constituted a cosmopolitan arena within which traders, religious scholars and mystics affiliated with different world religions circulated with minimal friction. Even during the period of high colonialism, when most shipping was controlled by Christian Europeans, Hindu, Buddhist and Islamic scholars continued to circulate throughout the region. This course will explore the transformations all four religious traditions underwent as they interacted during the last two centuries in this region. Readings include: Peter van der Veer, Imperial Encounters; Sugata Bose, A Hundred Horizons; Engseng Ho, The Graves of Tarim; Peter Metcalf, Imperial Connections.

Last Offered: Fall 2012

HIS 342 N/A

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HIS 342W Rich China, Poor China

The modern Chinese state has been shaped by its efforts to tackle economic strains. Imperial China collapsed in the throes of foreign imperialism and trade deficits. Republican China, being one of the few silver-standard countries in a gold-standard world, ran out of luck in fighting inflation. Socialist China became obsessed with a self-reliant economy, and established a state industry at the costs of impoverishing the entire rural population. And today, while China holds gigantic foreign reserves and launches spectacular Olympics and space ships, social welfare and individual rights have receded into a dim future. After toiling for gross economic surplus, will the Chinese people finally be the masters that share the fortune of the state? Come join me in this century-long and still ongoing journey, and learn the story of modern China’s search for wealth and power.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 343W N/A

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HIS 344W N/A

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HIS 345W N/A

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Last Offered: Spring 2012

HIS 346W N/A

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HIS 347W N/A

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Last Offered: Spring 2010

HIS 348W N/A

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Last Offered: Fall 2010

HIS 349W N/A

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HIS 350W Of Captors and Captives

This seminar focuses on captivity in Latin American societies from the prehispanic period to the twenty-first century. Captors have historically depended on the services of subjected populations in this region, whether used for labor, political domination and/or sexual control. Various forms of pre-Columbian captivity existed in Mexico, Peru and Brazil for domestic and ritual purposes (cannibalism, human sacrifice, etc.) before the arrival of African slaves to the region. We will study how indigenous systems of captivity clashed with Iberian notions of gender, domesticity and subservience. Recently, a flourishing trade in female sex slaves in Mexico and Central America has come to light. This seminar prompts us to consider why relations of extreme dependency remain so firmly entrenched in Latin American society. Students will develop an original research paper of their choice. No prior knowledge of Latin American history or Spanish/Portuguese language is necessary for this course.

Last Offered: Fall 2016

HIS 351W Urban History of Latin America, 1850-present

Although today the vast majority of Latin America's population lives in large metropolitan areas, at the turn of the twentieth century, the region was largely agrarian and rural. This course looks at the actual growth process of the city where trains and immigration led to subway systems and iconic soccer stadiums in cities like Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro and Lima. The course also focuses on challenges, such as environmental effects, slum neighborhoods and political conflict, which accompany such exponential growth. Students will explore course themes and topics through a combination of primary and secondary sources, film and literature.  Prior knowledge of Latin American history is not required.

Last Offered: Fall 2015

HIS 352 N/A

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Last Offered: Fall 2012

HIS 352W N/A

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Last Offered: Fall 2012

HIS 353 N/A

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HIS 353W N/A

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HIS 354W N/A

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HIS 355W N/A

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HIS 356 N/A

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Last Offered: Fall 2010

HIS 356W N/A

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Last Offered: Fall 2012

HIS 357 N/A

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HIS 357W N/A

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HIS 358W N/A

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HIS 359W N/A

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HIS 360W American and the World to 1865

Surveys the historiography of colonial and antebellum America. Senior history majors may register by invitation only.

Last Offered: Fall 2016

HIS 361 N/A

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Last Offered: Spring 2012

HIS 361W America and the World since 1865

Explores the major interpretations of American history from Reconstruction to the late 20th c. resurgence of conservatism. Senior history majors may register by invitation only.

Last Offered: Spring 2016

HIS 362W American Thought: Topics course

Selected topics in American thought, treating it in its social, political, and cultural context.

HIS 363W American Culture in the Great Depression and World War II

This course is an investigation of American cultural life during the Great Depression and Second World War (1929-1945). Emphasis on the interpretation of primary resources. Class will examine a range of material: autobiography, reportage, novels, movies, art, architecture, material culture, photography, social thought, and music. No prerequisites, though HIS 148 and/or HIS 252 would be helpful. Reading and discussion; two short papers and one longer paper.

Last Offered: Fall 2013

HIS 364 N/A

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Last Offered: Spring 2011

HIS 364W The Black Family in Slavery and Freedom

Almost four hundred years of slavery and racial discrimination have taken a toll on the black family. Despite this, the family has demonstrated a remarkable resilience as it has adapted to the demands of both slavery and freedom. Today, however, as the number of black millionaires grows rapidly, poverty in the nation expands exponentially. The course readings, class discussions, and assignments will seek to explain the huge disparities in wealth within the black community, identify their origin, and examine the scholarly claims that the very future of the black family in America is at risk.

Last Offered: Spring 2016

HIS 365W Topics in Early American History

This seminar introduces students to recent scholarship in the study of early America. Topics and approaches may include slavery and the formation of African-American culture, Revolutionary resistance, Euro-Indian encounters, religion and witchcraft, micro-history, gender roles, warfare, and environmental history. Using selected monographs, we will not only examine various interpretations of past events, but also dissect texts to discern how historians use evidence from the past to construct historical narratives - how historians "make" history.

