Fall 2020 Courses

Course Descriptions

103.01, 10868 MWF 8-8:50, Crosby
World History to 1500. This course covers world history from prehistory to circa 1500 CE, focusing on economic, social, political, and cultural aspects of people before the onset of western dominance and identifying major patterns and trends which characterized the world in each era.

115.01, 10956 ONLINE, Phillips
Dangerous Appetites. This course analyzes the relationship between culinary history from the earliest Mesopotamian societies to 1500. Food has played a crucial role in the creation of what we often call “globalism.” In fact, trade in rice and rum forged the first global trade networks and, along with them, helped shape the nature of western and slavery create empires of trade and sea power.We will examine how food, in different culture and at different times, has been used as a symbol of hospitality and of domination. We will look at how food shaped a variety of global culture’s understanding of itself and others. We will see how food initiated the first European drive for domination Africa, Asia and the Americans and changed, not only political arrangements, but ecosystems and disease environments as well.

115.03, 10812 MWF 9-9:50, Jones
Race, Religion, and Rights in the Medieval World and Beyond. Religious violence and toleration were pressing concerns in the Middle Ages, just as they are today.  This course will explore how medieval conceptions of religion and rights were tied to emerging ideas about nation and race through examples of violence, toleration, and conversion, laying the foundations for long-term discussions about human rights in the modern world.  The course will begin with examples of conflict and coexistence between Jews, Muslims and Christians in the Middle Ages, and continue through the consolidation of political rule, the European expulsions of Muslims and Jews, and the fracturing of Latin Christendom in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, culminating in the debates over the natural rights and self-determination of indigenous peoples and slaves in the New World.

115.04, 12398 MWF 1-1:50, Crosby
Development of Society and Ruling Classes in Antiquity. History 115 is designed to help students gain a better understanding of world civilization from antiquity to early middle ages. We will examine many topics which directly shaped western and world history, including art, the development of written language, impact of military conflicts, philosophical thoughts, impact of religion upon western society, territorial discoveries, and numerous attempts of societies at extending their cultural and political hegemony. Particular emphasis will be focused on the study of the evolution of society and the monarchy through the earliest forms of ruling systems, the culture, customs, and governing practices- from the development of the first city-states ruled by chieftains and religious deities, Pharaohs, Caesars, and kings and queens. Some examples of studies will be the Kingdom of Israel, the Egyptians, the Greeks, the Romans, and the Franks, with meticulous attention focused on important rulers, the good, the bad and the insane, along with the evolution of the ruling caste/monarchy as a historical phenomena. Attention will also be paid to the emergence of an elite group of rulers, the treatment of women of all social castes, and patriarchal lines.

115.05, 10813 MWF 11-11:50. Dingley
Maritime Cultures of the Indian Ocean World. From the Swahili city-states of the East African coast to the nomadic seafaring societies of the Southeast Asian archipelago, this course explores the cosmopolitan world of the Indian Ocean from antiquity through the rise of Islam to the arrival of the Portuguese in 1498. Our focus will be on the diasporic movement of people and plants, language and culture, religion and technology over two thousand years of maritime history, and the underlying environmental forces and institutional forms that helped make the Indian Ocean the most dynamic cultural crossroads of the pre-modern era.

115.06, 10814 MWF 12-12:50. Dingley
Maritime Cultures of the Indian Ocean World. From the Swahili city-states of the East African coast to the nomadic seafaring societies of the Southeast Asian archipelago, this course explores the cosmopolitan world of the Indian Ocean from antiquity through the rise of Islam to the arrival of the Portuguese in 1498. Our focus will be on the diasporic movement of people and plants, language and culture, religion and technology over two thousand years of maritime history, and the underlying environmental forces and institutional forms that helped make the Indian Ocean the most dynamic cultural crossroads of the pre-modern era.

115.07, 10815 TR 9:25-10:40 and ONLINE, Boucher
Western Representations of Native Americans. This course will survey the history of Western societies from the Renaissance to the present and focus on the following question: How have changing cultural values in the Western world shaped local perceptions of Native Americans over time? As this class will show, Western depictions of Native Americans have often revealed more about the societies that produced them than about the indigenous peoples they intended to describe. Whether it was during the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, or the late nineteenth century, the Western discourse on American Indians has been deeply colored by the values, anxieties, and fantasies that characterized each period. Therefore, such representations cannot be understood without reference to the historical context that informed them.

115.08, 10816 TR 10:50-12:05 and ONLINE, Boucher
Western Representations of Native Americans. This course will survey the history of Western societies from the Renaissance to the present and focus on the following question: How have changing cultural values in the Western world shaped local perceptions of Native Americans over time? As this class will show, Western depictions of Native Americans have often revealed more about the societies that produced them than about the indigenous peoples they intended to describe. Whether it was during the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, or the late nineteenth century, the Western discourse on American Indians has been deeply colored by the values, anxieties, and fantasies that characterized each period. Therefore, such representations cannot be understood without reference to the historical context that informed them.

115.09, 10817 ONLINE, Mikati
Intertwined Histories: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. This course presents an historical survey of pre-modern civilizations and cultures through a study of the role played by religion in the rise and shaping of cultures and societies. The primary focus will be on the historical environment and central traditions of three of the main world religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam and their near eastern environment from their inception to circa 1500 C.E.

115.10, 10818 ONLINE, Mikati
Intertwined Histories: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. This course presents an historical survey of pre-modern civilizations and cultures through a study of the role played by religion in the rise and shaping of cultures and societies. The primary focus will be on the historical environment and central traditions of three of the main world religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam and their near eastern environment from their inception to circa 1500 C.E.

