Expanded Course Descriptions
The Department of History scheduled these undergraduate courses for WINTER QUARTER 2023. This list and descriptions are subject to change, so please check back often.
- Lower Division
- HIS 7B: History of Latin America, 1700-1900 (Latin America) - Professor Perez Melendez
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Latin America from colony to republic. The nature of Iberian colonialism, the causes for independence, the creation of nation states, the difficulties in consolidating these nations, and the rise of Liberalism and export economies in the 19th century.
Description: How did Latin America and the Caribbean emerge in the nineteenth century, a period best described as the quintessential crucible of modernity? Moving from the late-colonial reforms of the Spanish and Portuguese Empires into the revolutionary period that disrupted them, this course will focus on the Latin American wars of independence and the state-formation processes that followed. What world forces and political philosophies molded Latin America’s great transformation? How did a whole region previously under the jurisdiction of three imperial powers fraction into a plurality of nation-states? And where does the Spanish and French Caribbean fit in? Classes will survey Latin America as an incredibly diverse world region crisscrossed by civil and regional wars, struggles over citizenship, contests over land, and enthralling artistic and literary traditions. Discussions will examine imperial ideologies and the multiple factors underwriting independence, the various modalities of government thought possible by contemporaries, the breakneck speed of government formation, and the consolidation of export-oriented economies that marked the region’s entry into a “Global South.”
HIS 8: History of Indian Civilization (Asia) - Professor Sen
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Survey of Indian civilization from the rise of cities (ca. 2000 B.C.) to the present, emphasizing themes in religion, social and political organization, and art and literature that reflect cultural interaction and change.
Description: This course is a panoramic tour of Indian history from the dawn of the ancient cities of the Indus valley to the rise of the first kingdoms and empires of the Gangetic floodplains and the peninsular south. It explores the history of the Turco-Mongol and Afghan empires, the ascendency and fall of the great Mughal Empire, the advent of the East India Company and the expansion of British rule in India, and long struggle for independence toward the creation of the Independent nation-state.
HIS 9C (cross-listed with EAS 88): Korean Culture & Society: From Ancient Three Kingdoms to the Global K-Pop (Asia) - Professor Kim
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Evolution of Korean society from Three Kingdoms period (B.C.E 57 to C.E. 676) to the contemporary era emphasizing the perseverance and transformations of traditional social and cultural patterns.
Description: History 9C is an introduction to Korean culture and history from the era marked by the first signs of human habitation in the Korean peninsula to the early decades of 21st century. Following the conclusion of the Second World War/Pacific War, South Korea has risen up from the devastations wreaked by that war as well as the extremely destructive and divisive Korean War to become not only an economic powerhouse but also a global exporter of influential popular culture. Meanwhile, North Korea has retained its notoriety as a “rogue state,” virtually the only nation still operating under the Cold War mindset in the world today. Given the critical importance of both Koreas to the security, welfare and progress of the world as we know today, it is important more than ever for an American (or any other country’s) citizen to understand basics of the culture and history of Korea. The topics covered in this course include, among others, formation and development of the distinctive Korean identity in the context of the peninsula’s interactions with other nations and civilizations (including China, Japan and the US), evolution of political systems and worldviews (including but not limited to adaptations and transformations of Buddhism, Confucianism, Christianity, Communism and democracy), encounters with imperialism, compressed modernization and Cold War dynamics, and global success of the South Korean popular culture once derided and denigrated by the elite classes (cinema, K-pop and so on). Hopefully, the participants will be stimulated to learn about both Koreas reaching beyond the shallow caricatures often thrown about in the internet or even mainstream news media. All readings are in English language, and so are class discussions. Prior knowledge of Korean history is not required. Such knowledge may be helpful to a certain extent but does not necessarily guarantee a good grade. This course will not extensively engage with the Korean American experience (although the history of Korean diaspora will be covered to a certain extent), nor with North-South conflict and relations from the viewpoint of political or military science. Those who are interested in these topics are advised to seek out the appropriate courses offered in Asian American Studies or other programs.
