Courses

Fall 2016

AAS 367/HIS 387 African American History from Reconstruction to the Present This course offers an introduction to the major themes, critical questions, and pivotal moments in African American history since emancipation. It traces the social, political, cultural, intellectual, and legal contours of the black experience in the United States from Reconstruction to the rise of Jim Crow, through the World Wars, Depression, and the Great Migrations, to the long civil rights era and the contemporary period of racial politics. Using a wide variety of texts, images, and creative works, the course situates African American history within broader national and international contexts.
CLA 218/HIS 218 The Roman Republic We will study the contexts, causes, and consequences of one small city-state's rise to world empire, through analysis of primary sources in translation and discussion of recent archaeological findings. Emphasis is on the development of Roman society, the growth and transformation of republican government, and the Republic's afterlives in modern politics and culture. Instructor(s): Dan-El Padilla Peralta
CLA 326/HIS 326/REL 329 Topics in Ancient History: The City of Rome in Antiquity This course will offer a cross-disciplinary study of life, politics, and culture in the city of Rome from the early fourth century BC to the second century AD. Literary, epigraphical, numismatic, and archaeological sources will be used to study the following topics in a specifically urban and Roman context: Roman politics in an urban context, religion and festivals, topography and architecture, oratory, spectacle and games, city administration, police and security, the law and the courts, city markets and the economy, the urban population and its composition, demography, and the quality of life in the city. Instructor(s): Harriet Isabel Flower
EAS 415/HIS 415 Intellectual History of China to the Fifth Century Critical consideration of a selection of monumental contributions to early Chinese thought, and the uses to which they were put by later Chinese thinkers. Readings will be from English translations such as: [Analects],[ Lao-tzu], [Chuang-tzu], [Mencius],[ I-ching] and secondary works. All assignments are available on reserve. Instructor(s): Willard James Peterson
HIS 201 A History of the World An introduction to the history of the modern world, this course traces the global processes that connected regions with each other from the time of Genghis Khan to the present. The major themes of the course include the environmental impact of human development, the role of wars and empires in shaping world power, and the transformations of global trade, finance, and migration. Instructor(s): Jeremy Ian Adelman
HIS 207/EAS 207 History of East Asia to 1800 A general introduction to the history of the political cultures in China and Japan, with some heed to comparisons with developments in Korea and the Mediterranean worlds. Instructor(s): Thomas Donald Conlan, Willard James Peterson
HIS 210/HLS 210/CLA 202 The World of Late Antiquity This course will focus on the history of the later Roman Empire, a period which historians often refer to as "Late Antiquity." We will begin our class in pagan Rome at the start of the third century and end it in Baghdad in the ninth century: in between these two points, the Mediterranean world experienced a series of cultural and political revolutions whose reverberations can still be felt today. We will witness civil wars, barbarian invasions, the triumph of Christianity over paganism, the fall of the Western Empire, the rise of Islam, the Greco-Arabic translation movement and much more. Instructor(s): Jack Boulos Victor Tannous
HIS 211 Europe from Antiquity to 1700 This course shows how Greeks and Romans, Jews and Christians, nobles and merchants built the civilization of the west. Instructor(s): Anthony Thomas Grafton
HIS 241 Faith and Power in the Indian Ocean Arena This course offers a chronological and topical overview of one of the world's most diverse and contested spaces. Sketching the deep linkages between East Africa, the Subcontinent and Southeast Asia, short focused readings and in-depth precepts will highlight such issues as the spread of Buddhism and Islam, the rise of colonialism, the importance of nationalist and third-worldist movements, the struggles for exclusive ethno-religious enclaves and the consequences for diasporic communities with ever-tightening links to the Americas, Europe and Australasia. Instructor(s): Michael F. Laffan
HIS 270/AMS 370 Asian American History This course introduces students to the multiple and varied experiences of people of Asian heritage in the United States from the 19th century to the present day. It focuses on three major questions: (1) What brought Asians to the United States? (2) How did Asian Americans come to be viewed as a race? (3) How does Asian American experience transform our understanding of U.S. history? Using newspapers, novels, government reports, and films, this course will cover major topics in Asian American history, including Chinese Exclusion, Japanese internment, transnational adoption, and the model minority stereotype. Instructor(s): Beth Lew-Williams
