Courses

HIST-467 Oral History

This course presents the theory, practice, legal and ethical issues, and uses of oral history. Through field work, students gain interviewing, transcription, and analysis skills and studies the advantages and limitations of oral history as source material. Reading and case histories are drawn from modern U.S. history. Meets with HIST-667. Usually offered every fall.

HIST-443 History of Israel

Traces the development of modern political Zionism in nineteenth-century Europe; the historical background leading to the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948; and the history of Israel since then, including patterns of Jewish immigration and its relationship to the Arab world. Meets with HIST-643. Usually offered every fall.

HIST-440 Latin American Studies: United States & Latin America

This course examines United States relations with its neighbors to the south, from state-to-state interactions at the level of diplomacy and military intervention to questions of ideology and perception in inter-American affairs. Topics include revolution and counterrevolution, economic development, human rights, and cultural exchange. Meets with HIST-640 001.

HIST-396 Selected Topics: The Viking World

The course of European history was changed forever when the Vikings began to take an interest in their neighbors. What began as a series of small but devastating raids in the late eighth century soon mushroomed into a mass movement of Scandinavians to Ireland, Britain, France, and beyond, permanently altering the landscapes of these kingdoms. […]

HIST-396 Selected Topics: Women, Gender & Race in Early America

Centering the lives, voices, and experiences of various groups of women, this course explores the making and intersection of categories and hierarchies of difference, namely gender and race, from the early fifteenth through the mid nineteenth century in North America.

HIST-251 History of Modern China

A survey of the major events, themes, and issues in modern Chinese history, from the Qing empire to the twentieth century. Usually offered every fall.

HIST-235 West in Crisis, 1900-1945

This course examines the great crises of the first half of the twentieth century, including the two world wars, the global great depression, and comunist and fascist revolutions and dictatorships. Usually offered every spring.

HIST-225 Russia & the Origins of Contemporary Eurasia

This course provides an overview and introduction to the history of empires, nations, and states in the Eurasian plain, from the origins of Russia over a thousand years ago to the present day, as well as the various ethnic, national, and religious groups of the region.

HIST-222 History of Britain II

This course examines phenomena that have defined Britain’s place in the world, such as the ascension of parliament, the industrial revolution, and the growth of empire, to understand what is unique about Britain and which elements of the British historical experience are more broadly shared. Usually offered every spring.

HIST-220 Women in America since 1850

Incorporating a multidisciplinary perspective; both primary and secondary readings, this course examines change and continuity in the experience of American women from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Focuses on social and political movements of special concern to women, including suffrage, birth control, women’s liberation, and contemporary antifeminism. Usually offered every spring.

HIST-215 Social Forces that Shaped America

The history of race, class, and gender in the United States from the late nineteenth century to the present. The focus is on how these forces existed and continue to exist as intersecting material realities and contributors to the social attitudes held by residents of the United States. Usually offered every term.

HIST-209 African-American History: 1877-present

Beginning with a brief review of the Civil War and Reconstruction, this survey chronicles the history of African-Americans to the present time. The course uses historical and literary texts and makes use of cultural resources such as films, recordings, art works, and museum exhibitions to explore the richness of this legacy and its impact on […]

HIST-206 U.S. History since 1865

This introductory course covers American history from the end of the Civil War. Topics include the modernization of America, the United States and international affairs, the growing cultural diversity of the American people, and challenges to traditional ideologies and political solutions.

HIST-205 American Encounters: 1492-1865

The history of the United States to 1865: the expansion and transplantation of European civilization; the Native American response; the sectional contest over slavery; the birth of the American feminist movement; and the beginnings of the industrial revolution. Usually offered every term.

HIST-140 Modern European History

A history of Europe from 1750 to the present, emphasizing the development of new political traditions and social structures, the establishment of new forms of international organization, the transformation of work, changes in the lived environment, and the evolution of understandings of the self. Usually offered every fall.

HIST-120 Imperialism in History

This course traces the history of modern imperialism and resistance to it. It includes the nature of colonial rule, the rise of modern nationalism and post colonial states, and the political, social, religious, cultural, demographic, environmental, economic, and intellectual revolutions that produced and were produced by the rise of modern empires. Usually offered every term.

