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Fall 2021 Course Descriptions
100-400 Level

The History Department has changed many of our classes to online formats to give our students a wider access to our classes should they not be able to attend campus classes in Fall 2021. Some classes will continue to meet online at the originally scheduled time. Please check Genie for updates. Changes continue to be possible as our world changes.

SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE! Always check the University online schedule for the latest changes.

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HIS 101-01: The Contemporary World

80442 MWF 10:00-10:50
Jeff Jones

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the historical roots of the key events, issues and themes in modern world history, focusing mainly on the post-World War II period, from the use of atomic bombs on Japan in August 1945, to the complex, high-tech, evolving world of today. We will examine the world with a number of themes in mind: the Cold War; the rise & fall of communism; nationalism; violent vs. non-violent resistance to oppression; the rise of terrorism; gender relations; colonialism/de-colonization; racial/ethnic/religious diversity and conflict; and the international economy.
Field: Wider World. Markers: GHP; GMO; GN; MFND

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HIS 203-01 - History of Africa to 1870

80450 ONLINE asynchronous
Colleen Kriger

What is civilization? This course examines the variety of African civilizations throughout the continent, from ancient times up to the 19th century, and how closer study of African history has prompted scholars to revise the way "civilization" is defined. We will focus on ancient civilizations in Africa, the empires and city-states of the Islamic period, and the rise of trade with Europe, especially the Atlantic slave trade and its effects on African societies.
Field: Wider World. Markers: ADS; GHP; GN; GPM; MGIL

HIS 206-01: "The Rise of the British Empire"

80458 TR 3:30-4:45
Stuart Marshall

The expansion of the British empire played a large role in the transition from the premodern to modern world. Once small and divided, Britain quickly grew to be a dominant force across the globe. This course will focus not on the empire's center in London, but how British identity was created and recreated through the empire's expansion across the Atlantic World. This included competition with enemies and rivals, as well as the processes of colonization and incorporation of the empire's fringes in Scotland, Ireland, Africa, and Native America—addressing the empire's strategies of diplomacy and trade, warfare and enslavement. The course will mostly cover the 17th and 18th centuries, ending with the Seven Years' War or French and Indian War—when the empire gained its greatest victories even as it began to splinter.
Field: Europe. Markers: GHP; GL; GPM; MHFA

HIS 206-02: "The First Global Empires: Spain and Portugal, 1415-1648"

80459 206-02 ONLINE asynchronous
Jonathan Baier

This course follows the history of the Iberian powers, Spain and Portugal, from the Conquest of Muslim controlled Ceuta in 1415 to the end of the Thirty Years War in 1648 as they fought to become the world's first imperial powers. Over the course of these two centuries, Spain and Portugal competed and combined their leadership, power and resources to become the controlling empires in the Atlantic and extend their influence all the way to Asia. Our focus will thematically draw from the political, social, religious, cultural, economic and military aspects of the two Iberian powers, including significant people and events of the time.
Field: Europe. Markers: GHP; GL; GPM; MHFA

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HIS 207-01: "Silks and Spices: History of the Silk Road in China"

80460 TR 11:00-12:15
James Anderson

Following the prosperous Silk Road of the Northwest and the thriving spice trade of the South China Sea regions, Imperial Chinese courts remained engaged in international exchanges of goods and ideas since ancient times. This course will examine the intersection of trade and tribute in patterns of foreign relations China conducted with its neighbors through the arrival of European powers in the 16th century. Material trade, and the socio-cultural exchanges accompanying it, will serve as the central theme in this course. While remaining "China-focused," we will also explore the ways in which the various peoples have existed in the region for over two thousand years, fighting during much of this time for both political autonomy and cultural self-identity. Some of the secondary topics we will explore include the fluid, border-less nature of the frontier between South China and northern Southeast Asia, a study of Late Imperial China's "Southern Silk Road," China's tribute relations with various southern maritime kingdoms, and a broad study of pre-modern Chinese frontier management throughout the empire. Through a critical reading of recent scholarship on related topics, we will determine for ourselves the impact that global trade patterns had on the historical development of this very important region of the world.
Field: Wider World. Markers: GHP; GN; GPM; IGS; MGIL

