2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog

History

Students may complete a major or minor in History.

Faculty

Ignacio Gallup-Diaz, Associate Professor and Interim Chair (semester I)
Madhavi Kale, Professor
Jane McAuliffe, President of the College and Professor of History
Kalala Ngalamulume, Associate Professor and Chair (on leave semester I)
Amit Prakash, Visiting Assistant Professor
Jennifer Redmond, Postdoctoral Fellow
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.

COURSES

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.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Kale,M.
(Spring 2013)

HIST B102 Introduction to African Civilizations

The course is designed to introduce students to the history of African and African Diaspora societies, cultures, and political economies. We will discuss the origins, state formation, external contacts, and the structural transformations and continuities of African societies and cultures in the context of the slave trade, colonial rule, capitalist exploitation, urbanization, and westernization, as well as contemporary struggles over authority, autonomy, identity and access to resources. Case studies will be drawn from across the continent.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward: Africana Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Ngalamulume,K.
(Spring 2013)

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?
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

HIST B127 Indigenous Leaders 1492-1750

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.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward: Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples and Cultures; Peace and Conflict Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Gallup-Diaz,I.
(Fall 2012)

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.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

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.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

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.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Crosslisting(s): EAST-B131
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Kwa,S.
(Fall 2012)

HIST B156 The Long 1960s

The 1960s has had a powerful effect on recent US 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. We are all the inheritors of this intense period in American history but our inheritance is neither simple nor entirely clear. 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.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

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.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward: Africana Studies; Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples and Cultures; International Studies Major; Peace and Conflict Studies
Crosslisting(s): ANTH-B200
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

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.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Crosslisting(s): CSTS-B205
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Edmonds,R.
(Fall 2012)

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.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Crosslisting(s): CSTS-B207
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Scott,R.
(Spring 2013)

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.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Crosslisting(s): CSTS-B208
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

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.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

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.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

HIST B214 The Historical Roots of Women in Genetics and Embryology

This course provides a general history of genetics and embryology from the late 19th to the mid-20th century with a focus on the role that women scientists and technicians played in the development of these sub-disciplines. We will look at the lives of well known and lesser-known individuals, asking how factors such as their educational experiences and mentor relationships influenced the roles these women played in the scientific enterprise. We will also examine specific scientific contributions in historical context, requiring a review of core concepts in genetics and developmental biology. 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.
Requirement(s): Division II: Natural Science
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP); Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts toward: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Crosslisting(s): BIOL-B214
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Davis,G.
(Fall 2012)

HIST B215 Europe and the Other: Immigrants and Minorities in Europe

This course will introduce students to questions of socio-cultural and political belonging and the production of social marginality in Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries. Topics of study include religious and ethnic minorities in Britain, France, and Germany, colonial and postcolonial migration and the politics of culture, and the question of undocumented peoples.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Prakash,A.
(Fall 2012)

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.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Crosslisting(s): ANTH-B226
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

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.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Crosslisting(s): EAST-B225; HART-B225
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Kwa,S.
(Spring 2013)

HIST B222 France and Algeria since 1830

This course will trace the intertwined history of France and Algeria by analyzing the beginnings of the French presence in Algeria, colonization and resistance, citizenship and race, the Algerian War, and decolonization. Prerequisite: One 100-level history course.
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward: Middle East Studies
Crosslisting(s): ANTH-B222; FREN-B222; POLS-B223
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

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.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Crosslisting(s): CSTS-B223
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Truitt,E.
(Fall 2012)

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.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Crosslisting(s): CSTS-B224
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Truitt,E.
(Spring 2013)

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.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

HIST B226 Topics in 20th Century European History

What is Europe? How do we define who or what is European? The answer takes different forms depending upon the historical period and geographical location in which one asks the question. This course is an introduction to European history since 1900 and will concentrate on some of the major factors affecting the construction of modern European identities. Topics will include the causes and consequences of WWI, the emergence of fascism in the interwar years, WWII, decolonization, Americanization and cultural politics, the fall of communism, and European integration. Current topic description: This course will survey Europe from 1900 to the present Topics of study include WWI, fascism, Bolshevism, WWII, the Cold War, decolonization and European integration.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Prakash,A.
(Fall 2012)

