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HIST 1200 : FWS: Writing History
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How can we learn about the past? How do we tell stories about the past? How do we judge the truth of falsity of evidence? Writing History seminars introduce students to many different ways of interpreting and writing about the past, and to the wide range of sources that historians use: from diaries to tax rolls, from scraps of textile to films and advertisements. Topics and readings vary by section.
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HIST 1400 : FWS: Rudyard Kipling's India: Literature, History, and Empire
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), most famous today as the author of children's stories, including The Jungle Book, was one of the most popular and acclaimed writers of his day. He was also a noted chronicler of the world of the British empire. In this class, we will read the short stories, poems and novels that Kipling wrote about India – including his most famous novel, Kim. Students will explore the intersections between Kipling's stories and the history of British rule in India, and also consider the broader question of how fictional works can be used to explore the history of past cultures.
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HIST 1453 : FWS: In Search of Ethiopia: History, Myth and Politics
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Ethiopia, one of the oldest states in Africa, has a rich history that is often enveloped in myths and legends.  Home to a number of ethnic and religious communities, Ethiopia's political geography changed as new dynasties came to the forefront.  Each new dynasty offered its own creation myth that legitimated its power and control over other communities.  Ethiopia's colorful and dynamic history has helped nurture the political aspirations of many beyond its boundaries.  Christian chroniclers claimed it as the home of the Queen of Sheba.  Continental Africans and Africans in the diaspora celebrated it as a symbol of African achievement and a beacon of independence because it was the only indigenous African state to retain its independence following Europe's division of Africa in the nineteenth century. The name of Ethiopia's last emperor before he assumed the throne, Ras Tafari, helped launch a new religion – Rastafarism.  This course juxtaposes Ethiopian history against the myths and legends that shaped Ethiopia and gave rise to Ethiopianism, a complex array of cultural, religious, and political movements in other parts of Africa as well as the African diaspora.
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HIST 1511 : The Making of Modern Europe, from 1500 to the Present
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This course surveys major developments since 1500, including the Protestant Reformation and Catholic Counter-Reformation, the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, Imperialism, Fascism and Communism, Word Wars I & II, the Cold War, decolonization, the welfare state  and the emergence of a "new world order." Prominent themes are the changing experience of violence, the relationship of Europe to the rest of the world, and the tensions within and among national, ethnic and "Western" identities. This course fulfills some of the traditional goals of a "great books" course through exposure to major thinkers like Luther, Hobbes, John  Stuart Mill, and Karl Marx, but it also introduces other kinds of historical sources, such as personal memoirs, parliamentary debates, and film.
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HIST 1575 : History Goes to Hollywood
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From the inception of the film industry, depictions of historical events have captured the attention of screen writers, directors and not the least audiences; often making deep impressions on a particular generation's common sense about events in the distant or recent past.   This class will examine some of the most influential historical films such as: A Foreign Affair, Spartacus, The Ten Commandments, Reds, Schindler's List, Apocalypse Now, Argo, Black Hawk Down, JFK and Selma.  Films will be available on Blackboard through streaming.  We will spend approximately two weeks on each film, reading historical essays on the period depicted as well as film and cultural analysis.  Classes will combine lecture format for historical framing and context with elements of flipped classroom.  Films will be viewed outside the classroom and in class we will view clips and discuss them in tandem with the readings.
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HIST 1585 : Sports and Politics in American History
Crosslisted as: AMST 1585 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
This course will explore the relationship between sports and politics over the course of American history since the 19th century.  Sports and politics have come together surprisingly frequently in the last two centuries and this course will take a "case study" method to examine particular episodes of politicized sports.  In the course of our investigations, we will the following questions: How do we define politics?  How have sports acted as a place for subversion and resistance? Conversely, how have sports reflected the power structure? No background knowledge is necessary.   Course materials will include memoirs, articles, and a variety of visual sources, including film and photography.   Course requirements will include a research paper.
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HIST 1600 : History of Law: Great Trials
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
Through discussion of a variety of high-profile and lesser-known trials throughout history, this course will examine a range of issues in the history of law and criminality. We will study the changing conceptions of justice and punishment, trials as a form of social marginalization, and the relationship between ideology—imperialism, liberalism, communism, fascism—and law. Cases to be covered include: Socrates, Jesus Christ, Gilles de Rais, the French Revolutionary Terror, the Russian revolutionary terrorists, the Dreyfus Affair, the Stalinist show trials, the war crimes trials at Nuremberg, Adolf Eichmann, Charles Manson, the Black Panthers, the Hague Tribunal, and Saddam Hussein.  ​​
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HIST 1740 : Imperial China
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 1174, CAPS 1740, MEDVL 1740 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
This course explores the history of imperial China between the 3rd century b.c.e. and the 16th century c.e. with a focus on the following questions:  How did imperial Chinese states go about politically unifying diverse peoples over vast spaces?  How did imperial Chinese approaches to governance and to relations with the outer world compare with strategies employed by other historical empires?  How did those approaches change over time?  How did major socio-cultural formations — including literary canons; religious and familial lineages; marketing networks; and popular book and theatrical cultures — grow and take root, and what were the broader ramifications of those developments?  How did such basic configurations of human difference as Chinese (civilized)-barbarian identity, high-low status, and male-female gender operate and change over time?
