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Yearly Schedule: 2014-2015

For a tentative list of courses for the 2014-2015 academic year click here.

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Spring Quarter 2014

Below is a listing of the courses offered by the History Department to undergraduates for Spring Quarter 2014. This list is subject to change, please check back often. To find the day, time and course registration number (CRN) for the courses below click here.

History 4A– Western Civilization Professor Sally McKee

A survey of the myriad cultures and religions that make up the West. The lectures and readings will address the political and social history of the peoples of Europe, beginning with the Roman Empire and ending at the end of the Middle Ages. How "Europe" as a geopolitical concept and "European" as a political and cultural term emerged over the past two millennia is the chief subject of the material presented.


    • Kidner, Frank et al. Making Europe: People, Politics, and Culture, vol 1.
    • Harris, Imperium: A Novel of Ancient Rome

    Grading: TBA

      History 4B – Western Civilization
      Instructor Melvyn Draper

      Development of western civilization from the Renaissance to the Eighteenth Century.


      • Kagan, D. Western Heritage 1300-1815 vol. B
      • Machiavelli, The Prince
      • William Beik, Louis XIV and Absolutism
      • Stigler, George, Selections from the Wealth of Nations
      • Moliere, The Learned Ladies

      Grading: TBA

        History 7C – Latin American History, 1900 to Present
        Professor Marian Schlotterbeck

        In his 1891 essay “Nuestra América”, Cuban writer José Martí identified the entire Western Hemisphere as “Our America.” Yet today, the term “America” has become synonymous with the United States of America. How and why did this happen?

        This course seeks to answer this question by tracing Latin America’s history from the Spanish-Cuban-American War to the present. In a 20th century marked by the United States’ expanding presence in Latin America, we will explore the rise of dependent nationalism, different attempts at state-directed development, and the return of the free market. Key themes include questions of democratic representation, the struggles by many sectors for political, social, and economic inclusion, and the ways in which these struggles have been repressed, accommodated, absorbed, or ignored. Finally, we will apply our knowledge of historical processes to understand current conflicts and social and political aspirations in Latin America.

        This is the third course in a three-part survey devoted to the history of Latin America. Each course can be taken independently and no prior knowledge of Latin America is required.


        • Meade, A History of Modern Latin America
        • Ada Ferrer, Insurgent Cuba: Race, Nation, and Revolution, 1868-1898
        • Nick Cullather, Secret History: CIA Classified Account of Its Operations in Guatemala.
        • Victoria Sanford, Buried Secrets: Truth and Human Rights in Guatemala

        Grading: Assignments include a map quiz, 2 short papers, in-class mid-term, in-class final exam, and section participation.

        History 8 – History of Indian Civilization
        Professor Sudipta Sen

        Survey of the changing mosaic of Indian civilization from the rise of cities (ca. 2000 B.C.) to the late 20th century, emphasizing themes such as religion, social and political organization, art, and literature, that reflect the wider patterns of a composite culture.


        • John Keay, History of India
        • Karl J. Schmidt, An Atlas and Survey of South Asian History

        Grading:  2 Papers 20% each, Final Exam 40%, Class participation 20%

          History 9B – History of East Asian Civilization
          Professor Kyu Kim

          This course offers an introduction to Japanese history from the beginning of its recorded history to the first decade of 21st century.  Japan constitutes a civilization similar to and yet different from both its East Asian neighbors and Western counterparts. This course presents Japanese history as a dazzling tapestry of human ingenuity, creativity, struggle and suffering not just uniquely Japanese but also rich in universal implications.  Understanding Japanese civilization is not only to get to know a distinctive and fascinating world, but also to gain profound insights into the world outside the United States, a task more urgent than ever in the 21st century. The basic orientation of this class will be to first and foremost present the history of Japan as Japanese saw it, even if such visions go against our preconceived notions of Japanese culture and behavior.   This course, therefore, will not be devoted to Japan-American relations or history of Japanese Americans. These topics are explored in other courses offered by the History Department Faculty.