HIS 10C: World History III (World) - Professor El Shakry
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Major topics from world history of the 19th and 20th centuries, emphasizing the rise and fall of Western colonial empires; Cold War and the superpowers; the spread of the nation-states; and process of globalization.
Description: This is a course in the history of the world since 1850 that will highlight five themes: the global formation of capitalism and industrialism; warfare and techno-politics; the rival ideologies of liberalism, fascism, and communism; anticolonial nationalism, decolonization, and revolutionary struggles; and the current global catastrophe. Our focus will be on modernity as a process of creative destruction. We will begin with the global world of the 19th century (“disciplinary societies”) and end by asking if we live in what the philosopher Gilles Deleuze calls a “society of control.” We conclude by contemplating what it might mean to imagine hope as survival in the aftermath of an ongoing catastrophe. The emphasis will be on understanding comparisons and connections across multiple societies and histories rather than comprehensive coverage. The course will be taught asynchronously with in-person sections.
Required Textbook: Robert Tignor, et. al., Worlds Together, Worlds Apart: A History of the World, 1750-present. Volume C, 3rd ed. or 4th ed. or 5th ed. (New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 2011, 2014, 2018).
HIS 12: Food & History (World) - Professor McKee
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s).
Survey of the ways humans have fed themselves from the dawn of humanity to the present. Transformation of plants and animals into food, cooking into cuisine, and ceremony into etiquette.
Description: This course will survey how humans have fed themselves from the time they were hunter gatherers to the present and study how new feeding patterns have transformed cultures, economies, and societies. We trace the transformation of plants and animals into food, cooking into cuisine, ceremony into etiquette, and home cooking into national cuisine. In short, the course will examine the social and political implications of food and its consumption on a global scale from pre-history to the twentieth century.
Required Texts (available in the UCD Bookstore, online, and on reserve at Shields Library):
- Richard Wrangham, Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human
- Sidney Mintz, Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History
- Toni Tipton-Martin, Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African American Cooking
- Short articles (to be supplied for free as PDFs) for discussion in section.
HIS 16 (cross-listed with STS 16): Sex, Science, & Society (World)- Professor Chiang
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Survey of the relationship between sex, science, and society in the history of the modern world. Emphasis on the development of scientific ideas about the human body against broader social, cultural, and political trends and from a global viewpoint.
Description: This course examines how scientists and doctors have sought to conceptualize sex, gender, and sexuality since the Enlightenment. With an emphasis on the impact and legacy of imperialism, lectures will explore the connection between the development of scientific ideas and its shifting social, cultural, and political contexts. Topics include the history of homosexuality, eugenics, population control, intersexuality, transsexuality, and HIV/AIDS. Combining lectures and discussions, the course offers a historical framework for discerning a variety of disciplinary approaches to the scientific understanding of sex and sexuality, including botany, anatomy, evolutionary biology, genetics, endocrinology, anthropology, sociology, psychiatry, among others. The course accomplishes two overarching goals: (1) to understand the role of scientific and medical expertise in social controversies about cultural diversity and (2) to integrate the dynamics of power in region-specific contexts into a global synthesis by focusing on the politicized nature of scientific practice
HIS 17A: History of the United States (US) - Professor Downs
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). The experience of the American people from the Colonial Era to the Civil War.
Description: This course explores the United States from its earliest settlement to the Civil War, with special emphasis upon the development of indigenous and settler societies in the region that became the United States, the formation of a new nation through a multi-sided war, and the expansion and eventual overthrow of plantation slavery.
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). The experience of the American people from the Civil War to the end of the Cold War. Not open for credit to students who have completed HIS 017C.
HIS 19: Migration & Borders in Global History (World) - Professor Fahrenthold
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Introduction to global migration history from 1800 to the present; labor migration systems; border governance; undocumented migrants; partition, displacement, and refugee regimes; race, class, and gender in migration law.
Description: This course offers a survey-level introduction to global migration history from 1800 to the present. It is open to all students without prerequisite, and is designed to ground students in core debates in the field and a wide knowledge of migration flows impacting the modern world. The first half covers the 19th century: the Atlantic Middle Passage and abolition; the emergence of the global capitalist system; “free” versus “forced” labor migration. The second half engages 20th -21st century issues of migration restriction and the law; and the emergence of migration systems associated with refugees: documentation, displacement, refugee regimes, and resettlement. Students will complete the quarter with a functional vocabulary in migration theory, and an understanding of the impact of migration on modern societies through the present moment.
