Courses in History (Division 390)

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

110. Medieval, Renaissance, and Reformation Europe. (4). (SS).

MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE EUROPE. History 110 is designed to introduce freshmen and sophomores to the development of western civilization from the rise of Christianity to the Renaissance. It is an "introductory" course because it introduces you to some of the techniques of studying and writing history, the most comprehensive and variegated of all the academic disciplines. The focus of History 110 is on the people and forces that have created our world. The reading will concentrate on sources works written by those who made our history and these readings will be discussed in sections that meet twice weekly. Lectures are designed to provide some sense of order in this expanse of time as well as to introduce you to ways of posing historical questions. Examinations will emphasize understanding, not rote-memorization; there are also short, three-page papers based on the assigned readings. Cost:2 WL:1 (Lindner)

200-Level Courses are for Sophomores and Upper Class Students

216. War and Society in the 20th Century: World War I. (4). (Excl).

In August of 1914 men marched off to battle singing. They envisioned a brief, glorious, and definitive war, followed by a return to life as they had known it. When the guns were finally silenced four years later, millions were dead or maimed, cities and empires were in ruins, and numerous long-held assumptions seemed obsolete. The Great War had shaken European society to its foundations; how and why will be the subject of this course. The emphasis will be on the social and intellectual impact of the war, as well as the political and military. So broad a survey will benefit a war that became a revolution. Cost:2 (Marwil)

300-Level Courses and Above are for Juniors and Seniors

333/Econ. 396/Pol. Sci. 396/Slavic 396/REES 396/Soc. 393. Survey of Eastern Europe. (4). (SS).

See REES 396.

391. Topics in European History. (4). (Excl). May be elected for credit twice.

Section 101 THE POLITICS OF WWII IN EUROPE. 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. (4). (Excl). May be elected for credit twice.

SAMURAI IN JAPANESE HISTORY. Who were the samurai? How were they transformed over nearly a millennium of their history? What variations were there within the samurai class and status? What was the relationship of the samurai to the people of other classes? What were the gender-specific roles of women and men in samurai society? How did the samurai fight and how did they play? What were their ethos and beliefs? This course will examine the changing reality and ideals of the samurai from their origins in ancient Japan to their disappearance in the face of Western encroachment in the nineteenth century. We will read tales, legends, and documents as well as a textbook and interpretive essays. In addition, we will view films and analyze them from a historian's perspective. The course is structured to provide one hour of lecture and two hours of discussion per week. Extra hours will be assigned for film viewing. Requirements include class participation, discussion and presentation as well as three short papers. [Cost:3] [WL:4] (Tonomura)

Section 102 MODERN JAPAN. This course seeks to understand contemporary Japan against the background of its modern history (roughly from 1850s to 1950s). 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 0. Reischauer's JAPAN: THE STORY OF A NATION, 4th ed. Knopf, 1990. 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. (4). (Excl). May be elected for a total of 12 credits.

Registration is restricted to History concentrators by override only; priority will be given to seniors. Override information available from 3607 Haven Hall Mondays through Fridays 1-4 p.m. ONLY NO EXCEPTIONS.

Section 101 AMERICAN WORKING-CLASS CULTURE, 1830 TO THE PRESENT. This seminar will explore the cultures of American working people from the era of early industrialization to the present. Using a wide variety of materials (novels, journalism, film, memoirs, visual imagery, as well as conventional historical scholarship), it will look at the ideals, attitudes, symbolic practices, and everyday lives of working-class Americans on the job, at home, in neighborhood and community life, in politics, and elsewhere. Two themes will be especially important: first, the (racial, ethnic, generational, regional) diversity of American working-class experience; and secondly, the interplay between the cultural values of working people and the larger power and social relations which ordered their lives. No special background is required, although a grounding in 19th-20th century U.S. history would be helpful. The seminar is designed to be participatory and somewhat intensive, to emphasize doing historical analysis, not simply acquiring historical information. There will be no exam, but a 15-page term paper, grounded in primary research will be required. Grading will be based on both written work and classroom participation. (Scobey)

517. History of Ireland Since 1603. (4). (Excl).

A narrative history of modern Ireland from the time of the collapse of the Gaelic order at the Tudor conquest until the present. Lectures will treat aspects of cultural and social as well as the main political history of the period, with the basic texts being Moody and Martin, THE COURSE OF IRISH HISTORY and R.F. Foster MODERN IRELAND. Course work will include periodic brief quizzes, two shorter papers and one longer paper, a final exam. There is no prerequisite and no prior knowledge of Ireland is required. Cost:2 WL:4 (McNamara)


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