Title Instructors Location Time Description Cross listings Fulfills Registration notes Major Concentrations Major/Minor Requirements Fulfilled
HIST 001-001 The Making of the Modern World Frederick R. Dickinson MW 12:00 PM-01:00 PM How did the world we now live in come to be? Is globalization a recent development or does it have a history of its own? At what point can we say that a world economy emerged and what sort of relations of production and distribution linked it together? When did people start thinking and acting as citizens of nations rather than as subjects of rulers or members of religious or ethnic communities, and what were the consequences? How should we conceptualize the great revolutions (French, American, Russian, Chinese) that would determine the landscapes of modern global politics? This course is designed to help us think about the "making of the modern," not by means of an exhaustive survey but by exploring a range of topics from unusual perspectives: piracy, patriotism, prophecy; global struggles for political and human rights,drivers of war and peace, capitalism, nationalism, socialism, fascism, fundamentalism; communication and culture. History & Tradition Sector
Cross Cultural Analysis
Registration also required for Recitation (see below)
HIST 009-401 Intro Digital Humanities Whitney A Trettien M 12:00 PM-03:00 PM This course provides an introduction to foundational skills common in digital humanities (DH). It covers a range of new technologies and methods and will empower scholars in literary studies and across humanities disciplines to take advantage of established and emerging digital research tools. Students will learn basic coding techniques that will enable them to work with a range data including literary texts and utilize techniques such as text mining, network analysis, and other computational approaches. COML009401, ENGL009401 Course Online: Synchronous Format
HIST 023-401 Intro To Middle East TR 08:30 AM-10:00 AM NELC102401 History & Tradition Sector
Cross Cultural Analysis
Course Online: Synchronous Format
Objects-Based Learning Course
HIST 027-401 Ancient Rome Campbell A. Grey MW 12:00 PM-01:00 PM At its furthest extent during the second century CE, the Roman Empire was truly a "world empire", stretching from northern Britain to North Africa and Egypt, encompassing the whole of Asia Minor, and bordering the Danube in its route from the Black Forest region of Germany to the Black Sea. But in its earliest history it comprised a few small hamlets on a collection of hills adjacent to the Tiber river in central Italy. Over a period of nearly 1500 years, the Roman state transformed from a mythical Kingdom to a Republic dominated by a heterogeneous, competitive aristocracy to an Empire ruled, at least notionally, by one man. It developed complex legal and administrative structures, supported a sophisticated and highly successful military machine, and sustained elaborate systems of economic production and exchange. It was, above all, a society characterized both by a willingness to include newly conquered peoples in the project of empire, and by fundamental, deep-seated practices of social exclusion and domination. This course focuses in particular upon the history of the Roman state between the fifth century BCE and the third century CE, exploring its religious and cultural practices, political, social and economic structures. It also scrutinizes the fundamental tensions and enduring conflicts that characterized this society throughout this 800-year period. ANCH027401, CLST027401 History & Tradition Sector
Cross Cultural Analysis
Course is available to Freshmen and Upperclassmen.
Course Online: Synchronous Format
Objects-Based Learning Course
Registration also required for Recitation (see below)
HIST 031-001 The Ascent of Europe Since 1450 Walter A Mcdougall TR 10:15 AM-11:45 AM HIST 031 will trace the dramatic rise and fall of Europe's global hegemony during the period roughly from 1450 to 1950. Among the major themes we will examine are: states and power, borders and resistance, race and genocide, economies and oppression, ideas and revolution, the building and change of hierarchies of gender and power. Truly, a dramatic story. The objectives of the course are: 1) To serve as an introduction to the study of history for majors and non-majors alike, and to teach the critical analysis of historical sources; 2) to teach substantive knowledge of European history; 3) to provide a foundation for further study of the European past. No previous background in European or World history is required. History & Tradition Sector
HIST 035-401 Modern Biology and Social Implications John Ceccatti TR 05:15 PM-06:45 PM See primary department (STSC) for a complete course description. STSC135401 Course Online: Synchronous Format
Natural Science & Math Sector
HIST 045-401 Portraits of Old Russia: Myth, Icon, Chronicle Julia Verkholantsev MW 01:45 PM-03:15 PM COML131401, REES113401, REES613401 History & Tradition Sector
Cross Cultural Analysis
Crse Online: Sync & Async Components
HIST 047-401 Portraits of Russian Society: Art, Fiction, Drama Molly Peeney TR 03:30 PM-05:00 PM This course covers 19C Russian cultural and social history. Each week-long unit is organized around a single medium-length text (novella, play, memoir) which opens up a single scene of social history birth, death, duel, courtship, tsar, and so on. Each of these main texts is accompanied by a set of supplementary materials paintings, historical readings, cultural-analytical readings, excerpts from other literary works, etc. The object of the course is to understand the social codes and rituals that informed nineteenth-century Russian life, and to apply this knowledge in interpreting literary texts, other cultural objects, and even historical and social documents (letters, memoranda, etc.). We will attempt to understand social history and literary interpretation as separate disciplines yet also as disciplines that can inform one another. In short: we will read the social history through the text, and read the text against the social history. REES136401 Crse Online: Sync & Async Components
