Seminar

HIST233 - Colonial Spanish Borderlands, from the Floridas to the Californias

Description: 
This course engages scholarship on colonialism and empire in the context of Spanish settlement in North America, in the region stretching from the Atlantic to the Pacific, known as the Spanish borderlands. We will examine the exploration, colonization, and expansion by Spanish officials and settlers as well as their attempts to impose an imperial vision of race, religion, and law on the lives of Native peoples, African Americans, and other Europeans in East and West Florida, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, and Alta and Baja California. We will also compare European conquests (Spanish, French, and English) and various independence movements across North America (the American Revolution, the Haitian Revolution, and Mexican Independence) to understand how and why these events succeeded or failed and their connections to the Spanish borderlands. We will conclude by considering the extent to which borderlands histories are essential to the study of early America as they reflect culturally dynamic experiences in areas that would later become part of the United States and its legacy of empire.
Instructors: 
GALLMAN, NANCY
Day and Time: 
R 0300PM-0600PM
Room: 

MEYERSON HALL B7

Activity: 
SEM
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    Registration Notes: 
    CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN US

    HIST202 - MODERN SPAIN FROM CIVIL WAR TO DEMOCRACY, 1930-1977

    Description: 
    This course will examine the social, cultural, intellectual, economic, and political history of Spain from the 1890s loss of the colonial empire through the end of the Francoist regime (1970s). The history of 20th-century Spain offers the opportunity to study events, processes and ideologies that were and are central to the history of the West in the modern period: imperialism, the rise of communism and fascism, civil war, dictatorship, post-war reconstruction, and wars over cultural memory to control how societies remember their pasts. This course is divided into four parts. Introduction: the loss of the last colonies (1898) and the effect in Spain, and on Spain’s participation in the scramble for Africa. First Part: the Spanish Republic and Civil War (1931-1939), focuses on the rise of a democratic system and its demise after three years of violent civil war. Second Part: Post-war Reconstruction (1939-1975), focuses on the reconstruction of Spain led by an authoritarian and anti-democratic dictator, General Franco, the winner of the Civil War. Third Part: Memory Wars, focuses on the period after 1975 with the restoration of a democratic system. In this section, we will study the different and often conflicting ways Spaniards remembered the origins and causes of the Civil War, the victims of the Civil War, and the characteristics of Franco’s regime. Course readings will be a mixture of primary and secondary sources, and classes will combine short lectures by the instructor and discussion. Requirements: weekly short papers (reactions to weekly readings), oral presentations, and a final paper of 15 pages. Students can opt to write a research paper (20 pages) using original primary sources, to fulfill the department research requirement.
    Instructors: 
    FEROS, ANTONIO
    Day and Time: 
    MW 1230PM-0200PM
    Activity: 
    SEM
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      HIST412 - CHINESE FOREIGN POLICY

      Description: 
      An examination of China’s policies since 1950 not so much in general terms, but rather by looking at policies toward specific countries, such as Korea 1950-53, Taiwan 1958, India 1962, Japan 1963, USSR 1969, US recognition 1971-79 and failure of Kissinger policies. Vietnam both wars: i.e. we cover the ongoing conflict that began in 1979 as well as the war that ended in 1975, toward Cambodia, and not least the South China Sea and the whole world today. We will also examine China’s immense military build up (for what purpose?) the concept that China is rising, the US declining, and Beijing is foreordained lord of the East. The goal is to start from empirical information then build some sense of whether policy has continuity, common features etc. or not, and to what extent it is domestically driven or not. Lots of political background but little theory or grand generalization. A serious research paper will be required.
      Instructors: 
      WALDRON, ARTHUR
      Day and Time: 
      T 0130PM-0430PM
      Room: 

      COLLEGE HALL 311A

      Activity: 
      SEM
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        HIST412 - People and Power in Modern Mexico

        Instructors: 
        LOMBERA, JUAN
        Day and Time: 
        TR 0530PM-0700PM
        Room: 

        WILLIAMS HALL 1

        Activity: 
        SEM
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          Registration Notes: 
          CROSS CULTURAL ANALYSIS

