Graduate Courses

Spring 2018

EAS 568/HIS 568 Readings in Ancient and Medieval Japanese History This course is designed to introduce fundamental themes and debates about ancient and medieval Japanese history, and how conceptualizations of Japan have changed over time from the third century CE through 1600. Approximately two books, or a comparable number of articles, are required each week, and wherever possible, a brief passage of Japanese scholarship will be presented as well. Reading knowledge of modern Japanese is desirable. Instructor(s): Thomas Donald Conlan
HIS 530/EAS 520 Modern China This seminar introduces students to major historiographical and methodological issues in twentieth-century Chinese history, with emphasis on the Republican period. Topics reflect theoretical debates and empirical questions, including: nationalism and citizenship, urban life, gender and sexuality, the Communist revolution, early PRC history. Instructor(s): Janet Y. Chen
HIS 540/HLS 545/NES 548 Themes in World History, 1300-1850: The Mediterranean The course introduces students to recent theoretical literature on writing the history of the sea/ocean and to the historiography on the early modern Mediterranean (1300-1850). The relationship between Mediterranean history and global history is also considered. The Ottoman Empire, the Venetian Republic and North Africa all figure prominently. Instructor(s): Molly Greene
HIS 541/EAS 559 "Fascism": A Global History This seminar reconstructs the formation, developments, movements across states and continents, and transformations of the concept of "Fascism" between the 1920s and the end of the Second World War. It studies, that is, how this concept acted as historical agent during those decades, inspiring and justifying actions, decisions, beliefs, and crimes. It also reconstructs the different ways in which the term transformed from a proper name of a particular movement/ideology/regime invented by Benito Mussolini in Italy into a generic political category that aspired to identify authoritarian movements and regimes beyond Italy. Instructor(s): Federico Marcon
HIS 542/HLS 542/MED 542 Problems in Byzantine History: Byzantium, Islam and the West The course looks at the ways in which different types of state formation arose out of the former Roman and Sasanian empires, with especial emphasis on elite formation and the dynamics of power. Discussions are grounded in some general theoretical insights and reading as well as in the sources for the early medieval west, the eastern Roman empire, and the early Islamic caliphate, with the emphasis on Byzantium. We also consider environmental, geographical and climatic features of state development. The aim is to situate the states that developed in these three zones in a broader context of state formation over the longue durée. Instructor(s): John Frederick Haldon
HIS 544/MED 544 Seminar in Medieval History: Thirteenth-Century France Reading and research seminar on thirteenth-century France. Instructor(s): William Chester Jordan
HIS 549 Enlightenment and Revolution in France: Enlightenment and Revolution in France This course intensively investigates the relationship between the Enlightenment and the French Revolution, with a strong focus on primary sources. Instructor(s): David A. Bell
HIS 554 Global History of Capitalism, c. 1850-Present This course surveys capitalism beginning. It asks students to think about comparative responses to global economic integration. Topics include: European free trade and the "opening" of Asia and Africa, the gold standard and international finance, and commodity chains. We examine the economic consequences of world war and the Great Depression, the reconstruction and the experiment in multilateralism with the Bretton Woods system and its breakdown in the 1970s and origins of recent globalization. There are three running themes: the history of commodities, the changes in global finance, and the role of institutions. Instructor(s): Jeremy Ian Adelman
HIS 555/HLS 555 Monotheism and Society from Constantine to Harun al-Rashid The goal of this seminar will be to introduce students to some of the most important ideas and debates surrounding the two major religious revolutions of Late Antiquity: the triumph of Christianity and the subsequent emergence and world conquests of Islam. The course will focus on extensive reading in both primary and secondary literature and students will be introduced to and trained in using major instrumenta studiorum for this period; texts may also be read in Greek, Syriac, and Arabic. No prior knowledge of Late Antiquity, Christianity, or Islam will be assumed. Instructor(s): Jack Boulos Victor Tannous
