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First-Year Seminars

The following seminars introduce students to college-level writing through the study of history as a discipline.

Registration is limited to sixteen students in each seminar. First-year seminars numbered 1028–1049 fulfill the non-Euro/US requirement for the history major.

For a full description of first-year seminars, see the First-Year Seminar section.

1004 c. A Global History of Food. Fall 2014. Thomas Fleischman. (Same as Environmental Studies 1004.)

1006 {10} c. Monsters, Marvels, and Messiahs. Fall 2014. Dallas Denery.

1010 {20} c. In Sickness and in Health: Public Health in Europe and the United States. Fall 2015. Susan Tananbaum. (Same as Gender and Women’s Studies 1020{20})

1014 {12} c. Utopia: Intentional Communities in America, 1630–1997. Fall 2014. Sarah McMahon.

[1018 {11} c. Memoirs and Memory in American History.]

[1020 {15} c. Frontier Crossings: The Western Experience in American History. (Same as Environmental Studies 1015 {15}.)]

1022 {14} c. Science and Society. Fall 2014. David Hecht.

1033 c. Japan in the World. Fall 2014. Tristan Grunow. (Same as Asian Studies 1013.)

1036 c. China Encounters the West. Fall 2014. Leah Zuo. (Same as Asian Studies 1006.)

[1040 {16} c. From Montezuma to Bin Laden: Globalization and Its Critics. (Same as Africana Studies 1040 {13}.)]

1044 c. The Historical and Contemporary Maya. Spring 2015. Allen Wells. (Same as Latin American Studies 1044.)

Introductory Courses

Introductory courses (1100-1999 {100–199}) introduce students to the methods and skills of history as a humanities and social science discipline. Generally closed to seniors. Introductory 1000–level courses numbered 1370–1999 fulfill the non-Euro/U.S. requirement for history majors.

1111 c - ESD, IP. History of Ancient Greece: From Homer to Alexander the Great. Fall 2015. Robert B. Sobak.

Surveys the history of Greek-speaking peoples from the Bronze Age to the death of Alexander the Great. Traces the political, economic, social, religious, and cultural developments of the Greeks in the broader context of the Mediterranean world. Topics include the institution of the polis (city-state); hoplite warfare; Greek colonization; the origins of Greek “science,” philosophy, and rhetoric; and fifth-century Athenian democracy and imperialism. Special attention is given to the distinctively Greek outlook in regard to gender, the relationship between human and divine, freedom, and the divisions between Greeks and barbarians (non-Greeks). Note: This course fulfills the pre-modern requirement for history majors. (Same as Classics 1111.)

1112 c - ESD, IP. History of Ancient Rome: From Romulus to Justinian. Fall 2014. Robert B. Sobak.

Surveys the history of Rome from its beginnings to the fourth century A.D. Considers the political, economic, religious, social, and cultural developments of the Romans in the context of Rome’s growth from a small settlement in central Italy to the dominant power in the Mediterranean world. Special attention is given to such topics as urbanism, imperialism, the influence of Greek culture and law, and multiculturalism. Introduces different types of sources—literary, epigraphical, archaeological, etc.—for use as historical documents. Note: This course fulfills the pre-modern requirement for history majors. (Same as Classics 1112.)

1140 {110} c - ESD. Medieval, Renaissance, and Reformation Europe. Fall 2015. Dallas Denery.

Introductory-level lecture. A wide-ranging introduction to pre-modern European history beginning with the reign of the Roman Emperor Constantine (c. 272–337) and concluding with the Council of Trent (1545–1563). Particular attention is paid to the varying relations between church and state, the birth of urban culture and economy, institutional and popular religious movements, and the early formation of nation states. Not open to students who have credit for History 2049 {206} (Early Modern Europe) or 2048 {207} (Medieval Europe). Note: This course fulfills the pre-modern requirement for history majors.

1180 {125} c - ESD, IP. Entering Modernity: European Jewry. Fall 2015. Susan Tananbaum.

Explores Jewish life through the lenses of history, religion, and ethnicity and examines the processes by which governments and sections of the Jewish community attempted to incorporate Jews and Judaism into European society. Surveys social and economic transformations of Jews, cultural challenges of modernity, varieties of modern Jewish religious expression, political ideologies, the Holocaust, establishment of Israel, and American Jewry through primary and secondary sources, lectures, films, and class discussions. (Same as Religion 1125 {125}.)

1240 {140} c. War and Society. Fall 2016. Patrick Rael.

Explores the nature of warfare from the fifteenth century to the present. The central premise is that war is a reflection of the societies and cultures that wage it. This notion is tested by examining the development of war-making in Europe and the Americas from the period before the emergence of modern states, through the great period of state formation and nation building, to the present era, when the power of states to wage war in the traditional manner seems seriously undermined. Throughout, emphasis is placed on contact between European and non-European peoples. Students are required to view films every week outside of class.

1241 {139} c. The Civil War Era. Fall 2014. Patrick Rael.

Examines the coming of the Civil War and the war itself in all its aspects. Considers the impact of changes in American society, the sectional crisis and breakdown of the party system, the practice of Civil War warfare, and social ramifications of the conflict. Includes readings of novels and viewing of films. Students are expected to enter with a basic knowledge of American history and a commitment to participating in large class discussions. (Same as Africana Studies 1241 {139}.)

Introductory courses numbered 1370–1999 fulfill the non-Euro/U.S. requirement for history majors.

1420 c - IP. China’s Path to Modernity: 1800 to Present. Spring 2015. Leah Zuo.

Introduction to modern and contemporary Chinese history. Covers the period from the nineteenth century, when imperial China encountered the greatest national crisis in its contact with the industrial West, to the present People’s Republic of China. Provides historical depth to an understanding of the multiple meanings of Chinese modernity. Major topics include: democratic and socialist revolutions, assimilation of Western knowledge and thought; war; imperialism; and the origin, development, and unraveling of the Communist rule. (Same as Asian Studies 1175.)

1460 {160} c - ESD, IP. Apartheid’s Voices: South African History, 1948 to 1994. Fall 2015. David M. Gordon.

