Courses in History (Division 390)

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

110. Medieval, Renaissance, and Reformation Europe. (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 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

218. The Vietnam War, 1945-1975. (SS).

This course examines the wars that were fought in and around Vietnam from 1945 to 1975, with primary emphasis on the period of heavy American involvement from the mid-1950's. The course seeks to explain the origins, strategy, and impact of U.S. intervention. At the same time the course will explain the motivation of the Vietnam Communists and of their domestic opponents. Thus the Vietnam war will be analyzed both as the longest and most controversial foreign war in American history, and as the climax to an Asian social revolution. Midterm and final exam. Cost:4 WL:4 (Lieberman)

300-Level Courses and Above are for Juniors and Seniors

332/Pol. Sci. 395/Slavic 395/REES 395/Soc. 392. Survey of the Soviet Union (SS).

See REES 395.

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

SECTION 101: EUROPE IN WWII. 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. (Excl). 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 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 O. Reiscuhauer'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)

394. Reading Course. Open only to history concentrators by written permission of instructor. (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit only with permission of the Associate Chairman.

This is an independent 1-4 hour course open only to history concentrators by written permission of the instructor. It may be repeated for credit only with permission of the Associate Chairman.

397. History Colloquium. History concentrators are required to elect Hist. 396 or 397. (Excl). May be elected for a total of 12 credits.
Section 101: The Irish in American Society.
This colloquium will consider the history of the experience of the Irish people in the United States. We will begin by surveying the existent literature on this subject and by developing from readings in several sources a knowledge of the main features of that history as presently construed together with some topics for exploration by members of the colloquium. The work of the course will be carried on by means of presentation in colloquium of written work on particular topics; an extended term paper will be the final project. There are no examinations. Regular attendance at and full participation in the meetings of the colloquium, is, therefore, an essential condition for the course. (McNamara)

444. Inner Asia, Russia, and China. One course in Russian, Chinese or Near Eastern history, or permission of instructor. (Excl).

Between China's Great Wall, the Himalayas, and the Urals stretches Inner Asia. Home to the Scythians, Huns, Avars, Mongols, Timurids, and their modern successor tribes, meeting-place of Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism, site of the Silk Route, and the object of great power rivalries in the past and present, Inner Asia and its history have long fascinated conquerors and tourists. This course will approach that history through a topical perspective, examining comparative political, military, and social organizations, the nature of nomads' religion and law, the changing position of women and children, the clash of foreign empires, and the strains of modern society under the yoke of foreign national ideologies. Our sources will include original literature and art as well as modern scholarship, travel literature, film, and ethnographic accounts. At least one class meeting each week will discuss the readings. There will be two hour examinations and a final examination. For admission I require no prior preparation or course work in this field. (Lindner)


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