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Fall 2014 Class Schedule - updated March 27, 2015 at 04:56 pm

Number/Section  Title
Days Time Room Instructor
HIST 110-01  Introduction to European History
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm MAIN 001 Julia Fein
HIST 135-01  American Violence to 1800: Age of Contact to the American Revolution
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm MAIN 009 Andrea Robertson
HIST 181-01  Introduction to Latin America and the Caribbean
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am OLRI 370 Ernesto Capello
*First Year Course only, cross-listed with LATI 181-01* The idea of “Latin America” was concocted by French and Brazilian intellectuals in mid-19th-century Paris as a means to establish cultural links with Spanish America. Does such an invented term properly describe the complex region that ranges from the US Southwest to Tierra del Fuego? What are the implications of conjoining the histories of the heterogeneous peoples and societies encompassed in “Latin America”? And just how does the whole process of colonialism and neocolonialism fit into this picture?

These are some of the questions we will address in this course, which presents a roughly chronological survey of Latin American history. Given this broad scope, the course emphasizes three critical moments. The first concerns the great upheaval of the Conquest with an emphasis on the sixteenth-century establishment of a “colonial” order. The second traces the dissolution of this society and the transition to national states with an emphasis on the twin conceits of “science” and “progress.” The third emphasizes the twentieth century with special attention to the rise and fall (and rise) of corporate populism and the role of the United States as patron, interventionist, and foil. As a special project dovetailing with this year’s International Roundtable, the theme of migration to, from, and within “Latin America” will provide an additional through-line to this course.

HIST 194-01  The Birth of Globalization: Silk, Spices, Sugar, Slaves and Silver 1400-1800
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm MAIN 001 Ethan Hawkley
What is globalization? Why did it begin? How has it transformed our world? This course explores several answers to these questions by focusing on the early exchange of global commodities. In the course, we will examine how silk, spices, sugar, slaves, silver, and other goods gave birth to the world's first full-circle network of global exchange. A comprehensive overview of this process will require us to approach these commodities from various angles. We will explore the diverse economic origins of global capitalism; we will investigate the relationship between early modern trade and imperial power; and we will also explore the cultural forces that underlay the movement of early global goods. Through an in-depth study of commodities, the course will highlight the importance of prestige, taste, religion, labor, race, identity, etc., to the beginnings of world-wide global interconnectivity.

HIST 194-02  Asian America: A Social History
W 07:00 pm-10:00 pm NEILL 212 Juliana Pegues
*First day attendance required; cross-listed with AMST 194-02*

HIST 225-01  Native American History
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm OLRI 170 Katrina Phillips
*Cross-listed with AMST 225-01* The history of American Indians is wonderfully complex, but this history is simultaneously fraught with misconceptions and misinterpretations. Europeans (and, later, white Americans) alternated among fascination, fear, and frustration toward American Indians, while American Indians sought to maintain tribal sovereignty and control over their lands and lifestyles amidst continuing encroachment and settlement. This course examines American Indian history to 1900 by considering the complex and multifaceted history of the nation's indigenous people. By looking at American Indian interactions with Spanish, French, British, and American explorers, settlers, missionaries, militaries, and government officials, this course argues that the history of American Indians is essential to understanding past as well as present issues. Furthermore, this course looks to move beyond the notion that American Indian history is one of inevitable decline by creating a more nuanced understanding of the American Indian experience.

HIST 234-01  American Environmental History
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am OLRI 300 Chris Wells
*First Year Course only; cross-listed with ENVI 234-01* People have always had to contend with the natural world, but only recently have historians begun to explore the changing relationships between people and their environments over time. In this course, we will examine the variety of ways that people in North America have shaped the environment, as well as how they have used, labored in, abused, conserved, protected, rearranged, polluted, cleaned, and thought about it. In addition, we will explore how various characteristics of the natural world have affected the broad patterns of human society, sometimes harming or hindering life and other times enabling rapid development and expansion. By bringing nature into the study of human history, and the human past into the study of nature, we will begin to see the connections and interdependencies between the two that are often overlooked.

HIST 234-02  American Environmental History
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm OLRI 301 Chris Wells
*Cross-listed with ENVI 234-02; first day attendance required*

HIST 244-01  US Since 1945
MWF 03:30 pm-04:30 pm MAIN 009 Ryan Edgington
This course examines the post-1945 United States through the lens of the American counterculture. From the 1950s to the 1970s, the counterculture was far more than a hodgepodge of dropouts and pleasure seekers with no direction in life. Instead the counterculture was a meaningful movement that pursued what one historian has called “right livelihoods.” That process was informed by the major shifts in American society after World War II: suburbanization, mass consumerism, the Cold War, nuclear weapons, and the social change movements that both influenced and consumed the ideology of countercultural authenticity. We will study how the movement was neither utopian nor futile, but instead a process of negotiating postwar America that would subsequently transform American society in the post-1980 years.

