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  • CAS HI 260: The Venetian Republic
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: enrollment in the BU Padova Language & Liberal Arts Program.
    Traces the rise of Venice from its scattered settlements to the height of its imperial glory. Lectures and detailed guided visits to sites in and around the city illuminate the history of Venice through its rich cultural heritage. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS HI 324 E.
  • CAS HI 263: Modern Italian History
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: enrollment in the Padua Italian & European Studies Program.
    History of Italy's rapid transformation from agricultural economy to an industrial and post-industrial country. Starting from Italy's "liberal" period of the 1870s, through WWI, to Fascism and the Mussolini era; post-war republicanism to the 1970s, and current economic crises and issues.
  • CAS HI 264: French Feudal Society, 496-1339
    The development after the barbarian invasions of a new society based on landholding and personal loyalties. Examination of its social tensions and warfare, the role of women, chivalry, the growth of towns and universities, and the centralism of Capetian and Valois kings.
  • CAS HI 268: Postcolonial Paris
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: enrollment in the Paris Internship Program.
    Study of Paris's contemporary history as the center of French colonialism and immigration. Emphasis on the representation of colonial and postcolonial memory in French cinema. Includes guided visits to important sites around the city. Also offered as CAS LF 344 E.
  • CAS HI 271: The Nazis
    Explores the rise and fall of Europe's most notorious mass movement through film, diaries, party documents, and other sources. Considers the impact of Nazi rule on art, finance, politics, and family life. Analyzes the mass murder and destruction caused by Nazi rule.
  • CAS HI 272: The History of Imperial Russia
    Focuses on the history of Russia under the Romanov Dynasty and its establishment as a Eurasian power and empire. Emphasizes issues of religious, ethnic, and cultural diversity, modernization, reform and revolt, and the vexed question of Russian identity. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course that was numbered CAS HI 272 and previously entitled "Russia and Its Empires until 1900."
  • CAS HI 273: The History of the Soviet Union
    Examines the tumultuous history of Russia's revolutions and its 74-year experiment with socialism. Explores the new revolutionary state's attempt to create a utopia by re-engineering human bodies, behaviors, and beliefs, and the successes and failures of that project. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same number that was previously entitled "Russia and Its Empires Since 1900."
  • CAS HI 278: Central Europe
    Intellectual, cultural, political, diplomatic, and military history of the region between Germany and Russia, from the end of the Middle Ages to the present. Also offered as CAS IR 341.
  • CAS HI 279: Intimate Histories of War
    An analysis of the intimate, personal aspects of modern warfare through diaries, letters, songs, material culture, and more. Explores how the twentieth century's unprecedented global conflict penetrated everyday lives, affecting the bodies, vocabularies, and world views of men, women, and children.
  • CAS HI 280: Special Topics in American History
    Two topics are offered in Fall 2016. Students may take one or both for credit. Section A1: Music and Civil Rights in America. Investigates the relationship between musical trends and campaigns for civil rights from the late nineteenth century to the present. Explores the social and cultural contexts in which distinct musical styles emerged and analyzes their broader political impact. Section B1: North American Environmental History. A survey of the interaction between people and their surroundings in North America from the last ice age to the present. Topics include Native American and European ecologies, economics, politics, technology, agriculture, disease, conservation, and environmentalism.
  • CAS HI 281: American Governance: Foreign Affairs, Politics, and Presidents in the Twentieth Century
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: enrollment in the Washington, D.C., Internship Program.
    Meets with CAS IR 356 E and CAS PO 201 E. Overview of American presidencies of the late twentieth century, specifically considering how politics relates to foreign policy in America. Concepts including isolationism, manifest destiny, moralism, rule of law, national self-interest, and terrorism are discussed. Special focus on Iraq and Afghanistan. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS HI 356 E.
  • CAS HI 283: The Twentieth-Century American Presidency
    Examines the shifting role of the presidency in American politics, especially over the course of the twentieth century. Considers not only the accomplishments of individual presidents and institutional changes in the executive branch but also the evolving place of the presidency in American popular culture.
  • CAS HI 284: History of War
    Why do we make war? Nothing else so engages the human genius for creative destruction. From crossbows to nuclear fire, this course traces five centuries of war to uncover depths of depravity and cruelty and heights of sacrifice and suffering.
  • CAS HI 287: History of American Foreign Relations since 1898
    Analysis of the history of American foreign policy from the perspective of the changing world and regional international systems; emphasis on the effect of these systems and the impact of America on the creation and operation of international systems. Also offered as CAS PO 381. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS HI 366.
  • CAS HI 291: Politics of the American Environment
    When have Americans addressed declining resources and ecological deterioration? Why hasn't every environmental problem provoked a policy response? This course examines how debates over environmental rights and risks shaped U.S. political history from the country's beginning to the present.
  • CAS HI 294: American Evangelicalism
    Major trends in American Evangelicalism, from the colonial awakenings and religious reform to the contemporary Christian Right. Focus on how evangelicals have negotiated and shaped central tenets of American culture, including understandings of gender, race, performance, nation, sexuality, and economics. Also offered as CAS RN 368.
  • CAS HI 295: Religious Controversies and the Law
    Explores a major challenge faced by modern states, namely the regulation of religion. Case studies from Europe, North America, and Israel demonstrate the ways in which governments have weighed religious freedom against other social and legal values, rights, and needs. Also offered as CAS RN 295.
  • CAS HI 298: African American History
    The history of African Americans from African origins to present; consideration of societies in West and West Central Africa from which enslaved Africans originated, slavery and freedom in colonial America, Civil War and Reconstruction to Civil Rights. Also offered as CAS AA 371.
  • CAS HI 299: History of the Civil Rights Movement
    Through historical scholarship, oral history, documentary film, and excursions to local historic sites, this course explores how African Americans created a dynamic and multifaceted movement for civil and human rights from the 1950s to the present. Also offered as CAS AA 310.
  • CAS HI 300: American Popular Culture
    Examines how Americans have changed (and haven't) since the nineteenth century by exploring their curious beliefs, social and sexual practices, and changing understandings of selfhood. Topics include Victorian etiquette, modern city pleasures, racial stereotyping, dating rituals, family dynamics, and more.