Grading: this course includes graded discussion sections, midterm and final exams, one brief response paper, and one term paper.
Reading: Two books are required for purchase (or will be provided via Equitable Access)
- Harzig and Hoerder, What is Migration History? (Polity, 2009);
- Colfer and Donkin, Illegal (2018).
All other materials will be provided on Canvas.
HIS 72A: Women & Gender in America, to 1865 (US) - Staff
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). History of women and gender in America through 1865, emphasizing intersections of gender, race, class, and sexuality. Topics include interracial marriage, slavery, witchcraft, meanings of motherhood, war, domestic labor, moral reform, women’s rights, migrations, the effects of commercialization and industrialization.
- Undergraduate Seminars
- HIS 102E: Europe Since 1815 (Europe) - Professor Dickinson
Seminar—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Designed primarily for history majors. Intensive reading, discussion, research, and writing in selected topics in the various fields of history. Europe since 1815.
Topic: History of Terrorism in Europe, 1850-1980
Description: This course is designed to give students a broad understanding of the different ways in which social scientists, historians, novelists, and terrorists themselves have sought to understand, and to portray, terrorism in Europe during the past 125 years. We will read selections from a number of autobiographical accounts written by terrorists in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; from several novels about terrorism in both centuries; and from the extensive academic historical and social-science literature on the subject. Throughout the course, our focus will be on understanding the place of terrorism in European culture--its origins in fundamental features and problems of European social, political, and intellectual life, its echoes in European culture and literature, and what both authors of fictional works and academic and police experts on the history, methods, psychology, and aims of terrorism have believed it told them about their societies. What did terrorists think they were doing, and how did their involvement in terrorist activity fit their understanding of their own lives and the lives of those around them? What caused people to use terrorist methods? What kind of persons did so? What kinds of societies produced terrorist movements? What kinds of social problems, failures, and successes did terrorism seek to address? How effective was it, and under what conditions was it effective? We will address these questions in the forms and instances in which they have preoccupied the authors of the works we will be reading.
HIS 102F: Russia (Europe) - Professor Campbell
Seminar—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Designed primarily for history majors. Intensive reading, discussion, research, and writing in selected topics in the various fields of history. Russia.
Topic: Russian and Muslim - The Minority Religious Experience in the Russian Empire and Soviet Union
Description: Outside their Slavic heartlands, the Russian Empire and Soviet Union boasted tens of millions of Muslim subjects. This course explores both how the tsarist and Soviet states attempted to manage the religious diversity this religious community represented. Just as importantly, we will learn how Muslims themselves lived, believed, and formed communities in a Russian Empire that strongly promoted Orthodoxy and in the officially atheist Soviet Union.
Your grade will be based on participation, three short papers, and one long final paper developed over the course of the quarter."
HIS 102M: United States Since 1896 (US) - Professor Warren
Seminar—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Designed primarily for history majors. Intensive reading, discussion, research, and writing in selected topics in the various fields of history. United States since 1896.
Topic: Boom: California Growth and Its Consequences
Description: Today, one in eight U.S. residents lives in California, and the state has the world's fifth largest economy. This seminar will explore the history of modern California with a special emphasis on episodes of California's growth, from the Gold Rush and agriculture to the suburban boom and Silicon Valley. We'll look at how growth happened (and when it didn't) and we'll try to understand the costs of growth in environmental, social, and political terms. Readings; paper; movies; field trip.
HIS 102R: Muslim Societies (Asia) - Professor Tezcan
Seminar—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Designed primarily for history majors. Intensive reading, discussion, research, and writing in selected topics in the various fields of history. Muslim Societies.
Topic: Modern Turkey
Course Schedule: Tuesdays, 9:00-11:50AM in SSH 2202.
