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Spring 2018 Course Descriptions: 200-400 Level

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HIS 204 - History of Africa from 1870

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13899 TR 9:30-10:45
Colleen Kriger

When, how, and why did European nations colonize the African continent? And, an equally important question, What is the legacy of European colonialism in Africa today? This course examines major themes in recent African history, and discusses theoretical debates in the history of Africa during the colonial period and since. Topics to be covered include: the imposition of colonial rule and wars of resistance; styles of colonial rule; theories of underdevelopment and the effects of colonial policies; Pan-Africanism, nationalism, and independence movements; the creation of apartheid; decolonization; and issues facing independent Africa such as neo-colonialism and the dismantling of apartheid. These themes will be studied with reference to the regions of west, east, central, and southern Africa.
Field: Wider World. Markers: .ADS.GHP.GMO.GN.IGS

HIS 206 - Topics in Premodern World History I: "Global Developments to 1500"

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206-01 through -04 MW 10-10:50 and F 10-10:50 or 11-11:50 Stephen Ruzicka

This course surveys premodern history (through about 1500) on a global basis. While looking at the origins and histories of distinctive societies and cultural traditions in Africa, Eurasia, China, South Asia, the Near East and the Western Hemisphere, it pays particular attention to developments of world historical scope - population movements, economic activities, trade, and cultural exchange - which constitute the common premodern human experience. Students should gain a broad and balanced understanding of the major social, political, and cultural developments of human societies up to the eve of the modern age.
Field: Europe. Markers: .GHP.GL.GPM.

The lecture portion of this class meets on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:00-10:50. Smaller discussion groups meet on Fridays at either 10:00-10:50 or 11:00-11:50.

10016 206-01 - MW 10-10:50, F 10-10:50
13415 206-02 - MW 10-10:50, F 11-11:50
13900 206-03 - MW 10-10:50, F 10-10:50
16065 206-04 - MW 10-10:50, F 11-11:50

HIS 207-01 and -02: Topics in Premodern World History II: "Islamic Civilization 600-1200 CE"

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MW 1-1:50 and F 12-12:50 or 1-1:50
Asa Eger

Field: Wider World. Markers: .GHP.GMO.GN.IGS

In the middle of the seventh century, Arab tribes coalesced and emerged from the Arabian Peninsula, conquering an enormous expanse of territory that reached from the shores of the Atlantic Ocean to the deserts of India in less than one hundred years. In the following centuries, Islamic civilization took shape, a dynamic process framed by Islamic ideals yet influenced by the many cultures this civilization embraced. The products of this civilization included magnificent monuments, extensive works of literature and science, far-flung trade routes that connected to east Asia, and new agricultural and technological innovations. This course will familiarize students with the history of the rise and spread of Islamic civilization as a complex and interdependent process that occurred throughout the Near East, North Africa, Spain, and Central Asia. We contextualize this process in the world before Islam and the rise of the Prophet Muhammad at the start of the seventh century and continue until the time of the Crusaders at the end of twelfth century. Our approach will be interdisciplinary. We will look at the history, art and architecture, archaeology, environment, literature, and religion of Islamic civilization.

The lecture portion of this class meets on Mondays and Wednesdays at 1:00-1:50. Smaller discussion groups meet on Fridays at either 12:00-12:50 or 1:00-1:50.

10017 207-01 - MW 1-1:50, F 12-12:50
14215 207-02 - MW 1-1:50, F 1-1:50

HIS 207-03 - Topics in Premodern World History II: "North and East Africa through the Middle Ages"

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16096 TR 8:00-9:15
Ian Michie

This course will examine the cultural, religious, and political developments of a world region that underwent significant changes from the origin of human history through the fourteenth century. Influenced by dynamic exchange networks spanning the Sahara Desert, the Mediterranean and Red Seas, the Nile River, and the Indian Ocean, several prevailing civilizations arose in North and East Africa. The course will examine these civilizations as well as the impact of outside influences such as the Phoenicians, Greeks, and Romans. The class will also study the influence of religions, most notably Islam and Christianity, on the political and cultural transitions of North and East Africa.
Field: Wider World. Markers: .GHP.GMO.GN.IGS