HIST-110 Renaissance & Revolutions: Europe 1400-1815

Explores transformations in the culture, society, politics, and intellectual life of early modern Europe, such as the Italian Renaissance, the print revolution, the Reformation, European expansionism, New World slavery, the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment and the French Revolution. Usually offered every term.

HIST-100 History, Memory & the Changeable Past

This course explores how families, communities, and nations construct memories into a sense of shared history. Drawing upon sources such as novels, memoirs, and visual images, it compares these memory-building processes with the methods of professional historians. The course demonstrates how different perspectives of an event can create radically different historical understandings. Usually offered every […]

HIST-085/485/685 Hiroshima, Nagasaki & Beyond

Summer study trip to Japan in conjunction with the Nuclear Studies Institute. Focuses on Japanese wartime aggression, the human devastation wrought by the atomic bombings, current Japanese and international efforts to eliminate nuclear weapons, and the building of closer ties between the people of the United States and Japan. Participants hear first-hand accounts of atomic […]

HIST-468/668 Audience Evaluation

Audience research is the study of the interactions between visitors and museums. This course provides students with an introduction to the history and theory supporting audience research; a study of current research and its adaptability to different types and sizes of museums; and practical experience using evaluation data to inform program/exhibition development and assessment. Students […]

HIST-096/496/696 Literary Russia

Students travel to Moscow, St, Petersburg, and Yasnaya Poliana to explore nine short stories published between 1830 and 1956 by nine renowned Russian writers in the context of their times through museums and cultural sites. Meets with HIST-496/696 N01.

HIST-110 Renaissance & Revolution: Europe 1400-1815

Explores transformations in the culture, society, politics, and intellectual life of early modern Europe, such as the Italian Renaissance, the print revolution, the Reformation, European expansionism, New World slavery, the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment and the French Revolution. Usually offered every term.

HIST-120 Imperialism in History

This course traces the history of modern imperialism and resistance to it. It includes the nature of colonial rule, the rise of modern nationalism and post colonial states, and the political, social, religious, cultural, demographic, environmental, economic, and intellectual revolutions that produced and were produced by the rise of modern empires. Usually offered every term.

HIST-202 The Ancient World: Greece

A political and cultural history of Ancient Greece from the Bronze Age to the Hellenistic period. Readings are drawn primarily from primary sources but some consideration is given to modern interpretations of key events such as the Peloponnesian Wars. Usually offered every fall.

HIST-208 African-American History to 1877

This course covers the Atlantic slave trade, the African presence in Colonial America, the American Revolution, nineteenth-century American slavery, the Underground Railroad, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. The course utilizes historical eyewitness accounts, maps, and popular culture to explore the arrival and historical journey of Africans from the Colonial and Revolutionary eras through the Civil […]

HIST-232 The Soviet Union

This course treats the history of the Soviet Union (1917-1991), seeking to explain how this civilization arose, survived, and ultimately fell, with particular attention to the history of communism as an idea. Readings help give a sense of both the aspirations and sufferings of its citizens.

HIST-241 Colonial Latin America

Conquest and change in Indian civilization; imperial politics; race and class; Indian labor and the Black legend; imperial economic relations; imperial reform and revolution. Usually offered every fall.

HIST-247 Muslim Empires 1300-1920

Examines the rise and fall of the Gunpowder Empires–the Ottoman, Safavide, and Mughal polities that for centuries dominated the Middle East and beyond after the decline of the Mongols and their immediate successors. Relations between the three empires, often characterized by intense rivalry, is a central concern. However, attention is also paid to the links […]

HIST-250 Empires & States in East Asia

This course examines the origins and history of multiple imperial traditions throughout East Asian history, including ancient China (origins to 221 B.C.); Chinese empires (221 B.C. to 1912); the Japanese empire (1895-1945); and modern East Asia (1600-present).

