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Undergraduate Courses


Age of Human Rights (31156)
The seminar explores the historical origins and development of human-rights thinking and politics in the United States and, to a lesser extent, Europe by analyzing the intellectual, legal, and political background of the concept of human rights. To begin, the course seeks to understand how and why humanity as a whole came to be valued in the West, and then asks: how did the slowly developing worldview of humanitarianism conceive of human beings and treatment.

Comparative Empire (31327)
An introduction to Europe's great land empires: the Ottoman, Russian, and Hapbsburg. The course begins with an overview of each empire's historical formation, political structure, economy, and social character. It then turns more specifically to themes of the 19th and early 20th century: concepts of empire; social and political transformation; campaigns to modernize and industrialize; the challenges of nationalism, revolution, and terrorism; balancing absolutism, liberalism, and constitutional reform; defining citizenship and rights; and the long and short-term causes for each empire's collapse after the First World War.

Modern Imperialism (43200)
The course examines imperialism around the globe in the 19th and 20th centuries. We will examine different approaches to the study of imperialism but gives emphasis to the new literature on the culture of colonialism, and national and post-colonial identities produced by the experience of imperialism. Empires include those of England, France, Holland, the U.S., Germany and Japan.

Einstein & His World (49300)
This course will introduce students to Einstein's scientific achievements and their impacts; it will also address his views on social, political, and religious issues in the context of the world he lived. In particular, students will explore Einstein's own writing on world peace and scientists' social responsibilities.


Women in Antiquity (31223)
From Eve to Cleopatra, from prostitutes to priestesses, women played a variety of roles in the ancient world. This course examines their lives and men's perceptions of them through both literary and visual remains. After a close study of Greek and Roman civilization, we end with an exploration of women's role in the development of Christianity and of the ways in which Christianity affected expectations and opportunities for both sexes.

Ancient Greece (32100)
This course will provide an introduction to the ancient culture of the Fertile Crescent and Egypt. It will include discussions of the Sumerians, Hebrews, Babylonians, Assyrians, and Persians. It will then follow the development of Greek culture from the earliest period of Aegean culture and the Trojan War. It will deal as well with the debt of the Greeks to earlier cultures and the contrasts that are to be found within Hellenic Culture.

Ancient Near East & Greece (33001)

This course will provide an introduction to the ancient culture of the Fertile Crescent and Egypt. It will include discussions of the Sumerians, Hebrews, Babylonians, Assyrians, and Persians. It will then follow the development of Greek culture from the earliest period of Aegean culture and the Trojan War. It will deal as well with the debt of the Greeks to earlier cultures and the contrasts that are to be found within Hellenic Culture to the time of Alexander the Great.

Ancient World Rome (33006)

Surveys the history of classical antiquity from the Hellenistic Age to the fall of the Western Empire.


Early Modern Europe (20400)
An overview of European history from the resurgence of urban life and classical culture during the Renaissance to the trials and tribulations of the French Revolution.

Modern Europe (20600)
An overview of the social, economic, political, and intellectual developments in Europe from the Enlightenment to the present, and an introduction to the study of history. Topics include Topics include the problems of revolution, industrialization and the transformation of rural societies, the emergence of liberalism and the challenges it has faced in the 20th century.

Nations & Nationalism (31145)
What is a nation? What is nationalism? And how was nationalism developed into one of the most prolific political and cultural ideas in the modern world? This course explores these questions by examining theatrical, political, social, and cultural understandings of nations and nationalism in the 19th and 20th century European history.

The European Union (31163)

The European Union is the largest democratically conceived confederation of sovereign states in human history, directly affecting a half a billion persons. How has this come to pass, and how does it fare? We will examine earlier examples of union, analyze the nature and origins of the EU, and explore its mechanics and policies. Texts are historical, analytical, theoretical and archival, including two comprehensive web-based history and policy archives and a foundational myth.

Psychiatry, Madness & Society (31240)

Examines social, cultural, intellectual and institutional aspects of the history of madness in Europe since 1789. The course will begin with the age of the so-called "Great Confinement," then move on to consider the institutional and therapeutic reforms of the revolutionary and post-revolutionary era; the rise of theories of degeneration, hysteria and neurasthenia in the second half of the 19th century; psychoanalysis and sexology; war neurosis and military psychiatry; psychiatry under the Nazis. It will conclude by looking at the anti-psychiatry movements of the 1960s and the new biological psychiatry of the 1980s and 1990s.

