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Fall 2014 Class Schedule - updated April 23, 2014 at 10:56 am

Number/Section  Title
Days Time Room Instructor
HIST 110-01  Introduction to European History
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm MAIN 001 STAFF
HIST 135-01  American Violence to 1800: Age of Contact to the American Revolution
MWF 02:20 pm-03:20 pm NEILL 227 STAFF
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*

HIST 194-01  The Birth of Globalization: Silk, Spices, Sugar, Slaves and Silver 1400-1800
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm MAIN 001 STAFF
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 225-01  Native American History
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm OLRI 350 STAFF
*Cross-listed with AMST 225-01* This course examines American Indian history to 1900, considering the complex and fraught 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. Students will use primary and secondary sources to question this assumption and create 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*

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 STAFF
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 OLRI 150 STAFF
*There will be an Environmental Studies (ENVI) cross-listing added to this course for the fall drop/add period* 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 CARN 105 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 April 23, 2014 at 10:56 am

Number/Section  Title
Days Time Room Instructor
HIST 180-01  Going Global: The Experiment of World History
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am STAFF
HIST 194-01  Modern European History
MWF 02:20 pm-03:20 pm STAFF
HIST 194-02  Atomic America
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm Ryan Edgington
HIST 194-03  Southeast Asia
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm STAFF
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 influences of various external forces on the region. It will examine Southeast Asia's ongoing relationship with East Asia, India, European empires, diverse religions, the rise of nationalism, the Cold War, and more.

HIST 201-01  History of U.S. Feminisms
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm Lynn Hudson
*Cross-listed with WGSS 201-01*

HIST 228-01  Gender and Sexuality in Colonial America and the Early Republic
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm STAFF
*Cross-listed with WGSS 228-01*

HIST 237-01  Environmental Justice
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am 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 239-01  Farm and Forest: African Environmental History
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am Jamie Monson
*Cross-listed with ENVI 294-02*

HIST 252-01  Conversion and Inquisition: Religious Change
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm STAFF
HIST 257-01  Empires
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am STAFF
HIST 258-01  Europe Since 1945
MWF 12:00 pm-01:00 pm STAFF
HIST 275-01  The Rise of Modern China
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm STAFF
*Cross-listed with ASIA 275-01*

HIST 276-01  The Great Tradition in Japan before 1853
MWF 03:30 pm-04:30 pm STAFF
*Cross-listed with ASIA 276-01*

HIST 283-01  Amazon: A Cultural History
MWF 03:30 pm-04:30 pm Ernesto Capello
HIST 294-01  Violence Against Women in Historical Perspective
M 07:00 pm-10:00 pm Catherine Jacquet
HIST 294-02  Early American History
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am STAFF
HIST 294-03  Food
M 07:00 pm-10:00 pm Ryan Edgington
HIST 294-04  China Africa
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm Jamie Monson
HIST 294-05  Topics in US History
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm STAFF
HIST 350-01  Race, Gender, and Science
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am Lynn Hudson
HIST 379-01  The Study of History
W 07:00 pm-10:00 pm Ernesto Capello

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