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HIST-500 Studies in History Course Level: 500-LEVEL Course

Studies in History (3) Topics vary by section. 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: fall and spring. Repeatable for credit with different topic.

Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: 500-LEVEL Course
Section Title: Russian Revolutions
Russian Revolutions (3) This course examines the Russian revolutions (1905-1930s). These revolutions transformed Russia and had a major impact throughout the world. The course views events from several different points of view.
Term: Spring 2019 Semester
Course Level: 500-LEVEL Course
Section Title: Empire in Comparative Persp
Empire in Comparative Perspective (3) Empire has come from a proud assertion of national power to a term of opprobrium for repressive policies, and now finds new proponents as well as new interpretations. How have empire, imperialism, and resistance been understood in different national contexts, how have scholars interpreted these concepts, and can they be analytically useful terms? 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 acquire familiarity with the academic study of imperialism and 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.