Spring 2013

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127. Early Modern Europe, from Reformations to Revolutions
Meghan Roberts T 8:30 - 9:55, TH 8:30 - 9:55 Searles-223
Introductory lecture. Opens with Europe in crisis, reeling from the political, social, and religious implications of the Reformation. Closes with the continent in the grips of yet another seismic shift, that of the French Revolution. Considers how individuals, communities, and nation-states coped with these changes through the study of the Reformation, Inquisition, warfare, state-building, the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment, and the French Revolution. Note: This course fulfills the pre-modern requirement for history majors.

209. Indigenous Identity and Politics in Latin America, 1492 to Present
Elizabeth Shesko M 8:00 - 9:25, W 8:00 - 9:25 Adams-406
Examines the construction of indigenous identity in Latin America from the conquest to the present, focusing on how indigenous and European cultures mixed and affected one another, albeit under profoundly unequal conditions. Analyzes how authenticity, heritage, and tradition are set up against forms of progress, belonging, and exclusion. Topics include religion, sexuality, legal frameworks governing indigenous peoples, movements for autonomy, and the recent effects of migration, transnational networks, international law, and NGOs. Considers the case studies of Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, and Bolivia through primary sources and recent scholarship.

217. The German Experience, 1918–1945
Page Herrlinger T 10:00 - 11:25, TH 10:00 - 11:25 Hubbard-22
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.

219. Russia’s Twentieth Century: Revolution and Beyond
Page Herrlinger T 1:00 - 2:25, TH 1:00 - 2:25 Searles-217
Examines major transformations in Russian society, culture, and politics from the Revolutions of 1917 through the fall of the Soviet Empire in 1991. Topics include the building of socialist society under Lenin and Stalin, the political Terror of the 1930s and the expansion of the Gulag system, the experience of World War II, Soviet influence in Central Asia and Eastern Europe, attempts at de-Stalinization under Khrushchev, everyday life under “developed socialism,” the period of “glasnost” and “perestroika” under Gorbachev, and the problems of de-Sovietization in the early 1990s.

223. Modern Britain, 1837 to the 1990s
Susan Tananbaum T 2:30 - 3:55, TH 2:30 - 3:55 Searles-215
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.

228. Civil Rights and Black Power Movements in the Making of Modern America
Brian Purnell M 1:00 - 2:25, W 1:00 - 2:25 Adams-406
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 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.

231. Colonial America and the Atlantic World, 1607–1763
Sarah McMahon T 11:30 - 12:55, TH 11:30 - 12:55 Sills-205
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 (both socially and economically), 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.

236. The History of African Americans, 1619–1865
Patrick Rael M 11:30 - 12:55, W 11:30 - 12:55 Searles-126
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.

238. Reconstruction
Patrick Rael T 2:30 - 3:55, TH 2:30 - 3:55 HL-311 (third floor)
Seminar. Close examination of the decade following the Civil War. Explores the events and scholarship of the Union attempt to create a biracial democracy in the South following the war, and the sources of its failure. Topics include wartime Reconstruction, the Ku Klux Klan, Republican politics, and Democratic Redemption. Special attention paid to the deeply conflicted ways historians have approached this period over the years

240. Only a Game? Sports and Leisure in Europe and America
Susan Tananbaum T 11:30 - 12:55, TH 11:30 - 12:55 Buck Center-211
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.

242. Environment and Culture in North American History
Tom Okie M 1:00 - 2:25, W 1:00 - 2:25 Searles-217
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.

249. History of Women's Voices in America
Sarah McMahon M 1:00 - 2:25, W 1:00 - 2:25 Sills-209
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.

256. Gender, Science, and Empire
Durba Mitra T 8:30 - 9:55, TH 8:30 - 9:55 Adams-202
This lecture course will explore the role of empire in shaping scientific knowledge and practice since the early nineteenth century, focusing in particular on the role of gender and sexuality in the making of scientific knowledge. The natural and human sciences witnessed explosive developments as European powers expanded into South Asia and Africa. This course seeks to answer two central questions. How did science and technological development influence the rise and practice of colonialism? How did people in the non-western world shape the creation and dissemination of scientific knowledge? We will focus on major themes in the history of science, medicine, and Empire, including: science as a measure of civilization, racism in science and medicine, and the role of gender and sexuality in the making of scientific knowledge.

259. Sex and the Politics of the Body in Modern India
Rachel Sturman M 2:30 - 3:55, W 2:30 - 3:55 Sills-209
Seminar. Explores changing conceptions of the body, sexuality, and gender in South Asia, with a focus on modern formations since the late eighteenth century. Topics include arranged marriage; courtesanship and prostitution; ideas of purity and defilement; gender, sexuality, and nationalism; and the emergence of a contemporary lesbian/gay/queer movement.

