The Department of History offers a wide variety of classes in a broad array of regions and time periods. For a complete listing of all the courses the Department offers, see the Online Catalogue.

Below is an unofficial list of courses taught in the History Department in Spring 2018. It is strictly for the use of expanded course descriptions. For the complete official course offerings, both graduate and undergraduate, please consult the UIC SCHEDULE OF CLASSES

UIC History Course Descriptions Spring 2018

HIST 100- Western Civilization to 1648
MWF: 9-9:50 (and sections)
A broad historical survey of human events prior to the modern era, History 100 stresses the diversity and interaction of peoples and cultures in the making of Western Civilization. As we work our way across the lands of Mesopotamia, the Mediterranean world and northern Europe, we devote particular attention to the evolving relations between government and religion, and the conflicting claims of reason and faith, in our story. In charting this journey, lectures and our class textbook will provide the overall storyline and context. But the heart of this course lies in our critical engagement with the documentary record left by the historical actors themselves – Greek, Roman, Christian, Islamic and medieval among them – as they commented upon and interceded in their times.

HIST 101-Western Civilization Since 1648
MWF: 12-12:50 (and sections)
Introduction to the development of Western civilization in the early modern and modern world. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Discussion/Recitation and one Lecture. Past course, and World Cultures course.

MWF: 9-9:50 (and sections)
History 101 offers a broad survey of Western (mostly European) history from the Wars of Religion of the seventeenth century to the World Wars of the twentieth. We focus on the social, political and intellectual trends and conflicts across these centuries, and examine their role in shaping our modern world. Lectures and our class textbook will provide the overall storyline and context in this journey. But the heart of this course lies in our critical engagement with the documentary record left by the historical actors themselves as they commented upon and interceded in their times.

History 103- Early America: From Colonization to Civil War and Reconstruction
MWF: 10-10:50 (and sections)
Covers political, cultural, and social developments during the Colonial and early American period. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Discussion/Recitation and one Lecture. Past course, and US Society course.

HIST 104- Modern America: From Industrialization to Globalization
MWF: 11-11:50 (and sections)                     
Introduction to the political, cultural, and social developments in American society since the end of the Civil War. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Discussion/Recitation and one Lecture. Past course, and US Society course.

MWF 3-3:50 (and sections)

Introduction to the political, cultural, and social developments in American society since the end of the Civil War. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Discussion/Recitation and one Lecture. Past course, and US Society course.

HIST 105- Global Transformations and the Rise of the West Since 1000
The West's history is one of extraordinary success; no other region, empire, culture, or civilization has left so powerful a mark upon the world. This course charts the West's achievements―representative government, the free enterprise system, modern science, and the rule of law―as well as its misdeeds―two frighteningly destructive World Wars, the Holocaust, imperialistic domination, and the Atlantic slave trade.
Adopting a global perspective, the course explores the contributions of other cultures and civilizations to the West's emergence. It also traces the rise of Western power through a series of revolutions, including social, political, technological, military, commercial, and industrial. The course is fully online—students follow a defined schedule but have no classes to attend. See course Blackboard page for details.
Course Information: 3 hours. Same as INST 105. Past, and World Cultures course. To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Discussion and one Lecture.

HIST 106- The World Since 1400
MWF: 9-9:50 (and sections)
This course is designed to give students an overview of world history since the 15th century with special emphasis on the key historical importance of complex systemic ties between regions, nations, and peoples. Too often "modern world history" is reduced to a story of the apparently self-generated rise of Euro-American political and economic domination. Without denying its importance, this course aims to retell the story of Western industrialization and imperialism from a world perspective. Our goal will be to go beyond "nationalist" or "regionalist" histories (which portray history as an essentially internal affair), toward a greater appreciation for how all modern histories are fundamentally interconnected and mutually productive parts of a greater world history. This course stresses how the modern histories of Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe are intimately intertwined.

HIST 114- Topics in World History: World War Two

TR: 2:00 - 3:15
World War II is a common source of fascination for the historically minded. In this class students will be introduced to the war from a world history perspective, considering it not only as a military and political event, but a transformative factor in cultures and societies around the world. We will discuss a wide range of historical issues connected to the war, including the role of new technology in shaping strategy; the concept and execution of total war; the relationship and differences between the European and Pacific theaters; political ideologies and the politics of alliance; occupation and nationalism; propaganda and popular culture; the war’s impact on women, children, and social organization; and the way the war has been remembered and used.