Collapse of Communism (31331)

Starting with an analysis of the long & short-term causes behind the collapse of Communism in the Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc, this course explores the economic, political, social, and cultural challenges confronting the post-Communist world since 1989.

Eastern Europe 1945-1989 (31338)

This course presents a survey of Eastern Europe—the lands between Germany and Russia—form the end of the Second World War and the spread of communism to the revolution of 1989 and the introduction of democratic liberal states. Themes include variations in socialist politics, dissent, and everyday life under Communism.

Women and Medicine (31613)

This course will examine how medicine has shaped understandings of women and gender systems over time. It will focus on the development of Western biomedical practices with regard to women's issues, including contemporary issues, but also consider other traditional medical system, particularly East Asian. Topics include: childbirth, venereal disease and prostitution, women's careers in medicine, colonial medicine and native women, the impact of the developments of contraception and sophisticated treatments and screening for diseases that afflict women.

20th Century Europe (32900)

What's Freud got to do with feminism? Or Horkheimerm with Hitler, Christian Democracy with the European Union, or colonial independence movements in Africa and Asia with radical student politics in Paris and Prague? You'll find the answers to these and other questions in this course, which covers Europe during the First World War, the Russian Revolution, the rise of Fascism and Nazism, the Second World War, and their aftermath. You'll read what the men and women who shaped the 20th Century had to say about it. And you'll learn what it means to evaluate their ideas and actions from a variety of perspectives.

Soviet History (32950)

A survey and analysis of the Soviet Union form 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 forces collectivization; industrialization, and cultural transformation; terror in concept and practice; nationality policies in a multi-ethnic socialist union; the emergence of the Soviet superpower and its role in the Cold War; and the decline and collapse of the Soviet empire.

The Third Reich (34900)

An introduction to the history of National Socialism. Topics will include the crisis of Weimar Germany, the origins, structure, and evolution of the Nazi regime, Hitler, and the Hitler myth, Nazi culture, the Nazi "new order" in Europe, total war, and the implementation; of the final Solution. Special attention will be given to the question of the memory of the Holocaust.

Scientific Revolution (35000)

Especial emphasis will be placed upon the institutions, sociability and material culture of science in the early modern scientific theory.

Science, Technology, and Modernity  (35101)
Explores the relation between science, technology and modern society from the industrial revolution to the rise of fascism, paying particular attention to the life sciences.

Age of Enlightenment (41101)
The 18th century's project of applying reason to experience and to the improvement of social existence. Main topics: retrieval of exotic cultures; meditation on happiness and pleasure; problem of luxury; discovery of the market; secular society and its history; reform and violence.

French Revolution (41500)

This course will provide a thorough introduction to the French Revolution – one of the defining events of modern times, and the crucible in which key elements of modern politics were forged or redefined. Although concentrating on the crucial years 1787-1794, we will spend several weeks on the Old regime, to place revolutionary developments in perspective and range into the 20th century to assess its legacy.

Early-Modern European City (41600)
Between 1500 & 1800, there emerged in Europe cosmopolitan capital cities, whose political primacy and economic opportunities made them fulcrums for global networks of peoples, goods and cultures. This course will identify those processes that transformed select cities into cosmopolitan metropolises and investigate the many political challenges and cultural novelties those same processes bore. Among cities considered will be Venice, Rome, London, and Paris.

Modern European City (42000)
This course treats Paris, Vienna, Prague and Berlin as incubators of specific versions of the "modern." Themes covered will include urban planning and architecture; class and ethnic conflict and the rise of mass politics; the emergence of women's movements, youth culture, and anti-Semitism; and the relationship between modernism and mass culture.

Work & Welfare in Modern Europe (42100)

Examines the emergence of the industrial revolution and efforts to control it, to manage markets for capital and labor since the 18th century.

Intellectual History of Modern Europe (42200)

Examines the European thought from the Enlightenment and its ideological offspring-19th century. Liberalism with socialism – to the critique of the Enlightenment, beginning with Nietzsche and culminating in the late 20th century post-structuralism.