115.11, 10819 MWF 11-11:50, Luquer
State and Religion. History 115 is a thematically-driven premodern history class, intended to hone analytical thinking and writing skills while exploring an important aspect of world history.  The theme of this class is religion and state building---how the two have woven together in antiquity and through the middle ages to create distinctive cultures based on religion. We will focus on the development of origin stories that help the indigenous peoples of the world develop and answer the questions they had about their surroundings. We will also examine how these stories developed into polytheistic and then the monotheistic religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, after the fall of imperial Rome by the Carolingian empire and medieval humanists, as well as the changing landscape of religion and government through the end of the middle ages.

115.12, 10820 MWF 12-12:50, Luquer
State and Religion. History 115 is a thematically-driven premodern history class, intended to hone analytical thinking and writing skills while exploring an important aspect of world history.  The theme of this class is religion and state building---how the two have woven together in antiquity and through the middle ages to create distinctive cultures based on religion. We will focus on the development of origin stories that help the indigenous peoples of the world develop and answer the questions they had about their surroundings. We will also examine how these stories developed into polytheistic and then the monotheistic religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, after the fall of imperial Rome by the Carolingian empire and medieval humanists, as well as the changing landscape of religion and government through the end of the middle ages.

115.13, 10821 ONLINE, Piccione
History, Legend and Mythology. This course surveys the major civilizations of the ancient world through the lens of legend and mythology. Beginning with Mesopotamia and ancient Egypt, it continues through the Minoans, Greeks and Romans (up to. AD 476). It focuseson the major myths and legends of these societies, including early creation mythologies, Egyptian and Mesopotamian legends of the gods and heroes, and legendary tales from Greece and Rome. Topics include the historical foundations of many of these legends, and the extent to which later legends of the Greeks and Romans were influenced by–or adapted from–earlier myths and legends of Egypt and the East. In this manner, the course explores not only what legends and mythology reveal about these historical civilizations, but also how those societies viewed themselves.

115.14, 10822 MWF 9-9:50, Crout
THE OBJECTS OF OUR AFFECTION”: MATERIAL CULTURE IN THE WESTERN WORLD TO 1700. What three things that you own do you prize most highly? What does each one tell us about you? This course on “Material History” studies the role that objects (architecture, household items, foods, clothing, sports-related goods, “treasures”) have played in defining western world societies and their values. Studying such objects helps our understanding and appreciation of political, social, cultural, and intellectual activity in the Western World to 1700.

115.15, 10823 MWF 11-11:50, Crout
THE OBJECTS OF OUR AFFECTION”: MATERIAL CULTURE IN THE WESTERN WORLD TO 1700. What three things that you own do you prize most highly? What does each one tell us about you? This course on “Material History” studies the role that objects (architecture, household items, foods, clothing, sports-related goods, “treasures”) have played in defining western world societies and their values. Studying such objects helps our understanding and appreciation of political, social, cultural, and intellectual activity in the Western World to 1700.

115.16, 10825 MWF 8-8:50 and ONLINE, Lary
History of Philosophical and Religious Ideas in the Ancient World. In this course, we will trace the evolution of key philosophical and religious ideas in the ancient world.  The ideas will be treated historically and comparatively, and within the contexts out of which they arise.  While we will address many ancient philosophies and religions in this course, the primary focus will be on three case studies: the empires of ancient Greece, ancient India, and ancient Persia.  In ancient Greece, the history of philosophy from the pre-Socratics through the Hellenistic thinkers will be highlighted and placed within the cultural and political context.  In ancient India, we will pay particular attention to the development of the competing yet symbiotic teachings of ancient Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. Finally, our study of ancient Persia will begin with the history of ancient Zoroastrianism. 

115.17, 10826 MWF 12-12:50 and ONLINE, Van Meer
A World of Inventions. This course explores the history of our world, from the first hunter-gatherer societies until the dawn of modernity in the 16th century, using the comparative method. The theme of this global history course is invention and technology. By contextualizing key inventions of the past, e.g. prehistoric stone tools, Mesoamerican and Asian agriculture, early Egyptian and Chinese tombs, Byzantine and Islamic fashion, Medieval European and Japanese swords, and Chinese and European ocean-faring ships, we will examine how technological developments were interconnected with environmental, political, cultural, social, and economic practices.

115.18, 13774 MWF 1-1:50, Delay
Feast and Famine. This general education course examines pre-modern history through the topics of food and hunger. It asks how individuals, families, communities, and nations have created food culture, experienced both abundance and famine. It is comparative in focus, with a particular emphasis on Europe and the Americas. Specific topics covered include food and folklore, food traditions, food and religion, hospitality, childhood and food culture, kitchens as cooking spaces, and debates about the causes and effects of famine throughout time and space. Throughout the semester, we will read a variety of works, including writings by historians, primary-source documents, and memoirs.

115.20, 10827 MWF 1-1:50 and ONLINE, Van Meer
A World of Inventions. This course explores the history of our world, from the first hunter-gatherer societies until the dawn of modernity in the 16th century, using the comparative method. The theme of this global history course is invention and technology. By contextualizing key inventions of the past, e.g. prehistoric stone tools, Mesoamerican and Asian agriculture, early Egyptian and Chinese tombs, Byzantine and Islamic fashion, Medieval European and Japanese swords, and Chinese and European ocean-faring ships, we will examine how technological developments were interconnected with environmental, political, cultural, social, and economic practices.

