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Hist 3071: Louisiana (T Th 1:30-2:50 p.m.)
This course provides a general survey of Louisiana’s history from the earliest days of colonization to the present.  Although the primary focus is on events that took place within the boundaries of the modern state, we will also cover material intended to help students understand Louisiana’s history in terms of relevant regional, national, and international events and contexts.  There are three exams.  Each of them has an essay component. Prof. Alecia Long.

Hist 3118, section 1: Romans and Aliens (Undergraduate Seminar, T 3:00-5:50 p.m.)
Politicians and social scientists are feverishly arguing today over topics such as border security, amnesty for illegal immigrants, and mechanisms for naturalization (i.e., the “Road to Citizenship”). Wrapped up in this larger debate are also smaller, but no less contentious arguments about English as the national language and international trade policies (e.g., NAFTA).

 The particulars of these arguments may be unique to our time and place, but the arguments are not. More than 2000 years ago, the Roman Empire, along with its many allies and enemies, wrestled with many of these same questions. Where did the empire’s borders lie, and how were they best defended? Who was and was not a Roman citizen? And if you were not a citizen, if you were a provincial (or worse, a “barbarian”!), what exactly was your role? Where did you fit -- if, in fact, did you fit at all -- into the great machine that was Rome? Instructor John Poirot.

 Hist 3119, section 1: Radical Resistance Movements in African-American Religions (Undergraduate Seminar, M W 1:30-2:50 p.m.)
This course will examine the deployment of religious ideologies in African-American resistance movements throughout the history of the United States.  We will examine the use of religious rhetoric in social and political upheavals involving African Americans and the parallel influence of the racial politics of the era on these religious communities.  Moving from the late eighteenth century to the late twentieth, we attempt to think about religion in relation to these social movements both where it aided and hindered African-American resistance to social, political, and economic injustices.  The course seeks to reexamine views that equate religion with conservatism in the history of the abolitionist, civil rights, and black power movements. 
Major Assignments  
Midterm 30%: 
A five page précis and bibliography for the final paper.   
Final 40%: 
A Ten page essay evaluating the significance of religious ideology to a resistance movement in American history.
Participation 30%: 
Short presentation & attendance

Prof. Kodi Roberts.

 Hist 3119, section 2: Race and Freedom in the United States, 1609-1865 (Undergraduate Seminar, T Th 10:30-11:50 a.m.)
Looking at how each generation of Americans defined race and freedom together, this class will challenge the standard notion that there were two races and two versions of freedom—“black” and “white,” and slavery and freedom. There were in-betweens, “kind ofs,” and statuses that were both. Considering the way society has formed around us, especially in Louisiana, this class will certainly open your eyes to the very origins of America’s concept of freedom and who deserved it, either by nature or force. Instructor Andrew Wegmann.

 Hist 4007: The Early Middle Ages (M W 2:30-3:50 p.m.)
This course seeks to introduce the student to the history of the Early Middle Ages, 300-1000 AD, through a focus on primary source readings.  The student will learn how to analyze these and other sources, and how to use them in the study of history.  We will cover the major religious, political and cultural changes within this transformative period.  The geographic focus of the course is the Mediterranean basin and beyond, comprising early European, Byzantine and Islamic societies.  The class will be graded based on discussions, two papers, one oral presentation, a midterm and final exam. Prof. Maribel Dietz.

 Hist 4011: The Age of Reformation (M W F 11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.)
European history from 1400-1700 with special emphasis on religious upheaveal and its social, cultural and political effects. Cross-listed with Religious Studies 4011. Prof. Christine Kooi.

 Hist 4023: Modern Spain (T Th 1:30-2:50 p.m.)
A survey of Spain’s history from the late medieval period to the present, this course considers how the geography of Spain has influenced its political history as the various incarnations of the monarchy, Spain’s two republics, and the Franco dictatorship tried, or not, to create a unitary state.  Special attention will be paid to the period since ca. 1700 as “reformers” and “traditionalists” of various sorts struggled for power, especially during the Spanish Civil War (1936-39).  4 books.  4 Essay exams (including the final).  Attendance will be counted for part of the grade.  Additional requirements for graduate students. Prof. Paul Hoffman.