The Great War (42400)
A comprehensive overview of World War I. Central themes include the origins of the conflict, both long- and short-term; the nature of industrial killing; the growth of the state, of mass armies, of economic regulation; and the revolutionary movements that the prolonged war effort spawned.

Europe Since 1945 (42600)
The causes of World War II, the Cold War, and the factors leading to the policy of détente. A question to be proved is: can states with distinctly different notions of politics genuinely coexist in the power political arena.

History of Socialism (42700)
The growth of the socialist movement in the 19th century and 20th centuries and its main ideological expressions: utopian, Marxist, revisionist, syndicalist. The relations between ideology and concrete historical circumstances; trade unionism; revolution; working class growth and change; Bolshevism; national liberation.

Minorities in Europe (42900)

What does it mean to be a minority in Europe? What role does gender, class, religion, ethnicity, and place of origin have in this discussion? How did liberalism, authoritarianism, fascism, and communism impact the discussion? Focusing on the 19th and 20th centuries, this course examines themes of citizenship, religious and ethnic rights, movements toward legal equality, racism, ethnic cleansing, immigration policies, and multiculturalism.


US History to 1865 (24000)
The major theological and social conflicts of the 17th century English colonies; the political and ideological process that defined an American identity; the social and economic forces that shaped the early republic; the nature of the civil war.

US Since 1865 (24100)

Examines the social conflicts that accompanied the transformation of the United States from an agrarian republic and slave society to one of the most powerful industrial nations in the world. Particular attention will be paid to the building of new social and economic institutions and to cultural and visual representations of the nation and its people.

Workers Fact-Fiction-Film (31118)

Popular film, documentaries, novels and other literary sources about working people will be explored to study strikes, class discrimination, race and ethnic conflict, labor politics and organization. The portrayal of the working classes during the World Wars, the Great Depressions, the Cold War and the current period of workplace globalization are the focus.

US Family History (31129)
This course involves reading classic and newer texts in the history of the family in the US from colonial times into the 20th century. Students will read three books and a number of articles. They will study various research approaches to family history including demographics, oral history, narratives, etc. and discuss the evolution of family structure over time. Students will also practice approaches to finding and analyzing family history including documents, photographs, material culture, family trees, etc.

Bio & US Anti-Slavery (31131)
Through the dramatic lives of three anti-slavery activists (Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, and John Brown) and the antislavery Garrison family, students will practice questioning the truth of biographical portraits. In addition, through slide lectures, story telling, film and other literary and art forms, students will be exposed to stories of such fugitive slaves and antislavery activists as Sojourner Truth, William Still, Henry "Box" Brown, and a host of others.

Rebels & Reactionaries (31136)
How do we assess the advent of industrial agriculture? Is it the most depraved development ever to befall farming or does it provide the best way to feed people throughout the world cheaply and efficiently? This course will explore these debates by examining how farmers resisted the industrialization of farming during the long 20th century.

The Cold War (31137)
Explores the history of superpower rivalry between the US and the Soviet Union from the close of WWII until 1991. The course will focus on major events and interpretations, drawing on newly available materials from both Eastern and Western archives. Requirements include a 10-15pp, research paper.

Affluence & Its Discontents (31146)
This course is a history of both consumer culture and the critique of the same, from the 1880's to present. It investigated the political and economic implications of a society in which a consumerist ethos has increasingly predominated. We will examine cultural histories, films, and seminal critiques of consumer culture.

United States During World War (31151)

This course will examine United States intervention in the Second World War, including the military theatres in Europe and the Pacific, the war's impact on the home front, diplomacy, and its contributions to the Origins of the Cold War.

Women of the African Diaspora (31160)
The various contemporary situations and problems peculiar to Afro-American women in community and in American society. A study of such institutions as marriage, family, and child rearing practices, religion, politics and business. Attention also given to how she is projected in literature and theatre. Comparison study of African and Caribbean women.   

American Liberalism (31207)
This course surveys the strange career of liberalism in the United States. How could liberalism simultaneously be so popular as to define the "consensus" of American political opinion and yet so unpopular that it could be used an effective epithet? How could liberalism encompass both Gilded Age laissez-faire and New Deal bureaucratic governance? How could a politician like Ronald Reagan be described as both the ultimate American liberal and the strongest critic of liberalism? Drawing from primary source readings politics and philosophy, as well as historians' accounts of liberalism's strange transformations from the Revolutionary Era to the 1980s, this class aims to unravel these contextualized understanding of the nation's central political philosophy.

