3071: History of Louisiana
(1:30-2:50 p.m. T Th)
A general survey of
Louisiana’s history from the earliest days of European colonization to the
present. Although the primary focus is on events that took place within the
boundaries of the colony, territory, and state, we will also cover material
intended to help students understand Louisiana’s past and present in terms of
relevant regional, national, and international events and contexts. Within
those broad parameters, students will be required to develop an accurate mental
timeline of important events, eras, and developments in the state’s history.
Drawing on reading assignments (a textbook and three additional short books) and
lecture materials, students will also be asked to develop and express
historically informed opinions about the significance of the state’s history in
Prof. Alecia Long.
The Holocaust and 20th Century
Genocide (3:00-5:50 p.m. Tu)
This seminar is designed to
foster a greater understanding of genocide in the twentieth century, with an
emphasis on its causes, methods, and implications. The study of the Holocaust
will take up the majority of the course, but other instances of genocide and
state sponsored mass killing will also be studied. This course will be
challenging for a couple of reasons. First, there will be a good deal of
reading. To succeed one must come to each class ready to discuss the material.
Second, one must be prepared to grapple with the realities of some of humanity's
darker moments as we examine the following: European anti-Semitism, the Herero
genocide, Armenian genocide, Soviet attacks on kulaks, the Holocaust, the
"killing fields" of Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge, ethnic cleansing in
Yugoslavia, and genocide and mass killing in Rwanda and Darfur. Instructor
Religious Violence and Toleration in Early Modern Europe
(3:00-5:50 p.m. W)
This seminar will
examine cases of religious conflict and toleration in Europe between the period
1400 and 1800. Particular focus will be on relations between Christians and
Jews, Christians and Muslims, and Protestants and Catholics. Topics include
religious warfare, religious polemic, the emerging idea of religious toleration,
and cases of religious coexistence and harmony. Requirements will include class
discussions of assigned readings, about half a dozen short papers, and one final
essay. Prof. Christine Kooi.
3119, section 1: America’s Founding Myths
(12:00-1:20 p.m. T Th)
This course will explore the various myths used to glorify America’s
Revolutionary generation. We will examine myths surrounding the Puritans,
Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Paul Revere, Molly Pitcher, Thomas
Jefferson, Aaron Burr, and John & Abigail Adams in folklore, artwork, satire,
film, and history. We will assess the meaning of national creation stories, and
the impact of war on storytelling. We will also deconstruct the myths by
looking at the actual historical conditions and the complex personalities of the
founders. Prof. Nancy Isenberg.
3119, section 2:
Louisiana in Film
This course will explore how
the state and its history have been portrayed in a variety of American films.
Students will view a film or two each week, do assigned readings or view
documentaries which will help them contextualize and critique each film, take
two exams, and write an analytical research paper with an oral presentation
component. Students must have taken History 3071: Louisiana History before
enrolling in the course and must have earned a C or better in that course.
Prof. Alecia Long.
Hist 3119, Section 3: Slavery and the Antebellum Southern Economy
(10:30 -11:50 a.m. T Th)
The goal of this seminar is to
provide students with an understanding of the economy of the Antebellum South.
By the end of this course students will be able to explain what drove the
Southern economy, the development of the plantation system, how slavery became
so important to it, and how preserving slavery became the most important
political and economic issue in the South, ultimately leading to the outbreak of
the Civil War. Slavery was the engine of early Southern, and American, economic
development, and needs to be understood not just as a social or moral problem,
but as an economic one as well.
Instructor Michael Frawley.
Hist 3119, Section 4:
Resistance via African-American Religion (3:00-4:20 p.m. M W)
This course will examine
religious leaders and communities instrumental in social, political and economic
resistance movements throughout African-American history.
Instructor Kodi Roberts.
Hist 4001: Greece
of the City-State
(9:00-10:20 T Th)
From the epics of
Homer to the exploits of Alexander the Great: Course will follow the rise of
Greek culture and self-identity first against the background of the state system
of the wider Mediterranean world, and then in the context of the emergence of
the polis city state system and the significance of the Greek cultural
heritage. Reading intensive: Both textbook readings and original source texts
(the classical historians and other examples of Greek literary authors) will be
used. Primary emphasis is on military and political history, but due attention
will also be paid to philosophy, tragedy, art history and other important
aspects of Greek society and its impact on the modern world. One midterm exam
and a final; one book report on an "outside" book; one research paper;
participation points and debates. Prof. Steven Ross.