The study of apartheid in South Africa, the system of racial and ethnic segregation that began in 1948 and ended with the first democratic election of Nelson Mandela in 1994. Explores the many different aspects of apartheid: how and why it emerged; its social and economic impacts; its relationship to other forms of segregation and racial-based governance; and how people lived under, resisted, and collaborated with apartheid. Readings, lectures, and class discussions focus on personal South African voices and explore their diverse gendered, ethnic, and racial perspectives. (Same as Africana Studies 1460 {160}.)

Core Courses

Core courses (2000-2499) survey historical themes and problems and offer opportunities to deepen skills in historical thinking and writing. Open to all students, including first-year students. Core courses numbered 2270–2499 fulfill the non-Euro/US requirement for history majors.

2006 {244} c - VPA. City, Anti-City, Utopia: Building Urban America. Spring 2015. Jill Pearlman.

Explores the evolution of the American city from the beginning of industrialization to the present age of mass communications. Focuses on the underlying explanations for the American city’s physical form by examining cultural values, technological advancement, aesthetic theories, and social structure. Major figures, places, and schemes in the areas of urban design and architecture, social criticism, and reform are considered. (Same as Environmental Studies 2444 {244}.)

2008 {267} c - IP. The Republic of Rome and the Evolution of Executive Power. Spring 2015. Michael Nerdahl.

Examines in depth the approaches to leadership within the governmental system that enabled a small, Italian city-state to take eventual control of the Mediterranean world and how this state was affected by its unprecedented military, economic, and territorial growth. Investigates and re-imagines the political maneuverings of the most famous pre-Imperial Romans, such as Scipio Africanus, the Gracchi, and Cicero, and how political institutions such as the Roman Senate and assemblies reacted to and dealt with military, economic, and revolutionary crises. Looks at the relationship of the Roman state to class warfare, the nature of electoral politics, and the power of precedent and tradition. While examining whether the ultimate fall precipitated by Caesar’s ambition and vision was inevitable, also reveals what lessons, if any, modern politicians can learn about statesmanship from the transformation of the hyper-competitive atmosphere of the Republic into the monarchical principate of Augustus. All sources, such as Livy’s history of Rome, Plutarch’s Lives, letters and speeches of Cicero, and Caesar’s Civil War, are in English, and no prior knowledge of Roman antiquity is required. Note: This course fulfills the pre-modern requirement for history majors. (Same as Classics 2214 {214}.)

2015 c - IP. Modern Germany: 1848-2010. Fall 2014. Thomas Fleischman.

German history has always been confounded by a remarkable lack of continuity. Between 1871 and 2010, no fewer than six different states have claimed to rule Germany, each expounding a different political ideology. With little political continuity, Germany’s “national” history became located in its cultural character. This course explores this peculiar, paradoxical, and often dark history. How do we narrate a “national” history where no single nation has existed? Can Germany be understood as a vanguard of the Enlightenment or the progenitor of unprecedented barbarism? Topics to discuss include German colonialism, World Wars, histories of science, the Berlin Wall, lefty terrorists, and the EU.

2017 c - IP. Postwar Europe: 1945-2014. Spring 2015. Thomas Fleischman.

Until the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, historians had treated the history of postwar Europe as permanently divided and dominated by an inevitable ideological clash. Collapse, however, required a dramatic re-examination, as the once immutable Cold War now appeared more as a post-war parenthesis. 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 re-imagining its future. Topics to discuss: origins of the Cold War, uprisings and revolutions, détente, youth in revolt, energy crises, the “Greens,” the Warsaw Pact and European Union, 1989, Euro Crisis, and Ukraine.

2040 {204} c. Science, Magic, and Religion. Spring 2015. Dallas Denery.

Traces the origins of the scientific revolution through the interplay between late-antique and medieval religion, magic, and natural philosophy. Particular attention is paid to the conflict between paganism and Christianity, the meaning and function of religious miracles, the rise and persecution of witchcraft, and Renaissance hermeticism. Note: This course fulfills the pre-modern requirement for history majors. (Same as Religion 2204{204}.)

Prerequisite: History 1140 {110} or permission of the instructor.

2042 {207} c. The Good Life: From Plato to the Enlightenment. Spring 2016. Dallas Denery.

How do we live a truly human life? Examines the changing responses to this question from the ancient Greeks to the Enlightenment. Specific topics include how humans differ from other animals, the tensions between pagan and Christian traditions, and the secularization of the good life. Primary sources include (among others) Plato, Aristotle, Seneca, the Gospels, Augustine, Christine de Pizan, Luther, and Bernard Mandeville. Note: This course fulfills the pre-modern requirement for history majors.

2048 {207} c - ESD. Medieval Europe: 1075 to 1415. Fall 2014. Dallas Denery.

Examines the religious, political, economic, and cultural history of Europe from the Investiture Controversy to the Council of Constance. Note: This course fulfills the pre-modern requirement for history majors.

2061 {271} c - ESD. Culture Wars in the Age of Enlightenment. Fall 2015. Meghan Roberts.

The Enlightenment is sometimes called the “Age of Reason,” an ill-fitting title that implies Enlightenment thinkers conducted themselves in a purely dispassionate fashion. This was not the case. Examines a series of arguments within and without the so-called “Republic of Letters,” including who had the right to engage in intellectual work, the rise of atheistic thinking, the development of new scientific methods, government, gender, and race. Note: This course fulfills the pre-modern requirement for history majors.

2062 {251} c - IP. Europe’s Age of Expansion, 1492-1789. Spring 2016. Meghan Roberts.

The practice of European politics changed dramatically between the Renaissance and the French Revolution. National governments became more centralized and more powerful. At the same time, Europe transformed itself from a relatively weak region to a dominant world power. Specific topics include political thought, cross-cultural encounters, fiscal crisis and reform, policing, commerce, war, and rebellion.

2083 {221} c - IP. History of England, 1485-1688. Spring 2016. Susan Tananbaum.

