History

Students may complete a major or minor in History.

Faculty

Omar Foda, Instructor in History

Ignacio Gallup-Diaz, Associate Professor of History (on leave semesters I and II)

Madhavi Kale, Professor of History (on leave semesters I and II)

Anita Kurimay, Assistant Professor of History

Evelyne Laurent-Perrault, Visiting Assistant Professor

Kalala Ngalamulume, Associate Professor of Africana Studies and History and Co-Director of International Studies

Daniel Tober, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities and Humanistic Studies

Elly Truitt, Associate Professor of History (on leave semesters I and II)

Sharon Ullman, Chair and 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 explore the past through attention to long-range questions, comparative history, and complex causation. Students learn about particular periods, cultures, and historical moments alongside mastering the ability to consider multiple viewpoints, aggregate data, articulate research questions, marshal evidence, and construct arguments, and have opportunities to engage with digital humanities and public 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, and are open to all students, regardless of any prior instruction in History. 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 through attention to primary sources, introduction to historiography, and mastery of chronology.

The department’s 300-level courses build on students’ knowledge gained in 200-level classes, and provide opportunities to explore topics in greater depth in a seminar setting. 300-level courses offer students opportunities to undertake significant intellectual projects based on research in primary and secondary sources.

Major Requirements

Eleven courses are required for the History major, and two—Introduction to Historical Methods (HIST 299), and Approaches to Historical Praxis (HIST 398)—must be taken at Bryn Mawr. In HIST 299, students will be introduced to different historical frameworks and historiographic debates that animate the field. It is intended to prepare advanced sophomores and juniors to do advanced work at the 300-level and in some advanced 200-level courses. In HIST 398, which must be taken in Fall of senior year, the students complete a series of focused assignments designed to give them an opportunity to practice different ways of “doing history.” Students will work with professors as well as other resources at the College (archivists, librarians, digital technologists, Praxis Program, etc.) to articulate a historical question, research it, and produce a final project. This final project may be a term paper, but might also take the form of a digital project, an exhibit, a short film, a Praxis internship in a museum or archive, or something else. Upon successful completion of History 398, students may, if they wish, continue their project into a second semester. This is not required, but if students wish to do so, the department will authorize and provide support for an independent study in order to facilitate that ongoing work. (Majors taking History 299 will fulfill the College’s Writing Intensive requirement.)

The remaining nine 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) At least one course, at any level, must concentrate on the period before 1800.

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 3.6 (History) at the end of their senior year 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 course at any level that deals with the period before 1800, at least one 300-level course within the department, and two additional history courses within the department. No more than two courses at the 100-level may count toward the minor.

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 2015-2016)

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; Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Ngalamulume,K.
(Fall 2015)

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 2015-2016)

HIST B125 Amerindians, Europeans, and Slaves: Early Modern Colonialism

The course explores the way in which peoples, goods, and ideas from Africa, Europe, and the Americas were brought together within colonial systems to form an interconnected Atlantic World. The course charts the manner in which an integrated system emerged in the Americas in early modern period, rather than to treat Atlantic History as nothing more than an ‘expanded’ version of North American, Caribbean, or Latin American history. The lived experiences of indigenous peoples, slaves, and free people of color are central topics and themes of the course.
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

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, Justice and Human Rights
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

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 Eastern Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

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
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

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): EALC-B131
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Jiang,Y.
(Spring 2016)

HIST B156 The Long 1960’s

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 satifies 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
Instructor(s): Ullman,S.
(Fall 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; Peace, Justice and Human Rights
Crosslisting(s): ANTH-B200
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

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
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

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
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

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
Instructor(s): Scott,R.
(Fall 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: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Middle Eastern Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

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
Instructor(s): Davis,G.
(Spring 2016)

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 2015-2016)

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
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

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 Eastern Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

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
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

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
Instructor(s): Kurimay,A.

Fall 2015: National Proj, Socialist Dream. Introductory course to the history of modern East-Central Europe from the second half of the nineteenth century to the present. Via the lenses of nationalism and socialism, the course explores East-Central Europe’s diverse social, economic, religious, and cultural history. Throughout the course we also consider the region’s relationship to both the “East” (Russia) and the “West” (Western Europe and the US).

