Lecture

History of American Labor

HIUS
3471
Undergraduate
Fall
2017

This course examines the economic, cultural, and political lives of the US working class from the end of the Civil War to the present. Over the course of the semester, students will analyze how laboring women and men both shaped and were shaped by the rise of big business during the Gilded Age, the social upheavals of the World War I era, the economic hardships brought about by the Great Depression, the social policies of the New Deal, the emergence of the Civil Rights Movement, and continuing debates over the meanings of work, citizenship, and democracy. Significant attention will be given to the organizations workers created to advance their economic interests.

 

The course will explore the success and failures of the Knights of Labor, the American Federation of Labor, the Congress of Industrial Organizations, the Communist Party, the SEIU, and various Living Wage Coalitions, among other groups. A major issue to be explored in our discussions of working-class movements will be the ways in which laboring people have been divided along racial, gender, ethnic, and regional lines.  Since working-class history is about more than the struggle of laboring people to improve their material condition, this course will also focus topics such as workers’ leisure activities, customs and thoughts, and religious beliefs. 

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Maximum Enrollment: 
60
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History of Modern India

HISA
2003
Undergraduate
Fall
2017

A survey course, major topics include conflict and accommodation in the Indo-Islamic world; change and continuity under colonial rule; competing ideas on the shape and substance of a new India; and the Partition of the subcontinent in 1947.

 

The following textbooks will be available in the bookstore: Sugata Bose and Ayesha Jalal, Modern South Asia: History, Culture, Political Economy and Joseph Lelyveld, Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and his struggle with India.

 

Other required readings consisting of primary and secondary sources will be placed on collab. Films will also be used.

Course requirements include attendance and active participation in class (15%); a book review (20%); a midterm exam (25%); and a final exam (40%).

Maximum Enrollment: 
60
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European History: Industrial Revolution to the Welfare State 1848-1963

HIEU
3442
Undergraduate
Fall
2017

Surveys the Continent's troubled history from the Victorian Age to the welfare state. After examining the demographic, agricultural, industrial and "industrious" revolutions and other features of nineteenth-century modernization, the course addresses the growth of liberalism and nationalism, various forms of imperialism, the, causes and consequences of both world wars, Communist and Fascist challenges, Weimar and Nazi Germany, the Great Depression and the accompanying crisis of capitalism, the Holocaust and the decline of old Europe, and Social Democratic transformation.  Requires one extended book review-essay and a final.

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Maximum Enrollment: 
30
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Afro-American History to 1865

HIUS
3651
Undergraduate
Fall
2017

In this course, we will interrogate the history of people of African descent in the United States, from the trans-Atlantic slave trade to the Civil War.  We will discuss major events in early African-American history to consider how the twin engines of slavery and the quest for freedom shaped the lives of millions of African and African-American people in the United States.  Students will consider how social, economic, political, and legal frameworks established in the period between the colonial era and the Civil War influenced the lived experiences of African Americans, enslaved and free.  Topics will include: pre-colonial West and Central Africa, the trans-Atlantic slave trade, the development of North American slavery, resistance and revolution in Atlantic slave communities, gradual emancipation laws, economics of slavery, the gendered experience in slavery and freedom, and black people’s participation in anti-slavery politics.  Students will learn about the multifaceted experiences of African Americans by analyzing primary and secondary sources, films, and historical fiction.

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Maximum Enrollment: 
40
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The Emergence of Modern America, 1870-1930

HIUS
3131
Undergraduate
Fall
2017

The United States changed drastically from a society attached to local forms of life to a society dominated by national institutions, big business, and big government in the period covered in this course.  Throughout the course, we will investigate the ways in which Americans have attempted to keep their modern mass society democratic while negotiating the conflicts of region, faith, class, race and gender.  Among the topics studied in some detail are the rise of corporate America, the simultaneous creation of the regulatory state, the organization of modern knowledge, the creation of the first military-industrial complex of World War I, and the requirements of a consumer culture.  We will focus also on the landscape of large urban and industrial hinterlands in the making of modern America.  

