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Courses

Courses stress the development of ideas, cultures, and institutions, not merely the accumulation of data about particular events. Students study some topics and methods intensively to learn how to use and evaluate primary sources. Instructors assign extensive reading to familiarize students with various kinds of historical writing. Students are expected to participate in class discussions, and most courses emphasize critical writing rather than examinations.

History students may also be interested in historically-oriented courses in related fields such as History of Art 212 - Medieval Architecture or Growth & Structure of Cities 180 - Introduction to Historic Preservation.

This page displays the schedule of Bryn Mawr courses in this department for this academic year. It also displays descriptions of courses offered by the department during the last four academic years.

For information about courses offered by other Bryn Mawr departments and programs or about courses offered by Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges, please consult the Course Guides page.

For information about the Academic Calendar, including the dates of first and second quarter courses, please visit the College's master calendar.

Fall 2014

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTRUCTOR(S)
HIST B102-001 Introduction to African Civilizations Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MW Carpenter Library 25 Ngalamulume,K.
HIST B129-001 The Religious Conquest of the Americas Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTH Dalton Hall 1 Gallup-Diaz,I.
HIST B131-001 Chinese Civilization Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MW Taylor Hall D Jiang,Y.
HIST B205-001 Greek History Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MW Thomas Hall 224 Edmonds,R.
HIST B218-001 Memories, Memorials, and Representations of World War I Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MW Thomas Hall 111 Kurimay,A.
HIST B224-001 High Middle Ages Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTH Thomas Hall 104 Truitt,E.
HIST B237-001 Topic: Modern African History: African Cities in Historical Perspectives Semester / 1 LEC: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MW Carpenter Library 25 Ngalamulume,K.
HIST B275-001 Improving Mankind: Enlightened Hygiene and Eugenics Semester / 1 Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTH Taylor Hall B Le Menthéour,R.
HIST B284-001 Movies and America Semester / 1 Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTH Thomas Hall 224 Ullman,S.
Film Screening: 7:10 PM-10:00 PM T Carpenter Library 21
HIST B303-001 Topics in American History: History of Medicine in America Semester / 1 LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM T Taylor Hall C Gurtler,B.
HIST B319-001 Topics in Modern European History: History of Psychoanalysis: Vienna-Budapest-Berlin Semester / 1 LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM TH Taylor Hall, Seminar Room Kurimay,A.
HIST B326-001 Topics in Chinese History and Culture: Legal Culture in Chinese History Semester / 1 LEC: 7:10 PM-10:00 PM M Taylor Hall B Jiang,Y.
HIST B327-001 Topics in Early American History: Indigenous Peoples Semester / 1 LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM T Thomas Hall 129 Gallup-Diaz,I.
HIST B336-001 Topics in African History: History of Disease and Medicine in Africa Semester / 1 LEC: 7:10 PM-10:00 PM T Carpenter Library 13 Ngalamulume,K.
HIST B355-001 Topics in the History of London Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM W Carpenter Library 17 Cast,D.
HIST B368-001 Topics in Medieval History: Sex Gender & the Medieval Body Semester / 1 LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM W Thomas Hall 223 Truitt,E.
HIST B373-001 Topics: History of the Middle East: Jews in the Islamic World in the Modern Period Semester / 1
HIST B378-001 Origins of American Constitutionalism Semester / 1
HIST B398-001 Senior Thesis Semester / 1 Lecture: 12:10 PM- 2:00 PM M Thomas Hall 102 Dept. staff, TBA
HIST B403-001 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Dept. staff, TBA
HIST B403-001 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Dept. staff, TBA

