Course Schedules and Descriptions for Fall Quarter 2017

The Department of History scheduled these undergraduate courses for FALL QUARTER 2017. This list is subject to change, so please check back often.

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HIS 1 - 80

History 1:  Introduction to History

Professor Campbell

Stimulants, Depressants, and Modern Life

Most people’s lives are structured by a morning cup of coffee or tea, while the rush of a sugary snack keeps us going later in the day.  In moments of stress and exhaustion (or simply at the end of a working day), it’s not uncommon to hear ice cubes rattle in a cocktail glass, or a beer bottle open, with the refrain that it’s “5:00 somewhere.”

The way that we consume stimulants and depressants tells us a lot about how we live in the modern world, and how we have gotten to be where we are.  The way that these things are produced and distributed adds further complexity to the story.

So this class uses alcohol, coffee, and sugar (along with stronger substances) to introduce students to history as a method of inquiry.  In lectures, students will learn about how consumption patterns shaped modern human history – for example, the close relationship between sugar and the Industrial Revolution, or between vodka and the rise of Soviet power.  In parallel with that, they will learn different historical methodologies.  The methods of analysis they will learn are useful both in later undergraduate history classes and in the outside work.

Discussion sections will focus especially on developing the skills necessary for success as a history major or in other liberal arts disciplines:  analyzing new information, understanding historical context, using the University’s extensive research tools, comparing arguments, and formulating new arguments, among others.

The class is especially recommended for incoming students (first-year or transfer).  No prior knowledge of history is assumed.

Grading will be based on three response papers, participation in discussion sections, and a final exam.

 

History 4C: History of Western Civilization

Professor Saler

This course presents an overview of the major questions of European history from the late 18th century to the present.  In the first part of the course, we will investigate the fundamental changes to European life that the French and Industrial Revolutions wrought.  In the second, focusing on the 20th century, we will turn to the problems that an increasingly mobile and diverse continent confronted in world wars hot and cold, while tracing the gradual emergence of a new European order.

History 6: Introduction to the Middle East

Professor Anooshahr

This course surveys the history of the Middle East (Southwest Asia) and North Africa with emphasis on the period from the 6th century CE to the present. The course focuses on the major social, economic, political and cultural transformations of the region, while taking into account both regional and global contexts of interaction and change in a comparative format. Some of the topics covered are Prophet Muhammad and the Qur'an, the formation of Islamic orthodoxy, the Abbasid Empire, the formation of regional dynasties, the Crusades, the Mongol invasions, the Ottoman Empire, the colonial period, nationalism, the formation of the modern Middle Eastern states, the discovery of petroleum and its consequences, the Islamic political movements, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Islamophobia, and the role played by the United States in the region.

 

History 7A: History of Latin America to 1700

Professor Resendez

This is an introductory course to the history of Spanish and Portuguese America from the late pre-Columbian period through the initial phase and consolidation of a colonial regime (circa 1700). The lectures, readings, and discussion sections offer a broad overview of the indigenous roots and realities of the hemisphere, the Spanish and Portuguese conquests of this region, and the emergence of colonial regimes in the 16th and 17th centuries. It will explore the contrasting experiences of Indians, Africans, and Europeans and their mixed descendants in this evolving colonial world. Particular attention is devoted to the disruptions and continuities in the major indigenous civilizations of the continent, colonialism, racial mixture and race relations, gender, labor systems, identity, religion and spirituality, and environmental transformation. This is the beginning of a three-course sequence devoted to the history of Latin America. Each course can be taken independently.    

 

History 9A: History of East Asian Civilization

Professor Bossler

This course is an introduction to the cultural history of China.  Through a survey of Chinese history from earliest times to the present day, we attempt to identify the cultural attitudes and practices that have shaped and continue to shape the course of Chinese history.  Readings include a textbook to help provide general background and chronology, a sourcebook of primary source documents, and an additional primary source reader. 