Last Offered: Fall 2010

HIS 366W 18th Century Anglo-America

Readings on the history and historiography of 18th c. Great Britain, the European Empires, and North America from the Glorious Revolution through the American Revolution, adoption of the US Constitution, and the presidencies of George Washington and John Adams. The readings will address social, political, intellectual, and cultural issues, the history of slavery, race relations, religion, the environment, immigration, and American Indians.

Last Offered: Spring 2015

HIS 367W Topics in Revolutionary America

This course explores the roots of the American Revolution and uses recent scholarship to consider how the war affected a wide array of Americans. We will also situate the American Revolution in its Atlantic and global contexts as we examine the course of the war and its enduring legacies.

Last Offered: Fall 2013

HIS 368W American Culture at Mid-Twentieth Century, 1946-1975

The seminar addresses the central themes of American cultural life in the mid-twentieth century -- the growing importance of psychological explanation, the emphasis on remaking norms, and the difficulties in maintaining or find oneself. Among the issues considered are the contributions of Jews and African-Americans, abstract expressionism, the rise of youth as cultural producers, the new sexuality, and feminism.

Last Offered: Fall 2015

HIS 369 GLOBAL AMERICA 1865-PRESENT

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HIS 369W GLOBAL AMERICA 1865-PRESENT

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Last Offered: Spring 2017

HIS 370W Topics in 19th Century American Cultural History

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HIS 371 RELIGION,POLI&CULTURE WAR

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Last Offered: Fall 2016

HIS 371W Topics in 20th Century American Cultural History

This course concentrates on the cultural and intellectual ferment of the first twenty years of the twentieth century spurred by the growing acceptance of the idea that no single principle could account fully for diverse phenomena. In many fields of inquiry, the notion that there were many truths, many values, and many beauties challenged the way of the world. As a result, American cultural and intellectual life featured a sense that the world was not already made, that standards were not firm and fixed, that accepted hierarchies were not always valid, and that contingency and context mattered. Among the fields of inquiry we will address are popular culture, philosophy, political science, psychology, and anthropology.

Last Offered: Fall 2016

HIS 372W Topics in 20th Century US History

A research seminar in 20th century American history. Some common reading in recent work in the field will be coupled with independent, individualized student research projects.

Last Offered: Spring 2016

HIS 373W American Health Policy and Politics

This course examines the formation and evolution of American health policy from a political and historical perspective. Concentrating on developments from the early twentieth century to the present, the focus of readings and discussions will be political forces and institutions and historical and cultural contexts. Among the topics covered are periodic campaigns for national health insurance, efforts to rationalize and regionalize health care institutions, the creation of Medicare and Medicaid and the further evolution of these programs, the rise to dominance of economists and economic analysis in the shaping of health policy, incremental and state-based vs. universal and federal initiatives, the formation and failure of the Clinton administration’s health reform agenda, and national health reform efforts during the Obama administration.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 374W Topics in American Social Thought

This course delves into the conceptions and understanding that Americans have devised to understand their collective life. Emphasis on formal thought that maps the structure of society and dynamics of social activity. Topics will vary from year to year but among possible investigations are American understandings of capitalism, the nature of social justice, the problem of social cohesion.

HIS 375W Benjamin Franklin's America

This research seminar explores political, cultural, intellectual, and scientific topics in colonial America, circa 1710 to 1790 through the multifaceted figure of Benjamin Franklin.

Last Offered: Spring 2014

HIS 376W Plantation Societies in the Americas

An investigation of the development of plantation societies in North America, Latin America, and the Caribbean in an attempt to compare and contrast the resulting effects of the differing influences brought by Europeans to the New World.

HIS 377 N/A

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Last Offered: Fall 2012

HIS 377W Emergence of the Modern Congress

Through intensive reading and discussion, we will analyze the major institutional features of Congress, with an emphasis on historical development. We will examine the basic institutions of the House and Senate--committees, parties, leaders, and rules. In doing this, we will consider the rise of careerism, the seniority system, agenda-setting, electoral concerns, divided government, efforts at institutional reform, party polarization, gridlock, and the Senate filibuster.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 378 Urban Change and City Politics

Through reading and research, this course examines major issues in urban politics, history, and sociology. This course is a seminar, intended for advanced undergraduates with a substantial background in the social sciences.

Last Offered: Fall 2016

HIS 378W Urban Change and City Politics

Through reading and research, this course examines major issues in urban politics, history, and sociology. This course is a seminar, intended for advanced undergraduates with a substantial background in the social sciences.