HIST 256-01  Transatlantic Slave Trade
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am MAIN 002 Lynn Hudson
*Cross-listed with AMST 256-01*

HIST 274-01  The Great Tradition in China before 1840
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm MAIN 010 Yue-him Tam
*Cross-listed with ASIA 274-01*

HIST 277-01  The Rise of Modern Japan
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm MAIN 010 Yue-him Tam
*Cross-listed with ASIA 277-01*

HIST 294-03  Lines in the Sand: The U.S.—Mexico Borderlands
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm MAIN 009 Ryan Edgington
*Cross-listed with AMST 294-01* This course argues that rather than construct the borderlands as a rigid national “frontier” outpost between two nations, we should instead understand it as an interzone of diverse cultures. We will cross many borders over the course of the semester. In order to understand this history we will begin with an examination of the region before the Treaty of Guadalupe—Hidalgo formalized a national border between the United States and Mexico in 1848. One-half of the course will examine the region when it was controlled by the indigenous empires of Comanchería and Apachería, a time when the Spanish and the French, and later Mexico and the United States, struggled to maintain a foothold across the vast desert landscape. We will then follow the borderlands into the twentieth-century when the region was policed and militarized on both sides of the border. Several themes, including captivity and the struggle for empire, gender and community power, racism and racialized notions of national belonging, immigration and border patrols, and violence and cultural negotiation, will frame the course. In addition to these topics, expect music, film, and literature.

HIST 294-04  Migrations of the Gods: Global Religious Movements before 1800
MWF 03:30 pm-04:30 pm MAIN 010 Ethan Hawkley
Before industrialization, the rise of secularism, and the era of rapid transit/communications, how did religions spread? What were the social, spiritual, and political functions of the sacred? Why and how did some Gods begin to dominate the world's religious landscape? This course will help students to answer these and other questions by examining the global expansion of various religions before 1800. We will discuss the migrations of various gods and theologies into different parts of the world, and into diverse cultures, through conquests, commerce, miracles, missionaries, and converts.

HIST 294-05  Environmental History of Modern Europe
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am MAIN 011 Julia Fein
*Cross-listed with ENVI 294-04* From Chernobyl radiation to London smog, it is easy to tell the environmental history of modern Europe as a history of disasters wrought by capitalist and command economies. It is also possible to tell a counter-history of sometimes surprising environmental protection legislation by states, and environmentalist movements by citizens. This course will contextualize the histories of environmental problems, protests, and protection within a deeper history of the materiality of earthly infrastructures and the diversity of human interactions with these infrastructures in modern Europe. We will be reading about water, germs, and trash within and outside of the built environments of cities; animals as laborers in human economies in war and peace; ways in which rivers, forests, sands, and soils shape human geographies as well as being altered or appropriated – along with oil, gas, and gold – in the interest of human progress; and about changing scientific and spiritual attitudes towards humans’ place in the material world in the last two centuries of European history. Though most of our discussions will be based in “Europe” proper, we will also address Europeans’ interactions with environments in the building and management of empires, with particular emphasis on the former Russian Empire/Soviet Union.

HIST 294-07  Politics of the Great War
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm MAIN 002 Andrew Latham
*Cross-listed with POLI 294-01* The First World War – referred to simply as “The Great War” by contemporaries who had no idea that it would be followed by an even more catastrophic Second World War a mere two decades later – set the stage for global political life in the twentieth century. Indeed, it is impossible to understand the political, social, cultural and economic developments of the period stretching from 1918 until today without grasping the world-historical impact of the conflict unleashed by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand on June 28, 1914 (one hundred years ago this upcoming summer). In this course, we explore the causes, character and consequences of the First World War. Among the questions we address are:

1. Why did the war break out, and what does this tell us about the causes of war more generally?

2. Who was to blame for the war, and what does this tell us about the morality of war?

3. What was the character of the war? How was it fought? How did it end? And what does this tell us about the relationship between economics, culture, technology and war?

4. How did the war transform the societies that fought it? And what does this tell us about the relationship between war and political development?

5. How did the war transform the international system? How did the First World War set the stage not only for the Second World War, but also the various conflicts in the Middle East (the Arab-Israeli conflict, the Gulf War, etc.) and Europe (the wars in Bosnia and Kosovo)? And what does this tell us about the impact of war on global political life?

Although this course will explore some of the ways in which the war was represented in popular culture (art, film, literature, poetry), those themes are addressed more fully in some Art topics courses, also offered in Fall 2014.

As an intermediate-level offering, this course is designed primarily for Political Science majors and non-majors in cognate fields who have some experience in the discipline. The course has no pre-requisites, however, and is therefore suitable to all students seeking to satisfy an interest in the relationship between The First World War and political life in the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.