          • Albert M. Craig. Heritage of Japanese Civilization. Prentice Hall  (Main textbook)
          • Other textbooks are available through UC Davis bookstore.
          • A course sourcebook can be purchased through Davis Copy Store.

          Grading: There are four components to the class requirements: section participation, midterm examination, short paper and final examination.

          History 10C – 19th and 20th Century World History
          Professor Edward Dickinson

          This course will treat the history of the world since 1800.  The focus of the course will be on the interlocking global processes of demographic, technological, economic, social, and political change that have transformed the world in the past two centuries.  We will focus on global processes, rather than particular national or regional histories.  The first weeks of the course will focus on the structure of the emergent world economy in the nineteenth century, and some of its implications for the development of social structures and cultural change globally.  The middle weeks of the course will focus on the violent re/negotiation of the world order in the imperialist and world wars between 1870 and 1945.  The last weeks of the course will focus on the explosive spread of demographic and economic change, and its implications for politics, culture, and the planetary biosphere, since 1945.  Readings will include both scholarly works on particular aspects of global history and first-person accounts, contemporary commentary, political texts, and some fiction reflective of major trends or events.


          • Tignor, Worlds Together, Worlds Apart

          Grading: TBA

          History 15 – Introduction to African History
          Professor Corrie Decker

          With 55 countries, thousands of languages, and a geographic area that surpasses the United States, China, and Europe, combined, the defining characteristic of Africa is its diversity. History 15 introduces students to key shifts in African history, including case studies in pre-colonial migrations and kingdoms, the spread of world religions, the trans-Atlantic slave trade, colonialism, nationalism, development interventions, and human rights campaigns. Students will examine the continent’s diverse past through oral and written primary sources, scholarly debates, music, film, art, and other sources.

          Required Texts:

          • Niane, Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali
          • Getz & Clarke, Abina & the Important Men
          • Getz, ed., African Voices of the Global Past

          Recommended Texts:

          • Erik Gilbert & Jonathan Reynolds, Africa in World History: From Prehistory to the Present
          • Curtis Keim, Mistaking Africa: Curiosities and Inventions of the American Mind

          Grading: TBA

          History 17A – History of the United States
          Professor John Smolenski

          This course covers American history from the Euro-American Encounter in 1492 through the Reconstruction period following the Civil War.  It examines not only the political master-narrative, but also the social, cultural, and intellectual history of the emerging American nation, and includes the experience of Native Americans, Women and African-Americans, among other groups.


          • Murrin. Liberty, Equality, Power: A History of the American People vol. 1 to 1877
          • Hollitz. Contending Voices, vol. 1
          • Klepp. The Infortunate: The Voyage and Adventures of William Moraley
          • Hinks. David Walker’s Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World

          Grading:  Grades are based upon participation, mid-term and final exams, and 2 papers.

          History 17B – History of the United States
          Professor Cecilia Tsu

          This course provides an introduction to the history of the United States since the Civil War. We will explore social, economic, cultural, and political changes on the domestic front as well as the nation’s expansion abroad. Course topics include: industrialization, immigration, race relations, the role of the federal government, foreign policy, reform and social protest movements. As a survey, the course is designed to introduce key themes and events in modern American history, and to develop students’ critical thinking, writing, and reading skills.


          • Textbook: Eric Foner, Give Me Liberty! An American History (Volume 2, Seagull Third Edition)
          • Kevin Boyle, Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age
          • Philip Caputo, A Rumor of War
          • Anzia Yezierska, Bread Givers
          • Readings posted on SmartSite


          Grading:  Midterm and final examinations; two papers; discussion section

              History 72B – American Women and Family
              Professor Lisa Materson

              This course examines the ways that diverse groups of women--including black, Native American, Asian American, Chicana, and white women of the elite, middle, and working classes--have forged and experienced American culture and democracy.  Readings emphasize women's engagement in organized struggles for economic, political and social justice during the twentieth century.  These include the suffrage, anti-lynching, racial uplift, labor, and modern civil rights and feminist movements.  The course also explores American women's migration and immigration across regions and borders.  Students consider the meaning of migration and immigration to the women who undertook these journeys, as well as the influence of these women's decisions to relocate on American political, economic, and social institutions.