HIST 199- Chicago and the World
MWF: 10-10:50    
MWF: 12-12:50
TR: 5-6:15
Introduction to American history, key institutions, culture, and society through the lens of Chicago as a global city. Introduction to the college experience and development of key academic skills.
N.B. This class is restricted to students in the UIC-Global program.

HIST 200: Gandhi: The History and Practice of Nonviolence
MWF: 11-11:50    
Gandhi authored one of the most enduring political philosophies of our time, the doctrine of non-violence, which was not only central to the mass mobilization of the Indian nationalist movement in the first half of the twentieth century, but also fueled other social and political movements throughout the century, most notably Martin Luther King, Jr.’s use and interpretation of Gandhian thought in the Civil Rights movement in the United States. This class will explore the politics and strategy of nonviolent resistance as formulated by M.K. Gandhi in the context of  British imperial rule and the appropriation and refining of the method by civil rights activists and leaders in the US from Howard Thurman to Martin Luther King Jr.  We will consider how the theory and practice of nonviolence evolved and changed as it moved from one context to another. The main objective of this course is to become familiar with the basic tenets of Gandhi’s thought and the diverse legacies of his ideas. To that end, we will spend much of the semester closely reading Gandhi's writings and the writings and speeches of Martin Luther King Jr.

HIST 203- Ancient Rome
TR: 2-3:15    
History of Rome from its origins to the end of the Roman Empire; emphasis on transformation of Rome from city-state to world empire, with attention to social, cultural, and economic background. Course Information: Same as CL 203. Past course, and World Cultures course.

HIST 214- Twentieth-Century Europe
MWF: 1-1:50    
History 214 tracks European developments from the First World War through the conclusion of World War II, and considers the worlds undone and remade by these epochal conflicts. Historians sometimes refer to the traumatic years from 1914-45 as Europe’s “Second Thirty Years War,” a phrase that underscores the continuities between the two World Wars, as well as the tumultuous time between them. Yet alongside its manifest catastrophes, this period also saw remarkable innovation and departure in European culture, politics and social relations, and our approach will emphasize its bracing modernity alongside its iconic disasters and atrocities. At semester’s end, we will briefly survey European developments after 1945 – the remaking and resettling of postwar Europe, the dynamics of conflict between East and West, and the forging of new European relations in the shadows of Cold War.

HIST 217- Introduction to United States Military History
W: 6-9                                                      
Klatt, Stack, and Rosebrock, Dunn, Evans
Analytical study of American military history, doctrine, strategy, and tactics from their origin through the present. Emphasis on leadership, strategy, the principles of war, and growth of the military in the US. Past course.
Course Information: 3 hours. Same as MILS 217. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in ENGL 161. Past Courses

HIST 218- Pompeii: Everyday Life in a Roman Town
MWF: 11-11:50                                              
Examination of the Roman town of Pompeii, including its history, society, politics, economy, religion, art, architecture, and entertainments. Course Information: Same as AH 218 and CL 218. Prerequisite(s): CL 101 or CL 103 or CL 205 or AH 110 or; or consent of the instructor. Past course.

HIST 219- Sport in the Ancient World

TR: 3:30-4:45                                                     
Survey of Greek and Roman sport from the Bronze Age to the demise of pagan athletic festivals in late antiquity (c. fifth century CE). Course Information: Same as CL 219.

HIST 220- Modern Germany, 1848 to the Present

TR: 9:30-10:45
This course surveys the cultural, socio-economic, and political developments arising from German unification and industrialization.  The origins of German aggression in World War I, rise of Nazism, dissolution of German unity in World War II, development of the two Germanies, and their reunification provide the general framework for lectures, films, class readings, and discussion.
Five quizzes on the assigned readings and two out-of-class essays on a choice of topics will constitute respectively 40% and 60% of the final grade.

HIST 223- Modern Britain Since 1689

TR: 11-12:15
History of Britain from the Glorious Revolution to the present. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): ENGL 161; or consent of the instructor. Past course.

