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HIST 1123 : FWS: The Birth of Europe? Culture and Society in the Carolingian Empire
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Maximilian McComb
Every year, the German city of Aachen awards the Charlemagne Prize to individuals who have promoted European unity. At a time when the value and existence of the European Union are increasingly questioned, we should perhaps look back at the medieval king from whom the prize takes its name. The legacy of Charlemagne and his dynasty, the Carolingians, has haunted us until the present day. In the present course, we will follow medieval Europe's most famous family from their rise in post-Roman Gaul to their supposed decline two centuries later. Our purpose is not simply to count kings and their famous deeds, but to unravel the social and cultural dynamics of the Carolingian period by surveying a variety of legal, historical, and religious sources.
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HIST 1200 : FWS: Writing History
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Nicholas Bujalski
Matthew Dallos
Kyle Harvey
Sean Cosgrove
Craig Lyons
Anran Wang
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 1431 : FWS: Mao, China, and the World
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
John Barwick
Mao Zedong's famous portrait hangs over the entrance to the Forbidden City in Beijing, a fitting symbol of his dominating presence in the history of modern China. But who exactly was Mao and how has he been perceived by others? A courageous revolutionary seeking the liberation of the oppressed masses? A bloodthirsty tyrant bent on self-exaltation and personal power? A savvy politician promoting the modernization of an ancient land? In this course we will probe the figure of Mao through a variety of readings, some by Mao, but most by others, ranging from Mao's physician to former Red Guards to Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. And we will add our own perceptions to them by writing about Mao, the man and the myth.
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HIST 1511 : The Making of Modern Europe, from 1500 to the Present
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Rachel Weil
How do we make sense of the Brexit vote in Great-Britain, the rise of political Islam and the "veil" debates in France, the anti-globalization movements in Spain and Greece, the growth of demagogic anti-immigrant parties from the Netherlands to Italy, or the fact that Swedes get more than thirty paid days off per year?  This course seeks to answer these questions by exploring the history of modern Europe.  Among other themes, we will discuss the Protestant Reformation, the rise of absolutism, the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, industrialism, colonialism, the Russian Revolution, the two world wars, decolonization and immigration, May '68, and the construction of the European Union.  In conjunction, we will examine how modern ideologies (liberalism, Marxism, imperialism, conservatism, fascism, totalitarianism) were developed and challenged.  Through a wide array of historical documents (fiction, letters, philosophy, treatises, manifestoes, films, and art), we will consider why "old Europe" is still relevant for us today.
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HIST 1540 : American Capitalism
Crosslisted as: AMST 1540, ILRLR 1845 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Kim Todt
This course studies the history of American capitalism. It helps you to answer these questions: What is capitalism? Is the U.S. more capitalist than other countries? How has capitalism shaped the history of the United States? Has it been a force for freedom, or is it a system of exploitation? What is its future? Through lectures, readings, and discussions, we'll give you the tools to win all your future arguments about capitalism, pro and con. And we won't even charge you the full market price.
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HIST 1585 : Sports and Politics in American History
Crosslisted as: AMST 1585 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Lawrence Glickman
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 1595 : African American History From 1865
Crosslisted as: AMST 1595, ASRC 1595 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Russell Rickford
Focusing on political and social history, this course surveys African-American history from Emancipation to the present. The class examines the post-Reconstruction "Nadir" of black life; the mass black insurgency against structural racism before and after World War II; and the Post-Reform Age that arose in the wake of the dismantling of legal segregation. The course will familiarize students with the basic themes of African-American life and experience and equip them to grasp concepts of political economy; class formation; and the intersection of race, class and gender.
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HIST 1622 : The World of Modern Japan
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 2222, CAPS 1622, GOVT 1623 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Kristin Roebuck
In 1868, samurai revolutionaries and their allies seized the reins of power and established a new capital they called Tokyo.  Against all odds, this fragile regime survived and made Tokyo a center of power that would transform both Japan and the world.  This survey of Japanese history explores the rise and fall of Japan as a modern imperial power; its foreign relations; its economic and scientific development from "feudalism" to futuristic technologies; and Japan's many modern revolutions, from the rule of the samurai to Westernization and democracy, from democratic collapse to fascism and World War II, and from Japan's postwar rebirth to the present.  We will examine not only big events but also everyday life, including gender and sexuality, family and schools, and art and popular culture.
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HIST 1640 : U.S. History since the Great Depression
Crosslisted as: AMST 1640 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Julilly Kohler-Hausmann
An introductory survey to United States history since the Great Depression, this course explores the dramatic social, economic, and political transformations of the last century. It emphasizes domestic political developments, particularly the evolving notions of government responsibility for various social problems. Therefore, the course is especially concerned with the interactions between the state, popular movements, and people's daily lives.
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HIST 1660 : The Vikings and their World
Crosslisted as: MEDVL 1660, NES 1660 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Oren Falk
Globalization may seem like a recent hot topic, but it was already very much in vogue 1000 years ago when Norse explorers burst out of Scandinavia to journey as far as North America, Azerbaijan, the Mediterranean and the White Sea. This course will introduce students to the Norsemen and women of the Viking Age and the centuries following it, weaving together literary, chronicle, archaeological and other sources to tell the remarkable stories of these medieval entrepreneurs and of the many people and places they encountered. Along the way, students will also pick up crucial historical thinking skills: assessing change and continuity over time, learning the basics of source criticism, and gaining an appreciation for interdisciplinary research. This course qualifies for credit towards the undergraduate minor in Viking Studies. 
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HIST 1700 : History of Exploration: Land, Sea, and Space
Crosslisted as: ASTRO 1700 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Steven Squyres
Eric Tagliacozzo
From ancient seafarers to the Mars rovers, from Christopher Columbus to the Apollo astronauts, humans have for centuries explored the far reaches of our planet and are now venturing into the solar system and beyond. This course examines the history of such human activity. Among the topics covered are motives for exploration, technological advances that assist exploration, obstacles that must be overcome, the roles of leaders, the spread of information about exploration, and positive and negative consequences of exploration. It is led by Steven Squyres of Astronomy and Mary Beth Norton of History, with the assistance of guest lecturers.
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HIST 1802 : Introduction to Latinos in U.S. History
Crosslisted as: AMST 1802, LATA 1802, LSP 1802 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Maria Cristina Garcia
This course seeks a fuller recounting of U.S. history by remapping what we understand as "America." We will examine traditional themes in the teaching of U.S. history—territorial expansion and empire, migration and nation building, industrialization and labor, war and revolution, and citizenship and transnationalism—but we will examine this "American experience" in a broader hemispheric context and include as actors americanos of Spanish, Mexican, Caribbean, and Central/South American ancestries.
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HIST 1920 : Modern China
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 1192, CAPS 1920 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Yue Du
This course surveys modern Chinese history from 1644 to 1949. Time will be devoted to each of the three major periods: China's last empire, the Great Qing (1644-1911); the early Republic (1912-1927); and the Nationalist period (1928-1949). It guides students through pivotal events in modern Chinese history, and uncovers the origins and trajectory of China's painful transition from a powerful early modern empire to a country torn by civil unrest and imperialist invasion, and then from a newly-recognized "Great Power" in the post-World War II international order to a vanguard of the global communist revolution.
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HIST 1920 : Modern China
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 1192, CAPS 1920 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Yue Du
This course surveys modern Chinese history from 1644 to 1949. Time will be devoted to each of the three major periods: China's last empire, the Great Qing (1644-1911); the early Republic (1912-1927); and the Nationalist period (1928-1949). It guides students through pivotal events in modern Chinese history, and uncovers the origins and trajectory of China's painful transition from a powerful early modern empire to a country torn by civil unrest and imperialist invasion, and then from a newly-recognized "Great Power" in the post-World War II international order to a vanguard of the global communist revolution.