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 2015-2016)

HIST B229 Food and Drink in the Ancient World

This course explores practices of eating and drinking in the ancient Mediterranean world both from a socio-cultural and environmental perspective. Since we are not only what we eat, but also where, when, why, with whom, and how we eat, we will examine the wider implications of patterns of food production, preparation, consumption, availability, and taboos, considering issues like gender, health, financial situation, geographical variability, and political status. Anthropological, archaeological, literary, and art historical approaches will be used to analyze the evidence and shed light on the role of food and drink in ancient culture and society. In addition, we will discuss how this affects our contemporary customs and practices and how our identity is still shaped by what we eat.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Crosslisting(s): CSTS-B230
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Baertschi,A.
(Fall 2015)

HIST B231 Medicine, Magic & 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 2015-2016)

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 Eastern Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

HIST B234 An Introduction to Middle Eastern History

Through the historical study of Islamism this course will dispel the notion that this movement is a natural outgrowth of Islam. It will show that Islamism grew as a native response to European nationalism and imperialism. After examining the intellectual sources of Islamism, this course will look to answer why Islamism has proved so resilient in the face of intense local and foreign opposition and proved well suited for an increasingly global world.
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Middle Eastern Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Foda,O.
(Fall 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 2016)

HIST B237 Themes in Modern African History

Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Africana Studies; Environmental Studies; Gender and Sexuality Studies
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B237
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Ngalamulume,K.

Fall 2015, Spring 2016: Urbanization in Africa. The course examines the cultural, environmental, economic, political, and social factors that contributed to the expansion and transformation of pre-industrial 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.

HIST B238 From Bordellos to Cybersex History of Sexuality in Modern Europe

This course is a detailed examination of the changing nature and definition of sexuality in Europe from the late nineteenth century to the present. Throughout the semester we critically examine how understandings of sexuality changed—from how it was discussed and how authorities tried to control it to how the practice of sexuality evolved. Focusing on both discourses and lived experiences, the class will explore sexuality in the context of the following themes; prostitution and sex trafficking, the rise of medicine with a particular attention to sexology, psychiatry and psychoanalysis; the birth of the homo/hetero/bisexual divide; the rise of the “New Woman”; abortion and contraception; the “sexual revolution” of the 60s; pornography and consumerism; LGBTQ activism; concluding with considering sexuality in the age of cyber as well as genetic technology. In examining these issues we will question the role and influence of different political systems and war on sexuality. By paying special attention to the rise of modern nation-states, forces of nationalism, and the impacts of imperialism we will interrogate the nature of regulation and experiences of sexuality in different locations in Europe from the late nineteenth century to the present.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

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 2015-2016)

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
Instructor(s):Laurent-Perrault,E.

Fall 2015: Introduction to the History of the African Diaspor. This course will explore the arrival, establishment, and experiences of Africans and their descendants in the Americas, with a particular emphasis on Latin America and the Caribbean. We will explore ways in which enslaved men and women experienced and negotiated their imposed condition in both rural areas and urban centers through the colonial period and into the nineteenth century. Readings will also consider the experiences of free people and we will take up questions of resistance, spirituality, gender, race, cultures, identities, and social dynamics. We will also do a succinct overview of some of the major movements lead by people of African descent in the hemisphere up to the twentieth century.

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 2015-2016)

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. The current topic will be taught in English with an additional meeting for students taking the class as a German course.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Crosslisting(s): GERM-B223; COML-B223
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Kenosian,D.

Fall 2015: Remembered Violence. As Germany was rebuilding from two world war wars and the Holocaust, its history was being redefined in an international context where non-Germans were also confronting the legacy of violent conflict with Germany. We will explore the extent to which a central feature of memory in the modern era emerges: does a common sense of history emerge from this international dialogue or does the cultural legacy of violence come out of a ongoing contest over divergent memories?

HIST B249 History of Global Health

In this course, we will trace the emergence of public health practices, systems, and ideas from the 19th to the 21st centuries as a critical part of a broader history of epidemics, empire, and global mobility. We will explore these developments as they emerge at the intersection of Western and non-Western understandings of health, medicine, and the body; imperial health goals; decolonization and development initiatives after World War II; the rise of modern biomedicine and pharmaceutical industries; and the shift from “international health” to “global health.” Over the semester, we will examine themes of commodification, expertise, autonomy, sociality, agency, and disability as they emerge in such topics as tropical hygiene, eugenics, biosecurity, sexual and reproductive health, and in the management of diseases ranging from malaria, smallpox, and polio to HIV and Ebola.
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies; Health Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

HIST B251 Topics: Growth & Spatial Organization of the City

This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): HIST-B251
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Stroud,E.

Fall 2015: 20th C Urban Enviro History. This course explores the recent history of U.S. Cities as both physical spaces and social entities, with particular attention to the role of both nature and built environments in shaping their pasts. How have the definitions, political roles, and social perceptions of U.S. cities changed since the nineteenth century? 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?

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
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

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): EALC-B263
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

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
Instructor(s): Laurent-Perrault,E.
(Fall 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
Instructor(s): Ullman,S.