HIST 233- East Central Europe and the Balkans: From Empires to Nation-States
TR 12:30-1:45                   
For centuries, the lands of East-Central and Southeastern Europe were dominated by massive landed empires (Austria-Hungary, Germany, Russia, and the Ottomans.) By 1918, after the First World War, the empires collapsed and in their shadows were born fledgling nation-states. This course surveys the region’s transition from imperial to democratic rule. Focusing on the 19th and 20th centuries, this class begins by looking at the structures of imperial dominance. After, we will focus on the First World War, the dissolution of empires and the rise of nation-states, the Second World War, and the era of Communism. Additional topics include nationalism and nation-building,, the failure of interwar democracies, the reform and collapse of Communism, and the dissolution of Yugoslavia.

HIST 240- Radicalism in America: From the Revolution to Occupy Wall Street
TR: 11-12:15
This course surveys the history of radicalism in the United States from the American Revolution to the present. It explores the wide range of ideas, campaigns, and movements that have aimed at fundamental transformation of the American social order in opposition to entrenched power, privilege, and wealth, and examines the relationship between radicalism and mainstream political reform in different periods. Topics include agrarianism, feminism, utopian communes, abolitionism, socialism, anarchism, environmentalism, industrial unionism, civil rights, the taxpayers’ revolt, and antiglobalization activism.

HIST 242- History of Modern Africa
MWF: 11-11:50                                              
The effect of European partition and colonialism; African military and political resistance; economic imperialism; the rise of nationalism; the problems of independence. Course Information: Same as AAST 242. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 161; or consent of the instructor. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Discussion/Recitation and one Lecture-Discussion. Past course, and World Cultures course.

HIST 245- Imagining the American West
TR: 12:30-1:45                                                           
Fantasies about the U.S. West are central to American history, popular culture, and collective memory.  This class examines the myths that have circulated about the West alongside what has been called new western history in an attempt to make sense of western Americans and the societies they created.  Beginning with notions of the frontier we will consider the historiography that challenges our thinking about the region.  We will spend a significant amount of time in the course analyzing race and gender and their constructions in the U.S. West.

HIST 248- African American History since 1877
MWF: 9-9:50                                                  
Survey of major social, economic, and political developments in African American history since Reconstruction. Topics include Jim Crow, black leadership, migration, civil rights and nationalism. Course Information: Same as AAST 248. Prerequisite(s): One course in African American studies or history, or consent of the instructor. Past course, and US Society course.

HIST 255- History of Chicago

MWF: 1-1:50                                                  
This course traces Chicago’s development from frontier outpost to post-industrial metropolis. In this course students will analyze historical texts, films, literature, visual art, and media related to Chicago’s development.  The course will pay particular attention to historical transformations in Chicago related to the following themes: industrialization/deindustrialization; migration; constructions of race, class, gender & sexuality; community; and politics, reform, and societal change. In addition to the assigned readings, this course offers students the opportunity to explore Chicago through projects and experiential learning trips to Chicago’s historical institutions and neighborhoods.  The content, structure, and assignments in this course encourage students to develop critical thinking and writing skills and consider varying perspectives and viewpoints on major events and transformations in Chicago’s history.

HIST 262- Latin America Since 1850
TR: 11-12:15                                                      
This class examines the social and political history of modern Latin America. The course is organized topically. We will read landmark texts, recent publications, and primary sources on a range of themes, including: the first encounters between nahuat peoples and Spanish conquistadors in central Mexico; the contours of Spanish colonialism in Peru; anti-colonial mobilizations and slave emancipation in Haiti (Saint Domingue); indigenous rebellions in the central Andean region; the Spanish American revolutions; empire, slavery, and liberalism in Brazil; independence and slave emancipation in Cuba; the rise of the U.S. Empire in the Caribbean basin; discourses on race and nation in Brazil, Cuba, and Mexico; and twenty century revolutions in Mexico, Cuba, and Central America. Students enrolled in this class will learn about the evolution of this field of historical inquiry and enhance their research, writing, and analytical skills through a variety of activities and assignments.

HIST 262- Latin American Since 1850
MWF: (and sections) 10-10:50           
Provides an introduction to Latin American socioeconomic, political, and cultural development since 1850 with emphasis on major countries and regions. Course Information: Same as LALS 262. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 161; or consent of the instructor. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Discussion/Recitation and one Lecture-Discussion. Past course, and World Cultures course.

HIST 263- African American Intellectual History
TR: 2-3:15                                                         
Introduction to key figures, developments, and debates in African American intellectual history. Course Information: Same as AAST 263. Prerequisite(s): AAST 100. Individual and Society course, and Past course.