Spring 2015

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTRUCTOR(S)
HIST B200-001 The Atlantic World 1492-1800 Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTH Thomas Hall 104 Gallup-Diaz,I.
HIST B207-001 Early Rome and the Early Republic Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:00 PM MWF Thomas Hall 102 Scott,R.
HIST B236-001 African History since 1800: Africa since 1800 Semester / 1 LEC: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MW Carpenter Library 25 Ngalamulume,K.
HIST B278-001 American Environmental History Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTH Taylor Hall F Stroud,E.
HIST B283-001 Introduction to the Politics of the Modern Middle East and North Africa Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MW Taylor Hall D Dept. staff, TBA
HIST B311-001 Topics in Medieval Art: Byzantine Objects Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM TH Carpenter Library 13 Walker,A.
HIST B323-001 Memoria y Guerra Civil Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:40 AM- 1:00 PM MW Carpenter Library 15 Song,R.
HIST B325-001 Topics in Social History Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 3:30 PM W Thomas Hall 104 Ullman,S.
HIST B337-001 Topics in African History: Witchcraft Ideology, Fears and Accusations/Trials Semester / 1 LEC: 7:10 PM-10:00 PM T Carpenter Library 13 Ngalamulume,K.
HIST B347-001 Medievalisms Semester / 1 Lecture: 10:10 AM- 1:00 PM F English House Lecture Hall Taylor,J., Truitt,E.
HIST B378-001 Origins of American Constitutionalism Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM T Dalton Hall 212A Elkins,J.
HIST B395-001 Exploring History Semester / 1 Lecture: 12:10 PM- 2:00 PM M Dalton Hall 212A Ullman,S.

Fall 2015

(Class schedules for this semester will be posted at a later date.)

Fall 2010 Tri-Co Course Guide Listings

Spring 2011 Tri-Co Course Guide Listings

Course Descriptions

2014-15 Catalog Data

HIST B101 The Historical Imagination Not offered 2014-15 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. Critical Interpretation (CI)

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HIST B102 Introduction to African Civilizations Fall 2014 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. Critical Interpretation (CI) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Counts toward Africana Studies

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HIST B115 Women in Judaism: History, Texts, Practices Not offered 2014-15 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. Inquiry into the Past (IP) Cross-listed as HEBR B115 Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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HIST B127 Indigenous Leaders 1492-1750 Not offered 2014-15 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. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Counts toward Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures Counts toward Peace and Conflict Studies

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HIST B128 Crusade, Conversion and Conquest Not offered 2014-15 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. Critical Interpretation (CI) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Counts toward Middle East Studies

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HIST B129 The Religious Conquest of the Americas Fall 2014 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. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Counts toward Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures

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HIST B131 Chinese Civilization Fall 2014 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. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Cross-listed as EAST B131

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HIST B156 The Long 1960's Not offered 2014-15 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. Critical Interpretation (CI) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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HIST B200 The Atlantic World 1492-1800 Spring 2015 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. Inquiry into the Past (IP) Cross-listed as ANTH B200 Counts toward Africana Studies Counts toward Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures Counts toward International Studies Major

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HIST B205 Greek History Fall 2014 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. Inquiry into the Past (IP) Cross-listed as CSTS B205

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HIST B207 Early Rome and the Early Republic Spring 2015 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. Inquiry into the Past (IP) Cross-listed as CSTS B207

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HIST B208 The Roman Empire Not offered 2014-15 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. Inquiry into the Past (IP) Cross-listed as CSTS B208

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HIST B210 From Empire to Nation-State in the Middle East Not offered 2014-15 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. Inquiry into the Past (IP) Counts toward Middle East Studies

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HIST B212 Pirates, Travelers, and Natural Historians: 1492-1750 Not offered 2014-15 In the early modern period, conquistadors, missionaries, travelers, pirates, and natural historians wrote interesting texts in which they tried to integrate the New World into their existing frameworks of knowledge. This intellectual endeavor was an adjunct to the physical conquest of American space, and provides a framework though which we will explore the processes of imperial competition, state formation, and indigenous and African resistance to colonialism. Inquiry into the Past (IP) Counts toward Environmental Studies

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HIST B214 The Historical Roots of Women in Genetics and Embryology Not offered 2014-15 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. Inquiry into the Past (IP) Scientific Investigation (SI) Cross-listed as BIOL B214 Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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HIST B215 Europe and the Other: Immigrants and Minorities in Europe Not offered 2014-15 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. Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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HIST B218 Memories, Memorials, and Representations of World War I Fall 2014 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. Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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HIST B222 France and Algeria since 1830 Not offered 2014-15 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. Inquiry into the Past (IP) Cross-listed as POLS B223 Cross-listed as FREN B222 Counts toward Middle East Studies

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HIST B223 The Early Medieval World Not offered 2014-15 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. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Counts toward Middle East Studies

