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HIST-201 Histories of Globalization

This course examines narratives of globalization as human process. We will focus on contemporary and historical issues that are routinely conceived of as affecting or pertaining to the world’s population in its entirety, such as human rights, humanitarianism, environmental degradation, trade, and military power. The world and its population will feature as a unit of analysis, and an emphasis will be placed on issues that appear to be in tension with the role of the nation-state and nationality, and highlight world and global citizenship. We will explore critiques of the conceptualization of globality and worldliness as a factor in determining social, cultural, and historical change. Cross-listed with INGS 201. Class 3, Credit 3 (offered either F and/or S)

HIST-210 Introduction to Africa and the Diaspora

This course is an introduction to the study of an enormous continent, Africa and its Diaspora. Because of the dimensions of the geography, population and time covered, one of the main purposes of this course is to pave the way to narrower regional or thematic classes. This course will emphasize the interdisciplinarity of African and Diaspora studies. We will explore contrasting and complementing disciplinary perspectives on Africa and its Diaspora. We will move our way through African and Diasporic cultures and histories both temporally and thematically. Lectures will introduce key themes and ideas, and you will discuss textual and visual evidence for African and Diasporic communities, cultures and ideas. This course is suitable to those new to the study of Africa and its Diaspora, and to those who are considering taking further classes or seminars in African and/or Diasporic studies. Part of the international and global studies program in a related track; the sociology/anthropology immersion; and the Africa and the Diaspora immersion. Cross-listed with INGS-210. Class 3, Credit 3 (varies)

HIST-221 Introduction to Public History

Public history is using the research-based methods and techniques of historians to conduct historical work in the public sphere. If you've gone to a museum, conducted an oral history, researched your old house, or learned from an interpreter at a park or historic site, you've seen public history in action. This course will introduce students to the wide variety of careers in public history, and will examine the challenges and opportunities that come with "doing" history in, with, and for the public. Class 3, Credit 3 (Sp)

HIST-230 American Deaf History

This course explores the history of the deaf community in the United States. It offers a broad survey of American deaf history from the early nineteenth century to the late twentieth century. Major events in American deaf history will be considered, including the foundation of schools for the deaf, the birth of American Sign Language, the emergence of deaf culture, the challenge of oralism, the threat of eugenics, and the fight for civil rights. Class 3, Credit 3 (F)

HIST-231 Deaf People in Global Perspective

This course explores the history of the deaf community in global perspective from the eighteenth to the twentieth century. It takes a comparative approach, exploring the histories of deaf people from around the globe, including deaf lives in Central America, Europe, Africa, and East Asia. Special attention will be given to the major events in European deaf history, as Europe was the site for the first schools for the deaf in the history of the world, and the world's first documented deaf culture, in France, emerged there as well. The spread of deaf education, the rise of indigenous signed languages, the birth of deaf-hood, and the fight for human rights will all be placed in a global context. Class 3, Credit 3, (offered bi-annually)

HIST-238 History of Disability

This course will explore the meaning of disability in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The course provides a cultural over-view of disability and seeks to explore the social construction of disability, with special attention given to the cultural, intellectual, personal, and social histories of disability. Disability in history has been many (frequently contradictory) things: acquired at birth and acquired by war; a reason to promote eugenic policies or a reason to promote civil rights legislation; a medical diagnosis or a personal identity; visible in the body (as in the case of amputations) or invisible (as in the case of deafness); a source of family shame or a source of personal pride. How has the meaning and nature of disability changed over time? How can we understand the cultural meaning of the body in history? The course seeks to explore and explain these shifting meanings of disability within the context of Western history. Specific topics to be considered include freak shows, disabled veterans, prosthetic technologies, disability as culture, the history of eugenics, and political activism. Class 3, Credit 3 (offered biannually)

HIST-240 Civil War America

This class will examine American politics and society during the Civil War era. In addition to military affairs, students will focus on several broader themes, including the political, economic and social factors leading to the Civil War in the 1860s; the role of abolitionist, slave expansionist, and black freedom movements in the years before the Civil War; the development of emancipation policies during and after the war; and the reconstruction of the union following the war. Students will also examine the international dimensions of the Civil War as well as the way subsequent generations of Americans remembered it in history books, memoirs, and museums. Class 3, Credit 3 (S)

HIST-245 American Slavery and Freedom

This class will survey the history of slavery and freedom in the United States from the establishment of global slave systems in the colonial period through emancipation movements during the Civil War era. Students will examine key economic, political and social issues (from the development of slave labor systems to strategies of resistance among enslaved peoples) as well as the meaning of black freedom struggles during key eras (such as the American Revolutionary era and Civil War). Class 3, Credit 3 (offered annually)

HIST-250 Origins of U.S. Foreign Relations

This class analyzes the roots of U.S. foreign policy, beginning with the American Revolution and continuing through the Spanish-American War. It also examines the development of the United States from a small eighteenth-century experiment in democracy into a late nineteenth-century imperial power. Topics include foreign policy powers in the constitution, economic development, continental and overseas expansion, and Manifest Destiny. Class 3, Credit 3 (F)

HIST-251 Modern U.S. Foreign Relations

This course examines the late nineteenth-century emergence of the United States as an imperial power and its development into a twentieth-century superpower. Topics include U.S. politics and foreign policy, the influence of racial and cultural ideologies on policy, isolation and intervention, the cold war, and the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. Class 3, Credit 3 (S)

