History

Students may complete a major or minor in History.

Faculty

Ignacio Gallup-Diaz, Chair and Associate Professor of History and Director of Latin American, Latino and Iberian Peoples and Cultures (LALIPC)
Bridget E. Gurtler, Lecturer
Madhavi Kale, Professor of History (on leave semesters I and II)
Anita Kurimay, Assistant Professor of History
Kalala J. Ngalamulume, Associate Professor of Africana Studies and History and Co-Director of International Studies
Elly Truitt, Assistant Professor of History
Sharon R. Ullman, Professor of History and Director of Gender and Sexuality Studies

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. Majors taking History 395 (offered each spring) will fulfill the College’s Writing Intensive requirement

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.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

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.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Africana Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Ngalamulume,K.
(Fall 2014)

HIST B115 Women in Judaism: History, Texts, Practices
This course will investigate the varied experiences of women in Jewish history. Cultural, religious, and theoretical perspectives will be engaged as we seek to illuminate the roles, practices, and texts of Jewish women, from the biblical matriarchs to Hasidic teenagers today. No previous knowledge of Judaism is required.
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Crosslisting(s): HEBR-B115
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

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.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures; Peace and Conflict Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

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.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Middle East Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

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)
Counts towards: Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Gallup-Diaz,I.
(Fall 2014)

HIST B131 Chinese Civilization
A broad chronological survey of Chinese culture and society from the Bronze Age to the 1800s, 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.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Crosslisting(s): EAST-B131
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Jiang,Y.
(Fall 2014)

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. This course satisfies the History major’s 100-level requirement.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

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.
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Africana Studies; Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures; International Studies Major; Peace and Conflict Studies
Crosslisting(s): ANTH-B200
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Gallup-Diaz,I.
(Spring 2015)

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.
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Crosslisting(s): CSTS-B205
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Edmonds,R.
(Fall 2014)

HIST B207 Early Rome and the Early Republic
This course surveys the history of Rome from its origins to the end of the Republic, with special emphasis on the rise of Rome in Italy and the evolution of the Roman state. The course also examines the Hellenistic world in which the rise of Rome takes place. The methods of historical investigation using the ancient sources, both literary and archaeological, are emphasized.
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Crosslisting(s): CSTS-B207
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Scott,R.
(Spring 2015)

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.
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Crosslisting(s): CSTS-B208
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

HIST B210 From Empire to Nation-State in the Middle East
The aim of this course is to provide an introduction to the history of the Middle East from the late 18th century until the present. Islam and the classical Ottoman period will be discussed to provide the requisite background for the modern period. From the late Ottoman period onward, we will consider the impact of a series of events - from the incorporation of the Empire into a global economic system, to the rise of ethnic and national politics, the Ottoman reform movement, colonial expansion, the dissolution of the Empire, the emergence of the modern system of states, the Cold War, and the collapse of Soviet power. We will conclude with a discussion of the Arab Spring. Emphasis will be placed on links, continuity, and transitions during this two-hundred year period.
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Middle East Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

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.
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

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.
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP); Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Crosslisting(s): BIOL-B214
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

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.
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

HIST B218 Memories, Memorials, and Representations of World War I
The first World War was a cataclysmic event that took millions of lives, shifted national boundaries, established new nations, and negatively impacted others. After its conclusion, the events of the War became personally and nationally memorialized across Europe—a process that continues to this day. The course explores the various social, cultural, and historical factors that influence how (and when) the events and impacts of the war are remembered in modern Europe.
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Kurimay,A.
(Fall 2014)

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 towards: Middle East Studies
Crosslisting(s): POLS-B223; FREN-B222; ANTH-B222
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

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.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Middle East Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

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.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Truitt,E.
(Fall 2014)

HIST B226 Topics in 20th Century European History
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

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.
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

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.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

HIST B232 Nationalism and Conflict in Palestine and Israel
During this course we will examine the interactions and changing relationships of the diverse ethnic and religious groups in Israel and Palestine, from the late 19th century until the present. We will examine the roots of ethnic identity and the influences of modernization and nationalism on the current Israel-Palestine conflict. Important historical transformations will be stressed, including: the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire, the British Mandate, the establishment of the State of Israel, the 1948 and 1967 wars, the first intifada, the Oslo Accords, and the second intifada. Throughout we will analyze the claims made by different groups of Israelis and Palestinians, and the competing narratives these inspire and are inspired by. We will conclude with a discussion of the current opportunities and challenges to the peace process.
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Middle East Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

