NEHC 30891/HIST 35707 Introduction to the Ottoman Press I (A. Shissler) This course introduces students to the historical context and specific characteristics of the mass printed press (newspapers, cultural and political journals, etc.) in the Ottoman Empire in the nineteenth century. We will investigate issues such as content, censorship, production, readership, and distribution through secondary reading and the examination of period publications.
NEHC 30120/HIST 35706 The History of Muslim Histories (A. El Shamsy) This course surveys Muslim history writing in Arabic from its beginnings to the nineteenth century. Through reading the work of historians such as al-Baladhuri, al-Tabari, Miskawayh, Ibn 'Asakir, Ibn Khaldun, and al-Jabarti, we investigate different genres of historical writing and examine the various methodologies employed by Muslim historians.
NEHC 30202/HIST 35622 Islamicate Civilization II, 950–1750 (F. Lewis) This course surveys intellectual, cultural, religious, and political developments in the Islamic world from Andalusia to the South Asian subcontinent, 950–1750. We trace the arrival and incorporation of the Steppe Peoples (Turks and Mongols) into the central Islamic lands; the splintering of the Abbasid Caliphate and the impact on political theory; the flowering of literature of Arabic, Turkic, and Persian expression; the evolution of religious and legal scholarship and devotional life; transformations in the intellectual and philosophical traditions; the emergence of Shi`i states (Buyids and Fatimids); the Crusades and Mongol conquests; the Mamluks and Timurids, and the "gunpowder empires" of the Ottomans, Safavids, and Moghuls; the dynamics of gender and class relations; etc. This class partially fulfills the requirement for MA students in CMES, as well as for NELC majors and PhD students.
NEHC 30602/HIST 35615 Islamic Thought and Literature II This course covers the period from ca. 950 to 1700, surveying works of literature, theology, philosophy, sufism, politics, history, etc., written in Arabic, Persian and Turkish, as well as the art, architecture, and music of the Islamicate traditions. Through primary texts, secondary sources, and lectures, we will trace the cultural, social, religious, political and institutional evolution through the period of the Fatimids, the Crusades, the Mongol invasions, and the "gunpowder empires" (Ottomans, Safavids, Mughals).
NEHC 30737/HIST 30312 Imperialism before the Age of Empires? (H. Reculeau) This course offers a critical analysis of the use of concepts such as empire and imperialism in the historiography of ancient Mesopotamia to address political formations that developed (and vanished) from the early to late Bronze Ages. Drawing from theoretical studies on imperialism and the imperial constructions that developed in the Iron Age and beyond, this seminar will explore the nature of power, control, and resource management in these early formations, and how they qualify (or not) as imperial policies. Students will address a substantial part of Mesopotamian history and study in depth some key historiographical issues for the history of early antiquity. Primary documents will be read in translation and the course has no ancient language requirements. However, readings of secondary literature in common academic languages, especially French and German, are to be expected.
HIST 33103 East Central Europe, 1880–Present (T. Zahra) The past 150 years have brought democratization, mass politics, two violent world wars, and no less than four different political regimes to the lands between Germany and the Soviet Union. The focus of this course will be on the forces that have shaped Eastern European politics and society since the 1880s. How and why was a multinational and multilingual empire transformed into self-declared nation states? How has mass migration reshaped East European societies? What were the causes and consequences of ethnic cleansing in East Central Europe? How did the experience of total war transform the states and societies? How did citizens respond to and participate in the construction of socialist societies after the Second World War? And finally, what changes and challenges has the transition from socialism to capitalism brought to the region since 1989? The course will focus on the Habsburg Monarchy and its successor states, particularly Czechoslovakia, Poland, and Hungary, with occasional discussion of the former Yugoslavia and Romania. Assignments: three short papers (5–6 pages).