HIST-252 History of Premodern China

This course will examine critically the early history of China: the origins of China, the early mytho-historical dynasties, early imperial China, and finally the late imperial era, ending at roughly 1850. Students will be able to trace the relationship to the Chinese to various non-Chinese peoples, particularly the semi-nomadic peoples on the northern frontier. Students will also examine the way that Chin's long and complicated past has shaped its present, and how its relations to other peoples has shaped its modern relations to both its neighbors and the west. Class 3, Credit 3 (offered annually)

HIST-261 History of Modern China

China occupies a rather large place in the consciousness of most Americas. It is the most populous country in the world, it has one of the biggest economies in the world and, in many ways, China has been seen to be in direct competition with America. Whatever the truth of these ideas, it is clear that China will play a major role on the world stage for the foreseeable future. This class will seek to analyze the historical circumstances surrounding the rise of modern China. What were the conditions that led to the establishment of, first, Nationalist China, followed by the People's Republic; why did the communist government enjoy such popular support; what were China's relations with the outside world; and finally, what is the state of China today? These are all questions that we will seek to answer in this course. Class 3, Credit 3 (offered annually)

HIST-265 History of Modern Japan

This course will seek to examine critically the history and culture of Japan and will address many of the stereotypes and misunderstandings that are an inevitable part of Japanese studies. We will do this by examining a number of materials such as primary documents in translation, Japanese films, and art such as woodblock prints. In doing so, I will try to present as complete and balanced a picture of Japan's history and culture as possible. This will not only be useful in understanding Japan and its past, but will also help in understanding many of the important regional issues that are confronting us here in the modern world. Class 3, Credit 3 (offered annually)

HIST-266 History of Premodern Japan

This class will introduce students to the history of Japan from the earliest times to the opening of the country in the mid nineteenth century. Through a variety of readings, discussions, and lectures, we'll tackle issues such as the origin of the Japanese people, early state formation, Japan in the larger East Asian context, and the rise of the warriors. We'll also examine the unique dual form of government that existed in Japan from the twelfth century, consisting of rule by the imperial court as well as by the warrior class in Japan, the well-known samurai. And finally, we'll look at several of the modern myths of Japanese history and try to address them in a balanced, historical manner. Class 3, Credit 3 (offered annually)

HIST-270 History of Modern France

This course explores pivotal themes in French history from the French Revolution of 1789 to the present. Topics will include the French Revolution, Napoleon III's Second Empire, French imperialism, World War I and nationalism, World War II and the Vichy regime, collaboration and resistance, and the 1968 student rebellions. Special emphasis will be placed on the recurring tension between secularism and Catholicism in French society, the role of French republicanism in shaping historic and contemporary debates about citizenship, race, and immigration, and France's relationship with its former colonial possessions and the United States. Class 3, Credit 3 (offered biannually)

HIST-275 Screening the Trenches: The History of WWI Through Film

This course uses popular films to examine World War I as the global conflict that set the stage for the rise of communism, fascism, and subsequent wars in twentieth-century Europe. Students will gain an understanding of the major causes and outcomes of World War I while investigating how the war transformed class, gender, and racial politics in Europe. Special attention will be paid to the combat/trench experience, the home front/war front divide, the German occupation of Belgium and Northern France, “total war,” the politics of shell-shock and disability, and the legacies of grief, mourning, and commemoration. Because World War I so greatly divided its participants, little consensus about the war’s meaning emerged in its aftermath. Filmmakers have consequently used World War I as a “blank slate” on which to project political fantasies, condemn elements of their own societies, or imagine the future. Students will use secondary historical literature and original primary sources to analyze filmic representations of World War I and consider how filmmakers have deliberately misrepresented the past or constructed particular narratives about the war to serve their own ends. This course will therefore equip students to think critically about representations of the historical past in popular culture. Class 3, Credit 3, (Spring)

HIST-280 History of Modern Germany

This course covers major themes in German history from the formation of the German Empire in 1870 to the present. Topics include nation building and nationalism, industrialization and urbanization, imperialism at home and abroad, the first world war, the Weimar Republic, Nazi racism and the second world war, the divided Germany and the Cold War, and reunification and the fall of the Berlin Wall. The course may focus on specific questions such as gender, class, religion or race and ethnicity. This course leads you to explore how German history shaped the role of Germans and Germany in the world today as well as how it informs problems facing other regions and eras. Class 3, Credit 3 (Fall)

HIST-290 U.S. History Since 1945

This class examines U.S. history from WWII to present, with emphasis on political, social and cultural change. Focuses on the meanings and boundaries of American citizenship, as well as the role of the U.S. in the world. Topics include the Cold War and McCarthyism; the GI Bill and the building of a suburban middle class; consumer culture and its critics; The Civil Rights Movement; Great Society liberalism; The Vietnam War, the New Left and the New Right, and the counterculture; feminism, the Religious Right, and changes in gender roles, sexuality and family life; deindustrialization and economic restructuring; globalism and immigration policy; the War on Drugs and the growth of a penal state; the end of the Cold War and the New World Order; and the War on Terror. Class 3, Credit 3 (S)