HIST B236 African History since 1800
The course analyzes the history of Africa in the last two hundred years in the context of global political economy. We will examine the major themes in modern African history, including the 19th-century state formation, expansion, or restructuration; partition and resistance; colonial rule; economic, social, political, religious, and cultural developments; nationalism; post-independence politics, economics, and society, as well as conflicts and the burden of disease. The course will also introduce students to the sources and methods of African history.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Africana Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Ngalamulume,K.
Spring 2015: Current topic description: The course deals with the continuities and transformations of African societies and cultures in the context of European colonial rule, capitalist exploitation, urbanization, and westernization.

HIST B237 Topic: Modern African History
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Africana Studies
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B237
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Ngalamulume,K.
Fall 2014: Current topic description: A seminar exploring indigenous societies and cultures of the Americas through interdisciplinary scholarship. The course’s aim is to explore the evolution of several indigenous societies and cultures in order to frame Native peoples as actors on historical playing fields that were as rich, complex, and subject to change as those that the European intruders and their descendants later occupied.

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.
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

HIST B242 American Politics and Society: 1945 to the Present
How did we get here? This course looks at the stunning transformation of America after WWII. From a country devastated by economic crisis and wedded to isolationism prior to the war, America turned itself into an international powerhouse. Massive grass roots resistance forced the United States to abandon its system of racial apartheid, to open opportunities to women, and to reinvent its very definition as it incorporated immigrants from around the world. Simultaneously, American music and film broke free from their staid moorings and permanently altered international culture. Finally, through the “War on Terror”, starting after 9/11, America initiated an aggressive new foreign policy that has shattered traditional rules of warfare and reoriented global politics. We will explore the political, social, and cultural factors that have driven modern American history. Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

HIST B243 Atlantic Cultures
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Africana Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

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.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Crosslisting(s): ARCH-B244; POLS-B244; CITY-B244
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

HIST B247 Topics in German Cultural Studies
This is a topics course. Course content varies. Recent topics include Remembered Violence, Global Masculinities, and Crime and Detection in German.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Crosslisting(s): GERM-B223; COML-B223
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

HIST B251 Topics: Growth and Spatial Organization of the City
An introduction to growth and spatial organization of cities. Topics vary.
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B250
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

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.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B257
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

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.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: International Studies Major
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

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.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Crosslisting(s): EAST-B264
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

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.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Crosslisting(s): EAST-B263
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

HIST B265 Colonial Encounters in the Americas
The course explores the confrontations, conquests and accommodations that formed the “ground-level” experience of day-to-day colonialism throughout the Americas. The course is comparative in scope, examining events and structures in North, South and Central America, with particular attention paid to indigenous peoples and the nature of indigenous leadership in the colonial world of the 18th century.
Counts towards: Africana Studies; Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

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.
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B267
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

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 towards: Middle East Studies
Crosslisting(s): HEBR-B271
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

HIST B274 Focus: Topics in Modern US History
This is a topics course in 20th century America social history. Topics vary by half semester
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Praxis Program
Units: 0.5
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

HIST B275 Improving Mankind: Enlightened Hygiene and Eugenics
At first sight, hygiene and eugenics have nothing in common: the former is usually conceived as a good management of our everyday conditions of life, whereas the latter is commonly reviled for having inspired discriminatory practices (in Nazi Germany, but also in the US, Sweden, and Switzerland). Our inquiry will explore how, in the context of the French Enlightenment, a subdiscipline of Medicine (namely Hygiene) was redefined, expanded its scope, and eventually became hegemonic both in the medical field and in civil society. We will also explore how and why a philanthropic ideal led to the quest for the improvement of the human species. We will compare the French situation with that of other countries (mainly UK and the USA). Students who wish to get credit in French will meet one extra hour.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Health Studies
Crosslisting(s): FREN-B275
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Le Menthéour,R.
(Fall 2014)

HIST B278 American Environmental History
This course explores major themes of American environmental history, examining changes in the American landscape, the history of ideas about nature and the interaction between the two. Students will study definitions of nature, environment, and environmental history while investigating interactions between Americans and their physical worlds.
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B278
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Stroud,E.
(Spring 2015)