Description: This seminar focuses on Turkey in the twentieth century. In the first half of the quarter, we will cover the history of Turkey chronologically, from its imperial past to its present, including such subjects as the demise of the Ottoman Empire, Mustafa Kemal’s reforms, the democratization of Turkey, and the recent authoritarian turn. In the second half, we will focus on selected themes, such as Turkish nationalism, secularism, women’s rights, and music.
Required books (all six will be available in Shields Reserves, accessible freely online):
Erik J. Zürcher, Turkey: A Modern History, third ed. (London: I.B. Tauris, 2004) [T hereafter].
Şükrü M. Hanioğlu, Atatürk: An Intellectual Biography (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2011).
Jenny White, Turkish Kaleidoscope: Fractured Lives in a Time of Violence, illustrated by Ergün Gündüz (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2021).
Cihan Tugal, Passive Revolution: Absorbing the Islamic Challenge to Capitalism (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2009).
Christopher de Bellaigue, Rebel Land: Unraveling the Riddle of History in a Turkish Town (New York: Penguin, 2010).
Martin Stokes, The Republic of Love: Cultural Intimacy in Turkish Popular Music (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010).
The additional reading assignments will also be available online, free of charge, on Canvas.
Three short papers (5-7 pages, 25% each); seminar participation and presentation (25%).
For graduate students: four short papers (20% each); seminar participation and presentation (20%).
Each student will assume full (or shared) responsibility for leading one seminar meeting with a presentation and a long list of questions to launch a discussion. Presenters will also write a paper in response to the readings of that week – if necessary, under the guidance of the questions to be supplied by the instructor.
Every student will write a paper that will be due on Tuesday 3/21, at 11:45 am at the History Department reception, analyzing de Bellaigue’s Rebel Land within the context of the assigned readings and seminar discussions of the quarter, including contemporary developments in Turkish politics.
In addition to the papers written for presentation weeks and the finals’ week, each student will write a third paper on the readings of another week to be chosen in consultation with the instructor.
The papers are due Mondays preceding the seminar meeting at 5 pm and may be e-mailed to the instructor. Presenters and paper writers must complete the additional readings assigned for their weeks as well as the ones that will be read by all seminar participants.
- Upper Division
- HIS 110A: Colonialism & the Making of the Modern World (World) - Professor El Shakry
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. History of the modern world, focusing on struggles between Europeans and colonized peoples; the global formation of capitalism; the creation of nation-states; and the constitution of bourgeois bodies and racial selves in modern societies.
Description: This course will be a thematic exploration of colonialism as an historical, political, cultural, and psychological experience. Topics may include: Columbus and ‘the cannibals’; the Spanish conquest of Mexico; the Atlantic slave trade; racial capitalism and modernity; the Haitian Revolution; British colonialism in India and Egypt; the Belgian Congo; the relation between Self and Other in the colonial encounter; the psychology of race and racism; and the Algerian war of decolonization. We will engage a diverse array of primary and secondary sources, novels, and films in our exploration. All course readings and films will be available online. The course will be taught synchronously. Background knowledge of modern world history is strongly recommended. The course will be taught synchronously online.
HIS 120: World War II (World) - Professor Rauchway and Professor Kelman
Lecture—3 hour(s); Extensive Writing. The Second World War from 1931 to 1945 in all of its theaters. Causes, conduct, and consequences of the war including military, political, economic, social, and cultural factors, with special emphasis on battlefield strategy and mobilization of the home front.
HIS 136 (cross-listed with STS 136): Scientific Revolution (Europe) - Professor Stolzenberg
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Rise of modern science in Europe, 1500–1750. Transformation of ideas about nature, knowledge, medicine, and technology in the age of Copernicus, Vesalius, Galileo, Descartes, and Newton.
Description: What does it mean to understand nature in modern—and pre-modern—ways? Today we take for granted that science involves mathematical laws, experimentation, discovering new phenomena, and the creation of technologies that provide power over nature. None of these was true about European natural science in 1500. All had become widely accepted by 1700. This class treats the transformation of European ideas about nature, knowledge, and technology during the age of Copernicus, Galileo, Descartes, and Newton. We will explore the intellectual culture of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries to examine issues such as scientific methods, instruments and experimentation, science and religion, and the control of nature. Topics include astronomy, physics, chemistry/alchemy, natural magic, medicine, and natural history. Evaluation is based on short writing assignments, quizzes, and essays. This course satisfies GE requirements for AH, SS, and WC. There are no prerequisites, and no prior knowledge is necessary.