HIST-288 Oliver Stone’s America

Director Oliver Stone’s influence on popular views of recent U.S. history has raised important questions about artistic license, the nature and uses of historical evidence, and the shaping of popular historical consciousness. This course addresses these issues while assessing both scholarly opinion and popular beliefs about the Kennedy assassination, the Vietnam War and antiwar movement, […]

HIST-305 001 Topics in Race and Ethnicity – Slavery

This undergraduate survey focuses on the rise and demise of North American slavery within the context of the Atlantic world. The course explores what it meant to live in a “slave society,” for both the free and the unfree. Students read a variety of primary and secondary sources to understand the experiences of enslaved men, […]

HIST-305 002 Topics in Race and Ethnicity – Black Popular Culture

Covering from slavery to the hip hop generation, this course critically examines the role of black popular culture (i.e., folklore, fashion, sports, theater, music, and film) in the African American freedom struggle. It places special emphasis on the analysis of race, class, gender, and political discourses.

HIST-344 The Jewish World after 1945

The middle of the twentieth century saw both the greatest catastrophe of the Jewish people, the Holocaust, and the rebirth of a Jewish state after two thousand years. This class looks at the remnants of Jewish life in Europe after the Holocaust, the development of modern American Jewry and the relations between Israel and the […]

HIST-396 Selected Topics: Archaeological Expeditions in World History

This lecture course presents a broad survey of the history of archaeological expeditions and scientific exploration in the modern world. The course begins with the discovery of the Rosetta Stone and the development of Egyptology during the nineteenth century, before moving on to expeditions in East and Central Asia. The course touches treat discoveries in […]

HIST-396 Selected Topics: Cinema & Politics in the Middle East

Cinema and Politics in the Middle East (3) Examines cinema as part of political culture of nations in the Middle East. Special attention is paid to major film cultures of the region in Egypt, Iran, and Turkey. Class readings and discussions explore how films have contributed to and critiqued nation-building projects of political elites in […]

HIST-396 Selected Topics: Islamic Africa

This course surveys the history of Muslim societies in Africa from the 7th century to the present. It explores the spread of Islam to East and West Africa, the rise of jihads, and Muslim responses to European colonial rule. By examining how Islam shaped African conceptions of slavery, race, and gender, students gain a historical […]

HIST-399 Conversations in History: The Crusades

This course studies the debates surrounding the meanings and significance of the Crusading movement, a phenomenon that not only shaped medieval culture but continues to influence our own world. Students learn to identify major schools of thought and methodologies, as well as some of the biases and agendas that have characterized the historiography of this […]

HIST-399 Conversations in History: The American Revolution

This course explores topics in the historiography of the American Revolution. It is not a course about the American Revolution per se as a historical event, process, or era, although students may gain some content knowledge along the way. Rather, the course examines the various ways in which historians have approached the topic in order […]

HIST-437 Labor & Politics in Britain

In the nearly two and a half centuries since the industrial revolution, British society has undergone a series of profound changes, few of which could have been foreseen by a mid-eighteenth century observer. Britain has gone from being a predominantly agricultural society to one of the most urbanized countries in the world. Industry took off […]

HIST-449 US Legal History

This course introduces students to some of the main themes in the long and complicated historical interaction between the law and society in American history. Students examine articles, books, magazines, and even some digital media to understand how this interaction between law and society has shaped topics ranging from sex, slavery, labor, espionage, and terrorism. […]

HIST-457 America Between the Wars, 1919-1941

Following a decade of stability and prosperity, the dislocations caused by the Great Depression disrupted the lives and shook the institutions of the American people, leading to unprecedented political and cultural experimentation. Emphasizing both the contrasts and continuities between the 1920s and 1930s, the course investigates the patterns of political, social, cultural, economic, and intellectual […]

HIST-664 U.S. Presidential Elections

This course reinterprets U.S. history from the perspective of the nation’s quadrennial contests for national leadership. It shows how presidential elections both reflect and influence major trends and episodes of the American past. The course combines narrative history with political and economic models to present a comprehensive theory of American presidential elections. A portion of […]

HIST-468 Topics in Public History: The New Public History

The New Public History (3) This course explores the importance of history in the public sphere. Meets with HIST-668 001.

HIST-140 Modern European History

A history of Europe from 1750 to the present, emphasizing the development of new political traditions and social structures, the establishment of new forms of international organization, the transformation of work, changes in the lived environment, and the evolution of understandings of the self. Usually offered every fall.