History of Childhood in America (31337)
Children are our most precious creations; yet, few people know much about their place in history. This course will offer a sweeping view of the history of childhood in the United States from the pre-colonial era to the present day. Readings, discussions, films, and other material will shed light on the experiences of all sorts of children—rich, the middle class, the poor, and the enslaved—from a variety of backgrounds, including American Indian, European, African, Latin American, Caribbean, and Asian. The course will also compare numerous ideologies about childhood, theories of childrearing, laws governing children's lives, and social actions taken to protect children throughout the nation's history. Students will read a combination of books, articles, and historical documents.

US Civil Rights Movement (31364)

The course will analyze the Black freedom struggle and its impact on U.S. society, focused on the years 1945-1972. Topics include: urbanization and migration; strategic debates within the movement; the Cold War context and anti-colonialism; the role of leadership; and the transition to Black Power.

The Black Woman (31416)
The various contemporary situations and problems peculiar to Afro-American women in the community and in American society. A study of such institutions as marriage, family, and child rearing practices, religion, politics, and business. Attention also given to how she is projected in literature and theatre. A comparison study of African and Caribbean women.

US South to 1876 (31426)

This course will survey the history of the American South from the colonial era through Reconstruction, with two purposes: first, to encourage an understanding of the special historical characteristics of the South and of Southerners; and second, to explore what the experience of the South may teach about the United States as a nation. We will explore the history of the region from the emergence of slavery during the colonial era to the end of Reconstruction.

Era of Détente (31447)
This is a research seminar on the Era of Détente, the period with the Cold War marked by prolonged absence of conflict between the United States and the Soviet Union. Students will spend the bulk of the semester writing a primary-based research paper on one aspect of Détente. The course will also attempt to define Détente and evaluate its policy implications. Students will study the origins of Détente and its evolution over time and in different international contexts. The course will begin examining early efforts at Détente in the late 1960s, continue through the successes of the Nixon administration and the challenges faced by Presidents Ford and Carter and finish with the advent of the "new Cold War" in the first years of Reagan's presidency.

Early America (32100)
This course examines the formation of early American society on the Atlantic seaboard. Particular attention is given to the establishment of four distinct regional socio-political cultures in New England, the Middle Colonies, the Chesapeake, and the Deep South. Other topics include the impact of European settlement and trade on Amerindian life and culture, the emergence and rise of slavery, and the role of women and the family in early American society.

American Revolution (32200)
This course details the causes, events, and consequences of one of the first and most important revolutionary movements of the Enlightenment. Particular attention is devoted to the social and political causes of the uprising, as well as its cultural meaning for the different participants in the American scene.

New Nation, Slave & Free (32300)
Republicanism and the democratization of politics, industrialization of an American working class, social reform and the making of the middle class, westward expansion and the removal of Native Americans, sectional conflict and slave culture.

Civil War & Reconstruction (32400)
An examination of the causes, events, and consequences, of the Civil War. Special attention will be paid to slavery, abolition, and sectionalism, emancipation and the role of African-American soldiers, and the cultural meaning of the war and its aftermath.  Readings will include speeches and poems by William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Abraham Lincoln, and Walt Whitman, novels by Michael Schaar and Toni Morrison, and analyses by Robert Penn Warren, Drew Faust, James McPherson and Eric Foner.

Gilded Age & Progressive Era (32501)
The political, economic, and social phases of the development of the United States from Reconstruction to the First World War.

U.S. From 1914-1945 (32600)
The course examines the shifting patterns of political, economic, cultural and social developments in the United States from the beginning of World War I to the end of World War II, with a particular focus on the causes of the Great Depression and the nation's response to it.

The US Since 1945 (32700)
This course will analyze the main political, social, and economic events shaping the United States during this period and try to explain the key political/economic change during these years: The transformation of a country employing an activist Keynesian economic policy and belief in government action to rectify social and economic ills to one espousing market or neo-liberal principles.