Humanities & Social Science Sector
HIST 075-401 African History Before 1800 Cheikh Ante MBAcke Babou MW 10:15 AM-11:15 AM Survey of major themes and issues in African history before 1800. Topics include: early civilizations, African kingdoms and empires, population movements, the spread of Islam, and the slave trade. Also, emphasis on how historians use archaeology, linguistics, and oral traditions to reconstruct Africa's early history. AFRC075401 History & Tradition Sector
Cross Cultural Analysis
Registration also required for Recitation (see below)
HIST 086-401 Hist,Cltr, Early India Daud Ali TR 01:45 PM-03:15 PM This course surveys the culture, religion and history of India from 2500 BCE to 1200 CE. The course examines the major cultural, religious and social factors that shaped the course of early Indian history. The following themes will be covered: the rise and fall of Harappan civilization, the "Aryan Invasion" and Vedic India, the rise of cities, states and the religions of Buddhism and Jainism, the historical context of the growth of classical Hinduism, including the Mahabharata, Ramayana and the development of the theistic temple cults of Saivism and Vaisnavism, processes of medieval agrarian expansion and cultic incorporation as well as the spread of early Indian cultural ideas in Southeast Asia. In addition to assigned secondary readings students will read select primary sources on the history of religion and culture of early India, including Vedic and Buddhist texts, Puranas and medieval temple inscriptions. Major objectives of the course will be to draw attention to India's early cultural and religious past and to assess contemporary concerns and ideologies in influencing our understanding and representation of that past. RELS164401, SAST003401 History & Tradition Sector Course Online: Synchronous Format
Registration also required for Recitation (see below)
HIST 097-601 History of Modern China Ting-Chih Wu M 05:15 PM-08:15 PM From an empire to a republic, from communism to socialist-style capitalism, few countries have ever witnessed so much change in a hundred year period as China during the twentieth century. How are we to make sense out of this seeming chaos? This course will offer an overview of the upheavals that China has experienced from the late Qing to the Post-Mao era, interspersed with personal perspectives revealed in primary source readings such as memoirs, novels, and oral accounts. We will start with an analysis of the painful transition from the last empire, the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), to a modern nation state, followed by exploration of a century-long tale of incessant reform and revolution. The survey will focus on three main themes: 1) the repositioning of China in the new East Asian and world orders; 2) the emergence of a modern Chinese state and nationalistic identity shaped and reshaped by a series of cultural crises; and finally, 3) the development and transformation of Chinese modernity. Major historical developments include: the Opium War and drug trade in the age of imperialism, reform and revolution, the Nationalist regime, Mao's China, the Cultural Revolution, and the ongoing efforts of post-Mao China to move beyond Communism. We will conclude with a critical review of the concept of "Greater China" that takes into account Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the Chinese diaspora in order to attain a more comprehensive understanding of modern China, however defined, at the end of the last century. History & Tradition Sector
HIST 098-401 Introduction To Korean Civilization CANCELED This gateway course surveys the history of Korea from early times to the present. We will study the establishment of various sociopolitical orders and their characteristics alongside major cultural developments. Covered topics include: state formation and dissolution; the role of ideology and how it changes; religious beliefs and values; agriculture, commerce, and industry; changing family relations; responses to Western imperialism; and Korea's increasing presence in the modern world as well as its future prospects. Students will also be introduced to various interpretive approaches in the historiography. No prior knowledge of Korea or Korean language is presumed. History & Tradition Sector
Cross Cultural Analysis
Course Online: Synchronous Format
Registration also required for Recitation (see below)
HIST 108-001 American Origins Emma Hart TR 10:15 AM-11:15 AM The United States was not inevitable. With that assumption as its starting point, this course surveys North American history from about 1500 to about 1850, with the continent's many peoples and cultures in view. The unpredictable emergence of the U.S. as a nation is a focus, but always in the context of wider developments: global struggles among European empires; conflicts between indigenous peoples and settler-colonists; exploitation of enslaved African labor; evolution of distinctive colonial societies; and, finally, independence movements inspired by a transatlantic revolutionary age. History & Tradition Sector
Cultural Diversity in the US