Spring 2016: Tourism & Class. Operating from the assumption that what Americans do in their leisure time helps us understand much about how we define ourselves and how we understand our role in society, this quarter we will look at the history of tourism in the United States. We will focus in particular on the ways in which we can watch the operations of social class in the development of American tourism and the historical role tourism has played in both defining, as well as papering over, social difference based in class.

Baseball & Class. Operating from the assumption that what Americans do in their leisure time helps us understand much about how we define ourselves and how we understand our role in society, this course looks at the role of baseball as both a reflector and mediator of social class in the United States. We will focus in particular on the historical role baseball has played in both highlighting as well as papering over social difference based in class and race.

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
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

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 2016)

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 Eastern Studies
Crosslisting(s): POLS-B283; HEBR-B283
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Foda,O.
(Spring 2016)

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 2015-2016)

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
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

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 2015-2016)

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 2015-2016)

HIST B303 Topics in American History

This is a topics course. Course content varies. Recent topics have included medicine, advertising, and history of sexuality.
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Mercado,M., Gurtler,B.

Fall 2015: History of the Body. Through topics ranging from dieting, weight loss, and drugs to disease, sex, and dancing this course explores the modern history of the body. Using an interdisciplinary lens and global perspective, we will investigate themes of disability, vulnerability, bodily modification, reproduction, erotiism, and personhood. Our aim is to understand how raced, sexed, gendered, and aging bodies function in historical, contemporary, and emerging biopolitics.

Spring 2016: Race, Gender and Campus Memory. This course explores the theoretical and methodological challenges that surround the public preservation and presentation of history in spaces like museums and archives. Students will learn the skills professionals use to communicate historical scholarship to wider audiences and will grapple with the issues around expanding history’s stakeholders. Drawing on the rich history of Bryn Mawr College as our primary case study, we will focus on histories of race and gender in the U.S. context as they intersect with elite higher education; the challenges of building institutional memory; and the processes of collecting and exhibiting the experiences of diverse alumnae/i, faculty, and staff. Over the course of the semester, we will gain experience in archives and special collections research, oral history, and digital methods, and contribute to the building of contemporary collections d ocumenting Bryn Mawr campus life.

HIST B311 Topics in Medieval Art

This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Counts towards: Middle Eastern Studies
Crosslisting(s): HART-B311; CITY-B312
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Walker,A.

Fall 2015: Kings, Caliphs, and Emperors. Images of Authority: This course investigates how notions of political & social authority were conveyed through the visual and material cultures of Byzantium, the Islamic world, and western Christendom during the late 11th to 13th centuries when these groups experienced an unprecedented degree of cross-cultural exposure as a result of Crusader incursions in the eastern Mediterranean.

HIST B318 Topics in Modern European History

This is a topics course. Topics vary.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

HIST B319 Topics in Modern European History

This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Kurimay,A.

Fall 2015: Holocaust: History & Politics of Commemoration. The course examines the programs of persecution and mass murder carried out by the Nazi German regime between 1933 and 1945. Along with the development of Nazi Germany as a “racial state,” we study the role of ideologies, such as antisemitism, nationalism, and racism, in shaping policies of exclusion in a European context. In addition, the class looks at how subsequent generations commemorated and portrayed the memory of the Holocaust. Prerequisite: at least one course in modern European history.

Spring 2016: Everyday Life: Eastern Block. This course explores European communism as a lived experience from the 1930s until the disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991. Using interdisciplinary approaches, it will examine various aspects of life in the socialist Eastern Block ranging from education, youth culture, Communist Party life, law and policing to leisure, consumerism, disability, sex and romance. Beyond looking at how life was lived during communism the course will also ask how life under communism has been remembered, represented, and understood since the end of the Cold War. Prerequisite: at least one course in modern European history.

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 Eastern Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

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.
Crosslisting(s): SPAN-B323
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

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):Gurtler,B., Ullman,S.

Fall 2015: Queering History. This course examines both key events and developments in the emerging visibility of queer subjects in the American context as well the processes by which such visibility occurs. How is queer history made? Who makes it? Who gets to appear in history and what voice are they allowed to offer to the narration of the past? While we will study a sampling of specific historical moments, the focus of the course will be this search to understand what it would mean to ‘queer’ American history.

Spring 2016: History of Reproduction. This course investigates the evolution of reproduction in American medicine, science, politics and culture. We will explore changing ideas about reproductive bodies and health, parenthood, sexuality, and the family as well as changing practices of contraception, conception and childbirth. From midwifery in colonial America to contemporary practices of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), this course focuses on persistent efforts of individuals, organizations, and the state to control reproduction.

HIST B326 Topics in Chinese History and Culture

This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Crosslisting(s): EALC-B325
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

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
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

HIST B329 Advanced Topics in Urban Environments

This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B329
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Stroud,E.