HIST 33407 Comparative Kingship: Rulers in 12th-Century Europe (J. Lyon) The purpose of this course is to examine the different forms that kingship took in the Latin Christian kingdoms of Europe during the twelfth century. In the first half of the course, we will read and discuss a broad range of primary and secondary sources that will give us the opportunity to analyze critically kingship in England, France, and Germany (the Holy Roman Empire). In the second half of the course, we will broaden our discussion to consider how other kingdoms in Europe—including Scotland, Norway, Denmark, Poland, Hungary, Sicily, Aragon, and Castile—do and do not conform to more general models of twelfth-century European kingship.
LACS 34700/HIST 36102 Introduction to Latin American Civilization II (D. Borges) Taking these courses in sequence is not required. This sequence meets the general education requirement in civilization studies. This sequence is offered every year. This course introduces the history and cultures of Latin America (e.g., Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean Islands). The second quarter addresses the evolution of colonial societies, the wars of independence, and the emergence of Latin American nation-states in the changing international context of the nineteenth century.
HIST 34806 History of Japanese Philosophy (J. Ketelaar) What is philosophy and why does looking at Japanese philosophy make a difference? By examining Buddhist, Confucian, Shinto, and modern academic philosophical traditions, this course will provide a history of ideas found in Japan and central to thinking about being/nonbeing, government, ethics, aesthetics, economics, faith, and practice.
HIST 34905 Darwin's On the Origin of Species and The Descent of Man (R. Richards) This lecture-discussion class will focus on a close reading of Darwin's two classic texts. An initial class or two will explore the state of biology prior to Darwin's Beagle voyage, and then consider the development of his theories before 1859. Then we will turn to his two books. Among the topics of central concern will be the logical, epistemological, and rhetorical status of Darwin's several theories, especially his evolutionary ethics; the religious foundations of his ideas and the religious reaction to them; and the social-political consequences of his accomplishment. The year 2019 was the 210th anniversary of Darwin's birth and the 160th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species.
CLAS 35806/HIST 30309 Greek Epigraphy beyond the Eurphrates (A. Bresson) Following the conquest of Alexander, Greek became the language of power all over the Near East and up to central Asia and India (for a while). Even the fall of the various Greek kingdoms at the end of the Hellenistic period did not mark the end of the habit of writing in Greek. Inscriptions in Greek coming from those regions are still to be found in significant number up to the third century CE. This class will cover all types of inscriptions, from slave manumissions to civic decrees or royal letters, and from modest epitaphs to sophisticated verse epigrams. It will illustrate the vitality and prestige of Greek culture well beyond the regions close to the Mediterranean Sea.
HIST 36220 Brazil: Another American History (B. Fischer) Brazil is in many ways a mirror image of the United States: an almost continental democracy, rich in natural resources, populated by the descendants of three continents, shaped by colonialism, slavery, and sui generis liberal capitalism. Why, then, has Brazil's historical path been so distinct? To explore this question, this course will focus on the history of economic development, race, citizenship, urbanization, the environment, popular culture, violence, and the challenge of democracy. Assignments: weekly reading, participation in discussions, weekly journal posts, and a final paper.
LACS 36382/HIST 36317 Development and the Environment in Latin America (D. Schwartz Francisco) This course considers the relationship between development and the environment in Latin America and the Caribbean from the onset of European colonialism in the fifteenth century to state and private improvement policies in the twentieth. We will consider the social, political, and economic effects of natural resource extraction, the quest to improve places and peoples, and attendant ecological transformations. We will consider such questions as how have policies affected the sustainability of land use in the last five centuries? In what ways has the modern impetus for development, beginning in the nineteenth century and reaching its current intensity in the mid-twentieth, shifted ideas and practices of sustainability in both environmental and social terms? And, more broadly, to what extent does the notion of development help us explain the historical relationship between humans and the environment?