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HIST 117-401 Science & Literature Kathryn N Dorsch TR 10:15 AM-11:45 AM This course will explore the emergence of modern science fiction as a genre and the ways it has reflected our evolving conceptions of ourselves and the universe. We will explore sci-fi as not only the future-mythos of a technological civilization, but as a space for cultural, social, and political critique of the modern age. We will discuss such characteristic themes as utopias, the exploration of space and time, biological engineering, robots, aliens, and other worlds, contextualized within the history of science and alongside themes like gender, race, and class. Authors include: H. G. Wells, Le Guin, Herbert, Clarke, Asimov, Okafor, Delany, Chiang, and others. HSOC110401, STSC110401, COML074401, ENGL075401 Arts & Letters Sector
HIST 123-001 Economic Hist of Euro I Thomas M. Safley MW 01:45 PM-03:15 PM This course concentrates on the economy of Europe in the Early Modern Period, 1450-1750. It was a time of great transition. Europe developed from an agriculturally-based to an industrially-based economy, with attendant changes in society and culture. From subsistence-level productivity, the European economy expanded to create great surfeits of goods, with attendant changes in consumption and expectation. Europe grew from a regional economic system to become part--some would say the heart--of a global economy, with attendant changes in worldview and identity. Economic intensification, expansion, globalization, and industrialization are our topics, therefore. Beginning with economic organizations and practices, we will consider how these changed over time and influenced society and culture. The course takes as its point of departure the experience of individual, working men and women: peasants and artisans, merchants and landlords, entrepeneurs and financiers. Yet, it argues outward: from the particular to the general, from the individual to the social, from the local to the global. It will suggest ways in which the economy influenced developments or changes that were not in themselves economic, shaped, and deflected economic life and practice. Humanities & Social Science Sector
Registration also required for Recitation (see below)
HIST 139-401 Jews & Judaism in Antqty Simcha Gross TR 10:15 AM-11:45 AM A broad introduction to the history of Jewish civilization from its Biblical beginnings to the Middle Ages, with the main focus on the formative period of classical rabbinic Judaism and on the symbiotic relationship between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. JWST156401, NELC051401, RELS120401, NELC451401 History & Tradition Sector Course Online: Synchronous Format
HIST 142-401 1947-49: British Empire and the Partitions of South Asia and Palestine Ramya Sreenivasan
Eve M. Troutt Powell
MW 01:45 PM-03:15 PM The partitions of South Asia and Palestine marked the end of the British Empire in those regions. British colonial rule in India ended in 1947 with the emergence of not one, but two nation states, India and Pakistan. Decolonization was marked by mass migration and ethnic cleansing along their borders. An estimated million people died in the violence in less than a year, and 12.5 million people migrated from their homes. The British Empire also gave up its claims to Palestine in 1947, exhausted by the two nationalisms of Zionists and Palestinians. This partition set up the declaration of the state of Israel, and the War for Palestine. By 1949, almost a million Palestinians found themselves displaced over many borders, some also within the borders of Israel. This comparative course is organized around three themes - the prehistories of these cataclysmic events, the role of Empire in catalyzing them, and the afterlives of these events that continue to haunt us into the present, seventy-five years later. It explores the political history - and the collapse of politics - that led to violence on a scale that was without precedent in the history of the Indian subcontinent. It examines the political, social and cultural events that led to decades of war and exile, and shaped the lives of generations of Palestinians, Israelis and the wider Middle East. Primary sources will help to explore the perspectives of ordinary people whose lives were turned upside down in both places. NELC142401, SAST117401
HIST 144-401 Belief and Unbelief in Modern Thought Warren G. Breckman MW 03:30 PM-05:00 PM "God is dead," declared Friedrich Nietzsche, "and we have killed him." Nietzche's words came as a climax of a longer history of criticism of, and dissent toward, the religious foundations of European society and politics. The critique of religion had vast implications for the meaning of human life, the nature of the person, and the conception of political and social existence. The course will explore the intensifying debate over religion in the intellectual history of Europe, reaching from the Renaissance, through the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment, to the twentieth century. Rousseau, Voltaire, Marx, Nietzsche, and Freud. These thinkers allow us to trace the varieties of irreligious experience that have emerged in modern European thought and their implications for both historical and philosophical understanding. Rather than drawing a straight line from belief to non-belief, however, we will also consider whether religion lingers even in secular thought and culture. COML144401
HIST 153-401 Transformations of Urban America: Making the Unequal Metropolis, 1945-Today Kristian Taketomo TR 08:30 AM-10:00 AM The course traces the economic, social, and political history of American cities after World War II. It focuses on how the economic problems of the industrial city were compounded by the racial conflicts of the 1950s and 1960s and the fiscal crises of the 1970s. The last part of the course examines the forces that have led to the revitalization and stark inequality of cities in recent years. URBS104401 Society Sector