A survey of the political, cultural, religious, social, and economic history of early modern England from the reign of Henry VII, the first Tudor ruler, to the outbreak of the Glorious Revolution. Topics include the Tudor and Stuart Monarchs, the Elizabethan Settlement, the English Civil War, Oliver Cromwell, and the Restoration. Note: This course fulfills the pre-modern requirement for history majors.

2085 {223} c - IP. Modern Britain, 1837 to the 1990s. Spring 2015. Susan L. Tananbaum.

A social history of modern Britain from the rise of urban industrial society in the early nineteenth century to the present. Topics include the impact of the industrial revolution, acculturation of the working classes, the impact of liberalism, the reform movement, and Victorian society. Concludes with an analysis of the domestic impact of the world wars and of contemporary society.

2103 c - ESD, IP. Gender, Class, and Citizenship in (West) European History. Spring 2015. Frances Gouda.

Examines the ways in which normative ideas about gender difference and class divisions shaped women’s and men’s political citizenship in western Europe since the eighteenth-century Enlightenment. By analyzing primary sources as well as current scholarship focusing on England, France, Germany, and the Netherlands, explores issues such as motherhood and parental rights, gendered constructions of the private and public spheres, women’s access to education, and the evolution of legal entitlements and political agency. Ample attention devoted to the emergence of the first feminist (suffragist) movement beginning in the 1860s and the evolution of second-wave feminism during the late 1960s. A final topic to be explored is immigration into Western Europe since World War II and the controversies generated by multiculturalism, Islam, and the “politics of the veil.” (Same as Gender and Women’s Studies 2200.)

[2105 {215} c - ESD, IP. The Paradox of Progress: Europe and the Experience of Modernity, 1815–1918.]

2108 {218} c - ESD, IP. The History of Russia, 1725–1924. Fall 2015. Page Herrlinger.

Explores Russian society, culture, and politics during three dramatically different phases of the modern period: the Old Regime under the Tsars in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; the violent, revolutionary transformations of 1905 and 1917; and the founding years of socialist rule under Lenin and the Bolsheviks. Readings drawn from a diverse range of primary sources (including petitions, letters, memoirs, official proclamations, ethnographic accounts) as well as secondary works written by leading scholars. Also draws widely on contemporary visual culture (including, but not limited to, painting, photography, and film).

[2109 {219} c - ESD, IP. Russia’s Twentieth Century: Revolution and Beyond.]

2121 {231} c - ESD. Colonial America and the Atlantic World, 1607–1763. Spring 2015. Sarah McMahon.

A social history of the emigration to and founding and growth of the colonies in British North America. Explores the difficulties of creating a new society, economy, polity, and culture in an unfamiliar and already inhabited environment; the effects of diverse regional and national origins and often conflicting goals and expectations on the early settlement and development of the colonies; the gradual adaptations and changes in European, Native American, and African cultures, and their separate, combined, and often contested contributions to a new “provincial,” increasingly stratified (socially, economically, and politically), and regionally disparate culture; and the later problems of maturity and stability as the thirteen colonies began to outgrow the British imperial system and become a new “American” society. Note: This course fulfills the pre-modern requirement for history majors.

2123 {233} c - ESD. American Society in the New Nation, 1763–1840. Fall 2015. Sarah McMahon.

A social history of the United States from the Revolution to the Age of Jackson. Topics include the various social, economic, political, cultural, and ideological roots of the movement for American independence; the struggle to determine the scope of the Constitution and the political shape of the new republic; the emergence of and contest over a new social and cultural order and the nature of American “identity”; and the diverging social, economic, and political histories of regions (North, South, and trans-Appalachian West) and peoples in the early to mid-nineteenth century. Topics include urbanization, industrialization, and the development of new forms of social organization in the North; religion and the Second Great Awakening; the westward expansion of the nation into areas already occupied; the southern plantation economy and slave communities; and the growth of the reform impulse in Jacksonian America.

2126 {246} c - ESD. Women in American History, 1600–1900. Spring 2016. Sarah McMahon.

A social history of American women from the colonial period through the nineteenth century. Examines women’s changing roles in both public and private spheres; the circumstances of women’s lives as these were shaped by class, ethnic, and racial differences; the recurring conflict between the ideals of womanhood and the realities of women’s experience; and focuses on family responsibilities, paid and unpaid work, religion, education, reform, women’s rights, and feminism. (Same as Gender and Women’s Studies 2251 {251}.)

2128 {248} c - ESD. Family and Community in American History, 1600–1900. Fall 2014. Sarah McMahon.

Examines the social, economic, and cultural history of American families from 1600 to 1900 and the changing relationship between families and their kinship networks, communities, and the larger society. Topics include gender relationships; racial, ethnic, cultural, and class variations in family and community ideals, structures, and functions; the purpose and expectations of marriage; philosophies of child-rearing; organization of work and leisure time; and the effects of industrialization, urbanization, immigration, and social and geographic mobility on patterns of family life and community organization. (Same as Gender and Women’s Studies 2248 {248}.)

2140 {236} c - ESD. The History of African Americans, 1619–1865. Spring 2015. Patrick Rael.

Examines the history of African Americans from the origins of slavery in America through the death of slavery during the Civil War. Explores a wide range of topics, including the establishment of slavery in colonial America, the emergence of plantation society, control and resistance on the plantation, the culture and family structure of enslaved African Americans, free black communities, and the coming of the Civil War and the death of slavery. (Same as Africana Studies 2140 {236}.)

2141 {237} c - ESD. The History of African Americans from 1865 to the Present. Spring 2016. Patrick Rael.

Explores the history of African Americans from the end of the Civil War to the present. Issues include the promises and failures of Reconstruction, the Jim Crow era, black leadership and protest institutions, African American cultural styles, industrialization and urbanization, the world wars, the Civil Rights Movement, and conservative retrenchment. (Same as Africana Studies 2141 {237}.)

2142 c. Reconstruction and Reunion. Spring 2015. Patrick Rael and Tess Chakkalakal.