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HIST 1750 : Routes: Global Histories
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This class focuses on trade in global history – arguably the single most important connective strand between people and societies over the course of human history.  Trade has expanded human horizons from earliest known times to the present, and has linked disparate cultures in a centuries-long embrace for several millennia.  Many of the things that we take for granted as being part and parcel of our day-to-day worlds are the result of these centuries of commerce, so much so that we see them now as "local" rather than hailing from distant shores.  This class will try to disentangle some of these long histories, from Antiquity to the present, and show how the world was brought together in a weave of trade routes over the passage of the centuries.  Our vantage will be resolutely global in studying these processes, crossing all continents and the "seven seas" in our wake.
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HIST 1960 : Modern Latin America
Crosslisted as: LATA 1960 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
A survey of the social, political, cultural and economic history of Latin America from roughly 1800 to the present. Primary aim is to develop a mental map of the history of Latin America - of prominent themes issues; of historical eras and trajectories. Given the vastness of Latin America, and its somewhat arbitrary composition as an object of study, the approach of the course is thematic and chronological rather than regional. We will pay attention to a number of more specific and interconnected themes: the development of, and relationship between, economies and processes of state formation; the complex roles Britain and the U.S. have played in the region, but always with an appreciation for how Latin Americans have shaped their own histories and those of the U.S. and Britain; the ways in which non-elites - slaves, workers, peasants, among others - have shaped history; the politics of the production of history; and Latin America's 'situatedness' in a broader world. Weekly readings include historical and theoretical works memoirs, speeches, documents and novels.
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HIST 1970 : Pirates, Slaves, and Revolutionaries: A History of the Caribbean from Columbus to Louverture
Crosslisted as: ASRC 1790 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
What is the Caribbean? How did its native inhabitants fared in the aftermath of the arrival of Europeans? How did the region shift from a Spanish Lake to a heavily contested geopolitical site where all European powers vied for political and commercial superiority? What were the main production systems of the region and how did they result in dramatic environmental change? How did the eighteenth-century revolutions transform the Caribbean? In this introductory survey to Caribbean history we will answer these and many other questions through the study of the political, economic, social, cultural, and environmental transformations of the Caribbean from the arrival of Columbus to the era of the Haitian Revolution. We will follow indigenous people, Spanish conquistadors, English, Dutch, and French pirates and privateers, planters, and merchants, imperial officers, slaves, sailors, and revolutionaries as they adapted to the multiple transformations that shaped this region. Through lectures, discussions, and readings of primary and secondary sources we will navigate the Caribbean in a quest to understand the historical processes that gave shape to this tropical paradise.
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HIST 2001 : Supervised Reading - Undergraduate
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
Independent Study based supervised reading with history faculty.  Student must complete Independent Study Form with faculty supervisor for determining requirements and for permission to enroll through the online system (https://data.arts/cornell.edu/as-stus/indep_study_intro.cfm).  Student then work with their faculty supervisor throughout the semester for sucessful completion and grading of the agreed upon requirements.
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HIST 2003 : Becker House Cafe
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
This course will bring students and professors together in a relatively informal setting. Professors - some invited by the instructor and some by the students - will discuss their academic interests and careers. In the past, this format has allowed students to understand better the intellectual, personal, moral, social, and other questions that drive academic inquiry in a context that is not constrained by the internal questions "will this be on the final?"
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HIST 2004 : Becker House in Service
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This course provides Becker House residents the opportunity to design and carry out service projects for which they receive one-hour course credit. Students will meet with the professor each week to discuss their projects. The course is meant to provide students with valuable experience in working with faculty in a different setting, help them to think about how to organize service learning projects, and provide a framework that will ensure that they follow through on their plans.
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HIST 2006 : Understanding Global Capitalism Through Service Learning
Crosslisted as: AMST 2016, ASRC 2006 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
This course is a seminar focused on a service-learning approach to understanding the history of neoliberal transformations of the global economy through the lens of an island (Jamaica) and a community (Petersfield.) Building on the success of last year's global service-learning course and trip to Petersfield, and now bringing the course under the auspices of both the Engaged Cornell and Cornell Abroad administrative and funding capabilities. Students will attend class each week and will also take a one-week service trip over spring break to work with the local community partner (AOC) in Petersfield. We will also work with Amizade, a non-profit based in Pittsburgh, who is the well-established partner of the AOC and which works with numerous universities on global service learning projects. They have a close relationship with CU Engaged Learning and Research.
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HIST 2181 : States and Failed States
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This sophomore seminar examines the theory and (often failed) practice of the state from absolutism to modern times. Students read famous theorist, lawyers, historians, social scientists, and diplomatic documents to explore the rights and obligations that states hold to their own subjects/citizens and to their fellow states. They will follow how these theories changed over time, and then test them against real examples of famous state failures, such as France just before the Revolution, Serbia in 1914, Nazi Germany, and Syria/Iraq/ISIS.
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HIST 2209 : Daoist Traditions
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 2289, CAPS 2209, RELST 2209 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
In this course we will examine the modes of philosophical and spiritual inquiry, varieties of spiritual/bodily cultivation and practice, and religious organizations and movements in China that we know as Daoist (or "Taoist"). We will examine the ways in which Daoism was used variously to contest or legitimate imperial political power, and how the procedures and ideologies of the imperial state in turn informed Daoist theory and practice.  Throughout, we will examine the ways in which standard modern western dichotomies, such as sacred/secular, spiritual/physical, and mind/body, break down when we try to apply them to the study of Daoism.  Course will focus on the period from the fourth century B.C.E. to the thirteenth century C.E. 