HIST 394-01  Science, Empire, and Visual Culture
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm ARTCOM 102 Ernesto Capello
*Cross-listed with LATI 394-01* This advanced seminar investigates the ongoing feedback loop between mathematical and scientific measurement, techniques of visualization, and global empires in the early modern and modern world. Beginning with the expansion of optical science in the late medieval era and the development of “linear” perspective in the Renaissance, the ability to measure, describe and visualize distant geographical realms became a crucial ally to the knowledge and administration of empire. The course will focus particularly on the interaction of these forces during imperial and scientific exploration, especially during the 18th and 19th centuries. Case studies will include astronomical, botanical, and geographic studies in the early modern French and Spanish Atlantic empires, the Napoleonic survey of Egypt, the American journeys of Alexander von Humboldt, the Great Surveys of the US West and 19th-century polar expeditions. In each case, we will consider the relationship between measurement, visualization, collection, display, aesthetics, technology and coloniality. Prerequisite: one history course or permission of instructor.

HIST 490-01  Special Advanced Topics
M 07:00 pm-10:00 pm MAIN 009 Ryan Edgington
HIST 490-02  Special Advanced Topics
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm MAIN 002 Lynn Hudson

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Spring 2015 Class Schedule - updated March 27, 2015 at 04:56 pm

Number/Section  Title
Days Time Room Instructor
HIST 180-01  Going Global: The Experiment of World History
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am MAIN 002 Ethan Hawkley
World History is a relatively young discipline and is the brainchild of bold “Big Picture” thinkers. In this course, we follow these trail-blazers to every corner of the globe and across the grandest expanses of time, all the way from the emergence of Homo sapiens to the year 2014. Such a sweeping survey of human history invites us to look beyond chronological, national, cultural, and geographic boundaries; it forces us to rethink the methodology of traditional historians; and it prepares us to be better informed and more dedicated global citizens.

HIST 194-01  Localizing the World of Modern European History
MWF 02:20 pm-03:20 pm MAIN 011 Julia Fein
This course offers an introductory exploration of cultural, political, and geographical natures of "the local" in European history from the French Revolution to the present. Course materials will comprise textual and visual primary sources, interpretive and theoretical articles and book extracts. We will also read artistic literature by Gustave Flaubert, Nikolai Gogol', and W. G. Sebald. On the premise that all local history is also locally produced historiography (i.e. an argument about meaning), the final assignment for this course will be a student-produced study of any aspect of locality.

Questions raised in this course will include: How do practices and institutions in the provinces shape or constrain the larger body politic in the making - and sometimes unmaking - of states in modern Europe? How are ideas about the nation and about the global refracted through the specificities of subnational places and the meanings that people have made of them? In what ways can thinking about gender, race, sexuality, and class as intellectual categories help us to make sense of the importance of regions and other localities in history, and where does human difference fit within local identities?

HIST 194-03  Southeast Asia: Crossroads of the World, 1400-the present
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm MAIN 002 Ethan Hawkley
In recent decades, the global importance of Southeast Asia has become more widely recognized around the world. But very few people understand the region's diversity, its complexity, and its long history of global integration. This course will provide students with a survey of modern Southeast Asian history by focusing on the interplay of global and local forces in the region. It will examine Southeast Asia's historic and ongoing relationship with East Asia, India, European empires, diverse religions, the United States, nationalism, the Cold War, and more

HIST 201-01  History of U.S. Feminisms
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm MAIN 010 Amy Sullivan
*Cross-listed with WGSS 201-01*

HIST 222-01  Imagining the American West
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm MAIN 001 Ryan Edgington
*Cross-listed with AMST 222-01* In the fall of 1881 Wyatt Earp, two of his brothers, and Doc Holliday engaged four “outlaws” in a gunfight at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona. The fight lasted less than a minute, but it became one of the most iconic myths of the North American West. In fact, Americans did not know the story until the 1930s when an almost completely fabricated (and heroic) account of the shootout was published. Wyatt, who had died two years earlier, had spent the years before his death trying to rewrite his own vigilante life. While the O.K. Corral is perhaps the most iconic farce in western history, other writers, artists, filmmakers, and musicians revised the complex history of the North American West for their own purposes and profit. This course recovers the silenced history under the “Old West” fable. We will begin in the pre-1800 U.S.-Mexico borderlands and follow the complex relationships between diverse peoples and places that shaped the course of the U.S.’s first imperial project. Themes include indigenous empires, the industrialization of the West, gender and the making of 19th century western communities, wilderness and the role of the federal government in the property dispossession of both Hispanos and indigenous peoples, rationalization of water and agriculture in reclaiming the arid West, tourism and place-making, urbanization, Cold War militarization in the post-1945 West, and, of course, the influence of film, music, and literature on the region.

