Focus on the rise of social history in contemporary historiography. Approaches to the subject include the contributions of the British Marxists, the French Annales school,
social-scientific historians, and women's historians. Readings will cover United States,Latin America, Africa, Asia and Europe. (Required for all students.)
Research Colloquium (B2321)
This course is an intensive workshop on the art and craft of writing primary source-based research papers of History and related disciplines. To enroll in the course, you need the permission of the instructor. You should have a project underway before the start of the semester in order to increase your chances of completing a polished paper by the end of the semester.
International and Comparative History
This 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—the precursor to modern human rights-conceive of human beings and their proper of humane treatments? This course has several goals. One is establish what it means to think historically about a concept that today is taken for granted and whose existence seems natural. Another is to explore how moral and political ideas can help inform historical study. The goal will be to produce a research paper on a topic concerning the history of human rights.
Comparison of several instances of systematic mass killings, including Armenians, European Jews, Kurds, American Indians, and Hereros and Hutus in Africa. Emphasis on historical circumstances, national sentiment, the state apparatus, and the contemporary implications of genocide.
Atlantic World (B0013)
This course locates the origins of "modernity" in the conquest and colonization of Latin America, the ensuing Atlantic trade of slaves and commodities, and interactions among European, Latin American, and African peoples. It puts Latin America at the center of the study of origins, nature, impacts, and critiques of "modernity." Central themes include: conquest and colonization; slavery, plantation economies, and racialization; the development of a capitalist world system with its social and ideological underpinnings; and independence movements, the development of discourses of freedom by Latin American intellectuals and subaltern populations, and early nationalist racial paradigms.
United States History
European discovery and exploration of America; origins and peopling of the English colonies; colonial life; imperial innovations and American protest; the Revolution.
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 the Native Americans, sectional conflict and slave culture
The purpose of this class is to provide graduate students with a thorough introduction to the scholarly writing on the Antebellum era (1815-1861). Students enrolled in the course will examine themes such as slavery, immigration, westward expansion, manifest destiny, Jacksonian politics, labor, women, and sectional crisis that led to the outbreak of the Civil War. By the end of the semester, students will have both an excellent grounding in this crucial period in American history, and a familiarity with the important historiography debates that define the student of the era.
Immigration and Ethnicity in American Life (B0406)
Topical and chronological treatment of the American immigration experience, with emphasis on the ghetto, culture and community, patterns of work, social mobility, assimilation, the relation of class and ethnicity, and America's reception of immigrants. Comparative analysis of different ethnic groups.
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.
A survey of the social and economic transformations that took place in the southern United States from the end of the Civil War through the rise of the New Right. The course has two purposes: first, to understand 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 Reconstruction, the rise of Jim Crow, the emergence of new industries and cities, the growth of the agrarian discontent, the impact of federal policy, the development of the Civil Rights Movement, and the rise of the New Right.
This course will introduce students to the major problems and interpretations in the field of American legal history. We will examine a number of key constitutional and legal conflicts in the 19th and 20th century United States through theoretical and historiographical interpretations of those conflicts as well as by acquainting ourselves with a variety of primary sources (including cases, trial records, treaties, and legal lives). The course seeks to understand the role of law in America life and the social and cultural meaning of the law in American life and the social and cultural meaning of the law in American history. How does the law affect people's lives? How do we locate those effects? To what degree does the law have an existence separate from the larger forces that determine relations of power and possibilities for action>? Topics will include slave law: the role lf law and economic development; the law of husband and wife; race and the Constitution; the emergence of civil rights and civil liberties, legal ethics, and the problem of regulation, among others.
Explores American foreign policy during the 20th century (1890s to present), using primary and secondary historical sources, as well as novels and films, to examine key events, themes and interpretations. Among the topics to be addressed are 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 debates 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.
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.
This course will first look at the sources of postwar U.S. prosperity and growth of civil rights and other reforms of the 1960s. Then, it will then examine why that prosperity faltered in the 1970s and why the government regulated economy was replaced by one that celebrated markets. Finally, we will consider how these changes help explain the current economic recession.
What historians call the "golden age of capitalism" and the "age of Compression" in the United States and abroad began after World War II and ended in 1973. This course will analyze the sources of the era's shared prosperity in the U.S., the global changes that challenged it, the struggle during the 1970s to preserve it, and the failure to do so in 1979 and 1980. It well then analyze the new capitalism of the era from 1980 to the present, leading to the current economic crisis. We will discuss both the economic ideas and practices of the eras alongside the changing politics and social composition of the Democratic and Republican parties.
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.
France & Francophone Africa (B1615)
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.
Work & Welfare in Modern Europe (B5505)
Examines the emergence of the industrial revolution and efforts to control it, to manage markets for capital and labor since the 18th century.
Europe 1815-1914 (B0303)
The political triumphs of the middle classes and their troubled hegemony; the factory system, free trade, parliamentarianism; the transformations of 1848; the Second Empire; Italian and German unifications; movements of reform; democratic currents; socialism; the new imperialism.
This course treats Paris, Vienna, and Berlin as incubators of specific versions of the "modern." Between the years 1850-1950, amid a series of political crises and sharpening social antagonisms, these cities gave birth to many of the movements, ideas, and styles of the modern era: socialism and psychoanalysis; urban planning, mass consumption; and modernism in art, poetry, architecture, and literature. To navigate our way through these developments, we will read a selection of seminal texts from the primary and secondary literature on city life. Themes covered will include urban planning; 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. Among the questions we will be posing are the following: what is the relation between social and political modernization on the one hand and cultural modernity on the other? How do figures like Marx, Baudelaire, Benjamin, and Simmel define modernity?
Madness & Civilization (B4403)
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.
Middle Eastern and African History
The collision of two nationalist movements—Palestinian and Zionist—competing for the same territory. We'll start with a brief review of the political history of the conflict: declarations and promised, successive wars, attempts at peace. We'll then turn to an exploration of the cultural memories, and symbols that are used to build a sense of Israeli or Palestinian solidarity. Both communities suffer from internal and social divisions such as splits between religious and secular parties, which will be examined. Throughout the course we will use film, fiction, poetry and prose to examine how both parties have faced the conflict, explained it, and tried to overcome it.
This course explores the place of Africa and its peoples in the international system. The focus is on the formation of the post colonial states and its multiple engagements with citizens, subjects and an external world dominated by former colonial powers and multilateral institutions such as the IMF and World Bank. Issues to be discussed include national liberation wars, militarism, structural adjustment, genocide, peacekeeping, and African perspectives on the "war on terror." The role of the African Union (AU), regional organizations and the UN in African affairs will also be considered.
20th Century China (B2908)
Latin American History
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.
Modern and Contemporary Latin America (B0502)
political intervention; labor systems and patterns of land ownership; class, ethnic and racial relations; the politics of reform
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