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.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Middle East Studies
Crosslisting(s): POLS-B283; HEBR-B283
Units: 1.0
(Spring 2015)

HIST B284 Modernity and Its Discontents
This course examines the nature, historical emergence, dilemmas, and prospects of modern society in the west, seeking to build up an integrated analysis of the processes by which this kind of society developed over the past two centuries and continues to transform itself. Its larger aim is to help students develop a coherent frame­work with which to understand what kind of society they live in, what makes it the way it is, and how it shapes their lives. Some central themes (and controversies) will include the growth and transformations of capitalism; the significance of the democratic and industrial revolutions; the social impact of a market economy; the culture of individualism and its dilemmas; the transformations of intimacy and the family; mass politics and mass society; and the different kinds of inter­play between social structure and personal experience. No specific prerequisites, but some previous familiarity with modern European and American history and/or with social and political theory would be useful.
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Crosslisting(s): SOCL-B284; POLS-B284
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

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.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies; Film Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Ullman,S.
(Fall 2014)

HIST B285 Show and Spectacle in Ancient Greece and Rome
A survey of public entertainment in the ancient world, including theater and dramatic festivals, athletic competitions, games and gladiatorial combats, and processions and sacrifices. Drawing on literary sources and paying attention to art, archaeology and topography, this course explores the social, political and religious contexts of ancient spectacle. Special consideration will be given to modern equivalents of staged entertainment and the representation of ancient spectacle in contemporary film.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Crosslisting(s): CSTS-B255; CITY-B260; ARCH-B255
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

HIST B286 Topics in the British Empire
This is a topics course covering various “topics” in the study of the British Empire. Course content varies.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Crosslisting(s): POLS-B286; CITY-B286
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

HIST B303 Topics in American History
This is a topics course. Course content varies. Recent topics have included medicine, advertising, and history of sexuality.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Gurtler,B.
Fall 2014: Current topic description: This course offers an introduction to the history of medicine, health, and the medical sciences in America from the colonial period to the present. We will discuss the changing role of medicine and medical professionals in America, from the rise of modern medical specialties to the politics of disease and public health today. Particular attention will be paid to how race, class and gender have been factors in the creation of biomedical knowledge and practices, the organization of medical work and objects, and contributed to difference and inequality in society.

HIST B311 Topics in Medieval Art
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Counts towards: Middle East Studies
Crosslisting(s): HART-B311; CITY-B312
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Walker,A.
Spring 2015: Current topic description: This course explores a range of theoretical models that have been brought to bear on the study of Byzantine objects in recent years, including thing theory, portability, the social life of things, material culture studies, entanglement, and gift theory.

HIST B318 Topics in Modern European History
This is a topics course. Topics vary.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

HIST B319 Topics in Modern European History
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Kurimay,A.
Fall 2014: Current topic description: What was the “pseudoscience of sex” and what were its connections to Central Europe? Why were psychoanalysis and Sigmund Freud’s theories born in Vienna and embraced most fervently in Budapest and Berlin? Focuses on Central European cities, explores the origins and development of psychoanalysis from the late nineteenth century through the first three decades of the twentieth. Using psychoanalysis as a lens, also addresses the cultural, political, and social history of Central European cities.

HIST B320 Middle Eastern Migration, Diaspora and Nostalgia
This course will trace Middle Eastern migration movements from the 19th century to the present. After a discussion of historical migration patterns, we will examine theories of migration focusing on why people move and how their movement effects and affects social and economic statuses and processes in both sending and receiving countries. Next we will consider theoretical and empirical studies on the integration of immigrants in host societies. Particular emphasis will be given to immigrants’ assimilation and/or integration, as well as issues relating to immigrants’ identity reformation and the creation of Diasporas. We will interrogate Diaspora as a theoretical concept and consider its relationship to absence and difference. Finally, we will consider how transnational communities perform identity and how this is connected to memory/forgetting and nostalgia.
Counts towards: Middle East Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

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. Prerequisite: At least one SPAN 200-level course.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Crosslisting(s): SPAN-B323
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Song,R.
(Spring 2015)

HIST B325 Topics in Social History
This a topics course that explores various themes in American social history. Course content varies.
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Ullman,S.
(Spring 2015)

HIST B326 Topics in Chinese History and Culture
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Crosslisting(s): EAST-B325
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Jiang,Y.
Fall 2014: Current topic description: This course examines the cultural dimensions of law in Chinese history. Topics will include legal philosophy, legal institutions, law-society interaction, legal discourse, and the interaction between Chinese and Western legal values. We will read translated primary sources, including historical accounts and original law code texts, as well as secondary works of scholarship.