HIST B229 Europe 1914 - 1945

Between 1914 and 1945 over sixty million people were killed across Europe and the wider world by warfare. How can we make sense of this mass death? What were the historical conditions that made such an outcome possible? This course attempts to answer these questions by studying the causes, prosecution, and effects of WWI and WWII. Topics of study will include the political inheritance of the nineteenth century, the birth of Bolshevism and fascism, the rise and demise of the League of Nations, Nazi Europe, the Holocaust, and the origins of the Cold War.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Prakash,A.
(Spring 2013)

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.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

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. This course is a writing intensive (W) course.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Crosslisting(s): ARCH-B231; CSTS-B231
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

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 major trends on the eve of colonial rule. Counts toward Africana Studies.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward: Africana Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

HIST B237 Themes in Modern African History

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.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward: Africana Studies; Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B237
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

HIST B241 American Politics and Society: 1890-1945

This course examines the first half of the twentieth century in depth. While the twentieth 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 (see you in the spring), 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.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

HIST B242 American Politics and Society: 1945 to the Present

How did we get here? This course looks at the amazing transformation of America in the years 1945 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.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

HIST B243 Atlantic Cultures

This is a topics course. Course content varies. Current topic description: 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?
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward: Africana Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Gallup-Diaz,I.
(Fall 2012)

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.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Crosslisting(s): ARCH-B244; CITY-B244; POLS-B244
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

HIST B246 Medievalisms

This course assesses how the “Middle Ages” has been and continues to be constructed as a period of history, an object of inquiry, and a category of analysis. It considers how the past is formulated and called upon to conduct the ideological and cultural work of the present, and it reads historical documents and literary texts in dialogue with one another.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Crosslisting(s): ENGL-B246
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Taylor,J., Truitt,E.
(Spring 2013)

HIST B247 Topics In German Cultural Studies

This is a topic course. Course content varies.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Crosslisting(s): GERM-B223; COML-B223
Units: 1.0
(Fall 2012)

HIST B251 Growth/ Spatial Org of Cities

This is a topics course. Topics vary. In Fall 2012 it will focus on 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?
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B250
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Stroud,E.
(Fall 2012)

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.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B257
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

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.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Kale,M.
(Fall 2012)

HIST B260 Human Rights in China

This course will examine China’s human rights issues from a historical perspective. The topics include diverse persepctives on human rights, historical background, civil rights, religious practice, justice system, education, as well as the problems concerning some social groups such as migrant laberers, women, ethnic minorities and peasants.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Crosslisting(s): EAST-B264
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

HIST B261 Palestine and Israeli Society

Considers the legacy of Palestine and the centrality of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as key in the formation of Israeli society, shaped by ongoing political conflict. New ethnographic writings disclose themes like Zionism, Holocaust, immigration, religion, Palestinian citizenry, Middle Eastern Jews and military occupation and resulting emerging debates among different social sectors and populations. Also considers constitution of ethnographic fields and the shaping of anthropological investigations by arenas of conflict. Prerequisites: sophomore standing and POLS B111 or ANTH B101 or B102 or permission of the instructor.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts toward: Middle East Studies; Peace and Conflict Studies
Crosslisting(s): ANTH-B261; GNST-B261; HEBR-B261
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

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.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Crosslisting(s): EAST-B263
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

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.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

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.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B267
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

HIST B273 Topics in Judaic Studies

What happened in Jewish history between antiquity and the modern era, between composing the Talmud and receiving citizenship in European nations? As we try to understand how Jews got from there to here, this seminar will explore the diverse and sometimes astonishing forms of Jewish life in the medieval and early modern periods (approximately 1000-1800), with special focus on the evolution of Jewish relations with the majority culture. Topics will include the golden age of Jewry in Muslim Spain, the development of European anti-Jewish policies and persecutions, Jewish self-government, and cosmopolitanism, as well as many of the philosophers, mystics and would-be messiahs who sparked religious movements and change in the course of these tumultuous centuries.
Counts toward: Middle East Studies
Crosslisting(s): HEBR-B271
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

