2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog

History

Students may complete a major or minor in History.

Faculty

Ignacio Gallup-Diaz, Associate Professor
Madhavi Kale, Professor
Jane McAuliffe, President of the College and Professor of History
Kalala Ngalamulume, Associate Professor and Chair
Amit Prakash, Lecturer
Elliott Shore, Professor
Elly Truitt, Assistant Professor
Sharon Ullman, Professor

A primary aim of the Department of History is to deepen students' sense of time as a factor in cultural diversity and change. Our program of study offers students the opportunity to experience the past through attention to long-range questions and comparative history.

The department's 100-level courses, centered upon specific topics within the instructor's field of expertise, introduce students to a wide array of subjects and themes, while at the same time exploring how historians devise narratives and provide analysis through the study of primary sources. In the 200-level courses, the department offers students the opportunity to pursue interests in specific cultures, regions, policies, or societies, and enables them to experience a broad array of approaches to history.

The department's 300-level courses build on students' knowledge gained in 200-level classes, and provide opportunities to explore topics at greater depth in a seminar setting.

Major Requirements

Eleven courses are required for the History major, and three—one 100-level course, Exploring History (HIST 395), and the Senior Thesis (HIST 398)—must be taken at Bryn Mawr. In Senior Thesis (HIST 398), the student selects a topic of her choice, researches it, and writes a thesis.

The remaining eight history courses may range across fields or concentrate within them, depending on how a major's interests develop. Of these, at least two must be seminars at the 300 level offered by the Departments of History at Bryn Mawr, Haverford or Swarthmore Colleges or the University of Pennsylvania. (It is strongly recommended that at least one of these advanced courses be taken with Bryn Mawr history faculty, as it is with one of them that majors will work on their senior thesis.)

Only two 100-level courses may be counted toward the major. Credit toward the major is not given for either the Advanced Placement examination or the International Baccalaureate.

Honors

Majors with cumulative GPAs of at least 3.0 (general) and 3.5 (history) at the end of their senior year, and who achieve a grade of at least 3.7 on their senior thesis, qualify for departmental honors.

Minor Requirements

The requirement for the minor is six courses, at least four of which must be taken in the Bryn Mawr Department of History, and include one 100-level course, at least one 300-level course within the department, and two additional history courses within the department.

HIST B101 The Historical Imagination

Explores some of the ways people have thought about, represented, and used the past across time and space. Introduces students to modern historical practices and debates through examination and discussion of texts and archives that range from scholarly monographs and documents to monuments, oral traditions, and other media.
Division I or Division III
Critical Interpretation (CI)
1.0 units
Kale,M.
Not offered in 2011-12.

HIST B102 Introduction to African Civilizations

The course introduces students to African societies, cultures, and political economies in historical perspective, with emphasis on change and responses among African people living in Africa and outside. Counts toward Africana Studies.
Division I: Social Science
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Africana Studies concentration
1.0 units
Ngalamulume,K.

HIST B118 Comparative Media Revolutions

A comparison of technology and "media revolutions" and social change through exploring the historiography of the printing press, radio and the internet. What historical explanations are given for the development of these technologies? What kind of agency is ascribed to them? Are media inherently revolutionary, or can they be tools for stabilization and consolidation as well?
Division I or Division III
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
1.0 units
Spohrer,J.
Not offered in 2011-12.

HIST B125 The Discovery of Europe

This course is designed to introduce students to the discipline of history through a critical, historical examination of the idea of Europe. When and why have Europeans thought of themselves as such? How have the boundaries of Europe been drawn? Does Europe really exist?
Division III: Humanities
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
1.0 units
Spohrer,J.
Not offered in 2011-12.

HIST B127 Indigenous Leaders 1452-1750

Studies the experiences of indigenous men and women who exercised local authority in the systems established by European colonizers. In return for places in the colonial administrations, these leaders performed a range of tasks. At the same time they served as imperial officials, they exercised "traditional" forms of authority within their communities, often free of European presence. These figures provide a lens through which early modern colonialism is studied.
Division I or Division III
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Latin American, Latino and Iberian Peoples and Cultures concentration
Counts toward Peace & Conflict Studies concentration
1.0 units
Gallup-Diaz,I.
Not offered in 2011-12.

HIST B128 Crusade, Conversion and Conquest

A thematic focus course exploring the nature of Christian religious expansion and conflict in the medieval period. Based around primary sources with some background readings, topics include: early medieval Christianity and conversion; the Crusades and development of the doctrines of "just war" and "holy war"; the rise of military order such as the Templars and the Teutonic Kings; and later medieval attempts to convert and colonize Eastern Europe.
Division I or Division III
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Critical Interpretation (CI)
1.0 units
Truitt,E.
Not offered in 2011-12.

