History 400 Jr. Seminars: History Concentrators Only

Fall 2017 Junior Seminars

HIS 400 - S01 The Global Depression, 1929-1953

The Great Depression was a comprehensive catastrophe: not only an economic slump, it was a period of political breakdown, social disruption, intellectual illusion, and environmental disaster.  Read more.

Instructor: Joseph Fronczak
M 1:30 - 4:20 pm


HIS 400 - S02 Slavery and Democracy: A Problem in Atlantic Hsitory, 1772-1888

What was the relationship between the rise of democracy and the institution of chattel slavery in the United States and the broader Atlantic world? Great Britain, France, and the United States all played central roles in the intellectual and political development of democracy; all maintained extensive systems of bonded slavery either in their colonies or at home. Read more.

Instructor: Peter Wirzbicki
M 1:30 - 4:20 pm


HIS 400 - S03 Bandits, Mercenaries and Warlords

The history of war is usually told as the history of national or imperial armies and the great battles – from Carthage to Waterloo and Stalingrad – that changed the course of history. In this course we will take up a different, although related, topic and that is the history of what is often called unconventional or irregular warfare, and those who fight it.  Read more.

Instructor: Molly Greene
M, W 1:30 - 2:50 pm


HIS 400 - S04 History of Women, Gender, & Sexuality in America

In the 1960s, feminist historians, inspired by a social movement, inaugurated their own revolution within the discipline of history by mobilizing against the almost total omission of women as subjects of historical research.  Beginning with studies of private life, the scope of their inquiry gradually expanded until it changed the way the entire discipline thought about its work:  “Was the Renaissance really a Renaissance for women?,” was one classic example of the paradigm-shattering questions that historians of women asked during these heady years.  Read more.

Instructor: Margot Canaday
W 1:30 - 4:20 pm


HIS 400 - S05 Understanding Deviance: Science and the Construction of Normality in the Modern World

In the modern world, socially deviant conduct has often been rationalized as the product of natural difference. The elaboration of scientific theories about crime, sexuality, but also mental illness and substance abuse has both provided schemas for understanding unsettling behaviors and legitimized attempts to manage them. Read more.

Instructor: Katja Guenther
W 1:30-4:20


HIS 400 - S06 U.S. Empire in the Modern Caribbean

This seminar examines the projection of U.S. power – political, economic, military, and cultural – into the wider Caribbean rim during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Using a variety of government records, press reports, and other primary sources, along with secondary accounts, students will study struggles for individual freedom and national sovereignty, the construction of racial stereotypes and their influence on public policy, and the politics of underdevelopment and inequality.  Read more.

Instructor: Robert Karl
W 1:30 - 4:20 pm


HIS 400 - S07 Remaking the World: International Order Between the Two World Wars

The catastrophic events of the First World War plunged the global order into crisis. The great dynasties that had structured European and world relations for centuries met sudden and violent ends. The collapse of their empires – German, Ottoman, Habsburg, and Russian alike – left power vacuums and great uncertainty across Central Europe, the Middle East, large parts of Africa, and the Pacific. Read more.

Instructor: Natasha Wheatley
W 1:30 - 4:20 pm