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  • CAS HI 448: Science and Modern Culture: Darwin, Freud, and Einstein
    Development of scientific theories of Darwin, Freud, and Einstein; impact of those ideas in different national cultures and their influence on literature, art, religion, and politics of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
  • CAS HI 449: The History of Soviet Terror
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: sophomore standing.
    Examines how terror became a tool of revolutionary transformation in the USSR, one which first strengthened, then unseated Soviet state power. Explores how Soviet people experienced and participated in such violence as a part of their everyday lives.
  • CAS HI 450: Topics in the History of Popular Culture
    Three topics are offered in Fall 2015. Students may take one, two, or three for credit. Section A1: Born under a Red Star: Children of Russia's Revolution at Home, at School, & at Play. In the USSR, children were the revolution's lifeblood. They were politically privileged, but also regular victims of poverty and turmoil. Using schoolbooks, fairy tales, diaries, toys, and fashion, this seminar examines children's lives and childhood as a historically constructed phenomenon. Section B1: Ritual Murder and other Myths of Jewish Conspiracy. Explores rumors and theories about Jewish plotting, ritual murder, and other malfeasance from twelfth century England to the present day in order to shed light on the origins of antisemitism and how myths--however implausible--develop and gain traction in societies. Section C1: Animals in American History and Popular Culture. Examines the place of animals in North America to illuminate popular beliefs, social relationships, environmental change, and politics. Topics range from hunting to husbandry, pet keeping to popular entertainment, pigs in New York City to Bambi and Jumbo the Elephant.
  • CAS HI 453: Three Revolutions
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Examines how the English civil wars, the Glorious Revolution, and the American Revolution fundamentally altered assumptions about government in the English-speaking world. Faced with these interrelated upheavals, writers form Shakespeare to Jefferson pioneered modern understandings of self and society.
  • CAS HI 454: War and American Society, 1607-2001
    Although committed to democracy, individual liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, Americans have frequently found themselves waging war. This course examines how war mobilization and the experience of combat since the settling of Jamestown have fundamentally changed American society.
  • CAS HI 455: Early American History and Culture
    Explores how religious schisms and revival, warfare with native Americans, political revolution, and commercial development transformed New England from a Puritanical agricultural society into an urbanized, industrial society by the outbreak of the American Civil War.
  • CAS HI 461: The Civil War in American Memory
    Examines the ways in which Americans have thought about the experiences of the Civil War, from the immediate postwar period through the later years of the twentieth century.
  • CAS HI 462: The American South in History, Literature, and Film
    Topic for Fall 2015: The American South in History, Literature, and Film. Explores the American South through literature, film, and other sources. Considers what, if anything, has been distinctive about the Southern experience and how a variety of Americans have imagined the region over time. Also offered as CAS AM 501.
  • CAS HI 465: The United States and the Cold War
    Examination of U.S. Cold War foreign policy from its origins at the end of World War II to the collapse of the Berlin Wall and of the Soviet Union. Also offered as CAS IR 465.
  • 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 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 487: The Making of Modern China, 1600 to the present
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Explores continuity and change between later imperial China and the Republican and Communist eras. Examines family and gender structures, ethnic classifications, and military traditions in late dynastic times and how revolution brought change from within and abroad.
  • 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 489: The African Diaspora in the Americas
    Topic for Spring 2015: African American History in Comparative Perspective. African American history in an international framework. Examines development of racial categories during and after the transatlantic trade, Black participation in the wars of independence in the Americas, diverse Black communities in the twentieth century. Also offered as CAS HI 489.
  • 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 496: Ideology and Conflict in World History
    Connects the ideas of European Enlightenment and Romanticism with imperialism, nationalism, fascism, liberalism, communism, and socialism and analyzes the spread of these ideas to Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.
  • 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.