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HIST B224 High Middle Ages Fall 2014 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. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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HIST B226 Topics in 20th Century European History
Section 001 (Fall 2013): Gender- Modern European State
Section 001 (Spring 2014): Human Rights:Theory & Practice Not offered 2014-15 This is a topics course. Course content varies. Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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HIST B229 Europe 1914 - 1945 Not offered 2014-15 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. Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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HIST B231 Medicine, Magic & Miracles in the Middle Ages Not offered 2014-15 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. Critical Interpretation (CI) Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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HIST B232 Nationalism and Conflict in Palestine and Israel Not offered 2014-15 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. Inquiry into the Past (IP) Counts toward Middle East Studies

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HIST B236 African History since 1800
Section 001 (Spring 2015): Africa since 1800 Spring 2015 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.
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.
Critical Interpretation (CI) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Counts toward Africana Studies

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HIST B237 Topic: Modern African History
Section 001 (Fall 2014): African Cities in Historical Perspectives
Section 001 (Spring 2014): Urbanization in Africa Fall 2014 This is a topics course. Course content varies.
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.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Cross-listed as CITY B237 Counts toward Africana Studies

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HIST B241 American Politics and Society: 1890-1945 Not offered 2014-15 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. Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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HIST B242 American Politics and Society: 1945 to the Present Not offered 2014-15 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) Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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HIST B243 Atlantic Cultures Not offered 2014-15 This is a topics course. Course content varies. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Counts toward Africana Studies

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HIST B244 Great Empires of the Ancient Near East Not offered 2014-15 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. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Cross-listed as ARCH B244 Cross-listed as POLS B244

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HIST B247 Topics In German Cultural Studies
Section 001 (Spring 2014): Remembered Violence Not offered 2014-15 This is a topics course. Course content varies. Recent topics include Remembered Violence, Global Masculinities, and Crime and Detection in German. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Critical Interpretation (CI) Cross-listed as GERM B223 Cross-listed as COML B223

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HIST B251 Topics: Growth & Spatial Organization of the City Not offered 2014-15 An introduction to growth & spatial organization of cities. Topics vary. Inquiry into the Past (IP) Cross-listed as CITY B250 Counts toward Environmental Studies

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HIST B257 British Empire I: Capitalism and Slavery Not offered 2014-15 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. Critical Interpretation (CI) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Cross-listed as CITY B257

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HIST B258 British Empire: Imagining Indias Not offered 2014-15 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. Critical Interpretation (CI) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Counts toward International Studies Major

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HIST B260 Human Rights in China Not offered 2014-15 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. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Cross-listed as EAST B264 Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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HIST B262 The Chinese Revolution Not offered 2014-15 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. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Cross-listed as EAST B263

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HIST B265 Colonial Encounters in the Americas Not offered 2014-15 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 toward Africana Studies Counts toward Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures

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HIST B267 History of Philadelphia: 1682 to Present Not offered 2014-15 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. Inquiry into the Past (IP) Cross-listed as CITY B267

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HIST B273 Topics in Judaic Studies Not offered 2014-15 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. Cross-listed as HEBR B271 Counts toward Middle East Studies

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HIST B274 Focus: Topics in Modern US History Not offered 2014-15 This is a topics course in 20th century America social history. Topics vary by half semester Inquiry into the Past (IP) Counts toward Praxis Program

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HIST B275 Improving Mankind: Enlightened Hygiene and Eugenics Fall 2014 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. Critical Interpretation (CI) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Cross-listed as FREN B275 Counts toward Health Studies

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HIST B278 American Environmental History Spring 2015 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. Inquiry into the Past (IP) Cross-listed as CITY B278 Counts toward Environmental Studies

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HIST B283 Introduction to the Politics of the Modern Middle East and North Africa Spring 2015 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. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Cross-listed as POLS B283 Cross-listed as HEBR B283 Counts toward Middle East Studies

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HIST B284 Modernity and Its Discontents Not offered 2014-15 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. Inquiry into the Past (IP) Cross-listed as SOCL B284 Cross-listed as POLS B284

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HIST B284 Movies and America Fall 2014 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. Critical Interpretation (CI) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies Counts toward Film Studies

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HIST B285 Show and Spectacle in Ancient Greece and Rome Not offered 2014-15 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. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Cross-listed as CSTS B255 Cross-listed as CITY B260

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HIST B286 Topics in the British Empire Not offered 2014-15 This is a topics course covering various "topics" in the study of the British Empire. Course content varies. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Cross-listed as POLS B286 Cross-listed as CITY B286

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HIST B303 Topics in American History
Section 001 (Fall 2013): History of Medicine in America
Section 001 (Fall 2014): History of Medicine in America
Section 001 (Spring 2014): Reproduction in America Fall 2014 This is a topics course. Course content varies. Recent topics have included medicine, advertising, and history of sexuality.
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.