HIST-110 Renaissance & Revolution: Europe 1400-1815

Explores transformations in the culture, society, politics, and intellectual life of early modern Europe, such as the Italian Renaissance, the print revolution, the Reformation, European expansionism, New World slavery, the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment and the French Revolution. Usually offered every term.

HIST-205 American Encounters: 1492-1865

The history of the United States to 1865: the expansion and transplantation of European civilization; the Native American response; the sectional contest over slavery; the birth of the American feminist movement; and the beginnings of the industrial revolution. Usually offered every term.

HIST-215 Social Forces that Shaped America

The history of race, class, and gender in the United States from the late nineteenth century to the present. The focus is on how these forces existed and continue to exist as intersecting material realities and contributors to the social attitudes held by residents of the United States. Usually offered every term.

HIST-250 Empires & States in East Asia

This course examines the origins and history of multiple imperial traditions throughout East Asian history, including ancient China (origins to 221 B.C.); Chinese empires (221 B.C. to 1912); the Japanese empire (1895-1945); and modern East Asia (1600-present).

HIST-477/677 History and New Media

This course explores the impact of new information technologies on historical practices, focusing on research, teaching, presentations of historical materials, and changes in professional organization and discourse. Some background in U.S. history is recommended.

HIST-464 U.S. Presidential Elections

This course reinterprets U.S. history from the perspective of the nation’s quadrennial contests for national leadership. It shows how presidential elections both reflect and influence major trends and episodes of the American past. The course combines narrative history with political and economic models to present a comprehensive theory of American presidential elections. A portion of […]

HIST-657 America Between the Wars, 1919-1941

Following a decade of stability and prosperity, the dislocations caused by the Great Depression disrupted the lives and shook the institutions of the American people, leading to unprecedented political and cultural experimentation. Emphasizing both the contrasts and continuities between the 1920s and 1930s, the course investigates the patterns of political, social, cultural, economic, and intellectual […]

HIST-637 Labor & Politics in Britain

In the nearly two and a half centuries since the industrial revolution, British society has undergone a series of profound changes, few of which could have been foreseen by a mid-eighteenth century observer. Britain has gone from being a predominantly agricultural society to one of the most urbanized countries in the world. Industry took off […]

HIST-643 History of Israel

Traces the development of modern political Zionism in nineteenth-century Europe; the historical background leading to the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948; and the history of Israel since then, including patterns of Jewish immigration and its relationship to the Arab world. Meets with HIST-443. Usually offered every fall.

HIST-500 Empires in Comparative Perspective

Empire has come full circle from proud assertion of national power to term of opprobrium for repressive policies, and now finds new proponents as well as new interpretations. Can “empire,” “imperialism,” and “resistance” be analytically useful terms? How have they been understood in different national contexts, and how have scholars interpreted these concepts? This seminar […]

HIST-727 Colloquia in U.S. Hist I:to 1865

The course assumes the student’s familiarity with factual data and concentrates on analyzing important historiographic disputes and developments in U.S. history to the end of the Civil War. Usually offered every Fall.

HIST-204 Medieval Europe

Exploration of the medieval world-view and consideration of the organization of economic and political institutions, the relationship of secular and ecclesiastical authority, and the creation of new social and religious ideals during the millennium that bridges antiquity and modernity. Usually offered alternate springs.

HIST-225 Russia & the Origins of Contemporary Eurasia

This course provides an overview and introduction to the history of empires, nations, and states in the Eurasian plain, from the origins of Russia over a thousand years ago to the present day, as well as the various ethnic, national, and religious groups of the region.

HIST-245 Modern Jewish Civilization

Surveys Jewish responses to the challenges of modernity. Examines the creation of new Jewish communities in America and Israel, shifts in Jewish political status, and innovations in Jewish religious and intellectual history such as Zionism and Hasidism. Usually offered every spring.

HIST-305 002 Topics in Race and Ethnicity – Race and Incarceration

This course examines the history of the American prison system, and focuses on the role of race and racism in shaping our nation’s unique prison practices and its current incarceration crisis.

