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HISTORY

HIST-500
Studies in History (3)

Course Level: Undergraduate/Graduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Rotating topics in early modern European history, European colonialism in the Caribbean, nineteenth and twentieth century European studies, Russian and Soviet studies, American political, social, and cultural studies, and American diplomatic and military studies. Usually offered every term.

HIST-500
001
HISTORY
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate/Graduate

Studies in History (3)

Jews and Muslims in Modern Europe

This course examines the experiences of Jews and Muslims in European history from 1700 to 2000. Students are particularly interested in how these minorities were affected by the great changes of modern European history, including the rise of secularism, democracy, imperialism/decolonization, industrial society, and nationalism.

HIST-500
001
HISTORY
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate/Graduate

Studies in History (3)

Empires in Comparative Perspective

Empire has come full circle from proud assertion of national power to term of opprobrium for repressive policies, and now finds new proponents as well as new interpretations. Can "empire," "imperialism," and "resistance" be analytically useful terms? How have they been understood in different national contexts, and how have scholars interpreted these concepts? This seminar uses a set of readings in common addressing the nature of global power among European powers and the United States in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The course compares different theories of imperialism that emphasize economic, political, racial, gendered, and other factors in explaining the origins and practices of imperial control. Much of this theoretical work was developed to understand formal European empires. Students then ask whether the United States can be described as an empire at different points in its history, and the manifold ways (military, diplomatic, commercial, and cultural) in which this country has made its influence felt overseas. Students are expected to acquire familiarity with the academic study of imperialism and to deepen their knowledge of the international history of the period since the mid-nineteenth century, while sharpening their skills in critical reading, research, and analysis of primary sources.

HIST-500
002
HISTORY
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate/Graduate

Studies in History (3)

History and Memory

An introduction to the historiographical field of history and memory. Questions include: How is personal memory shaped by political and cultural forces? How is collective or public memory distinct from personal memory, and what forces play a role in its construction?