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Summer 2015 History Course Descriptions

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


Session I - May 14 through June 17, 2015

HIS 206-01 - Topics in Premodern World History I: "Survey of the Premodern World"

ONLINE
Richard Shelton

This course introduces world history from the dawn of civilization to the early modern era. Topics include Eurasian, African, American, and Greco-Roman civilizations and Christian, Islamic, South Asian, Chinese, and Byzantine cultures. Upon completion, students should be able to analyze significant political, socioeconomic, and cultural developments in premodern world history.
Field: Europe. Markers: .GHP.GL.GPM


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HIS 208-01 - Topics in Modern World History I: "Peoples of Empire"

ONLINE 
Jamie Mize

At their height, European empires covered most of the globe and held sway over a majority of the world's population. Despite the geographic reach of European empires, European imperial subjects were a minority. This course will focus on the non-European peoples that made up a majority of imperial populations. Students will be introduced to the perspectives, voices, and actions of the indigenous peoples in these empires through a series of case studies that will focus on particular native peoples, locales, and empires throughout the world. This perspective will encourage students to think less about specific individuals and events in terms of "conquest," and instead will introduce them to broader analytical frameworks, such as, cultural diversity, historical memory, agency, and change over time.
Field: Europe. Markers: GHP.GL.GMO.IGS


HIS 209-01 - Topics in Modern World History I: "Crossing the Continents"

ONLINE
Sarah McCartney

This course will provide a broad overview of the history of the modern world. It will emphasize connection, comparison, and change across Africa, Asia and Latin America from roughly 1450 to the present. This course will emphasize the "big picture" changes that impacted the largest segments of the world population. Particular attention will be given to the Industrial Revolution, which spurred the creation of "modern" society and ultimately transformed the world.
Field: Wider World. Markers: .GHP.GMO.GN.IGS


HIS 211-01 - United States History to 1865

ONLINE 
Todd Miller

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


HIS 216-01 - Civilizations of Asia

ONLINE 
Joseph Ross

Impact of West on Asia and Asia's response; development of nationalism and Communism. Focus is on India, China, and Japan in nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Field: Wider World. Markers: .GHP.GMO.GN.IGS


HIS 217-01 - The World in the Twentieth Century (1900-1945)

ONLINE 
Mark Moser

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 335-01 - Moments of Crisis in Colonial America

Writing Intensive 
MTWR 10:10-12:10
Greg O'Brien

This course introduces students to the varieties of social crisis that took place in colonial North America. Of the dozens of such events in colonial America we will focus on four: Bacon's Rebellion (1670s Virginia), the Salem Witchcraft Trials (1690s New England), the Tuscarora War (1710s North Carolina), and the Stono Rebellion (1730s-40s South Carolina). Through these representative samples, students will learn about the issues and conditions that drove Puritans to accuse each other of witchcraft and condemned twenty people to die, Indians to resist colonial encroachment, African slaves to rebel against their enslavement, and indentured servants and small farmers to seek redress of their grievances through violent means. Colonial America was a place and time of dissension, disagreement, and violence in addition to the more familiar stories of colonial development, economic growth, and large-scale immigration.
Field: United States. Markers: .GMO.WI


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HIS 344-01 - The New South

ONLINE 
Paige Meszaros

This course examines the social, political, and economic development of the American South from the Civil War to the present. Topics covered will include the Lost Cause; Jim Crow and the Black Freedom Movement; reform; changing labor patterns - including the effects of immigration; political and religious conservatism; and even leisure - from Nashville to NASCAR. Throughout the course, we will uncover conflicts over race, gender, and class differences; we will examine the role of the past in shaping the modern South; and we will try to determine the degree to which the South has changed. Finally, we will look at how the commodification of the southern way of life has influenced the rest of the nation.
Field: United States.


HIS 347-01 - North Carolina History

ONLINE 
Christine Flood

History of North Carolina from its colonial origins to the twentieth century, including the evolution of its political system, economy, social structure, and culture.
Field: United States.