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HIST B311 Topics in Medieval Art
Section 001 (Spring 2015): Byzantine Objects Spring 2015 This is a topics course. Course content varies.
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.
Cross-listed as HART B311 Cross-listed as CITY B312 Counts toward Middle East Studies

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HIST B318 Topics in Modern European History Not offered 2014-15 This is a topics course. Topics vary.

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HIST B319 Topics in Modern European History
Section 001 (Fall 2013): History of Psychoanalysis: Vienna-Budapest-Berlin
Section 001 (Fall 2014): History of Psychoanalysis: Vienna-Budapest-Berlin
Section 001 (Spring 2014): Holocaust: History & Politics of Commemoration Fall 2014 This is a topics course. Course content varies.
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.

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HIST B320 Middle Eastern Migration, Diaspora and Nostalgia Not offered 2014-15 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 toward Middle East Studies

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HIST B323 Memoria y Guerra Civil Spring 2015 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. Critical Interpretation (CI) Cross-listed as SPAN B323

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HIST B325 Topics in Social History Spring 2015 This a topics course that explores various themes in American social history. Course content varies. Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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HIST B326 Topics in Chinese History and Culture
Section 001 (Fall 2014): Legal Culture in Chinese History Fall 2014 This is a topics course. Course content varies.
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.
Cross-listed as EAST B325

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HIST B327 Topics in Early American History
Section 001 (Fall 2014): Indigenous Peoples Fall 2014 This is a topics course. Course content varies.
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.
Counts toward Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures

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HIST B336 Topics in African History
Section 001 (Fall 2014): History of Disease and Medicine in Africa Fall 2014 This is a topic course. Course content varies.
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.
Counts toward Africana Studies Counts toward International Studies Major

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HIST B337 Topics in African History
Section 001 (Spring 2015): Witchcraft Ideology, Fears and Accusations/Trials Spring 2015 This is a topics course. Topics vary.
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.
Counts toward Africana Studies

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HIST B342 Food and Identity in the Middle East Not offered 2014-15 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 toward Middle East Studies

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HIST B347 Medievalisms Spring 2015 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. Cross-listed as ENGL B347

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HIST B349 Topics in Comparative History Not offered 2014-15 This is a topics course. Topics vary. Counts toward Africana Studies

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HIST B352 China's Environment Not offered 2014-15 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. Cross-listed as EAST B352 Counts toward Environmental Studies

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HIST B355 Topics in the History of London Fall 2014 Selected topics of social, literary, and architectural concern in the history of London, emphasizing London since the 18th century. Cross-listed as HART B355

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HIST B357 Topics in British Empire: Not offered 2014-15 This is a topics course. Topics vary.

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HIST B364 Magical Mechanisms Not offered 2014-15 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.

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HIST B368 Topics in Medieval History
Section 001 (Fall 2014): Sex Gender & the Medieval Body Fall 2014 This is a topics course. Topics vary.
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.
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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HIST B371 Topics in Atlantic History: The Early Modern Pirate in Fact and Fiction Not offered 2014-15 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. Writing Intensive Counts toward Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures

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HIST B373 Topics: History of the Middle East
Section 001 (Fall 2013): Jews in the Islamic World in the Modern Period
Section 001 (Fall 2014): Jews in the Islamic World in the Modern Period Fall 2014 This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Current topic description: The aim of this course is to provide an overview of the history of Jews in the Islamic World in the period from the late 18th century until the present. Emphasis will be placed on historical transformations.

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HIST B378 Origins of American Constitutionalism Fall 2014, Spring 2015 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. Cross-listed as POLS B378

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HIST B383 Two Hundred Years of Islamic Reform, Radicalism and Revolution Not offered 2014-15 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. Cross-listed as POLS B383

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HIST B395 Exploring History Spring 2015 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. Writing Intensive

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HIST B398 Senior Thesis Students research and write a thesis on a topic of their choice. Prerequisite: Senior History major.

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HIST B403 Supervised Work Optional independent study, which requires permission of the instructor and the major adviser.

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HIST B403 Supervised Work Optional independent study, which requires permission of the instructor and the major adviser.

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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 toward Praxis Program

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