Readings: Peter Dear, Revolutionizing the Sciences, and miscellaneous primary sources.
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. France since 1815.
HIS 146A: Europe in the 20th Century (Europe) - Professor Dickinson
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Survey of the history of Europe from 1919 to 1939.
This course will cover the history of Europe in the first part of the twentieth century, from the 1890s through to the outbreak of World War II. Lectures and the course textbook will examine the broad pattern of the evolution of European societies and the European states in these decades, focusing on political, social, and cultural change. The first few weeks of the course will focus on long-term trends and changes in the decades around 1900. Our understanding of the problems and potentials of European civilization in this period will then serve as a basis for understanding the violent upheavals of the first decades of the twentieth century, from 1914 to 1939. Our readings--in addition to the textbook--will be drawn from primary documents written during the period, and from scholarly articles examining particular aspects of European social and cultural history. The documents will focus on the daily lives of particular Europeans, on key moments of political conflict, and on key ideas that shaped the thinking and expectations of Europeans in this period. These readings will focus on the ways that individual Europeans' lives "fit into" the broader sweep of history and social development, and on ways in which they experienced and thought about moments of crisis in the development of their societies. The articles we will read will present close analysis of particular aspects of the broader trends and grander events discussed in lectures and in the textbook.
Readings from the course will include a textbook, some scholarly articles by historians, and selections from several autobiographies, from several novels and short stories, from a number of scholarly monographs, and from a number of works of political and social philosophy.
HIS 147A: European Intellectual History: 1800-1870 (Europe) - Professor Saler
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. European thought in the early industrial era. Shifting cultural frameworks, from romanticism to scientism; liberal and socialist reactions to social change. Focus on the work of Goethe, Hegel, J.S. Mill, Marx, Darwin and Flaubert.
HIS 163B: History of Brazil (Latin America) - Professor Perez Melendez
Lecture—3 hour(s). The history of the Brazilian republic from 1889 to the present.
Description: With the rise of an unapologetically classist, racist and homophobic far-right government in 2018 and the resurgence of extreme poverty, where is Brazil headed? Understanding Brazil’s present challenges calls for deep historical reflection. How did such a geographically and culturally diverse country get to this point of unending crisis? When did inequality originate? How did ideas about a Brazilian “racial democracy” that is nowhere to be found today develop in the first place? And how have conservative elites managed to keep such a tight grip over the state generation after generation? Lectures will survey the most salient features in the political history of Brazil from the arrival of the Portuguese royal household in 1808 to the most recent blunders of the right-wing government in power. By the same token, the course will examine the actions of indigenous peoples, enslaved women and men, radical republicans, and the black and student movements, among others, in their efforts to make Brazil more equal and set the record straight.
HIS 172: American Environmental History (US) - Professor Warren
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. American history through connections between people and nature, pre-Columbus to climate change. Native America; conquest; epidemics; extinctions; industrialization; pollution; environmentalism; climate change and global warming; ideas of nature.
Description: From Native American domestication of corn to colonial epidemics, from the making of the atomic bomb to global climate change, this course reveals a new way of understanding the American past by asking big questions about humans, nature, and the shifting bonds between them. How does American history look different when we consider germs, mosquitoes, pigs, plants, and coal as key actors in stories about people? How did Americans go from fearing wilderness to loving it? How did the pursuit of leisure change the landscapes they appreciated, and with what consequences? (When did hiking become "fun"? And were all those national parks actually unoccupied when they were created?) What are the roots of our current industrial food crisis, and how is it connected to the invention of the refrigerator and the automobile, and hamburgers and fish sticks? When did the environmental justice movement begin? How is environmental justice connected to the environmental movement? How did fears of overpopulation contribute to the development of the birth control pill -- and with what consequences for ideas of sex, gender, and nature? Who invented Earth Day and the EPA? How did decisions about agriculture and urban growth contribute to the frequent droughts we are experiencing today? Who discovered global warming, and what does it have to do with the inundation of New Orleans and parts of New York during recent hurricanes? Why and how have climate change deniers seized the upper hand in public debate—or have they? Join us to learn the answers to these and similar questions as we see American history in a new light. Lectures, discussion, readings, film.