Hist 4008: The
Later Middle Ages
(12:30-1:20 M W F)
The course seeks
to introduce the student to the history of the Later Middle Ages, 1000-1500 AD,
through a focus on primary source readings. The student will learn how to
analyze these and other sources, and how to use them in the study of history.
The geographic focus of the course is the Mediterranean basin and Northern
Europe. Prof. Maribel Dietz.
Hist 4009: The
(11:30-12:20 M W F)
readings on Italian Renaissance politics, art and culture from Dante to
Machiavelli, and on the Northern Renaissance, with emphasis on Christian
humanism. Prof. Christine Kooi.
Hist 4016: Europe
in the 19th Century
(9:00-10:20 a.m. T Th)
covers the major issues in European history during the period from 1815 to 1914:
the Restoration following the Congress of Vienna, the Concert of Europe, the
Industrial Revolution, the revolutions of 1820, 1830, and 1848, the Crimean War,
the unification of Italy, the unification of Germany, Imperialism, the Belle
Epoque, the origins of the Great War, and the ideologies: liberalism, socialism,
and nationalism. To recreate the character of life and mood, students will read
five of the great nineteenth-century novels, Dickens, Hard Times, Gogol, Dead
Souls, Zola, Germinal, Mann, Buddenbrooks, and Di Lampedusa, The Leopard. The
grade will be determined by a Midterm Examination and a Final Examination.
Prof. Benjamin Martin.
Hist 4028: The
First World War
(10:30-11:20 a.m. M W F)
Given events in
Europe since 1989, the First World War has taken on increasing importance as an
historic milestone. One could argue that the War disrupted the “normal course”
of Western Civilization and launched it on a 75-year period of odd but
destructive social and political experiments including Hitlerism, Fascism,
Stalinism, the Second World War, the Holocaust, the Cold War, and the bankruptcy
of Communism in Russia and Eastern Europe. It also had a profound impact on the
Middle East. Prior to World War I the Middle East was under the rather benign
rule of the Ottoman Empire. Since World War I it has become a cauldron of
trouble and will be for the foreseeable future. The course will require seven
books, two papers, mid-term, and final examination. Prof. Karl Roider.
HIST 4034: Russia since
1861 (12:00-1:20 T Th)
This course covers
developments in Russian history from the emancipation of the serfs in 1861 to
the present. As such, it deals with the decline and collapse of the imperial
Romanov dynasty, the Russian revolution, the rise, consolidation, and collapse
of Soviet power, as well as the post-communist period under Yeltsin and Putin.
Course grades will be based on a midterm, a final, quizzes, and a research
paper. Prof. William Clark.
Hist 4044: Stuart
(12:30-1:20 p.m. M W F)
covers Britain's 'Century of Revolution' from 1603 to 1714, a period which saw
civil war, the trial and execution of a king, and the overthrow of a dynasty.
Course requirements include a midterm, final, and research paper. Prof.
Hist 4047: 20th-Century
(1:30-2:20 p.m. M W F)
A survey of British history from 1900 to the present, with special attention
paid to the impact of total war on social structure, political life, and
cultural values; the question of "British decline;" the experience of
imperialism and the loss of empire; and the shift to a "post-Christian" culture.
This course relies heavily on class discussion; attendance is absolutely
required. Assignments include a number of films and oral histories, a novel
(Alan Sillitoe's Saturday Night and Sunday Morning), a journalist's
exposé (Bill Buford's Among the Thugs), and an album (The Beatles,
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band). Course grade is based on two exams,
class participation, reading and viewing quizzes, and papers. Prof. Meredith
Hist 4055: The
(10:30-11:50 a.m. T Th)
The history of
the American Civil War (1861-1865), in the context of the era of North/South
sectional conflict (1830-1877). Discussion of political, economic, cultural,
and racial issues as ell as military campaigns. Essay examinations include both
lectures and assigned readings. Cross-listed with MILS 4055. Prof.
Hist 4060: The
Age of FDR
(12:30-1:20 p.m. M W F)
This course will explore the years of Franklin Roosevelt's presidency, the
longest in American history, and focus on the Great Depression and World War II
and the effects both had on the nation. Students will be expected to write 6 or
7 argumentative papers over the course of the semester.