HIST 36409 Revolution, Dictatorship, and Violence in Modern Latin America (B. Fischer) This course will examine the role played by Marxist revolutions, revolutionary movements, and the right-wing dictatorships that have opposed them in shaping Latin American societies and political cultures since the end of World War II. Themes examined will include the relationship among Marxism, revolution, and nation building; the importance of charismatic leaders and icons; the popular authenticity and social content of Latin American revolutions; the role of foreign influences and interventions; the links between revolution and dictatorship; and the lasting legacies of political violence and military rule. Countries examined will include Guatemala, Cuba, Chile, Argentina, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Peru, Venezuela, Bolivia, and Mexico. Assignments: weekly reading, a midterm exam or paper, a final paper, participation in discussion, and weekly responses or quizzes.
HIST 37001 Law and Society in Early America, 1600–1800 (E. Cook) This colloquium considers law, legal institutions, and legal culture within the lived experience of colonial and revolutionary America. It will emphasize the interaction of social development and legal development and will explore the breadth of everyday experience with legal institutions like the jury, with courts as institutions for resolving disputes, and with the prosecution of crime.
HIST 37310 African American History, 1865–2016 (A. Green) This class will introduce students to the key themes, events, problems and advances within African American history, after the end of slavery. Readings will include Reconstruction-era documents, Ida B. Wells, Ned Cobb, W. E. B. Du Bois, Howard Thurman, Septima Clark, Philippe Wamba, and Audre Lorde among others. Assignments will include two papers, and a series of short response pieces.
HREL 37440/HIST 36704 Buddha Then and Now: Transformations from Amaravati to Anuradhapura (S. Padma Holt) The Buddhist sculptures in Amaravati are arguably the earliest to influence the early Buddhist art of the other parts of the subcontinent as well as of south and southeast Asia. The course begins with the discussion of the context in which the Buddha images were made in Amaravati and the factors, including Buddhist doctrinal developments, that contributed to the spread of these images to various parts of Sri Lanka. Then it traces the course and function of Buddhist iconography in Sri Lanka into the twenty-first century to assess the role of geopolitical factors. The positionality and portrayals of the images of Buddha are also considered and analyzed. The course traces the trajectories that transformed the image of the Buddha from a symbol of peace to jingoist assertiveness. Through the study of the images of the Buddha, the aim is to comprehend the ways Buddhism has changed over centuries from an inclusive posture which helped it sustain and spread to different parts of the world only later to become exclusionary.
HIST 37906 Capitalism, Gender, and Intimate Life (G. Winant) What is the relationship between the capitalist economy and the gendered organization of society and identity of individuals? Are these two systems, or one? This class pursues these questions, seeking to understand capitalism as an everyday and intimate experience. How have markets and production shaped and been shaped by personal identity, and in particular gendered identity? We examine the historical interrelationships among practices of sexuality, marriage, family, reproduction, labor, and consumption and trace the economic dimensions of masculinity and femininity over time, focusing largely but not exclusively on US history. Assignments: midterm paper (8–10 pages) applying a theoretical reading to a secondary text, and a final paper (15 pages) based on secondary research.
EALC 38150/HIST 34516 Women and Work in East Asia (J. Eyferth) This course examines changes in the working lives of East Asian women from the late nineteenth to the twenty-first century. Most of the readings will be on China but we will also discuss Korea and Japan.
HIST 39201 Puerto Rico (D. Borges) An examination of the current situation of Puerto Rico in historical perspective. Assignments: short papers, quizzes, midterm exam, final paper.
CLAS 40821/HIST 50301 Hymns and Sanctuaries in the Ancient Greek World II (C. Faraone & J. Hall) The second quarter is reserved for writing a major research paper.
