Courses in History (Division 390)

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

160. United States to 1865. (SS).

A survey of early American history from the period of initial colonization through the Civil War. The course will be organized around the interactions of the three dominant cultures which came together in early America: Native American, European, and Africa. We will explore the internal dynamics of each culture (family life, religious beliefs, political system, labor arrangements, gender roles) and how the clash of cultures shaped the experience of Americans in the colonial and national periods. Specific topics will include the problems of forming communities in an alien environment, the transition to slave labor and the origins of an African-American society, the American Revolution and the creation of the republic, the emergence of sectionalism, and the impact of early industrialism. Students will attend two lectures each week, and read a series of monographs and primary documents. A short paper and a final exam are required. Cost:4 WL:4 (Juster)

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

This course is a survey of the social, cultural, political, and economic history of the United States from the end of the Civil War to the present. The class will be primarily, though not entirely, a lecture course. The subjects that will be addressed include Reconstruction, urbanization, industrialization, the problems confronting farmers, workers, and other groups, the "Progressive" era, the cultural and economic life of the United States between the two world wars, the New Deal, American foreign policy, postwar affluence, the turbulence of the 60s, and social, political, and economic developments since 1970. Students will be expected to read a range of books dealing with selected problems in American history. (Roberts)

200-Level Courses are for Sophomores and Upper Class Students

213/MARC 213. The Reformation. (HU).

A survey of European history from about 1450 to about 1600. Themes touched on or explored in greater depth include the population rise and price inflation of the "long sixteenth century"; international relations; politics and political thought; and religion. Students will read a general textbook as well as primary sources, with special emphasis on humanism and the reformation of religious institutions and beliefs. There will be a midterm, two or three very short essays on the reading, and a final. (Tentler)

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. Meets three times a week for 50 minutes, plus one 50-minute discussion section. Midterm and final exam. Cost:3 WL:4 (Lieberman)

300-Level Courses and Above are for Juniors and Seniors

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 1980s). This aim will be pursued through lectures, readings, discussion and two assignments: an oral report or a short written report on each of two books. John Hunter Boyle, Modern Japan: The American Nexus (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1993). 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. (Excl). May be elected for a total of 12 credits.
Section 101 Northern Ireland Since 1945.
The history of that part of Ireland that forms a constituent part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland has frequently been marked by internal conflict, and especially so in recent times. The course undertakes to comprehend the course of events in the Six Counties since the close of World War II and to study the several sorts of analysis (political, economic, psychological, socio-anthropological) that have been proposed in the most frequently used attempts to understand those events. Here the course will be most interested to discover to what extent theories of ethnicity and race can be viewed, in a comparative way, as explanatory ideas for conflict in Northern Ireland. A colloquium, the course will be engaged in discussion of the literature of our subject, with written and oral presentations in the reading of that literature and the writing of an extended term paper. Cost:2 WL:2 (McNamara)


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