Grading: The course meets thrice weekly, twice a week for 80 minutes of lecture and once a week for a 50-minute discussion section.  The discussion is an extremely important aspect of the course. Written assignments include a map exercise, weekly reading questions, essays, surprise quizzes, a midterm and a final.

Reading:

·         Ebrey, Cambridge Illustrated History of China

·         Ebrey, Chinese Civilization, A Sourcebook

 

History 9B: History of East Asian Civilization

Professor Kim 

Course Description: TBA

 

History 10B: World History, c. 1350-1850

Professor Harris

History 10B, “World History, 1350-1850” is an introduction to the large-scale structures and processes that transformed the world between the mid-fourteenth and the mid-nineteenth centuries. These five centuries marked an era in which cross-cultural contacts between the peoples of the world increased dramatically, laying the foundations for today’s global connectedness. We will explore these interactions and their effects on peoples and cultures around the world. Because this course is truly global, coverage cannot be comprehensive. Instead, we will take a topical and chronological approach, focusing in on major events and trends through the broad and interrelated themes of networks, such as ocean systems, cultural zones, empires, and long-distance trade; identities, including national affiliations and cultural, religious, and ethnic identifications; and cross-cultural interaction, including global religions, colonial and creole cultures, and the complicated interrelations of tradition and change. Together, the lectures, readings, discussions, and assignments will explore these themes at both the macro and micro levels, considering global trends and changes and their effects at the regional and local levels.

Readings:

  • Worlds Together, Worlds Apart 3rd Edition, Volume 2 paperback + Companion Reader, Volume 2. ISBN: 978-0-393-60788-8
  • Worlds Together, Worlds Apart 3rd Edition, Volume 2 eBook folder + Companion Reader, Volume 2.  eBook via nortonebooks.com; reader ISBN: 978-0-393-93778-7
  • Ibn Battuta, Ibn Battuta in Black Africa, trans. Noel Q. King, ed. Said Hamdun. Princeton: Markus Weiner, 2005. ISBN: 1-55876-336-8
  • Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, Alvar, Castaways: the narrative of Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, ed. Enrique Pupo-Walker, trans. Frances M. López-Morillas (Berkeley, 1993); ISBN 978-0520070639
    • Brook, Timothy, Vermeer’s Hat: The Seventeenth Century and the Dawn of the Global World (New York: Bloomsbury Press, 2008); ISBN: 978-1596915992

Grading: Midterm, final exam, two papers, regular quizzes, preparation/participation.

 

History 11: History of the Jewish People in the Modern World

Professor Biale

Course Description: TBA

 

History 17A: History of the United States

Professor St. John

This class will provide a broad introduction to the history of the territory that is now the United States from the first encounters between Americans and Europeans through the mid-nineteenth century and the crisis of the Civil War and Reconstruction. Don’t let the course title fool you; this is not just a history of the United States (which, of course, did not begin to become a nation until 1776). In addition to focusing on the first century of U.S. history, this course will go back hundreds of years to briefly touch on North America before the arrival of Europeans before exploring how European colonists, indigenous Americans, and enslaved Africans created a new world together on the continent. We’ll then move on to discuss the founding of the United States and the development, near collapse, and rebuilding of the nation in the years leading up through the Civil War and Reconstruction.

The course will introduce students to some of the central themes in American history and how historians have developed this understanding by analyzing primary source material and assembling narratives. Course themes include imperialism and colonization, slavery and labor regimes, trade, resource extraction, and the emergence of capitalism, family and community formation and the evolution of American cultures, the rise of nation-states and the dispossession of Native polities, and politics and the ideology of freedom and democracy.

This is a lot of ground to cover in a short amount of time, but the class will seek to balance the big picture of American history with the texture of individual experiences and day-to-day life. Lectures will introduce students to broad themes and narratives, while sections will focus on discussions of primary sources written during the time periods under discussions and secondary source narratives and analyses produced by historians.