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HIST 1960 : Modern Latin America
Crosslisted as: LATA 1960 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Raymond Craib
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
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Ernesto Bassi Arevalo
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 2019 Instructor:
Edward Baptist
Ernesto Bassi Arevalo
Yue Du
Derek Chang
Jian Chen
Zhihong Chen
Paul Friedland
Raymond Craib
Peter Dear
Oren Falk
Maria Cristina Garcia
Durba Ghosh
Sandra Greene
Tj Hinrichs
Lawrence Glickman
Olga Litvak
Tamara Loos
Mostafa Minawi
Jon Parmenter
Russell Rickford
Aaron Sachs
Barry Strauss
Eric Tagliacozzo
Thomas Travers
Margaret Washington
Rachel Weil
John Weiss
Claudia Verhoeven
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 2001 : Supervised Reading - Undergraduate
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Edward Baptist
John Barwick
Derek Chang
Zhihong Chen
Paul Friedland
Raymond Craib
Peter Dear
Oren Falk
Maria Cristina Garcia
Durba Ghosh
Sandra Greene
Tj Hinrichs
Lawrence Glickman
Isabel Hull
Yue Du
Julilly Kohler-Hausmann
Olga Litvak
Kristin Roebuck
Tamara Loos
Russell Rickford
Mostafa Minawi
Mary Norton
Jon Parmenter
Eric Rebillard
Aaron Sachs
Barry Strauss
Eric Tagliacozzo
Thomas Travers
Margaret Washington
Rachel Weil
John Weiss
Claudia Verhoeven
Ernesto Bassi Arevalo
Judith Byfield
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 2005 : The First American University
Crosslisted as: AMST 2001, ENGL 2999 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Corey Earle
Shirley Samuels
Educational historian Frederick Rudolph called Cornell University "the first American university," referring to its unique role as a coeducational, nonsectarian, land-grant institution with a broad curriculum and diverse student body. In this course, we will explore the history of Cornell, taking as our focus the pledge of Ezra Cornell and Andrew Dickson White to found a university where "any person can find instruction in any study." The course will cover a wide range of topics and perspectives relating to the faculty, student body, evolution of campus, and important events and eras in Cornell history. Stories and vignettes will provide background on the current university and its administrative structure, campus traditions, and the names that adorn buildings and memorials throughout campus. Finally, the course will offer a forum for students to address questions on present-day aspects of the university.
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HIST 2082 : Of Ice and Men: Masculinities in the Medieval North
Crosslisted as: FGSS 2082, MEDVL 2082 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Oren Falk
The Middle Ages are usually imagined as a time of manly men and feminine women: no room for gender ambiguity in Conan the Barbarian! Yet gender, then as now, was in fact unstable, multiple, and above all, constructed. This course explores the different ways masculinity was understood, manufactured, and manipulated in northern Europe – primarily early Ireland, England, and Scandinavia – using a variety of literary, legal, historical, archaeological, and artistic sources. Students will gain new perspectives on both gender and sex, on the one hand, and the history of medieval Europe, on the other.
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HIST 2105 : Crime and Punishment in Medieval Europe
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Maximilian McComb
All past and present societies confront the fundamental problem of what should be done with those who violate society's rules and customs and why they should be punished. Despite its modern reputation for illogical violence and brutality, medieval Europe is no exception to this principle. Medieval societies held ideas about punishment and redress for offense and injury which while very different were no less complex than our own.
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HIST 2112 : Black Spirituality, Religion & Protest
Crosslisted as: AMST 2112, ASRC 2112, RELST 2112 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Margaret Washington
This course examines Black spirituality, religion, and protest from an historical perspective, beginning with African traditions and Christianity during enslavement, which created resistance ideology and racial nationalism. Prophetic Christianity and church formation became primary political weapons after enslavement, particularly in the Age of Jim Crow, and foundationally led to twentieth century civil rights movements. While exploring these themes, the course will also analyze the complexities and contractions (i.e. Southern Baptist Convention, Nation of Islam and Black Lives Matter) inherent in resistance movements based on spiritual leadership.
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HIST 2132 : Law and Society in Early Modern and Modern China
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 2280, CAPS 2132 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Yue Du
China was and still is regarded in the Western world as a country without the rule of law. In this course, students examine recent scholarship that challenges this simplified understanding of the role of law in Chinese politics and society. It approaches law in early modern and modern China both as a state institution of governance and control, and as a platform that facilitates interactions and negotiations between state and society, between different social forces, and between different cultures. At the same time, this course guides students to develop projects of their own choice, either addressing legal issues or using legal sources, from tentative proposals to research papers based on their examination of original or translated primary sources.
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HIST 2156 : Anti-Semitism and the Making of European Jewry
Crosslisted as: JWST 2156, RELST 2156 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Olga Litvak
Does hatred have a history? Historians insist that Europe invented a tradition of hating Jews and Judaism; some go so far as to argue that the destruction of European Jewry during the Holocaust was the culmination of a thousand-year-old prejudice against Jewish difference, cultivated not only by cranks and lunatics at the margins of European discourse, but by great luminaries with a reputation for progressive, even radical, opinions. In fact, the cultural problem of Jewish difference was implicated in both the destruction and the creation of European Jewry. In this seminar, we will examine exemplary works of Europe's famous anti-Jewish canon — such as Paul's letter to the Romans, Luther's "On the Jews and their Lies," and Marx's "On the Jewish Question" — in order to contextualize a mythology of Jewish "otherness" that enflamed the anti-Jewish imagination even when there were few Jewish "others" around to hate. We will also look at critical moments in Jewish history marked by the appropriation of anti-Jewish arguments in the name of Jewish social discipline and moral authority. Through the prism of provocative Jewish texts such as the Crusade chronicles, Mendelssohn's Jerusalem and Pinsker's "Auto-emancipation" we will explore some of the ways in which the "enabling violation" of anti-semitism both constrained Jewish existence and liberated Jewish self-consciousness, turning Europe into a home for Judaism as well as a Jewish "hell on earth."
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HIST 2157 : Tolstoy: History and Counter-Culture
Crosslisted as: RELST 2157, RUSSL 2157 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Olga Litvak
Tolstoy is impossible. An aristocrat who renounced his wealth. A man of titanic appetites who repeatedly swore off meat, alcohol and sex. A Christian who didn't believe in God. An anarchist who ruled his own estate like an ancient patriarch. A writer of genius who thought literature was evil and a waste of time and referred to his greatest book as "garbage." an inexhaustible skeptic who wanted nothing but mere faith. In Tolstoy's imaginative universe, we may find the origin of many modern contradictions and anxieties, about money, about sec and about power. But Tolstoy's modern consciousness was not created in Paris or New York. Tolstoy was made in late imperial Russia - notoriously, the least modern country in nineteenth-century Europe. How, then, did Tolstoy happen? How can we account historically for his epic project of self-fashioning? In this seminar, we will see Tolstoy at work in the creation of an heroic counter-cultural persona, writing against the social and political currents of his own time.
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HIST 2165 : The Death of Democracy: Europe Between the World Wars
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HIST 2178 : Nationalism and Internationalism in the Interwar Period, 1918-1939
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HIST 2220 : From the New Deal to the Age of Reagan
Crosslisted as: AMST 2220 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Lawrence Glickman
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 2274 : The Manson Murders
Crosslisted as: AMST 2274 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Claudia Verhoeven
On August 9-10, 1969, ex-convict, aspiring rock star, and charismatic leader Charles Manson ordered his so-called Family to brutally murder a few of LA's rich, white, "beautiful people" and leave clues implicating black radicals. The idea was to trigger an apocalyptic race war he called "Helter Skelter" (after a song by The Beatles). Today, these murders stand as the most infamous in twentieth-century U.S. criminal history and as synecdoche for the "end of the Sixties." They have also spawned a veritable Manson Industry in the popular realm: there are now Manson books, movies, TV shows, documentaries, podcasts, websites, music, comics, t-shirts, and even a tourist attraction (the Hollywood "Helter Skelter" tour).  The seminar will analyze the history of the Manson murders as well as their incredible resonance in American culture over the past half century. Who was Charles Manson and who were the members of the Family? What was the Family's relation to the counterculture, to Hollywood, Vietnam, the Black Panther Party, and environmentalism? How might we fit the Manson murders into the long history of apocalyptic violence and terror? And what does it mean that the Manson murders have occupied our collective imagination for fifty years? To answer these and other questions, we will analyze a variety of sources including television and newspaper reports, trial transcripts, true crime writing, memoirs, interviews, novels, films and documentaries, podcasts and pop songs.