HIST 160-001 Strategy,Policy & War Arthur Waldron TR 10:15 AM-11:45 AM Analysis of the political use of force, both in theory and in practice, through analytical readings and study of selected wars. Readings include Sun Zi, Kautilya, Machiavelli, Clauseqitz and other strategists. Case studies vary but may include the Peloponnesian War, the Mongol conquests, the Crusades, the Crimean War, Russo-Japanese War, World War II, Korea, or the Falklands, among others, with focus on initiation, strategic alternatives, decision and termination. Some discussion of the law of war and international attempts to limit it.
HIST 168-401 Hist of Amer Law To 1877 Sarah L. H. Gronningsater TR 01:45 PM-03:15 PM The course surveys the development of law in the U.S. to 1877, including such subjects as: the evolution of the legal profession, the transformation of English law during the American Revolution, the making and implementation of the Constitution, and issues concerning business and economic development, the law of slavery, the status of women, and civil rights. AFRC168401 Cultural Diversity in the US
HIST 169-401 History of American Law Since 1877 Karen Tani MW 10:15 AM-11:45 AM This course covers the development of legal rules and principles concerning individual and group conduct in the United States since 1877. Such subjects as regulation and deregulation, legal education and the legal profession, and the legal status of women and minorities will be discussed. AFRC169401
HIST 173-401 Faculty-Student Collaborative Action Seminar in Urban Univ-Comm Relations Ira Harkavy W 01:45 PM-04:45 PM This seminar helps students develop their capacity to solve strategic, real-world problems by working collaboratively in the classroom, on campus, and in the West Philadelphia community. Students develop proposals that demonstrate how a Penn undergraduate education might better empower students to produce, not simply "consume," societally-useful knowledge, as well as to function as caring, contributing citizens of a democratic society. Their proposals help contribute to the improvement of education on campus and in the community, as well as to the improvement of university-community relations. Additionally, students provide college access support at Paul Robeson High School for one hour each week. AFRC078401, URBS178401 Cultural Diversity in the US An Academically Based Community Serv Course
Benjamin Franklin Seminars
HIST 177-401 Afro Amer Hist 1876-Pres Kim Gallon MW 01:45 PM-03:15 PM A study of the major events, issues, and personalities in Afro-American history from Reconstruction to the present. The course will also examine the different slave experiences and the methods of black resistance and rebellion in the various slave systems. AFRC177401 History & Tradition Sector Registration also required for Recitation (see below)
HIST 188-401 Civilizations At Odds? the US and the Middle East Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet TR 10:15 AM-11:45 AM Foe or friend, Satan or saint - America has often been depicted in the Middle East either as a benevolent superpower or an ill-meaning enemy. In America, too, stereotypes of the Middle East abound as the home of terrorists, falafels, and fanatics. This undergraduate lecture course will explore the relationship between the United States and the Middle East by moving beyond such facile stereotypes. Our goal is to understand why a century of interaction has done little to foster greater understanding between these two societies. By reading novels, memoirs, and historical accounts, we will examine the origins of this cultural and diplomatic encounter in the twentieth century. The readings wills hed light on America's political and economic involvement in the Middle East after the Second World War. We will consider the impact of oil diplomacy on U.S.-Middle East relations, as well as the role of ideology and religion, in our effort to comprehend the current challenges that face these societies. NELC188401
HIST 197-401 Era of Revolutions in the Atlantic World Roquinaldo Ferreira MW 05:15 PM-06:45 PM This class examines the global ramifications of the era of Atlantic revolutions from the 1770s through the 1820s. With a particular focus on French Saint Domingue and Latin America, it provides an overview of key events and individuals from the period. Along the way, it assesses the impact of the American and French revolutions on the breakdown of colonial regimes across the Americas. Students will learn how to think critically about citizenship, constitutional power, and independence movements throughout the Atlantic world. Slavery and the transatlantic slave trade were seriously challenged in places such as Haiti, and the class investigates the appropriation and circulation of revolutionary ideas by enslaved people and other subaltern groups. LALS197401, AFRC197401
HIST 200-301 History Workshop Sophia A Rosenfeld R 12:00 PM-03:00 PM This course introduces newly declared History Majors to the History Department and lays the foundation for future coursework, including research seminars, in History. Students will be introduced to various methods used to reconstruct and explain the past in different eras and places. Drawing on the rich resources available at Penn and in the Philadelphia region, students will also learn how to research and write history themselves. Throughout the semester, small research and writing assignments will allow students to try out different approaches and hone their skills as both analysts and writers of history.