Prof. Charles Shindo.
HIST 4064: American Diplomatic History, 1917 to Present (8:30-9:20 a.m. M W
This course covers major events in American diplomatic history since 1917,
focusing on an up-to-date understanding of policy-making, which of necessity
includes not just traditional foreign policy elites, but special-interest
pressure groups, mass media, disinformation campaigns, and attempts to make
foreign policy of concern to the average person for matters other than decision
for war. The course will pay special attention to espionage, propaganda, and
include a final exam question taking the course through the fall of 2012.
Prof. David Culbert.
Hist 4079: Women
in American History
(9:00-10:20 a.m. M W)
explores the history of women in America from the colonial period to the present
day. We will read primary sources, scholarly articles, and monographs that
examine how women have experienced, shaped, and understood life in the American
colonies and the United States. In doing so, we will do more than identify
women’s contributions to the political, economic, social, cultural,
intellectual, and military history of this country. Rather, we will look at this
history through women’s eyes, interrogating how gender, sex, and sexuality, as
well as such factors as race, ethnicity, class, or region, shaped the lives and
experiences of women living in the American colonies and the United States.
Students enrolled in this course will write several short essays, as well as a
midterm and final exam. Prof. Carolyn Lewis.
Mexico: The National Period
(10:30-11:20 M W F)
This course covers the
history of Mexico from the wars of Independence to the present (c.
1810-present). It is designed to introduce the region to the college student in
some of its complexity—the history, the politics, the economics, the art, the
people. It proposes to do so through readings, discussions, film, individual
research, analytical writing and lectures. What will be offered is montage, cut
and spliced images—glimpses—of times and places past, as well as contemporary
visions and some very minor future prognostications. The stereotypes of
mustachioed men, bandoliered revolutionaries, and mariachis will be eschewed for
a more realistic, everyday picture of the Mexico’s people and places. When
possible, we will attempt to listen to the articulations of Mexicans themselves,
principally through words they have written—primary sources. Topics covered
will include the struggle for independence from colonial powers, the creation of
an independent nation-state, war in the 19th century, the Porfiriato, the
Mexican Revolution, economic development in the 20th century, the rise of the
Mexican counterculture, debt-crisis and neoliberalism, democratization and the
PRI, drug-trafficking and violence, and popular culture. Students will be
assigned two essays as well as a final research paper. Readings will include
scholarly monographs, articles, novels, and primary sources.
Prof. Stephen Andes.
Hist 4084: West
Africa to 1800
(10:30-11:50 T Th)
This course looks
at the history of West African societies from the pre-historic period to the
dawn of the nineteenth century. Among the themes to be covered will be the rise
of early urban life, commerce and state-formation, including the early kingdoms
and empires of West Africa. Attention will also be paid to such issues as the
development of the arts, religion, social stratification, and the advent of
external influences through the trans-Saharan and Atlantic slave trade systems.
In addition to weekly reading and writing assignments, as well as midterm and
final examinations, students will also be required to write an original research
paper. Prof. Gibril Cole.
Using the fourteen chapters of Douglas R. Edgerton et al’s The
Atlantic World: A History, 1400-1888 as the basis for weekly readings and
discussion the course explores how Europeans, Africans and Native Americans
initially encountered and then interacted with each other to create new
cultural, economic, and racial realities. The weekly reading assignments are
accompanied with questions that students respond to on-line in Moodle. Four
short papers based on additional assigned readings and three exams complete the
assignments. This course is an excellent way to either begin to learn about the
history of the Americas and West Africa that parallels perhaps better known
events in Europe or the United States OR to integrate what has been learned in
courses specifically on Europe, the US, Latin America, and Africa. Graduate
students have to prepare a research paper on an Atlantic History topic. Prof. Paul Hoffman.
Hist 4092: China
(3:00-4:20 p.m. T Th)
This course is
a survey of Chinese history from the ascent to power of the last Chinese
Dynasty, the Qing (1644-1911) to the establishment of the People's Republic of
China (1949). We will start with an examination of Chinese society and
civilization in the late imperial period. We will then examine China's attempt
to transform itself into a republic in 1911, spurred by deep internal social and
cultural changes and by pressure from Western imperialism. The 1911 Republican
revolution, however, did not end China's search for a new political and cultural
identity. China, in fact, emerged from a bloody war with Japan (1937-1945) and a
devastating civil war (1945-1949), in a new Communist mode.