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HIST 2220 : From the New Deal to the Age of Reagan
Crosslisted as: AMST 2220 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
This seminar will explore some of the major political and cultural trends in the United States,  from the era of the Democratic New Dealer, Franklin D. Roosevelt, through the era of the conservative Republican, Ronald Reagan? This seminar will explore through primary source research and secondary readings  the key economic, political, and cultural characteristics and transformations of the period from 1930 though the turn of the century.  The course will examine the rise, persistence, and breakdown of the so-called "New Deal Order" and the crucial political shifts that we call the "Reagan Revolution." A key theme in this course will be the transformations and critiques of American liberalism and conservatism.
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HIST 2423 : Dazed and Confused: The Politics of Drug and Alcohol in US History
Crosslisted as: AMST 2423 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
How did some intoxicating substances come to be illegal, while others are socially accepted? What is the role and responsibility of the state in managing the use and abuse of drugs and alcohol? This seminar examines the history of the nation's efforts to control and regulate intoxicants, with special attention given to why specific substances are criminalized and decriminalized at various points in history. It will focus on the relationship between social, economic, and political upheaval and campaigns to crack down on drugs. The course also investigates the growing trend to approach some drug and alcohol abuse as a medical problem and the rise of self-help societies and substance abuse rehabilitation. For example, we will examine state responses to opium use by middle class white women and Chinese immigrants during the 19th century, the passage and repeal of Prohibition, and the contemporary "War on Drugs."
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HIST 2465 : Democracy and Modern China
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Chinese political culture has long been characterized by authoritarianism, from the time of the old imperial order up until the present Communist era. Yet the twentieth century in China witnessed a profound engagement with notions of democracy that was evident in the realms of both political discourse and political practice. This course will explore the many fascinating forms that this engagement took, from attempts to transform the ailing Qing dynasty into a constitutional monarchy to the establishment of a short-lived republic by Sun Yatsen, from the lionizing of "Mr. Democracy" during the May Fourth movement in the 1920s to the trumpeting of "New Democracy" by Mao Zedong twenty years later, and from movements for democratic change under Communist rule such as the Tiananmen Square protests to the flourishing of democratic ideals in the present-day Hong Kong and Taiwan. The aim of the course will be to reflect on how democracy as a political concept has been understood and used in different contexts and the nature of its role in China's modern political evolution.
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HIST 2581 : Environmental History
Crosslisted as: AMST 2581, BSOC 2581 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
This lecture course serves as an introduction to the historical study of humanity's interrelationship with the natural world. Environmental history is a quickly evolving field, taking on increasing importance as the environment itself becomes increasingly important in world affairs. During this semester, we'll examine the sometimes unexpected ways in which "natural" forces have shaped human history (the role of germs, for instance, in the colonization of North America); the ways in which human beings have shaped the natural world (through agriculture, urbanization, and industrialization, as well as the formation of things like wildlife preserves); and the ways in which cultural, scientific, political, and philosophical attitudes toward the environment have changed over time. This is designed as an intensely interdisciplinary course: we'll view history through the lenses of ecology, literature, art, film, law, anthropology, and geography. Our focus will be on the United States, but, just as environmental pollutants cross borders, so too will this class, especially toward the end, when we attempt to put U.S. environmental history into a geopolitical context. This course is meant to be open to all, including non-majors and first-year students.
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HIST 2672 : The History and Politics of Modern Egypt
Crosslisted as: ASRC 2670, GOVT 2673, NES 2670 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
This lecture class will explore the socio-cultural history of modern Egypt from the late 18th century to the 21st century "Arab Spring." We will explore Egyptian history under the Ottomans and the Mamluks, the unsuccessful French attempts to colonize Egypt, and the successful British occupation of the country. We will then examine the development of Egyptian nationalism from the end of the 19th century through Nasser's pan-Arabism to the 2011 Egyptian Revolution. We will accomplish this with the aid of a variety of texts and media, including novels and films.
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HIST 2680 : The United States in the 1960s and 1970s
Crosslisted as: AMST 2682 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
This lecture course explores the dramatic cultural, economic, and social upheavals in U.S. society during the 1960s and 1970s. It will primarily focus on the dynamic interactions between formal politics, the state, the economy, and the era's mass movements on the right and the left. Among other things, we will explore the history and legacy of the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements, the Vietnam War, deindustrialization, "white flight," the War on Poverty, the War on Crime, Watergate, the "rise of the right," and women's changing roles.
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HIST 2750 : History of Modern India
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 2275 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
This introductory course is a broad survey of the history of the Indian subcontinent from remnants of the Mughal empire through the end of the British empire into the postcolonial present. Prominent themes include the emergence of nonviolent protest, religious and regional identities, ethnic rivalries, social reform and the "woman question," deindustrialization, nationalism and the place of democracy and militarism in a region that includes two nuclear powers, India and Pakistan.
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HIST 2760 : The British Empire
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This course considers how a small northern European kingdom acquired and then governed a vast global empire. Beginning with the navigators, pirates and settlers of the Elizabethan era, and ending with the process of decolonization after World War Two, we will explore the diverse character and effects of British imperialism in the Americas, in Asia, in Africa, and the Pacific, and consider the legacies of the British empire in the contemporary world.
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HIST 2791 : International Humanitarianism
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This course studies international humanitarian and human rights activities from their origins to the present.  The ideological and social roots of humanitarian thought and action receive attention, as does the often-overlapping, sometimes conflictual relationship between humanitarianism and human rights advocacy.  Case studies will include the anti-slavery movement, the activities of faith-based groups, biographical studies of pioneering individuals, and the international response to the creation of refugees and to various genocides.