HIST 264/GLAS 264- The Pacific Rim in Modern History
TR: 11-12:15                   
What do cultures and societies in Latin America, East Asia, Pacific Islands, and the United States have in common? More than you might think. This course examines the connected histories of peoples and societies in the modern Pacific Rim world since the nineteenth century to the present. We will explore cross-regional, transnational, and global aspects of how human migrations, colonialism, and the circulation of ideas, cultures, and commodities have intimately connected the experiences of peoples across Asia-Pacific, the United States, and Latin America. We will consider the Pacific Rim as a geographical and conceptual space in which multiple national and regional historical developments have converged. Students in this class will explore how imperialism, war, transoceanic trade, diplomacy, and globalization have impacted the experiences of various groups of people, such as indigenous peoples, migrants and sojourners across national and colonial borders, and peoples in diasporas.

HIST/LALS 266- Mexico Since 1850
MWF: 10-10:50                      
“What made Mexico uniquely Mexican?” Exploring the history of Mexico, from the arrival of Cortés to today, this course will analyze the history that shapes modern Mexico. Our neighbor to the south, Mexico is a land of striking contrasts and contradictions: from its economic disparities to its dramatic landscapes to its concurrent importation of foreign culture and veneration of indigenous traditions. Introducing students to the major themes of Mexican history, the course will examine such themes as Mexico’s colonial past, the development of “lo Mexicano” (Mexican cultural expression and identity), the struggle for native rights and recognition and the processes of globalization and transnationalism (beginning with its earliest form—the Spanish Empire). We will examine the past through the prism of literature, film, newspapers and even personal correspondences in order to understand what contributed to the formation of modern Mexico.

HIST 272- China Since 1911
TR: 9:30-10:45                                              
Since 1911 China has seen dramatic changes in forms of government, family life, women’s roles, economic systems, and areas of intellectual inquiry. In many ways 1911—or indeed the whole twentieth century—marks a divide between “traditional” China and “modern” China.  New technologies and ways of thinking introduced during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries resulted in changes that made age-old philosophies and patterns of behavior no longer viable. What kinds of narratives did Chinese people create in order to understand the changes that they experienced? How would people in China decide what to retain from their history and what to reject? How would they explain these choices? How would China come to define itself both in relation to other nations, and in relation to the past? What kinds of conflict emerged in this transition and how did people deal with it? How did Americans make sense of the changes happening in China and what kind of impact would these changes have on the US and other parts of the world? How does the history of twentieth-century China continue to impact the course of Chinese history, politics, and culture today?

HIST 278- The Middle East Since 1258                                 
MWF: 10-10:50 (and sections)
Medieval Islamic gunpowder empires and their decline; the challenge of Western hegemony; the emergence of nation states; the costs of modernity; the resurgence of Islam. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Discussion/Recitation and one Lecture-Discussion. Past course, and World Cultures course.

HIST 282- Global Enlightenment: Race, Empire and the European Imagination of the World
Tues / Thurs: 12:30-1.45          
The Enlightenment in Europe (roughly 1700-1800) made grand pronouncements “to gather all the knowledge that now lies scattered around the globe” (Denis Diderot) or to observe “with extensive view… from China to Peru” (Samuel Johnson). This course takes seriously that idea by introducing key thinkers from the period, while examining emerging notions of cultural difference and race. We explore the idea of progress (of mankind, of language, of society, of the arts—since these were thought to follow a pattern) and also its critique. We also consider the idea of empire—territorial empire, maritime empire, etc.—as it emerges in these texts. In authors like the anti-slavery/abolitionist Equiano and in the Haitian revolution, the question of race overlaps with empire through the "triangular trade" (the transatlantic structure of slavery). The course begins with the broad debates on Enlightenment as a process through brief essays by Kant. We then turn to two texts by Voltaire. Candide gives us a sense of how Enlightenment thinkers viewed the New World, whereas his Letters on England reveal the mixture of admiration and envy expressed by pre-revolutionary French writers when looking at England. Through David Hume’s work we examine the debate taking place on the importance of reason and the passions in the period (which guides human nature?). We return to the idea of political progress with Mary Wollstonecraft, who makes the case for female equality. The course concludes with Edmund Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution in France, an influential critique of the French Revolution which sets the tone for intellectual life in the periods that follow (Romanticism and the nineteenth century), juxtaposed with his writings on India. If it is not too absurd to put it this way, this course aims to give students a non-Eurocentric approach to “Western Civilization” (of course, reflecting, too, on just what is western about that civilization).