HIS 174D: Selected Themes in 20th-Century American History (US) - Professor Olmsted
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Interpretive overview of a single topic in the history of the United States in the 20th century with attention to the phases and processes of historical change.
Topic: Conspiracy Theories in Modern U.S. History
Description: In this course, we will examine the evolution of conspiracy theories in the United States since the Civil War. We will look at various interpretations of conspiracy theories by political scientists, historians, sociologists, and cultural theorists, and we will analyze how these theories have changed over time.
HIS 180C: The Fight for the Right to Vote (US) - Professor Downs
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. History of the struggle for voting rights from the colonial period to the present. Emphasis on the struggle for inclusion by African Americans, women, Latinos, and other groups.
Description: The class covers the U.S. from the colonial period to the present, and examines periods of enfranchisement (propertyless white men in the 1820s-1840s, formerly enslaved men in the 1860s-1890s, women in the 1920s, 18-20 year olds in the 1970s, and Native Americans and Latinos), as well as periods of disfranchisement (including immigrant exclusion, disfranchisement of Black voters in the South, felon disfranchisement, residency requirements, and voter ID laws). It also asks how that past history may help us understand current debates about access to voting and about the long-term effect of disfranchisement following the 2013 Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder to invalidate portions of the Voting Rights Act and subsequent decisions, including some in front of the court this term.
Students can elect, in place of a final, a final project either on an historical controversy or on voting rights legislation and debates today. Books include both standard histories and recent work by lawyers, journalists, activists, and political scientists on voting.
HIS 187: History of US Foreign Relations in the 20th Century (US) - Professor Rauchway
Lecture—3 hour(s); Extensive Writing. Rise of the U.S. to superpower standing during the 20th century, from colonialism to the war on terror, including political, diplomatic, cultural, and economic activities of both US government and private American agencies beyond U.S. borders.
HIS 191F: History of the People's Republic of China (Asia) - Professor Chiang
Lecture—2 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s); Extensive Writing. Comprehensive analysis of recent Chinese history, including land reform, the Cultural Revolution, the post-Mao era, and the consequences of the new economic policies of the 1980s.
Description: This course is an introduction to the history of contemporary China from the founding of the People’s Republic in 1949 to the present. It is structured around three chronological units: “The Communist Revolution,” “The Era of High Socialism,” and “The Path to Global China. ”Topics include the domestic and international causes of the Communist Party’s rise to power; land reform and agricultural collectivization; China’s role in Cold War East Asia; the Great Leap Forward; the Cultural Revolution; global Maoism; the social, cultural, and political consequences of Deng’s economic reforms; and the making of the PRC empire. This course is open to all students without prerequisites and assumes no prior knowledge of Chinese history. Graduate students interested in taking this course for graduate credit should consult the instructor.
HIS 193A: History of the Modern Middle East, 1750-1914 (Middle East) - Professor Fahrenthold
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. State and society within the Middle East from 1750 to 1914 under pressure of the changing world economy and European imperialism. Themes: colonialism, Orientalism, intellectual renaissance, Islamic reform, state-formation, role of subaltern groups.
Description: This course examines the modern period in the Middle East, focusing on the Ottoman and Safavid Empires. It combines lecture and discussion components, and will closely examine early modern imperial governance; social culture; regional economies; gender, class, and religious hierarchies; and Islamic law in comparative contexts. The course examines the long nineteenth century, tackling the emergence and impacts of European colonialism, global capitalism, enlightenment ideas, and revolution in Turkish-, Arabic-, and Persian-speaking societies. Concludes with the First World War in the Middle East. Students read a selection of recent Ottoman and Safavid historiography, and primary sources from the period. Exams plus two essays. Classroom time is divided between lectures and discussion, with graded participation. This course is open to all majors; no prerequisites required.
