Old Main, Room 311
September 1-May 31
Weekdays 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
June 1-August 31
Tuesdays 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Spring 2014 Class Schedule - updated March 10, 2014 at 05:56 pm
|HIST 122-01 The Roman World|
|TR||01:20 pm-02:50 pm||ARTCOM 102||Andrew Overman|
|*Cross-listed with CLAS 122-01*
|HIST 136-01 American Violence 1800 to 1865: The Early Republic to the Civil War|
|MWF||12:00 pm-01:00 pm||MAIN 009||Eric Otremba|
|HIST 194-01 Atomic America|
|TR||01:20 pm-02:50 pm||MAIN 009||Ryan Edgington|
|Beginning with the 1945 test of the first nuclear weapon in the New Mexican desert, Americans have had to deal with the awe inspiring power of the atom. This course introduces students to the complex cultural, political, scientific, and environmental histories of the atomic age. The course begins with the project to build a nuclear weapon and their subsequent use on Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We will then follow the bomb from proving grounds to memory. Topics will include civil defense and the bomb in popular culture. The dispossession of indigenous communities on Bikini and Enewetak where the United States tested in the Pacific Ocean, uranium mining on Navajo lands, monumentalities and the public history of nuclear weapons. We will additionally watch films, read atomic comics and fiction, and watch government propaganda. While the instructor will give brief conceptual lectures, textual analysis and in class discussion will act as the primary mode of inquiry
|HIST 194-02 Going Global: The Experiment of World History|
|TR||09:40 am-11:10 am||MAIN 111||Karin Velez|
|What broad patterns do we see repeated across human cultures and eras? How do current international concerns shape the way we perceive these patterns, and retell the past? This course is an introduction to the youngest and boldest experimenters in the discipline of history: global historians. We follow these trail-blazers to every corner of the planet and across the grandest expanses of time, all the way from the emergence of Homo sapiens to the year 2013. Such a sweeping survey of human history invites us to look beyond chronological, national, cultural and geographic boundaries. It also forces us to sharply rethink the methodology of traditional historians. Throughout our critical survey of world history, we will assess the usefulness (and potential outdatedness) of the concepts of civilization, empire, revolution, and global networks. *Meets the global/comparative requirement of the history major*
|HIST 220-01 Ethics of Service|
|M||07:00 pm-10:00 pm||MAIN 111||Jamie Monson|
|HIST 222-01 Imagining the American West|
|TR||01:20 pm-02:50 pm||NEILL 402||Lynn Hudson|
|*Cross-listed with AMST 222-01*
|HIST 234-01 American Environmental History|
|MWF||02:20 pm-03:20 pm||OLRI 301||Chris Wells|
|*Cross-listed with ENVI 232-01; first day attendance required; ACTC students may register on the first day of class with the permission of the instructor*
|HIST 237-01 Environmental Justice|
|TR||09:40 am-11:10 am||OLRI 241||Chris Wells|
|*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 262-01 Soviet Union and Successors|
|MWF||01:10 pm-02:10 pm||MAIN 010||Peter Weisensel|
|HIST 275-01 The Rise of Modern China|
|MWF||09:40 am-10:40 am||MAIN 010||Yue-him Tam|
|*Cross-listed with ASIA 275-01*
|HIST 282-01 Latin America: Art and Nation|
|MWF||02:20 pm-03:20 pm||MAIN 009||Ernesto Capello|
|*Cross-listed with LATI 282-01*
|HIST 294-01 The Global Struggle for American Independence|
|MWF||01:10 pm-02:10 pm||MAIN 003||Eric Otremba|
|This class will look at the global dimensions of the American Revolution. While the Revolution may have officially started in Massachusetts, the grievances of the minutemen who lined up that day were largely shaped by the commercial regulations of Great Britain’s international empire. Similarly, while the war was initially an isolated conflict between England and her colonies, it soon became an international affair involving over a half dozen major nation-states, with fighting spread over five continents. Finally, new American ideals on individual liberty spread quickly beyond the original thirteen colonies. In the 50 years after 1776, these ideas would be used in over a dozen revolutions across the globe. Class will cover all of these facets of the American Revolution, examining its effects in places from Virginia to Paris, from Boston to Kingston, from Philadelphia to Angola, and from New York to New South Wales.