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HIST 2820 : Science in Western Civilization: Newton to Darwin, Darwin to Einstein
Crosslisted as: BSOC 2821, STS 2821 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
This course aims to make comprehensible both to science majors and to students of the humanities the historical  structure and development of modern science and to show sciences as cultural phenomena. Changing perceptions of nature and human knowledge from Greek Antiquity to the twentieth century form the framework for current Western views of the world, while the roots of the present-day dominance of "science" as a symbol of progress and modernity lie in an alliance between knowledge of nature and power over nature that took shape in the nineteenth century after a long period of emergence. This course covers the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth centuries.  
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HIST 2985 : Transformations in Twentieth Century China
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 2286 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
The twentieth century was a time of unprecedented change in China as the country's ancient imperial system collapsed and a new modern order began to emerge. This course will explore the myriad transformations that occurred during this remarkable century of revolution and renewal. Among the major changes that we will focus on are the fall of the Qing dynasty, the intellectual awakening of May Fourth, the rise of the Nationalist party-state, and key events of the Communist era, such as the Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution under Mao Zedong and the capitalist reforms of Deng Xiaoping. The class will encourage historical reflection on China's engagement with the modern world in order to better understand the complex reality of China today.
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HIST 3002 : Supervised Research - Undergraduate
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
Independent Study based supervised research with a history faculty member.  Student must complete an Independent Study form with a faculty supervisor to determine requirements and for permission.  Students then work with their faculty supervisor throughout the semester for sucessful completion and grading of the agreed upon requirements.
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HIST 3181 : Living in an Uncertain World: Science, Technology, and Risk
Crosslisted as: BSOC 3181, STS 3181 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
This course explores the history, sociology, and ethics of risk. In particular, we will focus on the complex and often ambiguous relationship between science, technology, and risk. A historical perspective shows how science and technology have generated risks while they have also played key roles in managing and solving those very risks. By examining several case studies, including 19th-century mining, the 1911 Triangle fire, nuclear science, the space shuttle disasters, asbestos litigation, Hurricane Katrina, and the contemporary financial crisis, we will consider how risk and ideas about risk have changed over time. By exploring different historical and cultural responses to risk, we will examine the sociopolitical dimensions of the definitions, perceptions, and management of risk both in the past and the present.
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HIST 3502 : Farewell to the Party of Lincoln: Race, Class and Populism in the Age of Trump
Crosslisted as: AMST 3530, ASRC 3520 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
Drawing on both historical and contemporary readings, this course seeks to reflect on the political and ideological legacies that offer contextualization for the rise of Donald Trump as the leader of the Republican party in the 2016 national election.   We will critically examine the intertwined politics of race and class beginning with the origin of the Republican party, and the crises of secession and Civil War over the South's demands for the expansion of U.S. chattel slavery.  The struggles of African Americans for freedom and citizenship then and afterward provided a crucial backdrop for white-working class populisms of the left and right.  Although the modern GOP's c. 1980s turn to racially-charged, nativist, anti-government sentiment predated the rise of Trump, our approach will allow us to understand Trump's takeover of today's Republican party within a U.S. political tradition shaped by race, gender, region, class and populism.
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HIST 3519 : History of State and Society in Modern Iran (Through Literature and Film)
Crosslisted as: NES 3519 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
In the conditions of strict censorship and numerous limitations on various forms of political organization and activism, literature and cinema, especially Iran's internationally acclaimed art cinematography, have been the major outlets through which the social and political concerns of the Iranian society have been voiced throughout the modern period. The course explores major themes and periods in Iran's transition from the secular state of the Pahlavi dynasty to the religious state of the Islamic Republic in the 20th and 21st centuries. We will focus on social as well as political themes including the Anglo-Russo-American Occupation of Iran, the 1979 Islamic Revolution, U.S.-Iranian relations, Iraq-Iran War, the Green Movement and the crisis of Islamic government, Images of the West in Iran, Modern Youth Culture, Gender segregation, and the struggle between modernity and traditionalism in contemporary Iran. We will watch selected Iranian documentary and feature films and draw on modern Persian literature but will approach them not as art forms but as reflections of major socio-economic, political, and religious phenomena in Iran's modern history. We will read and watch what the Iranians wrote and produced, read and watched, in order to view and explain Iran and its relations with the West through the Iranian eyes. We will examine how the Iranians perceived themselves and the others, how they viewed their own governments and the West, what issues inspired and shaped their outlook outside the official censorship during the period in question. All readings are in English translation and the films are with English subtitles. The course includes lectures deconstructing political, religious, and social evolution of modern Iran as well as regular class discussions where we will address the issues in question from a variety of perspectives.
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HIST 3542 : Greece, Turkey, and the Levant, 1800-1950
Crosslisted as: NES 3542 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
This course will take the students through the age of reforms in the Ottoman Empire, the rising of nationalism, and the encroachment of colonialism in the Middle East, North Africa and the Balkans, and the collapse of the empire. Emphasis will be placed on analyzing various historical narratives of ethno-religious nationalism using Turkey, Greece/Cyprus, and Lebanon, as case studies.
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HIST 3590 : The Black Radical Tradition in the U.S.