HIS 207-04 - Topics in Premodern World History II: "Cultures in Contact"

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17325 ONLINE
Sarah McCartney

This course provides a broad overview of world history in the premodern and early modern eras from roughly 500 C.E. to 1800 C.E.. It emphasizes connection, comparison, and change across Africa, Asia and South America, and highlights "big picture" moments that impacted the world population. Particular attention is given to commercial networks and the spread of religions and ideologies across the Indian Ocean and Atlantic Ocean, which brought cultures into contact. Field: Wider World. Markers: .GHP .GMO .GN .IGS.

HIS 208 - Topics in Modern World History I: "Revolutions in Modern World History"

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208-01 and -02 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

13362 208-01 - TR 12:30-1:45
13363 208-02 - TR 3:30-4:45


HIS 209-01 - Topics in Modern World History II: "The Pacific World in Modern Times"

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10018 ONLINE Eric Oakley

The Pacific Ocean is the dominant geographical feature of our planet, covering more than one-third of the world's surface and a greater area than all land masses combined. Despite the vastness of this "ocean hemisphere," the Pacific has emerged as complex site of imperialism, conflict, and globalization since 1850. Readings will introduce places as different as the Panama Canal, Shanghai, Samoa, and Pearl Harbor. Students will learn about fascinating persons such as Queen Lili'uokalani, Admiral Yamamoto, and Jack London. Moreover, the course emphasizes an interdisciplinary understanding of the past in which history intersects with fields such as anthropology and ecology. Topics include colonized peoples, environmental change, human migrations, war at sea, and media.
Field: Wider World. Markers: .GHP .GMO .GN .IGS

HIS 211 - United States History to 1865

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General survey of American history from colonization through the Civil War. Sections -01 through -06 are Writing Intensive.
Field: United States. Markers: .GHP.GMO.WI

211-01 through -04 Watson Jennison

The lecture portion of HIS 211-01 through -06 meets on Mondays and Wednesdays at 11-11:50. Smaller discussion groups meet on Fridays at either 11:00-11:50 or 12:00-12:50.

10019 211-01 - MW 11-11:50, F 11-11:50 Writing Intensive
13901 211-02 - MW 11-11:50, F 12-12:50 Writing Intensive
13902 211-03 - MW 11-11:50, F 11-11:50 Writing Intensive
13903 211-04 - MW 11-11:50, F 12-12:50 Writing Intensive
14642 211-05 - MW 11-11:50, F 11-11:50 Writing Intensive
14643 211-06 - MW 11-11:50, F 12-12:50 Writing Intensive

HIS 211 - United States History to 1865

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General survey of American history from colonization through the Civil War. 
Field: United States. Markers: .GHP.GMO

16072 211-07 TR 8:00-9:15 Arlen Hanson

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HIS 212 - United States History since 1865

General survey of American history from Reconstruction to the present.

10020 212-01 MWF 8:00-8:50 Ethan Moore
10021 212-02 MWF 11:00-11:50 Kimberly Cheek 
10022 212-03 MW 3:30-4:45 Anderson Rouse
13904 212-04 TR 8:00-9:15 Matthew Larson

HIS 213 - Topics in American History: "Technology in American History"

16875 TR 3:30-4:45 Lisa Tolbert
Writing Intensive

It's obvious isn't it? Astronauts are technologically superior to cave men! Airplanes are superior to the horse and buggy. The computer is superior to the typewriter. At first glance human history looks like a record of steady progress from the Stone Age to the internet. But let's take another look at that. How should we understand the role of technology in human history? At a time when we worry about our ability to protect the integrity of election results or safeguard our personal identity, are we driving the machines or are they driving us? Karl Marx said that "the hand-mill gives you society with the feudal lord; the steam-mill, society with the industrial capitalist." Focusing on the role of technology in the history of the United States, this course will examine the question, "Does technology drive history?" We will explore the roles of men and women who invented and used technology through the study of specific artifacts—from the ax to the light bulb to the electric washing machine. We'll traverse the long history of the United States from the colonial era through the twentieth century focusing on invention as a social process and how technology influenced everyday life.
Field: United States. Markers: .GHP.GMO.WI