 

History 17B - History of the United States 

Professor Tsu

Course Description: TBA

 

History 72B - History of the United States 

Staff

Course Description: TBA

 

History 80 - History of the United States 

Professor Oropeza and Professor Tezcan

After September 11, 2001, President George W. Bush delivered an address to the American people asking, “Why do they hate us?”  The question -- and his answer -- resonated with a popular “Clash of Civilizations” thesis that argues that conflict between Islam and the West is inevitable for the long-term.  Aiming for a deeper understanding of the stories that fill the headlines, this course interrogates that proposition by looking at the long history of United States involvement in the Middle East, from the Barbary pirates to recent beheadings, from missionaries to missiles, from Cold War concerns to moments of cultural exchange. Two-units.

Readings: Khalidi. Resurrecting Empire

HIS 102D - 102X

History 102D: Identity and Imposture in Early Modern Europe

Professor Harris

Who are you, and how do you know? The way you answer will tell you a lot about the norms and assumptions of our own (post)modern age. But how did people in earlier centuries think about their identity or identities, or those of others? And how did they know if someone really was who or what he or she claimed to be? Our seminar will examine two aspects of identity—self-invention and imposture—in Europe in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, an age before before photo ids, fingerprinting, or even regular recordkeeping, but also an age in which the representatives of an ever expanding state were developing new methods of identification and investigation. Our readings will range from classic case studies to the latest scholarship, coupled with selections from primary sources drawn from archives and libraries around Europe. Assignments will include weekly reading responses, discussion leadership, as well as a series of short writing assignments (including a primary source analysis and an annotated bibliography) that will culminate in a term paper that explores some aspect of the seminar’s topic and questions via a close analysis of an assigned primary source.

 

History 102M-1: The Roosevelt Years, 1933-1945

Professor Rauchway

The US under the leadership of Franklin Roosevelt, from the New Deal through the Second World War.

Readings:

  • Badger, First Hundred Days
  • Brinkley, Franklin Delano Roosevelt
  • Costigliola, Lost Alliances
  • Hitchcock, Bitter Road to Freedom
  • Hofstadter, American Political Tradition
  • Katznelson, Fear Itself
  • Rauchway, Great Depression and the New Deal 
  • Robinson, By Order of the President
  • Sitkoff, A New Deal for Blacks
  • Leuchtenburg, In the Shadow of FDR
  • Cowie, Great Exception

 

History 102M-2: America in the 1980s

Professor Tsu

This seminar examines the political, economic, social, and cultural history of the United States during the 1980s, one of the most tumultuous and controversial decades in popular memory.  Topics include the rise of a new conservative movement, the collapse of the Cold War, growing economic inequality, changing family and gender values, the impact of new influxes of immigrants and refugees, and redefinitions in popular culture in the era of action heroes, cable television, and MTV.  We will draw on primary documents—political speeches, newspaper articles, films, song lyrics, music videos, and fiction,—and consider the ways in which scholars have analyzed this recent history.  While we will devote the bulk of our attention to the 1980s, this course will also reach back to the 1960s and 1970s, as well as evaluate the continued legacy of the 1980s in contemporary America.

 

History 102X: The Production of History

Professor Agarwal

Historically-minded scholars often look to the past in order to understand how things developed into the present. This course asks students to do something different: to reflect on the ways in which contemporary forces shape what we study as history and why. This means that we will consider how archives are assembled, whose stories are told and preserved, and who gives and is given access to them. We will question why efforts to organize and partition facts about the past can produce both knowledge and ignorance. We will examine historical representations in narrative and visual media, through case studies that include secret police archives in Guatemala, the bureaucracies of contemporary Pakistan, the colonial offices of the nineteenth-century British Empire, and the frontiers of ancient Greece. This course is geared toward history majors across regional specializations, as well as students in the humanities and social sciences interested in thinking carefully and creatively about the past. Emphasis throughout is on reading from multiple disciplines, including artwork and film. 