Crosslisted as: AMST 3590, ASRC 3590 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
This course provides a critical historical interrogation of what Black Marxism author Cedric Robinson called "the Black Radical Tradition." It will introduce students to some of the major currents in the history of black radical thought, action, and organizing, with an emphasis on the United States after World War I. It relies on social, political, and intellectual history to examine the efforts of black people who have sought not merely social reform, but a fundamental restructuring of political, economic, and social relations. We will define and evaluate radicalism in the shifting contexts of liberation struggles. We will explore dissenting visions of social organization and alternative definitions of citizenship, progress, and freedom. We will confront the meaning of the intersection of race, gender, class, and sexuality in social movements.
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HIST 3790 : The First World War
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This course examines the long-term and immediate political, social, and cultural causes of World War I, its catastrophic prosecution, and its revolutionary consequences. Recurring themes are: the building of nation-states, the diplomatic and military systems of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, mass mobilization, the development of mass violence, and the emergence of millenarian visions of the future.
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HIST 3870 : The History of Consumption: From Wedgwood to Wal-Mart
Crosslisted as: AMST 3870, ILRLR 3870 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
Whether buying at a general store, shopping at a department store, or loitering at a mall, consumption has always formed an important part of the American experience. More than just commodities bought and sold, consumption is also about the institutions, social practices, cultural meanings, and economic functions that have surrounded the merchandise. This course will look at the changing meanings consumption has had for life, politics, and economy in the US over the past 300 years.
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HIST 3960 : Transnational Local: Histories of the Modern in Southeast Asia
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 3396, ASIAN 6696, HIST 6960 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
Surveys the modern history of Southeast Asia with special attention to colonialism, the Chinese diaspora, and socio-cultural institutions.  Considers global transformations that brought "the West" into people's lives in Southeast Asia.  Focuses on the development of the modern nation-state, but also questions the narrative by incorporating groups that are typically excluded.  Assigns primary texts in translation.
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HIST 4000 : Introduction to Historical Research
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This seminar is an introduction to the theory, practice, and art of historical research and writing. One key purpose of this course is to prepare students to work on longer research projects—especially an Honors Thesis. We will analyze the relationship between evidence and argument in historical writing; assess the methods and possible biases in various examples of historical writing; identify debates and sources relevant to research problems; think about how to use sources creatively; and discuss the various methodological issues associated with historical inquiry, analysis, and presentation.
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HIST 4002 : Honors Research
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This course is designed to facilitate student's successful completion of their History Department Honors theses through regular deadlines and small group writing workshops.
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HIST 4031 : From Mug Shots to Biometrics: Global Technologies of Identification
Crosslisted as: STS 4031 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
The course is designed to introduce students to the historical background of a set of debates and problems pertaining to the role technologies of identification have played in shaping our understanding of citizenship, exclusion, personal liberties, and democracy. Since these are current topics that we read about in the media every day, the course offers the necessary analytical skills to frame them in a larger context from an inter-disciplinary perspective. Readings, discussions, and assignments seek to encourage students to enrich their personal analysis by combining their own experience with identification and identity documents, specific cases from different contexts and critical reflection.
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HIST 4127 : Sex, Science, and Revolution in Asia, 1500-2000
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 4415, FGSS 4127 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
History is full of sexual revolutions, and political revolutionaries often obsess over matters of sex.  This course explores the links between sexual, political, and scientific revolutions in Asia from the early modern era to the present.  Topics include the history of masculinity; the science of sex; body modification; fashion; sexual violence; homoeroticism; contraception, abortion, and infanticide; and the modernization of sex and gender under the major rival political movements in Asia: communism, feminism, imperialism, and nationalism.
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HIST 4175 : The First Age of Globalization
Crosslisted as: AMST 4175, NES 4675 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
The period between around 1870 and World War I was an era of unprecedented global interconnectedness. Telegraph wires, steamships, and railways crossed oceans and continental frontiers, fundamentally changing how human beings understood their relationship to each other and to their world. This seminar will explore the period from a variety of vantage points. We will revisit sites on all continents and encounter a diverse cast of characters. Our goal will be to engage worldwide integration, not narrowly in economic terms, but as an array of profound social, political, cultural, and spatial transformations. How was space reordered and governed? What methods were used to mobilize labor? How did global connections shape inequality between and within societies, producing extraordinary prosperity alongside poverty, famine, and war? We will bring these questions to our conversations in a way that would both resonate with current events and enhance our understanding of particular national contexts.
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HIST 4241 : Religion and the State in Chinese History
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 4422, CAPS 4241, RELST 4241 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
Religion and politics have had a complex relationship in Chinese history. While various systems of belief have been an integral part of state ideology or co-opted by the state to bolster its authority, they have also provided a potent basis for challenging the established order and fomenting rebellion. This course explores some of the major dimensions of this dynamic from ancient times up until the present day, with primary focus on the modern period. Considering such varied phenomena as imperial ritual sacrifice, the Taiping Rebellion, Tibetan Buddhism, and the current resurgence of religion under Communist rule, we will reflect on the dominant patterns and unique aspects of China's church-state model.
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HIST 4291 : Marriage and Divorce in the African Context
Crosslisted as: ASRC 4291, FGSS 4291, FGSS 6291, HIST 6291 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
Marriage was the widely expected norm within African societies. The institution was an important marker of adulthood, linking individuals and lineages in a network of mutual cooperation and support. Marriage practices and the concomitant gender expectations varied significantly between societies, and over time. As a result, marriage and divorce are especially rich terrain for exploring social history, women's agency, discursive constructions of 'women', masculinity and gender relations of power. This course explores some of the newest scholarship on marriage by Africanist scholars. The readings demonstrate the wide cultural variety in marriage as well as the dynamic relationship between marriage and historical change. They especially highlight women's roles and expectations in marriage, masculinity and the ways men and women negotiated the rules and boundaries of marriage.