HIST B129 The Religious Conquest of the Americas

The course examines the complex aspects of the European missionization of indigenous people, and explores how two traditions of religious thought/practice came into conflict. Rather than a transposition of Christianity from Europe to the Americas, something new was created in the contested colonial space.
1.0 units
Gallup-Diaz,I.

HIST B131 Chinese Civilization

A broad chronological survey of Chinese culture and society from the Bronze Age to the present, with special reference to such topics as belief, family, language, the arts and sociopolitical organization. Readings include primary sources in English translation and secondary studies.
Division I or Division III
CROSS-LISTED AS EAST-B131
1.0 units
Jiang,Y.

HIST B156 The Long 1960's

The 1960s has had a powerful effect on recent U.S. History. But what was it exactly? How long did it last? And what do we really mean when we say "The Sixties?" This term has become so potent and loaded for so many people from all sides of the political spectrum that it's almost impossible to separate fact from fiction; myth from memory. Our task this semester is to try to pull apart the meaning as well as the legend and attempt to figure out what "The Sixties" is (and what it isn't) and try to assess its long-term impact on American society.
Division I or Division III
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Critical Interpretation (CI)
1.0 units
Ullman,S.

HIST B200 The Atlantic World 1492-1800

The aim of this course is to provide an understanding of the way in which peoples, goods, and ideas from Africa, Europe. and the Americas came together to form an interconnected Atlantic World system. The course is designed to chart the manner in which an integrated system was created in the Americas in the early modern period, rather than to treat the history of the Atlantic World as nothing more than an expanded version of North American, Caribbean, or Latin American history.
Division I or Division III
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
CROSS-LISTED AS ANTH-B200
Counts toward Africana Studies concentration
Counts toward Latin American, Latino and Iberian Peoples and Cultures concentration
1.0 units
Gallup-Diaz,I.

HIST B202 American History: Civil War to Present

This semester begins at the collapse of the young United States in Civil War and the subsequent rebuilding of a new country. We will look at the developing industrial and international power that will emerge in the late 19th and 20th century. The course emphasizes social history as well as political developments, and looks at the powerful impact of race, class, and gender on the production of a distinctly "American" ideology.
Division I or Division III
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
1.0 units
Ullman,S.
Not offered in 2011-12.

HIST B205 Greek History

A study of Greece down to the end of the Peloponnesian War (404 B.C.E.), with a focus on constitutional changes from monarchy through aristocracy and tyranny to democracy in various parts of the Greek world. Emphasis on learning to interpret ancient sources, including historians (especially Herodotus and Thucydides),inscriptions, and archaeological and numismatic materials. Particular attention is paid to Greek contacts with the Near East; constitutional developments in various Greek-speaking states; Athenian and Spartan foreign policies; and the "unwritten history" of non-elites.
Division III: Humanities
CROSS-LISTED AS CSTS-B205
1.0 units
Edmonds,R.
Not offered in 2011-12.

HIST B207 Early Rome and the Early Republic

The history of Rome from its origins to the end of the Republic with special emphasis on the rise of Rome in Italy, the Hellenistic world, and the evolution of the Roman state. Ancient sources, literary and archaeological, are emphasized.
Division III: Humanities
CROSS-LISTED AS CSTS-B207
1.0 units
Scott,R.
Not offered in 2011-12.

HIST B208 The Roman Empire

Imperial history from the principate of Augustus to the House of Constantine with focus on the evolution of Roman culture and society as presented in the surviving ancient evidence, both literary and archaeological.
Division I or Division III
CROSS-LISTED AS CSTS-B208
1.0 units
Scott,R.
Not offered in 2011-12.

HIST B211 Medieval World

Italy in the High and Late Middle Ages examines cultural developments in the Italian peninsula through an intensive examination of translated primary sources of various genres-narrative chronicles, diaries, legal opinions, saints' lives etc—as well as paintings, frescoes and other examples of visual material culture.
Division I or Division III
1.0 units
Radhakrishnan,M.
Not offered in 2011-12.

HIST B212 Pirates, Travelers, and Natural Historians: 1492-1750

In the early modern period, conquistadors, missionaries, travelers, pirates, and natural historians wrote interesting texts in which they tried to integrate the New World into their existing frameworks of knowledge. This intellectual endeavor was an adjunct to the physical conquest of American space, and provides a framework though which we will explore the processes of imperial competition, state formation, and indigenous and African resistance to colonialism.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Environmental Studies minor
1.0 units
Gallup-Diaz,I.