HIS 281 Approaches to European History An intensive introduction to the methods and sources of history, designed particularly with potential history majors in mind. Students will immerse themselves in documents on three different topics in European history. This year these will be 1) the Galileo affair; 2) the trial of "Jew Süss"; and 3) trial and terror in Stalin's Russia. We will stress interpretation of documents, the framing of historical questions, and the construction of historical explanations. Instructor(s): Yair Mintzker
HIS 283 War in the Modern Western World A survey of the history of war in the Western world since the late middle ages. Will cover both "operational" military history (strategy, tactics, logistics, mobilization, etc.), and also the relationship of war to broad changes in politics, society and culture. Instructor(s): David A. Bell
HIS 292 Science in the Modern World This course covers the history of science and its interactions with broader society and culture from the death of Isaac Newton (1727) to the establishment of the modern science system (circa 1970). We will trace developments in various sciences, with a heavy emphasis on the physical and life sciences, to explore the ways in which science and public life have become increasingly separated. Emphasis on the spaces and technologies of science, genres of scientific communication, the place of science in the emerging nation-state, and contrasting themes of backwardness and modernity in several national contexts. Instructor(s): Michael D. Gordin
HIS 295 Making America: Technology and History in the United States This course will introduce students to technology in U.S. history, from the Colonial Era through the Twentieth Century. Throughout, we will consider how people designed, made, and used technologies in order to accomplish work, to organize society, and to make sense of their world. Warfare and agriculture; transportation and communication networks; plantations and factories; media, money, and information systems; engineers and other kinds of technologists: all will be explored, examined, and analyzed in order to understand the role of technology in making the nation. Instructor(s): Emily Thompson
HIS 303/LAS 305 Colonial Latin America to 1810 This course begins with the origins and consolidation of the Aztec, Inca and Iberian polities and ends with the severance of colonial ties. It combines an overview of the political economy of the region over three centuries with a study of how social groups interacted among themselves and with imperial rule over time through accommodation and conflict. We pay special attention to comparisons and contrasts -- centers and frontiers of settlement, urban and rural life, indigenous and African populations, religion and transgression, Portuguese and Spanish models of rule -- and to long-term processes and implications of environmental change. Instructor(s): Vera Silvina Candiani
HIS 322/EAS 324 20th-Century Japan The course provides a general introduction to Japanese history from 1890 to the present, with emphasis on Japan's rise as the modern world's first non-Western power, imperialism, industrialization, social change, gender relations, democracy, World War II, the U. S. Occupation, state management of society, the postwar "economic miracle" and recent stagnation, and the preoccupation with national identity in a Western-dominated world. In the final weeks, we will think about post-1945 developments in terms of continuities with (and divergences from) the prewar and wartime history of Japan. Instructor(s): Sheldon Marc Garon
HIS 324/EAS 354 Early Modern China This course surveys the history of China between 1400 and 1800, tracing the foundation and decline of the Ming dynasty, the consolidation of Manchu rule till the end of the High Qing era. The main aims are 1) to understand the tremendous changes in Chinese society during this period 2) to see the continued relevance of China's recent imperial past in its contemporary existence. Topics discussed include governance, morality, family life, religion, and ethnicity. Instructor(s): He Bian
HIS 332 India before Europe: Politics, Religion, and Culture in South Asia, 1000-1857 A.D. South Asia in the medieval and early modern periods was the site of a complex interplay between the global and the local, manifested in the rich cross-cultural exchange between the Islamicate and the Indic. Deeply interwoven into a world undergoing an unprecedented increase in the global circulation of ideas, goods, and people, South Asian society, economy, and culture experienced rapid transformations in these centuries. This course provides a survey of the dynamic, composite, and globally connected history of South Asia from the establishment of the first Islamic polities in the region to its integration into the British Empire. Instructor(s): Divya Cherian