HIST 210-401 The City Michael P Nairn
Nina A Johnson
M 01:45 PM-04:45 PM Urbs/Hist 210 will focus on Baltimore and use The Wire as one of its core texts. The course will explore the history and development of the city and its institutions, with a thematic focus on issues such as industrialization and deindustrialization; urban renewal and the role of universities; public education and youth; policing and the criminal justice system; drugs and underground markets; public housing and suburbanization; and Baltimore's so- called renaissance amidst persistent poverty. The seminar will include field trips both in Philadelphia and a concluding all-day trip to Baltimore. URBS210401 Humanities & Social Science Sector
HIST 212-301 Utopia Margo Todd W 01:45 PM-04:45 PM Benjamin Franklin Seminars
HIST 212-302 World War I: Its Course and Consequences in the Making of the Modern World Peter I. Holquist M 12:00 PM-03:00 PM Benjamin Franklin Seminars
HIST 220-401 Russia and the West Siarhei Biareishyk TR 10:15 AM-11:45 AM This course will explore the representations of the West in eighteenth- and nineteenth- century Russian literature and philosophy. We will consider the Russian visions of various events and aspects of Western political and social life Revolutions, educational system, public executions, resorts, etc. within the context of Russian intellectual history. We will examine how images of the West reflect Russia's own cultural concerns, anticipations, and biases, as well as aesthetic preoccupations and interests of Russian writers. The discussion will include literary works by Karamzin, Pushkin, Gogol, Dostoevsky, Leskov, and Tolstoy, as well as non-fictional documents, such as travelers' letters, diaries, and historiosophical treatises of Russian Freemasons, Romantic and Positivist thinkers, and Russian social philosophers of the late Nineteenth century. A basic knowledge of nineteenth-century European history is desirable. The class will consist of lectures, discussion, short writing assignments, and two in-class tests. REES220401, REES620401, COML220401 Humanities & Social Science Sector
HIST 231-301 The History of U.S. Baseball, 1840-Present Sarah L. H. Gronningsater R 10:15 AM-01:15 PM Topics in US History
HIST 231-401 The Cinese Diaspora(S): Culture, Conflict, & Cuisine, 19c To the Present Xia Yu R 03:30 PM-06:30 PM Topics in US History ASAM203401 Communication Within the Curriculum
HIST 232-401 Migration and Refugees in African History Cheikh Ante MBAcke Babou W 01:45 PM-04:45 PM Topics vary AFRC233401
HIST 232-402 Rastafari To Haile Selassie: A Global History of Ethiopia Lacy Noel Feigh MW 12:00 PM-01:30 PM Topics vary AFRC233402
HIST 232-403 Migration in the Medieval Mediterranean, 450-1450 Joel Pattison MW 12:00 PM-01:30 PM Topics vary NELC282403
HIST 233-401 Us-China Relations: From Open Door To Trade War Amy E Gadsden MW 10:15 AM-11:45 AM Topics Vary EALC141401
HIST 234-301 Capitalism and Humanitarianism Marc R Flandreau R 12:00 PM-03:00 PM Topics vary
HIST 234-302 Uses and Abuses of History Lee V Cassanelli W 03:30 PM-06:30 PM Topics vary
HIST 234-401 On the Move: Landscapes of Migration, Mobility, and Racialization R 03:30 PM-06:30 PM Topics vary URBS234401
HIST 238-401 Modern Spain: Civil War and Postwar, 1930-1970 Antonio Feros TR 03:30 PM-05:00 PM This RESEARCH SEMINAR is divided into three parts. Part I centers on the Spanish CIVIL WAR, 1930-1939. The beginnings of the conflict, the main causes and motivations, the debates in the international arena, the main events and ideologies, some of the main characters, personal experiences (men and women) during the war, violence and repression. Part II focuses on the consequences of the Civil War (1939-1970), both from internal and international perspectives - the constitution of the Francoist regime and its internal politics; the repression of political dissidence; the situation of the Francoist regime during WWII and during the Cold War, how political and cultural dissidence started under Franco's regime, the social history of Spain, and the construction of the historical memory of the Civil War. Part III, Research and Writing: this course is designed to model the research and writing process professional historians use, beginning with a paper proposal and bibliography of primary documents and secondary sources. It then proceeds through the various stages of the research process to produce drafts of the essay and finally the finished essay. All written work is for peer review. LALS238401