HIST B214 The Historical Roots of Women in Genetics and Embryology

As a more focused version of the course from previous years, we will examine the role that women scientists and technicians played in the development of genetics and embryology from the late-19th to the mid-20th century. The course will look at the work and lives of well known and lesser known individuals, asking how factors such as their educational experiences and mentor relationships played a role in their contributions. One facet of the course will be to look at the Bryn Mawr Biology Department from the founding of the College into the mid-20th century.
Division II: Natural Science
CROSS-LISTED AS BIOL-B214
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies concentration
1.0 units
Davis,G.
Not offered in 2011-12.

HIST B216 Post Communist Transitions in Eastern Europe

This comparison of pre- and post-communist social formations in Eastern Europe in specific nation-states considers how social changes influenced spheres of life, such as family, morality, religion, economic institutions and nationalism. The course will take an interdisciplinary perspective, drawing from literature of social sciences, especially anthropology. Prerequisite: an introductory social science course, or permission of the instructor.
Division I: Social Science
CROSS-LISTED AS ANTH-B226
1.0 units
Hyánková,T.
Not offered in 2011-12.

HIST B220 Topics in Modern Chinese Literature

This a topics course. This course explores modern China from the early 20th century to the present through its literature, art and films, reading them as commentaries of their own time. Topics vary.
Division III: Humanities
CROSS-LISTED AS EAST-B225
CROSS-LISTED AS HART-B225
1.0 units
Lin,P.
Not offered in 2011-12.

HIST B223 The Early Medieval World

The first of a two-course sequence introducing medieval European history. The chronological span of this course is from the early 4th century and the Christianization of the Roman Empire to the early 10th century and the disintegration of the Carolingian Empire.
Division I or Division III
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
CROSS-LISTED AS CSTS-B223
1.0 units
Truitt,E.

HIST B224 High Middle Ages

This course will cover the second half of the European Middle Ages, often called the High and Late Middle Ages, from roughly 1000-1400. The course has a general chronological framework, and is based on important themes of medieval history. These include feudalism and the feudal economy; the social transformation of the millennium; monastic reform; the rise of the papacy; trade, exchange, and exploration; urbanism and the growth of towns.
Division I or Division III
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
CROSS-LISTED AS CSTS-B224
1.0 units
Truitt,E.

HIST B225 Europe in the 19th Century

The 19th century was a period of intense change in Europe. Some of the questions this class considers are: the relationship between empire, plantation-style agriculture and industrialization; the development of transportations and communication networks; multinational companies, a mass press, film, and tourism as early markers of globalization.
Division III: Humanities
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
1.0 units
Spohrer,J.
Not offered in 2011-12.

HIST B226 Europe in the 20th Century

This course introduces students to the major political, social, economic, and cultural developments in twentieth-century Europe. Topics vary.
Division I or Division III
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
1.0 units
Spohrer,J.
Not offered in 2011-12.

HIST B229 Europe 1914-45

In the early 20th century, elite and middle-class Europeans felt their culture and way of life were threatened by a growing "massification" of society. Modern warfare and economic crises demanded the mobilization of entire societies, while mass production, marketing and consumption, mass media and expanding suffrage poised to undermine their society. This drive to develop political institutions, ideologies and strategies suited to a new mass age was informed by theories of psychology and mass society.
Division I or Division III
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
1.0 units
Spohrer,J.
Not offered in 2011-12.

HIST B230 Europe since 1945

What are the legacies of Europe's troubled past? How do they affect Europe and Europeans today? This overview looks at the devastation and fragmentation of the post-war period; the social and political implication of the growth of the 1950's and 1960's; the stagnation, turmoil and uncertainty of the 1970's and 1980's; and the promised and tensions renewed by the integration movements since the 1990's.
Division I or Division III
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
1.0 units
Spohrer,J.
Not offered in 2011-12.

HIST B231 Medicine, Magic and Miracles in the Middle Ages

An exploration of the history of health and disease, healing and medical practice in the medieval period, emphasizing Dar as-Islam and the Latin Christian West. Using methods from intellectual cultural and social history, themes include: theories of health and disease; varieties of medical practice; rationalities of various practices; views of the body and disease; medical practitioners. No previous course work in medieval history is required.
Division I or Division III
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Critical Interpretation (CI)
CROSS-LISTED AS ARCH-B231
CROSS-LISTED AS CSTS-B231
1.0 units
Truitt,E.
Not offered in 2011-12.

