History 400 Jr. Seminars: History Concentrators Only

Fall 2019 Junior Seminars

HIS 400 - S01 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.

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


HIS 400 - S02 Irregular Warfare

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. 

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


HIS 400 - S03 Sojourners: Mapping Black American Culture in Paris

This course examines (and then requires students to digitally archive) the artistic and institutional representations of the forced and elective migration of African American life, freedom fighters, artists, and intellectuals in Paris from Sally Hemings and the Haitian Revolution to Beyoncé and Barack Obama in global perspective. 

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Instructor: Rhae Lynn Barnes
W 1:30 - 4:20 pm


HIS 400 - S04 Subaltern History

What is a subaltern history? Referring to power relations between elites and non-elites, subaltern historiography examines history from the point of view of the subordinated, the subaltern. 

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Instructor: Gyan Prakash
W 1:30 - 4:20 pm


HIS 400 - S05 Capitalism Since 1900

“Capitalism has taken possession of our planet,” Paul Lafargue wrote in 1900; “its fleets bring together the continents which oceans had separated; its railroads, spanning mountains and deserts, furrow the earth; the electric wires, the nervous system of the globe, bind all nations together.”

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


HIS 400 - S06 Frontiers & Borderlands in the Era of the American Revolution

Eighteenth-century North America was a world of frontiers and borderlands: places of encounter, exchange, and conflict between Native Americans, Europeans, and Africans. Colonial empires and Indigenous powers competed for survival and supremacy, while borderland peoples created and contested new ideas about race, nation, land, and liberty. 

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Instructor: Michael A. Blaakman
W 1:30 - 4:20 pm


HIS 400 - S07 Slave Emancipation in Latin America

Of the estimated eleven million slaves forcefully transported from Africa to the New World between 1500 and 1870, at least two thirds ended up settling in Latin America, building new lives under bondage in places like Brazil, Argentina, Cuba, and Peru. Africans and their descendants resisted, reshaped, and eventually helped overthrow racial slavery through a long and protracted process culminating in Brazilian abolition in 1888.

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Instructor: Isadora Mota 
M 1:30 - 4:20