HIST B274 Focus: Topics in Modern US History

This is a topics course in 20th century America social history. Topics vary by half semester Current topic description: This quarter we will look at the ways in which tourism both marks and constructs social class. Sample topics include the economy of tourism, specific tourist destinations, and travel narratives. You can take either focus course separately. They are not linked and you are not required to take both. They are independent courses. Offered first quarter. Current topic description: This quarter the focus will be on the intersection of race, class and leisure in the history of 20th century American baseball. You can take either focus course separately. They are not linked and you are not required to take both. They are independent courses. Offered second quarter.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward: Praxis Program
Units: 0.5
Instructor(s): Ullman,S.
(Spring 2013)

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.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts toward: Middle East Studies
Crosslisting(s): ANTH-B276
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

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.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B278
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Stroud,E.
(Spring 2013)

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.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts toward: Middle East Studies
Crosslisting(s): POLS-B283; HEBR-B283
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Harrold,D.
(Fall 2012)

HIST B284 Movies and America

Movies are one of the most important means by which Americans come to know – or think they know—their own history. This class examines the complex cultural relationship between film and American historical self fashioning.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward: Gender and Sexuality Studies; Film Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Ullman,S.
(Fall 2012)

HIST B286 Themes in British Empire

This is a Themes course, covering various “themes” in the study of the British Empire. Current topic description: This course explores the politics and genealogies on nationalist movements in the Indian subcontinent from the late 19th century through the establishment of sovereign nations from 1947-72, considering the implications and legacies of empire, nationalism and anti-colonialism for the nations and peoples of the subcontinent from Independence through the present.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B286; POLS-B286
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Kale,M.
(Spring 2013)

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 which 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, deciding on the topics we will investigate and upon which 20th century groups we will focus.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward: Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples and Cultures
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

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 a strong area expertise in another region such as Latin America or China with permission of the instructor.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts toward: International Studies Minor; Middle East Studies
Crosslisting(s): POLS-B288
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

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.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

HIST B303 Topics in American History

This is a topics course. Course content varies. Recent topics have included medicine, advertising, and history of sexuality. Current topic description: In the twenty years following World War II, Americans were faced with unexpected fears and anxieties. Despite the emergence of American as a superpower, Americans became deeply paranoid and insecure. Most famous as the era of McCarthy persecutions, Cold War political culture also produced the Civil Rights Movement, debates over the role of the individual and the state, critiques of conformity, and challenges to social status quo through personal politics and cultural revolutions in multiple arenas. This course will focus on the ways in which Cold War political culture offered a fundamentally new – and profoundly influential – paradigm for modern American life.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Counts toward: Africana Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Shore,E., Ullman,S.
(Spring 2013)

HIST B311 Topics in Medieval Art

This is a topics course. Topics vary. Current topic description: Kings, Caliphs, and Emperor: Images of Authority in the Era of the Crusades.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Counts toward: Middle East Studies
Crosslisting(s): HART-B311; CITY-B312
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Walker,A.
(Fall 2012)

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.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

HIST B318 Topics in Modern European History

This is a topics course. Topics vary. Current topic description: This course will study global migration patterns, identification and migratory control regimes, and border construction in the modern era.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Prakash,A.
(Spring 2013)

HIST B319 Topics in Modern European History

This is a topics course. Course content varies. Current topic description: Has Europe decolonized? In the realm of formal politics, the answer is, of course, affirmative. This course, however, will assume a broader definition of politics that encompasses power structures, large and small, that contour everyday life. With primary focus on France and Britain, students will explore the weight of the history of colonialism on the political and cultural life of these European societies. Topics include the international politics of decolonization, colonial/postcolonial migrant communities, and literature and theory concerning decolonization.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Prakash,A.
(Fall 2012)

HIST B323 Memoria y Guerra Civil

A look into the Spanish Civil War and its wide-ranging international significance as both the military and ideological testing ground for World War II. This course examines the endurance of myths related to this conflict and the cultural memory it has produced along with the current negotiations of the past that is taking place in democratic Spain. Prerequisites: SPAN 200/202 and another 200-level course in Spanish.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Crosslisting(s): SPAN-B323
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Song,H.
(Fall 2012)

