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Spring 2021 Course Descriptions: 100-400 Level

The History Department changed many of our classes to online and hybrid formats to give our students a wider access to our classes should they be unable to attend campus classes in Spring 2021. Many classes will meet online at a scheduled time. Check the meeting information carefully. Classes that meet face-to-face have been moved to larger rooms in order to facilitate social distancing. Please check Genie for updates and your email for updates from your instructors. Changes to the schedule continue to be possible as our world changes.

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

HIS 101-01: The Contemporary World

MWF 10:00-10:50 HYBRID
Jeff Jones

12122 101-01A meets M in classroom, WF online
12126 101-01B meets W in classroom, MF online
12130 101-01C meets F in classroom, MW online

This course explores the historical background behind major issues of the contemporary world, including: colonialism/decolonization; the Cold War and other global conflicts; genocide; religious fundamentalism; and the role of women.
Field: Wider World. Markers: .GHP .GN

HIS 204 - History of Africa from 1870

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10323 ONLINE asynchronous
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 206-01 - Topics in Premodern Western History: "Survey of Premodern Global History"

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11709 206-01 ONLINE asynchronous
Anderson Rouse

This course surveys global history through 1500, paying particular attention to wide-ranging world developments - population movements, trade, and cultural exchange - and webs of connection between societies. This course also examines the origins and histories of distinctive societies and cultural traditions in Africa, Eurasia, China, South Asia, the Near East and the Western Hemisphere. Students should gain a broad and balanced understanding of the most significant social, political, and cultural developments of human societies up to the eve of the modern era.
Field: Europe. Markers: .GHP .GL .GPM.

HIS 206 - Topics in Premodern Western History: "Afro-Eurasian Society to 1650"

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11720 206-02 ONLINE asynchronous
11197 Winter session Dec. 14, 2020 - Jan. 21, 2021 only 206-81 ONLINE asynchronous
Timothy Reagin

This course surveys civilizations, religions, cultures, and societies in Europe, North Africa, and Asia from pre-history to about 1650 A.D. Our focus will be on political, religious, economic, social, cultural, and military trends as well as significant and representative people and events.
Field: Europe. Markers: .GHP .GL .GPM.

HIS 207-01 - Topics in Premodern World History: "Empires and Cultures in the Atlantic World to 1800"

10702 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.GPM.GN.IGS

HIS 207-02 - Topics in Premodern World History: "Africans in the Atlantic World until 1800"

11722 ONLINE asynchronous
Richard Smith

Africans and their descendants played a crucial role in the creation of the Atlantic World. While it is through slavery that much of the Atlantic world was constructed, free Africans and their descendants also played a crucial role. The purpose of this course is to view the various roles played by Africans in the molding and shaping of the Atlantic World. Although this course will study the role of the enslaved, it is the purpose of this class to move beyond slavery and illustrate the many different ways, both enslaved and free Africans, as well as their descendants contributed to the construction of the region known to posterity as the Atlantic World.
Field: Wider World. Markers: .GHP.GPM.GN.IGS

HIS 208-01 - Topics in the West and the Modern World: "Migration in the Modern World"

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10703 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

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HIS 208-02 - Topics in the West and the Modern World: "Workers of the World: A Global Labor History"

10704 ONLINE asynchronous
Connor Harney

Students will explore recent attempts by historians to tell the story of working people from a global perspective.
Field: Europe. Markers: .GHP.GL.GMO.IGS

HIS 209-01: Topics in Modern World History: "Totalitarianism in the Twentieth Century"

10483 209-01 ONLINE asynchronous
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

HIS 210-01 and -02 - "Human Rights in Modern World History"

MWF 10:00-10:50 ONLINE
Mark Elliott

11417 210-01 MWF 10:00-10:50 ONLINE
11418 210-02 MWF 10:00-10:50 ONLINE

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 .GL

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

HIS 211 - United States History to 1865

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MWF 11:00-11:50 HYBRID
Watson Jennison

12147 211-01A meets M in classroom, WF online
12154 211-01B meets W in classroom, MF online

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

The lecture portion of this class meets on Mondays or Wednesdays at 11-11:50 in the classroom, and students watch the lecture online on the other day. Smaller discussion groups meet on Fridays online at 11:00-11:50.

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HIS 212 - United States History since 1865

MWF 10:00-10:50 HYBRID
Mandy Cooper

12158 212-01A meets M in classroom, WF online
12161 212-01B meets W in classroom, MF online

General survey of American history from Reconstruction to the present. Sections -01 through -02 are Writing Intensive. Field: United States. Markers: .GHP .GMO .WI

The lecture portion of this class meets on Mondays or Wednesdays at 10-10:50 in the classroom, and students watch the lecture online on the other day. Smaller discussion groups meet on Fridays online at 10:00-10:50.