CDIN 42720/HIST 50500 The Return of Migration: Mobility and the New Empiricism (C. Kearns & J. Osborne) This course questions the prerogatives of disciplines in framing and explaining social change via mobility. Following earlier theories of diffusion to understand diachronic cultural change, and the subsequent contextual critiques that privilege historical contingencies and human agency, advances in identifying past human movement through techniques like ancient DNA genome testing have increasingly led to the revival of migration as a subject of focus and explanation. As growing interest in contemporary refugee and forced migration studies is showing, migration represents not just a wide-ranging practice of different types, but is a semantically charged and ambiguous term whose recent applications provide new opportunities to assess its interpretive advantages and limitations. Is the new empirical emphasis on migration re-racializing antiquity? What do we gain by studying concepts of diasporas, transnationalism, and border crossings in the premodern world? Why does migration matter? Divided into two parts, the course covers the conceptual and theoretical work in current literature on migration as well as applications to specific historical problems from ancient and modern Eurasia.
LAWS 43267/HIST 37014 Revolution to Reconstruction: American Legal History, 1800–1870 (A. LaCroix) This course examines major themes and interpretations in the history of US law and legal institutions from the early Republic through Reconstruction. Topics to be discussed include changing ideas of the Constitution, the federal-state relationship, the role of the federal courts, membership and citizenship, slavery and race, the Indian Removal Act and federal relations with Native nations, and the constitutional and legal consequences of the Civil War and Reconstruction. The student's grade will be based on a take-home final examination. This class will begin the week of January 4, 2021.
HIST 44003 Colloquium: Lost Histories of the Left (F. Hillis) When most Americans think about "the left," Marxism, Soviet state socialism, or European social democracy spring to mind. This class will explore alternative—but now largely forgotten—blueprints for revolutionizing the political and social order that emerged in the nineteenth century. We will pay special attention to utopian socialism, early anticolonial movements, the Jewish Labor Bund, and anarchism. Examining the intellectual underpinnings of these movements, their influence on the modern world, and the factors that led to their demise, we will also consider what lessons they can teach to those committed to realizing a better future today.
HIST 47002 Colloquium: Interracial America (M. Briones) This course will examine the interaction between different racialized and ethnic groups in America (and beyond) from the eighteenth-century to our present moment. Conventional studies rely on a simplistic black-white paradigm of US race relations. This seminar aims to move beyond that dichotomy and searches for broader historical models, which include yellow, brown, red, and ethnic white. For example, how do we interpret recently excavated histories of Afro-Cherokee relations in antebellum America? What are hepcats, pachucos, and yogores? What is a "model minority," and why did Asians inherit the mantle from Jews? What is a "protest minority," and why were Blacks and Jews labeled as such during the civil rights movement? How does race operate differently in an ostensible racial paradise like Hawai‘i? How do we understand race, nation, and decolonization in a global context, as evidenced by radical activism in California in the 1960s and '70s? We will critically interrogate the history of contact that exists between and among these diverse "groups." If conflicted, what factors have prevented meaningful alliances? If confluent, what goals have elicited cooperation?
HIST 49200 Colloquium: Approaches to Atlantic Slavery Studies (R. Johnson) We are witnessing an outpouring of scholarship on Atlantic slavery even as some historians are increasingly critical of the archival method. This course uses select theoretical readings and recent monographs and articles to examine this conceptual and methodological debate. Topics to be examined include histories of women, gender, and sexuality; dispossession and resistance; urban and migration history; and interdisciplinary and speculative techniques.
HIST 56706 Colloquium: Modern Korean History II (B. Cumings) To the extent possible, research papers should be based in primary materials; ideally this means Korean, Japanese, or Chinese materials, but some students cannot use Korean or another East Asian language for research until they embark on dissertations. An abundance of English-language research materials are available on twentieth-century Korea: American, Korean, and Japanese official reports, the Foreign Relations of the United States series, newspapers, paper collections, microfilms, dissertations based in primary materials, etc.
HIST 55800 Colloquium: Readings in Modern Economic History (J. Levy) This course introduces doctoral students to classic and recent readings in the field of modern economic history. Topics will include industrial revolution, the corporation, the Great Depression, national economic regimes, globalization, postindustrial change, and financialization.