HIST B235 Africa to 1800

The course explores the formation and development of African societies, with a special focus on the key processes of hominisation, agricultural revolution, metalworking, the formation of states, the connection of West Africa to the world economy, and the impact of European colonial rule on African societies in the 19th and 20th centuries. Counts toward Africana Studies.
Division I or Division III
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Africana Studies concentration
1.0 units
Ngalamulume,K.
Not offered in 2011-12.

HIST B237 Urbanization in Africa

The course examines the cultural, environmental, economic, political, and social factors that contributed to the expansion and transformation of preindustrial cities, colonial cities, and cities today. We will examine various themes, such as the relationship between cities and societies; migration and social change; urban space, health problems, city life, and women. Counts toward Africana Studies and Environmental Studies.
Division I: Social Science
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
CROSS-LISTED AS CITY-B237
Counts toward Africana Studies concentration
Counts toward Environmental Studies minor
1.0 units
Ngalamulume,K.

HIST B240 Modern Middle East Cities

Taking advantage of the considerable new scholarship on cities, the course will draw from diverse fields to bring different methods to the study of Middle Eastern cities and urbanization. The course will treat the negotiation of state control, urban planning and its alterations in urban practices, social movements and new spaces of politics, competing architectural visions, globalizations, and new local identities. It will treat such topics as Islamic charities in Cairo, shopping malls as public space in Dubai City, Islamic politics in public space in Istanbul, the restructuring of Beirut, and ideas of modernity in the construction of Tel Aviv.
Division I: Social Science
CROSS-LISTED AS POLS-B248
CROSS-LISTED AS CITY-B248
CROSS-LISTED AS HEBR-B248
Counts toward Middle East Studies concentration
1.0 units
Harrold,D.
Not offered in 2011-12.

HIST B241 American Politics and Society: 1890-1945

This course examines the first half of the 20th century in depth. While the 20th century has often been called the American Century (usually by Americans), this century can truthfully be looked to as the moment when American influence and power, for good and ill, came to be felt on a national and global scale. While much of this "bigfoot" quality is associated with the post WWII period, one cannot understand the America of today - in the early 21st century - without looking at the earlier period. This course looks closely at the political, social, and cultural developments that helped shape America in these pivotal years.
Division III: Humanities
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
1.0 units
Ullman,S.

HIST B242 American Politics and Society: 1940 to the Present

How did we get here? This course looks at the amazing transformation of America in the years 1940 to today. From a country devastated by economic crisis and wedded to isolationism prior to WW II, America became an unchallenged international powerhouse. Massive grass roots resistance forced the United States to abandon racial apartheid, open opportunities to women, and reinvent its very definition as it incorporated immigrants from around the globe. And in the same period, American music and film broke free from their staid moorings and permanently altered global culture. We will explore the political, social, and cultural factors that created recent American history.
Division I or Division III
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
1.0 units
Ullman,S.

HIST B243 Atlantic Cultures

The course explores the process of self-emancipation by slaves in the early modern Atlantic World. What was the nature of the communities that free blacks forged? What were their relationships to the empires from which they had freed themselves? How was race constructed in the early modern period? Did conceptions of race change over time? Through readings and discussion we will investigate the establishment of autonomous African settlements and cultures throughout the Americas, and examine the nature of local autonomy within a strife-torn world of contending empires and nation-states.
Division I or Division III
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Africana Studies concentration
1.0 units
Gallup-Diaz,I.
Not offered in 2011-12.

HIST B244 Great Empires of the Ancient Near East

A survey of the history, material culture, political and religious ideologies of, and interactions among, the five great empires of the ancient Near East of the second and first millennia B.C.E.: New Kingdom Egypt, the Hittite Empire in Anatolia, the Assyrian and Babylonian Empires in Mesopotamia, and the Persian Empire in Iran.
Division III: Humanities
CROSS-LISTED AS ARCH-B244
CROSS-LISTED AS CITY-B244
CROSS-LISTED AS POLS-B244
1.0 units
Ataç,M-A.
Not offered in 2011-12.

HIST B251 Twentieth Century U.S. Urban History

This course explores the recent history of U.S. cities as both physical spaces and social entities. How have the definitions, political roles, and social perceptions of U.S. cities changed since 1900? And how have those shifts, along with changes in transportation, communication, construction, and other technologies affected both the people and places that comprise U.S. cities? In 2010-2011, the class will use the built environment of Philadelphia to tackle these issues.
Division I or Division III
CROSS-LISTED AS CITY-B250
1.0 units
Stroud,E.
Not offered in 2011-12.