|HIST 294-02 Technology and Empire in the Americas: A History|
|MWF||03:30 pm-04:30 pm||MAIN 010||Eric Otremba|
|This class will survey how the development of European science and technology went hand in hand with European imperial expansion during the early modern period. Class will define science and technology broadly—including physical, chemical, medical, bureaucratic, linguistic, and other knowledge forms—and demonstrate how Europeans developed and employed these knowledges within the context of their desire for dominion over the New World. Class will also focus upon the contributions of non-European actors and actants towards scientific and technological development during this time. This focus will cover contributions by the Atlantic world’s array of non-European peoples and cultures within scientific and technological development, as well as attempts by Europeans to alternatively encourage, control, stymie, and co-opt non-European input into official knowledge canons. Class will examine both theoretical works which define science and technology broadly, and historical case studies which demonstrate these theories in practice.
|HIST 294-03 Transgender History, Identity, and Politics|
|TR||09:40 am-11:10 am||NEILL 226||Catherine Jacquet|
|*Cross-listed with AMST 294-02 and WGSS 294-02* This course explores the experiences of and responses to trans*, gender non-conforming, and intersex (TGI) people in the nineteenth and twentieth century US. We will examine how scientiﬁc/medical authorities, legal authorities, and everyday people have understood and responded to various kinds of gender non-conformity. Course texts include social histories, medical and legal perspectives, popular culture, and the work of contemporary TGI activists. A signiﬁcant portion of the class will focus on the words and experiences of TGI people themselves, emphasizing how TGI people have understood their own experience and how they have been agents of their own lives.
|HIST 294-04 Imagining the Modern City|
|MWF||03:30 pm-04:30 pm||MAIN 009||Ernesto Capello|
|Between c.1850-1950 the world’s cities transformed as never before. Across the globe, urban spaces were reconstituted as massive stages for the economic and cultural transformations of the day – the sites of indistrialization, central planning, mass transport, and ever shifting millions of migrants and immigrants. Outlying towns were swallowed by these burgeoning metropolises, whereas even the most isolated hamlets soon became embroiled in the new urban world order. This course will trace the broader history of global urbanization during this period with an emphasis on how these processes were imagined by nineteenth and twentieth urbanites. How was the modern city conceived as it transformed beyond all recognition? How did the global scope of the modern city impact these representations? How were new technologies (of vision, of construction, of media) incorporated into this envisioning of the modern city? And how did these imaginings travel across the globe, themselves spurring further urbanization as they went? Counts for Global/Comparative Requirement.
Counts toward Urban Studies concentration.
|HIST 294-05 Science, Magic and Belief|
|TR||03:00 pm-04:30 pm||MAIN 001||Karin Velez|
|*Cross-listed with RELI 294-01* Events of the distant European past continue to shape our modern attitudes towards religion, magic and science. How did people in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Atlantic world use these frameworks to make sense of the world around them? In this course, we will journey back to the period of the "Scientific Revolution" to investigate how and why people began to distinguish sharply between the three systems. Who lost, and who profited, from this transition ? What similarities between religion, magic and science persisted ? To understand this turning point, we will compare contemporaneous cases of individuals who practiced magic, science and religion and ran afoul of authorities. Their trials highlight how the three spheres began to diverge. Cases we will consider might include the 1633 trial of Galileo, and the 1663 witchcraft trial of Tempel Anneke in Germany.
|HIST 294-06 African American Women's History|
|TR||03:00 pm-04:30 pm||MAIN 003||Lynn Hudson|
|*Cross-listed with AMST 294-04 and WGSS 294-06* This class will examine the scholarly literature that places black women at the center of debates about the nature of slavery and freedom in the US. We will consider, among other texts, Jennifer Morgan's Laboring Women: Reproduction and Gender in New World Slavery, Tera Hunter’s To 'Joy My Freedom: Southern Black Women’s Lives and Labors After the Civil War', and biographies of African American women in the civil rights movement. The course will also evaluate the influence of black feminist scholarship on the field of African American history.
|HIST 294-07 War and Society in Europe|
|MWF||02:20 pm-03:20 pm||MAIN 010||Peter Weisensel|
|HIST 294-08 Food, Environment, and Society in 20th Century America|
|TR||03:00 pm-04:30 pm||MAIN 009||Ryan Edgington|
|*Cross-listed with ENVI 294-01* 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 376-01 Public History|
|W||01:10 pm-04:10 pm||MAIN 011||Lynn Hudson|
|HIST 378-01 War Crimes and Memory in East Asia|
|MWF||10:50 am-11:50 am||MAIN 010||Yue-him Tam|
|*Cross-listed with ASIA 378-01*
|HIST 379-01 The Study of History|
|M||07:00 pm-10:00 pm||MAIN 002||Ernesto Capello|
|HIST 394-01 Violence, Memory and Reconciliation in Southern Africa|
|TR||01:20 pm-02:50 pm||NEILL 111||Jamie Monson|
|In southern Africa, wrote Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the past has been unwilling to lie down and stay quiet – it has "a persistent way of returning and haunting us." From apartheid South Africa to anti-colonial liberation struggles in Namibia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique to civil conflict in Angola, memories of violence have persisted over time in southern Africa alongside processes of forgetting. In our course we will study the history of violence, the way it marked individual and collective memory, and the role of state and non-state projects of reconciliation in historical context. The course will be an upper-level research seminar with a focus on student in-depth individual research projects on a topic of their choice.