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Maximum Enrollment: 
30
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American History to 1865

HIUS
2001
Undergraduate
Fall
2017

This course will explore the early history of the United States including its colonial origins.  We will examine the American Revolution, the creation of republican governments and the union of the states, and the strains on that union which led to the Civil War of the 1860s.  In addition to politics, we will consider the economy, culture, and society of early America, with an emphasis on the role of common people, the enslaved, and Native Americans – as well as the national leaders.

 

The reading will be a mix of histories and historical documents, with a weekly commitment of approximately 80 pages.  The course will include 2 lectures and 1 discussion section per week.  The discussion sections will focus on interpreting historical documents and preparing for exams and papers.  The course emphasizes improving your skills at analytical and persuasive writing based on historical evidence. 

 

There will be a mid-term exam, a final exam, a core paper developed through 3 installments, and a couple of quizzes.

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Maximum Enrollment: 
120
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Discussion Sections: 
6

Modern German History

HIEU
3352
Undergraduate
Fall
2017

This course explores the history of modern Germany from the founding of the Empire in 1871 to the present. Among the themes that we will study are the repeated radical transformation of Germany’s political structures, the rise of Hitler and the Nazis, the place of dictatorship, war and genocide in German history and memory, as well as the country’s shifting position within Europe and the world. We will also examine some of the major debates in German historiography, such as the idea that the Nazi Third Reich resulted from a flawed pattern of modernization that disconnected economic liberalism from political democracy. Throughout this course, we will pay particular attention to the ruptures and continuities in modern German history, and to the meanings of a traumatic past for the construction of German national identity. Course requirements include regular attendance, active participation, two essays, and an in-class final examination.

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Maximum Enrollment: 
60
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Discussion Sections: 
3

American Economic History

HIUS
2061
Undergraduate
Fall
2017

This course concentrates on critical aspects of the history of American economic development.  The issues covered include the nature and consequences of the colonial relationship to Great Britain, the political economy of the Constitution, the economics of slavery, the rise of the modern bureaucratic corporation, causes of the Great Depression, and the political economy of contemporary America.  In addressing these issues, the course considers more general questions of what forces‑‑cultural, economic, legal, etc.--shape the pace and pattern of economic development in any society.

The required text for this course is:

     Gary Walton and Hugh Rockoff, Economic History of the United States.

This will be supplemented by a course packet of readings.  Readings will average c. 100 pages a week.

There will be two one-hour exams and a final.

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Maximum Enrollment: 
120
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Modern China

HIEA
2031
Undergraduate
Fall
2017

At the turn of the 20th century, China was one of the poorest nations in the world. Its 2,000 year old system of government was crumbling, large segments of its population were impoverished or starving, and the country seemed powerless to defend itself against repeated foreign intrusion. Once known as the “sick man of Asia,” China today is a global power with world-wide strategic, economic and political influence.

This course is about the people, personalities, and events that have given this remarkable transformation its dramatic and sometimes tragic tone. It is also about the social, political, and cultural currents that lay beneath these more visible manifestations of change and the profound effect these forces have had on the Chinese people. Following a brief consideration of the political and social institutions of the last imperial dynasty (the Qing, 1644-1911), we will examine the interaction of foreign aggression and domestic social crises that led first to the fall of the imperial order and the establishment of a Republic in 1911 and then to the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949. From here we move on to the post-'49 period under the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), a period that has been described as the greatest attempt at revolutionary social transformation in world history. In the final weeks of the course, we will look at the post-Mao reform era and the issues facing China today after nearly a century of revolution.

Reading assignments, drawn from a survey textbook (R. Keith Schoppa, Revolution and its Past) as well as other secondary and translated primary sources, will average about 125 pages per week. Grades for the course will be based on a mid-term exam (25%), a final exam (30%), an eight-page essay (30%) and attendance and participation in discussion sections (15%).

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180
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Discussion Sections: 
9

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