HIS 344/CLA 344 The Civilization of the High Middle Ages In lectures, to provide my interpretation (and a conspectus of differing interpretations) of the civilization of Western Europe, 11th-14th century; by the readings, to introduce students to the variety of surviving sources; through the paper, to give students a taste of doing medieval history. Instructor(s): William Chester Jordan
HIS 360 The Russian Empire: From Peter the Great to Nicholas II This course is a survey of Russian history from the late 1600s to the fall of the Romanov dynasty in 1917. During this period Russia emerged as one of the greatest powers in Europe and Asia. In 1917, it collapsed, and the first socialist state grew up on the debris of the former Empire. In this course we'll analyze the causes of Russia's enormous territorial growth and the reasons for its backwardness; explore why the Russian monarchy outlived other European monarchies and escaped the turmoil of the 19th century revolutions; and pay attention to the development of Russian art, culture, and intellectual life. Instructor(s): Ekaterina Pravilova
HIS 365 Europe in the 20th Century The course will explore problems of modernity in European society, culture, and politics from the First World War to the fall of communism in Russia and East Central Europe. Part I will consider: the impact of the Great War, the crisis of liberal ideas and institutions, the ascent of communism and fascism. Part II deals with: post World War II justice and reconstruction, the cultural, and political divisions of the Cold War, and the Central European revolutions of 1989. Instructor(s): Anson G. Rabinbach
HIS 372 Revolutionary America The years between the Anglo-French imperial conflicts of the 1740s and Thomas Jefferson's election to the presidency in 1800 saw the transformation through war of the American colonies, from an assemblage of quarreling settlements into a revolutionary republic. What were the 18th-century empires good for? How and why did the American Revolution begin? Was it a democratic movement? How did Britain lose the revolutionary war? Did the American states ever come to constitute a nation? What good did independence from Britain do them? And what part did national sentiment play in uniting or fragmenting the British empire and the U.S.? Instructor(s): James Alexander Dun
HIS 373 Democracy and Slavery in the New Nation An interpretive history of the United States from the ratification of the Constitution to the Coming of the Civil War. The course will cover politics and social development, while emphasizing focused reading of primary documents. Topics will include the debate over the Federal Constitution, the presidency of Thomas Jefferson, the rise of cotton slavery, Jacksonian democracy and the growth of political parties, antislavery and reform, westward expansion, and the growing social and political divisions between North and South. Instructor(s): Robert Sean Wilentz
HIS 374 History of the American West This course examines the history of the place we now call the American West, from pre-contact to the present. Our primary focus will be on the struggles between and among peoples to control resources and political power, and to shape the ways in which western history is told. We will pay particular attention to the role of visual and popular culture in shaping the national imagination of the region. Instructor(s): Martha A. Sandweiss
HIS 380 U.S. Foreign Relations This course covers the history of US foreign relations from the American revolution to the present day. Lectures take up questions of diplomacy, foreign policy, ideology and culture, empire and anti-imperialism, and revolution and counterrevolution. Precepts emphasize primary sources, from the writings of Tom Paine, George Washington, William Jennings Bryan, Ho Chi Minh, Phyllis Schlafly, Elaine Scarry, and more. Instructor(s): Joseph M. Fronczak, Ronny Regev
HIS 383 The United States, 1920-1974 The history of modern America, with particular focus on domestic political and social changes. Topics include the Roaring 20s; the Great Depression and the New Deal; the homefront of World War II and the Cold War; the civil rights movement and the Great Society; the Vietnam War; the sexual revolution; the Silent Majority, the Nixon administration, and Watergate. Instructor(s): Tikia K Hamilton, Kevin Michael Kruse
