HISTORY 230 - Humanities Topics in History
Section: 001 Nomads in the Modern World: Mobility and the Nation-State
Term: WN 2018
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Cost:
50-100
Repeatability:
May be elected five times for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Pastoral nomads, those peoples who follow their animals in search of pasturage, appear on the margins of many historical narratives, spun off to the edges of the “civilized” world. They are opposed to the rest of us, the sedentary, and do not fit well within the parameters of the nation-state, where political boundaries cut through their grazing lands and migration routes. Yet nomadic and sedentary populations have historically been mutually interdependent and have existed on a spectrum of movement and stability. Nomads, moreover, have been essential players in the economic, environmental, cultural, and sometimes political histories of the regions they inhabit. This course will consider how we place nomads in 20th century history and how we understand their history as one of movement not just in space but also in time. Central questions for our investigation of nomads in the modern world will include: what has enabled some pastoral nomads to survive either in their traditional way of life or through adaption to the priorities of modern state formation; what the effects of modernization have been on the roles of women and men pastoralists; and whether nomads face obsolescence in the modern world and, if so, what of their way of life may still be worth defending. Given that in the last decades of the 20th century moving into the 21st, increasing numbers of people have become mobile populations, challenging the limits of the nation-state politically and socially, we will also consider how the mobile lives of pastoralists parallel and are distinct from those who are on migration to survive but not as a traditional way of life that must be fought for.

Course Requirements:

The course will be conducted as both a lecture and discussion. Readings will include studies of the nation-state as the dominant political form of the 20th century and case studies of nomadic peoples in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe in the last century. Travel accounts, memoirs, film documentaries, and musical recordings will supplement scholarly writings in history and anthropology and documentary sources. Grading will be based on class participation, quizzes, three papers (3-5 pages), and a final project.

Intended Audience:

All students are welcome.

HISTORY 230 - Humanities Topics in History
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
P
21695
Open
35
 
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MW 8:30AM - 10:00AM
002 (LEC)
P
31493
Open
35
 
-
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
003 (LEC)
P
32606
Open
40
 
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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ISBN: 9780141442075
Arabian sands, Author: Wilfred Thesiger., Publisher: Penguin [New ed.] 2007
Required
ISBN: 1571818448
Memoirs of a Mbororo : the life of Ndudi Umaru, Fulani nomad of Cameroon, Author: Henri Bocquene ; translated by Philip Burnham and Gordeen Gorder., Publisher: Berghahn Books 2002
Required
ISBN: 9780811225946
Go, Went, Gone, Author: Jenny Erpenbeck, Publisher: New Directions
Required
ISBN: 9780801475009
Nations and nationalism, Author: Ernest Gellner ; introduction by John Breuilly., Publisher: Cornell University Press 2nd ed. 2008
Required
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