HIS 555-01 - Field Methods in Preservation Technology

MTWRF 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Dates May 11-29, 2015 
Jo Leimenstoll
Special registration required. Please email professor for details.

Prerequisites: Admission to a graduate program in history or interior architecture, or permission of instructor. Crosslisted with IAR 555.

Intensive on-site fieldwork experience addressing issues of architectural conservation and historic building technology. Includes methods, techniques, and theories of preservation technology and accepted conservation practices.


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HIS 588-01 - East Asian Topics: "The Viet Nam Wars"

MTWR 2:30-4:30 
James Anderson

In the eyes of many Americans, there is little separation between the image of "Vietnam" and the tragic outcome of US involvement in the Second Indochinese War. However, Viet Nam as a nation and the Vietnamese as a people have existed in the region for over two thousand years, fighting during much of this time for both political autonomy and cultural self-identity. During the course of its history, Viet Nam's military adversary and cultural ally has often been China. Conversely, Chinese leaders have long believed that their empire shared a special bond with Viet Nam, which at times promoted the impulse to subjugate their smaller neighbor. This course will consider the history of wars fought on Vietnamese soil within the larger context of political, social and cultural change. The course themes include: resistance of foreign aggression as an integral part of the Vietnamese nationalist narrative, Vietnamese self-identity in the shadow of Chinese domination, the anti-colonial origins of the Vietnamese nationalist and Communist movements, and Vietnamese government's uneasy relations with border ethnic groups. It is my desire that, after the completion of this seminar course, we will have a larger historical context in which we can more clearly evaluate the events of the last 50 years.
Field: Wider World.


Session II - June 18 through July 24, 2015

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


HIS 206-11 - Topics in Premodern World History I: "Mediterranean World"

ONLINE
Ian Michie

This class focuses on the history of the Mediterranean Sea from the origins of its earliest civilizations through the Middle Ages. The class will pay particular attention to the evolution and continuity of Mediterranean culture, society, and economic networks.
Field: Europe. Markers: .GHP.GL.GPM


HIS 207-11 - Topics in Premodern World History II: "Encountering the Sacred: A History of World Religions, 1300-1800"

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ONLINE
Steven Peach

This course investigates the cultural context and global nature of the world’s major religions from the fourteenth to the eighteenth centuries. It traces the impact of globalization, empire- building, and cross-cultural encounters on patterns of religious change and continuity. In order to accomplish these goals, you will evaluate several primary and research on global religious history.
Field: Wider World. Markers: .GHP.GN.GPM.IGS


HIS 209-11 - Topics in Modern World History I: "Awakening Giants"

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ONLINE
Eric Oakley

This course investigates the awakening of China and India as contemporary superpowers. However, the roots of this transformation are found in their histories since early modern times. Topics will include Chinese and Indian empire-building, cultural encounters, foreign imperialism, transnational migration, statehood, and current challenges. Moreover, students will encounter these societies through frameworks of ethnicity, nationalism, and modernity. Finally, the course will introduce a wealth of primary sources related to the intellectual development of China and India, with close attention to the development of national ideologies.
Field: Wider World. Markers: .GHP.GL.GMO.IGS


HIS 212-11 - United States History since 1865

ONLINE 
Margaret Williams

General survey of American history from Reconstruction to the present.
Field: United States. Markers: GHP.GMO


HIS 217-11 - The World in the Twentieth Century (1900-1945)

ONLINE 
Marjorie Foy

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


HIS 218-11 - The World in the Twentieth Century (1945-2000)

ONLINE 
Susan Thomas

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


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HIS 220-11 - The Ancient World

MTWR 10:10-12:10
Stephen Ruzicka

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


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HIS 222-11 - Europe 1400-1789

ONLINE 
Jason Stroud

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


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HIS 329-11 - U.S. Women's History Since 1865

ONLINE 
Hannah Dudley Shotwell

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. Markers: .WGS


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