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HIST 2296 : History Lab: Digital History of Black Resistance
Crosslisted as: AMST 2296 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Edward Baptist
This course will study African-American resistance to slavery over 250 years, focusing in particular on runaways, fugitives, and other self-liberating people. As a "history lab," we will work with original sources in digital form, and in the process will learn about digital presentation and analysis in the humanities. We will read and discuss texts by historians, with an eye towards enhancing students' abilities to understand, critique, and build from such texts.  But the class will also work closely with the database of "runaway slave" advertisements at freedomonthemove.org, a major digital-history project based at Cornell.  They will not only learn how such projects work as history of Black resistance, they will learn about digital humanities projects. They will learn how assess and critique such projects' contribution to history, and contribute to the development of the project as a digital humanities project.  Ability to code is not required.
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HIST 2315 : The Occupation of Japan
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 2258 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Kristin Roebuck
In August 1945, Japan was a devastated country – its cities burned, its people starving, its military and government in surrender.  World War II was over.  The occupation had begun.  What sort of society emerged from the cooperation and conflict between occupiers and occupied?  Students will examine sources ranging from declassified government documents to excerpts from diaries and bawdy fiction, alongside major scholarly studies, to find out.  The first half of the course focuses on key issues in Japanese history, like the fate of the emperor, constitutional revision, and the emancipation of women.  The second half zooms out for a wider perspective, for the occupation of Japan was never merely a local event.  It was the collapse of Japanese empire and the rise of American empire in Asia.  It was decolonization in Korea and the start of the Cold War.  Students will further investigate these links in final individual research projects. 
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HIST 2391 : From Terra Incognita to Territories of Nation-States: Early American History in Two Dozen Maps
Crosslisted as: AMST 2391 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Jon Parmenter
This course engages the rich cartographic record of colonial North America via an in-depth analysis of two dozen iconic maps.  Integrating visual and textual analysis, students will assess human representations of space across cultural boundaries, explore change over time in the mapmaking practices of indigenous peoples and various European intruders, and study the evolving relationship between cartography and power, attending particularly to the process by which mapping promoted a revolutionary new understanding of American geography as composed of the bounded territories of nation-states.
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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 2019 Instructor:
Julilly Kohler-Hausmann
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 2460 : The Age of Suleiman the Magnificent
Crosslisted as: NES 2640 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Mostafa Minawi
Much has been written about the so-called "Golden Age" of the Ottoman Empire, some based on documentary evidence, while other based on the fertile imagination of foreign diplomats, artists, and historians alike. In this seminar, we will explore the myths surrounding the Age of Suleiman the Magnificent, and the role they have played in the telling of the popular history of the Middle East, and the so-called "rise and fall" of Islamic civilization. How do seemingly innocuous stories about the decadence of the court, the loose morality of the "oriental" and the imagined Harem continue to impact our perception of the so-called "East" and in what way do they still define some of the very questions even contemporary researchers and journalists ask? Relying on a combination of popular history books, academic monographs, critiques of the genre of the "history of great men," and works of historical fiction, this seminar is meant to introduce undergraduate students interested in getting a sense of Ottoman popular history between 1500-1700, while being mindful of the power of storytelling in works of history and the perils of myth-making.
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HIST 2512 : Black Women in the 20th Century
Crosslisted as: AMST 2512, ASRC 2512, FGSS 2512 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Margaret Washington
This course focuses on African American women in the 20th century. The experiences of black women will be examined from a social, practical, communal, and gendered perspective. Topics include the Club Woman's movement, suffrage, work, family, black and white women and feminism, black women and radicalism, and the feminization of poverty.
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HIST 2521 : England's Age of Revolutions, 1500-1815
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Rachel Weil
Why did a relatively poor, marginal island garner a reputation for rebelliousness and embark on radical (though often failed) experiments in toleration and democracy over the course of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries? This course explores the social, religious and political upheavals that rocked the British Isles, from the Henrician reformation to the Glorious Revolution of 1688. Topics include: the relationship of puritanism to political radicalism; the trial and execution of King Charles I, anti-Catholicism as an ideology; the twinned threats of theocracy and Cromwellian military rule; the role of the press and public opinion in early modern politics, the struggle for and limits of religious toleration, and the relationship of revolutions in England to violence in Scotland and Ireland. Finally, we will look at how the memory of earlier revolutions shaped British responses to the American and French Revolutions.
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HIST 2530 : Introduction to Islamic Civilization
Crosslisted as: MEDVL 2655, NES 2655, RELST 2655 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
David Powers
At the beginning of the 7th century, a new religion, Islam, appeared in Arabia and by the end of the century, Muslims had defeated the Byzantines and Persians and created an empire that stretched from Spain to India. For the next millennium, Islam glittered. Its caliphs, courts, and capitals were grander, more powerful, and more sophisticated than those of any medieval king, duke or prince. In this course, we will trace the emergence and development of Islamic civilization from the birth of Muhammad ca. 570 to the Mongol sack of Baghdad in 1258. We will read the Qur'an and listen to its recitation; examine the career of the Prophet Muhammad; follow the course of the Arab conquests; explore the nature of the conflict between Sunnis and Shi'is; learn about the five pillars of Islam, sharia law, theology, and Sufism; and assess the achievements of Muslim intellectuals in literature, art, architecture, science, and philosophy.
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HIST 2543 : In the Crossfire of Empires: Africa and World War II
Crosslisted as: ASRC 2543 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Judith Byfield
World War II was one of the most transformative periods in the history of the 20th century. As a result, scholars, writers and filmmakers continue to re-examine the war from multiple angles. Nonetheless, most accounts of the war marginalize Africa's role and the consequences of the war for African communities.   This course considers the new historiography on World War II that aims to put the 'world' back into our analysis of WW II and considers the ways in which imperialism, race and gender shaped the prosecution and the consequences of the war.  It focuses specifically on Africa's social, economic and political engagement with the powers at the center of the conflict and introduces students to emerging debates in African historiography and the historiography of World War II. 
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HIST 2560 : War and Peace in Greece and Rome
Crosslisted as: CLASS 2680 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Barry Strauss
In ancient Greece and Rome, government did little besides wage war and raise taxes, culture focused on war, warriors gloried in battle, and civilians tried to get out of the way. This course surveys the impact of war and the rarity of peace in the ancient world. Topics include: "why war?"; the face of battle; leadership; strategy, operations, and tactics; women and war; intelligence and information-gathering; diplomacy and peacemaking; militarism; war and slavery; the archaeology of warfare. Readings in translation include selections from Homer, Herodotus, Thucydides, Xenophon, Caesar, Livy, Tacitus, Josephus, and Ammianus Marcellinus. (pre-1800/non-US)
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HIST 2562 : Medicine and Healing in China
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 2262, BSOC 2561, CAPS 2262, STS 2561 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Tj Hinrichs
An exploration of processes of change in health care practices in China. Focuses on key transitions, such as the emergence of canonical medicine, of Daoist approaches to healing and longevity, of "scholar physicians," and of "traditional Chinese medicine" in modern China.  Inquiries into the development of healing practices in relation to both popular and specialist views of the body and disease; health care as organized by individuals, families, communities, and states; the transmission of medical knowledge; and healer-patient relations. Course readings include primary texts in translation as well as secondary materials. 
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HIST 2607 : Islam and Politics: Between an Islamic State and Daily Life
Crosslisted as: GOVT 2807, NES 2607, RELST 2617 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Aaron Rock-Singer
In the early twentieth century, a series of movements arose in the Middle East and South Asia, calling Muslims to return to Islam. Today, leaders and members of such groups –now known as Islamists –insist that one cannot live a fully Islamic life in the absence of an Islamic state. How and why did these movements come to focus on building an Islamic state? When did Islam come to be seen as indivisible from Politics, and what does it mean for Islam and Politics to be related? Are contemporary claims to Islam as the basis for political action consistent with the ways in which Muslims have understood their core texts historically? This course will introduce students to the study of Religion and Politics in Islamic History, beginning with the early Islamic community under the rule of the Prophet Muhammad, stretching through a period of rule that saw multiple Islamic Caliphates, and finally, reaching the present day. The bulk of this course, however, will focus on the diverse ways in which Muslims in the twentieth and twenty first centuries have laid claim to their religion as a template for political and social action. In particular, it will push students to consider how Muslim men and women live religion in their daily lives, whether through dress, prayer, or facial hair, and how these claims to religion shape political systems from the ground up.
