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Undergraduate Courses


The Historian's Craft (21300)
This course introduces students to the study of history. It offers an intensive introduction to historical writing and research, and to the principles and methods of historical analysis. Students will learn about the historical craft and gain critical skills that are useful in any discipline or endeavor where research and writing are essential. Required for all history majors who declare a history major beginning in Fall 2015 and thereafter.


Age of Human Rights (31156)
The course 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 their treatment.

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 this course will emphasize 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 US, Germany, and Japan.

Building Nukes: Science and Politics in the US, USSR, and the PRC (49200)
A country's nuclear weapons program represents both the scientific strength of the nation and the determination of the nation's political leaders. This course compares the scientific and political issues associated with nuclear weapons programs in the United States, the Soviet Union, and Asia. The goal of this course is to help students understand the scientific developments and political conditions that were involved in these nations' decisions to make nuclear weapons.

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


Ancient World: Rome (20200)
Surveys the history of classical antiquity from the Hellenistic Age to the fall of the Western Empire.

Ancient World: Near East & Greece (20300)
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 and the time of Alexander the Great.

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.


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 the problems of revolution, industrialization and the transformation of rural societies, and the emergence of liberalism and the challenges it has faced in the 20th century.

Food and Farming (31143)
This course will introduce students to the history and historiography of food and farming, including the role of agricultural producers in advanced and pre-industrial societies. Central to the enterprise are the historical trajectories certain foodstuffs have taken--why they are produced and where, how they have been integrated into socio-economic and cultural environments, and how politics and policies affected and are affected by them. Our geographic focus will be on the European experience liberally construed.

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 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 people. How did this come to pass, and how has it fared? 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.

Collapse of Communism (31331)

Starting with an analysis of the long and 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 systems, particularly East Asian. Topics include: childbirth, venereal disease and prostitution, women's careers in medicine, colonial medicine and native women, and the impact of the developments of contraception and sophisticated treatments and screening for diseases that afflict women.

The Age of the Renaissance (32500)
An in-depth exploration of the culture of the Italian Renaissance. Through primary sources, this course reconstructs experiences of: citizenship in the Italian city-states; the enterprises and vagaries of the business world; matrimony, paternity/maternity and sexuality; elementary education and university study; art patronage and visual culture; the entertainments and decorum of life at Court; and expressions of religiosity. 

French Revolution (32850)
This course will provide a thorough introduction to the French Revolution--one of the defining events of modern times, and a 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.

20th-Century Europe (32900)

What's Freud got to do with feminism? Or Horkheimer 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 of 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)

Special 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.

20th-Century Intellectual History (35300)
Emphasis on the ideological challenges to the heritage of the 18th-century Enlightenment and 19th-century liberalism embodied in modern irrationalist schools of thought, and the rise of contemporary psychological-existential images of humanity.

Age of Enlightenment (41101)
Examines 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.

Early Modern European City (41600)
Between 1500 and 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.

Psychiatry, Madness & Society (42300)
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 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.

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 explored is: can states with distinctly different notions of politics genuinely coexist in an arena of power?

History of Socialism (42700)
The growth of the socialist movement in the 19th 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 1877 (24000)
Explores 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 History 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 Depression, 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 explore the evolution of family structure over time. Students will also practice approaches to finding and analyzing family history using documents, photographs, material culture, and family trees.

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 10-15 page research paper.

Consumer Culture in the US Since 1880 (31146)
This course examines, first, the emergence and development of a consumer culture in the US during the late 19th and early 20th centuries; and, second, the struggles waged during the middle decades of the 20th century over access to the fruits of a consumer-based economy, and over what shape that economy should take.

United States During World War II (31151)
This course will examine United States intervention in the Second World War, including the military theaters in Europe and the Pacific, the war's impact on the home front and diplomacy, and its contributions to the origins of the Cold War.

US Civil Rights Movement (31346)
The course will analyze the Black freedom struggle and its impact on US 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. Comparative study of African and Caribbean women.

Era of Détente (31447)
This is a research seminar on the Era of Détente, the period during 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 by 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 on 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.

US 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.

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 I (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.

African-American History II (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 examines 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. Topics include slave law, property law and economic change, the law of husband and wife, race and the Constitution, the persistence of the 14th Amendment, and the problem of legal ethics.

US South (37500)
Explores the historical characteristics of the South and relates the experience of the region to that of the US as a nation.