115.21, 14083 MWF 11-11:50, Delay
Feast and Famine. This general education course examines pre-modern history through the topics of food and hunger. It asks how individuals, families, communities, and nations have created food culture, experienced both abundance and famine. It is comparative in focus, with a particular emphasis on Europe and the Americas. Specific topics covered include food and folklore, food traditions, food and religion, hospitality, childhood and food culture, kitchens as cooking spaces, and debates about the causes and effects of famine throughout time and space. Throughout the semester, we will read a variety of works, including writings by historians, primary-source documents, and memoirs.

115.2214151 ONLINE, Piccione
History, Legend and Mythology. This course surveys the major civilizations of the ancient world through the lens of legend and mythology. Beginning with Mesopotamia and ancient Egypt, it continues through the Minoans, Greeks and Romans (up to. AD 476). It focuseson the major myths and legends of these societies, including early creation mythologies, Egyptian and Mesopotamian legends of the gods and heroes, and legendary tales from Greece and Rome. Topics include the historical foundations of many of these legends, and the extent to which later legends of the Greeks and Romans were influenced by–or adapted from–earlier myths and legends of Egypt and the East. In this manner, the course explores not only what legends and mythology reveal about these historical civilizations, but also how those societies viewed themselves.

115.24, 10828 MWF 9-9:50, Smith
A Tale of Two Seas: Pre-Modern Development of Trade and Culture in the Mediterranean and South China Seas. Using in the Mediterranean and South China Seas as geographical scopes, this course will follow the development of trade, culture, and environmental change from antiquity to approximately 1500 CE. As part of this scope, we will discuss cross-cultural interactions through trade and commerce, examining the movement of goods, ideas, and trends that help explain the transition of the Eastern Hemisphere from a collection of relatively isolated regions to an interconnected world system. The major themes for this course are: regional & global cross-cultural encounters; environmental & technological exchanges; and empire. In essence, world history is a lesson in scale, and for our purposes the year 1500 provides a convenient point to switch from regional histories to a global history.

115.25, 10828 MWF 10-10:50, Smith
A Tale of Two Seas: Pre-Modern Development of Trade and Culture in the Mediterranean and South China Seas. Using in the Mediterranean and South China Seas as geographical scopes, this course will follow the development of trade, culture, and environmental change from antiquity to approximately 1500 CE. As part of this scope, we will discuss cross-cultural interactions through trade and commerce, examining the movement of goods, ideas, and trends that help explain the transition of the Eastern Hemisphere from a collection of relatively isolated regions to an interconnected world system. The major themes for this course are: regional & global cross-cultural encounters; environmental & technological exchanges; and empire. In essence, world history is a lesson in scale, and for our purposes the year 1500 provides a convenient point to switch from regional histories to a global history.

115.27, 10830 MWF 9-9:50 and ONLINE, Lary
History of Philosophical and Religious Ideas in the Ancient World.
 In this course, we will trace the evolution of key philosophical and religious ideas in the ancient world.  The ideas will be treated historically and comparatively, and within the contexts out of which they arise.  While we will address many ancient philosophies and religions in this course, the primary focus will be on three case studies: the empires of ancient Greece, ancient India, and ancient Persia.  In ancient Greece, the history of philosophy from the pre-Socratics through the Hellenistic thinkers will be highlighted and placed within the cultural and political context.  In ancient India, we will pay particular attention to the development of the competing yet symbiotic teachings of ancient Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. Finally, our study of ancient Persia will begin with the history of ancient Zoroastrianism. 

115.28, 10831 ONLINE, Phillips
Dangerous Appetites. This course analyzes the relationship between culinary history from the earliest Mesopotamian societies to 1500. Food has played a crucial role in the creation of what we often call “globalism.” In fact, trade in rice and rum forged the first global trade networks and, along with them, helped shape the nature of western and slavery create empires of trade and sea power.We will examine how food, in different culture and at different times, has been used as a symbol of hospitality and of domination. We will look at how food shaped a variety of global culture’s understanding of itself and others. We will see how food initiated the first European drive for domination Africa, Asia and the Americans and changed, not only political arrangements, but ecosystems and disease environments as well.

115.30, 11326 TR 1:40-2:55, Halvorson
Egypt and its Neighbors. 3000+ Years of the Ancient Egyptian World. This class will cover over three millennia of history in Egypt and the surrounding civilizations with which they interacted. Egypt in its heyday was a world power which influenced three continents: Africa, Asia, and Europe. Travel back in time with an Egyptologist to study, in detail, one of the greatest civilizations of the pre-modern world.

115.33, 11325 TR 10:50-12:05, Halvorson
Egypt and its Neighbors. 3000+ Years of the Ancient Egyptian World. This class will cover over three millennia of history in Egypt and the surrounding civilizations with which they interacted. Egypt in its heyday was a world power which influenced three continents: Africa, Asia, and Europe. Travel back in time with an Egyptologist to study, in detail, one of the greatest civilizations of the pre-modern world.

115.35, 11253 TR 9:25-10:40, Halvorson
Egypt and its Neighbors. 3000+ Years of the Ancient Egyptian World. This class will cover over three millennia of history in Egypt and the surrounding civilizations with which they interacted. Egypt in its heyday was a world power which influenced three continents: Africa, Asia, and Europe. Travel back in time with an Egyptologist to study, in detail, one of the greatest civilizations of the pre-modern world.

115.37, 11838 MWF 12-12:50, Crosby
Development of Society and Ruling Classes in Antiquity. History 115 is designed to help students gain a better understanding of world civilization from antiquity to early middle ages. We will examine many topics which directly shaped western and world history, including art, the development of written language, impact of military conflicts, philosophical thoughts, impact of religion upon western society, territorial discoveries, and numerous attempts of societies at extending their cultural and political hegemony. Particular emphasis will be focused on the study of the evolution of society and the monarchy through the earliest forms of ruling systems, the culture, customs, and governing practices- from the development of the first city-states ruled by chieftains and religious deities, Pharaohs, Caesars, and kings and queens. Some examples of studies will be the Kingdom of Israel, the Egyptians, the Greeks, the Romans, and the Franks, with meticulous attention focused on important rulers, the good, the bad and the insane, along with the evolution of the ruling caste/monarchy as a historical phenomena. Attention will also be paid to the emergence of an elite group of rulers, the treatment of women of all social castes, and patriarchal lines.