An interdisciplinary introduction from the perspectives of art history, literary history, and history to the political, economic, and social questions arising from American Reconstruction (1866-1877) and Reunion (1878-1900) following the Civil War between the North and South. Readings delve into a wide array of primary and secondary sources, including photographs, novels, poetry, and government documents to understand the fierce political debates rooted in Reconstruction that continue to occupy conceptions of America. (Same as Africana Studies 2142 and English 28522900.)

2160 {232} c - ESD. History of the American West. Fall 2014. Connie Chiang.

Survey of what came to be called the Western United States from the nineteenth century to the present. Topics include Euro-American relations with Native Americans; the expansion and growth of the federal government into the West; the exploitation of natural resources; the creation of borders and national identities; race, class, and gender relations; the influence of immigration and emigration; violence and criminality; cities and suburbs; and the enduring persistence of Western myths in American culture. Students write several papers and engage in weekly discussion based upon primary and secondary documents, art, literature, and film. (Same as Environmental Studies 2432 {232}.)

2161 {268} c - ESD Asian American History, 1850-Present. Fall 2015. Connie Chiang.

Surveys the history of Asian Americans from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Explores the changing experiences of Asian immigrants and Asian Americans within the larger context of American history. Major topics include immigration and migration, race relations, anti-Asian movements, labor issues, gender relations, family and community formation, resistance and civil rights, and representations of Asian Americans in American popular culture. Readings and course materials include scholarly essays and books, primary documents, novels, memoirs, and films.

[2180 {235} c - ESD. Borderlands and Empires in Early North America. (Same as Environmental Studies 2425 {235} and Latin American Studies 2180 {236}.)]

2182 {242} c - ESD. Environment and Culture in North American History. Every spring. Connie Chiang or Matthew Klingle. Spring 2015. Matthew Klingle.

Explores relationships between ideas of nature, human transformations of the environment, and the effect of the physical environment upon humans through time in North America. Topics include the “Columbian exchange” and colonialism; links between ecological change and race, class, and gender relations; the role of science and technology; literary and artistic perspectives of “nature”; agriculture, industrialization, and urbanization; and the rise of modern environmentalism. (Same as Environmental Studies 2403 {203}.)

Prerequisite: Environmental Studies 1101 {101} or permission of the instructor.

2200 {288} c - IP. The Nuclear Age. Fall 2015. David Hecht.

Explores the impact of nuclear energy on American society, politics, and culture. Few aspects of post-World War II United States history were unaffected by the atomic bomb, which decisively shaped the Cold War, helped define the military-industrial complex, and contributed to profound changes in the place of science in American life. Examines the surprisingly varied effects of the atomic bomb throughout American society: on the Cold War, consumer culture, domestic politics, education, family life, and the arts. Uses a wide range of sources—such as newspaper articles, memoirs, film, and policy debates—to examine the profound effects of nuclear energy in United States history.

2202 c. The History of Energy. Fall 2014. David Hecht.

Explores how and why Americans (and others) have made the energy choices that they have. The production and distribution of energy is one of the key challenges for modern societies. It involves the development of specific technologies and industries—from fossil fuels to solar power to nuclear plants. But the history of energy transcends the technical. It intersects with law, politics, and economics; social norms and cultural values play a role as well. The connections between the technical and non-technical are central to understanding the history of energy itself, as well as its place in the history of the modern Unites States. (Same as Environmental Studies 2420.)

2220 {228} c. Civil Rights and Black Power Movements in the Making of Modern America. Fall 2015. Brian Purnell.

Examines the political activism, cultural expressions, and intellectual history that gave rise to a modern black freedom movement, and that movement’s impact on the broader American (and international) society. Students study the emergence of community organizing traditions in the southern black belt as well as postwar black activism in U.S. cities; the role the federal government played in advancing civil rights legislation; the internationalism of African American activism; and the relationship between black culture, aesthetics, and movement politics. The study of women and gender is a central component. Using biographies, speeches, and community and organization studies, students analyze the lives and contributions of Martin Luther King Jr., Ella Baker, Septima Clark, Malcolm X, Stokely Carmichael, Angela Davis, Huey Newton, and Fannie Lou Hamer, among others. Closely examines the legacies of the modern black freedom movement: the expansion of the black middle class, controversies over affirmative action, and the rise of black elected officials. (Same as Africana Studies 2240 {240}.)

Core courses numbered 2270–2499 fulfill the non-Euro/U.S. requirement for history majors.

2270 c - IP. History of Brazil. Fall 2014. Laura Premack.

A survey of Brazilian history from colonization through the present day. Topics include colonial encounter between Africans, Portuguese, and indigenous peoples; transitions from colony to empire to republic; slavery and its legacy; formation of Brazilian national identity; and contemporary issues in modern Brazil. Particular attention paid to race, religion, and culture. (Same as Latin American Studies 2170.)

2290 c. Japan: Past and Present. Fall 2014. Tristan Grunow.

Surveys Japan’s place in the world by exploring its historical evolution from the emergence of human civilization in the Japanese islands to today, emphasizing the fluid overseas contacts and interactions that have shaped Japanese culture. Topics include: the development of centralized government in the Heian Period; the rise and fall of warrior rule in Medieval Japan; the revolutionary political and social changes accompanying the Meiji Restoration and Japan’s integration into the global system; imperialism, militarism, and war in the early twentieth century; reconstruction and rejuvenation in the postwar; and Japan’s recent re-emergence on the global stage. (Same as Asian Studies 2290.)

2291 c. Power and the Built Environment in Japanese History. Spring 2015. Tristan Grunow.

Examines how the built environment was deployed as an instrument of power throughout Japanese history. Focuses on four important historical urban settlements—Makimuku, Nara, Osaka, and Tokyo—to chart how cities and architecture were used to project power. Major emphasis on how Japanese urbanism and architecture was shaped by interactions with outside influences. Assigned literary readings and films draw on the urban experience, considering the various facets of city life in Japan. (Same as Asian Studies 2401.)

[2320 {275} c - IP. The Emergence of Chinese Civilization. (Same as Asian Studies 2010 {275}.)]