American Liberalism (37800)
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 as effective political slander? How could liberalism encompass both Gilded Age laissez-faire economics and New Deal bureaucratic governance? How could Ronald Reagan be described as both the ultimate American liberal and the strongest critic of liberalism in US history? Drawing from primary source readings on politics and social thought, as well as historians' accounts of liberalism's transformations from the Revolutionary era to the 1980s, this course aims to unravel these questions and to provide a contextualized understanding of the nation's central political creed.

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.

US Women's 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, 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 and the Modern World (27600)
A social history of Africa from the 19th century to the present, with emphasis on state formation, the 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 of 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.


Ottoman Empire (31149)
This course introduces students to one of the longest-lived empires in world history, and examines its rise, consolidation, and transformation from the 14th through the 20th centuries. It covers the major contours of Ottoman political and social history, the empire's historical relationship to Europe, and its important legacy in the modern Middle East.

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 and Political History of the Middle East (31448)
Introduces students to new approaches to Middle East history, focusing on Ottoman Istanbul, Egypt, and Syria; Qajar Iran; and post-WWI mandates. The course considers the impact of modernity on ordinary people, specifically how they experienced political and legal reform; integration into the world economy; sectarianism, nationalism, and colonialism; and the transition from empire to nation-state. 

History of Egypt (31523)
This course covers aspects of modern Egyptian history through the eyes of contemporary observers. It will touch on such topics as the French invasion, efforts to build an Egyptian empire, British occupation, the struggle for independence, the emergence of Islamist and other political movements, and the Arab Spring. We will read a variety of primary texts, setting them in historical context.

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 from 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 gender relations in modern times.

Arab-Israeli Conflict (48600)
This course looks at a century of struggle between nationalist movements that have vied for control of the same territory. In the first 50 years, the conflict was more or less contained in territory under Ottoman and then British jurisdiction. In the second 50 years--from 1948 on--the conflict widened as wars erupted every decade. The course considers the political, socioeconomic, and cultural ramifications of the struggle.

Islamic Political Movements (48700)

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 face of European encroachment; transition from empire to nation-state; the role of religion in politics; Arab nationalism; and the role of tribes and oil in state formation.


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, 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 Politics in Latin American History (31162)

This course uses food--its production, marketing, cooking, consumption, and cultural and symbolic values--as a window through which to study the history of Latin America and the Caribbean, from the Spanish conquest to the present. It connections everyday experiences of ordinary people (including indigenous Americans, slaves, women) to global economic, political, and ideological trends.

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 in 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 Relations: Revolution to Globalization (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 and significance 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 movements 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 and the Caribbean studied 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 for 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.

Modern China (25300)
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 (25400)
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.

Modern Japan (25500)
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 (26300)
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 (26400)
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.

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 (3169)

Explores the history of British rule in India through selected readings and the ideological positions of historians—Marxists, subalternists, revisionists, and neoconservatives—and assesses the accumulated impact of 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 occupied 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 for addressing political oppression, and to understand the power of non-violent civil disobedience and its adoption by other leaders like Martin Luther King Jr., and Nelson Mandela.

Modernism in India (31329)

In postcolonial India modernism as a doctrine made particular 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 a colonial state into a modern state. Readings/visual/discussions/guest speakers (where possible)/term paper.

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 impacts. It will cover major events such as the Korean War, the Great Leap Forward campaign, the Sino-Soviet rift, the Cultural Revolution, the Sino-US rapprochement, and most importantly the post-Mao economic reforms and related social, political, cultural, and environmental 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 and 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.

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.

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 making, 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.

Japanese Empire (46600)
This course examines the expansion of the Japanese empire in Asia from 1895 to 1945, focusing on Japan's colonies in Taiwan, Korea, Manchuria, and Southeast Asia. We will explore the concepts of imperialism and colonialism, how they functioned in East Asia, and how empire transformed both the Japanese and their colonial subjects. Topics include the role of women in imperialism, the overlap of militarism and colonialism, collaboration and resistance, and the postwar legacies of empire.

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 after 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.

Indian Cinema (46900)
This course will explore the social impact of Indian cinema and the making of the new culture of Bollywood. Central questions include: how has Indian cinema influenced social change? What has been its social and cultural impact in modern India?

Religions of India (47000)
This course will explore the many religious traditions of India, including the dominant Hinduism, along with Buddhism, Jainism, Islam, Sikhism, and Zoroastrianism. Central themes include the origins of each religious tradition; the philosophical underpinnings and the historical growth of each religion; and the social and political conflict/accommodation of multiple religious traditions in modern India.

Pakistan: Religion, Military, and the State (47100)
This course will explore the complex ties between religion, politics, and the military, while tracing the circumstances of the creation of Pakistan in 1947 out of British India. Central themes include how Pakistan was created and how the military usurped power.