Section 1, 2-3:15 MW, Professor Ciani
We will use the broad theme – “Women’s Activism In the Twentieth Century” – to research and write an original paper using primary and secondary sources. To that end, students will learn about diverse forms of activism conducted by women in the twentieth century, including how certain actions influenced change at the person, community, and social level. Students will select a topic that explores a type of or incidence of activism among women. Any area of the world is acceptable; however, primary sources need to be accessible and secondary sources need to be available in both monograph and article form. A foundation in the histories of the 20th century and women’s history in helpful but not necessary.
Section 2, 11-12:15 MW, Professor Jasper
“Roman Writers” – The course will explore the various genres and styles in roman writing from the end of the Republic through Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages (the first century BC to the sixth century AD). We will read a range of documents, including personal correspondence, military accounts, romances, and universal history. We will also read secondary articles addressing these sources to practice analyzing and criticizing scholarly arguments. Discussions and assignments will prepare students for writing a substantial research paper. In class we will focus on interpreting primary sources and formulating an argument based on original research. The papers may address topics proposed in class, or any topic on an ancient or medieval subject outside the parameters of the course.
Section 3, 3:35-4:50 TR, Professor Gifford
“The Underground Railroad” – In the last fifteen years, there has been a national effort among historians to redefine the “Underground Railroad,” particularly but not exclusively by focusing on African Americans’ resistance to slavery. In this seminar, we will explore the myths and realities of the UGRR, particularly in the 1950s following the notorious fugitive Slave Law, and each student will have an opportunity to research some aspect related to this growing resistance to slavery in the decade prior to the Civil War.
Section 4, 9:35-10:50 TR, Professor Hartman
“Capitalism” - “A specter is haunting university history departments: the specter of capitalism.”—The New York Times
This course will explore the history of capitalism, currently one of the hottest topics in the discipline of history, with a focus on 20th-century American capitalism. From field to factory, from Wall Street to Main Street, students will become familiar with the trendsetting historiography of capitalism. Students will then generate a wholly original piece of historical writing on a topic of their choice drawn from the larger theme of American capitalism, ranging in time and approach.
Section 1, 5-7:50 TR, Professor Nassar
Section 2, 5-7:50 TR, Professor Olsen
“Intelligence and Intervention” - History 307 is designed to introduce students to the study of foreign intelligence. In particular, students will gain a familiarity with the structure and operation of the United States intelligence community, focusing on the actions of the Central Intelligence Agency in the Cold War and post-Cold War eras. This course does not attempt to put forward a particular interpretation of the Agency and its conduct in relation to developing nations. Rather, through extensive case studies, its objective is to provide the opportunity for students to interpret for themselves the operational, political, and socio-economic soundness of particular operations, and their impacts upon the region. This course also provides students with the opportunity to gain further understanding of issues facing developing nations (particularly new issues suc, reaching beyond the polemics frequently found in this field of study. Course assignments will introduce students to a range of sources used by historians and intelligence analysts. Students will also have the opportunity to strengthen writing and oral presentation skills as they conduct research on a particular current problem, and develop tasking requirements and a plan for covert action.
Section 1, 3:35-4:50 MW, Professor Paehler
This seminar-style class focuses on a detailed study of Nazi Germany with a particular focus on politics and society: compliance, dissent and resistance; war and occupation; and the Holocaust.
Section 1, 9:35-10:50 TR, Professor Hughes
“Sexuality in American History” – In recent decades the study of sexuality in American history has grown substantially and historians are increasingly exploring ways in which issues of sexuality shape and reflect the larger, more familiar narrative of American history. The course explores the history American sexuality through such topics as birth control, reproduction, and family life; gender, courtship and marriage; sexual violence; homosexuality and intimacy; prostitution; obscenity, sex censorship, and the law; sexual revolutions; public health, and the roles of sexuality in shaping social reform and American political culture. Students will analyze both primary and secondary historical sources and survey the relevant literature through a substantial historiographical essay.
Section 1, 6-9:50 R, Professor Hartman
“Capitalism” - “A specter is haunting university history departments: the specter of capitalism.”—The New York Times This course will explore the history of capitalism, currently one of the hottest topics in the discipline of history, with a focus on 20th-century American capitalism. Readings will range from classic texts such as Max Weber’s The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism to recent historiographical interventions such as Bethany Moreton’s To Serve God and Wal-Mart to controversial new books such as James Livingston’s No More Work. From field to factory, from Wall Street to Main Street, from Marx to Hayek, students will become familiar with the trendsetting historiography of capitalism and learn old and new perspectives on capitalism.
Section 1, 5-8:50 M, Professor Varga-Harris
“Postwar Russia from late Stalinism through the Khrushchev Era” - In the Soviet Union, the Second World War was not followed by the “return to normalcy” that typified North American and European societies. Rather, rationing and repression characterized life in the immediate postwar years. With the death of Joseph Stalin in 1953, however, what came to be known as a “thaw” occurred. This officially began in 1956, when Nikita Khrushchev made a “Secret Speech” denouncing Stalin and subsequently embarked upon a broad agenda of liberalization in the spheres of politics, economics, daily life and relations with “the West.” This seminar will examine the dynamics and contradictions of postwar Soviet society spanning from the end of World War Two through the demise of Khrushchev in 1964. During these decades, how were the hopes and sentiments of entitlement that were forged during the war either fulfilled or undermined? Did the death of Stalin and the break with the excessive terror of his rule that Khrushchev initiated place Russia on an entirely new course? What impact did liberalization have on the lives of the millions returning from prison camps, on artistic expression, on popular culture, on religion and on gender norms? In the broader Cold War context, how did international competition and cultural exchanges with capitalist countries like the United States intersect with the “thaw” on the Soviet “home front”? These are but a few of the issues that we will explore in this course.