Graduate Courses

Spring 2017

EAS 517/HIS 531 Qing History: Working with Archival Documents This research seminar introduces graduate students to the history and bibliography of archival documents produced during the Qing dynasty (1644-1911), with chronological extensions also into the pre-Conquest period and transition to the early Republican era. Emphasis is on government papers, and students gain essential knowledge of the Qing state from a survey of what primary sources have survived from this period. The second half of this course focuses on the craft of close reading, annotation and translation of original documents, and offers in-class instructions on research, writing and presentation skills. Instructor(s): He Bian
EAS 526/HIS 525 Research Seminar in Ancient and Medieval Japanese History This course is a research and writing seminar that introduces major historical methods of research in ancient and medieval Japan. In addition to weekly research assignments, students identify a research topic by the third week of the class, and complete a research paper at the end of the semester (entailing 15-20 pages). Instruction focuses on research methods and topics, although some reading of sources also occurs. Instructor(s): Thomas Donald Conlan
HIS 508/SLA 508 Holocaust of European Jews: Witnessing in Literature and Personal Documents Representation of the Holocaust is recognized as a deeply problematic challenge. We will examine issues of representation and investigate how the experience is reflected in personal documents and works of fiction. Instructor(s): Irena Grudzinska Gross, Jan T. Gross
HIS 513 Themes in World History, 1300-1850 This seminar covers classical and contemporary debates and historiography in global history, from the making of world systems, to religious encounters, to the rise and fall of empires and global revolutions. Instructor(s): Jeremy Ian Adelman, Serge Michel Gruzinski
HIS 517 Southeast Asian Islams This seminar explores topics ranging from the Islamization of Insular Southeast Asia, the development of Muslim polities, reactions to colonialism, and transnational critiques of everyday praxis. It evaluates the role of indigenous informants in creating the body of knowledge about Islam in Southeast Asia among scholars, and looks at how that knowledge informs our present day discourse on the region and its relations with the rest of the Muslim World. Instructor(s): Michael F. Laffan
HIS 521 History, Memory and Public History In the contemporary world, we encounter the past in many ways and places; in textbooks, monuments, films, museums, historic sites, as well as the writings of professional historians. The versions of history presented in these diverse forms challenge each other in many ways. They raise questions about who owns the past, who knows the most about the past, who has access to the evidence in all its variety and who ends up telling the story. This course adopts a comparative approach, concentrating on Europe and the United States, with occasional consideration of Asia and Latin America. Instructor(s): Anthony Thomas Grafton, Martha A. Sandweiss
HIS 524 Property in Modern Times Where does property come from? Is it a right grounded in nature or a human invention? This class considers these big questions as we look at key moments in the history of property. These range from the emergence of property rights in early Modern Europe to the very modern communist project of building a society without private property. Other episodes include property rights of women, the emergence of patent rights and the protection of scientific innovations, the formation of laws on inheritance and the rise of new forms of property, such as ownership of genetic capitals, identity, or airspace. Instructor(s): Ekaterina Pravilova
HIS 542/HLS 542/MED 542 Problems in Byzantine History: The De thematibus: Texts and Historical Geography in 10th-c Byzantium The De thematibus, a mid-tenth-century historical-geographical gazeteer of the eastern Roman/Byzantine empire ascribed to the emperor Constantine VII, remains a somewhat under-investigated text both in terms of language, its historical and geographical information, and its structure. In this seminar we commence a complete translation of this important text into English and a detailed section by section commentary. We compare Byzantine geographical writings with that of contemporary Arab writers and discuss the sources and the historical and cultural-historical importance of the genre and the texts individually. Instructor(s): John Frederick Haldon
HIS 547 Revolutionary Lives in the Atlantic World This course will take a new approach to the "Age of Democratic Revolutions," looking at the French, American and Haitian Revolutions through the prism of biography, and notions of selfhood. It will explore how individuals attempted to construct and reconstruct their lives during his period of unprecedented tumult. It will also examine how we can recapture those lives, and how individual biographies can illuminate the period's larger events. Instructor(s): David A. Bell
HIS 551 Problems in French History: 19th Century France Readings in the political, social, and cultural history of nineteenth-century France are the focus of this course. Topics include: the Empire and Restoration; the revolutions of 1830 and 1848 and the Paris Commune; the Second Empire and the coming of the Third Republic; France and its empire overseas. Instructor(s): Philip Galland Nord