          HIST400 - SENIOR HONORS

          Instructors: 
          TODD, MARGO
          Day and Time: 
          M 0200PM-0500PM
          Room: 
          MCNEIL CENTER FOR EARLY AMERI 105
          Activity: 
          SEM
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            Registration Notes: 
            PERMISSION NEEDED FROM DEPARTMENT

            HIST231 - PATRIOTS, PARTIES AND PROGRESSIVES: THE U.S. 1776-1906

            Description: 
            This course examines the history of the “long” nineteenth century in the United States. We will begin with the formation of the republic in the aftermath of the American Revolution and end in the Progressive Era. Particular emphasis will be placed on political and social history. Topics include: the formation and destruction of political party systems, reform movements, religious revivalism and identity, Indian removal, continental expansion, the Civil War and Reconstruction, Jim Crow, labor movements, immigration, and transformations in transportation, communication, and consumption.
            Instructors: 
            GRONNINGSATER, SARAH
            Day and Time: 
            R 0130PM-0430PM
            Room: 

            MEYERSON HALL B5

            Activity: 
            SEM
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              HIST231 - LAW AND SOCIAL CHANGE

              Description: 
              This is a course in the history of law and social change. Discussion of assigned readings and papers will focus on the role law, lawyers, judges, other public officials and policy advocates and social movements and networks have played in proposing solutions to specific problems. The course will focus on evaluating the importance or lack thereof of historical perspective and legal expertise in making social change. Assigned readings will be discussed in class. Each student will submit a paper based on primary and secondary material on a topic of her choosing within the overall subject matter of the course. Paper drafts will be discussed in class. The Final Paper is due at the beginning of the final examination period.
              Instructors: 
              BERRY, MARY
              Day and Time: 
              T 0130PM-0430PM
              Room: 

              COLLEGE HALL 315A

              Activity: 
              SEM
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                HIST231 - CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT

                Description: 
                This course traces the history of the Civil Rights Movement from its earliest stirrings in the 1st half of the twentieth-century to the boycotts, sit-ins, school desegregation struggles, freedom rides and marches of the 1950s and 1960s, and beyond. Among the question we will consider are: What inspired the Civil Rights movement, when does it begin and end, and how did it change American life? Readings will include both historical works and first-hand accounts of the movement by participants.
                Instructors: 
                BAY, MIA
                Day and Time: 
                W 0330PM-0630PM
                Room: 

                VAN PELT LIBRARY 305

                Activity: 
                SEM
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                  HIST232 - IRAN, IRAQ, AND THE PERSIAN GULF

                  Instructors: 
                  KASHANI-SABET, FIROOZEH
                  Day and Time: 
                  M 0200PM-0500PM
                  Room: 

                  MEYERSON HALL B5

                  Activity: 
                  SEM
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                    HIST233 - HIST PRIVATE LIFE CHINA

                    Description: 
                    Underneath the grandeur of empires, war, revolutions, history eventually is about people’s life. This seminar explores how the boundaries of private life in China intersect with the public arena and how such an intersection has significantly re-shaped Chinese private life between the 16th century and the present. The first half of the seminar will explore how the private realm in late imperial China was defined and construed by Confucian discourses, architectural design, moral regulation, cultural consumption, and social network. Moving into the twentieth century, the remaining part of the seminar will examine how the advent of novel concepts such as modernity and revolution restructured the private realm, particularly in regard to the subtopics outlined above. Organizing questions include: How did female chastity become the center of a public cult which then changed the life paths of countless families? How did the practice of female foot-binding intersect with marriage choices, household economy, and social status? How did print culture create a new space for gentry women to negotiate the boundaries between their inner quarters and the outside world? What was the ideal and reality of married life in late imperial China? How did people’s life change when the collective pursuit for Chinese modernity placed romantic love, freedom to marry and divorce at the center of public debates? How was “Shanghai modern” related to the emerging middle class life style as evidenced in advertisement posters? How has the ideal of gender equality been re-interpreted and realized under the Communist regime? How have the current market reforms reformulated the contours of private life in China?
                    Instructors: 
                    FEI, SI-YEN
                    Day and Time: 
                    M 0200PM-0500PM
                    Room: 

                    CASTER BUILDING A19

                    Activity: 
                    SEM
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