115.41, 11327 TR 3:05-4:20, Halvorson
Egypt and its Neighbors. 3000+ Years of the Ancient Egyptian World. This class will cover over three millennia of history in Egypt and the surrounding civilizations with which they interacted. Egypt in its heyday was a world power which influenced three continents: Africa, Asia, and Europe. Travel back in time with an Egyptologist to study, in detail, one of the greatest civilizations of the pre-modern world.

116.01, 10832 MWF 9-9:50, Gordanier
East Asian History Through Performing Arts: From Kunqu to K-Pop and Beyond. The performing arts in premodern East Asia were more than just entertainment: music, dance, story, and acting were tools for education, social networking, diplomacy, and religious ritual, but they were also (according to authorities), dangerous vehicles for corruption, sedition, and debauchery. What makes performance so powerful even today? This course uses theater, dance, music, and other performance forms as a window on East Asian history and society from premodern times to the present day, with a particular focus on China, Korea, and Japan in the seventeenth through twenty-first centuries. We will investigate the ways performing arts conveyed, transgressed, or even shaped ideas about how people ought to think and live; the audiences these performances reached; and the people who brought them to life.

116.02, 10836 MWF 12-12:50 and ONLINE, Lary
Ideologies in the Modern World. A close examination of the influence of ideologies frames this history of the modern world. Our starting point will be the French Revolution, beginning in 1789, as it unleashed dreams of fraternity, liberty and equality. Next, we will examine 19th century ideologies such as liberalism, nationalism, and socialism and their relationship to the unique economic, cultural and political contexts of that time. Lastly, we will study key 20th century ideologies such as communism and fascism, as well as more recent ideologies such as pan-Africanism and political Islam.  Because this is a modern global history course, our focus is not on American history. The countries we will study in most detail are: former Belgian Congo, former Czechoslovakia, France, Germany, India and Pakistan, Iran, Israel and the Palestinian territories, Italy, Kenya, Russia, and former Yugoslavia.  

116.03, 13412 TR 3:05-4:20 and ONLINE, Domby
Civil War, Insurgency, and Terrorism in Modern History. This course explores modern history through an examination of armed conflict. This class will focus on the changing nature of warfare in the modern era through the lens of civil wars and insurgencies. The class will examine the differences between civil wars, wars of independence, and international conflicts to determine what makes a war a civil war. Conflicts studied will likely include The American Revolution, The American Civil War, the Philippine insurrection, the Chinese Civil War, Vietnam, Afghanistan and the War on Terror, and the Syrian Civil War.

116.04, 10839 MWF 1-1:50 and ONLINE, Lary
Ideologies in the Modern World. A close examination of the influence of ideologies frames this history of the modern world. Our starting point will be the French Revolution, beginning in 1789, as it unleashed dreams of fraternity, liberty and equality. Next, we will examine 19th century ideologies such as liberalism, nationalism, and socialism and their relationship to the unique economic, cultural and political contexts of that time. Lastly, we will study key 20th century ideologies such as communism and fascism, as well as more recent ideologies such as pan-Africanism and political Islam.  Because this is a modern global history course, our focus is not on American history. The countries we will study in most detail are: former Belgian Congo, former Czechoslovakia, France, Germany, India and Pakistan, Iran, Israel and the Palestinian territories, Italy, Kenya, Russia, and former Yugoslavia.  

116.07, 10833 MWF 10-10:50, Gordanier
East Asian History Through Performing Arts: From Kunqu to K-Pop and Beyond. The performing arts in premodern East Asia were more than just entertainment: music, dance, story, and acting were tools for education, social networking, diplomacy, and religious ritual, but they were also (according to authorities), dangerous vehicles for corruption, sedition, and debauchery. What makes performance so powerful even today? This course uses theater, dance, music, and other performance forms as a window on East Asian history and society from premodern times to the present day, with a particular focus on China, Korea, and Japan in the seventeenth through twenty-first centuries. We will investigate the ways performing arts conveyed, transgressed, or even shaped ideas about how people ought to think and live; the audiences these performances reached; and the people who brought them to life.

116.08, 10834 MWF 9-9:50, Gigova
FROM SUBJECT TO CITIZEN: Individual and State in Modern Europe. This course seeks a conversation about where we are as a society and how we got here. Through primary sources, lectures and discussions, we will explore the rights and duties of Westerners (for our purposes, Europeans) as they changed from subjects to citizens of their countries. Over the course of the semester we will explore the emergence and the changes in the meaning of citizenship. In the process we will ask: How have European society and state evolved over time? How has the relationship of individuals to the state changed in response? While our focus will be on Europe, we want to continually ask about the impact and consequences of its history on other parts of the world, including the United States.

116.10, 13747 MWF 2-2:50 and ONLINE, Slater
Women, Gender, and Race in Modern History. Over the course of the semester we as a class will be discussing the role of women, gender, race, and sexualities in relation to the rise of Western Civilization. The focus will be on gendered liberties. Studying the various roles of women and their relationships to men provide a unique lens through which to understand the rise of Europe and the Western world.  The breadth of this course prohibits depth in all areas, but we will specifically engage women’s role in politics, society, culture, the arts, and war as well as the history of modern sexualities.  You will be expected to engage a variety of works and ideas, contributing your own ideas and observations.  This course will be a combination of lecture (PowerPoint) and discussion.  You will be expected to have read the course material before attending class.

