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  • CAS HI 339: A History of the Present: The United States since 1968
    Surveys American society since the upheavals of the 1960s. Topics include war, politics, religion, and popular culture as well as changing notions about race, gender, and selfhood.
  • CAS HI 341: Political and Cultural Revolution
    Comparative historical analysis of modern and contemporary revolutionary upheavals and cultural change in Europe, the Americas, East Asia, Africa, Middle East, and the former Soviet republics. Examines the challenges posed by modernization, crisis of legitimacy, nationalism, imperial decline, and globalization. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS HI 215.
  • CAS HI 342: Imperialism and Independence
    Examines nineteenth-century European imperialism and twentieth-century independence movements across the globe through novels, advertising campaigns, and political manifestoes. Analyzes the European arguments supporting imperial expansion and the ideologies mobilizing independence movements against it.
  • CAS HI 343: Taste, Culture, and Power: The Global History of Food
    An exploration of the global history of food from prehistory to the present, considering the birth of agriculture, food in nations and empires, hunger and nutrition, and the future of eating, including examples from Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas.
  • CAS HI 346: History of International Human Rights
    Meets with CAS IR 348. History of international human rights since the eighteenth century. Examines political, social, economic rights, the UN Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and related international conventions, enforcement, regionalism, globalization, and NGOs. Analyzes tensions between national sovereignty and human rights.
  • CAS HI 348: Colonialism in Africa: Impact and Aftermath
    Uses case studies of particular African societies or nations to examine patterns of European conquest and African resistance; forms of colonial administration and socioeconomic consequences of colonial rule; decolonization and contemporary African liberation movements; economic and political developments since independence; and contemporary social and cultural change.
  • CAS HI 349: History of Religion in Precolonial Africa
    The study of the development of religious traditions in Africa during the period prior to European colonialism. An emphasis on both indigenous religions and the growth and spread of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in the continent as a whole. Also offered as CAS AA 382 and CAS RN 382.
  • CAS HI 350: Atlantic History
    Examines the various interactions that shaped the Atlantic World, connecting Europe, Africa, and the Americas between 1400 and 1800. Begins by defining the political interaction, then emphasizes cultural exchange, religious conversion, and the revolutionary era. Also offered as CAS AA 385.
  • CAS HI 351: Environmental History of Africa
    Focus on the African environment and ecological systems over the past 150 years. Topics include climate change, hydrography, agriculture, deforestation, soil erosion, disease, conservation, famine, and the role of colonialism and government policy in environmental change.
  • CAS HI 352: Power, Leadership, and Governance in Africa and the Caribbean
    Haitian Revolution; British Caribbean, leadership, governance, and power in Africa during the period of legitimate trade; visionaries, dictators, and nationalist politics in the Caribbean; chiefs, western elites, and nationalism in colonial Africa; road to governance in post-colonial Caribbean and Africa. Also offered as CAS AA 395 and IR 394.
  • CAS HI 353: Atlantic Africa and the Slave Trade
    Examines--both by region and across the larger Atlantic area--the ways that overseas commerce, in particular the slave trade, interacted with and was shaped by African politics and economic variables. Also offered as CAS AA 396.
  • CAS HI 354: History, Islam, and Politics in the MENA
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: admission to the Rabat Language and Liberal Arts Program.
    Explores how the colonial experience shaped North African culture and society, and how the North African postcolonial state negotiated the legacy of colonialism and responded to the dynamics underpinning global politics. Also offered as CAS RN 346 E. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course entitled "History and Religion: North African Issues" that was previously numbered CAS HI 384 E.
  • CAS HI 357: Politics and Culture in Britain, 1660-1759
    Introduction to British politics, philosophy, religion, society, and literature, 1660-1759. Many modern ideas, including democracy and individual liberty, had their origins in these years; literary works include slashing satire, sparkling comedy, wicked obscenity, and profound meditations on human nature. Also offered as CAS EN 372.
  • CAS HI 358: Twentieth-Century European Thought and Culture
    From modernism in art and music, to totalitarianism, to post-war existentialism, this course surveys the richness and upheaval in twentieth-century Europe. Read the fiction of Mann and Woolf, assess Nazi propaganda, and study the art of Cubist, Futurists, and Expressionists. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course entitled "Twentieth-Century European Thought and Culture" previously numbered CAS HI 224.
  • CAS HI 364: Modern Chinese History
    Since 1600, China experienced Manchu imperial expansion, conflict with the West, two revolutions, and the construction of a socialist society now dominated by authoritarian capitalism. Explores the interplay between enduring traditions, upheaval and modernity, and their consequences for our world.
  • CAS HI 365: Shanghai: The Key to Modern China?
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: enrollment in the BU Shanghai Program.
    The social, cultural, political, and economic history of Shanghai is used as a lens to understand the making of modern China. Themes include the role of the city's colonial past in shaping its history. Students visit significant sights and museums. Also offered as CAS IR 371 E.
  • CAS HI 369: Introduction to Modern Japanese History
    Developments from late Tokugawa Japan and the Meiji Restoration (1868) to the present. Focus on Japan's economic, political, and social adjustment to modern times, the evolution of twentieth century Japanese imperialism, and Japan's growth after World War II.
  • CAS HI 377: The Sword, the Cross, and the Crescent: Byzantium and the Near East
    Examines Byzantine society and culture, focusing on conflicts and cooperation with the Islamic East until 1453, when Muslim Ottomans captured Constantinople and radically altered life and politics in the eastern Mediterranean. Explores lessons from Byzantine-Muslim relations for the twenty-first century.
  • CAS HI 378: Armenia from Antiquity to the Middle Ages
    Introduction to Armenian history from antiquity to the medieval period. Themes include geopolitical competition for regional hegemony, the conversion to Christianity, adoption of the Armenian alphabet, quality of leadership under the five kingdoms, and the national struggle for survival.
  • CAS HI 379: Modern Armenian History and Literature
    Introduction to modern Armenian history and literature from the nineteenth-century "cultural renaissance" to the upheavals of the twentieth century--genocide, independence, and Sovietization--and the literatures of Soviet Armenia and the diaspora.