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HIST 2640 : Introduction to Asian American History
Crosslisted as: AAS 2130, AMST 2640 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Derek Chang
An introductory history of Chinese, Japanese, Asian Indians, Filipinos, and Koreans in the United States from the mid-nineteenth century to the 1990s. Major themes include racism and resistance, labor migration, community formation, imperialism, and struggles for equality.
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HIST 2641 : Race and Modern US History
Crosslisted as: AAS 2641, AMST 2645, ASRC 2631 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Derek Chang
This course surveys modern U.S. history, from Reconstruction to the contemporary period. It will examine how race has been the terrain on which competing ideas of the American nation have been contested. From struggles over citizenship rights to broader meanings of national belonging, we will explore how practices, ideas, and representations have shaped political, cultural, and social power. A key concern for this course is examining how groups and individuals have pursued racial justice from the late-nineteenth century to the present.
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HIST 2660 : Everything You Know About Indians is Wrong: Unlearning Native American History
Crosslisted as: AIIS 2660, AMST 2660 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Jon Parmenter
One thing many Americans think they know is their Indians: Pocahontas, the First Thanksgiving, fighting cowboys, reservation poverty, and casino riches. Under our very noses, however, Native American history has evolved into one of the most exciting, dynamic, and contentious fields of inquiry into America's past. It is now safer to assume, as Comanche historian Paul Chaat Smith has pointed out, that everything you know about Indians is in fact wrong. Most people have much to "unlearn" about Native American history before true learning can take place. This course aims to achieve that end by (re)introducing students to key themes and trends in the history of North America's indigenous nations. Employing an issues-oriented approach, the course stresses the ongoing complexity of Native American societies' engagements with varieties of settler colonialism since 1492 and dedicates itself to a concerted program of myth-busting. As such, the course will provide numerous opportunities for students to develop their critical thinking and reading skills.
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HIST 2665 : The American Revolutionary Era
Crosslisted as: AMST 2665 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Jon Parmenter
As we approach the 250th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, this course provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the origins, character, and results of the American Revolution, as well as engaging the enduring significance of its memory in contemporary American life - why do we choose to remember the American Revolution in ways that occlude its divisive and bloody events? This course explores many of the key themes of this critical period of American history: the rise of colonial opposition to Great Britain, the nature of the Revolutionary Wars, and the domestic "republican experiment" that followed the Treaty of Paris in 1783. The course emphasizes student interpretations with an eye toward analyzing the comparative experiences of women and men, "everyday people" and famous leaders, Native Americans, African-Americans, and those who opposed the Revolution.
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HIST 2672 : The History and Politics of Modern Egypt
Crosslisted as: ASRC 2670, GOVT 2673, NES 2670 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Ziad Fahmy
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 2742 : Cultures of the Middle Ages
Crosslisted as: MEDVL 2130 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Oren Falk
It's bad enough to run up against a border: at least you know where you stand. The frontier, however -- that fuzzy, murky zone that envelops the border while making its precise contours invisible -- is far more ambiguous, dangerous ground to tread. People, ideas, and other contraband criss-cross it; men (and sometimes women) make their own law; cultures clash and conspire together. At the margins of Europe -- Ireland, Wales, Scandinavia, Poland, Germany, the Low Countries, Spain, Sicily, the Levant -- medieval people discovered what every Trekkie knows: final frontiers, spaces of both oppression and opportunity. This course will explore some of the exchanges, friendly and otherwise, that took place at the edges of the medieval world, seeding many of the most radical developments which shaped the modern world.
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HIST 2749 : Mughal India and the Early Modern World, c. 1500-1800
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 2274 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Thomas Travers
Starting with the appearance of European trading companies and the establishment of the Mughal empire around 1500 and ending with the establishment of British dominance by 1800, the readings focus on recent debates over India's place in a global economy in the early modern period. The three major themes emphasize 1) state-formation on the Indian subcontinent; 2) encounters with peoples from beyond the subcontinent through commercial, diplomatic, military and maritime activities; and 3) exchanges of consumer goods and aesthetic practices. 
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HIST 2750 : History of Modern India
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 2275 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Durba Ghosh
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
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Thomas Travers
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
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
John Weiss
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 2792 : Introduction to Public History
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HIST 2851 : Sex and Power in Jewish History
Crosslisted as: JWST 2851, RELST 2851 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Olga Litvak
Jewish men and women in early modern Europe lived their lives within a gendered social order inherited from the Talmudic period. The relationship between sex and power remained fundamental to Jewish communal discipline until the eighteenth century. The explosion of vernacular publishing, increasing economic and geographic mobility and the coming of emancipation challenged existing gender norms and liberated Jewish desire - well, almost. As we will see, modernity has an ambiguous effect on Jewish sexual expression and Jewish sexual politics., It is not clear that the emancipation of Jewish men had the same emancipatory effect on Jewish women. Jewish patriarchy proved unexpectedly resilient. In this course, we will explore why - despite Judaism's reputation for the more open sexual ethic - neither most Jewish men nor many Jewish women embraced the possibilities of personal liberation from a reproductive regime of rigid self-control and near compulsory heterosexual monogamy.
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HIST 2860 : The French Revolution
Crosslisted as: FREN 2860 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Paul Friedland
In the turbulent and violent years from 1789 to 1815, France experienced virtually every form of government known to the modern world. This course explores the rapidly changing political landscape of this extraordinary period as well as the evolution of Revolutionary culture (the arts, theater, songs, fashion, the cult of the guillotine, attitudes towards gender and race). Whenever possible, we will use texts and images produced by the Revolutionaries themselves.
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HIST 2920 : Inventing an Information Society
Crosslisted as: AMST 2980, ECE 2980, ENGRG 2980, INFO 2921, STS 2921 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Ronald Kline
Explores the history of information technology from the 1830s to the present by considering the technical and social history of telecommunications (telegraph and the telephone), radio, television, computers, and the Internet. Emphasis is on the changing relationship between science and technology, the economic aspects of innovation, gender and technology, and other social relations of this technology.
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HIST 2951 : The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Empire
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HIST 2955 : Socialism in America
Crosslisted as: AMST 2955, ASRC 2955 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Russell Rickford
"Why no socialism in America?" Scholars and activists have long pondered the relative dearth (compared to other industrialized societies) of sustained, popular, anticapitalist activity in the United States. Sure, leftist movements in the U.S. have often looked and operated differently than those in other parts of the world. But many Americans have forged creative and vibrant traditions of anticapitalism under very difficult circumstances. This class examines socialist thought and practice in the U.S. from the 19th century to the present. We trace intersections of race, class, and gender while exploring the freedom dreams of those who have opposed capitalism in the very heart of global power.
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HIST 2969 : The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Empire
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HIST 2970 : Imperial Russia
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Olga Litvak
This course surveys the history of Imperial Russia, from its ninth-century Kievan beginnings to its rapid disintegration under the pressure of the First World War. Lectures will draw special attention to recurrent acts of revolutionary transformation that punctuate Russia's long tradition of "internal colonization." We will look at the creation of Russian culture, politics and society between the ninth century and the nineteenth as an exercise in empire-building — a project that originated with the enterprising princes of medieval Moscow, collapsed with the end of the Riurikid dynasty at the turn of the seventeenth century, spectacularly revived in eighteenth-century St. Petersburg, under the standard-bearer or the reforming Romanovs, Peter the Great, and eventually taken up by some of the most articulate representatives of a late-imperial intelligentsia whose dreams of Russian greatness were even more extravagant than those of the tsar. Topics for discussion include: the Russian translation of Greek Christianity, Russia's fraught relationship with Western Europe, the paradox of imperial modernization and the continual recourse, in Russian literary, musical, and visual cultures to an image of Russia as a frontier society without a state.