|HIST 394-02 The Pacific World since 1800|
|W||07:00 pm-10:00 pm||MAIN 002||Ryan Edgington|
|*Cross-listed with ASIA 394-01* Over that past twenty years scholars have begun to examine the Pacific World as a distinct region of cultural and economic exchange. This course offers students the opportunity to delve into the recent theories on and history of the Pacific World in two ways. Over the first third of the course we will read selected texts on the region. We will begin by finding the "pacific world" and placing it in its proper global and transnational context. We will then weave the problematic idea of "America’s Century" and the more recent construction of a "Pacific Century" into the rest of the first third of the class. Each student will then produce a semester long research paper and share their findings with colleagues. Research and writing will consume the bulk of this course. Potential topics include early exploration, immigration and cultural exchanges, colonialism and dispossession, and resistance to those trends, warfare, the impact of science and technology in Pacific Island communities, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, or any other topic that would drive a research paper you were excited in.
Fall 2013 Class Schedule - updated March 10, 2014 at 05:56 pm
|HIST 110-01 Introduction to European History|
|TR||01:20 pm-02:50 pm||MAIN 010||Peter Weisensel|
|HIST 114-01 History of Africa to 1800|
|MWF||02:20 pm-03:20 pm||MAIN 009||Jamie Monson|
|HIST 121-01 The Greek World|
|MWF||10:50 am-11:50 am||MAIN 002||Brian Lush|
|*Cross-listed with CLAS 121--01*
|HIST 135-01 American Violence to 1800: Age of Contact to the American Revolution|
|TR||09:40 am-11:10 am||MAIN 010||Eric Otremba|
|HIST 140-01 Introduction to East Asian Civilization|
|TR||09:40 am-11:10 am||MAIN 003||Yue-him Tam|
|*Cross-listed with ASIA 140-01*
|HIST 181-01 Introduction to Latin America and the Caribbean|
|MWF||12:00 pm-01:00 pm||MAIN 009||Andrea Moerer|
|*Meets global and/or comparative history requirement; cross-listed with LATI 181-01* What is Latin America and how was it constructed? We will answer this question by surveying Latin American history from the time of its "discovery" (15th century) through current times, focusing on large-scale events as well as small-scale actions which created Latin American society. We will learn the history of Latin America by questioning geographic, social, and political borders through looking at transnational modes of control, cultural production, and dualities such as modernity and tradition. Students will gain competency in essential Latin American history and geography. Furthermore, we will discuss countries, looking critically at nation-states through thematic categories of analysis, challenging their boundary primacy, and conceiving of borders in other Latin American contexts.
|HIST 194-01 Early Arab and Persian Empires (200 BCE) – 850 CE|
|TR||01:20 pm-02:50 pm||MAIN 009||Andrew Overman|
|*Meets global and/or comparative history requirement; approved for use on the Middle Eastern Civilization and Islamic Studies concentration; cross-listed with CLAS 194-01* From the Rise of the Seleucids to the Abbasid Caliphate, this course focuses on the rise and transformation of Arab and Persian empires and city-states between 200 BCE through the founding of Baghdad (762) to the close of the second great Islamic caliphate, the Abbasids in c. 950. This period in the religious, cultural and political history of the Middle East, Levant and Persian region east to at least the Zagros mountains, is an extremely productive and formative period, yet is largely overlooked or neglected altogether in our histories and analyses of the millennium between c. 250 BCE – 950 CE. In many respects the developments and effects of this period have wide ranging implications for our contemporary world. So we will attempt to acquaint ourselves with this period, and the players and powers that shaped it.