 Hist 4032: The Balkans, 1879-present (M W F 10:30-11:20 a.m.)
This course will trace the social, political, and economic developments of the Balkans and the influence of international developments upon them from 1878 to the present.  The modern Balkan states to be considered are Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Macedonia, Slovenia, Turkey, Serbia, Montenegro, and Kosovo.  The reading will consist of seven books which will provide insights into Balkan culture and attitudes.  There will be two papers based on the reading, a mid-term, and a final examination. Prof. Karl Roider.

 Hist 4044: Stuart England (M W F 12:30-1:20 p.m.)
This course covers Britain's 'Century of Revolution' from 1603 to 1714, a period which saw civil war, the trial and execution of a king, and the overthrow of a dynasty. Course requirements include a midterm, final, and research paper. Prof. Victor Stater.

 Hist 4046: 19th-Century Britain (M W F 1:30-2:20 p.m.)
This course surveys the history of Britain during the century when it dominated world affairs. We look at not only the impact of industrialization and the acquisition of empire, but also the emergence of a class society, the evangelical revolution, shifting gender roles, and the development of modern party politics. Readings include both secondary sources--books and articles written by historians-- and primary sources ranging from plays, novels, and children's books to parliamentary reports and diary excerpts. We also examine material culture, such as art and architecture, clothing styles, advertisements, and home furnishings. This course is certified Communication-Intensive (C-I) as part of the Communication across the Curriculum program, with a focus on Written and Visual communication. Prof. Meredith Veldman.

 Hist 4055: The Civil War (T Th 12:00-1:20 p.m.)
This class is an overview of the causes, fighting, and outcomes of the American Civil War. We will spend the opening weeks on the political, economic, and social dimensions of sectionalism in antebellum America leading up to the war. This background will be tied into a consideration of the process of secession and also into the patterns of change that appeared during the war. We will explore the goals of both sides in the war, the means they used to achieve those goals, and how the contingencies of war required changes in both means and ends. Students will learn the military narrative of the conflict, but the general approach will blend military, political, social, and cultural history. For instance, we will consider the experience of people in the Confederacy and the Union, how the war both facilitated and retarded the growth of nationalism and political centralization, spurred unpredictable changes in race relations, encouraged new patterns of economic mobilization, and challenged established ways of thinking about the world. Prof. Aaron Sheehan-Dean.

 Hist 4059: America in the Teens and Twenties (M W F 2:30-3:20 p.m.)
This course will look at the United States from the Great War to the start of the Great Depression.  The class will focus on such issues central to this period as prohibition, immigration, women's suffrage, isolationism, and the economy.  Students will be required to write short essays as well as participate in class discussions. Prof. Charles Shindo.

 Hist 4072: The New South (T Th 9:00-10:20 a.m.)

This course introduces students to the history of the American South after the Civil War. We will consider the separate regions of the South – lowcountry, piedmont, mountain – and how these change over time. A central focus of the course will be the development and changes in southerners’ thinking about race and racial difference. We will also consider other ways that southerners identified and organized themselves – by gender, class, religious beliefs, political ideologies, and residence. Of central importance will be the social and economic changes in the twenty-century South, including the increasing industrialization and urbanization of the region. Students will be encouraged to think about how they understand the meaning of living in the South today; we will explore the roots of common stereotypes and popular images of the region. In order to construct a rigorous historical understanding of the recent South, students will read both scholarly monographs and personal memoirs. We will watch movies and documentaries and listen to a variety of music from different parts of the South over the twentieth century. From these primary and secondary sources, students will develop their own explanations of how southerners built and sustained their communities and of the place of the South within the United States. Prof. Aaron Sheehan-Dean.

 Hist 4079: Women in American History (M W 10:30-11:50 a.m.)
This course explores the history of women in America from the colonial period to the present day. We will read primary sources, scholarly articles, and monographs that examine how women have experienced, shaped, and understood life in the American colonies and the United States. In doing so, we will do more than identify women’s contributions to the political, economic, social, cultural, intellectual, and military history of this country. Rather, we will look at this history through women’s eyes, interrogating how gender, sex, and sexuality, as well as such factors as race, ethnicity, class, or region, shaped the lives and experiences of women living in the American colonies and the United States. Students enrolled in this course will write several short essays, as well as a midterm and final exam. Staff.