African-American History to Emancipation (36300)
A survey of the sociocultural experiences of African peoples in the North American diaspora defining the historical, economic and political origins of the contemporary position of the Afro-American.

Afro-American History (36500)

The post-slavery experience of Afro-Americans: the creation and destruction of a black peasantry, the growth of a black working class, and the resulting change in black politics and culture.

American Legal History (37000)
This course will examine some key constitutional and legal conflicts in the 19th and 20th century United States in order to understand the role of law in American life and the social and cultural meaning of the law in American history.

Labor, Technology and the Changing Workplace (44000)
Technological change has a profound impact on both work and society. This course explores the meaning of these changes for workers, their unions, and consumers. Questions related to resistance, progress and how new technologies are shaped are the main concerns of the course. Various issues and historical landmarks that pertain to the changing workplace; social and individual costs and benefits of technology; and, work restructuring and how unions respond to change will be examined.

History of American Labor (44100)

Focuses on the period since 1850. Discusses industrialization and the worker, immigration, the impact of social reformers and radicals. Considerable attention to the labor movement, which is viewed within the broader context of American society.

Afro-American History Emancipation to the Present (44300)
The post-slavery experience of Afro-Americans: the creation and destruction of a black peasantry, the growth of a black working class, and the resulting change in black politics and culture.

US Womens' History (44400)
Throughout US history, women have voiced their need for equal rights and equal opportunities. This class will examine in-depth the following women's rights movements and the conditions which inspired women to organize them: the antislavery, woman's rights, suffrage, peach, Civil Rights and feminist movements. Students will do research into other areas such as labor organizing, politics, reproductive rights, philanthropy, charity, self-help, etc.

Vietnam War & US Society (44700)

Topics include: Vietnam before US involvement, US diplomatic involvement in Vietnam, the military aspects of the war, various Vietnamese points of view, relations between US military men and indigenous women, and the anti-war movement, as well as the cultural expressions of the war, including music, films, and art.

Power, Race & Culture: The History of New York City (44900)
This course will introduce students to the interdisciplinary study of American culture through an examination of New York City-its history, literature and culture.

American Foreign Relations (45000)
Explores American foreign policy during the 20th century using primary and secondary historical sources, as well as novels and films. Among topics to be addressed are 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; and domestic politics, and culture.


Africa in Modern World (27600)
A social history of Africa from the 19th century to the present, with emphasis on state formation, impact of the slave trade, and resistance to colonialism.

The Algerian War (31168)
The course is designed for students to learn about the ideological, political, and practical challenges in creating a modern nation state. We will investigate a particular case in African history, Algeria, and explore its struggle for national liberation in the 1950s and 1960s. Students will study a brief overview of Algerian history in the 1800s and the first half of the 20th century, and then explore many of the central themes and issues about the war for national liberation, 1954-62. We will analyze the Algerian leadership and its strategies for internationalizing the conflict, as well as several of the issues such as torture, images of war, French intellectuals, and European settlers that were the source of major conflict throughout the empire. How did the Algerians win their independence despite facing difficult odds? What does the case tell us about decolonization, revolution, and African independence more broadly?

Africa Since Independence (31313)
Examines the history of sub-Saharan Africa from the 1960s to the present. Topics include the age of development, Pan Africanism, military rule, African socialism, religion, ethnicity, structural adjustment programs, popular culture, and globalization. Case studies would be drawn from Angola, Congo, Eritrea, Ghana, Mozambique, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda & Zimbabwe.

France & Francophone Africa (43000)

We will examine the political, economic, cultural and demographic dialectic between metropolitan France and its former protectorates, territories and departments in various regions of Africa. We will study both the impact of France on these societies and how these former dependencies have transformed mainland France into a multi-ethnic, multi-religious society since the end of the Second World War, often against French popular opinion and preference.

Power & Consciousness in South Africa (48900)
The main objective of the course will be an exploration of the characteristics of settler-colonialism, its impact on the African societies of the region, and the efforts of dominated groups to reform and transform the social order of colonialism. Of particular interest will be an examination of the role of race, ethnicity, class and nation in the modern history of the region. The countries to be studied are South Africa, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe.