HIST 286- Modern Greek Cities: Historical-Ethnographic Studies
MWF: 3-3:50                                                       
This course is designed as an historical and ethnographic survey of the communities and culture of Modern Greek urban centers, from the early modern period to the present. Course Information: Taught in English. Same as GKM 286. Past course.

HIST 292- History and Theories of Feminism
MW: 3-3:50                                                         
An introduction to feminist theory and practice throughout the world from the 19th century to the present. Course Information: Same as GWS 292. Recommended background: GWS 101 or GWS 102.

HIST 294- Topics in Catholic History

TR: 2-3:15                                                   
An investigation of the impact of human migration and cultural pluralism on Catholicism and an analysis of the role of the Catholic Church in group relations. Topics will vary. Course Information: Same as CST 294 and RELS 294.

HIST 296- Fascism and Dictatorship in Southern Europe and the Mediterranean

MWF: 3-3:50                                                       
Paris Chronakis
Establishment of fascist and authoritarian regimes in 20th-century Spain, Italy and Greece. Fascist ideology, leadership cult, mass politics, violence and propaganda, uses of antiquity, resistance and consent, legacy and memory of fascism. Course Information: Same as GKM 296 and POLS 296. Taught in English. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 161. Past course.

HIST 300- History Methods Colloquium

TR: 11-12:15                                                       
History 300, a required course for history majors, undertakes to give students practice in research methods and historical argumentation on the basis of primary sources, in other words, to do what historians do, to be a participant rather than a spectator.  The subject of this course is Nazi propaganda.  We shall read and discuss books about propaganda as a general feature of modern states, its specific role in the Third Reich, and several theories concerning its purpose and effectiveness.   The writing project, a 12-20 page independent research paper, should entail an in-depth analysis of a piece of propaganda, its contextualization in the period, and an attempt to assess its reception (effect).  These three facets require differing skills.  Students will get practice in each of them by means of class discussion of the assigned reading and in-class analysis of propaganda examples from film, the graphic arts, and political writing.
The rough draft and final version of the project will constitute the major component of the student’s final grade.

HIST 300- Gender and Empire: A History of the Modern World
TR 3-5:45                                                     
Organised thematically rather than by geography or chronology, this section of HIST 300 will be focused on the interaction of gender and empire: two of the driving themes of recent historical work on the modern world. Along with developing their own research papers students in this class will be asked to examine the complex ways in which both gender and empire have shaped our world, and how those two themes often intertwined to delineate power. While much of our reading will be theoretically focused, they will also vary in terms of both geography and chronology allowing for students to engage with a wide range of specific historical topics. Research methodology and analytical writing in the field of history. Students will write and revise at least 3 papers over the course of the semester. Required of all history majors.
Course Information: May not be repeated for credit.
Prerequisites- History majors with 9 hours of history credit. History majors are encouraged to take this course as soon as they become eligible.

HIST 320- Teaching History and the Related Disciplines   
TF: 11-12:15    
What is history?  Why should we teach it in the schools?  How do we decide what to teach?  And how should we go about teaching it?  This course aims to provide you with the opportunity to begin to develop answers to these questions.  It will ask you to employ your emerging answers to these questions in the development of a U.S. history curriculum and a detailed unit of study in that curriculum, including individual lesson plans, learning activities, and assessments.  It will further challenge you to apply your own knowledge of history and research skills to enrich your teaching and curriculum planning.  It will confront you with the complexities of teaching history and ask you to reflect on ways to manage those complexities and create meaningful and rewarding learning experiences for your students.As one of the core courses in your preparation for teaching, this class will provide you with training and practice in a variety of methods of teaching history.
Activities will include discussing issues related to history instruction and developing a curriculum for U.S. and World History.  The course also requires you to complete a 10-hour clinical component, which will help you meet your clinical hours requirement for the State of Illinois.  Finally, the course will provide you with numerous opportunities to practice teaching history and to receive feedback from your instructor and peers on your efforts.

HIST 398- Honors Project
Boyer (supervisor)
Requires agreement of a faculty mentor. Prerequisite(s): History major with junior or senior standing; cumulative GPA of 3.00; major GPA of 3.75; and departmental approval. This course counts toward the limited number of independent study hours accepted toward the degree and the major.

