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  • 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. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS HI 385.
  • CAS HI 351: Environmental History of Africa
    Focus on the African environment and ecological systems over the past 150 years. Topics include climatic change, hydrography, agriculture, deforestation, soil erosion, disease, conservation, famine, and the role of colonialism and government policy in environmental change. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS HI 394.
  • 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. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS HI 395.
  • 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 "Intellectual History of Europe in the Twentieth Century" that was previously numbered CAS HI 316, or the course entitled "Twentieth-Century European Thought and Culture" previously numbered CAS HI 224.
  • CAS HI 361: Black Radical Thought
    Black radical thought in America, Europe, and Africa since the eighteenth century through writings of abolitionists, leaders of revolutions and liberation movements, Black nationalists, and Black socialists. Emphasizes the global nature of the "Black World" and its role in world history. Also offered as CAS AA 388. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS HI 388.
  • CAS HI 363: Early Chinese History
    From the Bronze Age to the seventeenth century, China changed dramatically yet maintained political and cultural cohesion, unlike any other civilization. This courses explores both diversity and unity in early Chinese society as well as their historical legacies. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course entitled "Introduction to Early Chinese History" that was previously numbered CAS HI 389.
  • 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. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course entitled "Introduction to Modern Chinese History" that was previously numbered CAS HI 390.
  • 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. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS HI 387.
  • 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. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS HI 391.
  • CAS HI 370: The Samurai in Myth and History
    Explores how samurai, Japan's (in)famous warrior class, defined themselves, and how others have portrayed them in literature, art, plays, film, and animation from ancient times to the present. Investigates why samurai ideals have become the most widely recognized Japanese "tradition." Also offered as CAS LJ 282. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS HI 381.
  • 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 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. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS HI 277.
  • CAS HI 381: History of Modern Iran, 1900-Present
    Geographical/historical background; social structure, ethnic, religious, and linguistic diversities; Anglo-Russian interventions; consequences of tobacco concession; constitutional revolution and reform; Qajar legacy; centralization, secularization, modernization under Pahlavis; oil and Mossadeg; autocracy and revolution; liberals, communists, fundamentalists, and Islamic revolution. Also offered as CAS IR 397. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS HI 397.
  • CAS HI 382: Turko-Persia in the Twentieth Century
    The twentieth-century history of the non-Arab Muslim Middle East, i.e., Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, and Central Asia. Analysis of the constitutional revolutions in Turkey and Iran, Kemalism, the Islamic revolution in Iran, and communism in the Soviet Union and Afghanistan. Also offered as CAS IR 328. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS HI 398.
  • CAS HI 383: Modern History and Geopolitics of the Caucasus
    Surveys history of the Caucasus with a focus on Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia, from the early nineteenth century to the post-Soviet period. Explores advantages and problems of modernization, nationalism, and major power geopolitics within the context of international political economy. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS HI 399.
  • CAS HI 384: History of Genocide
    History and comparative analysis of genocidal mass murder with focus on the twentieth century. Hereros, Armenians, holomodor, Holocaust, Cambodia, Rwanda, Darfur. Attention to political leaders, state ideology, dehumanization of victim groups, geopolitical competition, war, empire building and decline.
  • CAS HI 387: Introduction to the Middle East
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: none.
    General introduction to the history, culture, and current development in the Middle East. Objective is to introduce students to a specific geographical and historical experience, as well as to acquaint them with some of the literature in the field. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS HI 392.
  • CAS HI 389: Americans and the Middle East
    Examines the intersecting histories of America and the Middle East from the late eighteenth century to the present, focusing first on American missionary and educational efforts in the region and then on American political and military involvement after World War II. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS HI 393.