HISTORY 195 - The Writing of History
Section: 003 Modern Iran: Beyond the Revolution
Term: WN 2009
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
FYWR
Other Course Info:
This course may not be included in a History concentration. F.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

As the only remaining “rogue” member of President Bush’s “Axis of Evil,” Iran is often presented as the country that poses the most serious threat to America. Despite this mutual hostility, which has been felt at varying intensities since the Iranian Revolution thirty years ago, Iran remains a mystery to most Americans. This course does not address the present controversies, but instead provides the historical context through which one can better appreciate the current situation. It moves beyond the Revolution to focus on the watershed moments, leading figures, and dominant themes of Iranian modernity. It bypasses the ubiquitous invocations of the hostage crisis and “Death to America” rallies to explore instead the long and complicated history of Iran’s response to the West’s ideological and technological challenge. By the end of the course, students should have a basic familiarity with modern Iranian history and should be aware of the challenges involved in writing the history of this region.

The course assumes no prior knowledge and approaches the topic through an engaging mixture of books and articles, historical documents, films, and images. This is a writing class, so do not expect polished lectures and passive learning. Instead, there will be short overviews of each week’s topic after which most of our class time will be devoted to writing workshops, discussions, and student presentations.

HISTORY 195 - The Writing of History
Schedule Listing
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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ISBN: 0300121059
Modern Iran : roots and results of revolution, Author: Nikki R. Keddie. With a sectio, Publisher: Yale Univ. Press Updated ed 2006
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0375714839
The complete Persepolis, Author: Marjane Satrapi., Publisher: Pantheon Books 1st ed. 2007
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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