HIST 239-301 American Conservatism From Taft To Trump (SNF Paideia Program Course) Brian Rosenwald W 01:45 PM-04:45 PM The early 1950s may have been the nadir for modern American conservatism. Conservative hero Robert Taft had lost the Republican nomination for President to a more moderate candidate for the third time, many in the Republican Party had moved to accept some of the most popular New Deal programs, and a moderate, internationalist consensus had taken hold in the country. Yet, from these ashes, conservatism rose to become a potent political force - maybe the driving force - in the United States over the last half century. This seminar explores the contours of that rise, beginning with infrastructure laid and coalitions forged in the 1950s. We will see how conservatives built upon this infrastructure to overcome Barry Goldwater's crushing 1964 defeat to elect one of their own, Ronald Reagan, president in 1980. Reagan's presidency transformed the public philosophy and helped shape subsequent American political development. Our study of conservatism will also include the struggles that conservatives confronted in trying to enact their ideas into public policy, and the repercussions of those struggles. Designated SNF Paideia Program Course
HIST 253-401 Freud Liliane Weissberg MW 01:45 PM-03:15 PM No other person in the twentieth century has probably influenced scientific thought, humanistic scholarship, medical therapy, and popular culture as much as Sigmund Freud. This course will study his work, its cultural background, and its impact on us today. In the first part of the course, we will learn about Freud's life and the Viennese culture of his time. We will then move to a discussion of seminal texts, such as excerpts from his Interpretation of Dreams, case studies, as well as essays on psychoanalytic practice, human development, definitions of gender and sex, neuroses, and culture in general. In the final part of the course, we will discuss the impact of Freud's work. Guest lectureres from the medical field, history of science, psychology, and the humnities will offer insights into the reception of Freud's work, and its consequences for various fields of study and therapy. GRMN253401, COML253401, GSWS252401 Humanities & Social Science Sector
Registration also required for Recitation (see below)
HIST 263-401 National Antiquities Julia Verkholantsev MW 03:30 PM-05:00 PM Human societies have always wanted to know about their origins, the reasons for their customs, the foundations of their social institutions and religious beliefs, and the justification of their power structures. They have conceived of creation myths and of origins stories for their communities in order to position themselves within the past and present of the natural and human worlds. The newly Christianized kingdoms of Medieval Europe faced the challenge of securing a place in the new vision of universal Providential history, and they inscribed their own histories into the narratives they knew from the authoritative sources of the time - biblical genealogies and heroic stories inherited from the poets of classical antiquity. The deeds and virtues of saintly kings and church hierarchs provided a continuity of historical narrative on the sacred map of time and space. In the 19th century, while interest in medieval antiquity as a source of inspiration for political and cultural renewal brought about a critical study of evidence, it also effected reinterpretation and repurposing of this evidence vis-a-vis a new political concept - that of a nation. This seminar will focus on central, eastern and southeast European nations and explore three categories of "national antiquities" that have been prominent in the workings of their modern nationalisms: (1) stories of ethnogenesis (so-called, origo gentis) that narrate and explain the beginnings and genealogy of peoples and states, as they are recorded in medieval and early modern chronicles, (2) narratives about holy people, who are seen as national patron-saints, and (3) material objects of sacred significance (manuscripts, religious ceremony objects, crowns, icons) that act as symbols of political, cultural and national identities. Our approach will be two-fold: On the one hand, we will read medieval sources and ask the question of what they tell us about the mindset of the authors and societies that created them. We will think about how the knowledge of the past helped medieval societies legitimize the present and provide a model for the future. On the other hand, we will observe how medieval narratives and artifacts have been interpreted in modern times and how they became repurposed - first, during the "Romantic" stage of national awakening, then in the post-imperial era of independent nation-states, and, finally, in the post-Soviet context of reimagined Europe. We will observe how the study of nationalistic mentality enhances our understanding of how the past is represented and repurposed in scholarship and politics. REES229401, COML229401 Benjamin Franklin Seminars