Middle Eastern History 

Ottoman Empire (31149)
This survey is a course of the Ottoman Empire from its roots as a Turkic principality in medieval Anatolia to its role as a world power in the 15th through early 20th centuries. In addition to covering the major contours of the history of this vast multi-confessional and multi-ethnic empire we will focus on the evolution of governmental, religious, and cultural institutions and the factors that contributed to the empire's longevity. Topics will include political adaptation and innovation; inter-communal relations; the history of law, gender, and center periphery relations; Ottoman relations with Europe; and the Ottoman legacy in the Modern Middle East and Balkans.

Pilgrimage & the Making of the Islamic World (31190)
The act of pilgrimage in the Islamic world takes many forms and includes many destinations beyond Mecca. This course focuses on various forms of religious journeys at the local, regional, and trans-national levels and their role in the formation and expansion of political, social, and economic networks that have contributed imaginings of a worldwide Islamic community. Course themes will include the rituals and meaning of the hajj and "lesser" pilgrimages such as shrine visits; shared traditions and contested holy sites; attempts to define what constitutes an "orthodox" religious journey; and the politics of regulating pilgrimage.

Social/Politics History of the Middle East (31448)
This course covers the history of the Middle East in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Its geographical focus will be Istanbul and the Arab territories of the Ottoman Empire (in particular Egypt and Greater Syria), as well as parts of Qajar Iran. Major themes include reform and social protest; colonialism and nationalism; political legitimation; and inter-communal relations. We will also cover topics related to gender and the law, the family, nomadism, and social welfare. The course aims to introduce students to new approaches to the study of the Middle East, and to build a solid foundation for understanding the significance of social and political developments in this period for the later history of the region.

Middle East Under Islam (34401)

The rise of Islam and Arab conquests of the Middle East and North Africa through the Crusades and Mongol invasion. Covering the period between 600 to 1500, we will focus on politics, culture, and society.

Modern Middle East (34450)

This course will introduce students to the history of the Middle East, including the region from North Africa to Afghanistan, in the 19th and 20th centuries. Central themes include; modernizing attempts by the Ottoman and Qajar Empires in the fact of European encroachment; transition form empire to nation-state; the role of religion in politics; Arab nationalism' and the role of tribes and oil in state formation.

Women & Gender in the Middle East (48500)

This course surveys the history of women and gender in the Middle East from the rise of Islam to the spread of contemporary Islamic political movements. Particular attention will be paid to women's negotiations of the law, their roles in politics, and transformations in male-female relations in modern times.

Arab-Israeli Conflict (48600)
The main objective of the course will be an exploration of the characteristics of settler-colonialism, its impact on the African societies of the region, and the efforts of dominated groups to reform and transform the social order of colonialism. Of particular interest will be an examination of the role of race, ethnicity, class and nation in the modern history of the region. The countries to be studied are South Africa, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe.

Islamic Political Movements (48700)

The emergence of radical Islamic political movements in the Middle East in the 20th century. We'll begin with the history of Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, and then compare Islamist movements in Syria, Palestine, Algeria, Sudan, Iran, and Afghanistan. Several themes run through the course: the relationship between Islam and democracy; the role of women in Islamist movements; the attitudes of Islamists toward religious minorities; and relations between Sunni and Sh'I radicals.


Latin America in Modern History (28000)
A broad historical introduction to Latin American and Caribbean development in the context of global history, focusing on colonialism, the Atlantic slave and sugar economies, revolution, nationalism, race and racism, topics economic modernization, migration/emigration, and social movements. The approach will be chronological and thematic, with particular attention to the influence of Latin American and Caribbean development beyond the borders of continent.

Colonial Latin America (28100)

A study of the impact and meaning of colonial rule in Latin America and the Caribbean, focusing on the interaction between European goals and institutions, and indigenous American and African strategies of socio-cultural survival.

Asians in Latin America (31130)
This course will offer an overview of the history and & cultures of Asian immigration and community building in and into Latin America & the Caribbean from the 16th century to the present. Topics include: the strategies of resistance & accommodation; community formation and their links and interactions with broader Asian diasporic communities; the impact of Asian immigrants on national, racial and class formation; and the re-migration of Latin Americans of Japanese descent (dekasegi) to Japan of the last decades.

Food, Gender, Class in Latin America (31162)

Bringing together scholarship on the history of commodities, gender, nationalism, and transnational migrations, this class explores the politics of food—its production, marketing, consumption, and cultural and symbolic values—in Latin America since the Spanish conquest.