116.11, 11527 ONLINE, Steere-Williams
Epidemics and Revolutions. The recent global epidemic crisis of Ebola provides a backdrop for the fascinating historical questions we will ask in this course, of how the social experience and cultural understanding of disease have shaped modern global history. We will explore how both chronic and infectious diseases have played a fundamental role in the development of modern modes of governance, public health, modern technologies, and a global economy. We will also examine how disease illuminates social attitudes about class, race, and colonialism in the period from the Enlightenment to the present. Using diverse examples such as cholera outbreaks in Europe, bubonic plague in India, syphilis in Africa, yellow fever in North America and the Caribbean, and HIV/AIDS across the globe, this course demonstrates that the historical analysis of disease is integral to understanding both “modernity” and “globalization”.

116.12, 10836 MWF 10-10:50, Gigova
FROM SUBJECT TO CITIZEN: Individual and State in Modern Europe. This course seeks a conversation about where we are as a society and how we got here. Through primary sources, lectures and discussions, we will explore the rights and duties of Westerners (for our purposes, Europeans) as they changed from subjects to citizens of their countries. Over the course of the semester we will explore the emergence and the changes in the meaning of citizenship. In the process we will ask: How have European society and state evolved over time? How has the relationship of individuals to the state changed in response? While our focus will be on Europe, we want to continually ask about the impact and consequences of its history on other parts of the world, including the United States.

116.13, 13809 ONLINE, Veeder
Genocide in Modern History. In this course we will analyze the nature and causes of genocide, mass atrocities, and human rights issues in modern history. Together we will examine theoretical approaches to the study of genocide, state sponsored violence, and ethnically and gender-based violence, with special attention paid to the issues of race and gender. We will analyze primary source documents, memoirs, testimonies, and artistic works, and put these sources into the context of colonization processes, regimes, dictatorships, and international and civil conflicts.

116.14, 10837 ONLINE, Poole
Histories of Satan, Histories of Evil. “Those Who Consider the Devil to be a partisan of evil and angels to be the warriors of the good have accepted the demagoguery of angels. The case is clearly more complicated.” - Milan Kundera. Do you ever use the word evil? If so, for what kind of acts, experiences, people? Can you imagine that the idea of evil has a history like war or democracy? Have Americans and Europeans been obsessed with the Devil in the distant past as the embodiment of evil? Has this changed? What do you think of the idea that the notion of Satan is actually more important to many Americans than it has been in the past? Do you agree or disagree with this? What is the history of this idea and what is its meaning for the present? How will you define the idea of evil after you learn its history?

116.16, 11842 TR 10:50-12:05 and ONLINE, Domby
Civil War, Insurgency, and Terrorism in Modern History. This course explores modern history through an examination of armed conflict. This class will focus on the changing nature of warfare in the modern era through the lens of civil wars and insurgencies. The class will examine the differences between civil wars, wars of independence, and international conflicts to determine what makes a war a civil war. Conflicts studied will likely include The American Revolution, The American Civil War, the Philippine insurrection, the Chinese Civil War, Vietnam, Afghanistan and the War on Terror, and the Syrian Civil War.

116.17, 10838 ONLINE, Poole
Histories of Satan, Histories of Evil. “Those Who Consider the Devil to be a partisan of evil and angels to be the warriors of the good have accepted the demagoguery of angels. The case is clearly more complicated.” - Milan Kundera. Do you ever use the word evil? If so, for what kind of acts, experiences, people? Can you imagine that the idea of evil has a history like war or democracy? Have Americans and Europeans been obsessed with the Devil in the distant past as the embodiment of evil? Has this changed? What do you think of the idea that the notion of Satan is actually more important to many Americans than it has been in the past? Do you agree or disagree with this? What is the history of this idea and what is its meaning for the present? How will you define the idea of evil after you learn its history?

116.18, 10839 TR 9:25-10:40 and ONLINE, Covert
History and Memory. This course explores modern history through the lens of history and memory. We will analyze how individuals, institutions, and governments have sought to remember or tried to forget historical events, people, and artifacts in modern world history ranging from Columbus’s arrival in the Caribbean to the present. In addition to learning about such historical topics as imperialism, authoritarianism, slavery, and war, then, students will also grapple with the political and economic implications of history and how it is commemorated, represented, or erased. This course will introduce students to broad historical currents in modern history and enable them to think more critically about history as a process, rather than as a static list of names and dates.

116.19, 10840 ONLINE, Ingram
Race and Imperialism in AmericaIn this course we will explore efforts to both support and challenge ideas about empire by studying global conflicts, cultural revolutions, and major social movements in the U.S. and abroad between the 1890s and the present. By re-thinking topics such as western imperialism alongside Jim Crow segregation in the U.S.; international Cold War Diplomacy alongside the American Civil Rights Movement; and American proxy wars within the context of decolonization, we will re-evaluate major events in American History during Long Twentieth Century within a global context. While this class focuses on a ~125-year period, we will explore a much broader period for most of the topics we study in order to better understand the historical contexts in which they occurred.

116.20, 10841 MWF 10-10:50, Crosby
Monarchs and Revolutions in Modern Europe. History 116 will adopt a traditional approach to the study of Modern European history by examining different revolutions and the monarchs that were attributed to them- The English Revolution, Glorious Revolution, French Revolution to just name a few.  The course will examine the institution of the monarchy as a historical phenomenon, with particular focus paid to individual rulers who were involved.   The course will explore events that shaped the history of the continent and the world, as well as feature the many colorful and controversial figure heads of this time period. This course will also delve into the many facets of this institution-the culture, politics, evolving role of the monarchial system, crises, scandalous behavior, family feuds, powerful queens, warfare, upheavals, coups, and the absurd incompetence of those who have worn the crown.