HIST-349 Modern Iran

Considers the modern history of Iran from the second half of the nineteenth century to the present. Discussion topics include great power rivalries and the rise of Iranian nationalism, the oil economy and the elite modernization, political Islam and the Iranian Revolution of 1978-79, the Iran-Iraq War and state militarization, and the nuclear crisis. Usually […]

HIST-396 Selected Topics: Victorian Culture

This course explores a diverse range of cultural phenomena in the 19th century U.S., reflecting on how clothes, interior design, child rearing philosophies, nutritional advice, travel, and pets can shape society and politics. Exploring the every-day life of the Victorians, the course also reflects on broad social movements and problems in the 19th century, a […]

HIST-396 Selected Topics: American Drug Wars

This seminar introduces students to the concept of the war on drugs–broadly interpreted–and surveys America’s history with mild-altering substances and efforts to control or prohibit the same. America’s battle with addiction has both greater longevity and importance than is generally appreciated. Beginning with the role of commodities like coffee, sugar, tobacco and alcohol in forging […]

HIST-396 Selected Topics: The End of the Cold War

The End of the Cold War For almost fifty years, the world was largely defined by the Cold War’s ideological and geographic terms. To the surprise of almost all observers, it ended without widespread destruction or loss of life. This course explores the end of the Cold War chronologically and thematically. The course begins by […]

HIST-399 Conversations in History: American Consumerism

This course examines how historians have understood consumerism in American history, from the arrival of the Consumer Revolution to North America in the seventeenth-century through the advent of modern industrial capitalism in the twentieth century.

HIST-419 Holocaust

Traces the history of anti-Semitism and the development of racism that led to the Holocaust. Examines the historical development of the Final Solution. Considers the variety of responses to Jewish persecution by the Nazi perpetrators, the Jews, and the nations of the world. Meets with HIST-619. Usually offered every fall.

HIST-640 Latin American Studies: United States & Latin America

This course examines United States relations with its neighbors to the south, from state-to-state interactions at the level of diplomacy and military intervention to questions of ideology and perception in inter-American affairs. Topics include revolution and counterrevolution, economic development, human rights, and cultural exchange. Meets with HIST-440 001.

HIST-445 Russian Studies: The Russian Revolutions

The Russian Revolutions This course explores the liberal and communist revolutions in the Russian Empire during the period 1900-1930s. Readings include interpretations of the revolutions from different political perspectives and historical approaches. Meets with HIST-645 001.

HIST-645 Russian Studies: The Russian Revolutions

The Russian Revolutions This course explores the liberal and communist revolutions in the Russian Empire during the period 1900-1930s. Readings include interpretations of the revolutions from different political perspectives and historical approaches. Meets with HIST-445 001.

HIST-647 Asian Studies: Japan: A Survey

Japan: A Survey This course focuses chiefly on the fifty years of the Japanese Empire, from the incorporation of Taiwan in 1895 to Japan’s defeat and imperial dissolution in 1945. Some attention is accorded to earlier expansions of the Japanese state into Hokkaido and Okinawa, as well as the legacy of the Japanese Empire after […]

HIST-447 Asian Studies: Japan: A Survey

Japan: A Survey This course focuses chiefly on the fifty years of the Japanese Empire, from the incorporation of Taiwan in 1895 to Japan’s defeat and imperial dissolution in 1945. Some attention is accorded to earlier expansions of the Japanese state into Hokkaido and Okinawa, as well as the legacy of the Japanese Empire after […]

Fall 2016 Graduate

HIST-120 Imperialism in History

This course traces the history of modern imperialism and resistance to it. It includes the nature of colonial rule, the rise of modern nationalism and post colonial states, and the political, social, religious, cultural, demographic, environmental, economic, and intellectual revolutions that produced and were produced by the rise of modern empires. Usually offered every term.

HIST-140 Modern European History

A history of Europe from 1750 to the present, emphasizing the development of new political traditions and social structures, the establishment of new forms of international organization, the transformation of work, changes in the lived environment, and the evolution of understandings of the self. Usually offered every fall.