Required texts:

  • Michel-Rolph Trouillot. Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (1995)
  • Kirsten Weld. Paper Cadavers: The Archives of Dictatorship in Guatemala (2014)
  • Lisa Lowe. The Intimacies of Four Continents (2015)
  • Simone Browne. Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness (2015)

HIS 109 - 191H

HIS 109: Environmental Change, Disease and Public Health

Professor Davis

This course analyzes environmental change at multiple scales and how these changes have influenced disease and public health over time.  It takes as a starting point that the “environment” includes not only deserts, mountains, plains, fields and rivers, but also farms, slaughter houses, hospitals and the bodies of humans and animals.  The changes that have taken places in these varied environments have included the obvious like pollution, modern agriculture and irrigation, and the damming of rivers, all of which have impacted various disease states.  These environmental changes also include those at the micro-scale that are not so obvious like creating antibiotic resistance and the conditions for super contamination of large quantities of food with pathogenic organisms such as E. coli 0157:H7 and Salmonella. Furthermore, these transformations may be changing our epigenomes with what we eat, drink and breathe in ways that induce illness.  All of these changes have had complex impacts on human health.  Many of these environmental changes have been driven by human action over the last several millennia.  The pace and scope of such changes and their health effects have become quicker and more pervasive during our era of “globalization.”  It is critical to understand these changes in order to build a more sustainable future for people and the planet. 

Anyone interested in environmental change, disease and public health is welcome in this class, from history students to pre-med and pre-vet students!

Fulfills the GE Science & Engineering; Social Science; & Scientific Literacy requirement.

 

History 126Y*

Professor Zientek

Course Description: TBA

 

History 112C: History of Jews in the Muslim World 

Professor Miller 

Until recently, the story of the Jewish communities living within the lands of Islam has suffered from a historical treatment veering from the exotic to the polemical, with the emphasis on the subordinate situation of Jews. New research has repositioned this history, seeing it instead as reciprocal, negotiated, and shaped by powerful forces on each side. In this course, we shall reconsider the unfolding relationship between Jews and Muslims in the Muslim world and beyond since the time of the Prophet until the present day. How were Jews integrated into Islamic civilization, legally, socially, politically?  What ideas produced a historiography of "symbiosis,” and its opposite, a historiography of "difference"?   What was the impact of modernity and the rise of a global capitalist economy?  How did the Jews of Islam respond to intellectual influences coming from Europe in the nineteenth century?  How did ideologies such as Zionism, Communism, Fascism, and Arab Nationalism destabilize and reshape long-held understandings?   What were the consequences of the Holocaust, the Israel-Palestine conflict, and other mid-twentieth century global events that led to the formation of new diasporas?    How do the Jews of Islamic lands preserve the memory of their distinctive past, how do Muslims remember their former Jewish populations?   In order to understand this complex and shared history, we make use of personal memoirs, film, and photography.

 

History 115A: History of West Africa 

Staff

Course Description: TBA

 

History 133: European Thought and Culture from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment (The Age of Ideas)

Professor Stolzenberg

This course explores the dramatic transformation of European thought and culture between 1400 and 1800— the age of the Renaissance, the Scientific Revolution, and the Enlightenment, movements that lay the intellectual foundations of the modern world. We will study the impact of the invention of the printing press, the Protestant Reformation, exploration and empire on ideas about politics, history, science, and religion. Readings include classic texts by Machiavelli, Las Casas, Montaigne, Descartes, Hobbes, Voltaire and Rousseau. Midterm, term paper, and final exam. There are no prerequisites and no prior knowledge is expected. This course satisfies GE requirements for AH, SS, WC, and WE. For more information, contact the instructor.

 

History 138B: Reform and Revolution in Tsarist Russia, 1825 - 1917

Professor Campbell

Could the October Revolution have been avoided?  In this course, we’ll find out.

Russia in 1825 was a colossus with feet of clay.  More than a century after Peter the Great’s reforms, the country had played a leading role in the defeat of Napoleon, and maintained a central role in European politics.  Yet some of its elites looked longingly at the political reforms that western Europe was experiencing while Russia remained an autocracy; the system of serfdom, which bound tsar and nobility together, also acted as a brake on the country’s economic development.