The following section of HIS 212 is NOT writing intensive and meets online:

10705 212-03 ONLINE asynchronousCarolyn Lindley

HIS 213-01 Topics in American History: "The Slave Narratives"

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11730 TR 9:30-10:45 ONLINE
Warren Milteer

This course will explore the history of human bondage and the pre-1865 United States through the narratives of enslaved people. We will read several narratives authored by enslaved men and women in order to evaluate the impact of human bondage on the lives of enslaved persons as well as those who lived around them. Through a careful reading of these narratives, students will learn about important features of slave narratives as a genre of biography. They will also learn how to evaluate these narratives as primary historical sources.
Field: United States. Markers: .GHP .GMO

HIS 213-02 Topics in American History: "Women and Gender in Early America"

10715 ONLINE asynchronous
Jewel Parker

This course surveys women's and gender history in America up to 1865. This course explores how social and cultural expectations for gender roles informed reproductive and physical labor, slavery, family dynamics, education, economics, and politics. Focusing on these themes, this course will examine the questions: "How did women's lives vary throughout early American history?" and "How did women shape their lives?" Through answering these questions, students will develop a more thorough understanding of the diverse roles women held and the ways women have worked within and pushed against societal boundaries to control their own lives and gain visibility in American societies. Students will analyze primary sources from diverse perspectives that introduce the controversies, trends, events, and actors in early American history. In addition to exploring women and gender as a historical concept, students will also learn analytical skills employed in the study of history.
Field: United States. Markers: .GHP .GMO

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

10717 217-01 ONLINE  asynchronous
15246 217-03 ONLINE  asynchronous
Mark Moser

14722 Jan. 19-Mar. 10, 2021 217-02 ONLINE asynchronous Matthew Hintz

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

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HIS 218 - The World since 1945

12165218-01 ONLINE asynchronous David Wight
14725 Mar. 15-May 5, 2021 218-11 ONLINE asynchronous Kimberly Cheek
14836 Winter session Dec. 14, 2020 - Jan. 21, 2021 only 218-81 ONLINE asynchronous Christine Flood

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.

HIS 221 - Medieval Legacy

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MWF 9:00-9:50 ONLINE
Richard Barton

10723 221-01 MWF 9:00-9:50 ONLINE
10727 221-02 MWF 9:00-9:50 ONLINE

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.

The lecture portion of this class meets online on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:00-9:50. Smaller discussion groups meet online on Fridays at 9:00-9:50.

HIS 222 - Europe 1400-1789

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MWF 11:00-11:50 HYBRID
Jodi Bilinkoff

12193 222-01A meets in classroom M, meets online WF
12194 222-02B meets in classroom W, meets online MF

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 or Wednesdays at 11-11:50 in the classroom, and students watch the lecture online on the other day. Smaller discussion groups meet on Fridays online at 11:00-11:50.

HIS 223 - European Revolutions, 1789-1989

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10730 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.IGS

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

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12220 TR 11:00-12:15 ONLINE
Denisa Jashari

In this course, we will explore Latin American history from independence to the late twentieth century. This course is broad, geographically and temporally, but no prior knowledge of Latin American history is necessary. Drawing upon primary documents, audio and visual materials, and secondary historical literature, this course will explore the nation-building process and the ways that ordinary people interacted with the state. We will also analyze the construction of racial, class, and gender hierarchies in various Latin American contexts. We draw from case studies and national histories, but we will place these historical moments within a global perspective, elucidating how Latin American actors shaped imperial practices, nation-state formation, revolutionary and counterrevolutionary dynamics during the Cold War, and innovations in urban design, technology, and culture. In doing so, we will invert common perceptions of the region and understand Latin American actors in their own terms. Field: Wider World. Markers:.GHP.GMO.GN.IGS

HIS 302 - Race and Segregation

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MW 2:00-3:15 HYBRID
Watson Jennison

12250 302-01A meets M in classroom, meets W online
12252 302-01B meets W in classroom, meets M online

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

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HIS 317 - Creating a Public Past: History Beyond the University

12255 TR 9:30-10:45
This class meets face-to-face.
Torren Gatson

Explores the place of the past in contemporary life and introduces the field of public history: the effort to make history for and with audiences beyond the university.
Field: United States.