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HIST 2985 : Transformations in Twentieth Century China
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 2286, CAPS 2985 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
John Barwick
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: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Edward Baptist
Judith Byfield
Ernesto Bassi Arevalo
Derek Chang
Zhihong Chen
Paul Friedland
Raymond Craib
Peter Dear
Oren Falk
Maria Cristina Garcia
Durba Ghosh
Sandra Greene
Tj Hinrichs
Lawrence Glickman
Isabel Hull
John Barwick
Julilly Kohler-Hausmann
Russell Rickford
Kristin Roebuck
Tamara Loos
Mostafa Minawi
Olga Litvak
Mary Norton
Jon Parmenter
Eric Rebillard
Yue Du
Aaron Sachs
Barry Strauss
Eric Tagliacozzo
Thomas Travers
Margaret Washington
Rachel Weil
John Weiss
Claudia Verhoeven
Independent Study based supervised research with a history faculty member.  Student must complete an on-line 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 3002 : Supervised Research - Undergraduate
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Edward Baptist
Judith Byfield
Yue Du
Derek Chang
Zhihong Chen
John Barwick
Paul Friedland
Raymond Craib
Peter Dear
Oren Falk
Maria Cristina Garcia
Durba Ghosh
Sandra Greene
Tj Hinrichs
Ernesto Bassi Arevalo
Lawrence Glickman
Olga Litvak
Tamara Loos
Mostafa Minawi
Jon Parmenter
Russell Rickford
Kristin Roebuck
Aaron Sachs
Barry Strauss
Eric Tagliacozzo
Thomas Travers
Margaret Washington
Rachel Weil
John Weiss
Claudia Verhoeven
Independent Study based supervised research with a history faculty member.  Student must complete an on-line 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 3031 : Race and Revolution in the Americas: 1776-1900
Crosslisted as: AMST 3032, ASRC 3031, LATA 3031 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Margaret Washington
This course will examine the "age of democratic revolutions" in the Americas from the perspective of the Black Atlantic. During this momentous era, when European monarchies were successfully challenged and constitutional governments created, Blacks fomented their own American revolutions both in the outside of evolving "New World democracies." This course examines the black trajectory in British North America, Latin America, the French (especially Haiti,) the British and the Spanish Caribbean. The course begins with black participation in the U.S. independence War (1776-1781) and concludes with black (non-U.S.) participation in the independence wars against Spain. The course will also briefly address post-emancipation race relations in these American countries. 
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HIST 3312 : What was the Vietnam War?
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 3312 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Keith Taylor
If you have ever wondered what the Vietnam War was all about, how did it begin, how was it fought, why was it so controversial, why did the American people turn against it, why was it important, why were generations of American students taught the North Vietnamese version of the war, why the South Vietnamese allies of the United States were abandoned, and what happened to the Vietnamese and the Americans as a result of the war—then this class is for you! With fresh eyes and surprising insights, it will take you beyond the fashionable fictions and clichés to look at the twenty-five years during which the United States, through six presidential administrations, was involved in Vietnamese affairs (1950-1975). For decades, Americans have been meditating on "the lessons of the Vietnam War," but it turns out that neither was any lesson ever learned nor were the so-called "lessons" even plausibly related to actual events. Today, Americans continue to be taught myths about the Vietnam War. This course shows why these myths obstruct a realistic understanding of American history during the past half-century.
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HIST 3430 : History of the U.S. Civil War and Reconstruction
Crosslisted as: AMST 3430 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Edward Baptist
A survey of the turning point of US. history: The Civil War (1861-1865) and its aftermath, Reconstruction (1865-1877). We will look at the causes, the coming, and the conduct, of the war, and the way in which it became a war for freedom. We will then follow the cause of freedom through the greatest slave rebellion in American history, and the attempts by formerly enslaved people to make freedom real in Reconstruction. And we will see how Reconstruction's tragic ending left questions open that are still not answered in U.S. society and politics.
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HIST 3542 : The Ottoman Empire 1800-1922
Crosslisted as: NES 3542 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Mostafa Minawi
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 3802 : Race and Ethnicity in the Ancient World
Crosslisted as: CLASS 3802, NES 3802 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Nicole Giannella
We will consider two basic questions: did the ancient Greeks and Romans have a concept of race or racial identity? If not, what were the dominant collective identities they used to classify themselves and others? We will explore the causes and conditions that gave rise to collective identities that can be described as ethnic and (in some cases) possibly as 'racial' and how these identities worked in their given cultural and political contexts. We will start with Greek identity in the 6th and 5th centuries BCE, then moving to Macedonian identity and the conquests of Alexander the Great, and finally, to the Roman world, where we will explore the question of race and ethnicity within the context of inclusive citizenship. In each of these cultural contexts, we will briefly focus on slavery, examining whether slave identity was at all racialized.
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HIST 3870 : The History of Consumption: From Wedgwood to Wal-Mart
Crosslisted as: AMST 3870, ILRLR 3870 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Louis Hyman
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: Southeast Asian History from the Eighteenth Century
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 3396, ASIAN 6696, HIST 6960 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Tamara Loos
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
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Tamara Loos
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 4000 : Introduction to Historical Research
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Raymond Craib
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 4001 : Honors Guidance
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Aaron Sachs
This course provides structure for the student's research and introduces them to research techniques. Enrollment limited to students admitted to the History Department's Honors Program.
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HIST 4002 : Honors Research
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Barry Strauss
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 4085 : Economic Globalization and Democratic Crisis, 1870-present
Crosslisted as: HIST 6085 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor: Description
HIST 4233 : The Holocaust in Postwar Culture (1945-1961)
Crosslisted as: COML 4415, COML 6415, FREN 4415, FREN 6415, GERST 4411, GERST 6411, GOVT 4786, GOVT 6786, HIST 6233, JWST 4410, JWST 6415, ROMS 4410, ROMS 6410 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Enzo Traverso
There is an astonishing discrepancy between our perception of the Holocaust as a central event of the twentieth century and its marginal place in postwar culture.  It is during those years, nevertheless, that the destruction of European Jews aroused an intellectual debate whose philosophical, political, and literary contributions constitute landmarks for contemporary culture and criticism.  The course will explore the reasons for such a discrepancy, reconstructing the steps of the integration of the Holocaust into our historical consciousness.  It will analyze some of the most significant attempts to think such a trauma made by German-Jewish exiles (Arendt, Adorno, Anders), the survivors of the Nazi camps (Améry, Levi, Celan, Antelme), as well as the public intellectuals on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean (Sartre, Bataille, MacDonald, etc).
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HIST 4295 : US Borders North & South
Crosslisted as: AMST 4295, AMST 6295, HIST 6295, LSP 4295, LSP 6295 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Maria Cristina Garcia
Jon Parmenter
The borders that separate the United States from Canada and Mexico are among the longest in the world. The southern border with Mexico, however, receives a disproportionate amount of attention from policymakers, journalists, and artists, while our northern border is largely unfamiliar to most Americans.  This upper-level seminar offers a necessary corrective:  a comparative examination of the political, economic, and cultural history of these two North American borderlands. The US-Mexico and US-Canada border zones are sites of conflict and negotiation, nationalism and globalization, sovereignty and multiculturalism.  The seminar examines the continuities and discontinuities in the history and evolution of America's territorial borders from the colonial era to the present.
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HIST 4390 : Reconstruction and the New South
Crosslisted as: AMST 4039, ASRC 4390, ASRC 6391, HIST 6391 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Margaret Washington
This course focuses on the American South in the nineteenth century as it made the transition from Reconstruction to new forms of social organization and patterns of race relations. Reconstruction will be considered from a sociopolitical perspective, concentrating on the experiences of the freed people. The New South emphasis will include topics on labor relations, economic and political changes, new cultural alliances, the rise of agrarianism, and legalization of Jim Crow.