HIST-314 Social and Political History of Kenya

Social and Political History of Kenya (3) This course, offered as part of the AU Abroad Kenya Program, examines the economic, political, cultural and social changes in Kenya over the last hundred years including Pre-colonial Kenya societies; establishment of colonialism, the settlement of Kenya by the Europeans and colonial economy; anti-colonial African nationalism; the world […]

HIST-314 Paris: Civilization and Culture

Paris: Civilization and Culture (3) Offered through the AU Abroad program in Paris, this course examines how French civilization and culture developed due to the powerful centrifuge called Paris. More than any other city, the urban landscape of the French capital is rich in a history that still informs contemporary social issues and debates about […]

HIST-330 Antiques, Exploration & Empire

HIST-399: Conversations in History: Gender and Sexuality in Africa

Gender and Sexuality in Africa (3) This course explores scholarly representations of gender and sexuality in African societies. The class studies how African and Western scholars have approached gender identities in Africa; how these approaches have changed over time; and how they have shaped our understanding of African history.

HIST-412 Studies in European History: Modern German History

Modern German History (3) This course explores the history and society of modern Germany. Meets with HIST-612 001. (Meets with HIST 612 001)

HIST-445 Russian Studies: The Cold War and the Spy Novel

The Cold War and the Spy Novel (3) This course explores the history of the Cold War, introducing students not only to relevant historical documents, but also to spy novels and films to analyze the relationship between history, ideology, literature, and film. The class aims to deconstruct the Cold War’s most important ingredients–smokescreens and stereotypes. […]

HIST-454 The South Since Reconstruction

(Meets with HIST 654 001)

HIST-460 U.S. Foreign Relations 1774-1918

(Meets with HIST 660 001)

HIST-473 American Jewish History

(Meets with HIST 673 001)

HIST-496 The Founding Fathers

The Founding Fathers (3) Washington, Madison, Hamilton, what makes these men some of the United States’ founding fathers and why do we continue to look to their wisdom for inspiration? This course uncovers the history of the American founders and their continuing importance to contemporary politics. Meets with HIST-696 002.

HIST-496 Israel and Europe

Israel and Europe (3) This course deals with the complex relationship between Israel and Europe. It starts with the European roots of Zionism and covers the Holocaust as one of the factors leading to the establishment of Israel. It leads up to present-day relations between Israel and the EU and includes visits to several European […]

HIST-500 World War I

World War I (3) This course is an intensive engagement with the historiography of a major issue in world history. World War I was one of the most important events of the twentieth century. When it began, Europe was the center of global empires, economic networks, and culture. By its end, four great empires had […]

HIST-500 American Conservatism

American Conservatism (3) This course examines the origins of modern conservatism, its self-defined values and mission, its enduring appeal to ordinary people, and the ebb and flow of its influence on American life. In focusing on the emergence and development of modern right-wing perceptions, ideology, and activities, the course redefines accepted ideas about America’s political […]

HIST-612 Studies in European History: Modern German History

This course explores the history and society of modern Germany. Meets with HIST-412 001.

HIST-645 Russian Studies: The Cold War and the Spy Novel

The Cold War and the Spy Novel (3) This course explores the history of the Cold War, introducing students not only to relevant historical documents, but also to spy novels and films to analyze the relationship between history, ideology, literature, and film. The class aims to deconstruct the Cold War’s most important ingredients–smokescreens and stereotypes. […]

HIST-654 The South Since Reconstruction

(Meets with HIST 454 001)

HIST-660 U.S. Foreign Relations 1774-1918

(Meets with HIST 460 001)

HIST-667 Oral History

(Meets with HIST 467 001)

HIST-668 Topics in Public History: The New Public History

The New Public History (3) This course explores the importance of history in the public sphere. Meets with HIST-468 001.

HIST-673 American Jewish History

(Meets with HIST 473 001)

HIST-696 The Founding Fathers

The Founding Fathers (3) Washington, Madison, Hamilton, what makes these men some of the United States’ founding fathers and why do we continue to look to their wisdom for inspiration? This course uncovers the history of the American founders and their continuing importance to contemporary politics. Meets with HIST-496 002.

HIST-696 Israel and Europe

Israel and Europe (3) This course deals with the complex relationship between Israel and Europe. It starts with the European roots of Zionism and covers the Holocaust as one of the factors leading to the establishment of Israel. It leads up to present-day relations between Israel and the EU and includes visits to several European […]

HIST-729 Public History Seminar

HIST-729 The Historian’s Craft