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History

The History Department  is one of the leading centers of historical scholarship in the world. The courses employ many different approaches to the past. Explore topics related to U.S. and global history from the Middle Ages to Present. 

The courses on this page reflect Summer 2018 offerings. 

 

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Africa and France
HIST S4779D 4 points.

This course endeavors to understand the development of the peculiar and historically conflictual relationship that exists between France, the nation-states that are its former African colonies, and other contemporary African states. It covers the period from the 19th century colonial expansion through the current 'memory wars' in French politics and debates over migration and colonial history in Africa. Historical episodes include French participation in and eventual withdrawal from the Atlantic Slave Trade, emancipation in the French possessions, colonial conquest, African participation in the world wars, the wars of decolonization, and French-African relations in the contexts of immigration and the construction of the European Union. Readings will be drawn extensively from primary accounts by African and French intellectuals, dissidents, and colonial administrators. However, the course offers neither a collective biography of the compelling intellectuals who have emerged from this relationship nor a survey of French-African literary or cultural production nor a course in international relations. Indeed, the course avoids the common emphasis in francophone studies on literary production and the experiences of elites and the common focus of international relations on states and bureaucrats. The focus throughout the course is on the historical development of fields of political possibility and the emphasis is on sub-Saharan Africa. Partially fulfills Global Core Requirement. 

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Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 4779 001/19956 M W 1:00p - 4:10p
311 FAYERWEATHER
Gregory Mann 4 Open
Consumer Culture in Modern Europe
HIST S4327D 4 points.

The development of the modern culture of consumption, with particular attention to the formation of the woman consumer.  Topics include commerce and the urban landscape, changing attitudes toward shopping and spending, feminine fashion and conspicuous consumption, and the birth of advertising. Examination of novels, fashion magazines, and advertising images.

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Section/Call
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Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 4327 001/72208 Tu Th 9:00a - 12:10p
301M FAYERWEATHER
Lisa Tiersten 4 Open
Crime and Punishment in the Middles Ages
HIST S4083D 4 points.

This course sets out to explore the nature of crime, particularly those involving violence, and the practices advanced to control and restrict it in the wide geographical area of Europe, with an emphasis on France, England and Italy. The course material will be studied thematically. Themes will include the violent crimes, political violence, the development of courts, the development of criminal law, investigations of specific types of crime such as murder, theft, crimes against women, the mentality and methods of punishment, prisons, torture, and the methods of inquisition.

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Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 4083 001/75022 Tu Th 9:00a - 12:10p
311 FAYERWEATHER
Neslihan Senocak 4 Open
History of Capitalism
HIST S3116D 4 points.

Capitalism shapes every aspect of our daily lives. Thinkers on both the left and the right of the political spectrum agree that capitalism structures our economic, social, and political relationships. Yet, there is little agreement as to the definition of capitalism and its normative implications. The definition and interpretation of capitalism differs across time and space, always evolving in response to challenges, crises, and contradictions. 


The aim of this course is to provide students with analytical tools to think critically and historically about the concept of capitalism. By studying how philosophers, economists, and political theorists have defined and described the concept of capitalism throughout its history (from the early seventeenth century to the present), students will be provided with a set of terminologies and analytical frameworks that enable them to interrogate the various dimensions of capitalism. The readings in the course are selected to illustrate the fact that capitalism has always been controversial. We will read texts authored by both proponents and critics of capitalism. We will explore how various canonical figures have thought about private property, markets, money, economic growth, injustice, inequality, alienation, and socialism.

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HIST 3116 001/73496 M W 1:00p - 4:10p
302 FAYERWEATHER
Carl Wennerlind 4 Open
Latino History in America
HIST S3596D 3 points.

Even before the U.S. existed as a republic, people from "Hispanic" and Indo-America have been incorporated into the culture, history, life, and occupational fabric of the United States. Yet, forces, figures, and factions in larger society frequently perceived Latin American heritage people as members of an "alien" culture. Through histories of coercion, migration, labor recruitment, family networks, religious conversion, wars of occupation, economic need, political exile, education inequities, electoral participation, and unimaginative representations in film, fiction, and broader popular culture, millions of people from Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Ecuador, and the rest of Latin America have somehow become American, while still remaining outside the national community. This 3-point undergraduate lecture course will examine the process of departure and arrival-the historical forces pushing and pulling people from Latin America to the United States. We will also examine how "Spanish," "Latins," "Hispanics," and "Latinos" adjust, integrate, assimilate, resist, and adapt to the many forces that affect their lives in the U.S. over the last century and a half, creating new ethnic, racial and local identities in the process. By studying the experience of Latinos/as and Latin American immigrants with an eye toward patterns of second-class citizenship, identity formation, ethnic culture, community maturation, labor struggles, and social mobility, we will map out the heterogeneous mosaic of Latin American and Caribbean diasporas in the U.S. Due in large part to ongoing immigration from Mexico, the Mexican-origin population has grown appreciably from approximately 100,000 at the turn of the twentieth century to thirty-five million today (10% of the overall U.S. population and about 65% of the collective Latino community). We shall therefore pay special attention to what ethnic Mexicans, their offspring, and other Americans have had to say about the Mexican American experience and its effects on Latino/a social life as well as the nation's economy, society, and culture. Naturally, Puerto Rican, Cuban American, Hispanic Caribbean, and Central/South American communities in the United States will be examined as well. The study of Latino history is a young discipline, with many gaps and grey areas. It also exists in a complex and tense dialogue (often a monologue) within broader U.S. history. During the last two decades as the Latino population has ballooned to 56 million (1 in 6 Americans or 18% of the total population), there has also been a boom in research and writing in this field. Indeed, we will be taking advantage of some of its products, although its fruits are still uneven. This class is taught in mostly the modern period (after 1750) within United States history so it can count toward the history major or concentration. Where the course points may be applied depends on a student's field of specialization within their major or concentration. The course can also serve as three elective points toward degree progress.