HIST B257 British Empire I: Capitalism and Slavery

Focusing on the Atlantic slave trade and the slave plantation mode of production, this course explores English colonization, and the emergence and the decline of British Empire in the Americas and Caribbean from the 17th through the late 20th centuries. It tracks some of the intersecting and overlapping routes‒and roots‒connecting histories and politics within and between these "new" world locations. It also tracks the further and proliferating links between developments in these regions and the histories and politics of regions in the "old" world, from the north Atlantic to the South China sea.
Division I or Division III
CROSS-LISTED AS CITY-B257
1.0 units
Kale,M.

HIST B258 British Empire: Imagining Indias

This course considers ideas about and experiences of "modern" India, i.e., India during the colonial and post-Independence periods (roughly 1757-present). While "India" and "Indian history" along with "British empire" and "British history" will be the ostensible objects of our consideration and discussions, the course proposes that their imagination and meanings are continually mediated by a wide variety of institutions, agents, and analytical categories (nation, religion, class, race, gender, to name a few examples). The course uses primary sources, scholarly analyses, and cultural productions to explore the political economies of knowledge, representation, and power in the production of modernity.
Division III: Humanities
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Critical Interpretation (CI)
1.0 units
Kale,M.

HIST B260 Human Rights in China

This course will examine China's human rights issues from a historical perspective. The topics include diverse perspectives on human rights, historical background, civil rights, religious practice, justice system, education, as well as the problems concerning some social groups such as migrant laborers, women, ethnic minorities and peasants.
Division I: Social Science
CROSS-LISTED AS EAST-B264
1.0 units
Jiang,Y.
Not offered in 2011-12.

HIST B261 Palestine and Israeli Society

Division I: Social Science
CROSS-LISTED AS ANTH-B261
CROSS-LISTED AS GNST-B261
CROSS-LISTED AS HEBR-B261
Counts toward Middle East Studies concentration
Counts toward Peace & Conflict Studies concentration
1.0 units
Neuman,T.
Not offered in 2011-12.

HIST B262 The Chinese Revolution

Places the causes and consequences of the 20th century revolutions in historical perspective, by examining its late-imperial antecedents and tracing how the revolution has (and has not) transformed China, including the lives of such key revolutionary supporters as the peasantry, women, and intellectuals.
Division I: Social Science
CROSS-LISTED AS EAST-B263
1.0 units
Jiang,Y.
Not offered in 2011-12.

HIST B263 Impact of Empire: Britain 1858-1960

Is empire (on the British variant of which, in its heyday, the sun reportedly never set) securely superseded (as some have confidently asserted) or does it endure and, if so, in what forms and domains? Focusing on the expanding British colonial empire from the 17th century on, this course considers its impact through the dynamics of specific commodities' production, and consumption (sugar and tea, for example, but also labor and governance), their cultures (from plantations and factories to households to the state), and their disciplinary technologies (including domesticity, the nation, and discourses on history and modernity). Current topic description: Slavery, Abolition and the Problem of Freedom.
Division III: Humanities
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
1.0 units
Kale,M.

HIST B264 Passages from India: 1800-Present

This course explores the histories and effects of migration from the Indian subcontinent to far-flung destinations across the globe. It starts with the circular migrations of traders, merchants, and pilgrims in the medieval period from the Indian subcontinent to points east (in southeast Asia) and west (eastern Africa). However, the focus of the course is on modern migrations from the subcontinent, from the indentured labor migrations of the British colonial period (to Africa, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific) to the post-Independence emigrations from the new nations of the subcontinent to Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the United States.
Division I or Division III
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
1.0 units
Kale,M.
Not offered in 2011-12.

HIST B267 History of Philadelphia: 1682 to Present

This course will focus on the intersection of the sense of Philadelphia as it is popularly understood and the Philadelphia that we can reconstruct individually and together using scholarly books and articles, documentary and popular films and novels, visual evidence, and visits to the chief repositories of the city's history. We will analyze the relationship between the official representations of Philadelphia and their sources and we will create our own history of the city. Preference given to junior and senior Growth and Structure of Cities and History majors, and those students who were previously lotteried out of the course.
Division I: Social Science
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
CROSS-LISTED AS CITY-B267
1.0 units
Shore,E.