Environmental History of Latin America (31170)
This course will offer a survey of the history of the mutual interaction between human society and Latin America’s diverse ecological environments from pre-colonial times to the present. Among other topics the course explores: the relationship between pre-colonial societies and their environments; environmental consequences of European conquest and colonization; impact of immigration and export economies on nature; globalization, sustainable development and intercultural clashes over the environment.

Latin America World History (31318)

A broad historical introduction to Latin American and Caribbean development in the context of global history, focusing on colonialism, the Atlantic slave and sugar economies, revolution, nationalism, race and racism, topics economic modernization, migration/emigration, and social movements. The approach will be chronological and thematic, with particular attention to the influence of Latin American and Caribbean development beyond the borders of continent.

Latin America: Modernization & Globalization (31336)
A broad historical introduction to Latin American and Caribbean development in the context of global history, focusing on colonialism, the Atlantic slave and sugar economies, revolution, nationalism, race and racism, topics economic modernization, migration/emigration, and social movements. The approach will be chronological and thematic, with particular attention to the influence of Latin American and Caribbean development beyond the borders of continent.

US/Mexico Rel Rev-Global (31617)

The course will explore the relations between the two countries from the early 20th century to the present. The course will take a broad historical approach considering labor organization, migration, political activism, artists, and borderlands peoples as equally important as governments in the making of the relationships between both countries.

Resistance Global Latin America (34101)

This course will examine the nature, significance and importance of Latin America struggles against globalization. A central claim of the course is that this resistance is deeply rooted in popular democratic traditions of indigenous resistance, popular anti-imperialism, and socialist oppositional politics. More importantly, the course will examine the proposals of some of these movements as an alternative to modernization. Among others the course will study landless peasant movement in Brazil, indigenous resistance against mining and oil extraction, and Zapatismo in Mexico.

Modern Contemporary Latin America (34201)
Contemporary economic, social and political problems of Latin America & the Caribbean studies in historical perspective. Themes include: foreign economic and political interventions; labor systems and patterns of land ownership; class, ethnic, and racial relations; the politics of reform, revolution and authoritarianism.

Power & Resistance in Latin America (48100)

Examines the political and cultural responses of popular classes to state formation after independence. Topics include struggles, land, autonomy and citizen’s rights among indigenous people in Mexico, Peru and Guatemala; movements of Afro-descendants for equal rights and cultural recognition of Cuba; and recent popular resistance to free-trade and globalization in Chiapas (Mexico) and Bolivia.

Women & Gender in Latin America (48200)
This course examines three broad themes in the history of Latin America and the Caribbean; colonial foundations of patriarchal relations; gender ideology and nation building; and gender transformations within the context of revolution and globalization.


Traditional China (25100)
The early formation of the Chinese state, the intellectual foundation that has sustained its long history, the shaping of the Confucian way of life, and the cultural sophistication and its decline on the eve of the modern world.

Great Partition: India & Pakistan (31132)

The course will explore the historiography of the partition of British India into two (and subsequently three—India, Pakistan, Bangladesh) nation-states. It will analyze the multiple scholarly positions that have sought to understand it, and even consider popular media representations of the event. This is a seminar course, with heavy emphasis on readings, discussions, and scholarly writing.

History of the Raj (31159)

Explores the history of British rule in India through selected readings, ideological position of historians—Marxist, subalternists, revisionists, and neoconservatives—and assesses the accumulated impact on the historiography of the period.

Crossroads of Empire: Introduction To Central Asia (31166)

Situated at the crossroads of culture and commerce historically referred to as the Silk Road, Central Asia has played a major role in shaping world history. In addition to acquainting students with the basic outlines of Central Asian history from the Mongol through the post-Soviet period, the course will explore how identity, gender and religious practices and identities were successively transformed by imperial, Soviet, and national rule. Special themes that we will address include: Mongol (Chinggisd) and Timurid legacies; the role of the region as a frontier zone; imperial conquests; the forging of national identities; and the role of Islam in everyday life in contemporary Central Asia.

