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  • CAS HI 252: Class, Power, and the Making of British Identity
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: enrollment in the BU London Internship Programme.
    Interdisciplinary study (art, architecture, literature) of the legacy and history of the British self-image. Develops an understanding of Britain's unique character through study of historical, political, and cultural contexts. Lectures, discussions, and three guided field trips. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS HI 326 E.
  • CAS HI 253: London at War: From the Home Front to the Frontline
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: enrollment in the London Internship Program.
    Examines ways in which the two world wars influenced British society and changed social identities. Explores and evaluates English war experiences through dimensions of gender, race/ethnicity, and class. Includes lectures, field study visits, and discussion.
  • CAS HI 254: History of Ireland
    Examination of four themes: Ireland's relationship with England; Ireland and the Catholic Church; Ireland during the Union with Great Britain (especially the famine); and the emergence of the modern Irish nation. Emphasis on economic, political, and religious developments. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS HI 325.
  • CAS HI 255: History of Spain, 711-1898
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: enrollment in the Madrid Language & Liberal Arts Program.
    A survey of Spanish history from 711 to 1898, examining the political, social, and economic, and cultural events that shaped Spain in its modern form. Places Spain in a European context. Includes field trips around Madrid. Also offered as CAS LS 340 E.
  • CAS HI 256: History of Spain, 711-1898
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: enrollment in the Madrid Spanish & European Studies Program.
    A survey of Spanish history from 711 to 1898, examining the political, social, economic, and cultural events that shaped Spain in its modern form. Places Spain in a European context. Includes field trips around Madrid. Taught in English.
  • CAS HI 259: Italian Emigration and Immigration
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: enrollment in the Padua Language & Liberal Arts Program.
    Overview of the history of migration in and out of Italy since the mid-nineteenth century and its impact on contemporary Italian society. Special focus on the role of the cinema in the history of Italian immigration. Taught in Italian.
  • 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 261: The Venetian Republic: 697-1797
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: enrollment in the Padua Italian & European Studies 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.
  • CAS HI 262: Modern Italian History
    From Unification (1860-1870) to the founding of the Republic (1947-1948). Enlightenment, Restoration, the Risorgimento; nation-building and the liberal parliamentary government; the Great War; Fascism; Resistance; fall of the monarchy; founding of the Republic. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS HI 330.
  • 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. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS HI 331.
  • CAS HI 266: French Revolution and Napoleon
    The French Revolution began with high ideals of liberty and equality but quickly dissolved into civil war, the Terror, and Napoleon's expansionist ambitions. From the fall of the Bastille to Waterloo, this course traces the revolution's successes, failures, and legacy. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS HI 333.
  • 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 entitled "History of Russia, 1689-1917" that was previously numbered CAS HI 345 or 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 274: Topics in Modern Russian and Soviet History, 1861–1956
    Focuses on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian and Soviet history with attention to political, socioeconomic, and cultural transformations as well as war, religion, thought, and ideology. Topics vary from year to year. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with entitled "Issues in Modern Russian and Soviet History, 1861-1956" that was previously numbered CAS HI 347 and CAS HI 274.
  • CAS HI 275: History of the Jews in Russia and Eastern Europe
    A comprehensive survey of the history of the Jewish communities of Poland, Russia, and Eastern Europe from the middle of the eighteenth century until today. Topics include economic, social, religious, cultural, and political developments affecting Jews and Europeans generally. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS HI 337.
  • 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. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS HI 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.