HIST B276 Islam in Europe

This course will focus on recent immigration of Muslims in Europe. Anthropological theories will be helpful for understanding various issues such as the colonization and production of ethnicity, problems of identity concerning different generations and gender. Politics from the points of view of the nation-state will be important. Prerequisite: One course in Anthropology or instructor's permission.
Division I: Social Science
CROSS-LISTED AS ANTH-B276
Counts toward Middle East Studies concentration
1.0 units
Hyánková,T.
Not offered in 2011-12.

HIST B278 American Environmental History

This course explores major themes of American environmental history, examining changes in the American landscape, development of ideas about nature and the history of environmental activism. Students will study definitions of nature, environment, and environmental history while investigating interactions between Americans and their physical worlds.
Division I: Social Science
CROSS-LISTED AS CITY-B278
Counts toward Environmental Studies minor
1.0 units
Stroud,E.
Not offered in 2011-12.

HIST B283 Introduction to the Politics of the Modern Middle East and North Africa

This course is a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the politics of the region, using works of history, political science, political economy, film, and fiction as well as primary sources. The course will concern itself with three broad areas: the legacy of colonialism and the importance of international forces; the role of Islam in politics; and the political and social effects of particular economic conditions, policies, and practices.
Division I: Social Science
CROSS-LISTED AS POLS-B283
CROSS-LISTED AS HEBR-B283
Counts toward Middle East Studies concentration
1.0 units
Harrold,D.

HIST B284 Movies and America

Movies are one of the most important means by which Americans come to know û or think they know—their own history. This class examines the complex cultural relationship between film and American historical self fashioning.
Division I or Division III
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Film Studies minor
1.0 units
Ullman,S.
Not offered in 2011-12.

HIST B287 Immigration in the U.S.

How we understand the history of immigration to the territory now known as the United States has been transformed by recent explorations of the notion of "whiteness." This course will be framed by the ways in which this powerful lens for interpretation has helped to recast the meaning of ethnicity as we focus on individual immigrant groups and the context that they both entered and created from the 17th century to the present. The first half of the semester will concentrate largely on the "century of immigration," from the early 19th through the early 20th century. Together, we will shape the second half of the course.
Division I or Division III
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Latin American, Latino and Iberian Peoples and Cultures concentration
1.0 units
Shore,E., Martinez-Matsuda,V.
Not offered in 2011-12.

HIST B288 The Political Economy of the Middle East and North Africa

This comparative approach considers historical constructions, the power of economic ideas, domestic politics and resources, and international regimes. Specific areas of focus include theories that seek to explain the economic/political conditions, left, nationalist and liberal, as well as the exceptional growth of the Gulf economies. Prerequisite: at least one other course on the Middle East or strong area expertise in another region such as Latin America or China with permission of the instructor.
Division I: Social Science
CROSS-LISTED AS POLS-B288
Counts toward International Studies minor
Counts toward Middle East Studies concentration
1.0 units
Harrold,D.
Not offered in 2011-12.

HIST B292 Women in Britain since 1750

Focusing on contemporary and historical narratives, this course explores the ongoing production, circulation and refraction of discourses on gender and nation as well as race, empire and modernity since the mid-18th century. Texts will incorporate visual material as well as literary evidence and culture and consider the crystallization of the discipline of history itself.
Division III: Humanities
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies concentration
1.0 units
Kale,M.
Not offered in 2011-12.

HIST B303 Topics in American History

This is a topic course. Recent topics have included medicine, advertising, and history of sexuality. Topics vary. Current topic description: Civil War and Memory. As we enter the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, this class looks at how this devastating conflict emerged as a central mythos for the American past. The Civil War has become enshrined with a host of contested meanings to generations of Americans ever since the Confederacy surrendered at Appomattox. During this semester we will explore some of those contested memories and attempt to understand the Civil War's deep presence in the American psyche.
Division I or Division III
Counts toward Africana Studies concentration
1.0 units
Ullman,S.

HIST B311 Topics in Medieval Art

This is a topics course. Topics vary. Current topic description: Through case studies of specific cultural groups and their architectural traditions, this seminar traces the development of Islamic sacred space during the seventh to the twentieth centuries, from North America to India. Readings address both the historical contexts in which buildings were produced as well as the rituals and beliefs that gave them meaning. Critical texts from architectural theory provide students with a foundation in the methods and concepts that have shaped scholarly discourse on sacred space in the modern era.
Division III: Humanities
CROSS-LISTED AS HART-B311
CROSS-LISTED AS CITY-B312
1.0 units
Walker,A.