|HIST 194-02 History of Sexuality|
|MWF||03:30 pm-04:30 pm||MAIN 002||Catherine Jacquet|
|From Cotton Mather to Lady Gaga, Americans from the colonial era to the modern day have focused enormous amounts of attention on sex and sexuality. It is a topic that elicits a range of responses from concern, to fear, to enjoyment, to obsession. This course will focus on sexuality in the American past and introduce students to the major topics within this complex history. We will explore how and why sexuality historically became so central to American identities, cultures, and politics. We will examine how dominant institutions (medicine, media, and the law) have intersected and interacted with this history. Course readings and discussions will include historical analyses of current public concerns such as: abortion, prostitution, sexual violence, and GLBT sexualities. The course employs an intersectional approach and will examine the relationship between sexuality and social categories such as race, gender, class, ability, ethnicity, etc.
|HIST 194-03 Line in the Sand: History and Culture in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands|
|MWF||02:20 pm-03:20 pm||MAIN 111||Ryan Edgington|
|This course examines cultural and political contacts in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands. Two-thirds of the course explores the region’s history and one-third its present-day politics and culture. We will therefore not only read historical works, but also engage literature, art, and film. Fundamentally this course argues that rather than construct the borderlands as a rigid frontier outpost, we should understand it as a site of national political discourse and an interzone of diverse cultures. In order to understand this condition 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. Two major themes will frame our discussions: militarization and violence. However, we will examine several themes through those lenses including captivity and the struggle for empire, gender and border crossings, how the construction of whiteness shaped racial identities, warfare, immigration law and the Border Patrol, the ascendency of Aztlán as political movement, among others. We will also watch films, read poetry, and listen to music in the styles of the Cumbia, Mariachi, Tejano/Tex-Mex, Musica Norteña, and Corridos.
|HIST 201-01 History of U.S. Feminisms|
|MWF||10:50 am-11:50 am||MAIN 011||Lynn Hudson|
|*First Year Course only; cross-listed with WGSS 201-01* This year “The Feminine Mystique” by Betty Friedan turns 50 years old. Some credit this text with igniting the feminist movement of the 1960s in the United States. Did it? What is feminism and how did it change from its early articulations in the nineteenth century to the activism of the 1960s? This course examines the “f” word and its history. We will be especially concerned with the multiple and contradictory strains within feminism, including the critiques and interventions made by women of color. Topics that the class will consider include: the roots of feminism as it took shape in the anti-slavery movement, the overlap of women’s rights and the civil rights movement of the twentieth century, and the women’s health movement. Our readings include: biographies of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Sojourner Truth, anti-feminist tracts from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, essays by lesbian feminists Audre Lorde and Charlotte Bunch, and Friedan’s infamous text, among other selections.
|HIST 239-01 Farm and Forest: African Environmental History|
|MWF||10:50 am-11:50 am||MAIN 001||Jamie Monson|
|*Cross-listed with ENVI 294-01*
|HIST 244-01 US Since 1945|
|MWF||03:30 pm-04:30 pm||MAIN 111||Ryan Edgington|
|HIST 248-01 Jim Crow|
|MWF||01:10 pm-02:10 pm||MAIN 010||Lynn Hudson|
|*Cross-listed with AMST 248-01*
|HIST 261-01 Making History: Russian Cinema as Testimony, Propaganda, and Art|
|MWF||01:10 pm-02:10 pm||MAIN 002||Chadaga, Weisensel|
|*Cross-listed with RUSS 261-01*
|HIST 274-01 The Great Tradition in China before 1840|
|TR||01:20 pm-02:50 pm||MAIN 001||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 001||Yue-him Tam|
|*Cross-listed with ASIA 277-01*
|HIST 294-01 Archetypes and Agency: Gender in Latin American History through Film and Text|
|M||07:00 pm-10:00 pm||MAIN 111||Andrea Moerer|
|*Cross-listed with LATI 294-01 and WGSS 294-02* This interdisciplinary course, though rooted in history, explores relationships between gender and power, and their representation in diverse genres (biographies, scholarly analyses, literature, art, films) and in various time periods. To set the stage for the analysis of gender in cinematic representations, our first unit looks at gender theory broadly and in Latin America, and we will read about, discuss, and practice tools for “reading” film both on its own terms as a particular art form and from an historian’s perspective. We move,in loose chronological order from the 17th to the 20th centuries, looking at gender practice and representation with units on Mexican nun Sor Juana; Love and Politics; Frontiers, and Human Rights.