Last Offered: Fall 2016

HIS 379W N/A

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HIS 380W The Visual Culture of Heritage and Identity

Cultural critic Stuart Hall has observed that Heritage is a discursive practice. It is one of the ways in which the nation slowly constructs for itself a sort of collective social memory. This upper level seminar will look at case studies of how people (through the collectivities of gender, ethnicity, race, or nation) construct visual narratives about the past. Among the topics for consideration are Holocaust memorials, Native American and Polynesian museums and cultural centers, African American quilt histories, and even individual artists projects of the last few decades (Judy Chicago, Fred Wilson, Silvia Gruner, José Bedia, and Jolene Rickard, among others). We will see how various constituencies have borrowed from what Arjun Appadurai has called a warehouse of cultural scenarios in order to construct a useable past that supplies what is needed in the present, irrespective of its relationship to the verifiable realities of the past.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 381 N/A

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HIS 381W Just and Unjust Wars

This research seminar considers the concepts of just and unjust war and the application of just war theory to specific historical cases. Together we will take a historical overview of the theories and then students will research a particular case within a larger historical context. You will identify research questions, primary and secondary sources, and your approach to the problem. We will meet to discuss shared readings, one-page research proposals, bibliographies, thesis statements and first paragraphs, and first drafts of research papers. Students will write at least two drafts of their final paper, each twenty to thirty pages in length.

HIS 382W Apocalypse Now...and Then: A History of Apocalyptic Thought

This seminar examines the history of beliefs about the end of the world in the western Judeo-Christian tradition. We will examine such topics as the birth of apocalyptic thought, the medieval development of various aspects of traditions about the End (such as the figure of Antichrist and millenarian traditions), millennial influences on the discovery and colonization of the New World, millennial movements of the last two centuries (such as the Millerites and the Mormons), and contemporary apocalyptic scenarios. A major theme of the course will be the flexibility of apocalyptic language, its ability to interpret various historical situations, and its power to move people to acceptance or action.

Last Offered: Fall 2015

HIS 383 DISEASE AND SOCIETY

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HIS 383W Disease and Society from Antiquity to the Present

What is the relationship between disease and the society in which it strikes? How do societies define disease, and how does culture affect the treatment of the sick? How have scholars written the history of disease? In this research seminar, students will explore such questions by examining interactions between disease and society in western cultures from antiquity through the present, at the same time pondering what this insight can tell us as we face the frightening prospect of new killers like Ebola and resistant strains of old diseases like tuberculosis. Throughout, the course will insist that the experience of disease is not simply a biological fact, but is conditioned by the culture in which we live.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

HIS 384 N/A

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Last Offered: Fall 2010

HIS 384W The Family in History

Family history is a sub-field of study that grew over the past fifty years as an aspect of social and cultural history. During the first half of the semester, we will discuss shared foundational readings as students define their individual research project and present a proposal, bibliography, and thesis statement. All students will research and write two drafts of a primary-source based research paper in the range of 20-30 pages in length in addition to footnotes or endnotes and bibliography according to the Chicago Manual of Style. Students may, if they are interested, focus their research on the Seward Family Papers, of which a substantial number of letters have been transcribed over the past two years. This documentary editing project draws on the correspondence of the Seward family of Auburn, New York during the period 1817-1872.

Last Offered: Spring 2015

HIS 385W N/A

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HIS 386 THE OTHER ATLANTIC: ETHNOHIS

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HIS 386W N/A

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Last Offered: Spring 2017

HIS 387W N/A

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HIS 388W N/A

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HIS 389W Senior Seminar

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HIS 390 Supervised Teaching

Individual instruction in the teaching of history under the supervision of a faculty member.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

HIS 391 N/A

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Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 391W Independent Study

Designed for junior and senior students who wish to pursue an independent reading program with a professor; required for honors program participants. Upper-level writing credit awarded if students prepare and revise an extended essay.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 392 N/A

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HIS 392W PRACTICUM

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Last Offered: Fall 2013

HIS 393 N/A

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Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 393W Senior Project

For seniors writing an extended essay under faculty supervision. Upper-level writing credit awarded if students prepare and revise an extended essay.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 394 Public History Internship

Experience in an applied setting supervised on site. Approved and overseen by a University instructor.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 394W N/A

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HIS 395 N/A

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Last Offered: Spring 2017

HIS 395W Independent Research

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Last Offered: Spring 2017

HIS 396W N/A

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HIS 398 Honors Research Seminar (2 credits)

A forum in which students can present preliminary versions of their theses and get critical feedback from both their student colleagues and the instructor.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

HIS 399 Advanced Archaeology Field and Research Methods

Using Smiths Island, Bermuda, and a historical laboratory, this course trains experienced archaeology students in advanced field and research techniques, which may include geophysical remote sensing surveys, recording and GIS manipulation of digital site information, advanced lab analysis and artifact identification methods, independent historical research focused on site-specific questions, and independent field supervision of site and/or test pit excavations, depending on the interests of students.

Last Offered: Summer 2015

HIS 399A N/A

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Last Offered: Summer 2013

HIS 400 The History of Nature

This course explores the history of the idea and condition of nature from ancient times to the present. Drawing on contemporary historical scholarship as well as a range of thinkers and writers from Petrarch to Thoreau and beyond, we will study the many ways in which humans have thought about and treated the natural world around them and how the natural world has shaped human history in turn. Some background in history is recommended.

Last Offered: Spring 2016

HIS 401 Modernity and Modernism: Topics course

A study of selected topics in the history of modern thought and culture in Europe and the United States.

Last Offered: Fall 2014

HIS 402 The Power of Print

This course will examine the history of books, readers, and literacy in the United States from the colonial period to the present. It will explore how the printed word shaped both public events (e.g. the Civil War) and private experience (e.g. relationships within the family). The course will consider such topics as: the relationships between gender and reading; the connections between reading and citizenship; the impact of technological change on the book; the social uses of various kinds of reading; and the nature and development of literacy.

