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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 524: The Cold War in Latin America
Meets with CAS IR 524. Examines Cold War in Latin America through chronological examination of "hot- spots" in Latin America. Examines government policies, social movements, economic conditions and power struggles. Compares direct and indirect intervention by U.S. and local efforts to resist or exploit intervention.
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
(Meets with CAS IR 538.) An advanced research colloquium that explores the evolution of France's position in Europe and the world from the beginning of the First World War to the present.
CAS HI 541: Comrades & Competitors: US and Soviet Cultural Exchange
Many of attitudes that color US-Russia relations today come from their history of friendship and enmity in the 20th century. This seminar investigates US-Soviet culture wars, which shaped not only each society's "way of being," but also international relations.
CAS HI 543: The Prevention of Genocide
Undergraduate Prerequisites: one previous course in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, or consent of instructor.
(Meets with CAS IR 437.) Examines various approaches to and challenges in prevention of genocide, including ability of existing international institutions to develop early warning systems. Evaluation of effectiveness of unilateral military action and multilateral options at the UN and regional levels to stop genocide.
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
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 identities.
CAS HI 569: Boston Architectural and Community History Workshop
This course focuses on class readings, lectures, and research on a single neighborhood or community in Boston (or Greater Boston). Greatest emphasis is on using primary sources-- land titles and deeds, building permits, fire insurance atlases and other maps. There are both group and individual research projects. Also offered as CAS AH 554 and CAS AM 555.
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 587: U.S.-Mexican Borders
Examines the geographic border, as well as political and cultural boundaries inside Mexico and the U.S., from 1848 to the present. Topics include the Chicano movement, maquiladora assembly plants, the Zapatista rebellion, youth gangs, free trade, and music and art.
CAS HI 588: Women, Power, and Culture in Africa
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
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.