In short, impulses for change existed within and outside of Russia’s political order.  The near-century between 1825 and 1917 was defined by the twin poles of reform and revolution.  In this course, we will explore Russia’s efforts to transform itself, placing it on a continuum with other European states rather than treating it as an exceptional case.  We’ll also study the ways in which reformers, reactionaries, and revolutionaries influenced one another, and the ways that their competing visions of Russia’s future evolved.

No prior knowledge of Russian history, culture, or language is assumed.

Students will be evaluated on the basis of short response papers, a longer book review, and a final exam.

Selected readings:

  • Nikolai Karamzin, Memoir on Ancient and Modern Russia
  • Nikolai Gogol, The Inspector General
  • Ivan Turgenev, A Sportsman’s Sketches (selections)
  • David Moon, The Abolition of Serfdom in Russia, 1762-1907
  • Anton Chekhov, The Cherry Orchard
  • Olga Semenova-Tian-Shanskaia, Rural Life in Late Tsarist Russia
  • Additional readings on Canvas

 

History 163B: The Country of the Future? The History of Modern Brazil, from 1808 to the Present

Professor Pérez Meléndez

A country of around 207 million whose territory exceeds that of the continental U.S., Brazil has long mesmerized outsiders as much as Brazilians themselves. In the last quarter century, the would-be World Cup and Olympic host set itself apart from neighboring nations in its emergence as a regional powerhouse in Latin America and a key player in global commerce before falling into a deep political and economic crisis. The country’s past, however, serves to think beyond Brazil’s present as a boom-and-bust story and, more importantly, about its future and what it may tell us about global north-south dynamics. This course is an introduction to the many facets of Brazil and its relationship to the wider world from 1808 to the present day. Touching on race, gender, migration, sexuality, capitalism, and indigenous issues, the course will chart the changing contours of Brazilian society as well as the historical development of the Brazilian political system. Running counter to Brazilian musician Antônio Carlos Jobim’s ironic maxim that “Brazil is not for beginners,” the course proposes that Brazil’s history is not just the best place to begin to understand a very unique and paradoxical society, but also to engage some of the most pressing dilemmas of the modern world. Lectures will be based on a broad array of reading, listening, and viewing materials ranging from jongo work songs intoned by slaves to reports on human rights abuses in the dictatorship period. Recent works on history as well as current news and events will also figure front and center.

 

History 166B: History of Mexico Since 1848

Staff

Course Description: TBA

 

HIS 170C: The Early National Period, 1789-1815

Staff

Course Description: TBA

 

History 174B: War, Prosperity, and Depression: United States, 1917-1945 

Professor Olmsted

This course covers American history during World War I, the roaring 1920s, the Great Depression, the New Deal, and World War II. Topics include America’s emergence as a world power, the impact of the world wars, the growth of federal government power, labor conflicts, immigration restriction, race riots, and changes for women and African Americans.

Readings:

Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America’s Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion
Right out of California: The 1930s and the Big Business Roots of Modern Conservatism 
War without mercy: Race and Power in the Pacific War 

 

HIS 180AN: American Political History, 1789-1896 

Staff

Course Description: TBA

 

HIS 183A: The Frontier Experience: Trans-Mississippi West 

Professor St. John 

This lecture course will provide an introduction to the early history of the place that we now know as the U.S. West. A vast and varied region stretching from the Great Plains to the Pacific Ocean, the West has both been characterized by its diversity and bound together by a shared regional identity and history. Beginning with the eve of European expansion in the seventeenth century and continuing through the 1870s, this course will focus on the historical processes that have defined the West. It will explore the central role of Native people in shaping the West, both before and after Europeans entered the region, explore how European empires, Mexico, the United States, and other powers struggled to control it, and explain how it was that it finally came to be a part of the United States. Course themes include: competition for land and natural resources, Native power, the expansion of markets and settlement, conquest, nation-building, the role of women and families, and racial and ethnic diversity. Using a range of primary and secondary sources, we will explore the struggles for land, resources, identity, and power which have characterized the West and its role in the nation.  