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 will examine the history of women’s education in the 19th and 20th centuries, focusing on the context of the history of women’s higher education in the US and globally. Thecourse will explore the cultural, social, and political conditions that influenced the founding of Bryn Mawr and will compare and contrast this to other colleges, such as the Seven Sisters and the British universities that so influenced M. Carey Thomas in her ideal of an exemplary women’s college. The aim of this course is to provide an understanding of the history of women’s higher education, the political struggles encountered by the pioneers in women’s educational reform, and to reflect on the differences between women’s colleges in their establishment and their subsequent histories. We will discuss the arguments surrounding single-sex vs. co-educational institutions and reflect on the place of women’s colleges in society. Our task in this course will be to gain a deep historical understanding of the issues that will challenge students to think about the history of their institution and the legacy created through the campaign for women’s higher education over the last two centuries. Students will have the opportunity, if they wish, to create digital versions of their work to appear on The Albert M. Greenfield Digital Center for the History of Women’s Education site, to contribute to a forthcoming exhibit and conference on this topic in Spring 2013, and to use original source materials from the Bryn Mawr College collections to create innovative work on to contribute to our knowledge of the legacy of women’s education. Current topic description: see notes to Registrar.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Counts toward: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B325
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Ullman,S., Redmond,J.
(Spring 2013)

HIST B326 Topics in Chinese History and Culture

This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Crosslisting(s): EAST-B325
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Kwa,S.
(Fall 2012)

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.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts toward: Africana Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Ngalamulume,K.
(Spring 2013)

HIST B337 Topics in African History

This is a topics course. Topics vary. Enrollment limited to 15 students.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts toward: Africana Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

HIST B345 Advanced Topics in Environment and Society

This is a topics course. Topics vary.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B345; SOCL-B346
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Stroud,E.
(Spring 2013)

HIST B349 Topics in Comparative History

This is a topics course. Topics vary.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Counts toward: Africana Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

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.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): EAST-B352
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

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.
Crosslisting(s): HART-B355
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Cast,D.
(Fall 2012)

HIST B357 Topics in British Empire:

This is a topics course. Topics vary. Current topic description: Focusing on themes of displacement and transplantation, this course will examine films by and about men and women circulating (voluntarily or otherwise) through the British empire and the nations that supplanted it to consider the impacts of empire (at “home” and “away”) on articulations of modern identities (national, sub-national and other).
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Kale,M.
(Spring 2013)

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
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Crosslisting(s): CSTS-B364
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

HIST B368 Topics in Medieval History

This is a topics course. Topics vary.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Crosslisting(s): CSTS-B368
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

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 Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples and Cultures
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

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.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Counts toward: Middle East Studies; Peace and Conflict Studies
Crosslisting(s): ANTH-B382; POLS-B382
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

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.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Crosslisting(s): POLS-B383
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

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.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Counts toward: Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples and Cultures
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

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.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Ngalamulume,K., Prakash,A.
(Spring 2013)

HIST B398 Senior Thesis

Students research and write a thesis on a topic of their choice. Enrollment is limited to senior history majors.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Kale,M., Truitt,E.
(Fall 2012)

HIST B403 Supervised Work

Optional independent study, which requires permission of the instructor and the major adviser.
Units: 1.0
(Fall 2012, Spring 2013)

HIST B425 Praxis III: Independent Study

Part of the Transforming Legacy of Oil 360 Current topic description: Part of the Transforming Legacy of Oil 360, the focus of this course will be on the history of oil and oil related activities in Pennsylvania, as well as on the steps necessary to organize a conference at Bryn Mawr College on January 18 and 19, 2013. Students must also register for ECON 213, Taming the Modern Corporation, and CITY 377, The Global Architecture of Oil. To be considered for this course, students must preregister and submit this questionnaire. https://brynmawr.wufoo.com/forms/transforming-legacy-of-oil-360ee/ by midnight on Thursday, April 5. Incomplete or late submissions cannot be considered.
Counts toward: Praxis Program
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Shore,E.
(Fall 2012)