History

  • 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 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, Horkheimer, 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 525: Development in Historical Perspective
    A critical investigation of modern "development" practices and projects in Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Explores the rise of development paradigms in the nineteenth century and key twentieth-century transformations; interrogates challenges to, critiques of, and reaffirmations of global development schemes.
  • 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 538: France, Europe, and the World: The History of French Foreign Relations in Modern Times
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    An advanced research colloquium for history and international relations undergraduate concentrators and graduate students that explores the evolution of France's position in Europe and the world from the beginning of the First World War to the present. Also offered as CAS IR 538.
  • 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 560: The American Transcendentalists
    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 568: The Modern Metropolis: Approaches to Urban History
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Cities such as New York, Paris, London, and Shanghai captured the worst problems and most exciting possibilities of the late-nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This course investigates how urban spaces facilitated commerce, social life, and the forging of modern identitities.
  • CAS HI 580: The History of Racial Thought
    Study of racial thinking and feeling in Europe and the United States since the fifteenth century. Racial thinking in the context of Western encounters with non-European people and Jews; its relation to social, economic, cultural, and political trends. Also offered as CAS AA 580.
  • CAS HI 582: Social Movements in Twentieth-Century Latin America
    Examination of the origins, actions, and effects of social movements in twentieth-century Latin America, with particular attention to the relationship between the cultures of everyday life and pathways of political action and change.
  • CAS HI 584: Labor, Sexuality, and Resistance in the Afro-Atlantic World
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing.
    The role of slavery in shaping the society and culture of the Afro-Atlantic world, highlighting the role of labor, the sexual economy of slave regimes, and the various strategies of resistance deployed by enslaved people. Also offered as CAS AA 514.
  • CAS HI 588: Women, Power, and Culture in Africa
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Understanding the role of women in African history. Topics include the Atlantic slave trade, power, religion, the economy, resistance movements, health, the state, and kinship. Emphasis on the period before independence. Also offered as CAS AA 588.
  • CAS HI 589: Nature's Past: Histories of Environment and Society
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Explores approaches in environmental history and asks how non-human actors, together with human agents, determined historical outcomes and shaped ecological, technological, demographic, political, and cultural change. Cases are selected from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.
  • CAS HI 590: The World and the West
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Explores relations between the West and the Third World from 1850, focusing on national and cultural movements in the Third World, and places the African American struggle for freedom in the United States in global and comparative perspective. Also offered as CAS AA 590.
  • CAS HI 595: Morocco: History on the Cusp of Three Continents
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Explores the range and limits of social mixture - cultural, political, economic - as three civilizations met at the northwest corner of Africa and influenced one another from the eighth to the twenty-first centuries.
  • CAS HI 596: Muslim Societies: An Interdisciplinary History
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing or consent of instructor.
    Examines the states, empires, faiths, and ideologies of the Muslim world over a 1500-year period, including states from North and West Africa, through the Middle East, to Turkey, Iran, and then to Central and Southeast Asia. Also offered as CAS AH 539, AN 548, IR 515, and RN 563.
  • GRS HI 698: African American History
    The history of African Americans from African origins to present time; consideration of societies in West and West Central Africa from which enslaved Africans originated, slavery and freedom in colonial America, Civil War and Reconstruction, freedom and struggles in a globalizing America from Reconstruction to Civil Rights and beyond. Also offered as GRS AA 871. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered GRS HI 871.
  • GRS HI 699: Teaching College History
    The goals, contents, and methods of instruction in history. General teaching-learning issues. Required of all teaching fellows.
  • GRS HI 704: Science and Christianity
    Examines the relationship between science and the Christian tradition in Europe and North America since 1500. Considers the epistemological and metaphysical foundations of both science and Christian thought as they have evolved over time. Also offered as GRS RN 669. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered GRS HI 869.