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HIST 4405 : Magic and Demonic Creatures between Reformation and Enlightenment
Crosslisted as: RELST 4404 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Marysia Jonsson
This course examines beliefs in magic and magical creatures, looking at how the occult organized all aspects of early modern life.  Scientists believed that magic could help them create gold, doctors practiced blood magic, and court magistrates sentenced Jews or elderly women to death for allegedly performing devilish rituals on small children. Through the course readings, both primary and secondary, we will analyze how the superstitious was mobilized within struggles between Catholics and Protestants, the nobility and the peasantry, and within emergent Enlightenment philosophy.  In particular we will discuss why witches or werewolves were imagined (and hunted) in the period, what that can tell us about the cultural climate of the time, but also how their meaning could morph into the familiar horror stapes of our own world.
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HIST 4460 : Strategy in World War II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
John Weiss
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 4551 : Race and the University
Crosslisted as: AAS 4550, AMST 4550, ENGL 4961 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Derek Chang
Sunn Wong
What is a university, what does it do, and how does it do it? Moving out from these more general questions, this seminar will focus on a more specific set of questions concerning the place of race within the university. What kinds of knowledge are produced in the 20th- century U.S. university? Why is it, and how is it, that certain knowledge formations and disciplines come to be naturalized or privileged within the academy? How has the emergence of fields of inquiry such as Ethnic Studies (with an epistemological platform built on the articulations of race, class and gender) brought to the fore (if not brought to crisis) some of the more vexing questions that strike at the core of the idea of the university as the pre-eminent site of disinterested knowledge? This seminar will give students the opportunity to examine American higher education's (particularly its major research institutions) historical instantiation of the relations amongst knowledge, power, equality and democracy.
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HIST 4632 : Emperors, Kings, and Warlords: Political Legitimacy at the End of the Ancient World
Crosslisted as: CLASS 4602, HIST 6632, MEDVL 4632, MEDVL 6632, SHUM 4632, SHUM 6632 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Damian Fernandez
This seminar will analyze the transition between the late Roman empire and the barbarian kingdoms in western Europe from the perspective of how rulers, intellectuals, and common people understood legitimate and illegitimate political authority. The so-called "Dark Ages" (4th-7th centuries) were a vibrant period of creativity and reinvention. Class discussion will focus on primary source analysis, and how ethnic (Roman/Germanic), religious (Christian/non-Christian), gender, and other categories informed late antique notions of political authority. We will also discuss how notions of rulership were deployed to challenge emperors and kings. Knowledge of late antique and early medieval political ideas is crucial to understanding modern uses of the so-called "Western" past in current political debates.
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HIST 4634 : Curating the British Empire
Crosslisted as: ARTH 4720, ARTH 6720, BSOC 4634, HIST 6634, SHUM 4634, SHUM 6634, STS 4634, STS 6634 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Jessica Ratcliff
During Europe's colonial era, the modern museum emerged as a site of cultural and scientific authority. This course investigates the history of imperial collections and collectors, with a focus on Britain and the East India Company in the nineteenth century. Examples of topics include: the "supply chain" for artifacts and knowledge resources; changing conceptions of intellectual property, ownership and access; household versus public versus for-profit collections; museums and the narration of social values and cultural identities; debates over the function or aims of museums and related institutions; the collections and the administration of the empire; the collections and the growth of the sciences; the postcolonial legacies of colonial collections.
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HIST 4641 : Technologies of Power in Latin American Dirty Wars
Crosslisted as: HIST 6641, ROMS 4641, ROMS 6641, SHUM 4641, SHUM 6641, STS 4641, STS 6641 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
This seminar explores Latin American political violence since the 1970s, focusing on the role technology played in internal conflicts called "Dirty Wars," in which the state employed extrajudicial violence to halt leftist or communist "subversion." These responses by police, military, and paramilitary groups left hundreds of thousands of civilians dead. Reports from large-scale investigations called truth commissions, first-person testimonies, fiction, and films underscore the employment of technology in these conflicts—electrical torture, the destruction of electrical towers, foreign-made weapons and vehicles, and seizures of media stations and newspapers. The seminar emphasizes the history of technology in human rights violations more broadly, from the 1994 Rwandan genocide to the United States' responses to extremism after 9/11. For longer description and instructor bio visit http://societyhumanities.as.cornell.edu/courses.
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HIST 4666 : Mass Media and Identities in the Modern Middle East
Crosslisted as: HIST 6666, NES 4666, NES 6666 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Ziad Fahmy
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HIST 4751 : Science, Race, and Colonialism
Crosslisted as: STS 4751 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Suman Seth
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 4761 : Anglo-Saxon England
Crosslisted as: HIST 6761, MEDVL 4761, MEDVL 6761 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Oren Falk
The people who invaded the isle of Britain after the withdrawal of Roman government in the early fifth century, and who dominated it until the establishment of Norman rule in the late eleventh century, are responsible for some of the best-known and most enduring legacies of the Middle Ages: Beowulf and Bede's Ecclesiastical History, the archbishoprics of Canterbury and York, Alfred the Great and Æthelred the Unready. This course examines the Anglo-Saxons in their early-medieval context, focusing especially on the cooperation between history and its sister disciplines – archaeology, literary criticism, and others – that is so vital for shedding light on this distant, opaque era. 
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HIST 4851 : Refugees
Crosslisted as: AMST 4851, HIST 6851, LSP 4851, LSP 6851 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Maria Cristina Garcia
Since World War II, over 4 million people have migrated to the United States as refugees. In this seminar we will examine some of these refugee migrations and the ways these migrations challenged our understanding of the United States as a "haven for the oppressed." We will examine the crafting of refugee/asylum policy, the role of nongovernmental actors in influencing policy, and the ways policy reflected foreign-policy interests and security concerns. The last weeks of the course will pay particular attention to climate refugees and asylum-seekers, and our changing definitions of who 'merits' protection in the United States.
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HIST 4931 : Vitality and Power in China
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 4429, BSOC 4911, CAPS 4931, HIST 6931, RELST 4931, STS 4911 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Tj Hinrichs
Chinese discourses have long linked the circulation of cosmic energies, political power, and bodily vitalities. In these models political order, spiritual cultivation, and health are achieved and enhanced through harmonizing these flows across the levels of Heaven-and-Earth, state, and humankind. It is when these movements are blocked or out of synchrony that we find disordered climates, societies, and illness. In this course, we will examine the historical emergence and development of these models of politically resonant persons and bodily centered polities, reading across primary texts in translation from these otherwise often separated fields. For alternate frameworks of analysis as well as for comparative perspectives, we will also examine theories of power and embodiment from other cultures, including recent scholarship in anthropology and critical theory.
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HIST 4945 : The Birth of the Prison in Eighteenth Century Europe and America
Crosslisted as: HIST 6945 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Rachel Weil
In medieval and renaissance Europe, criminals were fined, branded, or executed; after the 18th century, more of them went to jail. For some observers, the birth of the prison was a triumph of humanitarian compassion. For others, they marked an ominous new form of social control.  In this course look at why and how prisons emerged during the 18th and early 19th centuries in Europe and America.  What were prisons like, how did newfangled  "Enlightenment" ideas about punishment and poverty affect penal reformers, how did the new prisons compare to other institutions of confinement (plague hospitals, mental asylums, bridewells), and how did prisoners exercise agency?
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HIST 4950 : Gender, Power, and Authority in England, 1600 to 1800
Crosslisted as: FGSS 4950, HIST 6905 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Rachel Weil
It is a truism that early modern society was a 'patriarchal' one in which men had authority -- but how did that authority operate and what were its limits? How did the exercise of power between men and women intersect with religious, literary, legal and political institutions? We will approach these questions chronologically, examining the impact of the Reformation, the English Revolution, the Enlightenment, the rise of middle class and polite culture. We will also explore them methodologically and generically, with an eye to how different kinds of evidence and sources can produce different kinds of conclusions. Historians' hypotheses will be tested by analysis of primary sources.
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HIST 6000 : Graduate Research Seminar
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Sandra Greene
This seminar is devoted entirely to the writing of a substantive research paper, the dissertation prospectus, or fellowship proposal. 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 the dissertation prospectus and research papers.
