HISTORY 407 - Advanced Study in Comparative and Transnational History
Fall 2021, Section 002 - The Conquest of Nature
Instruction Mode: Section 002 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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This course explores how social and economic development projects have transformed environments and human communities. These schemes include mega-projects like huge dams and canals, as well as scientific forestry, soil conservation, plant breeding, and disease eradication campaigns. We will read exemplary historical studies of national, imperial, and international development programs, paying close attention to metaphors of war and to literal connections with national security; to the ways, the conquest of nature has reinforced or altered relationships of power between and within countries; and to the unintended consequences, both tragic and fortuitous, of attempts to improve nature. This course fulfills the International Studies 401 Advanced Seminar requirement. The emphasis will be on critical discussions of the readings. You will also complete a semester-long research project that will culminate in a Development Case Study.


HISTORY 407 - Advanced Study in Comparative and Transnational History
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002 (SEM)
 In Person
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM

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