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Graduate Courses Fall 2014


History of American Foreign Relations (B0413) 

A research seminar American foreign policy during the 20th century (1890s to present), where the goal will be to use primary historical sources to produce a 20-25 page research paper. Among the topics students can choose to conduct research will be: U.S. involvement in major international conflicts (the War of 1898, World Wars I & II, the Cold War, and the Korean and Vietnam Wars); the shifting equilibrium between isolationism and interventionism; the impact of foreign policy of nuclear weapons; domestic politics, and culture; and historiographical debated and controversies concerning U.S. policy and the Cold War, including the impact of new evidence that has emerged from formerly closed American, Russian, Chinese and other archives.

TH: 4:50-6:50 p.m.  Craig Daigle     NAC 5/142


20th Century Europe (B0304)

Political, social, economic, and intellectual developments in Europe, the coming of the First World War, the War and Peace, the Russian revolution, Italian Fascism, the Weimar Republic and Nazism, the Democracies between the wars, the diplomacy of appeasement, the Second World War, the Cold War, and the emergence of East and West Europe as vital forces in the world today.

M: 7:00-9:00 p.m.  James Lewis     NAC 5/142

 

Middle East 1750-1959 (B0613)

This course introduces students to major developments in the history and historiography of the Middle East, from the late Ottoman and Qajar period to the emergence of independent nation-states in the 20th century. It covers reformist attempts to meet the European challenge; the age of colonialism and the impact of the region's integration into the world economy; class formation and the expansion of the public sphere; the evolution of citizenship; social and gender history; the rise of nationalism, sectarianism, and political Islam; and the origins of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Special attention will be paid to the meaning of "modernity" and the changing relationship between religion and politics.

M: 4:50-6:50 p.m.  Lale Can     NAC 5/142


American Religious History (B0618)

This course explores religions practiced by people of European, African, and Native American descent in the United States from the colonial era to the 20th century. Through extensive readings, lectures, and class discussion, students will learn about various religious beliefs and practices as well as how religions change in America over time. The class will also critically analyze how historians approach the study of religions.

W: 7:00-9:00 p.m.  Richard Boles    NAC 5/142


Japanese Empire (B2609)

Japan was a late imperialist power, but in 1945 came to occupy extensive territories of her Asian neighbors. This course will examine the history of that empire with emphasis on new cultural approaches, interpretations of the nature of Japanese colonialism, the experiences of subject peoples, the wartime story of conquest (1937-45), and issues regarding the end of empire that plague Japan's relationships with nations across Asia today.

W: 4:50-6:50 p.m.  Seiji Shirane     NAC 5/142 


Soviet History (B5504)

A survey and analysis of the Soviet Union from its establishment in 1917 amid World War and revolution to its collapse in 1991. Starting with the essentials of Marxist ideology and a brief  overview of the Russian Empire, the course examines the causes of the Russian Revolution; state-building in the Socialist polity; social engineering through forced collectivation; industrialization; cultural transformation; terror in concept and practice; and the emergence of the Soviet superpower role during the Cold War, and the decline and collapse of the Soviet empire. 

T: 4:50-6:50 p.m.  Emily Greble  NAC 5/142