Spring 2016: Water. This course is an exploration of the field of environmental history through a focus on the role of water in the history of the United States. We will examine issues of water power, water rights, water emergencies and water imagery, investigating the history and meanings of water in the United States.

HIST B332 Higher Education for Women: Bryn Mawr and Beyond

This course will explore the history of women’s higher learning in the United States from its origins in the antebellum female seminary movement through debates about coeducation and the meaning of single-sex education in the second half of the twentieth century. Drawing on the rich history of Bryn Mawr College as our primary case study, we will focus on the expansion of social and professional opportunities for women, the workings of gender difference within American educational institutions, and the experiences of diverse alumnae/i, faculty, and staff. Over the course of the semester, we will gain experience in archives and special collections research, oral history, and digital methods, and contribute to the building of contemporary collections documenting Bryn Mawr campus life. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior Status.
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

HIST B336 Topics in African History

This is a topic course. Course content varies.
Counts towards: Africana Studies; International Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Ngalamulume,K.

Fall 2015: History of Health and 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.

HIST B337 Topics in African History

This is a topics course. Topics vary.
Counts towards: Africana Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

HIST B339 The Making of the African Diaspora 1450-1800

This course explores the emergence, development, and challenges to the ideologies of whiteness and blackness, that have been in place from the colonial period to the present. Through the reading of primary and secondary sources, we will explore various ways through which enslaved people imagined freedom, personal rights, community membership, and some of the paths they created in order to improve their experiences and change the social order. In an attempt to have a comparative approach, we will look at particular events and circumstances that took place in few provinces in the Americas, with an emphasis on Latin America and the Caribbean. The course will also look at the methodological challenges of studying and writing history of people who in principle, were not allowed to produce written texts. Throughout, we will identify and underscore the contribution that people of African descent have made to the ideas of rights, freedom, equality, and democracy.
Counts towards: Africana Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Laurent-Perrault,E.
(Spring 2016)

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 Eastern Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

HIST B345 Advanced Topics in Environment and Society

This is a topics course. Topics vary.
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): SOCL-B346; CITY-B345
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Stroud,E.

Fall 2015: Environmental Justice. In this course, we will be delving into the complex issues of environmental justice and environmental racism. We will investigate the ways in which environmentalism can and has led to environmental inequalities, and we will study how resource allocation, legal frameworks and access to social and economic power affect experiences of environmental amenities and risks.

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
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

HIST B349 Topics in Comparative History

This is a topics course. Topics vary.
Counts towards: Africana Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Laurent-Perrault,E.

Fall 2015: A History of Honor in Latin America, 1600s-1920s. This course will examine the trajectory of the concept of honor from the Iberian Peninsula, through colonial Latin America, and into the early republican era. We will read primary and secondary sources, view films, and listen to poets and songwriters, the better to understand changing notions of race, gender, and class. In addition, the course will touch on how the concept of honor applied in Francophone and Anglophone regions of the Americas. Throughout, our seminar will encourage students to question the ways in which elements of the past may still linger in the present and may shape current social structures.

HIST B351 Intoxicated Identities: Alcohol Consumption in Mod Mideast

This class aims to show not only that people in the Middle East drink, that is irrefutable, but that the reasons why they did so provide an interesting prism through which to view the history of the region. It will show that the alcohol consumption habits of residents of the Middle East between the years 600 and the present can serve as an excellent entry point for the discussion of many important historiographical issues including constructions of masculinity and femininity, identity formation, youth culture, leisure, and class formation.
Counts towards: Middle Eastern Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Foda,O.
(Spring 2016)

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): EALC-B352
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

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
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

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 2015-2016)

HIST B368 Topics in Medieval History

This is a topics course. Topics vary.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

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 2015-2016)

HIST B373 Topics: History of the Middle East

This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Foda,O.

Spring 2016: Women in Mod Middle East. This course will look at how women (and their bodies) were used as symbols by the national, political, and religious movements of the Middle East in the period from 1700-2000 as their voices, which were growing more prominent, were silenced or marginalized. This course will also look at the history of feminism in the Middle East in the same period. In particular, it will discuss how Middle Eastern feminist movements have had to struggle not only against patriarchal societies, but the widespread notion that feminism is an inherently foreign and imperialistic movement at odds with “true” Arab and Islamic culture. The course will draw heavily on the works, in translation, of the feminist writers of the Middle East.

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. Prerequisites: sophomore standing and previous course work in American history, American government, political theory, or legal studies.
Crosslisting(s): POLS-B378
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

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 2015-2016)

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): Kurimay,A.
(Spring 2016)

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): Kurimay,A.
(Fall 2015)

HIST B403 Supervised Work

Optional independent study, which requires permission of the instructor and the major adviser.
Units: 1.0
(Fall 2015, Spring 2016)

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 2015-2016)