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HIST 4460 : Strategy in World War II
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Strategic decision-making in World War II. The course will be organized into a "task force" addressing crucial problems faced by the European-American Allies in World War II: the invasion of northwest Europe, strategic bombing tactics, the rescue of European Jews, and coordination with the Soviet Union. Individual papers and presentations to the group and to panels at Cornell and in Washington, D.C.
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HIST 4546 : Ethnic and Religious Minorities in the Middle East (1800-1950)
Crosslisted as: HIST 6546, JWST 4623, NES 4623, NES 6623 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
This seminar utilizes recent research on the concept of minorities in the Middle East during the late Ottoman Period, through the age of European colonialism, and post-colonial nationalisms.  Following a case-study approach and relying on new research, we will focuses on the social and political histories of Armenians, Jews, Kurds, Greek Orthodox, Catholic, and non-Sunni Muslims in the Middle East. The running theme will be the trace the production of the category of "minorities" and how it plays in the geopolitical conflicts of the Modern Middle East. Authors of the works being read will be invited, whenever possible, to lead the seminar discussion.
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HIST 4585 : The Global Music Revolution
Crosslisted as: HIST 6585 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
This course will examine how music has traveled globally from the early twentieth century through the present.   Thinking about music as a social force, our readings will cover large swaths of genre, time, politics, and geography.  We will focus on the projects of the artists as well as asking how the production, distribution, and consumption of public music can illuminate the history of empire and other transnational practices, structures, and institutions."  Topics will include: the first recordings and circulation of the melodies and rhythms of urban streets and dancehalls; affective relationship between jazz and cigarettes in interwar China; the sonic landscape of the U.S.– Mexico border; the music of the African American civil rights and decolonization movements; sounds of the anti-apartheid movement; and the critiques of post-9/11 U.S. empire by desi rappers.   The class will be structured around weekly reading and discussions.  Students will write response papers and develop a final project/presentation.
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HIST 4614 : Seminar in Islamic History: The Beginnings of Islam: 600-750
Crosslisted as: HIST 6710, MEDVL 4618, NES 4618, NES 6618, RELST 4618, RELST 6618 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
An examination of Islamic history from 600-750, with special attention to historiography and interpretive issues. Topics to be discussed will include: Arabia and the Near East before Islam; the collection of the Qur'an, the biography of Muhammad, the Arab conquests, the Umayyad caliphs, and the Abbasid takeover.
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HIST 4642 : Women in the Modern Middle East
Crosslisted as: FGSS 4640, NES 4642, NES 6643 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
The primary emphasis of this discussion seminar is the historical development of gendered identities and the fluid manner in which different Middle Eastern communities responded to shifting ideas of sexuality, reproduction, and the family. Our focus of inquiry will be on themes that involve and relate to women, both directly and indirectly. We will particularly examine how and why women's status differs from one Middle Eastern country or region to another. From both theoretical and topical points of view, we will consider some of the most recent literature about women and gender. Since this is a history course, we will also examine how women's roles, as well as gendered systems and institutions, have changed over time.
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HIST 4655 : Revolution: An Intellectual History
Crosslisted as: HIST 6655, ROMS 4650, ROMS 6650 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
For more than two centuries, revolutions have marked the rhythm of modernity.  In 1780, the original meaning of revolution - an astronomical rotation - was transformed in order to apprehend a social and political overthrow.  This course will investigate the multiple uses of this crucial concept of political theory, from the revolutionary canon (Blanqui, Marx, Fanon...) to the classics of conservatism (Maistre, Cortés, Schmitt...), which depict contemporary history as a conflict between revolutions and counter-revolutions, socialist and fascist revolutions.  We will explore the connections between history and theory, and stress the global dimension of revolutions, forged by a permanent transfer of ideas and people from one continent to another.
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HIST 4675 : Greek and Roman Historiography
Crosslisted as: CLASS 4675, CLASS 7675, HIST 6675 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
Rather than a survey of the history of ancient Greek and Rome, a study of the major ancient authors (from Herodotus through Ammianus Marcellinus) who invented and developed the genres of historical writing. We will examine their philosophical and educational aims, concepts of historical causation, demarcation of subject matter, as well as conventions and sub genres of historiography in antiquity, and critics of historical styles and approaches. All readings in English, but there will be an optional separate meeting for those wishing to read some texts in the original.
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HIST 4751 : Science, Race, and Colonialism
Crosslisted as: STS 4751 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
This course is divided into three major thematic sections. The first looks at the history of racial thinking in the West. We begin with the existence (or not) of conceptions of biological race in the early- modern period, focusing on early voyages of discovery and so-called "first encounters" between the peoples of the Old and New Worlds.  In the second part of the course we will look at early enunciations of racial thought in the late 18th century and at the problems of classification that these raised, before examining the roots of "Scientific Racism." We close with a look at Darwin, Social Darwinism, and eugenics movements in different national contexts.  The last third of the course looks at science and technology in colonial contexts, including "colonial technologies" (guns, steam- ships, and telegraphs) as well as medicine and public hygiene.