HIS 216 - Civilizations of Asia

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14645 TR 2:00-3:15 James Anderson

How is Modern East Asia "modern"? What do we mean by this term? Can we understand the recent history of the region, if we focus exclusively on the Asian response to the arrival of Western powers in the region? This course will examine political change, specifically the emergence of anti-colonial nationalist and communist movements, as well as related intellectual and social developments in East Asia since ca. 1800.
Field: Wider World. Markers: .GHP.GMO.GN.IGS

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

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

10023 217-01 ONLINE Mark Moser
13094 217-02 ONLINE Hannah Dudley-Shotwell
14646 217-03 TR 5:00-6:15 Christopher Davis

HIS 218 - The World in the Twentieth Century, since 1945

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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.

10024 218-01 TR 9:30-10:45 David Wight
16095 218-02 MW 3:30-4:45 Matthew Hintz
13905 218-03 MWF 8:00-8:50 Brian Suttell

HIS 221 - Medieval Legacy

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10025 TR 9:30-10:45 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.

HIS 222 - Europe 1400-1789

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222-01 through -02 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

The lecture portion of this class meets on Mondays and Wednesdays at 1:00-1:50. Smaller discussion groups meet on Fridays at either 12:00-12:50 or 1:00-1:50.

13364 222-01 - MW 1-1:50, F 12-12:50
14185 222-02 - MW 1-1:50, F 1-1:50

HIS 223 - European Revolutions, 1789-1989

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10026 TR 11:00-12:15 Jeff Jones

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.IGS

HIS 240 - (Dis)order and Progress: Latin America since 1810

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16097 TR 11:00-12:15
Peter Villella

This course introduces the the political, social, and cultural history of Latin America since independence. The survey addresses such themes as dictatorship and democracy; sovereignty and imperialism; revolution and social transformation; race relations; and the evolution of export economics, and explores the historical roots of the region's perennial struggles with inequality and foreign exploitation.Field: Wider World. Markers:.GHP.GMO.GN.IGS

HIS 302 - Race and Segregation

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10288 MW 2:00-3:15
Watson Jennison

Race and segregation in the United States since the Civil War, including the origins of the Jim Crow laws, the civil rights movement, black urbanization, the Harlem Renaissance, black nationalism, and the African American experience in America.
Field: United States. Markers: .ADS.GMO

HIS 320 - History of Mexico and Central America

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16098 TR 2:00-3:15
Peter Villella

This course examines the political, cultural, and social history of Mexico and Central America from the dissolution of colonial New Spain in 1821 to the conflicts over neoliberalism in the early 21st century. Topics include race relations and mestizo nationalism; competing visions of modernization and democracy; the influence of the United States and other foreign powers; and the origins of modern Mexican patriotism and national identity.
Field: Wider World. Markers: .GMO.GN

HIS 323 - American Indians and Nature

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16099 TR 2:00-3:15 Greg O'Brien

This course explores the variety of ways that American Indian peoples have interacted with the natural world and how they have thought about that relationship from before European arrival in the Americas to today. We will analyze American Indian philosophy and religion as it pertains to nature, while also examining how such beliefs were/are put into practice. As recent events such as the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation actions to protect water resources against the Dakota Access Pipeline and Apache protests over mining of sacred land in Arizona demonstrate, Indian peoples maintain a special relationship with the American land. Simultaneously, however, government and private interests have placed tremendous pressure on Native people to exploit their natural resources, sometimes with devastating impacts. We will read books and articles and write analysis papers.
Field: Wider World. Markers: .ENV.GHP.GN

HIS 329 - US Women's History since 1865

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16100 MWF 9:00-9:50 Kelsey Walker

This course explores the dramatic changes in women's experiences in the U.S. from 1865 to the present. We will explore these transformations from multiple perspectives. Questions that we will address include: How did women's experiences differ along race and class lines? How did ideologies of gender, race, and sexuality change over time? To what extent did women shape their own history? How does women's history change our understanding of United States history?
Field: United States.