HIS 396 History of Biology What is life? This course looks at how scientists have answered that question since 1750, while considering the cultural context and social impact of the biological knowledge they generated. We will pay particular attention to how specific organisms, materials, and instruments have altered the course of research into and conceptions of life. Topics include natural history, cell theory, eugenics and its relationship to genetics, evolution and Darwin's contribution of natural selection, ecology, molecular biology, biotechnology, and genomics/proteomics. Instructor(s): Angela N. H. Creager
HIS 400 Junior Seminars The Junior Seminar serves to introduce departmental majors to the tools, methods, and interpretations employed in historical research and writing. This course is compulsory for departmental majors and is taken in the fall of the junior year. Students may choose from a range of topics. Seminar topics will tend to be cross-national and comparative. Instructor(s): Vera Silvina Candiani, David Nicholas Cannadine, Linda Jane Colley, Joseph M. Fronczak, Jan T. Gross, Beth Lew-Williams, Ronny Regev
HIS 404 The Rise of the Republican Party For the first seventy-five years of U.S. history, anti-slavery parties were confined to the radical fringe of national politics. Yet just six years after it was founded in 1854, the Republican Party became the only third party organization in U.S. history to capture the Presidency.The triumph of this new, avowedly anti-slavery was unprecedented: "the revolution of 1860," some called it. But who exactly were these Republicans? How did they rise so far, so fast, and against such mighty obstacles? And what sort of world did they want to build? Using both primary and secondary sources, this seminar will explore these and other vital questions. Instructor(s): Matthew Jason Karp
HIS 405 Native American History This course offers an overview of Native American history, from the first arrival of humans in North America until the Red Power Movement of the 1960s. It has two central goals: to emphasize the variety of Native American societies and cultures that existed and exist in North America, and to highlight the centrality of Native American history to North American history as a whole. Readings will cover topics including King Philip's War, Pocahontas and Powhatan, Sacagawea, Indian Removal, Wounded Knee, Termination, boarding schools, and the Occupation of Alcatraz. Instructor(s): Wendy Warren
HIS 406/WWS 377 Woodrow Wilson's America How did Woodrow Wilson's name wind up all over Princeton? This course will explore the life and times of the 28th president of the United States (and the 13th president of Princeton), from his childhood in South Carolina and Georgia through the political battle for the League of Nations to the questions of his legacies. In addition to reading some of the latest scholarship on Wilson and the Progressive era, we will also consider some of Wilson's own scholarly work and have an opportunity to delve into the Records of the Woodrow Wilson Papers. Instructor(s): Eric S. Yellin
HIS 419/NES 419 Topics in History of Modern Syria: Ba'athist Syria - Ideology, Literature, and Film This seminar situates cultural production in Ba`thist Syria (1970-present)--in terms of its conditions of creation, circulation and reception--within a broader framework, namely, the history of modern Syria. Through an exploration of historical debates in the scholarly literature on politics, aesthetics and culture, students will both contextualize and comment upon ongoing discussions surrounding contemporary Syria. The course engages with a wide range of media, from literature and drama to television and film. All readings are in English, although those with interests/abilities in French or Arabic will be encouraged to exercise them. Instructor(s): Max David Weiss
HIS 439/EAS 439 China's Frontiers This seminar will investigate the historical roots of contemporary conflicts over territory and sovereignty in China's frontier areas. Focusing on Tibet, Xinjiang, and Taiwan, we will explore how history has been, and continues to be, used to explain or justify geopolitical goals and realities. The north and northeast (Inner Mongolia, Manchuria) and the southwest borderlands will provide points of comparison, to understand how issues such as religion, gender, ethnicity, and nationalism matter in different historical contexts. Instructor(s): Janet Y. Chen
HIS 448 History: An Introduction to the Discipline This course, designed for seniors and juniors in the History Department but open to others, will offer an introduction to the discipline of history. Through a series of case studies, students will learn how historians frame problems, ranging in scale from the history of the world to the lives of individuals, and in time from millennia to single years; examine the kinds of evidence and argument that historians employ; study the intellectual and literary problems involved in constructing a substantial piece of historical writing; and investigate the relations between history and memory in the late twentieth century. Instructor(s): Anthony Thomas Grafton