Three quizzes: 10% each (total of 30%); Midterm: 30%; Final: 30%; Class
Tanner. China: A History (Hackett Pub Co); Jonathan Spence. The Death
of Woman Wang. (Penguin); Tsao Hsueh-Chin. Dream of the Red Chamber.
(Anchor; Abridged edition); Pa Chin (or Ba Jin), Family (Waveland Press);
Various articles (available as pdf files through Moodle). Prof. Margherita
Hist 4094: Modern
(9:30-10:20 a.m. M W F)
presents a survey of the last four and a half centuries of Japanese history,
from the time of the first contact with Westerners in the middle of the
sixteenth century to the post-World War II era. We will attempt to achieve a
balance between political, social, economic, and cultural history in this
survey. About two-thirds of the course will be devoted to the period before the
twentieth century. There is no specific course prerequisite for enrolling in
this class. Prof. John Henderson.
History of South Asia
(1:30-2:50 p.m. T Th)
of the features of South Asian history most pertinent to the creation of the
region's modern contours. Historiography and readings in cultural history
feature prominently. Prof. Reza Pirbhai.
European Intellectual History Since 1850
(9:30-10:20 M W F)
history is the study of how people in the past made sense of their world, as
expressed by the most articulate and subtle minds of the day. The study of
intellectual history aims not only to understand that past in its own terms, but
also to enter into dialogue with it, helping us to make sense of our own world
via this broadened perspective. The class will therefore emphasize discussion as
well as lecture. There will be approximately 12 different thinkers considered,
each with an extended excerpt from their writings. Student will be required to
write journals on 7 out of 12 assignments (app. 3-4 pages each). These should
provide the basis for class discussion. In addition, a midterm and a final.
Prof. David Lindenfeld.
History of Ancient Israel
history from its beginning to the Persian period. The main goal is to become
skillful at historical reconstruction, which includes the critical evaluation of
ancient sources, especially the Hebrew Bible. The format of the course balances
short lectures with class discussion and student reports. Requirements include
short writing exercises; a critical review and oral presentation about a
scholarly essay on an aspect of Israelite history; a take-home midterm; a
take-home final. Crosslisted as REL 4125. Prof. Stuart Irvine.
Religions of China and Japan
(11:30-12:20 M W F)
traditions of East Asia; Confucianism, Taoism, Mahayana Buddhism, Shinto, and
Chinese and Japanese folk religion; religion in the context of Chinese and
Japanese cultural history. Cross-listed with REL 4191. Prof. John
History of College Sport
(4:30-7:20 p.m. M)
We all think we
understand college sports, but we think we know more than we do. In this class,
from a perspective of a century of experience, we learn to separate our opinion
from our analysis, read controversy with a critical eye, examine original
documents, and seek the facts and the substance of our understanding of
The course requires students to write four essays of 2,000 words or more,
attend class regularly, and participate in online discussion groups. In their
written assignments, students must think and write critically about the role of
intercollegiate sports in society, with emphasis on issues of governance,
finance, race, class, gender, war, media and technology, and social change.
Prof. John Lombardi.
Seminar in American History and Criticism
(3:00-5:50 p.m. M) Prof. Gaines Foster.
Seminar in European History from 1500
(3:00-5:50 p.m. T) Prof. Suzanne Marchand.
Reading Seminar in American History 1607-1865
(3:00-5:50 p.m. T) Prof. Nancy Isenberg.
Reading Seminar in American History from 1890
(3:00-5:50 p.m. W)
This course will explore twentieth century American history through extensive
readings in recent historiography. Students will be expected to read 1 or 2
books and/or articles a week and write weekly papers.
Prof. Charles Shindo.
American Cultural History, 1700-1865
This is a hybrid course: part common readings/colloquium, with several short
analytical papers; part seminar, with an independently conceived research paper.
Overall, the course is designed to teach graduate students to think, write, and
argue as historians. Exploring the topics of historical memory, newspaper
culture, and constructions of race and gender in America’s formative period, we
focus on how the historian exploits sources and constructs a critical,
interpretive historical argument.
Prof. Andrew Burstein.