HIS 403 International Human Rights

What does it mean to be human? What political, economic, religious, social, or sexual rights might be part of different people's working definitions? This course will look at both a) the historical development of conflicting theories of human rights and b) more contemporary debates about their ideal extent, their exercise, and their enforcement. Special topics will include debates over the meaning of the American and French Revolutions, the fight to design an International Declaration of Human Rights in the aftermath of World War II, the history of organizations such as Amnesty International, and the controversy around UN events such as the 1995 World Conference on Women in Beijing, the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, and the 2000 and 2005 Millennium Summits in New York City.

Last Offered: Spring 2016

HIS 404 Readings in Atlantic History

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Last Offered: Fall 2010

HIS 405 Maritime Atlantic World

Study of European expansion into Africa and the Americas from the ages of Discovery to Revolution has taken many forms. Some pursued their investigations topically (slavery, migration, economic development, etc.) and others focused on particular colonies or regions. We shift the focus of inquiry to the Atlantic Ocean itself, as the geographic center of an expanding European world. Rather than treat the ocean as peripheral while studying the settlement of the Atlantic coast, we will be primarily concerned with activities that took place upon its watery face, delving into the lives of the tens of thousands of mariners who were catalysts in identity formation, migration, and economic development. Our focus will be on three topics: migration, (forced and free), maritime activities (seafaring, shipping, and fishing), and trade (how merchants did business and integrated regional economies). By the end, you will hopefully appreciate the centrality of the sea to the development of Africa, Europe, and the Americas.

Last Offered: Fall 2015

HIS 406 Evolution of the Current World Economic Order from 1500

The course traces the historical origins of the integration and hierarchical structure of the current global economy. It examines specifically the historical forces which produced the unequal international division of labor between industrial and non-industrial nations, starting with the British Industrial Revolution which occurred within the Atlantic world economy. The rise and fall of the USSR and the command economies of Eastern Europe are examined in the context of efforts by underdeveloped countries to improve their performance and location within the global economy. The more recent successes of some Asian countries and the continuing external debt problems of Latin American and African countries are also examined with the conceptual framework of international political economy to predict the probable future of all poor peoples both in the poor and in the rich countries.

HIS 407 Socioeconomic Development of the Atlantic World

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Last Offered: Spring 2010

HIS 408 The Global City

As of 2007, the majority of the world population has lived in cities. This course explores the development of global urbanism since 1945. Placing the global city in the historical context of urban settlement, we will focus on new forms of urban political and social organization, both formal and informal, as they have developed in the contemporary city. We will engage a range of complex policy issues confronting the global city, including issues of environmental and social justice, global markets and migrant labor, the infrastructural challenges of large-scale urban settlement, squatter communities and informal urbanism, and urban planning and governance. 

Last Offered: Fall 2013

HIS 409 The Mediterranean World, 1400-1800

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Last Offered: Spring 2014

HIS 410 The Political Economy of Food in Africa

By the middle of the 19th c. a highly integrated economic system, called the Atlantic Economic Order, had emerged, linking together through a web of multilateral trade the economies of the Atlantic basin that remained unconnected in the late 15th c. The economies of Africa occupied the lowest position within this Economic Order. We examine the extent to which the Transatlantic Slave Trade could help explain this weak position. Beginning with a general view of the level of socioeconomic development in Africa by the late 15th c., relative to other regions in the Atlantic basin, we will proceed to examine the impact of the Atlantic slave trade on the competitive development of commodity production in Africa for the evolving Atlantic market of the period, as well as the socioeconomic and political consequences of the export slave trade within Africa. One major theme of the course is the extent to which the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade limited the development of capitalism in Africa during the period in question.

Last Offered: Fall 2011

HIS 411 The Atlantic Slave Trade and Africa, 1650-1851

By the middle of the 19th c. a highly integrated economic system, called the Atlantic Economic Order, had emerged, linking together through a web of multilateral trade the economies of the Atlantic basin that remained unconnected in the late 15th c. The economies of Africa occupied the lowest position within this Economic Order. We examine the extent to which the Transatlantic Slave Trade could help explain this weak position. Beginning with a general view of the level of socioeconomic development in Africa by the late 15th c., relative to other regions in the Atlantic basin, we will proceed to examine the impact of the Atlantic slave trade on the competitive development of commodity production in Africa for the evolving Atlantic market of the period, as well as the socioeconomic and political consequences of the export slave trade within Africa. One major theme of the course is the extent to which the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade limited the development of capitalism in Africa during the period in question.

HIS 412 N/A

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Last Offered: Fall 2011

HIS 413 N/A

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HIS 414 N/A

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Last Offered: Spring 2013

HIS 415 N/A

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HIS 416 N/A

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Last Offered: Spring 2012

HIS 417 N/A

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Last Offered: Spring 2013

HIS 418 N/A

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Last Offered: Fall 2011

HIS 419 N/A

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Last Offered: Spring 2013

HIS 420 Topics in Medieval European History

Selected problems in the political, social, and intellectual history of the Middle Ages.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

HIS 421 Topics in Early Modern European History

Although most people in early modern Europe lived in rural settings, cities assumed new importance during this period. We will examine these cities as capitols for newly centralized empires and as engines of commerce while also considering how urban communities responded to challenges such as poverty, crime, demographic change, and social unrest. Through case studies including Venice, Amsterdam, London, Seville, and Constantinople, we will also explore how cities brought together elite values and the ‘culture of the street’ and thus played a key role in transitions from medieval to modern society.