HIS 338 - Civil War, Reconstruction, Reunion

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16102 TR 11:00-12:15 Mark Elliott
Speaking Intensive

The Civil War and its aftermath marked a watershed in the social, ideological and political history of the nation, and its impact continues to be felt today. This course examines the American Civil War and its aftermath with an emphasis on the causes and consequences of the conflict between the North and South. It traces the development of an antagonism between contrasting social, economic, and ideological systems, and examines the conflict from a national and international perspective . The political history of the war as well as its impact on people's lives—both on the battlefield and the homefront—is given special emphasis. The contentious issues that caused the war were not resolved in 1865, and the class follows the continuation of the issues until 1896. During Reconstruction, the attempt to reconstruct Southern society on the principle of equal citizenship raised contentious issues about the meaning of free labor, democratic equality, and Federal authority over the states that are examined in detail. The course will conclude by examining the myths, legends, and ideological legacies of both the Civil War and Reconstruction.
Field: United States. Marker: .SI

HIS 340 - The United States since World War II

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13365 MW 5:00-6:15 Timothy Reagin

Selected social, political, and international trends and events: Cold War and Vietnam; conservatism from McCarthy to Reagan; black freedom, radicalism and the Great Society; feminism; mass immigration and multicultural America.
Field: United States.

HIS 341 - Pirates of the Caribbean: The Real Story

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16115 TR 11:00-12:15 Linda Rupert

Few historical actors have been so thoroughly romanticized - or so completely decontextualized - as Caribbean pirates. This course introduces students to the fascinating, complex, and changing role of corsairs, buccaneers, pirates, and privateers in shaping the emerging colonial economies, societies, and cultures of the early modern Caribbean. From the daring exploits of the French corsairs and the Elizabethan privateers in the 1500s, to the independent buccaneer communities of the 1600s, to the gruesome trials and hangings of pirate outlaws in the early 1700s, piracy was intricately woven into the history of the region.
Field: Wider World.

HIS 347 - History of North Carolina

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This is a survey course. It 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

10289 347-01 W 6:30-9:20 Speaking Intensive Section. Marker: .SI Christine Flood
10290 347-02 ONLINE Virginia Summey

HIS 351 - History of Greece, 2000 BC-31 BC

16116 MW 2:00-3:15 Stephen Ruzicka

Mycenaean society, Greek "dark ages," colonization and tyranny, Athens and Sparta, flowering in the fifth and fourth centuries, conquests of Alexander, Hellenistic empires, and the diffusion of Greek civilization.
Field: Europe.

HIS 356 - The Making of the African Diaspora

14690 TR 9:30-10:45
Omar Ali

The course explores the histories of people of African descent from the early modern period to the present starting in sub-Saharan Africa, moving into the Indian Ocean world and touching the Mediterranean world, before delving into the Atlantic world, beginning with Latin America and ending in North America. A number of sub-topics to be explored include the intersection of Islam and the African Diaspora, resistance to enslavement, maroonage, and black political independence. The course will explore these histories through a combination of primary sources, including written documents, oral history, and material culture. Crosslisted with AFS 356. Marker: .ADS

HIS 390 - History Internship

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Benjamin Filene

Field learning experience in public or applied history. Academic supervision provided by job supervisor. Assigned reading and written reports. May be repeated. Prerequisite: Consent of Director of Public History. Written permission needed to register. Contact Benjamin Filene for information.