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HIS 207-02 - "The Caribbean in World History: From Columbus to Haiti"

207-02 ONLINE asynchronous
Linda Rupert

From Columbus's misguided attempt to find a route to Asia, to the outbreak of the Haitian Revolution (the world's only successful slave revolt) three hundred years later, the Caribbean was at the center of early modern world history. This course explores major moments in the region's history, their relationship to wider historical processes, and the impact on the lives of ordinary people. Topics include piracy, smuggling, the transatlantic slave trade, and plantation slavery.
Field: Wider World. Markers: ADS; GHP; GN; GPM; IGS; MGIL

HIS 207-03 - "Empires and Cultures in the Atlantic World to 1800"

80462 ONLINE asynchronous
Kaitlyn Williams

Contact between Europeans, Africans, and Native Americans had global impacts. This course will look at pre-colonization societies, early colonization and responses to Europeans, and the Age of Revolutions while giving agency to all three groups. Africans, Europeans, and Native Americans all played vital roles in the creation of the Atlantic World. From initial contact in 1492 to the Haitian Revolution, interactions and decisions of these groups shaped the world. This course will not only look at the emerging Atlantic economies and political systems, but also the preservation, changes, and growth of cultures and societies.
Field: Wider World. Markers: GHP; GN; GPM; IGS; MGIL

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HIS 208-01: Revolutions in Modern World History

80463 MWF 10:00-10:50
Mark Moser

This course will be a comparative overview of major "revolutions" in modern world history. Topics covered will include the Scientific Revolution, the Industrial Revolution, the Technological Revolution of the late 20th century, as well as important political and cultural revolutions that have taken place globally in the modern era. Major emphasis will be placed on the impact of these revolutions on the individual.
Field: Europe. Markers: .GHP; GL; GMO; IGS; MHFA

HIS 208-02 - "Migration in the Modern World"

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84685 ONLINE asynchronous
Ashley Loper-Nowak

Mobility is inherently a part of history. People have always moved whether voluntarily or involuntarily. African slaves to the Atlantic World, British convicts to Australia, and Irish emigrants during the Potato Famine are just a few of the more well-known migration examples. Immigration, emigration, and diaspora have politically and culturally shaped our modern world. This course will explore the different forms of migration from the mid-eighteenth century to the late-twentieth century and will focus on how movement reinforces ideas of national identity, culture, gender, and race.
Field: Europe. Markers: .GHP; GL; GMO; IGS; MHFA

HIS 209-01: "Totalitarianism in the Twentieth Century"

80463 MWF 12:00-12:50
Mark Moser

This course will begin with excerpts from Hannah Arendt's 1951 study The Origins of Totalitarianism and proceed to examine totalitarian regimes chronologically throughout the 20th century. We will study totalitarianism on both sides of the political spectrum and seek to understand why it proved to be both resilient and persistent. Relying heavily on primary source documents, we will also examine the common methodologies used by totalitarian regimes to seize unlimited power.
Field: Wider World. Markers: GHP; GMO; GN; IGS; MGIL

HIS 209-02 - "Women in Modern World History"

80466 ONLINE asynchronous
Katharine Duckworth

In this course, we will explore some of the major themes in the study of women and world history since 1750, focusing primarily on Africa, Latin America, Europe, and the United States. We will consider how women's experiences have changed over time and differed according to location. The course will examine four topics in-depth a) the Atlantic slave system b) the rise of industrial capitalism c) women and imperialism and d) women's political activism. Students will learn how to analyze a variety of primary sources and evaluate historical debates. Students will analyze how researching women and gender changes our understanding of major topics in world history and sheds light on contemporary politics. Field: Wider World. Markers: GHP; GMO; GN; IGS; MGIL

HIS 209-03 - Native Americas and Caribbean

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85417 TR 8:00-9:15 am
Arlen Hanson

A survey of indigenous histories in Latin America, Southwest Borderlands and the Caribbean, from pre-contact to 1850. Field: Wider World. Markers: GHP; GMO; GN; IGS; MGIL