HIST 399- Independent Study: Special Topics
Requires agreement of a faculty mentor.
Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor prior to registration. This course counts toward the limited number of independent study hours accepted toward the degree and the major.

HIST 405- Herodotus and His World
MWF: 2-2:50                                                  
Examines the Histories of Herodotus - both the text and the culture of Classical Greece compared to the Near East and Egypt. Course Information: Same as CL 405. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or above.

HIST 424- Topics in French History: The French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars
W: 3-5:45                                                           
Few events have so shaken the world as the French Revolution. From the convening of the Estates General in 1789, through the desperate improvisations of the Terror, up to Napoleon’s final defeat in 1815, the Revolution everywhere widened horizons of political possibility, for opponents and supporters alike. It is no accident that nearly all modern political traditions – liberal, radical, conservative, socialist – have largely defined themselves by reference to one or another of the Revolution’s turning points and phases.
This class examines the causes, course and consequences of the Revolution through a variety of secondary and primary source materials. We also address the interpretative controversies arising from France’s revolutionary decade: Is the Revolution best understood as epochal class conflict, tragic political accident, or triumph of rhetorical intoxication over reality? And what, when the dust finally cleared, were the Revolution’s enduring legacies?
While class lectures will provide storyline and contextualization, the heart of this class lies in students’ critical engagement with the assigned readings; in this process, your classroom participation and discussion will be essential.

HIST 435- Topics in Russian History: Soviet Culture and Society after Stalin
M: 3-5:45                                                                
Through an analysis of secondary literature (monographs, journals, reviews, textbooks) and primary sources (including newspapers/magazines, TV/movies, music, letters, political and social cartoons, and photographs), we will try to understand what life was like in Soviet times after Stalin and before the collapse of Communism. Emphasis will be on ordinary life, not politics.
Students will complete several brief written assignments, will research and write the final 10-page primary-source-based paper, and will take part in weekly class discussion.

HIST 440- History Research Seminar
T: 3:30-6:15                                                    
HIST 440- Race, Class and Gender
R: 2-4:50                                                            
Conceptualizing, researching, and writing an individual research project based on primary sources. All topics are welcome
Course Information: 3 hours. Prerequisite(s): HIST 300. Recommended background: At least one 400-level history course

HIST 454- Topics in Twentieth-Century United States History
TR: 12:30-1:45                                                        
Motherhood in America
In this course we will explore the intersection of motherhood, politics, and culture in the United States past and present.  We will focus on a wide range of topics, including ideals of American motherhood, motherhood/mothering as labor, the fight for reproductive freedom, representations of mothers and motherhood in popular culture, and social and political struggles over mothers’ citizenship. We will investigate motherhood as a social category that has changed overtime and that is shaped by – and shapes – the politics of gender, race, class, and sexuality in the United States.  Through a historical analysis of this social category, we will examine motherhood and mothering as simultaneously sources of privilege, disempowerment, labor exploitation, and social and economic inequality, and as sites of and resistance.

HIST 475- Educational Practice with Seminar I                  
W: 4-5:50
Limited to students in the Teaching of History program

HIST 476- Educational Practice with Seminar II
Limited to students in the Teaching of History program

HIST 485- Topics in African and African American History
TR: 3:30-4:45                                                     
This course examines the legal, cultural, economic, and social ramifications of segregation in the United States from approximately 1865 to the present day.  We will be concerned with the formations of Jim Crow in all regions of the U.S. and how Americans resisted its many manifestations.  We will pay special attention to the ways African Americans challenged the subtle as well as the overt manifestations of racial discrimination, how racial boundaries became “fixed,” and how black men and women defied Jim Crow in the streets, courts, and in their homes.  Public as well private challenges to the system will be under consideration and we will focus on gender and sexuality as well as race and class.