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HIST 4922 : Ocean: The Sea in Human History
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 4492 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
This course focuses on the role of the oceans in human history, from earliest times to the present.  It does so by moving both chronologically and topically through oceanic history, so that a number of important topics are covered.  We start by looking at a number of different methodologies that may be useful in examining the sea, and then proceed to week-long reading sections on the sea in the ancient world, the Age of Discovery (European and non-European), and at the science of the sea.  The second half of the course gets more geographic in focus: week-long sessions deliberate on individual oceans and the main themes that have driven them, covering the Atlantic, the Pacific, the Indian Ocean and the polar seas.  Slavery, piracy, discovery, cultural transmission, nautics and science are a part of all of these stories, though in different ways.  The course hopes to impart to students the overwhelmingly important role of the oceans in forging human history, both in the centuries that have past and in our modern world.  Open to all students with an interest in the sea.
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HIST 4967 : The Collapse of the Soviet Union
Crosslisted as: GOVT 4967 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
This course examines the main factors that caused the collapse of the Soviet superpower at the end of the Cold War by situating the events of 1985-1991 in the wider context of Soviet history and post-1991 developments. Situated at the intersection of history and political science, this class aims to provide both the theoretical tools and the factual knowledge necessary to lead an independent and critical reflection on the Soviet disintegration process. At the end of the semester students should be able to assess the multiclausal explanations of the Soviet collapse and critically question the narratives that both media and policy makers use to make sense of these events today. The class will also encourage reflections on the similarities and differences between the methodological approaches employed by historians and political scientists.
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HIST 6000 : Graduate Research Seminar
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
This seminar is devoted entirely to the writing of a substantive research paper. Students will share research proposals, annotated bibliographies, outlines and portions of rough drafts. Class meetings will be devoted to discussing what students have produced, and general issues associated with constructing research papers.
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HIST 6006 : History Colloquium Series
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HIST 6065 : Science, Technology and Capitalism
Crosslisted as: STS 6061 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
This course examines the relationship between scientific development, technological innovation and maintenance, and the capitalistic forces that support and benefit from these activities.
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HIST 6131 : A Greater Caribbean: New Approaches to Caribbean History
Crosslisted as: ASRC 6131 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
This course is taught in conjunction with a course of the same title and scope at Yale University with Professor Anne Eller.  Over the thirteen weeks, we will engage with new work emerging about the Greater Caribbean in the context of Latin America, the African Diaspora, Atlantic History, Global History, comparative emancipation from chattel slavery, and the study of global revolution.  Students will make in-class presentations that locate these titles in a deeper historiography with classic texts.  This course crosses imperial boundaries of archives and historiography, in order to consider the intersecting allegiances, identities, itineraries, and diaspora of peoples, in local, hemispheric, and global context. Some central questions include: What is the lived geography of the Caribbean at different moments, and how does using different geographic and temporal frameworks help approach the region's history? What role did people living in this amorphously demarcated region play in major historical transformations of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries? How did the varied, but interconnected processes of Caribbean emancipation impact economic and political systems throughout the Atlantic and beyond? The course will conclude with a mini conference in which students of both universities will come together to discuss the state of the field and future directions in Caribbean history.
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HIST 6163 : Cambodia/Cambodge: Colonial and Postcolonial Histories
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
This seminar about modern Cambodia tackles the issues that dominate the political, socio-cultural, religious and historic landscape of Cambodia. The dominance of the Khmer Rouge and imagery of Angkor in historical explanations of Cambodia is ripe for reconsideration. New histories and anthropologies must grapple with these two intensely related moments in Cambodian history even as they attempt to move beyond them. In this course, students will help select readings that help critique the dominance of these tropes. We may begin the course with a review of Penny Edwards, Cambodge and recent studies of Cambodia within French Indochina. Other readings might include: Alexander Hinton, Man or Monster: The Trial of a Khmer Rouge Torturer, Anne Hansen, Learning to Behave, and others.
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HIST 6181 : Confluence: Environmental History and Science & Technology Studies
Crosslisted as: STS 6181 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
This course uses water to examine the confluence of two fields: environmental history and the social and historical studies of science and technology. Although preliminary scholarship has begun to demonstrate the fruitful integration of these fields, a number of methodological and theoretical tensions remain. Some of these tensions include the social construction of "nature," nature as a historical actor, accounts of the emergence of "environmental" "problems," constructivist models of science and technology, and scholars' use of technoscientific sources to assess environmental change. This class, therefore, examines a number of scholarly debates about key terms, definitions, and categories (both historical actors' and analysts'), knowledge-making about "nature" and human interactions with nonhuman nature, and the concept of agency. Weekly seminars are organized around readings in environmental history, science studies, and/or their intersection that explore these issues in diverse ways while usually addressing various aquatic environments in comparative historical and cultural perspective.
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HIST 6291 : Marriage and Divorce in the African Context
Crosslisted as: ASRC 4291, FGSS 4291, FGSS 6291, HIST 4291 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
Marriage was the widely expected norm within African societies.  The institution was an important marker of adulthood, linking individuals and lineages in a network of mutual cooperation and support.  Marriage practices and the concomitant gender expectations varied significantly between societies, and over time.  As a result, marriage and divorce are especially rich terrain for exploring social history, women's agency, discursive constructions of 'women', masculinity and gender relations of power.  This course explores some of the newest scholarship on marriage by Africanist scholars.  The readings demonstrate the wide cultural variety in marriage as well as the dynamic relationship between marriage and historical change.  They especially highlight women's roles and expectations in marriage, masculinity and the ways men and women negotiated the rules and boundaries of marriage.
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HIST 6322 : Readings in 20th Century African-American History
Crosslisted as: AMST 6322, ASRC 6322 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
This graduate seminar will explore major currents in historical writing about African-American life and culture in the twentieth century. Focusing on social, intellectual, and labor history, we will identify key themes in recent studies of the formation of modern black communities and politics before and after World War Two. The course will place special emphasis on class, gender, social movements, and migration.