116.21, 10842 MWF 1-1:50 and ONLINE, Eaves
Slavery in the Americas. In this course, we will focus on one of the most important aspects of world history—slavery in the Atlantic World from its beginnings in the late 1400 to its abolition in the 1800s. With a broad regional scope, we will look at slavery and the slave trade on both sides of the Atlantic—in Africa, North and South America, and the Caribbean. Through the course, we will gain a better understanding of the significant role slavery, the trans-Atlantic slave trade, and abolitionist movements played in shaping the Atlantic world socially, culturally, politically, and economically. We will pay particular attention to themes such as slave taking, resistance, agency, labor, gender, and enslaved community and family, and the slave economy. As we live in Charleston, one of the most significant ports through which thousands of Africans forcibly entered the would-be United States, we will pay particular attention to slavery in the southern region of the US, but will gain an appreciation for how slavery looked throughout the Caribbean and Brazil.

116.22, 11860 MW 2-3:15, Crout
MATERIAL CULTURE IN THE WESTERN WORLD SINCE 1600: THE OBJECTS OF OUR AFFECTION. What do the material objects that are important to you tell others about who you are?  This course concentrates on the role objects (material culture) have played in defining who “we” are through studying the artifacts we leave behind such as architecture, household goods, art, foods, clothing, and style.  Studying such objects helps our understanding and appreciation of political, social, cultural, and intellectual activity in the Western World since 1600.

116.24, 10843 MWF 1-2:50 and ONLINE, Eaves
Slavery in the Americas. In this course, we will focus on one of the most important aspects of world history—slavery in the Atlantic World from its beginnings in the late 1400 to its abolition in the 1800s. With a broad regional scope, we will look at slavery and the slave trade on both sides of the Atlantic—in Africa, North and South America, and the Caribbean. Through the course, we will gain a better understanding of the significant role slavery, the trans-Atlantic slave trade, and abolitionist movements played in shaping the Atlantic world socially, culturally, politically, and economically. We will pay particular attention to themes such as slave taking, resistance, agency, labor, gender, and enslaved community and family, and the slave economy. As we live in Charleston, one of the most significant ports through which thousands of Africans forcibly entered the would-be United States, we will pay particular attention to slavery in the southern region of the US, but will gain an appreciation for how slavery looked throughout the Caribbean and Brazil.

116.26, 14119 ONLINE, Steere-Williams
Epidemics and Revolutions. The recent global epidemic crisis of Ebola provides a backdrop for the fascinating historical questions we will ask in this course, of how the social experience and cultural understanding of disease have shaped modern global history. We will explore how both chronic and infectious diseases have played a fundamental role in the development of modern modes of governance, public health, modern technologies, and a global economy. We will also examine how disease illuminates social attitudes about class, race, and colonialism in the period from the Enlightenment to the present. Using diverse examples such as cholera outbreaks in Europe, bubonic plague in India, syphilis in Africa, yellow fever in North America and the Caribbean, and HIV/AIDS across the globe, this course demonstrates that the historical analysis of disease is integral to understanding both “modernity” and “globalization”.

116.30, 13810 ONLINE, Veeder
Genocide in Modern History. In this course we will analyze the nature and causes of genocide, mass atrocities, and human rights issues in modern history. Together we will examine theoretical approaches to the study of genocide, state sponsored violence, and ethnically and gender-based violence, with special attention paid to the issues of race and gender. We will analyze primary source documents, memoirs, testimonies, and artistic works, and put these sources into the context of colonization processes, regimes, dictatorships, and international and civil conflicts.

116.31, 11182 ONLINE, Phillips
Industrial Revolutions: From Steam to the Atomic Age. This course will trace how technology changed the world between the Industrial Revolution and the end of the 20th century in Europe and the United States.  How did inventions ranging from the steam engine to the cash register to the internet change people’s lives? What effect did these changes have on different groups, such as women and immigrants? How did they change gender roles? How did they change foreign policy and warfare? How did technology become a source of anxiety in the 20th century?

116.37, 10871 MWF 1-1:50, Smith
Culture, Commodities, and Contours: A Survey of World History from 1500 to the Modern Era. This course is intended as an introduction to world history from approximately the year 1500 to the present, seen through the lens of evolving cultures, demand for commodities, and environmental transformations. Instead of the accumulation of facts and details, the goal is to identify and explore key trends and themes that help explain the transition of the globe from a collection of relatively isolated regions to an interconnected world system. This course will emphasize how external connections, plus internal motivations, transformed global changes over time. The major themes for this course are: regional & global cross-cultural encounters; environmental & technological exchanges; industrialization; imperialism; and national & transnational identities.

116.38, 11219 ONLINE, Phillips
Industrial Revolutions: From Steam to the Atomic Age. This course will trace how technology changed the world between the Industrial Revolution and the end of the 20th century in Europe and the United States.  How did inventions ranging from the steam engine to the cash register to the internet change people’s lives? What effect did these changes have on different groups, such as women and immigrants? How did they change gender roles? How did they change foreign policy and warfare? How did technology become a source of anxiety in the 20th century?