HIS 210: Human Rights in Modern World History

80468 209-01 ONLINE asynchronous Carolyn Lindley

80469 209-02 ONLINE asynchronous Felton Foushee

This course provides a conceptual and historical introduction to the idea of human rights, surveying major developments in the advocacy of human rights around the globe from 1760 to the present. Focusing on a selection of important events, historical figures, and international issues of global significance, this course explores human rights in international law, transnational movements, and global causes. By understanding how claims of "humanity" arise from grassroots struggles, this course will widen the historical inquiry on this topic from a World, rather than Eurocentric, perspective. The concept of "human rights" has not remained static over time; it has been a contested idea and the subject of debate and disagreement among its advocates as well as its detractors. Placing the debates around, and the uses of, "human rights" in historical context will be the main endeavor of this course.
Field: Wider World. Markers: GHP; GMO; GN; IGS; MGIL

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HIS 211 - United States History to 1865

General survey of American history from colonization through the Civil War.
Writing Intensive. Field: United States. Markers: GHP; GMO; MDEQ; CW; WI

80470 211-01 TR 8:00-9:15 am Abigail Shimer

80471 211-02 ONLINE asynchronous Ashley Gilbert

80472 211-03 ONLINE asynchronous Jon Baird

HIS 212 - United States History since 1865

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HIS 212-01 through -04 ONLINE David Wight

General survey of American history from Reconstruction to the present. Writing Intensive.
Field: United States. Markers: GHP; GMO; MDEQ; CW; WI

The lecture portion of HIS 212-01 through -04 meets on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:00-10:50. Smaller discussion groups meet on Fridays at 10:00-10:50 and 11:00-11:50.

80473 212-01 - MW 10-10:50, F 10-10:50 ONLINE Writing Intensive
80475 212-02 - MW 10-10:50, F 11-11:50 ONLINE Writing Intensive
81115 212-03 - MW 10-10:50, F 10-10:50 ONLINE Writing Intensive
81118 212-04 - MW 10-10:50, F 11-11:50 ONLINE Writing Intensive

HIS 212-05 - United States History since 1865

General survey of American history from Reconstruction to the present. Writing Intensive. Field: United States. Markers: GHP; GMO; MDEQ CW; WI

81120 212-05 MWF 9:00-9:50
Mandy Cooper

HIS 213-01 - Topics in American History: "Southern Women's History"

81122 MWF 11:00-11:50 Mandy Cooper

What does southern history look like when women's experiences and actions are placed at the center? This course will seek to answer this question by exploring the history of women in the U.S. South from pre-colonial times to the present. Students will examine the changing experiences and expectations of southern women and how these experiences and expectations were continually shaped by the intersections of gender, race, and class. The course will pay particular attention to the subjects of women and slavery, the impact of the Civil War on gender relations, the changing meaning of race and class in women's lives, women's suffrage in the South, and the Civil Rights Movement.
Field: United States. Markers: Field: United States. Markers: GHP; GMO; MDEQ

HIS 213-02 Topics in American History: "American Political Parties"

80460 TR 3:30-4:45
Robert Skelton

The Founders feared the formation of permanent political parties, and George Washington warned against them in his presidential farewell address. How have they come to dominate American politics? Why do so many Americans feel the parties do not represent their interests? How and when did the current system originate? This course will reveal the origins and development of two-party political systems in American history. It will trace the rise and fall of several different two-party systems, along with attempts by third parties wishing to alter the balance of power. To better understand the evolution of the political parties, the course will look at the parties' core beliefs, membership (who's in and who's out?), and economic, social, and cultural factors that defined the parties over time.
Field: United States. Markers: GHP; GMO; MDEQ

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HIS 217 - The World of the Twentieth Century (1900-1945)

Political, social, and economic forces affecting Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe. 1900-1945.
Field: Wider World. Markers: GHP; GMO; GN; IGS; MGIL

81126 217-01 ONLINE asynchronous Mark Moser
81124 217-02 ONLINE asynchronous Connor Harney
85373 217-03 ONLINE asynchronous Class meets Oct. 13-Dec. 7, 2021 Christopher Davis