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HIST 6350 : The Writing of History
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
This graduate seminar approaches the writing of history as a problem rather than a given, as a craft or even an art rather than a standard method of presenting research. We'll consider as many kinds of history writing as possible, including some that are more traditional and some that are more experimental. To get at the complexity of the problem, we'll approach it from at least three distinct angles, examining the actual history of the writing of history (going back to Herodotus, "The Father of Lies"); the theory and philosophy of the writing of history; and current writing practices. Readings will range widely through time and space and will be assessed not just for the quality of their arguments or their place in a given historiography but also for their success as pieces of writing. We'll discuss such topics as narrative structure, the role of the first person, tone, character development, and the basic use of language. Students will also be expected to do a fair amount of writing for this class and to share their papers in a workshop setting-though no new research will be required during the semester. Obviously, the course is geared toward students in the History department, but anyone doing historical writing in any discipline whatsoever-English, Science and Technology Studies, Sociology, etc.-is warmly invited to sign up.
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HIST 6482 : History/Geography/Theory
Crosslisted as: LATA 6482 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
This seminar is a readings course on works from the past two decades that have wrestled theoretically, empirically, and narratively with the boundary between geography and history. The course is purposefully promiscuous, temporally and spatially, and the readings traverse wide swaths of time and space. Topics to be covered may include mapping, surveying, and exploration; the production of space; histories of property and enclosure; non-state spaces and counter-territorialities; development and 'nature'; and spatial subjectivities.
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HIST 6546 : Ethnic and Religious Minorities in the Middle East (1800-1950)
Crosslisted as: HIST 4546, JWST 4623, NES 4623, NES 6623 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
This seminar utilizes recent research on the concept of minorities in the Middle East during the late Ottoman Period, through the age of European colonialism, and post-colonial nationalisms.  Following a case-study approach and relying on new research, we will focuses on the social and political histories of Armenians, Jews, Kurds, Greek Orthodox, Catholic, and non-Sunni Muslims in the Middle East. The running theme will be the trace the production of the category of "minorities" and how it plays in the geopolitical conflicts of the Modern Middle East. Authors of the works being read will be invited, whenever possible, to lead the seminar discussion.
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HIST 6585 : The Global Music Revolution
Crosslisted as: HIST 4585 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
This course will examine how music has traveled globally from the early twentieth century through the present. Thinking about music as a social force, our readings will cover large swaths of genre, time, politics, and geography. We will focus on the projects of the artists as well as asking how the production, distribution, and consumption of public music can illuminate the history of empire and other transnational practices, structures, and institutions." Topics will include: the first recordings and circulation of the melodies and rhythms of urban streets and dancehalls; affective relationship between jazz and cigarettes in interwar China; the sonic landscape of the U.S.– Mexico border; the music of the African American civil rights and decolonization movements; sounds of the anti-apartheid movement; and the critiques of post-9/11 U.S. empire by desi rappers. The class will be structured around weekly reading and discussions. Students will write response papers and develop a final project/presentation.
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HIST 6655 : Revolution: An Intellectual History
Crosslisted as: HIST 4655, ROMS 4650, ROMS 6650 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
For more than two centuries, revolutions have marked the rhythm of modernity.  In 1780, the original meaning of revolution - an astronomical rotation - was transformed in order to apprehend a social and political overthrow.  This course will investigate the multiple uses of this crucial concept of political theory, from the revolutionary canon (Blanqui, Marx, Fanon...) to the classics of conservatism (Maistre, Cortés, Schmitt...), which depict contemporary history as a conflict between revolutions and counter-revolutions, socialist and fascist revolutions.  We will explore the connections between history and theory, and stress the global dimension of revolutions, forged by a permanent transfer of ideas and people from one continent to another.
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HIST 6675 : Greek and Roman Historiography
Crosslisted as: CLASS 4675, CLASS 7675, HIST 4675 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
Rather than a survey of the history of ancient Greek and Rome, a study of the major ancient authors (from Herodotus through Ammianus Marcellinus) who invented and developed the genres of historical writing. We will examine their philosophical and educational aims, concepts of historical causation, demarcation of subject matter, as well as conventions and sub genres of historiography in antiquity, and critics of historical styles and approaches. All source readings available in English (there will be an optional separate meeting for those wishing to read some texts in the original); but ability to read secondary literature in a modern European language is desirable and will assist greatly with the final research paper. Some previous coursework in either Greek or Latin history or literature is desirable.
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HIST 6710 : Seminar in Islamic History: 600-750
Crosslisted as: HIST 4614, MEDVL 4618, NES 4618, NES 6618, RELST 4618, RELST 6618 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
An examination of Islamic history from 600-750, with special attention to historiography and interpretive issues. Topics to be discussed will include: Arabia and the Near East before Islam; the collection of the Qur'an, the biography of Muhammad, the Arab conquests, the Umayyad caliphs, and the Abbasid takeover.
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HIST 6960 : Southeast Asian History from the Eighteenth Century
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 3396, ASIAN 6696, HIST 3960 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
Surveys the modern history of Southeast Asia with special attentions to colonialism, the Chinese diaspora, and socio-cultural institutions. Considers global transformations that brought "the West" into people's lives in Southeast Asia. Focuses on the development of the modern nation-state, but also questions the narrative by incorporating groups that are typically excluded. Assigns primary texts in translation.
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