HIS 465/LAO 465 Latino Urban History Using the cities of Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, and Miami as case studies, this course seeks to understand the history of Latinos in urban places. Casting a geographically broad net and focusing largely on the 20th century, this course will comparatively analyze Latinos of different national origins (e.g. Mexican Americans, Cuban Americans, Puerto Ricans, Dominican Americans). In addition, the course will look at a broad cross-section of the Latino community to get at changing understandings of gender, class, race, and immigration status. This course will include readings from traditional historical monographs and autobiographies. Instructor(s): Rosina Amelia Lozano
HIS 491/ENV 491 History of Ecology and Environmentalism The word 'ecology' evokes the scientific discipline that studies the interactions between and among organisms and their environments, and also resonates with the environmental movement of the sixties, green politics, and conservation.This course explores the historical development of ecology as a professional science, before turning to the political and social ramifications of ecological ideas. Throughout the course, we will situate the history of ecological ideas in their cultural, political, and social context. Instructor(s): Erika Lorraine Milam
HIS 981 Junior Independent Work No Description Available
NES 201/HIS 223 Introduction to the Middle East A sweep through Middle Eastern history, globally contextualized. Weeks 1-6 treat the rise of Islam, the Caliphate, the Ottoman Empire, and 19th-century reforms, European imperialism, and globalization in the region. Weeks 7-12 focus on state-society relations, ideologies and cultures, and foreign actors in the 20th/21st centuries. You will come away with a basic grasp of the region's past and present and its mix of idiosyncrasies and global links. You also get a whiff of today's Middle East: NES201 ends with a simulation game - topic: the Arab Spring - where you play a state or social actor caught in the maelstrom of contemporary politics. Instructor(s): Cyrus Schayegh
NES 411/AFS 412/AAS 412/HIS 457 Human Trafficking and its Demise: African and European Slaves in Modern Islam (16th-21st century) What did slavery represent for Islamic societies, and what does human trafficking mean in the Middle East and North Africa nowadays as Salafist groups such as ISIS restore practices of enslavement in Syria and Iraq? After a presentation of the issues related to slavery in Muslim societies today, we will ask ourselves if there was even such thing as Islamic slavery: Did Muslim societies organize a specific type of slave trade? To what extent was slavery a pivotal institution? We will see that various experiences of slavery shaped discourses about race and gender, and we will assess the main legacies of slavery in current Muslim societies. Instructor(s): M'hamed Oualdi
NES 433/HIS 433 Imperialism and Reform in the Middle East and the Balkans The major Near Eastern diplomatic crises and the main developments in internal Near Eastern history. The focus will be upon the possible connections between diplomatic crises and the process of modernization. Oral reports and a short paper. Instructor(s): Mehmed Sükrü Hanioglu
REL 378/GSS 378/LAS 379/HIS 331 Religion, Gender, and Sexuality in Early Latin America This seminar explores scholarship on the history of religion, gender, and sexuality in Latin America, focusing primarily on the mainland colonial period (1492-1821), but including some pre-colonial and the nineteenth century material. Through historical studies, primary documents, and discussion, students will consider connections between religious beliefs, spiritual and sexual practices, gendered social relations, and the ways race, class, and gender intersected with ideas about moral and social order in the period under study. We will also think critically about how scholars have portrayed these subjects. Instructor(s): Jessica Delgado
URB 202/HIS 202/HUM 202/VIS 200 Documentary Film and the City This urban studies seminar in history and documentary filmmaking focuses on Trenton's unrest of April 1968, when a black college student, Harlan Joseph, was shot and killed by a white police officer. The course works outward from these events to examine the 1960s, race, region, economy, memory, and media representation. Students collect archival sources and help produce video interviews, culminating in their own research papers and short documentary films. Collaborative assignments will contribute to works of scholarship and documentary produced by the professors. Includes public screening of student work. See www.thetrentonproject.com. Instructor(s): Purcell Carson, Alison Ellen Isenberg

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