2321 {273} c - ESD, IP. Late Imperial China. Fall 2014. Leah Zuo.

Introduction to late imperial China (800 to 1800) as the historical background to the modern age. Begins with the conditions shortly before the Golden Age (Tang Dynasty) collapses and ends with the heyday of the last imperial dynasty (Qing Dynasty). Major topics include the burgeoning of “modernity” in economic and political patterns, the relation between state and society, the voice and presence of new social elites, ethnic identities, and the cultural, economic, and political encounters between China and the West. Note: This course fulfills the pre-modern requirement for history majors. (Same as Asian Studies 2011 {271}.)

2343 {263} c - ESD, IP. Politics and Popular Culture in Modern India. Spring 2015. Rachel Sturman.

Examines the new forms of politics and of popular culture that have shaped modernity in India. Topics include the emergence of mass politics, urbanization, modern visual culture, new media technologies, and contemporary media and democracy. (Same as Asian Studies 2582{258}.)

[2344 {280} c - ESD, IP. Imperialism, Nationalism, Human Rights. (Same as Asian Studies 2230 {230}.)]

[2362 {262} c - ESD, IP. Africa and the Atlantic World, 1400-1880.]

2364 {264} c - ESD, IP. Conquest, Colonialism, and Independence: Africa since 1880. Spring 2015. Olufemi Vaughan.

Focuses on conquest, colonialism, and its legacies in sub-Saharan Africa; the violent process of colonial pacification, examined from European and African perspectives; the different ways of consolidating colonial rule and African resistance to colonial rule, from Maji Maji to Mau Mau; and African nationalism and independence, as experienced by Africa’s nationalist leaders, from Kwame Nkrumah to Jomo Kenyatta, and their critics. Concludes with the limits of independence, mass disenchantment, the rise of the predatory post-colonial state, genocide in the Great Lakes, and the wars of Central Africa. (Same as Africana Studies 2364 {264}.)

2365 {265} c - IP. Mogadishu to Madagascar: East African History. Spring 2016. David M. Gordon.

Examines the history of East Africa with special focus on the interactions between East Africans and the Indian Ocean world. Begins with African societies prior to Portuguese conquest through Omani colonialism and the spread of slavery across East Africa, Madagascar, and Mauritius. Addresses the onset of British, Italian, and German colonialism; rebellions against colonialism, including Mau Mau in Kenya; and post-colonial conflicts, including the Zanzibar revolution of 1964. Concludes with the rise of post-colonial Tanzania, Kenya, Mozambique, Madagascar, and Somalia, and challenges to their sovereignty by present-day Indian Ocean rebels, such as the Somali pirates. (Same as Africana Studies 2365{268}.)

2380 {208} c - IP. Christianity and Islam in West Africa. Fall 2014. Olufemi Vaughan.

Explores how Christianity, Islam, and indigenous African religious beliefs shaped the formation of West African states, from the nineteenth-century Islamic reformist movements and mission Christianity, to the formation of modern nation-states in the twentieth century. While the course provides a broad regional West African overview, careful attention is focused on how religious themes shaped the communities of the Nigerian region—a critical West African region where Christianity and Islam converged to transform a modern state and society. Drawing on primary and secondary historical texts as well as Africanist works in sociology and comparative politics, study of this Nigerian experience illuminates broader West African, African, and global perspectives that underscore the historical significance of religion in politics and society, especially in non-Western contexts. (Same as Africana Studies 2380 {247}.)

2401 {252} c - IP. Colonial Latin America. Fall 2014. Allen Wells.

Introduces students to the history of Latin America from pre-Columbian times to about 1825. Traces developments fundamental to the establishment of colonial rule, drawing out regional comparisons of indigenous resistance and accommodation. Topics include the nature of indigenous societies encountered by Europeans; exploitation of African and Indian labor; evangelization and the role of the church; the evolution of race, gender, and class hierarchies in colonial society; and the origins of independence in Spanish America and Brazil. Note: This course fulfills the pre-modern requirement for history majors. (Same as Latin American Studies 2401 {252}.)

2402 {255} c - IP. Modern Latin America. Fall 2015. Allen Wells.

Traces the principal economic, social, and political transformations from the wars of independence to the present. Topics include colonial legacies and the aftermath of independence, the consolidation of nation-states and their insertion in the world economy, the evolution of land and labor systems, the politics of reform and revolution, and the emergence of social movements. (Same as Latin American Studies 2402 {255}.)

2403 {258} c - IP. Latin American Revolutions. Spring 2015. Allen Wells.

Examines revolutionary change in Latin America from a historical perspective, concentrating on four cases of attempted revolutionary change—Cuba, Chile, Nicaragua, and Venezuela. Popular images and orthodox interpretations are challenged and new propositions about these processes are tested. External and internal dimensions of each of these social movements are analyzed and each revolution is discussed in the full context of the country’s historical development. (Same as Latin American Studies 2403 {258}.)

2404 {266} c - IP. History of Mexico. Spring 2016. Allen Wells.

A survey of Mexican history from pre-Columbian times to the present. Topics include the evolving character of indigenous societies, the nature of the Encounter, the colonial legacy, the chaotic nineteenth century, the Mexican Revolution, and United States-Mexican relations. Contemporary problems are also addressed. (Same as Latin American Studies 2104 {266}.)

Intermediate Seminars

Intermediate seminars (2500-2999) offer the opportunity for more intensive work in critical reading and discussion, analytical writing, library or archival research, and methodology. Not open to first-year students without instructor’s permission; some background in the discipline assumed. Seminars numbered 2740–2899 fulfill the non-Euro/US requirement for history majors.

2502 c - IP. Socialist Societies in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Europe. Spring 2015. Thomas Fleischman.

Seminar. Examines the diverse history of socialist ideology as lived-experience across Europe. Sets the ideas of its first theorists—like Robert Owen and Karl Marx—into motion as they gave rise to Utopian settlements, like New Harmony, Indiana, and larger experiments, like the Paris Commune. In the twentieth century, it explores the USSR and the eastern bloc as experiments in non-capitalist modernity. Asks how these socialists were ruled and why they failed? How did their leaders and citizens imagine democracy and economics? What was the every-day lived-experience of not only secret police and state surveillance, but also of food, fashion, music, literature, and film?