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HIS 218 - The World since 1945

81125 MWF 12:00-12:50 ONLINE
David Wight

This class will examine global issues in the contemporary world, focusing mainly on the post-World War II period, from the dropping of atomic bombs on Japan in August 1945, to the complex, high-tech, evolving world of today. We will examine some of the important political, economic, social, and cultural changes of the second half of the twentieth century and how these changes have shaped the world we live in today.
Field: Wider World. Markers: GHP; GMO; GN; IGS; MGIL

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HIS 220-01 - The Ancient World

82222 ONLINE asynchronous
Stephen Ruzicka

Early civilizations: Near Eastern, Egyptian, Greek, and Roman to Reign of Constantine.
Field: Europe. Markers: ARC; GHP; GPM; MHFA

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HIS 221-01 - Medieval Legacy

81127 ONLINE asynchronous
Caitlin Saraphis

Survey of Western European history from the end of the Roman Empire to the fifteenth century exploring such varied aspects of the medieval experience as pilgrimage, crusade, peasant life, the emergence of national states, and the rise of the university.
Field: Europe. Markers: GHP; GL; GPM; MHFA

HIS 222 - Europe 1400-1789

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81128 MWF 11-11:50
Jodi Bilinkoff

Survey of major socio-economic, political, and cultural trends in Europe from the Renaissance to the French Revolution.
Field: Europe. Markers: GHP; GL; GPM; MHFA

HIS 223 - European Revolutions, 1789-1989

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81130 ONLINE asynchronous
Teresa Walch

A survey of the political, social and cultural history of Europe from the time of the French Revolution to the fall of the Berlin wall. Emphasis will be placed on the political culture and the emergence of the great ideological systems of the West (e.g., liberalism, conservatism, socialism, communism, nationalism, and fascism) as well as how the borders and boundaries of Europe have changed over the last two hundred years with respect to class, race, gender and the nation state.
Field: Europe. Markers: GHP; GL; GMO; MHFA

HIS 239 - Latin America, 1492-1830

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81131 TR 11:00-12:15 ONLINE
Denisa Jashari

The name Christopher Columbus is as well-known as is the significance of 1492. The idea that Columbus was a daring and fearless voyager into the unknown is typically embedded in our minds as a moment of European "discovery." In this narrative, Columbus also discovered the "Indians," creating a category that homogenized the diverse populations inhabiting and thriving in this so-called New World. According to this version of history, Columbus and those who followed in his footsteps conquered and pacified "naïve" and "awestruck" peoples, bringing European civilization to a so-called wild and "empty" land. This course will challenge this version of 1492 and the colonial period in Latin America. We will move past a Euro-centric understanding of the period and reconsider 1492 as a moment of encounter, followed by centuries of negotiation. We will analyze the category of "Indian" as a European construct and we will study how indigenous peoples understood this identity and how they shaped their lives, at times within the colonial system, and in other moments in resistance to it. We will follow the lives of indigenous people and African slaves, both women and men, as they struggled within and against colonialism. Students will come to understand that the simple dichotomies of the conquerors and the conquered, the victors and the vanquished, are not reflective of colonial Latin American history.
Field: Wider World. Markers: GHP; GMO; GN; IGS; MGIL

HIS 301 - Race and Slavery

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81146 TR 11:00-12:15
Watson Jennison

An examination of the African-American experience from ancient to modern times, including precolonial Africa, the Atlantic slave trade, slavery in the Americas with special emphasis on the United States before the Civil War.
Field: United States. Markers: .ADS .GMO

HIS 308 - Navigating World History

82224 ONLINE asynchronous
Steven Ruzicka

Pr. Social Studies Licensure candidates or permission of instructor

Introduction to and overview of world history, ca. 8000 B.C.E. to the present. Prepares Social Studies Licensure majors to teach world history at the middle grades and high school level.
Field: Wider World.