|HIST 294-02 Pirates, Translators, Missionaries: Between Atlantic Empires|
|MWF||09:40 am-10:40 am||MAIN 010||Karin Velez|
|*Meets global and/or comparative history requirement* Why are cultural intermediaries often remembered as villains or traitors? This course calls the popular stereotype into question by focusing on four dramatic case studies of notorious but pivotal mediators who moved between the Spanish, Aztec, English, French, Kongolese and Portuguese empires of the early modern period. Among others, we will consider conflicting primary source accounts and current scholarship about Doña Marina, the Mexica translator for the army of Cortes; Nathaniel Courthope, an English profiteer who made a fortune peddling nutmeg between India and New York; two competing French pirates who sacked the South American port city of Cartagena de Indias twice in a single month; and Dona Beatriz, a Kongolese convert to Christianity who was burned at the stake for professing that she was possessed by the spirit of Saint Anthony. This diverse group of pirates, missionaries and translators walked a similar tightrope between worlds, both liberated and constrained by their border crossings. We will evaluate how gender, race, religion, and imperial loyalties affected the survival of this small group of interlopers, and how, in spite of this, they came to disproportionately influence events in the Atlantic world.
|HIST 294-04 Socialism|
|MWF||02:20 pm-03:20 pm||MAIN 001||Peter Weisensel|
|This class will study the idea of socialism from its earliest forms in ancient times to its present through a series of original socialist texts. Two professors, one in history and the other in philosophy will teach it. We will engage thinkers like Plato, Thomas More, the early French communists, the Utopians, Marx and Engels (the heart of the course) and their Revisionists, the Fabians (an Anglo-Saxon alternative), Lenin and Stalin, the Frankfurt School, the socialist feminists, and contemporary socialist thinkers. We will study socialism critically: we will recognize its strengths but also identify its flaws when we see them. We will contextualize these socialist texts, that is, study how changes in real-world circumstances change the way socialism is written or used. Lastly, we will try to understand the gap between socialist theory as written by intellectuals and the way socialism is understood by ordinary working people. The class is discussion-based. Exams will be in class. Often students will be expected to lead class discussions.
|HIST 294-05 Beyond Nations: New Approaches to Comparative History|
|W||07:00 pm-10:00 pm||CARN 404||Igor Tchoukarine|
|*Meets global and/or comparative history requirement; cross-listed with INTL 294-02* This course will introduce students to a variety of historical works built on comparative and transnational frameworks, which question traditional paradigms (such as the nation as locus of historical investigation). Articles and book excerpts illustrating these new approaches will guide our investigation, but students will also be engaged in broader methodological questions and archival issues. This course will also not be restricted to a particular geography, although examples will generally be drawn from North American, European and Eurasian contexts, and mostly from American and French historiography. Meets global and/or comparative history requirement.
|HIST 394-01 Rights, Religion and Regicide: The English Civil Wars|
|TR||03:00 pm-04:30 pm||MAIN 002||Eric Otremba|
|In 1620 a band of Puritans left England for America in search of "religious freedom." While this Thanksgiving story is well known in America, what is less familiar is what happened to those Puritans who stayed home: they executed their own king.
This class will cover the tumultuous period of English history from 1642 to 1689, when England and its fledgling empire endured two separate revolutions and at least five new governmental regimes. Economic and religious changes were weakening the old medieval structures which had held English society together for centuries. New questions about government came to the fore. What exactly is government’s purpose? Should the nation be run by a king, or by its own people? Do people have "rights," and what are they? Sometimes these arguments were fought with words; sometimes they were fought with swords. Topics covered will include the English Civil War and the execution of Charles II; the Diggers and other proto-communist insurgencies of this period; the military dictatorship of Oliver Cromwell and his conquest of Ireland; the "Glorious" Revolution of 1688; the political writings Thomas Hobbes and John Locke; the role of religious extremism within these battles; and the legacy of "rights" from this period within later conflicts such as the American Revolution.
|HIST 394-03 Oceans in World History|
|MWF||10:50 am-11:50 am||MAIN 010||Karin Velez|
|*Cross-listed with INTL 394-02; Meets global and/or comparative history requirement* Between 1450 and 1850, people started to venture farther outward into oceans that had previously been understood as dangerous and hostile environments. This course takes the Age of Sail as a starting point to track changes in human approaches to boundless waters. We will consider two questions in particular: How have oceans functioned as a means of global integration rather than division? How are historians using oceans to further the study of world (versus regional) history? Readings will cover and compare the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans, and address themes of diaspora, port cities, banditry, trade, and imperial encounters.
|HIST 490-01 Senior Capstone Seminar: Microhistory|
|M||07:00 pm-10:00 pm||MAIN 010||Karin Velez|