HIST 308-401 Renaissance Europe Ann Elizabeth Moyer TR 10:15 AM-11:45 AM This course will examine the cultural and intellectual movement known as the Renaissance, from its origins in fourteenth-century Italy to its diffusion into the rest of Europe in the sixteenth century. We will trace the great changes in the world of learning and letters, the visual arts, and music,along with those taking place in politics, economics, and social organization. We will be reading primary sources as well as modern works. ITAL308401
HIST 329-301 The Great War in Memoir and Memory Warren G. Breckman T 03:30 PM-06:30 PM World War One was the primordial catastrophe of twentieth-century history. For all who passed through it, the Great War was transformative, presenting a profound rupture in personal experience. It was a war that unleashed an unprecedented outpouring of memoirs and poetic and fictional accounts written by participants. In its wake, it also produced new forms of public commemoration and memorialization - tombs to the unknown soldier, great monuments, soldiers' cemeteries, solemn days of remembrance, and the like. One hundred years after World War One, this course will explore the war through the intersection of these processes of personal and public memory. (Please note: This is not a seminar in military or diplomatic history, but rather an exploration of personal experiences of the War, representations of experience, and the cultural and political dimensions of memory.) The course will end with a one week visit to the Western Front region of northern France. Travel to sites in northern France will allow us to consider the scale and topography of some of the major battles, visit cemeteries and ossuaries and reflect on their various forms of secular and sacred organization, various national war monuments, and WWI museums, including the pathbreaking museum in Peronne and the national WWI museum in Meaux. Penn Global Seminar
HIST 333-401 Napoleonic Era & Tolstoy Peter I. Holquist TR 01:45 PM-03:15 PM In this course we will read what many consider to be the greatest book in world literature. This work, Tolstoys War and Peace, is devoted to one of the most momentous periods in world history, the Napoleonic Era (1789-1815). We will study both the novel and the era of the Napoleonic Wars: the military campaigns of Napoleon and his opponents, the grand strategies of the age, political intrigues and diplomatic betrayals, the ideologies and human dramas, the relationship between art and history. How does literature help us to understand this era? How does history help us to understand this great novel? This semester marks the 200th anniversary of Napoleons attempt to conquer Russia and achieve world domination, the campaign of 1812. Come celebrate this Bicentennial with us! Because we will read War and Peace over the course of the entire semester, readings will be manageable and very enjoyable. REES240401, COML236401 Cross Cultural Analysis
HIST 350-401 History of the International Monetary System and the US Dollar Marc R Flandreau TR 03:30 PM-05:00 PM The course will cover the modern evolution of the international monetary system going all the way back to the era when sterling became the leading international currencies. It is arranged thematically and chronologically both. The lessons and readings will introduce students to the principal evolutions of the international monetary system and at the same time, it will give them an understanding of regimes, their mechanics and the geopolitical economies behind systemic shifts. Students need not have an economic background but must be prepared to read about exchange rates (and world politics). Special focus on: The early modern international monetary system. How Amsterdam and London captured the Spanish treasure. Beyond the West (Ottoman Empire, India, China). The Napoleonic wars and the rise of sterling. Hong-Kong: Silver, Opium, and the Recycling of Surpluses. The emergence of the Gold Standard. Bimetallism: The US election of 1796. Sterling and Key Currencies before WWI. The First World War and the origins of dollar supremacy. When the dollar displaced sterling (1920s). The collapse of the international gold standard (1930s). The Bretton Woods System. The rise and rise of the US dollar. Currency competition (Dollar, Euro, Yuan Renminbi). The meaning of cryptocurrencies. ECON027401
HIST 372-401 Aid and Intervention in Africa Lee V Cassanelli M 03:30 PM-06:30 PM This course examines the history, politics, and significance of foreign aid to Africa since the late 19th century. While we do not typically think about the European colonial period in Africa in terms of 'foreign aid,' that era introduced ideas and institutions which formed the foundations for modern aid policies and practices. So we start there and move forward into more contemporary times. In addition to examining the objectives behind foreign assistance and the intentions of donors and recipients, we will look at some of the consequences (intended or unintended) of various forms of foreign aid to Africa over the past century. While not designed to be a comprehensive history of development theory, of African economics, or of international aid organizations, the course will touch on all of these topics. Previous course work on Africa is strongly advised. AFRC373401