HIS 556 The Russian Empire: 1672-1917 This seminar covers major topics of Russian history from the late 17th century to 1917: political cultures and the institutions of autocracy; Russia in the age of Enlightenment; Nationalism and the policy toward non-Russian nationalities; Russian Empire in comparative perspective; Church and State in Imperial Russia; Russian village before and after the emancipation of peasants; social, legal, and cultural reforms; revolutionary movement and the development of Russian political thought. Instructor(s): Ekaterina Pravilova
HIS 573 Readings in American Legal History, 1607-1977 This course addresses the issues and methods in the study and interpretation of American legal history. Students may elect to take this as a research seminar. Instructor(s): Hendrik Arnold Hartog
HIS 574 Race, Racism, and Politics in the United States, 1877-present A reading seminar focusing on race and ethnicity in modern American politics and society. Readings in topics including segregation, immigration, citizenship, assimilation, World War II, Cold War, the civil rights movement, economic rights, Black Power, mass incarceration, white backlash, etc. Instructor(s): Kevin Michael Kruse
HIS 581 Research Seminar in American History This course is an intensive research seminar on American history. During the semester, each student produced an original research paper that is the length of a scholarly article. Students discuss and attempt critical elements of the craft of historical writing, including reading sources, selecting evidence, making interpretations, entering historiographical conversations, creating narratives, and formulating arguments. Instructor(s): Beth Lew-Williams
HIS 582 Readings in Western American History This readings course focuses on the central problems engaged by recent scholarship on the American West, with particular attention given to how this regional history intersects with the larger thematic concerns of national history. Readings address topics ranging from the 16th to 21st centuries, including environmental history, Native American history, race, gender, urban history, and popular culture. Instructor(s): Martha A. Sandweiss
HIS 588 Readings in American History: The Early Republic through Reconstruction, 1815-1877 A comprehensive introduction to the literature and problems of American history from the Era of Good Feelings through Reconstruction. Instructor(s): Robert Sean Wilentz
HIS 752 Readings in African History No description available Instructor(s): Emmanuel H. P. M. Kreike
HIS 753 Modern European Jewish History No description available Instructor(s): Yaacob Dweck
HIS 754 Readings in Politics and the Media No description available Instructor(s): Julian E. Zelizer
HOS 599/HIS 599 Special Topics in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine: Experiments in Early Science What counts as an experiment and how did experiment become the arbiter of scientific discovery? Certain experiments have achieved iconic status: Galileo's pendulum, Boyle's air pump, Newton's 'crucial experiments.' But what happens when we reevaluate these from the perspective of 'borderline' practices: anatomical dissections, chemical recipes, medical cases, craft techniques? We draw on ancient, medieval and early modern sources, as well as the modern historiography of experiment, to explore the challenge of observing and testing nature. As far as possible, we attempt to recreate practices in class, from glassworking to alchemy. Instructor(s): Jennifer M. Rampling
NES 535/HIS 505 Recovering the Voices of the Oppressed in Middle East and North Africa Historians of modern North Africa have frequently complained about the scarcity or absence of "local" sources for writing its history. Instead they have often relied on European colonial sources. This course explores this in the context of the voices and testimonies of the oppressed. We first discuss theoretical approaches that aim to recover the voices of such people during pre-colonial, colonial and postcolonial times and then focus on specific North African cases, such as slaves, women, "queers", and victims of authoritarian postcolonial regimes. Instructor(s): M'hamed Oualdi
NES 549/HIS 509 Documents and Institutions in the Medieval Middle East Seminar is part of a multi-year collaborative project devoted to reading Arabic documents from the medieval Middle East in Hebrew and Arabic script. Students contribute to a corpus of diplomatic editions, translations and commentaries to be published in the project's collection of texts. We introduce the most common legal and administrative genres: letters, lists, deeds, contracts, decrees and petitions. Our goal is to make this material legible as historical sources by combining philology, diplomatics, attention to the material text, and institutional and social history. Prerequisite: good reading knowledge of classical Arabic. Instructor(s): Eve Krakowski, Marina Rustow


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