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HIS 312 - The Crusades

81148 TR 9:30-10:45
Richard Barton

This course offers an introduction to the social, political, intellectual, military and religious movement that is known as the crusades. It focuses on the "classic era" of crusading, namely the century and a half between the call to the first crusade at Clermont (1095) and the failure of the last serious crusade in Egypt (1250). Although close attention will be paid to the actions and achievements of the European crusaders in carving out European states in the Middle East, the course it not limited to, nor even particularly oriented around, military history. Rather, it attempts to place the crusading movement and its outcomes into a proper historical and cultural context. As a result, the class will focus intensely on the social and economic conditions that gave rise to the crusades, on the motives and ideologies of the crusaders, and on the structure of the society that they attempted to construct in the East. The course also assumes that any understanding of the crusading movement must also begin with an understanding of Islam; we will spend some time looking at Muslim society in the Near East, at Islamic notions of Jihad, at the reactions of Muslims to the crusades, and at the impact of the crusades on Muslim political, social and religious affairs. While recent events of the 21 st century lend the crusading period a natural interest, and while we will be concerned to address some of the modern concerns raised by crusading ideologies, the course will insist that analysis and interpretation of motives, causes, and impacts of the crusades respect the historical and cultural uniqueness of the Christian and Islamic civilizations of the Middle Ages.
Field: Europe.

HIS 316 - Interpreting American History

81149 TR 12:30-1:45
Thomas Jackson

Pr. Middle Grades or Secondary Social Studies Licensure candidates or permission of instructor

Examination of a broad variety of primary source evidence and historiographical methods for studying the American past from the colonial era through the twentieth century.
Field: United States.

HIS 329-01 - U.S. Women's History since 1865

81151 MW 2:00-3:15
Mandy Cooper

A history of women in the U.S. since the Civil War. Topics include women's activism, labor, reproduction, public policy, race and class inequalities, and contemporary women's issues.
Field: United States. Marker: .WGS

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HIS 333 - American Indian History to 1840

81153 TR 8:00-9:15
Jewel Parker

Explores the history of American Indians in the area now encompassed by the United States through the era of Indian Removal in the 1830s.
Field: Wider World.

HIS 346 - Topics in Historical Memory: "Columbus, Conquistadors, and Contested Memory"

MWF 1:00-1:50
Jodi Bilinkoff

"In fourteen hundred and ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue." Sounds simple, right? In fact, the man born Cristoforo Colombo in Genoa, Italy was an extremely complex, even mysterious figure. The landing of Columbus and his crew on a Caribbean island on October 12, 1492 and its aftermath are among the most debated topics in world history. Nearly thirty years later, Spanish soldiers under the command of Hernán Cortés arrived on the Yucatán coast, setting into motion the conquest of the mighty Mexica (Aztec) Empire in August 1521, another world-historical event. In this course we will explore Columbus, Cortés, and other figures involved in the "Age of Discovery and Conquest" of the Americas. We will read their own words as well as writings and images produced by contemporaries and early chroniclers, charting the processes of recording history, constructing memories, and creating myths. Then we will turn our attention to the last thirty years, in which commemorations of these figures and events have come under intense scrutiny. Students will carry out research projects in which they investigate the naming of cities and public spaces, the erection of statues, the designation of holidays, and other manifestations of memory, as well as the attacks of modern critics.
Field: Consult with Director of Undergraduate Studies for field assignment.

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HIS 347 - History of North Carolina

81157 347-01 MW 2:00-3:15 Warren Milteer

81159 347-02 M 6:00-8:50 p.m. Christine Flood
(Only this section is Speaking Intensive.) Marker: .SI.

This survey course spans more than 400 years of state history - from colonization to the present. It is American history with the spotlight on North Carolina. Objectives of the course include an examination of:

  • when, how, and why North Carolina developed as it did.
  • How its actions and reactions were similar or different from the other states.
  • How the development of its economic, social, and political structure determines present-day North Carolina with special emphasis on such topics as: a) the economy b) politics c) race relations.
Field: United States.

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HIS 348 - The World at War 1914-1918

81161 MW 2:00-3:15
Mark Moser

Origins, course, and impact of the First World War. Emphasis on political, social, and cultural as well as military perspectives.
Field: Europe.

