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  • CAS HI 467: Postwar America: Issues in Political, Cultural, and Social History, 1945-69
    Explores how, after the upheavals of World War II, American fought over and refashioned new norms and ideals in politics, daily life, and the home, Topics include youth rebellion, the African American freedom movement, antiwar activism, and the sexual revolution.
  • CAS HI 468: American Society since 1970: Issues in Domestic Political, Cultural, and Social History
    A historical investigation of the United States at the end of the American century, including Watergate and the imperial presidency, stagflation, the "New Politics" and the "Me Decade," conservatism, feminism, race relations, religion, politics, culture, community and family life.
  • CAS HI 475: American Consumer History
    The history of consumerism in modern America. Topics include origins and critiques of the culture of consumption; the development of national markets; advertising and commercial amusements; and the relationship of consumer society to religion, gender, ethnicity, and class.
  • CAS HI 476: Technology in American Society
    Technology in American society from the colonial era to World War II. Topics include industrialization, scientific management, household technologies, and the auto age.
  • CAS HI 481: Looking East, Looking West: Mutual (Mis)Representations of Japan and the West
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Examines how understandings of the differences between "east" and "west" developed from ancients precedents through modern times as trade, missionary activity, and imperialism intensified contact and conflict in Japan's relations with western countries over the past 500 years.
  • CAS HI 482: Merchants, Pirates, Missionaries, and the State in Maritime Asia, 600-2000
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing and consent of instructor.
    Oceans connected the peoples of coastal Asia, Africa, and Oceania long before the arrival of Europeans in the 1500s. This course examines how commerce, piracy, religious contact, and imperialisms shaped maritime Asia, and how oceans facilitated our own era's global connections.
  • CAS HI 485: Selected Problems in the Modern Middle East
    Major events in recent history of the Middle East: emergence of nationalism and intellectual awakening of the Ottoman Empire, impact of western economic penetration, effect of partition, and the seeds of conflict and Egyptian transformation under Nasser.
  • CAS HI 488: Interwar Japan and the Pacific War
    An examination of the cultural, social, and political impact of World War I on Japanese society; the nature of Taisho liberalism; 1930s militaristic nationalism, with emphasis on the role of the United States leading into and beyond World War II.
  • CAS HI 490: Blacks and Asians
    Exploration of historical encounters between Africans and people of African descent and Asians and people of Asian descent. How such people imagined themselves, interacted with each other, viewed each other, influenced each other, and borrowed from each other.
  • CAS HI 491: Directed Study
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor and approval of the department and CAS Room 105.
  • CAS HI 492: Directed Study
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor and approval of the department and CAS Room 105.
  • CAS HI 502: Drafts of History: Journalism and Historical Revisionism
    Considers episodes from U.S. history, comparing the "draft" of journalists to subsequent historical accounts. Analyzes how new evidence alters understanding of events, but also how different eras ask questions about the past, interrogate different sources, and appeal to different audiences.
  • CAS HI 503: Psychohistory
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Addresses the "Whys?" of history and focuses on the application of Freudian analysis and other psychological models to interpret past individual and group behavior. Emphasizes two key subfields: psychobiography and group psychohistory.
  • CAS HI 514: Enlightenment and Its Critics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Explores how eighteenth-century criticisms of the Enlightenment have been taken up by twentieth-century thinkers such as Heidegger, Horkeimer, Adorno, Gadamer, and Foucault; discusses recent defenses of Enlightenment ideals of reason, critique and autonomy by Habermas and others. Also offered as CAS PO 592 and CAS PH 412.
  • CAS HI 533: Empire and Power: British Foreign Policy, 1782-Present
    Examines the evolution of British foreign policy over time as well as the nature of Great Power rivalry. Key themes include formulation of national diplomatic strategies, policy coordination, diplomatic vs. military considerations, alliance politics, and policy over-stretch. Also offered as CAS IR 514.
  • CAS HI 537: World War II: Causes, Course, Consequences
    Hitler, Mussolini, Tojo, Churchill, Roosevelt, Stalin, and 75 million ordinary and extraordinary dead. From 1939-1945, the whole world waged total war in cruel ways unknown to any history before or since. Explore the causes, course, and consequences of these events.
  • CAS HI 549: Nationalism in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Explores the origins of modern nationalism as a major force, molding identity and motivating politics. Examines the relationship between nationalism, revolution, and war, as well as the challenges presented by ethnic revivalism, ethnonational conflicts, and globalization.
  • CAS HI 552: Topics in Jewish History
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Examines various aspects of Jewish culture, politics, and society. Topics vary from year to year.
  • CAS HI 560: The American Transcendentalists
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Led by Emerson, Thoreau, Bronson Alcott, Margaret Fuller, and others, the Transcendentalists constituted the first "counter-cultural" movement in American history. Seminar focuses on how and why they did so within the philosophical, religious, literary, antislavery, communitarian, and ecological currents they inhabited.
  • CAS HI 566: Ideas and American Foreign Policy
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    From "isolationism" to manifest destiny, imperialism, and global leadership, contrary ideas have informed both American foreign policymakers and their critics. Explores the importance of ideas in foreign policy from the era of George Washington to the present. Also offered as CAS IR 522.