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HIST 6006 : History Colloquium Series
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Raymond Craib
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HIST 6006 : History Colloquium Series
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Claudia Verhoeven
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HIST 6065 : Science, Technology and Capitalism
Crosslisted as: STS 6061 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Jessica Ratcliff
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 6085 : Economic Globalization and Democratic Crisis, 1870-present
Crosslisted as: HIST 4085 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor: Description
HIST 6131 : A Greater Caribbean: New Approaches to Caribbean History
Crosslisted as: ASRC 6131, LATA 6131 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Ernesto Bassi Arevalo
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 6132 : Mobility, Circulation, Migration, Diaspora: Global Connections
Crosslisted as: ASRC 6132 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Ernesto Bassi Arevalo
This graduate seminar seeks to familiarize students with some of the most recent takes on transnational history that have emphasized the experiences of individuals and groups whose lives were affected by mobility across political boundaries. An explicit aim of the seminar is to use these border-crossing lives as a way to develop a critique of conventional areas studies frameworks and to explore the possibilities of imagining (geographically and otherwise) a different world (or multiple different ways of organizing global space). Since most of the readings will concentrate on the pre-nineteenth century world, the seminar will also offer students tools to rethink conventional narratives of the rise of a globalized world that tend to emphasize the second half of the nineteenth century as the birth of the global world. Globalization, this course will demonstrate, was happening long before most accepted narratives assert.
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HIST 6202 : Political Culture
Crosslisted as: AMST 6202, ANTHR 6102, GOVT 6202, SOC 6200 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Richard Bensel
This course will explore the relationship between popular belief, political action, and the institutional deployment of social power. The class will be roughly divided in three parts, opening with a discussion of how the material world influences the culture of a society. The middle section will connect culture to political ideology, including symbolism and the construction of group identity. The last part of the course will consider ways in which cultural symbols and ideology can be manipulated in order to legitimate government authority. We will then, coming full circle, trace how political regimes can influence the social practices from which culture originates.
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HIST 6221 : Environmental History
Crosslisted as: STS 6121 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Aaron Sachs
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HIST 6233 : The Holocaust in Postwar Culture (1945-1961)
Crosslisted as: COML 4415, COML 6415, FREN 4415, FREN 6415, GERST 4411, GERST 6411, GOVT 4786, GOVT 6786, HIST 4233, JWST 4410, JWST 6415, ROMS 4410, ROMS 6410 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Enzo Traverso
There is an astonishing discrepancy between our perception of the Holocaust as a central event of the twentieth century and its marginal place in postwar culture.  It is during those years, nevertheless, that the destruction of European Jews aroused an intellectual debate whose philosophical, political, and literary contributions constitute landmarks for contemporary culture and criticism.  The course will explore the reasons for such a discrepancy, reconstructing the steps of the integration of the Holocaust into our historical consciousness.  It will analyze some of the most significant attempts to think such a trauma made by German-Jewish exiles (Arendt, Adorno, Anders), the survivors of the Nazi camps (Améry, Levi, Celan, Antelme), as well as the public intellectuals on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean (Sartre, Bataille, MacDonald, etc).
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HIST 6295 : US Borders North & South
Crosslisted as: AMST 4295, AMST 6295, HIST 4295, LSP 4295, LSP 6295 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Maria Cristina Garcia
Jon Parmenter
The borders that separate the United States from Canada and Mexico are among the longest in the world. The southern border with Mexico, however, receives a disproportionate amount of attention from policymakers, journalists, and artists, while our northern border is largely unfamiliar to most Americans.  This upper-level seminar offers a necessary corrective:  a comparative examination of the political, economic, and cultural history of these two North American borderlands. The US-Mexico and US-Canada border zones are sites of conflict and negotiation, nationalism and globalization, sovereignty and multiculturalism.  The seminar examines the continuities and discontinuities in the history and evolution of America's territorial borders from the colonial era to the present.
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HIST 6300 : Topics in Ancient History
Crosslisted as: CLASS 7682, NES 6642 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Eric Rebillard
Topic: Religion and Authority in Late Antique North Africa. The seminar focuses on the structures of religious authority in the Christian church(es) of North Africa from the end of the second century to the end of the fifth century, and on their interactions with the socio-political structures of authority.
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HIST 6321 : Black Power Movement and Transnationalism
Crosslisted as: AMST 6321, ASRC 6321 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Russell Rickford
This seminar explores the international and transnational dimensions of the Black Power Movement, broadly defined. Beginning with an examination of transnationalism in the early 20th century, it examines the thought and political activities of African-American intellectuals and activists who crossed national boundaries, figuratively and literally, in the quest for black freedom. We will focus on the postwar era, particularly the 1950s through the 1980s, exploring transnationalism in the context of black feminism, Marxism, black nationalism, Pan Africanism, and other political traditions. We will examine the meeting and mingling of transnational discourses, ideologies, and activists in North America, the Caribbean, and Africa. 
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HIST 6391 : Reconstruction and the New South
Crosslisted as: AMST 4039, ASRC 4390, ASRC 6391, HIST 4390 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Margaret Washington
This course focuses on the American South in the nineteenth century as it made the transition from Reconstruction to new forms of social organization and patterns of race relations. Reconstruction will be considered from a sociopolitical perspective, concentrating on the experiences of the freed people. The New South emphasis will include topics on labor relations, economic and political changes, new cultural alliances, the rise of agrarianism, and legalization of Jim Crow.
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HIST 6481 : Topics in Latin American History
Crosslisted as: LATA 6481 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Raymond Craib
Topic:  Readings in the social history of modern Latin America. This course is an intensive readings seminar primarily for, but in no way limited to, graduate students preparing for minor and major fields in Latin American history. The seminar has three basic objectives:  1. to provide you with the opportunity to read and discuss works with which you should be familiar for your examination fields: this includes works considered seminal in the field;  revisionist works that challenge and/or expand such interpretations; and very recent works that hint at new directions in the field;  2. to delineate a number of the most prominent thematic emphases, methodological approaches, and debates characteristic of the field since the 1960s;  3. to situate these themes and methods in relation to broader developments in the discipline of history.  Undergraduate students welcome with permission of instructor. Graduate students from any fields and/or disciplines welcome.
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HIST 6511 : Global Early Modernity
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Thomas Travers
This seminar will examine recent historical works that emphasize the global connectedness of early modern histories. We will read works in global history, as well as studies in the comparative or connected history of different regions of the world. Major themes for discussion will include cross-cultural encounters, mobility and travel, the growth of global commerce, and early modern empires.
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HIST 6617 : Seminar in Asian Literature and History
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 6671 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Keith Taylor
This course offers graduate students an opportunity to consider ways for analyzing texts from Asia, both modern and pre-modern, both literary and historiographical. The emphasis will be on how narratives are constructed, how the form and content of narratives are related, and how narratives express unstated or hidden authorial intentions. Students will read books and essays on theories of narrative, translation, and ideological analysis. Students will discuss these readings and write essays about them. And students will write a research term paper based on study of a selected Asian text in its original Asian language.
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HIST 6632 : Emperors, Kings, and Warlords: Political Legitimacy at the End of the Ancient World
Crosslisted as: CLASS 4602, HIST 4632, MEDVL 4632, MEDVL 6632, SHUM 4632, SHUM 6632 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Damian Fernandez
This seminar will analyze the transition between the late Roman empire and the barbarian kingdoms in western Europe from the perspective of how rulers, intellectuals, and common people understood legitimate and illegitimate political authority. The so-called "Dark Ages" (4th-7th centuries) were a vibrant period of creativity and reinvention. Class discussion will focus on primary source analysis, and how ethnic (Roman/Germanic), religious (Christian/non-Christian), gender, and other categories informed late antique notions of political authority. We will also discuss how notions of rulership were deployed to challenge emperors and kings. Knowledge of late antique and early medieval political ideas is crucial to understanding modern uses of the so-called "Western" past in current political debates.
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HIST 6634 : Curating the British Empire
Crosslisted as: ARTH 4720, ARTH 6720, BSOC 4634, HIST 4634, SHUM 4634, SHUM 6634, STS 4634, STS 6634 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Jessica Ratcliff
During Europe's colonial era, the modern museum emerged as a site of cultural and scientific authority. This course investigates the history of imperial collections and collectors, with a focus on Britain and the East India Company in the nineteenth century. Examples of topics include: the "supply chain" for artifacts and knowledge resources; changing conceptions of intellectual property, ownership and access; household versus public versus for-profit collections; museums and the narration of social values and cultural identities; debates over the function or aims of museums and related institutions; the collections and the administration of the empire; the collections and the growth of the sciences; the postcolonial legacies of colonial collections.