 Hist 4081: The Caribbean, 1492-1830 (T Th 9:00-10:20 a.m.)
This course explores the history of the Caribbean from pre-Colombian times to the present. The goal of the class is to trace the emergence of modern Caribbean nations from the slave colonies of the not-so-distant past. It will show that though they may be picturesque vacation destinations, the islands of the Caribbean have played a central role in global history. In particular, this course pays attention to the maintenance of European and North American imperial enterprises in the region and the elaboration of racial ideologies around the diversity that has characterized the island populations.  Through these prisms, we will explore issues such as colonialism, piracy, sugar revolutions, slavery and emancipation, national independence, tourism, and Caribbean migrations. Cuba, Haiti, and Jamaica will be the main areas under consideration for this semester; however, we will also examine texts from other islands such as the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Martinique. Sources will include speeches, song lyrics, films, memoirs, and other primary documents that shed light on the history of Caribbean nations. Prof. Devyn Benson.

 Hist 4092: China since 1600 (T Th 3:00-4:20 p.m.)
This course is a survey of Chinese history from the ascent to power of the last Chinese Dynasty, the Qing (1644-1911) to the establishment of the People's Republic of China (1949) under the leadership of Mao Zedong. We will start with an examination of Chinese society and civilization in the late imperial period. We will then examine China's attempt to transform itself into a republic in 1911, spurred by deep internal social and cultural changes and by pressure from Western imperialism. The 1911 Republican revolution, however, did not end China's search for a new political and cultural identity. China, in fact, emerged from a bloody war with Japan (1937-1945) and a devastating civil war (1945-1949), in a new Communist mode. Prof. Margherita Zanasi.

 Hist 4094: Modern Japan (M W F 9:30-10:20 a.m.)
This course presents a survey of the last four and a half centuries of Japanese history, from the time of the first contact with Westerners in the middle of the sixteenth century to the post-World War II era. We will attempt to achieve a balance between political, social, economic, and cultural history in this survey. About two-thirds of the course will be devoted to the period before the twentieth century. There is no specific course prerequisite for enrolling in this class. Prof. John Henderson.

 Hist 4191: Religions of China and Japan (M W F 11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.)
Major religious traditions of East Asia; Confucianism, Taoism, Mahayana Buddhism, Shinto, and Chinese and Japanese folk religion; religion in the context of Chinese and Japanese cultural history. Cross-listed with Religious Studies 4191. Prof. John Henderson.

 Hist 4195: Africa Since 1880 (T Th 10:30-11:50 a.m.)
This course introduces students to the history of the continent from the late nineteenth century to the present. The course starts with an overview analysis of the momentous changes of the late nineteenth century, including the Scramble for, and Partition of, Africa by the European Imperial powers. The twentieth century constitutes the period of major focus of the course and it is divided into two phases: the colonial and post-colonial. The first phase examines the imposition of colonial rule, the changes brought about by the European colonial state, and the decolonization process. In the second phase, the course examines such issues as independence and the concept of neo-colonialism, the management and/or mis-management of the modern state, and Africa’s role and place in the global environment. Prof. Gibril Cole.

 Hist 4196: The World of Alexander the Great (T Th 10:30-11:50 a.m.)
An introduction to the very eventful period of Ancient Mediterranean history between the heyday of Classical Greece and the rise of Rome to Mediterranean-wide power.  Students will follow the amazing life and career of Alexander III of Macedon (Alexander “the Great”),  and witness the transformation of the Greek world and of the Persian Empire that previously dominated the region.  In the second half of the course we will examine the emergence of the Hellenistic Kingdoms, which both laid the groundwork for the Roman Empire in this area and formed the cultural background for later important events (including the rise of Christianity).  Moderate reading load; two midterm exams, two papers, final exam. Prof. Steven Ross.

 Hist 4197: Crime, Conspiracy and Courtroom Dramas (T Th 12:00-1:20 p.m.)
Crime represents a powerful force in American history, touching on the fundamental relationship between rule of law and fears of disorder. In this class, we address how American films offer a complex medium for decoding popular conceptions (and misconceptions) of crime, political conspiracies, and the meaning of justice. We begin with “Scarface” (1932), the classic film of the criminal underworld, followed by other films on controversial legal and political topics: southern chain gangs; the film noir world of murder; wartime fears of espionage, treason, and presidential assassination; racial injustice; prejudice in the jury system; women on death row; and corruption in the judicial system. Prof. Nancy Isenberg.