HIST 398-301 Junior Honors in History Ann C. Farnsworth-Alvear R 12:00 PM-03:00 PM Open to junior honors candidates in history. Introduction to the study and analysis of historical phenomena. Emphasis on theoretical approaches to historical knowledge, problems of methodology, and introduction to research design and strategy. Objective of this seminar is the development of honors thesis proposal. Permission Needed From Instructor
Majors Only
HIST 406-401 Existence in Black David K. Amponsah M 12:00 PM-03:00 PM Racial, colonial, and other political formations have encumbered Black existence since at least the fifteenth-century. Black experiences of and reflections on these matters have been the subject of existential writings and artistic expressions ranging from the blues to reggae, fiction and non-fiction. Reading some of these texts alongside canonical texts in European existential philosophy, this class will examine how issues of freedom, self, alienation, finitude, absurdity, race, and gender shape and are shaped by the global Black experience. Since Black aliveness is literally critical to Black existential philosophy, we shall also engage questions of Black flourishing amidst the potential for pessimism and nihilism. AFRC406401, AFRC506401 Course Online: Synchronous Format
HIST 411-401 Popular Cultures, Europe and America, 1500 To the Present Roger Chartier
Kathy Peiss
M 01:45 PM-04:45 PM ENGL234401
HIST 412-401 War and the Arts Arthur Waldron T 01:45 PM-04:45 PM EALC442401
HIST 463-401 History of American Education Jonathan L Zimmerman MW 01:45 PM-03:45 PM This course will examine the growth and development of American schools, from the birth of the republic into the present. By 1850, the United States sent a greater fraction of its children to school than any other nation on earth. Why? What did young people learn there? And, most of all, how did these institutions both reflect and shape our evolving conceptions of "America" itself? In an irreducibly diverse society, the answers were never simple. Americans have always defined their nation in a myriad of contrasting and often contradictory ways. So they have also clashed vehemently over their schools, which remain our central public vehicle for deliberating and disseminating the values that we wish to transmit to our young. Our course will pay close attention to these education-related debates, especially in the realms of race, class, and religion. When immigrants came here from other shores, would they have to relinquish their old cultures and languages? When African-Americans won their freedom from bondage, what status would they assume? And as different religious denominations fanned out across the country, how would they balance the uncompromising demands of faith with the pluralistic imperatives of democracy? All of these questions came into relief at school, where the answers changed dramatically over time. Early American teachers blithely assumed that newcomers would abandon their old-world habits and tongues; today, "multicultural education" seeks to preserve or even to celebrate these distinctive patterns. Post-emancipation white philanthropists designed vocational curricula for freed African-Americans, imagining blacks as loyal serfs; but blacks themselves demanded a more academic education, which EDUC599401 Cultural Diversity in the US
HIST 620-301 Topics in European Hist: Europe 1550-1850 Sophia A Rosenfeld W 03:30 PM-06:30 PM Reading and Discussion course on selected topics in European History.
HIST 620-302 Topics in European Hist: Cultur Hist:Reappraisal Roger Chartier T 01:45 PM-04:45 PM Reading and Discussion course on selected topics in European History.
HIST 640-301 Topics in Mid East Hist: Comparative Frontiers Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet M 03:30 PM-06:30 PM Reading and discussion course on selected topics in Middle Eastern history.
HIST 670-301 Topics:Transregional His: Transnatnl Asian Pacific Eiichiro Azuma M 05:15 PM-08:15 PM Reading and discussion course on selected topics in Transregional History
HIST 670-302 Topics:Transregional His: Teaching World History Frederick R. Dickinson T 01:45 PM-04:45 PM Reading and discussion course on selected topics in Transregional History
HIST 670-303 Topics:Transregional His: Atlantic Histories Roquinaldo Ferreira F 01:45 PM-04:45 PM Reading and discussion course on selected topics in Transregional History
HIST 770-301 Res Sem: Transregional: 19c Legacies of Slavery Eve M. Troutt Powell R 01:45 PM-04:45 PM Research seminar on selected topics in Transregional history.