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HIST 6641 : Technologies of Power in Latin American Dirty Wars
Crosslisted as: HIST 4641, ROMS 4641, ROMS 6641, SHUM 4641, SHUM 6641, STS 4641, STS 6641 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
This seminar explores Latin American political violence since the 1970s, focusing on the role technology played in internal conflicts called "Dirty Wars," in which the state employed extrajudicial violence to halt leftist or communist "subversion." These responses by police, military, and paramilitary groups left hundreds of thousands of civilians dead. Reports from large-scale investigations called truth commissions, first-person testimonies, fiction, and films underscore the employment of technology in these conflicts—electrical torture, the destruction of electrical towers, foreign-made weapons and vehicles, and seizures of media stations and newspapers. The seminar emphasizes the history of technology in human rights violations more broadly, from the 1994 Rwandan genocide to the United States' responses to extremism after 9/11. For longer description and instructor bio visit http://societyhumanities.as.cornell.edu/courses.
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HIST 6666 : Mass Media and Identities in the Modern Middle East
Crosslisted as: HIST 4666, NES 4666, NES 6666 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Ziad Fahmy
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HIST 6761 : Anglo-Saxon England
Crosslisted as: HIST 4761, MEDVL 4761, MEDVL 6761 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Oren Falk
The people who invaded the isle of Britain after the withdrawal of Roman government in the early fifth century, and who dominated it until the establishment of Norman rule in the late eleventh century, are responsible for some of the best-known and most enduring legacies of the Middle Ages: Beowulf and Bede's Ecclesiastical History, the archbishoprics of Canterbury and York, Alfred the Great and Æthelred the Unready. This course examines the Anglo-Saxons in their early-medieval context, focusing especially on the cooperation between history and its sister disciplines – archaeology, literary criticism, and others – that is so vital for shedding light on this distant, opaque era.
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HIST 6851 : Refugees
Crosslisted as: AMST 4851, HIST 4851, LSP 4851, LSP 6851 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Maria Cristina Garcia
Since World War II, over 4 million people have migrated to the United States as refugees. In this seminar we will examine some of these refugee migrations and the ways these migrations challenged our understanding of the United States as a "haven for the oppressed." We will examine the crafting of refugee/asylum policy, the role of nongovernmental actors in influencing policy, and the ways policy reflected foreign-policy interests and security concerns. The last weeks of the course will pay particular attention to climate refugees and asylum-seekers, and our changing definitions of who 'merits' protection in the United States.
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HIST 6905 : Gender, Power, and Authority in England 1600-1800
Crosslisted as: FGSS 4950, HIST 4950 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Rachel Weil
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HIST 6931 : Vitality and Power in China
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 4429, BSOC 4911, CAPS 4931, HIST 4931, RELST 4931, STS 4911 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Tj Hinrichs
Chinese discourses have long linked the circulation of cosmic energies, political power, and bodily vitalities. In these models political order, spiritual cultivation, and health are achieved and enhanced through harmonizing these flows across the levels of Heaven-and-Earth, state, and humankind. It is when these movements are blocked or out of synchrony that we find disordered climates, societies, and illness. In this course, we will examine the historical emergence and development of these models of politically resonant persons and bodily centered polities, reading across primary texts in translation from these otherwise often separated fields. For alternate frameworks of analysis as well as for comparative perspectives, we will also examine theories of power and embodiment from other cultures, including recent scholarship in anthropology and critical theory.
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HIST 6945 : The Birth of the Prison in Eighteenth Century Europe and America
Crosslisted as: HIST 4945 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Rachel Weil
In medieval and renaissance Europe, criminals were fined, branded, or executed; after the 18th century, more of them went to jail. For some observers, the birth of the prison was a triumph of humanitarian compassion. For others, they marked an ominous new form of social control.  In this course look at why and how prisons emerged during the 18th and early 19th centuries in Europe and America.  What were prisons like, how did newfangled  "Enlightenment" ideas about punishment and poverty affect penal reformers, how did the new prisons compare to other institutions of confinement (plague hospitals, mental asylums, bridewells), and how did prisoners exercise agency?
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HIST 6960 : Transnational Local: Southeast Asian History from the Eighteenth Century
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 3396, ASIAN 6696, HIST 3960 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Tamara Loos
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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HIST 7090 : Introduction to the Graduate Study of History
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Paul Friedland
Lawrence Glickman
This course is designed to introduce entering graduate students to crucial issues and problems in historical methodology that cut across various areas of specialization.
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HIST 7110 : Introduction to Science and Technology Studies
Crosslisted as: STS 7111 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Rebecca Slayton
Provides students with a foundation in the field of science and technology studies. Using classic works as well as contemporary exemplars, seminar participants chart the terrain of this new field. Topics for discussion include, but are not limited to, historiography of science and technology and their relation to social studies of science and technology, laboratory studies, intellectual property, science and the state, the role of instruments, fieldwork, politics and technical knowledge, philosophy of science, sociological studies of science and technology, and popularization.
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HIST 7937 : Proseminar in Peace Studies
Crosslisted as: GOVT 7937, STS 7937 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Rebecca Slayton
The Proseminar in Peace Studies offers a multidisciplinary review of issues related to peace and conflict at the graduate level. The course is led by the director of the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies and is based on the Institute's weekly seminar series, featuring outside visitors and Cornell faculty. 
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HIST 7937 : Proseminar in Peace Studies
Crosslisted as: GOVT 7937, STS 7937 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Rebecca Slayton
The Proseminar in Peace Studies offers a multidisciplinary review of issues related to peace and conflict at the graduate level. The course is led by the director of the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies and is based on the Institute's weekly seminar series, featuring outside visitors and Cornell faculty. 
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HIST 8004 : Supervised Reading
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Edward Baptist
Derek Chang
Zhihong Chen
Paul Friedland
Raymond Craib
Peter Dear
Oren Falk
Maria Cristina Garcia
Durba Ghosh
Sandra Greene
Robert Harris
Tj Hinrichs
Lawrence Glickman
Enzo Traverso
Isabel Hull
Yue Du
Julilly Kohler-Hausmann
Ronald Kline
Julien Koschmann
Isaac Kramnick
Olga Litvak
Kristin Roebuck
Tamara Loos
Russell Rickford
Mostafa Minawi
Mary Norton
Jon Parmenter
David Powers
Sara Pritchard
Camille Robcis
Aaron Sachs
Naoki Sakai
Nicholas Salvatore
Suman Seth
Barry Strauss
Eric Tagliacozzo
Keith Taylor
Thomas Travers
Claudia Verhoeven
Margaret Washington
Rachel Weil
John Weiss
Judith Byfield
Ernesto Bassi Arevalo
Glenn Altschuler
Independent Study based supervised reading with a history faculty/field member.
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HIST 8004 : Supervised Reading
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Edward Baptist
Judith Byfield
Yue Du
Derek Chang
Zhihong Chen
Paul Friedland
Raymond Craib
Peter Dear
Oren Falk
Maria Cristina Garcia
Durba Ghosh
Sandra Greene
Robert Harris
Tj Hinrichs
Lawrence Glickman
Ronald Kline
Isaac Kramnick
Olga Litvak
Tamara Loos
Ernesto Bassi Arevalo
Mostafa Minawi
Jon Parmenter
Russell Rickford
David Powers
Sara Pritchard
Kristin Roebuck
Aaron Sachs
Naoki Sakai
Nicholas Salvatore
Suman Seth
Enzo Traverso
Barry Strauss
Eric Tagliacozzo
Keith Taylor
Thomas Travers
Claudia Verhoeven
Margaret Washington
Rachel Weil
John Weiss
Glenn Altschuler
Independent Study based supervised reading with a history faculty/field member.
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HIST 8010 : Independent Study-PIRIP
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Claudia Verhoeven
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HIST 8010 : Independent Study-PIRIP
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Claudia Verhoeven
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