HIST B313 Religion in Modern Europe: Enlightenment to Present

Until recently, historians agreed with Nietzsche's 19th century pronouncement that "God is dead," viewing post-Enlightenment history as one of increasing secularism. This course re-examines that conclusion, looking both at recent historical research and at primary source documents like the Darwin's Descent of Man or "l'affaire du foulard" in France. If religion remained important in modern Europe, why is Nietzsche's verdict so widely accepted? The class has a substantial writing component.
Division I or Division III
1.0 units
Spohrer,J.
Not offered in 2011-12.

HIST B319 Topics in Modern European History

This is a topics course. Topics vary. Enrollment limited to 15 students.
Division I or Division III
CROSS-LISTED AS HIST-H354B
1.0 units
Spohrer,J.
Not offered in 2011-12.

HIST B325 Topics in Social History

This a topics course that explores various themes in American social history. Course content varies. Current topic description: This course examines the emerging visibility of queer subjects in the American context as well the processes by which such visibility occurs. How is queer history made? Who makes it? What constitutes a meaningful moment in this history? Who gets to appear in American history and what voice are queer subjects allowed to offer to the narration of the national past? This course is linked to the Flexner lecture series in November 2011 with Judith Butler.
Division I or Division III
CROSS-LISTED AS CITY-B325
1.0 units
Ullman,S.

HIST B326 Topics in Chinese History and Culture

This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Division III: Humanities
CROSS-LISTED AS EAST-B325
1.0 units
Jiang,Y.
Not offered in 2011-12.

HIST B336 Social and Cultural History of Medicine in Africa

The course will focus on the issues of public health history, social and cultural history of disease as well as the issues of the history of medicine. We will explore various themes, such as the indigenous theories of disease and therapies; disease, imperialism and medicine; medical pluralism in contemporary Africa; the emerging diseases, medical education, women in medicine, and differential access to health care. We will also explore the questions regarding the sources of African history and their quality.
Division I: Social Science
Counts toward Africana Studies concentration
1.0 units
Ngalamulume,K.

HIST B337 Topics in African History

This is a topics course. Topics vary. Enrollment limited to 15 students. Current topic description: History and politics of humanitarian aid. This course examines the consequences of the Cold War, civil wars and wars of independence in Africa as well as the humanitarian effort led by NGOs.
Division I: Social Science
Counts toward Africana Studies concentration
1.0 units
Ngalamulume,K.

HIST B345 Advanced Topics in Environment and Society

This course will examine the meaning of "nature" and "environment" and how we understand our own relationship to it. We explore the social factors that shape how people define nature as variously savage or bountiful, a site of danger or entertainment, toxic or unspoiled, a force that controls human fates or a resource for humans to manipulate.
Division I: Social Science
CROSS-LISTED AS CITY-B345
Counts toward Environmental Studies minor
1.0 units
Hayes-Conroy,A., Stroud,E.
Not offered in 2011-12.

HIST B349 Topics in Comparative History

This is a topics course. Topics vary. Current topic description: This course will explore, in national and international contexts, the political economy, history and practice of post-colonial development aid, focusing (not exclusively) on the countries of South Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka) and considering interventions, collaborations, conflicts and impacts of institutions ranging from local or "grassroots" NGOs to multi-lateral orgs like United Nations agencies, the World Bank, etc.
Division I or Division III
Counts toward Africana Studies concentration
1.0 units
Kale,M.

HIST B352 China's Environment

This seminar explores China's environmental issues from a historical perspective. It begins by considering a range of analytical approaches, and then explores three general periods in China's environmental changes, imperial times, Mao's socialist experiments during the first thirty years of the People's Republic, and the post-Mao reforms. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.
Division I: Social Science
CROSS-LISTED AS EAST-B352
Counts toward Environmental Studies minor
1.0 units
Jiang,Y.

HIST B355 Topics in the History of London

Selected topics of social, literary, and architectural concern in the history of London, emphasizing London since the 18th century.
CROSS-LISTED AS HART-B355
1.0 units
Cast,D.
Not offered in 2011-12.

HIST B357 Topics in British Empire

This is a topics course. Topics vary.
Division I or Division III
1.0 units
Kale,M.
Not offered in 2011-12.

HIST B364 Magical Mechanisms

A reading and research seminar focused on different examples of artificial life in medieval cultures. Primary sources will be from a variety of genres, and secondary sources will include significant theoretical works in art history, critical theory and science studies. Prerequisite: at least one course in medieval studies, or the permission of the instructor.
Division I or Division III
CROSS-LISTED AS CSTS-B364
1.0 units
Truitt,E.
Not offered in 2011-12.