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HIS 323 - American Indians and Nature

10695 ONLINE asynchronous
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 explore 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 actions to protect water resources against petroleum and natural gas pipelines, mining, and desecration of sacred lands, and a rapidly-growing food sovereignty movement demonstrate, Native peoples maintain a unique place in American history stemming from their thousands of years of occupancy and interaction with this land. In recent times, government and private interests have placed tremendous pressure on Native people to exploit their natural resources, sometimes with devastating impacts. We will investigate these topics through reading books and articles, watching films and video clips, and writing analysis papers.
Field: Wider World. Markers: .ENV.GHP.GN.SUS

HIS 337 - Emerging Nation: US History 1789-1848

11734 TR 12:30-1:45 ONLINE
Warren Milteer

Selected topics in United States history during the early national era, such as the Market Revolution, the growth of slavery, foreign relations, Indian Removal, democratizing politics, and territorial expansion.
Field: United States.

HIS 338 - Civil War, Reconstruction, and Reunion, 1848-1896

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11419 TR 11:00-12:15 ONLINE
Mark Elliott

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.

HIS 341 - Pirates of the Caribbean: The Real Story

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11422 TR 9:30-10:45 ONLINE
Linda Rupert

This course introduces students to the fascinating, complex, and changing role of corsairs, buccaneers, and privateers in shaping the emerging colonial economies, societies, and cultures of the early modern Caribbean. Few historical actors have been so thoroughly romanticized - or so completely decontextualized - as Caribbean pirates. 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.

***This course will be taught synchronously via ZOOM> Students must have access to reliable Internet and computer with camera on the scheduled days and times. A smart phone is not sufficient.***

Field: Wider World.

HIS 347 - History of North Carolina

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11736 ONLINE asynchronous
Andy Bedingfield

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

HIS 349 - The World at War, 1939-1945

11444 ONLINE asynchronous
Mark Moser

Emphasis on the political systems responsible for the Second World War; military establishments that fought it, the populations that suffered it, and sociopolitical and cultural changes it brought about.
Field: Europe. Marker: .GL

HIS 369 - History of Spain

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MWF 1:00-1:50 HYBRID
Jodi Bilinkoff

12258 369-01A meets M in classroom, WF online
12259 369-01B meets W in classroom, MF online

In the period between 1450 and 1700 a previously poor and isolated region of Europe emerged as a dominant political, military and cultural force. In this, its "Golden Age," Spain conquered and colonized the largest empire since the days of the Romans, dominated much of Europe, declared itself the leader of the Catholic faith, and dazzled the world with its accomplishments in art, music, literature and spiritual expression. It also grappled with intense problems of poverty, urban sprawl, racism, religious intolerance and seemingly endless wars, on both sides of the Atlantic. In this course we examine primary texts (in English translation) from the Hispanic world in the Age of Empire, and listen to the voices of people caught up in the triumphs and struggles of this complex and fascinating society.
Field: Europe. Marker: .GPM.

HIS 383 - Chinese History to 1800

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11442 ONLINE asynchronous
James Anderson

The Western world's interest in China has long followed two paths, one material and one spiritual. While Western traders and government leaders debated various routes to the elusive "China Market," artists and philosophers deliberated tenets of Confucianism, Daoism (Taoism) and Buddhism, the schools of thought that flourished in traditional Chinese society. The end result was a representation of China still popular in the West, as full of Western dreams and ambitions as it is of Chinese realities. The current debates regarding Chinese trading privileges and human rights abuses are clearly shaped by this Western profile of China. Our course will hold up this picture to scrutiny, while introducing and illuminating both the remarkable and the commonplace from China's past. Field: Wider World. Marker: .IGS

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HIS 389 - West Africa during the Atlantic Slave Trade

11425 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 390 - History Internship

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Anne Parsons

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 Anne Parsons for information.

HIS 391 - Historical Skills and Methods

Writing and Research Intensive. Prerequisites: History major or minor and completion of all 200-level requirements for the major.

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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11423 391-01 TR 12:30-1:45 ONLINE 
Linda Rupert 

In the Wake of Columbus: This course will be a hands-on journey through the craft of historical inquiry, using the early Caribbean as a backdrop. As we trace the major transformations that swept the region after 1492 students will sharpen their skills in research, analysis, and writing. We will delve deeply into a wide range of sources, carefully considering their strengths, limitations, and silences. We will also keep front and center three pillars of the historical approach: change over time, large scale historical processes and structures, and the lives of individual people and groups (human agency). Students will develop competencies in framing research topics; locating and critically reading sources; posing appropriate questions; building interpretation on evidence, identifying relevant historiography, and writing clear prose.