2541 {277} c. Crime and Punishment. Fall 2015. Meghan Roberts.

Seminar. Explores the cultural history of crime and punishment in Europe from 1500-1800 by considering celebrated court cases and criminal figures such as witches, unfaithful wives, imposters, sodomites, and murderers. Analyzes historical methods and scholarly writing. To further develop understanding of the period, students write a research paper based on primary and secondary sources. Note: This course fulfills the pre-modern requirement for history majors.

Prerequisite: One course in history.

2542 c. The Consumer Revolution, 1500-1800. Spring 2016. Meghan Roberts.

Seminar. Examines the social, cultural, and political dimensions of consumerism in the early modern Atlantic world, from the discovery of the “New World” through the French Revolution. This was the period during which Europeans encountered new foods such as tea, coffee, and chocolate; built the homes immortalized by writers such as Jane Austen; and sported the decadent fashions beloved by Marie Antoinette. Note: Not open to students who have credit for History 18.

Prerequisite: One course in history.

2560 {240} c - ESD. Only a Game? Sports and Leisure in Europe and America. Spring 2015. Susan Tananbaum.

Seminar. Uses the lens of sport and leisure to analyze cultural and historical trends in modern Europe and the United States. Students read a range of primary and secondary texts exploring race, class, and gender and complete a significant research paper. Offered concurrently with History 3082. (Same as Gender and Women’s Studies 2246 {263}.)

Prerequisite: One course numbered 1000-2969 {010-289} in history or gender and women’s studies.

2561 {222} c - ESD. Family Affairs: Changing Patterns of Family in Europe. Spring 2016. Susan Tananbaum.

Seminar. Explores topics and debates in European family history from the early modern period to the present. Considers the impact of social, political, religious, and economic forces on family structures and functions. Students will complete individual research projects. (Same as Gender and Women Studies 2225 {225}.)

2580 {217} c - ESD. The German Experience, 1918–1945. Fall 2015. Page Herrlinger.

Seminar. An in-depth inquiry into the troubled course of German history during the Weimar and Nazi periods. Among the topics explored are the impact of the Great War on culture and society in the 1920s; the rise of National Socialism; the role of race, class, and gender in the transformation of everyday life under Hitler; forms of persecution, collaboration, and resistance during the third Reich; Nazi war aims and the experience of war on the front and at “home,” including the Holocaust.

2607 {247} c. Maine: A Community and Environmental History. Spring 2016. Sarah McMahon.

Seminar. Examines the evolution of various Maine social and ecological communities—inland, hill country, and coastal. Begins with the contact of European and Native American cultures, examines the transfer of English and European agricultural traditions in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and explores the development of diverse geographic, economic, ethnic, and cultural communities during the nineteenth and into the early twentieth centuries. (Same as Environmental Studies 2447 {247}.)

2609 {249} c. History of Women’s Voices in America. Spring 2015. Sarah McMahon.

Seminar. Examines women’s voices in America from 1650 to the twentieth century, as these emerged in private letters, journals, and autobiographies; poetry, short stories, and novels; essays, addresses, and prescriptive literature. Readings from the secondary literature provide a historical framework for examining women’s writings. Research projects focus on the form and content of women’s literature and the ways that it illuminates women’s understandings, reactions, and responses to their historical situation. (Same as Gender and Women’s Studies 2601 {249}.)

[2621 {238} c. Reconstruction. (Same as Africana Studies 2621 {238}.)]

2640 {250} c - ESD. California Dreamin’: A History of the Golden State. Spring 2015. Connie Chiang.

Seminar. Sunshine, beaches, shopping malls, and movie stars are the popular stereotypes of California, but social conflicts and environmental degradation have long tarnished the state’s golden image. Unravels the myth of the California dream by examining the state’s social and environmental history from the end of Mexican rule and the discovery of gold in 1848 to the early twenty-first century. Major topics include immigration and racial violence; radical and conservative politics; extractive and high-tech industries; environmental disasters; urban, suburban, and rural divides; and California in American popular culture. (Same as Environmental Studies 2416 {250}.)

[2660 {226} c - ESD. The City as American History. (Same as Gay and Lesbian Studies 2266 {266}.)]

2680 {225} c. Image, Myth, and Memory. Spring 2016. David Hecht.

Seminar. Which matters more: what happened, or what people think happened? Starts with the assumption that cultural reaction to an event is as consequential—perhaps more so—than what actually happened. Examines the cultural reception and changing historical memory of people, events, and ideas that have been central to modern American history and the history of science. Seeks to answer questions about the nature and construction of public opinion, popular images, and historical memory—and what the consequences of such processes and understandings have been. Introduces the themes and methods of studying popular and cultural history, drawing principally from examples in the history of science and post-World War II American culture. (Possible examples include nuclear weapons, evolution, genetics, climate change, student activism, feminism, abortion, education, and presidential politics.) Then follows a workshop format, in which classes revolve around the reading and writing that students do as part of self-designed research projects—projects that may be on any subject in modern United States history.

Prerequisite: One course in history or permission of the instructor.

2700 {279} c - ESD. Martin, Malcolm, and America. Spring 2015. Brian Purnell.

Seminar. Examines the lives and thoughts of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. Traces the development in their thinking and examines the similarities and differences between them. Evaluates their contribution to the African American freedom struggle, American society, and the world. Emphasizes very close reading of primary and secondary material, use of audio and videocassettes, lecture presentations, and class discussions. In addition to being an academic study of these two men’s political and religious commitment, also concerns how they inform our own political and social lives. (Same as Africana Studies 2700 {244}.)

The following intermediate seminars (2740–2899) fulfill the non-Euro/US requirement for history majors.

2744 c. Japan’s Pacific Wars. Spring 2015. Tristan Grunow.