Rethinking Gandhi (31328)
Mahatma Gandhi, who occupies no high office, commanded no armies, and displayed no compelling public speaking skills, noted, "Be the change you want to see in the world." This course will explore Gandhi's political and personal life, his legacy in India and around the world. Students will have an opportunity to learn about the Indian freedom movement through Gandhi, to discover different techniques of addressing political oppression, to understanding the power of non-violent civil disobedience and its adoption by other leaders like Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela… There are no prerequisites for this course.

Modernism in India (31329)

In postcolonial India modernism as a doctrine made more sense because of its social and moral imperatives, its international application, and its promise of material progress for maximum number. The course explores how the personal and architectural philosophies of LeCorbusier and Louis Kahn contributed to transforming India from colonial state into a modern state. Readings/visual/discussions/guest speakers (where possible)/term paper. No prerequisites.

People's Republic of China, 1949-Present (31725)

This course will examine the history of China since its foundation, a period that was full of eventful changes with far-reaching domestic and international impact. It will cover major events such as the Korean War, the Great Leap Forward campaign, Sino-Soviet rift, the Cultural Revolution, Sino-US rapprochement, and most importantly the post-Mao economic reforms and related social, political, cultural, and environment changes. Understanding these transformation is important because they present fresh challenges not only to China but also to the world.

India After Gandhi (31926)

In 1947, Indian independence from British rule came at a high price: first, the subcontinent was partitioned between two nations—India & Pakistan—and the following year Gandhi was assassinated. This course will examine how the new state saved its sovereignty, promoted democracy, and, sixty years later, emerged as an economic miracle of the new century.

Modern China 1600-1949 (33201)

This course surveys three and a half centuries of modern Chinese history. It will cover major political, economic, cultural, and intellectual developments and changes from the late Ming Dynasty to the end of Nationalist rule in Mainland China. A goal of this course is to provide students historical background to better understand China's contemporary triumphs and frustrations through the mirror of history.

Traditional Japan (33301)
Japanese history from its origins to the 19th century, i.e., the "classic" Heian period, "medieval" Kamakura to Sengoku periods and the "early modern" Tokugawa world. Topics include: Japan's contacts and borrowings from other civilizations especially China; Shinto and Buddhism; women and the family; the rise and transformation of bushi or warriors; artistic traditions.

20th Century China (33350)
This survey course covers one of the most dramatic centuries of Chinese history, from the Boxer Uprising in 1900 to China's reclamation of Macao—the last piece of territory lost to a Western power—in 1999. It will introduce to students major historical developments and figures in 20th Century China. The objective is to help students to understand better how China becomes what she is now.

Modern Japan (33401)
Survey of the building of the modern Japanese state, society and economy from 1868 to the present, with focus on continuity and change, the social costs of rapid industrialization and the emergence of Japan in the global economy.

Traditional Civilization of India (33501)
The history and culture of Indian civilization before modern times; major emphasis will be on its formation and classical age, its continuity and change, and the coming of Islam.

Modern India (33601)
Surveys the elements which have shaped the characteristic institutions of India; the disintegration of the Mogul empire and the rise of the British to dominance; political, economic, cultural, and social developments during the British period and the changes by the republic.

China's "Cultural Revolution" (46100)

The decade of the Cultural Revolution was a unique period in contemporary Chinese history. Largely a result of Mao Zedong's personal decision, the Revolution not only dramatically changed China but also greatly affected the international power balance at the height of the Cold War.

Science & Technology in China (46400)
All peoples participate in creating the world in which we live. The Chinese were the first to invent the compass, printing technology and gunpowder. Knowledge of the major developments in pre-modern China will help us understand present-day Chinese society and history, the interchange of ideas among different peoples and the rise of modern values.

Pacific War: 1931-1945 (46700)

This course will examine World War II in the Pacific across an extended time frame to better understand its long-term causes and consequences. Topics include: the nature of the Japanese empire and its conquest of Asia, beginning in 1931; the China war; US involvement from Pearl Harbor; US domestic responses during the war, including Japanese internment; the Greater East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere; the Japanese people and the war; the war's end; the US occupation of Japan; decolonization across Southeast Asia after the war.

Pakistan, Army & Religion (47100)
This course will explore the complex ties between religion, politics, and military, while tracing the circumstances of the creation of Pakistan in 1947 out of British India. Central themes include: How was Pakistan? How did the military usurp power?