HIST 489- Topics in Military History
M: 2-4:50                                                           
Hitler’s Dark Empire

The course relies on the most up-to-date historiography as well as primary documents long detained in the Soviet archives to offer new perspectives on three continental case studies from Hitler’s Dark Empire: the German terror in Poland, victory over France, and invasion of the Soviet Union, alongside a global view of Hitler’s imperial designs, in the form of Hitler’s previously unknown incitement to Japan to attack American power in the Pacific, as duly happened at Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941.
Debate on the centrality of Hitler’s intentions versus the so-called functionalist school (which contends that the Nazi regime’s genocidal tendencies only emerged when the war in the Soviet Union began to go badly) has long dominated historical discussion of Nazi wartime policies, especially since the so-called Historikerstreit debate among then-West German historians in the 1980s. This course will question the current historiographical paradigm for Hitler’s empire, a paradigm created in the wake of the Historikerstreit controversy:  German functionalism and unique Jewish suffering. It will do so by pursuing controversial questions related to the suffering of various groups in Hitler’s empire, Poles, Soviets, etc., groups also caught up in the ruthless Germanization of Europe. The relationship between the fate of these groups and the genesis and character of the Shoah will be a primary focus of the course, which will also touch on post-war legal debates which opposed “crimes against humanity” (the language of the Cambridge jurist Hersch Lauterpacht at Nuremberg and then of Hannah Arendt at the trial of Adolf Eichmann) and “genocide” (in the coinage of Raphael Lemkin). These more universalist terms continue to play out in global responses to humanitarian catastrophes involving civilians and war. Lastly, by considering past genocides and episodes of crimes against humanity, the course will offer new perspectives on the relationship between Nazi policies to the Jews in the 1930s designed to force immigration  and the exterminatory policies of total war on the colonial model associated with the war itself; the relationship between Wilhelmine and Hitlerian policies (and so, the debate over continuity versus rupture in the world wars); the question of Nazi colonial designs; and the role of chance archival survivors in writing the history of the period.

HIST 503- Colloquium on World History

W: 5-7:45                                                           

HIST 551- Colloquium on American History
M: 5-7:45                                                          
This course is an introduction to the history and historiography of the long U.S. 20th century, beginning with Reconstruction. The assigned readings for each week include texts published within the last fifteen years or so.  These newer works will provide a sense of recent directions within the field. Students will also read historiographic essays to provide a sense of how these newer works fit within a longer scholarly trajectory.  We will analyze the readings to assess content, methodology, and major historical and historiographical questions in the field, to inform how we think about, research, and write U.S. history.  As such, this course is intended to provide a foundation to begin preparing graduate students for comprehensive exams.  In addition, we will consider how different interpretations of the U.S. past should inform how we teach this history.  This class presumes that you already have some knowledge of U.S. history, but you may find it helpful to consult with a U.S. history textbook to shore up your foundation.

HIST 591- Preliminary Examination and Dissertation Prospectus Preparation
1 to 8 hours.  Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours. Prerequisite(s): Approval of the department or completion of all didactic course work in the Ph.D. in History program.    

HIST 593- Special Topics in the History of Work, Race, and Gender in the Urban World  
T: 2-4:50                                                      
Revolutions in Latin American and Caribbean History    
This course studies revolutions in the colonial and modern history of Latin America and the Caribbean. Drawing on landmark and recent historiography, it considers the roles that African slaves, indigenous communities, people of European and mixed backgrounds, workers, peasants, students, and intellectuals played in those processes. It explores ideas on colonialism, nationalism, race and nation, internationalism, religion and politics, gender, capitalist modernity, and socialism articulated by revolutionaries in a variety of regional settings and periods.

R: 2-4:50                                                       
Race, Religion, and Ethnicity in 20th century History and Historiography       Graduate-level readings in the history and historiography of race, religion, and ethnicity in US history since about 1900.  Race, religion, and ethnicity were often braided together but sometimes oppositional in the past century, and this graduate course will examine some of the foundational readings in the history and historiography.

HIST 594- Special Topics in the History of Encounters, Ethnographies, and Empires: Cartographies of Imperial Expansion        
M: 1-3:45                                                     
Whether in the context of New Spain, Eastern Europe, British India, Siam, China, or various parts of Africa, imperial cartography has been essential in shaping the ways we think about space, place, and global relationships. Imperial cartographies have not only helped to produce the power relationships that have shaped our world, but have indeed been produced through these very power relations. Yet, while the idiom for imperial cartography has become the modern scaled scientific map this form of mapping is almost always informed by indigenous forms of knowledge at the local level. Designed to familiarize graduate students in history with the literature on imperial cartographies, this course provides an introduction to both the theoretical literature and to a range of studies on imperial cartographies in various parts of the world. Our focus is primarily on the early modern period, but reaches into the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries as well.