Seminar. Examines the history, presentation, and memory of Japan’s twentieth-century wars in the Pacific in order to contemplate how Japan’s past and present has been shaped by war. Discussions focus on themes of state-formation and empire-building, tensions between tradition and modernity, cosmopolitanism and militarism, expansion and the quest for economic independence, battlefield conduct, race and propaganda, life on the homefront, defeat and occupation, postwar economic revival, and contemporary diplomatic issues and accusations of resurgent militarism. Students produce a term paper on a topic of their choosing. (Same as Asian Studies 2400.)

[2780 {276} c - ESD, IP. The Foundations of Chinese Thought. (Same as Asian Studies 2002 {276}.)]

[2781 {260} c - IP. Science, Technology, and Society in China. (Same as Asian Studies 2005 {273}.)]

2800 {241} c - ESD, IP. From Gandhi to the Taliban: Secularism and Its Critics in Modern South Asia. Spring 2015. Rachel Sturman.

Seminar. Explores modern social and political movements that have sought to redefine the relationship between religion and the state. Focusing on India and Pakistan, questions considered include: What is secularism? How have modern states sought to define their relationship with “religion?” Why and how have various political movements rejected the idea of secularism? What historical effects have these diverse movements had? Students write a research paper utilizing primary and secondary sources. (Same as Asian Studies 2584 {239}.)

[2801 {259} c - ESD, IP. Sex and the Politics of the Body in Modern India. (Same as Asian Studies 2583 {237} and Gender and Women’s Studies 2259 {259}.)]

2821 {269} c - ESD, IP. After Apartheid: South African History and Historiography. Spring 2016. David M. Gordon.

Seminar. Investigates the diverse representations and uses of the past in South Africa. Begins with the difficulties in developing a critical and conciliatory version of the past in post-apartheid South Africa during and after the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Turns to diverse historical episodes and sites of memory from the Great Trek to the inauguration of Nelson Mandela to explore issues of identity and memory from the perspectives of South Africa’s various peoples. (Same as Africana Studies 2821 {269}.)

2822 {272} c - IP. Warlords and Child Soldiers in African History. Fall 2015. David M. Gordon.

Seminar. Examines how gender, age, religion, and race have informed ideologies of violence by considering various historical incarnations of the African warrior across time, including the hunter, the military slave, the revolutionary, the mercenary, the soldier, the warlord, the holy warrior, and the child soldier. Focuses on how fighters, followers, African civilians, and the international community have imagined the “work of war” in Africa. Readings include scholarly analyses of warfare, warriors, and warrior ideals alongside memoirs and fictional representations. (Same as Africana Studies 2822 {272}.)

2840 {213} c. Transnational Africa and Globalization. Fall 2014. Olufemi Vaughan.

Seminar. Drawing on key readings on the historical sociology of transnationalism since World War II, examines how postcolonial African migrations transformed African states and their new transnational populations in Western countries. Discusses what concepts such as the nation state, communal identity, global relations, and security mean in the African context in order to critically explore complex African transnational experiences and globalization. These dynamic African transnational encounters encourage discussions on homeland and diaspora, tradition and modernity, gender, and generation. (Same as Africana Studies 2840 {213}.)

[2841 {216} c. History of African and African Diasporic Political Thought. (Same as Africana Studies 2841 {216}.)]

2861 {254} c. Contemporary Argentina. Spring 2016. Allen Wells.

Seminar. Texts, novels, and films help unravel Argentine history and culture. Topics examined include the image of the gaucho and national identity; the impact of immigration; Peronism; the tango; the Dirty War; and the elusive struggle for democracy, development, and social justice. (Same as Latin American Studies 2161 {254}.)

2862 c. The Haitian Revolution and its Legacy. Fall 2014. Allen Wells.

Seminar. Examines one of the most neglected revolutions in history and arguably one of its most significant. The first half of the course treats the Revolution’s causes and tracks its evolution between 1791-1804. The second part studies its aftermath and its impact on Haiti, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, Africa, and the United States. (Same as Africana Studies 2862 and Latin American Studies 2162.)

Prerequisite: One course in history or Latin American studies, or permission of the instructor.

[2871 {200} c. Beyond Capoeira: History and Politics of Afro-Brazilian Culture. (Same as Africana Studies 2210 {210} and Latin American Studies 2110 {221}.)]

Advanced Seminars

Advanced seminars (3000-3999 {300–399}) expect students to build on prior coursework by developing a substantial piece of historical research. These courses are not open to first-year students without instructor’s permission. Seminars numbered 3270-3999 fulfill the non-Euro/US requirement for history majors.

3040 {307} c. Topics in Medieval and Early Modern European History. Fall 2015. Dallas Denery.

A research seminar for majors and interested non-majors focusing on Medieval and Early Modern Europe. After an overview of recent trends in the historical analysis of this period, students pursue research topics of their own choice, culminating in a significant piece of original historical writing (approximately thirty pages in length). Note: This course fulfills the pre-modern requirement for history majors.

Prerequisite: One course in history.

History 3082 c. Only a Game? Sports and Leisure in Europe and America. Spring 2015. Susan Tananbaum.

This advanced seminar will use the lens of sport and leisure to analyze cultural and historical trends in modern Europe and the United States. Students read a range of primary and secondary texts exploring race, class, and gender and complete a significant research paper using primary sources and lead a class session. Offered concurrently with History 2560.

3122 {332} c. Community in America, Maine, and at Bowdoin. Fall 2015. Sarah McMahon.

A research seminar that explores ideals and social, economic, political, and cultural realities of community in American history, and examines continuity, change, and socio-economic, racial, and ethnic diversity in community experience. Begins with studies of communities in seventeenth-century Massachusetts and early national upstate New York; then focuses on Maine and on Bowdoin College and its midcoast neighborhood, with readings in both the secondary literature and a wealth of primary sources.

3140 {336} c. Research in Nineteenth-Century United States History. Spring 2016. Patrick Rael.

A research course for majors and interested non-majors that culminates in a twenty-five- to thirty-page research paper. With the professor’s consent, students may choose any topic in Civil War or African American history, broadly defined. Presents the opportunity to delve into Bowdoin’s collections of primary historical source documents. (Same as Africana Studies 3140 {336}.)