Last Offered: Fall 2013

HIS 422 Topics in European Cultural History

Novels, plays, music, dance, poetry, painting ... How can we use individual artistic creations as a way of learning about the politics, economics, social structures, and psychological attitudes of the past? This course will answer that question by focusing on a series of modern European examples from the French Revolution through the Second World War.

Last Offered: Spring 2014

HIS 423 World War II: Eastern Front

This course is centered on class discussion of the readings. There will be little lecture time. We will focus on the history of the Soviet Union's struggle with Nazi Germany from 1941-1945, the largest and bloodiest military conflict in human history. Readings will deal with the Holocaust, the history of military operations, the Red Army's "learning curve" in its battle with the Wehrmacht, and everyday life on Nazi-occupied territory as well as the Soviet "home front." Viewing and discussion of documentary and fictional films will be a significant part of the class.

Last Offered: Fall 2013

HIS 424 19th Century City

In seminar format, this course explores the development and character of both large and small cities in modern Europe, with more extended (but not exclusive) attention to the central European experience. We will consider the transformation of urban space during the epochal era from the late eighteenth through the late-twentieth centuries, looking at the processes of nation-building, industrialization, and commercialization, the development of mass or class cultures, and the urban dynamics of integration vs. fragmentation, private vs. public spaces, and control vs. freedom. Cities have played a crucial role in the development of European societies, often encapsulating the differences among them, while at the same time providing a space of mixing across ethnic, national, and class lines.

HIS 425 Microhistory

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Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 426 HISTORY OF ADVENTURE

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Last Offered: Fall 2016

HIS 427 REAL EXISTING SOCIALISM

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Last Offered: Fall 2016

HIS 428 N/A

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Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 429 HISTORY OF FRIENDSHIP

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Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 430 War, Money, and Ordinary People

This course covers topics such as the changing nature of warfare, the lives of ordinary people, how the state attempted to control their private lives. It also looks at the global world which had emerged along with the growth of national feeling.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 431 Europe in 1215

Three events taking place in 1215 provide windows for close looks into the Medieval world of Western Europe. (1) The movement for a measure of control over the rapidly expanding royal power in England produced the Magna Carta. (2) The Fourth Lateran Council legislated important elements for the centralizing and papal-directed church and stimulated the creation of a theology to reach the laity more fully. (3) Poets began writing the vast prose cycle of Arthurian, chivalric romances that we know as the Vulgate or Lancelot-Grail cycle. In short, the course considers politics, law and constitutionalism in the growth of medieval monarchy, the centralizing clerical church and its relationship with the laity, and the world of Arthurian romance. We will take up each subject in turn before each student selects a theme within one of the topics for a research paper.

Last Offered: Spring 2014

HIS 432 Stalinism

In the early 1930s Joseph Stalin consolidated his one-man dictatorship in the USSR. He and his lieutenants revolutionized Soviet society and created a new and unique political and economic system, in large part through the use of state terror. In 1941-1945 Stalin led the Soviet Union in its death struggle with Nazi Germany; in the late 1940s and early 1950s he was one of the architects of the Cold War. In this class we will study social, political, economic and cultural aspects of Stalinism. The course will be focused on discussion of readings and writing of an original research paper, about 20 pages long.

Last Offered: Spring 2015

HIS 433 Russia in East Asia

We begin with the study of various approaches to analyzing the relations between society’s balance of power realism, world systems theory, and anthropological/cultural analyses. We then use these analytical tools to examine relations between Russia and neighboring societies in East Asia over the last 150 years, beginning with the Chinese cession of the Amur region to Russia in 1858 and concluding with discussion of current competition for access to fossil fuel resources in the region. We will discuss episodes such as the Russian-Chinese-Japanese competition for influence in Korea in the 1880s, the construction of the Trans-Siberian Railway, the Russo-Japanese War, Soviet border policy and the undeclared war with Japan in the 1930s, the Soviet deportation of 700,000 Koreans from border regions in 1937-1938, the Korean War of 1950-1953, and Sino-Soviet relations after the victory of the Chinese Communist revolution in 1949. Class will be mostly devoted to discussion of readings and preparation of a final paper.

Last Offered: Fall 2012

HIS 434 The Soviet Union and the Cold War

This seminar, based around discussion of readings and a major research paper, will be focused on the Soviet side of the Cold War, including the conflict's impact on Soviet culture, society, daily life, and the economy.

Last Offered: Spring 2013

HIS 435 The Age of Great Cities: Europe in the Nineteenth Century

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HIS 436 N/A

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Last Offered: Spring 2015

HIS 437 N/A

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Last Offered: Fall 2012

HIS 438 N/A

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Last Offered: Fall 2011

HIS 439 N/A

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HIS 440 Modernity through East Asian Eyes

What is modernity? What does it mean in China, Japan, and Korea? These are vital questions---but let’s not be scared away just because they seem abstract. We will seek answers together through history, literature, and film. Each week we will discuss a theme (such as WAR, POWER, TIME, and RESISTANCE) through films and readings that help us see the puzzle one piece at a time. Our goal is to uncover how modernity has been experienced and pictured on the other side of the globe. In the process, we may gain not only a better understanding of East Asia, but also of ourselves. Note: this seminar assumes at least some basic knowledge of Asian history or society. Contact the instructor if you have not taken at least one course on Asia.