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 511. 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.
Marker: .WI.RI.

10394 391-01 MW 2:00-3:15 
Thomas Jackson 

This course draws on case studies in social, political, and cultural history in the United States since the Civil War to help you gain proficiency with two of our four learning goals for history majors (see below for topics). Throughout the course we will use historical thinking to contextualize and analyze primary and secondary sources (LG 2). And we will use evidence-based reasoning to interpret the past coherently (LG 4). The course will also open up LG 3 - conducting original research - by requiring several exercises in information literacy: finding and evaluating the best sources that speak to significant questions. Varieties of historical thinking that we will practice include: quantitative and qualitative analysis, comparison between symbol and substance in politics, and analysis of visual rhetoric in photographs and films. You will also improve your ability to detect major historical fallacies, such as oversimplification, the confusion between contiguity in time and historical causation, "presentism," and the fallacy of composition (mistaking parts for wholes). We will practice making valid inferences from limited evidence, and explore how different theories and models of behavior can dramatically change explanations for events such as the dropping of the Atomic Bomb, or the student sit-ins that began in Greensboro in 1960. Further topics include analysis of the WPA slave narratives; analysis of imagery and legislative wrangling in Progressive crusades for pure food and drugs; analysis of the trial of Sacco and Vanzetti as a window into growing anti-immigrant sentiment in the 1920s; the human and ecological causes of the Dust Bowl and Okie migration; women's work and media power after World War II; the symbols and policy demands of the civil rights movement in the early 1960s; and Vietnam War soldiers' experiences and films. This course should benefit your ability to do well in all your history courses, but will be essential to doing well in the capstone History 511.

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13395 391-02 TR 12:30-1:45 
Richard Barton 

Europe in the Twelfth Century: Doing history is an exciting process of discovery, analysis, and presentation. In this course we will develop the skills necessary for identifying research topics, locating appropriate sources, evaluating those sources, and organizing materials into a presentable format. Our canvas will be Europe in the long twelfth century (c. 1050-1215), a period that witnessed tremendous change in every aspect of society and a huge outpouring of written and visual material documenting those changes. This means that as we think about the process of doing history, most of our examples will be drawn from the classes of sources produced by medieval people during this period. Still, since not all history is medieval history, we will also spend some time learning to locate and evaluate other types of source material, including digital resources, websites, and films.

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HIS 392 - The Holocaust: History and Meaning

13910 TR 6:30-7:45
Joseph Ross

The Holocaust is central to our political, moral, and cultural world in twenty-first century America. Yet the Holocaust still confounds efforts to understand the perpetrators' motivations and the victims' experiences. How did "ordinary" Germans respond to the Nazi regime? Why did special units commit murder so efficiently and ruthlessly? What role did other countries—the US and the Soviet Union—play? In this course we will study the origins and implementation of the Holocaust, and the challenge this event poses to the study of history. Among the topics to be covered are the centrality of the "Jewish Question" and the long history of anti-Semitism in Germany; the role of the Holocaust within the larger context of World War II in Europe; and debates about Germany's aims. We will pay close attention to how the Holocaust has been remembered and memorialized and how memory aids and differs from the work of professional historians.
Field: Europe. Marker: .GL.

HIS 430 - Historical Methods for Social Studies Teachers

10960 MW 2:00-3:15 
Lisa Tolbert
Writing and Research Intensive. 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

HIS 430 is an introduction to historical thinking and the research process designed to address these historical methods content standards for all social studies licensure candidates. The state of North Carolina requires that teacher candidates must demonstrate depth of content knowledge in "the process of critical inquiry in history and the social sciences used to examine change over time and develop historical perspectives," including: identifying and framing a problem, using primary and secondary resources, evaluating the credibility of sources, putting sources into historical context, investigating, interpreting, and analyzing multiple viewpoints, clearly and effectively articulating conclusions. The ultimate goal of the course is to understand the creative process of research within the discipline of history.

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