116.39, 11226 MWF 1-1:50, Slater
Women, Gender, and Race in Modern History. Over the course of the semester we as a class will be discussing the role of women, gender, race, and sexualities in relation to the rise of Western Civilization. The focus will be on gendered liberties. Studying the various roles of women and their relationships to men provide a unique lens through which to understand the rise of Europe and the Western world.  The breadth of this course prohibits depth in all areas, but we will specifically engage women’s role in politics, society, culture, the arts, and war as well as the history of modern sexualities.  You will be expected to engage a variety of works and ideas, contributing your own ideas and observations.  This course will be a combination of lecture (PowerPoint) and discussion.  You will be expected to have read the course material before attending class.

116.40, 11525 MWF 2-2:50, Crosby
Monarchs and Revolutions in Modern Europe. History 116 will adopt a traditional approach to the study of Modern European history by examining different revolutions and the monarchs that were attributed to them- The English Revolution, Glorious Revolution, French Revolution to just name a few.  The course will examine the institution of the monarchy as a historical phenomenon, with particular focus paid to individual rulers who were involved.   The course will explore events that shaped the history of the continent and the world, as well as feature the many colorful and controversial figure heads of this time period. This course will also delve into the many facets of this institution-the culture, politics, evolving role of the monarchial system, crises, scandalous behavior, family feuds, powerful queens, warfare, upheavals, coups, and the absurd incompetence of those who have worn the crown.

201.01, 10489 MWF 12-12:50, Smith
United States to 1865. The purpose of this course is to incorporate peoples’ actions into the context of early American history, beginning with Native American contact and concluding with the final shots of the Civil War.  By weaving together the social, political, economic, and environmental aspects of the American experience, this course will seek to explain how and why particular people of various backgrounds crucially shaped a nation.  In doing so, we will see how Native Americans, colonists, the enslaved, and United States citizens transformed the land and each other while developing an overall American identity.  Ultimately, we will focus on the theme of freedom and answer the following question: what has freedom meant to Americans from initial settlement until the end of the Civil War, and how have those meanings changed over time? With a driving narrative of noteworthy and ordinary people, events, and institutions, this course will (hopefully) provide you with a concise, yet diverse, understanding of this nation’s evolution.

210.01, 13780 MW 2-3:15, Walters
Special Topic: African Americans and Jews in U.S. History. This course explores the experiences of African Americans and Jews in US history. It traces the major migrations of African Americans and Jews to America’s urban centers in the early 20th Century and the geographical and economic tensions that developed as a result; comparative histories of racial and anti-Semitic violence in the US and Europe; the role of African Americans and Jews in the development of American popular culture; the establishment of the controversial “black-Jewish alliance” during the Civil Rights movement and its demise in the late 1960s; and black-Jewish relations in the US today.

212.01, 13125 TR 1:40-2:55, Donaldson
American Labor History. The rise of the United States as an industrial superpower is often a staple of history survey courses. But what about the people who worked in the factories, dug the coal to fire industrial machines, and operated the trains that carried the new products far and wide? What about their families that made up the working-class communities in the centers of industry? This course will focus on lives of working-class people in the United States, and their struggles for living wages, decent hours, and better living conditions from the Industrial Revolution to the postindustrial era.

216.01, 12421 MWF 10-10:50 and ONLINE, Eaves
African American History to 1865. This course is designed to introduce students to the key people, events, and movements that shaped the African American experience in colonial North American and the United States to 1865. To that end, the course will explore the following topics: varieties of slavery; the development of racial slavery; enslaved and free black communities; the creation of African American culture and identity; gender; religion; resistance and protest; evolving notions of freedom; colonization; and abolition movements. The exploration of these themes will allow us to understand how Africans Americans carved out a place for themselves during the founding of America and contributed to the fabric of American politics, economics, and culture.

231.01, 10716 MWF 2-2:50, Alwine
Ancient Greece. This course is an introduction to the political, social, and cultural history of Ancient Greece. We will read both the primary sources (the Greek historians and other ancient writers) and secondary sources (our textbook and scholarly work in the field). The goal is to give students as thorough a knowledge of Ancient Greece as possible in our limited time frame.  In the course of our study of Ancient Greece, we will also learn how to pose and provide answers to a variety of questions that are of enduring significance for humanity. Topics will include (to name only a few) warfare and society, the nature of empires, clash between East and West, the proper functioning of democracy, interstate relationships, and privileged and underprivileged classes.

241.01, 11739 TR 10:50-12:05, Coy
Special Topic: Witchcraft in the Modern World. Scholars have long recognized that witchcraft and witch-hunting were both prevalent in premodern Europe. Increasingly, historians have come to recognize that magical belief and the persecution of people deemed to be witches have survived into modern times. In this special topics course, we will explore the survival of witchcraft beliefs in the Enlightenment era as witch-hunting declined, the resurgence of ritual magic and witchcraft in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and manifestations of witchcraft belief and witch-hunting in the contemporary world.

241.04, 13738 MWF 9-9:50 and ONLINE, Veeder
Special Topic: The Holocaust. An historical examination of the genocide carried out in Nazi Germany from 1933- 1945: its causes, its specific operation, its relation to other forms of political violence, and its significance for Jewish and non-Jewish understandings of politics, history, and the nature of evil.

241.04, 13739 MWF 10-10:50 and ONLINE, Veeder
Special Topic: The Holocaust. An historical examination of the genocide carried out in Nazi Germany from 1933- 1945: its causes, its specific operation, its relation to other forms of political violence, and its significance for Jewish and non-Jewish understandings of politics, history, and the nature of evil.

251.01, 13661 MWF 1-1:50, Gigova
Special Topic: The Modern City. Whether you worship or loathe the dynamism and miscellany of the modern city, it is undeniable that urban centers have affected society tremendously. This course will explore the growth of cities and urban culture in the West (focusing on Europe but also looking at developments across the Atlantic) from the 18th to 20th centuries. Using contemporary sources, films and scholarly writing, we will delve into the cornucopia of ways in which cities came to define the modern lifestyle as hubs of business and communications, trendsetters in culture, style and leisure, symbols of new architecture, and outdoor museums of history and memory.