HIST 62602 Colloquium: Readings in American History II, from 1865 (J. Sparrow) This course is a companion to Readings I and is designed to assist graduate students in their preparation for qualifying exams. It explores major problems and methods in the historiography of the United States since the Civil War. The central goals of the course are to provide a thorough immersion in the major historiographical developments in the field of modern US history; to cultivate students' ability to analyze important works of history and to synthesize patterns of scholarly intervention; and to help students develop their own analytical agenda and successfully articulate it in oral and written form. It combines readings in the "classics," including period-based debates, along with more recent topical concerns. Major interpretive themes knit together scholarly concerns under rubrics such as national and global capitalism; the environment; migration and urbanization; citizenship, the state, democratic politics, and its many discontents; and the ways in which all of these intersected with contested grassroots struggles over class, gender and sex, race and ethnicity, religion and ideology. Readings will also grapple with major events, periods, and patterns, including Reconstruction and its collapse, the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, WWI, the volatile interwar period, WWII, the Cold War, the Vietnam era, the age of Reagan, and the post–Cold War world.
HIST 67001 Colloquium: Comparative Empires (S. Pincus & K. Pomeranz) This research colloquium introduces students to the burgeoning literature on empires on a global scale. The readings will include general accounts of empire as well as histories of particular empires and resistance to them. Students research and write a paper.
HIST 67002 Colloquium: The Emergence of Capitalism (J. Levy & W. Sewell) This colloquium investigates the emergence of capitalism in the world as a whole between the early sixteenth and the late eighteenth centuries. We discuss the political and cultural, as well as the economic, sources of capitalism and explore Marxist, neoclassical, and cultural approaches.
HIST 65601 Extra-Ordinary Ordinary: Reading and Writing Grassroots and Microhistory (J. Ransmeier) This graduate colloquium confronts the challenges of writing history from the bottom up. Although the syllabus engages with debates launched by the Subaltern Studies Collective, our investigation will not adopt a specific regional or temporal focus. Students can experiment beyond their usual writing style or topic. We will engage with the theoretical legacies and challenges of postcolonial history writing, the linguistic turn, and microhistory. The course pays special attention to different ways to grapple with sources and the construction of diverse archives.
HIST 67603 Public History Practicum I (L. Auslander) Students will engage in the theory and practice of public history in partnership with five organizations. Our projects will be an audio tour for an exhibit (Newberry Library), podcasts for a bicycle tour (CCR1919), textual and visual guides to doing oral history (In Care of Black Women), an archive (Kizuna), and a public research presentation (Forensic Architecture and Bellingcat). The course will be taught over two quarters. In the winter colloquium, we will read and discuss the theory and practice of public history as well as materials relevant to each of the spring projects. In spring, you will work in groups of 3–5 directly with one of the partner organizations. The spring quarter is unusual in that all of the work will be done collaboratively, and working with partners means that there will be hard deadlines. If public health conditions allow, there may be travel to meet with partners, survey sites, and install an exhibit. We have, however, designed projects to be fully realizable remotely. You will end the spring quarter having become acquainted with current scholarship on public history and with experience in its actual practice. (The final projects will be part of your portfolio and may be listed on your c.v. analogously to a MA thesis.) Consent of instructor; email Prof. Auslander by 7th week of autumn quarter 2020 (email@example.com), if you are interested in taking the course. Every effort will be made to place students in their first choice of project; contact Prof. Auslander for further information. The course is open to PhD students in the Social Sciences, Humanities, and Divinity School at any point in their residency as well as to MA students.
HIST 70002 The Departmental Seminar II (K. Belew & S. Pincus) In the winter quarter, students will write and workshop their first-year research paper in concert with their peers and with an outside faculty adviser. The seminar will provide instruction on methods of historical inquiry, argumentation, writing as craft, evidence, style, and revision. Students will workshop two pieces of writing over the course of the quarter and will read and comment on the drafts of their colleagues.