Courses in History (Division 390)

100-Level Courses are Survey Courses and Introductory Courses for Freshmen and Sophomores

111. Modern Europe. Hist. 110 is recommended as prerequisite. (SS).

This course will deal with Europe since 1700 in broad outline, focusing on the large-scale changes in the economy, society, and politics. The lectures will not provide basic narrative accounts of each country's history, but will be organized around the general themes, making reference to individual countries for illustration. For this reason it is important to follow the course through the assigned text-book and the associated readings, as the lectures have to leave a lot of background knowledge understood. The aim of the course is not just to communicate facts, but to deal with general ideas, and to introduce the problems of interpreting historical change or its absence. Assignments: critical review, midterm and final. (Eley)

161. United States, 1865 to the Present. (SS).

This surveys the history of the U.S. Since the end of the Civil War. It aims to familiarize students with what most historians now believe about the basic episodes in modern American history, including Reconstruction, Immigration, the Organization of Labor, the Dareinian Controversy, Populism, Imperialism, Progressivism, the Consolidation of the Capitalist Political Economy, the New Deal, World War II, the Atomic Bomb, the Origins of the Cold War, McCarthyism, and the Vietnam War. Format: Lecture. Evaluations: midterm, final. Assigned readings may include: Twain, ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN; Livesay, ANDREW CARNEGIE; Lippmann, DRIFT AND MASTERY; Fitzgerald, THE GREAT GATSBY; Luker, ABORTION AND THE POLITICS OF MOTHERHOOD; and Current, et. al., AMERICAN HISTORY. (Hollinger)

300-Level Courses and Above are for Juniors and Seniors

391. Topics in European History. (SS). May be elected for credit twice.

This course will focus on the politics of World War II in Europe. Thus after a rapid survey of the course of the war it will focus on the political issues, in particular resistance movements and their relations with the three allied powers. There will be considerable choice of reading; requirements are an essay type hour exam, a course paper (with flexibility of topic) and an essay final. (J. Fine)

392. Topics in Asian and African History. (SS). May be elected for credit twice.

Section 101 MODERN JAPAN. This course seeks to understand contemporary Japan against the background of its modern history (roughly from 1850's to 1950's). This aim will be pursued through lectures, slides, readings, discussion and two assignments: an oral report and a short written report on two books. The text for the course is Edwin O. Reiscuhauer's Japan: THE STORY OF A NATION. (3rd ed. Knopf, 1981). Other reading assignments will be organized in a course pack. There will be a midterm and a final exam. (Hackett)

397. History Colloquium. History concentrators are required to elect Hist. 396 or 397. (SS). May be elected for a total of 12 credits.

The dramatic transformation in women's status is a key feature of Japan's premodern history. This course will examine the patterns of change in the female gender role from the seventh through nineteenth centuries by previewing primary sources (in English translation) and relevant articles. We will seek to understand the correlation between structure of dominant institutions and the experiences of women of various classes. Sexual-religious culture, property and inheritance rights, marriage practices, work, and formal political authority will be some of the themes explored. Apart from participation in discussion at weekly meetings, the course requires four essays. There are no prerequisites but general familiarity with Japan's premodern history is helpful. (Tonomoro)


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