Last Offered: Spring 2014

HIS 441 Culture and Religion of the Indian Ocean

Long before the beginning of European expansion in the sixteenth century, the Indian Ocean constituted a cosmopolitan arena within which traders, religious scholars and mystics affiliated with different world religions circulated with minimal friction. Even during the period of high colonialism, when most shipping was controlled by Christian Europeans, Hindu, Buddhist and Islamic scholars continued to circulate throughout the region. This course will explore the transformations all four religious traditions underwent as they interacted during the last two centuries in this region. Readings include: Peter van der Veer, Imperial Encounters; Sugata Bose, A Hundred Horizons; Engseng Ho, The Graves of Tarim; Peter Metcalf, Imperial Connections.

HIS 442 Rich China, Poor China

The modern Chinese state has been shaped by its efforts to tackle economic strains. Imperial China collapsed in the throes of foreign imperialism and trade deficits. Republican China, being one of the few silver-standard countries in a gold-standard world, ran out of luck in fighting inflation. Socialist China became obsessed with a self-reliant economy, and established a state industry at the costs of impoverishing the entire rural population. And today, while China holds gigantic foreign reserves and launches spectacular Olympics and space ships, social welfare and individual rights have receded into a dim future. After toiling for gross economic surplus, will the Chinese people finally be the masters that share the fortune of the state? Come join me in this century-long and still ongoing journey, and learn the story of modern China’s search for wealth and power.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 443 N/A

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HIS 444 N/A

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HIS 445 N/A

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Last Offered: Spring 2012

HIS 446 N/A

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Last Offered: Fall 2011

HIS 447 N/A

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Last Offered: Spring 2010

HIS 448 N/A

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Last Offered: Fall 2010

HIS 449 N/A

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HIS 450 Of Captors and Captives

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Last Offered: Fall 2016

HIS 451 Urban History in Latin America, 1850-present

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Last Offered: Fall 2015

HIS 452 N/A

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Last Offered: Fall 2012

HIS 453 N/A

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HIS 454 N/A

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HIS 455 N/A

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HIS 456 N/A

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Last Offered: Fall 2012

HIS 457 N/A

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HIS 458 Women's Lives and Letters: America 1830-1880

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Last Offered: Fall 2016

HIS 459 N/A

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HIS 460 America and the World to 1865

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Last Offered: Fall 2016

HIS 461 American and the World since 1865

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Last Offered: Spring 2016

HIS 462 American Thought: Topics course

Selected topics in American thought, treating it in its social, political, and cultural context.

HIS 463 American Culture in the Great Depression and World War II

This course is an investigation of American cultural life during the Great Depression and Second World War (1929-1945). Emphasis on the interpretation of primary resources. Class will examine a range of material: autobiography, reportage, novels, movies, art, architecture, material culture, photography, social thought, and music. No prerequisites, though HIS 148 and/or HIS 252 would be helpful. Reading and discussion; two short papers and one longer paper.

Last Offered: Spring 2010

HIS 464 The Black Family in Slavery and Freedom

After a discussion of the Moynihan Report controversy and an assessment of the literature on the black family, the readings will investigate why and how stable black families were encouraged, and how they developed under slavery. The impact of factors such as economics, politics, religion, gender, medicine, and the proximity of free families, on the structure of the black family will be given special attention. In this way, the structure of the slave family on the eve of Emancipation, and its preparedness for freedom, will be tested and assessed. Students will be encouraged to identify persistent links between the "history" of slavery and the black family, and the development of social policy.

Last Offered: Spring 2016

HIS 465 Topics in Early American History

This seminar introduces students to recent scholarship in the study of early America. Topics and approaches may include slavery and the formation of African-American culture, Revolutionary resistance, Euro-Indian encounters, religion and witchcraft, micro-history, gender roles, warfare, and environmental history. Using selected monographs, we will not only examine various interpretations of past events, but also dissect texts to discern how historians use evidence from the past to construct historical narratives - how historians "make" history.

Last Offered: Fall 2010

HIS 466 18th Century Anglo-America

Readings on the history and historiography of 18th c. Great Britain, the European Empires, and North America from the Glorious Revolution through the American Revolution, adoption of the US Constitution, and the presidencies of George Washington and John Adams. The readings will address social, political, intellectual, and cultural issues, the history of slavery, race relations, religion, the environment, immigration, and American Indians.

Last Offered: Spring 2015

HIS 467 Topics in Revolutionary America

This course explores the roots of the American Revolution and uses recent scholarship to consider how the war affected a wide array of Americans. We will also situate the American Revolution in its Atlantic and global contexts as we examine the course of the war and its enduring legacies.

HIS 468 American Culture at Mid-Twentieth Century, 1946-1975

The seminar addresses the central themes of American cultural life in the mid-twentieth century -- the growing importance of psychological explanation, the emphasis on remaking norms, and the difficulties in maintaining or find oneself. Among the issues considered are the contributions of Jews and African-Americans, abstract expressionism, the rise of youth as cultural producers, the new sexuality, and feminism.