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Section/Call
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Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 3596 001/21172 M W 9:00a - 12:10p
311 FAYERWEATHER
Darius Echeverria 3 Open
Empire of Liberty: A Global History of the U.S. Military
HIST S3455Q 3 points.

America's wars in context, from King Philip's War in 1675 to present conflicts in Afghanistan and the Middle East. This course charts the expansion of U.S. military power from a band of colonists to a globe-girdling colossus with over two million personnel, some 800 bases around the world, and an annual budget of approximately $686 billion - about 57 percent of federal discretionary spending, and more than the next 14 nations combined. It introduces students to the history of American military power; the economic, political, and technological rise of the military-industrial complex and national security state; the role of the armed services in international humanitarian work; and the changing role of the military in domestic and international politics. A three-point semester-long course compressed into six weeks. Syllabus is located here: http://www.bobneer.com/empireofliberty/.

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Section/Call
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Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 3455 001/73424 Tu Th 1:00p - 4:10p
302 FAYERWEATHER
Robert Neer 3 Open
History of the City of New York
HIST S3535Q 3 points.

The social, cultural, economic, political, and demographic development of America's metropolis from colonial days to present. Slides and walking tours supplement the readings.

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Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 3535 001/64513 Tu Th 9:00a - 12:10p
311 FAYERWEATHER
Stephen Sullivan 3 Open
Revolution and Radical Politics from Marx to May '68: Political Theory, History, and the Ideal Society
HIST S4981Q 4 points.

This seminar will expose students to classical texts in political theory relating to revolutionary action, political ethics and social militancy from the Communist Manifesto to 1968.  The course will explore the idea of revolutionary ethics as conceived by Western and non-Western political philosophers and militants.  The discussion will stress the connection between philosophers and revolutionary leaders and the transformation of the idea of radical politics through the dialogue between these two discourses (the philosophical and the militant) and the public reception of revolutionary events in the media and commemorative writings.  Authors will be examined according to their historical context and their role in the tradition of political thought and the history of radical politics from 1848 to the mid-sixties.  Students will be exposed to different discourses of political militancy and radical politics and to reflect on the ethical implications of the history of radical thought and action in comparative perspective. 

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Section/Call
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Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 4981 001/11044 Tu Th 1:00p - 4:10p
311 FAYERWEATHER
Alheli Alvarado-Diaz 4 Open
The US Presidency from George Washington to Donald Trump
HIST S3428Q 3 points.

This lecture examines how the American presidency evolved into the most important job on earth. It examines how major events in US and world history shaped the presidency. How changes in technology and media augmented the power of the president and how the individuals who served in the office left their marks on the presidency. Each class will make connections between past presidents and the current events involving today's Commander-in-Chief. Some topics to be discussed: Presidency in the Age of Jackson; Teddy Roosevelt and Presidential Image Making; Presidency in the Roaring ‘20s; FDR and the New Deal; Kennedy and the Television Age; The Great Society and the Rise of the New Right; 1968: Apocalyptic Election; The Strange Career of Richard Nixon; Reagan's Post Modern Presidency; From Monica to The War on Terror.

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Section/Call
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Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 3428 001/70992 M W 1:00p - 4:10p
311 FAYERWEATHER
David Eisenbach 3 Open
The Worlds of Mughal India
HIST S3803Q 3 points.

This course provides a political and social history of India from the 16th-19th century, focusing on the Mughal empire. Two central concerns: first, the Mughal regnal politics towards their rival imperial concerns within India and West Asia (the Maratha, the Rajput, the Safavid, the Ottoman); and second, the foreign gaze onto the Mughals (via the presence of Portuguese, English, and French travelers, merchants, and diplomats in India). These interlocked practices (how Mughals saw the world and how the world saw the Mughals) will allow us develop a nuanced knowledge of universally acknowledged power of the early modern world. Partially fulfills Global Core Requirement. 

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Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 3803 001/12260 Tu Th 1:00p - 4:10p
201B PHILOSOPHY HALL
Manan Ahmed 3 Open

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