 

HIS 188: America in the 1960s 

Professor Olmsted and Professor Rauchway

Tumult and upheaval in American politics, culture, and society 1961-1969. Civil rights; Vietnam, the draft and the anti-war movement; rock and roll and the counterculture; modern feminism; modern conservatism; student movements; urban unrest and insurrection. 

 

HISTORY 189: California History 

Professor Warren

This course provides a comprehensive overview of California history from the pre-Columbian period to the present, structured around the twin themes of how diverse individuals, groups, empires, and nations have struggled to control and define the geographic space called California, and the myths and realities that have shaped the lives of Californians.  Topics include: experiences of California Indians, the political economy of the Spanish and Mexican period, effects of the Gold Rush, industrialization, race relations, immigration, agricultural development, the progressive origins of California's legislative and initiative systems, Hollywood, Great Depression, World War II, environmental battles, urbanization and suburban sprawl, the "Zoot Suit riot" and the Chicano movement,  Watts and the 1992 LA Riots, water politics, and the creation of a distinctive regional culture in the country’s most diverse and populous state today.

Readings include selected documents and the following:

  • Louise Clappe, The Shirley Letters from the California Mines 
  • Chester Himes, If He Hollers, Let Him Go
  • Jean Francois de La Perouse, Monterey in 1786
  • Anna Deveare Smith, Twilight Los Angeles
  • John Steinbeck, Harvest Gypsies

 

Assignments/exams:  two short papers, midterm, final. 

 

HIS 190B: Middle Eastern History II: The Age of the Crusade, 1001-1400 

Professor Anooshahr

Course Description: TBA

 

HIS 190C: Middle Eastern History III: The Ottomans, 1401-1730 

Professor Tezcan

This course focuses on Middle Eastern history from the foundation of the Ottoman Empire on the borderlands of Byzantine Anatolia through its expansion into Europe, Asia, and Africa, creating a new cultural synthesis including the Arab, Greek, Islamic, Mongol, Persian, Slavic, and Turkish traditions. 

The course starts with offering a background on the history of the Middle East before the Ottomans.  The chronological survey of the period takes the first two weeks, leaving the rest of the term for the exploration of three interrelated themes: pre-modern imperialism, pre-modern identities, and the development of the early modern self and society.

With the feudal economic and legal structures it inherited, the Ottoman Empire was a perfect example of a pre-modern empire.  The second part of the course will examine these structures and certain aspects of Ottoman imperialism in the Middle East, North Africa, the Mediterranean, Europe, and the Indian Ocean.  How the Ottomans projected their imperial image to their rivals and subjects will be one of the questions we will address.  Last but not least, we will discuss the limits of pre-modern imperialism in the face of the rise of merchant capitalism in northwestern Europe.

The third part of the course will concentrate on pre-modern identities.  The Ottoman Empire presents one of the most diverse social entities of the pre-modern times, with its Christian, Jewish, and Muslim communities which were sub-divided into further religious communities, such as the Gregorian and the Orthodox Christians, or ethnic groups, such as the Arabs, Kurds, and Turks.  Needless to say, the people of the empire were also differentiated by their gender and socio-economic status.  What makes this diversity of identities most fascinating in the pre-modern times is the ease with which one could cross most of their boundaries.

Finally, the last part of the course will focus on the development of the early modern self and society.  A critical approach to the historical question of the Ottoman decline will lead us to new ways of looking at the history of the Ottoman Empire in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.  One of the paths we take will make us observe that this period witnessed a proliferation of public spaces in Ottoman cities.  Another venue we will follow is early individuation, that is to say the first stages in the development of the modern self.  At the end, we will all re-consider the question of the impact of the West on the East as far as the question of modernization is concerned

 

HIS 191E: The Chinese Revolution 

Professor Chiang

Course Description: TBA

 

HIS 191H: Science, Sexuality and Society in Modern China

Professor Chiang

Course Description: TBA