***This course will be taught synchronously via ZOOM> Students must have access to reliable Internet and computer with camera on the scheduled days and times. A smart phone is not sufficient.***

11805 391-02 MW 2:00-3:15 
This class meets face-to-face.
Mandy Cooper 

Introduction to research methods in history. Topics include: analyzing varieties of primary and secondary source materials; designing a project focus; finding and evaluating appropriate sources; citation methods; historiography.

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HIS 392 - The Holocaust: History and Meaning

11424 MW 3:30-4:45 ONLINE
Teresa Walch

This course examines the Holocaust on multiple scales - the local, national, continental, and global. The Holocaust had unique and contingent origins in Germany, but it cannot be understood without examining some important antecedents, and it was ultimately a European phenomenon with global, and long-lasting ramifications. This course will cover the timeframe of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with an emphasis on the critical years of 1933-1945. You will be introduced to the main historiographical debates surrounding Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, and you will be asked to reflect upon the all-important questions of how and why. You will encounter the voices of diverse individuals who experienced persecution by the Nazi regime. By the end of this course, you should be able to outline the ideological, political, material, and interpersonal dynamics of the Holocaust and to chart the timeline of historical events and the stages of radicalization.
Field: Europe. Marker: .GL.

HIS 403 - African American History Selected Topics: "From Blaxploitation to the Birth of the B-Boy: Black Popular Culture in the 1970s"

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11810 W 4:00-6:50 ONLINE
Watson Jennison

The 1970s witnessed an explosion of black popular culture unseen since the Harlem Renaissance of a half century before. A product of the economic, political, and social transformations that shaped black life in this critical decade, black art, both high and low, represented the voice of a people articulating their distinctive vision of American identity. This course will examine the history of black popular culture as well as the context and controversies connected to its creation. In addition to the rise of black artists in music, television, and film, this course will explore other topics such as Afrofuturism, black theater and literature, and the birth of hip hop.
Marker: .ADS. Field: United States. Crosslisted with HIS 502.

HIS 408 - Latin American History Selected Topics: "Becoming Urban: Latin American Cities from Colony to the Present"

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11815 TR 2:00-3:15
This class meets face-to-face.
Denisa Jashari

Since 1950, nearly two-thirds of the world’s population has settled in cities. By 2050, cities will account for all future world population growth. In Latin America, one in four people lives in a poor, underserviced, legally precarious neighborhood. However, informal cities are not only endemic to Latin America. This class engages global issues pertaining to urban poverty and economic and political trends, but it highlights regional dynamics that have transformed Latin American cities. Since the study of cities and urban informality is an inherently interdisciplinary process, this class will draw from history, anthropology, critical geography, and urban studies. Students will encounter classic theorists that will help us understand the ways in which urban space is produced and reproduced, the ways in which it is lived and experienced, and fought over and contested throughout different socio-economic and political transformations. This course proceeds chronologically and thematically and examines transformations in urban life and space roughly from the colonial era to the late twentieth century. We will look at how men and women, rich and poor, native born or immigrants, experienced life in the city. We will explore how struggles over class, race, and gender have manifested themselves in urban space. In addition, we will consider how Latin American cities and their inhabitants have been imagined, and how such representations have impacted state policy, social movements, and everyday life.
Field: Wider World. Crosslisted with HIS 508.

HIS 411A - Seminar in Historical Research and Writing: "Pivotal Decades: The 1910s and the 1960s in the United States"

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11741 TR 3:30-4:45 ONLINE
Thomas Jackson

The 1910s and the 1960s were both decades in which mass movements for women’s and minority rights interacted with important progressive and liberal reforms that had profound impacts on American society, politics, and daily life. Culturally, both were decades in which young people challenged traditional norms and social roles, seeking “liberation” in sexuality, personal relationships, and artistic expression. Each represents a major advance in environmental consciousness and government regulation of business. In each case, social mobilization and political reform was severely constrained by the presidential decisions for war in Europe and Southeast Asia. Each decade generated significant peace movements and massive government repression of dissent. Each gave way to decades of conservative retrenchment, though social and cultural movements endured. This research seminar will acquaint students with major developments in each decade, and invite students to select focused, researchable, and significant problems of explanation. Each of you will delve deeply into an issue, a key personality, an important decision or sequence of decisions. Then you will synthesize your research findings and write up a mixture of narration and analysis in a final project you will feel proud to share.
Writing and Speaking Intensive. Prerequisites: For social studies licensure students: HIS 430 and permission of instructor. For all other history majors: HIS 391 and permission of instructor.
Field: United States. Markers: .WI .SI