260. Science, Technology, and Society in China
Leah Zuo M 2:30 - 3:55, W 2:30 - 3:55 CT-16 Whiteside Room
Seminar. Examines Chinese science and technology in the cultural, intellectual, and social circumstances. Surveys the main fields of study in traditional Chinese science and technology, the nodal points of invention and discovery, and important conceptual themes associated with natural studies since antiquity to the early twentieth century. Prominent themes include astronomy and court politics, alchemy and Daoism, printing technology and books, the dissemination of Western natural science, among others. Reading materials reflect the interdisciplinary approach of this course and include secondary literature on cultural, intellectual history, ethnography, and the sociology of scientific knowledge.

263. Politics and Popular Culture in Twentieth-Century India
Rachel Sturman M 11:30 - 12:55, W 11:30 - 12:55 Adams-208
Examines the new forms of politics and of popular culture that shaped twentieth-century modernity in India. Topics include the emergence of mass politics, secular and religious nationalism, urbanization and the creation of new publics, violence and popular media, modern visual culture, democracy and social movements, and the politics of development. Focuses on the relationship between new sociopolitical forms and new technologies of representation and communication.

267. The Republic of Rome and the Evolution of Executive Power
Michael Nerdahl M 2:30 - 3:55, W 2:30 - 3:55 Adams-208
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 if the ultimate fall precipitated by Caesar’s ambition and vision was inevitable, we will also discover 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.

273. History of China II: Middle and Late Imperial Periods (800-1800)
Leah Zuo M 11:30 - 12:55, W 11:30 - 12:55 Sills-209
Second installment of a three-part introduction to Chinese history. 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.

274. Global Pentecostalism: The Roots and Routes of Twentieth Century Christianity
Laura Premack T 2:30 - 3:55, TH 2:30 - 3:55 Adams-114
Seminar. Pentecostalism is a form of Christianity centered on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Pentecostals speak in tongues, heal, prophesize, see visions, and exorcise demons. By many accounts, Pentecostalism is the fastest growing religion in the world. While its population is difficult to count, current estimates place the world’s total number of Pentecostals at close to 600 million. The vast majority of these Pentecostals are concentrated in the global South: Latin America, Africa, and Asia. The widespread assumption is that Pentecostalism started in the United States in 1906 -- and was taken to the rest of the world by missionaries. Challenging this assumption and exploring other interpretive possibilities is at the center of this course, which will focus on charting the origins and expressions of the global Pentecostal movement with emphasis on its African-American roots and its contemporary African and Latin American expressions.

284. The Emergence of Modern Japan
Thomas Conlan T 10:00 - 11:25, TH 10:00 - 11:25 Adams-406
What constitutes a modern state? How durable are cultures and civilizations? Examines the patterns of culture in a state that managed to expel European missionaries in the seventeenth century, and came to embrace all things Western as being “civilized” in the mid-nineteenth century. Compares the unique and vibrant culture of Tokugawa Japan with the rapid program of late-nineteenth-century industrialization, which resulted in imperialism, international wars and, ultimately, the postwar recovery.

301. Place in American History
Tom Okie M 10:00 - 11:25, W 10:00 - 11:25 HL-311 (third floor)
Research seminar. Examines the theme of place in nineteenth and twentieth century U.S. history, with special emphasis on the U.S. South. Investigates place as a set of physical and biological characteristics, as a product of the interaction between humans and the environment, and as a social and cultural construct. Also attends to the challenge of writing history with place as a central character. Students write a major research paper based on primary sources.

324. Great Nation, Haunted Nation: Memory and the French Revolution
Meghan Roberts T 1:00 - 3:55 CT-16 Whiteside Room
Explores the relationship between collective memory and social, cultural, and political history through a focus on the French Revolution. Deals with three specific historical questions: how a new understanding of time and memories of the past shaped the course of the French Revolution; how memories of the French Revolution shaped the turbulent history of France in the nineteenth century; and how memories of the French Revolution affected politics and revolutions across the Atlantic World in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Students write a major research paper based on primary sources.

380. The Warrior Culture of Japan
Thomas Conlan M 1:00 - 3:55 38 College St-Conf Room
Explores the “rise” of the warrior culture of Japan. In addition to providing a better understanding of the judicial and military underpinnings of Japan’s military “rule” and the nature of medieval Japanese warfare, shows how warriors have been perceived as a dominant force in Japanese history. Culminates in an extended research paper.