261.01, 12105 TR 10:50-12:05, Ayalon
Special Topic: History of Israel. This course explores the history of the modern State of Israel from its early beginnings in the nineteenth century, through independence in 1948, to the present. Topics discussed include the Arab-Israeli Conflict, politics and international relations, religion and state, immigration, and education.

263.01, 13124 TR 12:15-1:30 and ONLINE, Covert
Latin America since Independence. This course focuses on the history of Latin America from the wars of independence to the present.  Because of the large geographical and chronological scope, this course will not concentrate solely on specific events and leaders. Rather, it will take a comparative approach with an emphasis on the broader political, economic, and cultural themes that connect or differentiate particular national histories. Ultimately this course seeks to provide students with a better understanding of Latin America’s historical trajectory and, as a result, a better understanding of the integral role Latin America plays in the world today. This is a sustainability-related course.

272.01, 11378 MWF 9-9:50, Dingley
Pre-Colonial Africa. An introduction to the pre-colonial history of sub-Saharan Africa. We will examine (among other topics): the rise of West African empires of Ghana, Mali, and Songhay, the spread of Islam in West and East Africa, the Bantu migrations, Central African kingship myths and Kongo political culture, Great Zimbabwe and its relation to Swahili city-states on the East African coast, Christian missionaries and Zulu expansion in southern Africa, the Atlantic Slave Trade, its abolition, and the re-creation of Africa in the Americas. The course also introduces students to key methods, primary sources, and theories for the study of pre-colonial Africa, including oral history, historical linguistics, archaeology, ethnography, and archival research.

276.01, 13126 TR 9:25-10:40 and ONLINE, Mikati
Islamic Civilization. This course explores the rise, development and maturation of Islamic civilization, ca. 600-1500 CE. Attention is given to political institutions, as well as social and cultural developments. In addition to the lectures and readings from secondary sources, students are asked to engage directly with primary source materials, thereby viewing Islamic history through an academic and native lens.

282.01, 13121 MWF 12-12:50, Gordanier
History of China to 1800. A general survey of political, economic, social and intellectual developments in China from the earliest times to 1800.

299.01, 10704 MW 2-3:15, Cropper
Historian's Craft. The Historian's Craft. This is a topics-based course in which students deal with different types of historical materials and techniques to develop skills in research, writing, critical thinking, and oral presentation, focused on the discipline of history. Topics will vary and will selected by the professor.

299.02, 10798 ONLINE, Poole
Historian's Craft. The Historian's Craft. This is a topics-based course in which students deal with different types of historical materials and techniques to develop skills in research, writing, critical thinking, and oral presentation, focused on the discipline of history. Topics will vary and will selected by the professor.

310.01, 12402 TR 1:40-2:55 and ONLINE, Boucher
Special Topic: The American Indians of the Southeast to Removal. This course surveys the history of Native Americans in the Southeastern U.S. to the Removal era.  By giving center stage to American Indians, it will enrich the traditional historical narrative that has often ignored their contributions and lead students to appreciate the important role indigenous peoples played in the history of the region. It will also expose students to the distinctive methodology used in this field as well as its historiography.

323.01, 13134 T 5:30-8:15, Stockton
Society and Culture of Early Charleston. Topics in American social history studied through a focus on society and culture in 18th- and early 19th-century Charleston. Topics include immigrant groups, demography, mortality, economic and social structure, urban and plantation life, slavery, the role of women, education, religion, fine arts, architecture and decorative arts.

336.01, 13120 MWF 11-11:50, Jones
Italian Renaissance. An examination of the cultural, social, and political developments of the Renaissance in Italy and its impact on the rest of Europe. Topics will include the Italian city-states, despots and republics, humanism from Petrarch to Machiavelli, Papal Rome and Renaissance art and architecture.

370.01, 13214 TR 8-9:15, Gerrish
Special Topic: Ancient Alexandria: Pharaohs, Physicists, and Femme Fatales. While its founder, Alexander the Great, subdued the world through violent conquest, ancient Alexandria rose to prominence as an intellectual and economic superpower, and “conquered” the Mediterranean world with science, literature, and trade. This course explores the political, cultural, and intellectual history of Alexandria, beginning with its foundation by Alexander in 332/1 BCE and extending into the Roman period.

410.01, 13122 ONLINE, Ingram
Research Seminar: Crime and Punishment in America. This is the capstone research seminar for history majors. Your primary objective this semester is to produce an original, carefully researched, and well written ~25-30 page research paper based on the theme of the course: crime and punishment in the modern U.S. This course uses an array of historical monographs, novels, and films to explore the contested meanings of crime and the evolution of the carceral state since the late nineteenth century. Although we will study a few well-known crimes, we will also examine incidents that have largely been forgotten in order to examine how and why popular ideas and anxieties about crime (and criminals) have changed over time, how these have shaped ideas about what constitutes appropriate forms of punishment, and how the justice system reflects major social, political, and cultural developments in U.S. History.

441.01, 13122 MW 2-3:15 and ONLINE, Delay.
Research Seminar: History of the Body. In this seminar, which is the capstone experience for History majors, advanced undergraduate students will conduct independent and original research projects focusing on the history of the body in modern European history. The history of the body is a timely topic that intersects with the histories of politics, religion, empire, sex, health, medicine, gender, crime, and more. Students will research and write 30-35 page seminar papers under the professor’s supervision; in these papers, students will be expected to develop and defend their own arguments and interpretations and will analyze both primary sources and historiography.