Last Offered: Fall 2015

HIS 469 Benjamin Franklin's America

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Last Offered: Spring 2017

HIS 470 Topics in 19th Century American Cultural History

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HIS 471 Topics in 20th Century American Cultural History

This course concentrates on the cultural and intellectual ferment of the first twenty years of the twentieth century spurred by the growing acceptance of the idea that no single principle could account fully for diverse phenomena. In many fields of inquiry, the notion that there were many truths, many values, and many beauties challenged the way of the world. As a result, American cultural and intellectual life featured a sense that the world was not already made, that standards were not firm and fixed, that accepted hierarchies were not always valid, and that contingency and context mattered. Among the fields of inquiry we will address are popular culture, philosophy, political science, psychology, and anthropology.

Last Offered: Fall 2014

HIS 472 Topics in 20th Century US History

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Last Offered: Spring 2016

HIS 473 American Health Policy and Politics

This course examines the formation and evolution of American health policy from a political and historical perspective. Concentrating primarily on developments from 1932 to the mid-1990s, readings and seminar discussions focus on political forces and institutions and on historical and cultural contexts. Among the topics covered are periodic campaigns for national health insurance, efforts to rationalize and regionalize health care institutions, the creation of Medicare and Medicaid and the further evolution of these programs, the rise of dominance of economists and economic analysis in the shaping of health policy, incremental and state-based vs. universal and federal initiatives, and the formation and failure of the Clinton administration's health reform agenda.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 474 Topics in American Social Thought

This course delves into the conceptions and understanding that Americans have devised to understand their collective life. Emphasis on formal thought that maps the structure of society and dynamics of social activity. Topics will vary from year to year but among possible investigations are American understanding of capitalism, the nature of social justice, and the problem of social cohesion.

HIS 475 When New York was the Wild West

This course explores New York’s history from Seneca settlement to Seneca Falls, using recent scholarship to consider Iroquois, Dutch, English, and American periods of history. Specific topics include New York City and its hinterland, the shift from Dutch to English rule, Slavery in New York City, British-occupied New York and the American Revolution in New York State, 18th and 19th century religious movements, the dynamics of frontier settlement, and the Erie Canal. Students will devise and write an original primary research paper on a particular aspect or period of New York history.

Last Offered: Spring 2014

HIS 476 Plantation Societies in the Americas

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HIS 477 Emergence of the Modern Congress

Through intensive reading and discussion, we will analyze the major institutional features of Congress, with an emphasis on historical development. We will examine the basic institutions of the House and Senate--committees, parties, leaders, and rules. In doing this, we will consider the rise of careerism, the seniority system, agenda-setting, electoral concerns, divided government, efforts at institutional reform, party polarization, gridlock, and the Senate filibuster.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 478 The Seward Family's Civil War

A hands-on introduction to web-design and historical editing using the Papers of William Henry Seward (1801-1872), Governor of New York, US Senator, and Secretary of State under Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War. The Rush Rhees Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation Department holds the collection, which contains Seward’s public and private correspondence, and that of family members, including his wife, five children, and their extended family. The course will include background reading on the Civil War era, technical instruction on web design in a computer lab, transcribing, editing, annotating historical manuscripts using the original documents, and participation in construction of a website for a digital edition of the papers. This course is a prerequisite for HIS 320: Seward Family in Peace and War, and internships working on the Seward Family digital editorial project.

Last Offered: Fall 2014

HIS 479 The Seward Family in Peace and War

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Last Offered: Fall 2015

HIS 480 The Visual Culture of Heritage and Identity

Cultural critic Stuart Hall has observed that Heritage is a discursive practice. It is one of the ways in which the nation slowly constructs for itself a sort of collective social memory. This upper level seminar will look at case studies of how people (through the collectivities of gender, ethnicity, race, or nation) construct visual narratives about the past. Among the topics for consideration are Holocaust memorials, Native American and Polynesian museums and cultural centers, African American quilt histories, and even individual artists projects of the last few decades (Judy Chicago, Fred Wilson, Silvia Gruner, José Bedia, and Jolene Rickard, among others). We will see how various constituencies have borrowed from what Arjun Appadurai has called a warehouse of cultural scenarios in order to construct a useable past that supplies what is needed in the present, irrespective of its relationship to the verifiable realities of the past.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 481 Just and Unjust Wars

The seminar considers the concept of just war and the application of just war theory to specific historical cases. Together we will discuss several models Arendt, Augustine, Clausewitz, and Waltzer at the beginning of the semester, and at least one scholars application of theory to a specific case. Students will identify the specific war on which they intend to focus their research, primary and secondary sources they will consult, and the questions they will ask. At different stages we will meet to discuss shared readings, one-page research proposals, bibliographies, thesis statements, first paragraphs, and first drafts of research papers.

HIS 482 Apocalypse Now...and Then: A History of Apocalyptic Thought

This seminar examines the history of beliefs about the end of the world in the western Judeo-Christian tradition. We will examine such topics as the birth of apocalyptic thought, the medieval development of various aspects of traditions about the End (such as the figure of Antichrist and millenarian traditions), millennial influences on the discovery and colonization of the New World, millennial movements of the last two centuries (such as the Millerites and the Mormons), and contemporary apocalyptic scenarios. A major theme of the course will be the flexibility of apocalyptic language, its ability to interpret various historical situations, and its power to move people to acceptance or action.