HIST B368 Topics in Medieval History: Dark Arts: Medieval Magic

This is a topics course. Topics vary.
Division III: Humanities
CROSS-LISTED AS CSTS-B368
1.0 units
Truitt,E.

HIST B369 Topics in Medieval History

Enrollment limited to 15 students.
Division III: Humanities
CROSS-LISTED AS ARCH-B369
CROSS-LISTED AS CSTS-B369
1.0 units
Truitt,E.
Not offered in 2011-12.

HIST B371 Topics in Atlantic History: The Early Modern Pirate in Fact and Fiction

This course will explore piracy in the Americas in the period 1550-1750. We will investigate the historical reality of pirates and what they did, and the manner in which pirates have entered the popular imagination through fiction and films. Pirates have been depicted as lovable rogues, anti-establishment rebels, and enlightened multiculturalists who were skilled in dealing with the indigenous and African peoples of the Americas. The course will examine the facts and the fictions surrounding these important historical actors.
Counts toward Latin American, Latino and Iberian Peoples and Cultures concentration
1.0 units
Gallup-Diaz,I.

HIST B381 History and Memory

This course will bring together the latest research findings from the fields of neuroscience, psychology, and neurobiology with the insights into human memory from the fields of literature and art history into a discussion of the implications for the writing of history. Prerequisite: senior standing.
Division III: Humanities
1.0 units
Shore,E.
Not offered in 2011-12.

HIST B382 Religious Fundamentalism in the Global Era

Through a comparison of Jewish, Islamic, Christian and Hindu political movements, the course seeks to investigate the religious turn in national and transnational contexts. We will also seek to find commonalities and differences in religious movements, and religious regimes, while considering the aspects of globalization which usher in new kinds of transnational affiliation. Prerequisite: An introductory course in Anthropology, Political Science or History or permission of the instructor.
Division I or Division III
CROSS-LISTED AS ANTH-B382
CROSS-LISTED AS POLS-B382
Counts toward Middle East Studies concentration
Counts toward Peace & Conflict Studies concentration
1.0 units
Neuman,T.
Not offered in 2011-12.

HIST B383 Two Hundred Years of Islamic Reform, Radicalism and Revolution

This course will examine the transformation of Islamic politics in the past two hundred years, emphasizing historical accounts, comparative analysis of developments in different parts of the Islamic world. Topics covered include the rationalist Salafy movement; the so-called conservative movements (Sanussi of Libya, the Mahdi in the Sudan, and the Wahhabi movement in Arabia); the Caliphate movement; contemporary debates over Islamic constitutions; among others. The course is not restricted to the Middle East or Arab world. Prerequisites: a course on Islam and modern European history, or an earlier course on the Modern Middle East or 19th-century India, or permission of instructor.
Division I: Social Science
CROSS-LISTED AS POLS-B383
1.0 units
Harrold,D.
Not offered in 2011-12.

HIST B387 Immigration in the United States

Incorporates the current immigration debate in examining the historical causes and consequences of migration. Addresses the perceived benefit and cost of immigration at the national and local levels. Explores the economic, social, cultural and political impact immigrants have on the United States over time. Close attention given to examining the ways immigrants negotiated the pressures of their new surroundings while shaping and redefining American conceptions of national identity and citizenship.
Division I or Division III
Counts toward Latin American, Latino and Iberian Peoples and Cultures concentration
1.0 units
Martinez-Matsuda,V.
Not offered in 2011-12.

HIST B395 Exploring History

An intensive introduction to theory and interpretation in history through the discussion of exemplary historiographical debates and analyses selected by the instructor. The coursework also includes research for and completion of a prospectus for an original research project. These two goals prepare senior majors for their own historical production, when the senior thesis is complete. Enrollment is limited to senior history majors.
1.0 units
Kale,M.

HIST B398 Senior Thesis

Students research and write a thesis on a topic of their choice. Enrollment is limited to senior history majors.
Division I or Division III
1.0 units
Gallup-Diaz,I., Truitt,E.

HIST B403 Supervised Work

Optional independent study, which requires permission of the instructor and the major adviser.
1.0 units
Kale,M., Gallup-Diaz,I., Shore,E., Ullman,S., Spohrer,J.

HIST B425 Praxis III: Independent Study

Counts toward Praxis Program concentration
1.0 units
Shore,E.