HIST 228-01  Gender and Sexuality in Colonial America and the Early Republic
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm NEILL 402 Andrea Robertson
*Cross-listed with WGSS 228-01*

HIST 237-01  Environmental Justice
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am THEATR 204 Erik Kojola
*Cross-listed with AMST 237-01 and ENVI 237-01; first day attendance required; ACTC students may register on the first day of Class with the permission of the instructor*

HIST 239-01  Farm and Forest: African Environmental History
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am MAIN 010 Jamie Monson
*Cross-listed with ENVI 294-02*

HIST 241-01  Food, Environment, and Society in 20th Century America
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am OLRI 101 Ryan Edgington
*Cross-listed with ENVI 241-01* This course will follow the history of 20th century American food from the farm through the factory and then to the table. In other words, students will come to know how Supermarket America came to dominate the landscape. We will explore the transformation of the family farm to industrial endeavor and the role of the federal government, farm lobbyists, and land grant universities in that process. The course will also examine the role of technology and science in making American food systems more efficient and complex through assembly lines, pesticides and herbicides, and the genetic modification of foods. Finally we will explore the political questions surrounding Supermarket America and why many Americans revolted against it by demanding organic foods and macrobiotic diets and more generally food justice. The environmental impact of America's ways of eating will run throughout the course. While the instructor will give brief conceptual lectures, textual analysis and in class discussion will act as the primary mode of inquiry.

HIST 252-01  Conversion and Inquisition: Religious Change and Resistance, 1550-1750
M 07:00 pm-10:00 pm MAIN 002 Ethan Hawkley
What causes people to change their religious beliefs? How did early modern societies react to those who altered their spiritual attitudes? How do we of the twenty-first century approach such individuals, and why? In order to answer these questions, this course focuses on several dramatic case studies of men and women who self-consciously changed their religion during the turbulent period of imperial encounters between the mid-1500 and the 1700s. Among others, we will examine and interrogate reports of converts to Christianity including Maya, Jewish and Muslim prisoners of the Inquisition; captives of Mediterranean pirates; the nearly canonized Mohawk convert, Catherine Tekakwitha; and the imprisoned Chinese convert, John Hu. We will consider how violence, national loyalties, gender, charisma, local power dynamics, environmental upheaval, and serendipity affected the choices and fates of these converts.

HIST 257-01  Empires
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am MAIN 001 Julia Fein
HIST 258-01  Europe Since 1945
MWF 12:00 pm-01:00 pm MAIN 001 Julia Fein
HIST 263-01  Global Encounters in History: China and Africa
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm MAIN 001 Jamie Monson
*Cross-listed with INTL 294-02*

HIST 283-01  Amazon: A Cultural History
MWF 03:30 pm-04:30 pm MAIN 001 Ernesto Capello
*Cross-listed with LATI 283-01*

HIST 294-05  Page to the Stage: Analyzing American Indian Performances of Race, Authenticity, and Indigeneity
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm MAIN 002 Katrina Phillips
*Cross-listed with AMST 294-03* This course examines the history of American Indian performance in comparison with and in contrast to non-Native conceptions of authentic indigeneity. Through a chronological analysis of historical sources and popular culture (including film, television, art, literature, and live performance), this course investigates how American Indian authenticity and identity were/are constructed and consumed. Historically speaking, these performances often sought to promote and capitalize on narratives of disappearance, removal, and "savagery" vs. "civilization" that reinforced colonial or imperial ambitions and convictions. This course questions how these presentations – and Native performers – simultaneously reiterate(d) and refute(d) historical narratives by examining the goals and motivations of producers, promoters, and performers alongside audiences’ historic and cultural expectations.

HIST 294-06  Performing History: Interpreting the James J. Hill House
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm OLRI 100 Eric Colleary
*Cross-listed with THDA 294-01* Please note: A few of the classes and the final presentation will be held off-campus. Contact the instructor with questions.

HIST 350-01  Race, Gender, and Science
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am NEILL 110 Amy Sullivan
*Cross-listed with AMST 394-01* This seminar-style class will examine the intersection of race, gender, and sexuality in the history of medicine and health in the U.S. Our diverse topics for study will include the history of eugenics, sexuality, midwifery, cultural/spiritual healing methods vis-a-vis allopathic medicine, socially and medically constructed ideas of health and illness, race- and gender-based ailments and medical experiments (such as the birth control pill and the Tuskegee syphilis experiment), gender reassignment surgery and sex-testing in the Olympics. The wide range of topics will prepare students to explore a topic of their choosing for a final research paper.

HIST 379-01  The Study of History
W 07:00 pm-10:00 pm MAIN 001 Ernesto Capello

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