HIS 561 European Intellectual History This seminar discusses methodological and historiographical issues in intellectual history with a specific focus on "conceptual history" (Begriffsgeschichte). Among the figures we consider are Reinhart Koselleck, Carl Schmitt, Daniel Bell, Hannah Arendt. Instructor(s): Anson G. Rabinbach
HIS 562 British Histories and Global Histories, c.1750-1950 This seminar explores the inter-connected histories of Britain and the British Empire from the even broader perspective of global history, and in so doing examines the rise and fall of the British nation and empire as world hegemon. Topics to be covered include industrial revolutions, citizens, subjects and constitutions, empire and race, the First and Second World Wars as imperial conflicts, and the collapse of British world power thereafter. Instructor(s): David Nicholas Cannadine, Linda Jane Colley
HIS 572 Topics in American Legal History: American Legal Thought Seminar surveys historically significant schools of American legal thought, along the way questioning the notion of distinctive schools, as well as the distinctive legality and the distinctive Americanness of the thought. It offers an intellectual history of main themes in modern American legalism, with an emphasis on core controversies. Students also find that the readings introduce a variety of methodologies and approaches used by historians and others who study issues of legality and law. Instructor(s): Hendrik Arnold Hartog
HIS 581 Research Seminar in American Political History This course is an intensive research seminar on the political history of the United States from the Revolutionary era to the present. Students work closely with the instructor and with each other in defining and developing original research topics, and then in drafting and revising research papers. During open weeks, we cover readings that either discuss or exemplify changing trends in the writing of American political history. Emphasis falls on the history of formal politics and government, but topics may include matters such as political culture and the interplay of government and social movements. Instructor(s): Robert Sean Wilentz
HIS 583 Readings in American Political History This seminar introduces students to the field of U.S. political history. Readings focus on various topics in late-nineteenth to late-twentieth century American history, including progressivism, the New Deal, national security, civil rights, environmentalism and religion. By the end of the semester, students will have a strong working knowledge of the methodological and substantive trends in the field. Instructor(s): Julian E. Zelizer
HIS 584 Topics in Urban History: City, Region, Nation, Place This intensive readings course surveys the rich recent scholarship on the history of cities and their regions, intersecting with disciplines such as geography, sociology, political science, art history, built environment studies, planning, policy, architecture, and public humanities-as well as with historical fields of research in race, ethnicity, gender, class, capitalism, and culture. Seminar covers field's evolution from the 1960s to recent multidisciplinary, comparative, national, and transnational studies, addressing problems of place, social processes, and human experience. Instructor(s): Alison Ellen Isenberg
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): Matthew Jason Karp, Robert Sean Wilentz
HIS 590 Readings in American History: World War I to the Present Fourth in a sequence of core courses in United States history, this course is designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to the literature and problems of American history since World War I. Instructor(s): Kevin Michael Kruse
HIS 742 History of the Humanities and the University No description available Instructor(s): Anthony Thomas Grafton
HIS 743 History of Reading No Description Available Instructor(s): Anthony Thomas Grafton
HIS 744 African American History to 1863 No Description Available Instructor(s): Tera W. Hunter
HIS 745 Colonial and Postcolonial Africa No description available Instructor(s): Jacob S. Dlamini
HIS 746 White Hunters, Black Poachers: Africa and the Science of Conservation No Description Available Instructor(s): Jacob S. Dlamini
HIS 747 US Intellectual History No Description Available Instructor(s): Daniel T. Rodgers
HOS 599/HIS 599 Special Topics in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine: Sound and Senses This course explores the sensory dimensions of thought and experience in cultural history. How can historians capture sights, sounds, and other sensations of the past? What can these phenomena tell us about the cultures in which they were situated? How can textual sources be mined for sensory meaning and can we deploy modern media both to tell and to inform our stories of the past? The first half of the semester surveys the rich new literature on sensory history; the second half focuses on sonic cultures and history. While most of the bibliography focuses on Western history in the modern era, historians of any time/place are welcome. Instructor(s): Emily Thompson


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