HIS 384 - The Modern Transformation of China, 1800-present

TR 3:30-4:45
James Anderson

How is Modern China "modern"? Can we understand the country’s modern history, if we only focus on China's response to the arrival of Western powers in the region? This course will examine the political, intellectual and social development of China since ca. 1800. Attention will be given to traditional Chinese culture and society, peasant revolutions, the May Fourth Movement, the rise of nationalism and communism, and domestic developments since the 1949 founding of the People's Republic of China. Comparing and analyzing a variety of primary source materials, we will write our own history of China and in the end develop our skills in observing societies with different origins than our own.
Field: Wider World. Marker: IGS

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HIS 389 - West Africa during the Atlantic Slave Trade

81164 ONLINE asynchronous
Colleen Kriger

How, why, and when did trade between Europeans and Africans along Africa's western coast become a trade in slaves across the Atlantic to the Americas? This course examines the history of this trade, how it was organized and carried out on the African side of the Atlantic, and how the slave trade and its abolition affected African societies.
Field: Wider World. Markers: .ADS; GHP; GN; IGS

HIS 391 - Historical Skills and Methods

Writing and Research Intensive. Restricted to history majors.

This is a required course for all history majors (except social studies concentration candidates who complete HIS 430 for research methods). It serves as a prerequisite for the capstone course in the major. Students in the course address a variety of research problems in history using different sources and methods in preparation for HIS 411. Formal goals include: analyzing varieties of primary and secondary source materials; designing a project focus; finding and evaluating appropriate sources; learning citation methods; understanding how historiography can guide us to significant questions and methods.
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81167 HIS 391-01 TR 3:30-4:45
Thomas Jackson

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81171 391-02 MW 2:00-3:15
Jodi Bilinkoff

The Age of Reformations, 1500-1700: When the German monk Martin Luther posted his Ninety-Five Theses against the sale of indulgences in 1517 he set off a chain of events that would shatter the unified Christian culture of Western Europe. Over the next two hundred years Europeans of all backgrounds would struggle with a dizzying array of issues related to faith to be sure, but also, politics, education, gender roles, economics, war, artistic expression, and individual and group identities. In this course we will first briefly trace the history of the Protestant Reformation and the ways in which Catholics responded to this new challenge. Then students will take on projects focusing on the experiences and works of individuals who lived in Europe and its colonies in the period roughly between 1500 and 1700. Over the course of the semester they will learn skills critical to carrying out historical research and writing, including ways of analyzing primary and secondary sources, how to design a project and develop a thesis, citation methods for notes and bibliographies, and strategies for composing clear and compelling prose.

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HIS 408 - Topics in Latin American History: "Riots, Rebellions, Revolutions"

81189 TR 2:00-3:15
Denisa Jashari

What do riots, rebellions, and revolutions have in common? Why, although revolutions are rarely successful, do they continue to fascinate, inspire, and capture varying political imaginations? Why are certain revolutions remembered while others forgotten? What role does violence, and its representations, play in moments of upheaval? In this course we will explore these and other questions as we take an intimate look at Latin American revolutionary actors, from the slave revolts that brought about the Haitian revolution, to the Mexican peasant revolution of 1910, to food riots in Chile, and all the way to the guerrilla struggles in Cuba's Sierra Maestra mountains. All along, we will ask how class, gender, race, and ethnicity shaped revolutionary actors and movements. We situate such moments within a regional and global context and consider how economic, political, and social factors may produce conditions suitable for revolution while we simultaneously consider why and how revolutionary attempts fail. Just as important as the revolutionary actors and movements themselves are the state, military, and local and transnational responses to such moments. Counter-revolutionary reactions produced disturbing levels of state violence and repression made more deadly using new technologies. We will examine music, posters, murals, personal testimonies, political speeches, declassified government documents, and more!
Field: Wider World. Marker: IGS
Crosslisted with HIS 508.