HIST B327 Topics in Early American History
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Counts towards: Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Gallup-Diaz,I.
Fall 2014: Current topic description: A seminar exploring indigenous societies and cultures of the Americas through interdisciplinary scholarship. The course’s aim is to explore the evolution of several indigenous societies and cultures in order to frame Native peoples as actors on historical playing fields that were as rich, complex, and subject to change as those that the European intruders and their descendants later occupied.

HIST B336 Topics in African History
This is a topic course. Course content varies.
Counts towards: Africana Studies; International Studies Major
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Ngalamulume,K.
Fall 2014: Current topic description: 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.

HIST B337 Topics in African History
This is a topics course. Topics vary.
Counts towards: Africana Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Ngalamulume,K.
Spring 2015: Current topic description: The course examines witchcraft accusations, witch hunts and violence against the accused as a tool for regulating behavior and gender relationships in everyday life, as well as witchcraft, power and politics.

HIST B342 Food and Identity in the Middle East
This course will provide an introduction to the study of the Middle East through an examination of culinary history and foodways. Particular attention will be paid to food as a marker of class, ethnic, and religious identity. A brief theoretical introduction to foodways literature will include Claude Fischler’s work on identity and Bourdieu’s work on taste and class. An examination of the cookery of the classical Islamic period, along with a discussion of the culinary exchange between the Middle East and the West will provide the historical and cultural background for the study of the modern era.
Counts towards: Middle East Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

HIST B347 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. Suggested Preparation: At least one 200-level course in any area of medieval studies (although more than one course is preferred), or by permission of the instructors. Additionally, this course is not open to students who took ENG/HIST 246 in 2013.
Crosslisting(s): ENGL-B347
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Taylor,J., Truitt,E.
(Spring 2015)

HIST B349 Topics in Comparative History
This is a topics course. Topics vary.
Counts towards: Africana Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

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.
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): EAST-B352
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

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 2014)

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 history (HIST B223, B224, or B246), or the permission of the instructor.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

HIST B368 Topics in Medieval History
This is a topics course. Topics vary.
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Truitt,E.
Fall 2014: Current topic description: This advanced seminar covers the history of the body and sexuality in the medieval world. Topics include slavery, theology, and scientific ideas of sex difference and physiology.

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.
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Intensive
Counts towards: Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

HIST B373 Topics: History of the Middle East
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

HIST B378 Origins of American Constitutionalism
This course will explore some aspects of early American constitutional thought, particularly in the periods immediately preceding and following the American Revolution. The premise of the course is that many of the questions that arose during that period—concerning, for example, the nature of law, the idea of sovereignty, and the character of legitimate political authority—remain important questions for political, legal, and constitutional thought today, and that studying the debates of the revolutionary period can help sharpen our understanding of these issues. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing and previous course work in American history, American government, political theory, or legal studies.
Crosslisting(s): POLS-B378
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Elkins,J.
(Fall 2014, Spring 2015)

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.
Crosslisting(s): POLS-B383
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

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. This semester the course will also explore questions of historical memory.
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Intensive
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Ullman,S.
(Spring 2015)

HIST B398 Senior Thesis
Students research and write a thesis on a topic of their choice. Prerequisite: Senior History major.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Ullman,S., Kurimay,A.
(Fall 2014)

HIST B403 Supervised Work
Optional independent study, which requires permission of the instructor and the major adviser.
Units: 1.0
(Fall 2014)

HIST B425 Praxis III: Independent Study
Praxis III courses are Independent Study courses and are developed by individual students, in collaboration with faculty and field supervisors. A Praxis courses is distinguished by genuine collaboration with fieldsite organizations and by a dynamic process of reflection that incorporates lessons learned in the field into the classroom setting and applies theoretical understanding gained through classroom study to work done in the broader community.
Counts towards: Praxis Program
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)