 Hist 7904: Graduate Seminar in American Historiography and Criticism (M 3:00-5:50 p.m.)
Historians always tell people they cannot understand the present without understanding the past.  The adage applies as well to the study of history.  History 7904 provides an introduction to the history of the writing of United States history.  It does so through a brief survey of changing conceptions of history over time—the nineteenth century notion that God controlled history, the rise of historicism and scientific history, the challenge of relativism, and the tentative emergence of postmodernism.   The seminar devotes more attention to changing schools of interpretations of United States history, beginning with the nineteenth century amateurs and continuing with the progressives, the consensus, and the New Left historians.  It then examines the rise of social and cultural history, looking as well at various interpretative concepts in wide use today.   It ends with what has been only mentioned along the way:  changes in the profession and what it means to be a professional historian.   Seminar format (with students leading the discussion part of each class), common readings, frequent papers, and a take-home final. Prof. Gaines Foster.

 Hist 7908: Introduction to Historical Research (Graduate) (T 3:00-5:50 p.m.)
The aim of this course is to introduce first-semester graduate students to the products and practices of historical research. After completing the course, students should have a solid  understanding of the various ways historians research and write about their areas of interest and specialty. Prof. Alecia Long.

 Hist 7923: Graduate Seminar in European History from 1500 (T 2:00-4:50 p.m.)
The purpose of History 7923 during Fall Semester 2013 is to develop as wide and deep an acquaintance as possible during a single semester with the works and authors treating major issues in the history of Europe between the late eighteenth century and the early twentieth century. 
Requirements:  (a) for each seminar meeting, complete the required reading; (b) for eight (8) of the seminar meetings, prepare a brief written analysis of the required reading (see Book Review Instructions, below); the written analysis must be made available to all seminar members by 09:00 of the day preceding the seminar meeting, and each student is responsible for obtaining and reading the analyses before the meeting; (c) unless specifically excused from the requirement, read at least one book in either French or German for the seminar; (d) for each seminar, discuss critically the required reading, the historiography, and the written analyses; (e) for one (1) seminar, direct or co-direct the discussion. 
Grading:  students will be graded on their written analyses (60%), participation in seminar discussion (20%), and direction of discussion (20%).

Prof. Benjamin Martin.

 Hist 7951: Graduate Reading Seminar in American History to 1800 (T 3:00-5:50 p.m.)
The purpose of this course is to teach graduate students to think critically and introduce them to the field of early American History.  The books represent some of the most innovative studies and they cover a wide range of topics: current scholarship is not only interdisciplinary but demands original thinking and creative methods of research.  We will be reading books and articles by Jill Lepore, David Hall, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Alden Vaughn, Timothy Breen, David Waldstreicher, Maya Jasanoff, Saul Cornell, Joanne Freeman and others in the field. Prof. Nancy Isenberg.

 Hist 7956: Graduate Readings  Seminar in American History, 1900 to Present (M 3:00-5:50 p.m.)
This seminar is intended to introduce graduate students to the historiography of American history, 1900 to present.  By design, readings will include various styles of historical writing, as well as significant topics, in chronological order.  The  seminar will give students an understanding of the major developments in, and historiography of, twentieth-century American history, not excluding subjects since 2000. Prof. David Culbert.

 Hist 7959: The Politics of Memory: America, 1770-1860 (Graduate Seminar) (Th 3:00-5:50 p.m.)
Designed to teach students to think, write, and argue as historians.  We take in several topics encompassing political, cultural, and intellectual life as these are reflected in the controversial character of historical memory.  Of the five books read in common, subjects range from the Boston Tea Party to Jacksonian political newspapers to Indians’ strategies for survival.  The final part of the course requires completion of a relevant research paper (of the student’s choosing) and formal presentation of research before the class­--on the order of what a professional historian does at an academic conference. Prof. Andrew Burstein.

 Hist 7970: Reading Seminar in Comparative History (W 3:00-5:50 p.m.)

"Riot, Rebellion, and Revolution in Latin America"
This course is designed as a graduate reading seminar in Latin American history, but will also fulfill requirements in World History, depending on the student's historical fields. In addition, It is open to graduate students from other disciplines. Students will be required to read the equivalent of a book a week in preparation for class discussion and analysis. Course themes are centered on social conflict and state-formation in the making of Latin America from the colonial period to the present. Students will design an individual research program in conjunction with their interests and disciplinary expertise. Prof. Stephen Andes.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 
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