History 400 Jr. Seminars: History Concentrators Only

Fall 2016 Junior Seminars

HIS 400 - S01 Churchill: The Special Relationship

The ups and downs of the so-called “special relationship” between the United Kingdom and the United States is one of the major themes of the history of the twentieth century, and the single figure who embodied that association in all its many, varied and contradictory guises was Winston Churchill, who actually coined the phrase. Read more.

Instructor: David Cannadine
M 1:30 - 4:20 pm

HIS 400 - S02 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. And the catastrophe encompassed the globe. In industrial powers like the United States and Germany, mass production yielded to mass unemployment; countries reliant on agricultural exports, like Brazil and Indochina, watched international markets for their commodities collapse. The Depression’s hardships hit every country in the world. Read more.

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

HIS 400 - S03 History of Popular Culture in America

Popular culture is a broad term. It could be defined as anything from “folk culture” to “mass industry.” For most of us it simply means the content we consume in order to have fun; it is the books we read, the music we hear, the YouTube clips we watch. Escaping a clear definition, the term also presents many problems for the historian. What could we learn by looking at songs, plays, advertisements, and movies? Can cultural artifacts reflect political and social changes? Do they accurately represent the attitudes and tastes of their consumers or are they merely echoes of the consciousness of their producers? What kind of historical evidence is this? Read more.

Instructor: Ronny Regev
M 1:30 - 4:20 pm

HIS 400 - S04 George III, American Revolution and Global Histories

This seminar examines both the American Revolution and the relationship between historical evidence and national myths and memories. In the Declaration of Independence of 1776, George III is indisputably a villain. But what was the king's real role in this crisis? And how can we best make sense of this conflict in world historical terms? We will be making use of the abundant contemporary sources on this conflict that are available in the Firestone Library. Read more.

Instructor: Linda Colley
W 1:30 - 4:20 pm

HIS 400 - S05 TBA

Instructor: TBA


HIS 400 - S06 Comparative Revolutions

In the seminar we will study and discuss works concerning three revolutions that marked the history of Europe in the modern era: The French Revolution (1789), the Russian Revolution (1917), and the 1989 Revolution in Eastern Europe, which brought the end of the Soviet bloc and Communist Party rule in the area. Read more.

Instructor: Jan Gross
W 1:30 - 4:20 pm

HIS 400 - S07 Migrants and Borders

This course will examine the history of migrants and borders, that is, the history of people on the move and state attempts to stop them. Through our weekly readings, we will take as our case study the history of migration to the United States and the construction of U.S. immigration control. To be clear, this course will not offer a comprehensive introduction to U.S. immigration history, but it will introduce some of the field’s central questions. Read more.

Instructor: Beth Lew-Williams
W 1:30 - 4:20 pm

HIS 400 - S08 What is colonization?  The Americas and Europe up to 1800

This seminar is open to students who wish to explore this big question through research projects that use any locale in which human groups colonized ecosystems or other human groups anywhere in the Americas and Europe from 1492 to 1800. While much of the focus of the readings will be on the different patterns of European colonization in north, meso and south America and the Caribbean, the course as a whole will challenge the assumption that colonization is something that peoples (‘the Portuguese’, ‘the Dutch’) or nations – ‘Spain’, or ‘France’, or ‘England’ do to overseas territories and their peoples. Read more.

Instructor: Vera Candiani
W 1:30 - 4:20 pm