Prerequisite: One course in history.

3160 {330} c. The United States Home Front in World War II. Fall 2014. Connie Chiang.

Examines social and cultural changes on the United States home front during World War II. While some Americans remember World War II as “the good war,” an examination of this period reveals a more complicated history. By analyzing a variety of historical sources—scholarly writings, government documents and propaganda, films, memoirs, fiction, and advertising—investigates how the war shaped and reshaped sexuality, family dynamics, and gender roles; race and ethnic relations; labor conflicts; social reform, civil rights, and citizenship; and popular culture. Also considers the war’s impact on the immediate postwar years and how Americans have remembered the war. Students write a major paper based on primary source research.

3180 {337} c. Nature and Health in America. Spring 2015. Matthew Klingle.

Explores relationships between humans, environment, and health in North American history from the sixteenth century to the present day. Topics may include the evolution of public health, biomedical research, and clinical practice; folk remedies and popular understandings of health; infectious and chronic diseases; links between landscape, health, and inequality; gender and reproductive health; occupational health and safety; the effects of agriculture, industrialization, and urbanization on human and ecological health; state and federal policies; and the colonial and global dimensions of public health and medicine. Students write a major research paper based on primary sources. Environmental Studies 1101 {101}, 2403 {203}, and at least one history course numbered 2000–2969 {200–289} is recommended. (Same as Environmental Studies 3980 {337}.)

Advanced Seminars numbered 3270–3999 fulfill the non-Euro/US requirement for history majors.

3271 b. Latin American–United States Relations. Fall 2014. Joseph S. Tulchin.

Seminar. Enhances understanding of Latin America by examining the foreign relations of the nations in the hemisphere with a special focus on relations with the United States. Begins with independence and concludes with the contemporary struggle by the nations in the region for autonomy in the international system. Class discussions explore weekly readings. Participants should have some background in the history of the United States and Latin America. Students are expected to write an original research paper. (Same as Government 3901 and Latin American Studies 3171.)

3320 c. Revolutionary China. Spring 2015. Leah Zuo.

China’s twentieth-century destiny boils down to one word: revolution. Through analysis of historical and literary sources, provides insight into the turbulent course China has followed: from imperial monarchy to republic, from bureaucratic capitalism to command economy, from Communism to Socialism with “Chinese characteristics.” Focal topics vary from year to year and each time include one or two of the following revolutions: the Revolution of 1911 (the overthrow of the last imperial dynasty), the intellectual awakening of May Fourth, the Communist Revolution in 1949, the Cultural Revolution under Mao, and the most recent capitalist reforms. Each student writes an original research paper. (Same as Asian Studies 3100.)

[3360 c. The Common Good? A History of International Aid. (Same as Africana Studies 3306.)]

3401 {351} c. The Mexican Revolution. Fall 2015. Allen Wells.

An examination of the Mexican Revolution (1910–1920) and its impact on modern Mexican society. Topics include the role of state formation since the revolution, agrarian reform, United States-Mexican relations, immigration, and other border issues. (Same as Latin American Studies 3101 {352}.)

3403 {356} c. The Cuban Revolution. Fall 2016. Allen Wells.

The Cuban Revolution recently celebrated its fiftieth anniversary. Offers a retrospective of a revolution entering “middle age” and its prospects for the future. Topics include United States-Cuban relations, economic and social justice versus political liberty, gender and race relations, and literature and film in a socialist society. (Same as Latin American Studies 3103 {356}.)

Independent Study and Honors in History

2970–2971 {291–294} c. Intermediate Independent Study in History: Europe. The Department.

2972–2973 {291–294} c. Intermediate Independent Study in History: United States. The Department.

2974–2975 {291–294} c. Intermediate Independent Study in History: Africa. The Department.

2976–2977 {291–294} c. Intermediate Independent Study in History: East Asia. The Department.

2978–2979 {291–294} c. Intermediate Independent Study in History: Latin America. The Department.

2980–2981 {291–294} c. Intermediate Independent Study in History: South Asia. The Department.

2982–2983 {291–294} c. Intermediate Independent Study in History: Atlantic Worlds. The Department.

2984–2985 {291–294} c. Intermediate Independent Study in History: Colonial Worlds. The Department.

2986–2987 {291–294} c. Intermediate Independent Study in History. The Department.

2999 {299} c. Intermediate Collaborative Study. The Department.

4000–4001 {401–404} c. Advanced Independent Study in History: Europe. The Department.

4002–4003 {401–404} c. Advanced Independent Study in History: United States. The Department.

4004–4005 {401–404} c. Advanced Independent Study in History: Africa. The Department.

4006–4007 {401–404} c. Advanced Independent Study in History: East Asia. The Department.

4008–4009 {401–404} c. Advanced Independent Study in History: Latin America. The Department.

4010–4011 {401–404} c. Advanced Independent Study in History: South Asia. The Department.

4012–4013 {401–404} c. Advanced Independent Study in History: Atlantic Worlds. The Department.

4014–4015 {401–404} c. Advanced Independent Study in History: Colonial Worlds. The Department.

4016–4017 {401–404} c. Advanced Independent Study in History. The Department.

4029 {405} c. Advanced Collaborative Study. The Department.

4050–4051 {451–452} c. Honors Project in History: Europe. Every year. The Department.

4052–4053 {451–452} c. Honors Project in History: United States. Every year. The Department.

4054–4055 {451–452} c. Honors Project in History: Africa. Every year. The Department.

4056–4057 {451–452} c. Honors Project in History: East Asia. Every year. The Department.

4058–4059 {451–452} c. Honors Project in History: Latin America. Every year. The Department.

4060–4061 {451–452} c. Honors Project in History: South Asia. Every year. The Department.

4062–4063 {451–452} c. Honors Project in History: Atlantic Worlds. Every year. The Department.

4064–4065 {451–452} c. Honors Project in History: Colonial Worlds. Every year. The Department.

4066–4067 {451–452} c. Honors Project in History. Every year. The Department.


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