HIS 411A - Seminar in Historical Research and Writing: "The Black 70s"

81204 T 2:00-4:50
Watson Jennison
Writing and Speaking Intensive. Prerequisite: HIS 391.

This class will investigate the decade following the peak of the civil rights movement, a period that has largely been overshadowed by the tumult and fame of the preceding years. The 1970s were a time of dramatic change for black Americans as they sought to capitalize on the hard-fought victories of the previous two decades. Popular depictions of black culture in the 1970s revolve around black power, dashikis, and afros. We will move beyond the clichés and stereotypes connected with this period to investigate the ways in which blacks translated the legislative victories of the civil rights era into reality. In this course, students will write an article-length paper that examines a problem of their choosing from this critical period in American history.
Field: United States. Markers: .WI .SI.

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HIS 411B - Seminar in Historical Research and Writing: "The Great Irish Famine"

81205 MW 3:30-4:45
Jill Bender

Writing and Speaking Intensive. Prerequisite: HIS 391.

During the mid-nineteenth century, Ireland suffered a series of famines that decimated the island's population—in less than one decade, from 1846 to 1855, between 1.1 and 1.5 million people died at the hands of starvation or disease and another 2.1 million emigrated. The difficulties of these years were captured at the time and later recalled through art, literature, music, and more. Indeed, few (if any) events have had a larger impact on Irish history, politics, or national memory than "The Great Hunger." This course is designed to introduce students to the history of the Irish Famine and its repercussions. Together, we will examine the broad political, social, and cultural impacts of the Famine. Individually, students will conceptualize, research, and write papers on a related topic of their own choosing.
Field: Europe. Markers: .WI .SI.

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HIS 415 - American Diplomatic History: The Twentieth Century

81207 MW 2:00-3:15
David Wight

Since 1898, the United States has played an outsized role in international relations, playing a pivotal role in two world wars, the Cold War, the development of modern global systems, and the affairs of virtually every other country on Earth. Indeed, over the course of the twentieth century, the United States progressed from being a great power to the world's sole superpower. Yet the United States has likewise been profoundly shaped by its interactions with the larger world, and Americans have periodically discovered that their power, while great, is not unlimited. This course explores the trajectory of US foreign relations since 1898 with a focus on three main themes: globalization, empire, and the constructs of race and gender.
Field: United States.
Crosslisted with HIS 515.

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HIS 420 - Southern History: Selected Topics: "Freedom in the Age of Slavery"

81208 W 4:00-6:50
Warren Milteer

While most people of color in the South were enslaved on the eve of the Civil War, over 250,000 were free during the same period. This course will explore the experiences of free people of color, individuals of African and/or Native American ancestry who were free before the end of slavery in the U.S. South. Students will learn about the process of becoming free, the lives of free people of color, and the political efforts to limit the liberties of free persons. The class will cover topics such as discrimination and social interactions beyond racial boundaries.
Field: United States
Crosslisted with HIS 520.

HIS 440 - Principles and Practices of Teaching History

81210 MW 2:00-3:15
Lisa Tolbert
Pr. Middle Grades or Secondary Social Studies Licensure candidates who have completed HIS 308, 316, and one other 300-level History elective for a total of 9 s.h., or permission of instructor.

This course is especially designed for students who are concentrating in social studies and plan to engage in teaching as a career. As an aspiring educator, how will you instill in your students a sense of the value and relevance of thinking historically in the 21st century? How do people learn history? Is there something distinctive about learning history compared to learning other academic subjects? This course will introduce you to the growing scholarship that addresses the distinctive challenges of teaching and learning history as both a subject and a discipline.

HIS 446 - Topics in American Cultural History: "Understanding American Material Culture through Race, Class, and Space"

81213 R 2:00-4:50
Torren Gatson

Material culture is defined as "the study through artifacts of the beliefs—values, ideas, attitudes, and assumptions—of a particular community or society at a given time." Material culture includes any and all products of human minds and hands, including landscapes, structures, and both two and three-dimensional objects. This course informs graduate students in history and public history about the history of American material culture. Incorporating multidisciplinary approaches employed in material culture studies we will consider how objects have been used to reinforce, propagate, and resist cultural hierarchies based on race, class, gender, sexuality, and national identity. We will consider these actions with a strong, but not exclusive, emphasis on consumption. Students will read, discuss, and write about the theory and methodology of material culture studies, apply material culture theory and methodology to the study of objects.
Field: United States.
Crosslisted with HIS 546.

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