Book list (subject to modification):
- Donald Quataert, The Ottoman Empire, 1700-1922 (2nd Edition);
- Judith Tucker, In the House of the Law
HIS 194C: Modern Japan (Asia) - Professor Kim
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper/Discussion. Survey of the cultural, social, economic, and political aspects of Japanese history in the 20th century emphasizing labor and social movements, militarism and the Pacific war, and the emergence of Japan as a major economic power.
HIS 196A: Medieval India (Asia) - Professor Anooshahr
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Survey of history of India in the millennium preceding arrival of British in the 18th century, focusing on interaction of the civilizations of Hinduism and Islam and on the changing nature of the state.
Description: This is a survey of history of India from the period of the decline of the imperial Guptas during the sixth century CE to the end of the Mughal Empire and rise of British rule during the eighteenth-century CE. It focuses on the rise and fall of Buddhism, the emergence of regional kingdoms and states, the coming of Turkish rule and early forms of Islam, the successive regimes of the Delhi Sultanate, and the rise and decline of the Mughal Empire.
MSA 100: Middle East and South Asia: Comparative Perspectives - Professor Tezcan
Lecture—3 hour(s). GE credit: ArtHum/SocSci, Div, Wrt. AH/SS, WC, WE.
Course Schedule: Tuesdays/Thursdays, 1:40-3:00PM in Wellman 3.
Description: This course provides a comparative basis for an understanding of the Middle East and South Asia. After an introduction that will familiarize the students with the issues related to Orientalism, the course will first focus on medieval intersections in religion. This first part will concentrate on the conversion of various peoples in the Middle East and South Asia to Islam in the medieval period with a view to historicize Islam and underline its transformation as it came to be adopted by diverse peoples in the two regions.
Early modern imperial intersections form the focus of the second part of the course, which will approach the Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal empires comparatively. All of these three empires governed multi-ethnic and multi-religious societies that were based on largely agrarian economies, and articulated authority in comparable ways. Last, but not least, the socio-political orders they guarded were influenced by similar founding ideologies and impacted by the development of merchant capitalism in north-western Europe.
Finally, the last part will concentrate on the modern period and discuss such issues as colonialism and nationalism as they play out in both the Middle East and South Asia. A discussion of the parallels in the American experience of the peoples who immigrated from these two regions will conclude the course.
Textbook: None; however, students are expected to read all the readings uploaded on Canvas
Grading: Lecture participation: 10%; first paper (4-5 pages): 25%; second paper (4-5 pages): 30%; final: 35%.
- Graduate Seminars
HIS 201E: Sources & General Literature of History: Europe Since 1815 - Professor Zientek
Seminar—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Designed primarily for students preparing for higher degrees in history. (E) Europe since 1815.
HIS 201J: Sources & General Literature of History: American History to 1787 - Professor Hartigan-O'Connor
Seminar—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Designed primarily for students preparing for higher degrees in history. American History to 1787.
HIS 201P: Sources & General Literature of History: African Historiography - Professor Jean-Baptiste
Seminar—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Designed primarily for students preparing for higher degrees in history. African Historiography.
HIS 201W: Sources & General Literature of History: Advanced Topics in World History - Professor Sen
Seminar—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Designed primarily for students preparing for higher degrees in history. Advanced Topics in World History.
Topic: Rethinking Subaltern Studies
Description: More than three decades ago, scholars of Subaltern Studies from South Asia and Latin America ignited a series of debates around the figure of the “subaltern” as the unrepresented and disembodied subject of history. This course explores the aftermath and legacy of this surge of “histories from below” and addresses how scholars have studied the struggles of disempowered, marginalized, dispossessed, displaced, underground and silenced subjects of history in the contexts of postcolonialism, globalization and the present-day climate crisis.
HIS 203B: Research Seminar - Professor Olmsted
Seminar 3 hour(s), Tutorial 1 hour(s). Designed for students preparing for higher degrees in history. Individual research and analysis resulting in substantial research paper of publishable quality. Completion required of all Ph.D. candidates. The three courses must be taken in continuous sequence, ordinarily during second year.
Prerequisite(s): HIS 203A.