HIS 411B - Seminar in Historical Research and Writing: "Self and Society in Europe and its Colonies, 1400-1700"

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11839 MW 3:30-4:45
This class meets face-to-face.
Jodi Bilinkoff

In this course we will examine biographical and autobiographical texts, which were produced in great variety and abundance throughout early modern Europe and its colonies. At the heart of our inquiry is what scholars call "the construction of identities," or how individuals perceive and present their own lives or the lives of others. We will read and discuss together some representative examples from the period and identify relevant analytical categories including, social class, gender, geographical origin, religion, educational level, profession, and intended audience. Students will then choose a text or several short texts to investigate and contextualize for a research paper that engages this cultural impulse to record and remember lives.
Writing and Speaking Intensive. Prerequisites: For social studies licensure students: HIS 430 and permission of instructor. For all other history majors: HIS 391 and permission of instructor.
Field: Europe

HIS 414-01 - Topics in World History: "Frontiers and Borders in the Classical and Medieval Mediterranean"

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13086 MW 3:30-4:45
This class meets face-to-face.
Asa Eger

The world today is a sharply divided and sharply contested landscape of borders and frontiers, delimiting not only nations and political space but ethnicities and religions, languages and cultures. However, current events have equally shown us that these borders and frontiers can often impose arbitrary division where none has existed before or contribute to the creation of new identities and societies. We will analyze the concept of the frontier and frontier societies and how frontier theory contributes to new understandings of history. Geographically, we will focus on the tumultuous world of shifting states and empires in classical and medieval Mediterranean and Europe from the Roman Empire to the Ottoman Empire. Since the idea of frontiers is interdisciplinary we will incorporate historical, archaeological, ethnohistorical, environmental, and anthropological research. Contrary to the assumption that the central place typifies culture, it is perhaps the frontier which visibly manifests interconnectedness of societies and the process of social change.
Field: Wider World. Crosslisted with HIS 514.

HIS 414-02 - Topics in World History: "The Global Cold War"

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13115 TR 12:30-1:45 ONLINE
David Wight

This course explores the global roots and consequences of the Cold War. While the two superpowers, the Soviet Union and the United States, were important leaders in this global struggle, myriad countries from across the world contributed to the start, prolongation, and resolution of the conflict. Furthermore, many of the consequences of the Cold War, particularly its "hot wars," were larger imposed upon societies within the Third World. This course will thus look at the superpowers, allied nations, and non-aligned countries to present a truly global understanding of the defining geopolitical struggle of the second half of the 20th century. Field: Wider World. Crosslisted with HIS 514.

HIS 422 - Early American History Selected Topics: "Race in Native America"

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11747 TR 3:30-4:45 ONLINE
Warren Milteer

This course will explore the connection between race and the history of Native America. Students will investigate the ways that the concept of race impacted indigenous Americans and shaped their destinies. We will focus on the ways that Native communities rejected and embraced racial hierarchies and how these decisions supported and disrupted long-held ideas about family, kinship, nation, and social belonging. The class will also focus on the legacies of these decisions and their impacts on present-day Native peoples and their neighbors.
Field: United States. Crosslisted with HIS 522.

HIS 430 - Historical Methods for Social Studies Teachers

11446 MW 2:00-3:15 ONLINE
Lisa Tolbert

Writing Intensive. Prerequisites: Middle Grades or Secondary Social Studies Licensure candidates who have completed HIS 308, HIS 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.

HIS 451-01 - Gender and History Selected Topics: "Women's Work: Women, Business, and Economics in the U.S."

11819 MW 3:30-4:45
This class meets face-to-face.
Mandy Cooper

Women have always worked. Yet, most narratives of business and capitalism focus on the experiences of men, from the robber barons of the nineteenth century to the tech entrepreneurs of the twentieth. This class asks how focusing on women's work and privileging women's voices better accounts for, challenges, or changes the ways we think about the development of business and global forms of capitalism in the United States? Students will examine women's work in domestic labor within the household, slavery, emotional and reproductive labor, factories, war production, and more. Throughout the course, students will place women's work in the context of trade networks in the Atlantic World, the advent of slavery and the slave economy, the rise of big business and the development of the modern corporation, and the relationship between management and labor. Beginning in the colonial era and continuing to the present, this course reframes our understanding of business and the economy in the United States by placing women's work at the center, highlighting the centrality of women's work to the development of business and capitalism in the United States.
Field: United States.
Crosslisted with HIS 551.

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