Last Offered: Fall 2015

HIS 483 Disease and Society from Antiquity to the Present

What is the relationship between disease and the society in which it strikes? How do societies define disease, and how does culture affect the treatment of the sick? How have scholars written the history of disease? In this research seminar, students will explore such questions by examining interactions between disease and society in western cultures from antiquity through the present, at the same time pondering what this insight can tell us as we face the frightening prospect of new killers like Ebola and resistant strains of old diseases like tuberculosis. Throughout, the course will insist that the experience of disease is not simply a biological fact, but is conditioned by the culture in which we live.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

HIS 484 The Family in History

Family history is a sub-field of study that grew over the past fifty years as an aspect of social and cultural history. During the first half of the semester, we will discuss shared foundational readings as students define their individual research project and present a proposal, bibliography, and thesis statement. All students will research and write two drafts of a primary-source based research paper in the range of 20-30 pages in length in addition to footnotes or endnotes and bibliography according to the Chicago Manual of Style. Students may, if they are interested, focus their research on the Seward Family Papers, of which a substantial number of letters have been transcribed over the past two years. This documentary editing project draws on the correspondence of the Seward family of Auburn, New York during the period 1817-1872.

Last Offered: Spring 2015

HIS 485 N/A

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Last Offered: Spring 2017

HIS 486 N/A

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Last Offered: Spring 2017

HIS 487 N/A

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HIS 488 N/A

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HIS 489 Archaeology Field and Research Methods

Using Smiths Island, Bermuda, as a historical laboratory, this course trains students in archival research and archaeological survey, excavation, and lab analysis techniques and prepares them for professional work as historical archaeologists. Students will also learn about Bermudian and Atlantic historical developments, trade relations, and slavery and the African diaspora since 1610. Participants will also be introduced to archaeological conservation, museum studies, and underwater archaeological techniques. No prior archaeology experience is necessary.

Last Offered: Summer 2014

HIS 491 Reading Course at the Master's Level

Individual, specialized reading courses; topics, relevant to student's program, chosen in consultation with faculty member.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 495 Research at the Master's Level

Graduate level research course for the M.A. level.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 496 Extended Reading at the M.A.

Individual, specialized extended reading courses; topics, relevant to student's program, chosen in consultation with faculty member.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 498 ARCH FIELD&RESEARCH METHODS

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Last Offered: Summer 2015

HIS 499 ADV ARCH FIELD&RESRCH MTHDS

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Last Offered: Summer 2015

HIS 500 Problems in Historical Analysis

This course addresses questions of interest to beginning graduate students in history. These may include: the history of the historical profession, styles of historical writing, relations between history and literature, ethno-history, and the functions of history as criticism and as social memory.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 501 Worlds of Inquiry

Introduces students to the interests of the Rochester faculty, which fall into three spheres of inquiry -- the world of nations, which emphasizes the complications of government, nationalism, war, and power; the world of goods, which concentrates on commerce and trade, the supporting institutions and the consequence of various modes of production and consumption, and students will read a sequence of exemplary works in each world — works that will acquaint them with the rudiments of each sphere, the problems under investigation and some of the solutions offered.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

HIS 502 N/A

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Last Offered: Spring 2013

HIS 503 N/A

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Last Offered: Spring 2013

HIS 510 Advanced Historical Studies

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Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 511 Readings in 19th Century American History

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Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 512 Research in 19th Century American Intellectual History

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Last Offered: Spring 2014

HIS 513 Readings in 20th Century American Intellectual History

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Last Offered: Fall 2013

HIS 514 Research in 20th Century American Intellectual History

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Last Offered: Spring 2014

HIS 520 Advanced Historical Studies

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Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 530 Advanced Historical Studies

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Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 590 Supervised Teaching in History

Individual instruction in the teaching of history under the supervision of a faculty member. For first-year Ph.D. students.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 591 Reading Course at the PhD Level

Individual, specialized reading courses; topics, relevant to student's program, chosen in consultation with faculty member.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 592 Independent Reading Course

Individual, specialized independent reading courses; topics, relevant to student's program, chosen in consultation with faculty member.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 593 Assisting in History

Experience, under faculty supervision, in conducting discussion sections and examinations in undergraduate history courses.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 595 Research at the PhD Level

Graduate level research course for the Ph.D. level.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 595A N/A

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Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 596 N/A

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Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 890 N/A

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Last Offered: Summer 2011

HIS 895 Continuation of MA Enrollment

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Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 897 Master's Thesis in Absentia

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Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 899 Master's Thesis

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Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 899A N/A

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Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 899B N/A

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Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 985 Leave of Absence

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Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 986V FULL TIME VISITING STUDENT

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Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 990 SUMMER IN RESIDENCE

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Last Offered: Summer 2011

HIS 995 Continuation of PhD Enrollment

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Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 997 PhD Dissertation

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Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 997A PhD Dissertation In-Absentia

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Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 999 PhD Dissertation

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Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 999A Doctoral Dissertation in Absentia

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Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 999B PhD Dissertation In-Absentia Abroad

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Last Offered: Fall 2017