              • Tera W. Hunter, To ‘Joy My Freedom: Southern Black Women’s Lives and Labors After  the Civil War
              • Frances Esquibel Tywoniak and Mario T. García, Migrant Daughter: Coming of Age as a Mexican American Woman
              • Elaine Tyler May, Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era
              • Susan J. Douglas, Where the Girls Are: Growing Up Female with the Mass Media
              • Mary Lynn Rampolla, A Pocket Guide to Writing
              • Course packet

              Grading: TBA

              History 102AAncient History
              Professor Spyridakis

              Aspects of Greek history in Classical and Hellenistic Times.

              Readings: TBA

              Grading: TBA

                History 102D– Palace, Plaza, and Privy: Social and Cultural Spaces in Early Modern Europe Professor A.K. Harris

                Over the past two decades, many historians have taken a “spatial turn,” exploring the intersections between spaces, both physical and imaginary, and social and cultural life. Using the lens of space, our seminar will examine some of the key social and cultural developments in Europe’s sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries. We will consider questions of honor, reputation, gender, and sexuality, for example, in bustling markets and private bedrooms, and examine the workings of political life in princely courts and village pubs. Readings include recent secondary studies and supplementary primary sources. Assignments 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.

                Readings:         TBA

                Grading:           TBA

                History 102M-001 – History of Modern Feminism

                Professor Lisa Materson

                Why do many young American women favor the goals of feminism but reject the label “feminist”?  Students in this course will consider this and other contemporary questions about feminism by placing the movement within its historical context.  Readings cover the origins of the modern women’s liberation movement in the civil rights and student movements, the multiple forms of feminism that developed in subsequent decades, conflicts among feminists, and the recent cultural and political backlash against feminism.


                • Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique.
                • Sara Evans, Personal Politics: The Roots of Women’s Liberation in the Civil Rights Movement and the New Left.
                • Alice Echols, Daring to Be Bad:  Radical Feminism in America, 1967-1975.
                • Laura Kaplan, The Story of Jane: The Legendary Underground Feminist Abortion Service.
                • Benita Roth, Separate Roads to Feminism: Black, Chicana, and White Feminist Movements in America’s Second Wave.
                • Mary Lynn Rampolla, A Pocket Guide to Writing
                • Course Reader

                Grading: TBA

                History 102M-002 – History of Poverty in the United States
                Professor Clarence Walker

                This seminar will focus on poverty in America from the nineteenth  century to the present. How do we explain or understand  poverty in a country that defined itself as a place where economic opportunity  was/is open to all? Are poor people in America shiftless, a racial cast or an unfortunate byproduct of capitalism ? In brief, why are some people rich and others poor? These are some of the questions we will attempt to answer in this class.

                *** Please read Owen Jones, Chavs for the first class.

                Students enrolled in this course will write two short papers and a longer final essay (10 pages). All papers must be doubled space, type written, and turned in on time to receive a passing grade. No late work will be accepted. Do not take this seminar if you cannot read critically, speak in class or have no interest in the subject .

                • Barbara Ehrenreich, Nickel and Dimed
                • Michael Harrington, The Other America
                • Owen Jones, Chavs
                • Ruben Martinez, Crossing Over
                • Khalil Muhammad, The Condemnation of Blackness
                • Charles Murray, Coming Apart
                • David M. Potter, People of Plenty
                • Seth Rockman, Scraping By
                • Nick Redding, Methland
                • William J. Wilson, When Work Disappears

                Grading: TBA

                History 109B – Environmental History of Disease and Public Health
                Professor Diana Davis

                Please click here for expanded course description.

                History 110 – Themes in World History: Colonial Atlantic World
                Professor John Smolenski

                Early American historians have in recent years worked to broaden their perspective geographically and thematically, looking at the British American colonies in an Atlantic context. In this class, we will look at the varieties of ways in which colonial cultures evolved around the Atlantic rim. We will make stops in west Africa, Mexico, English America, and Europe and cover the period from the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries. We will also explore the experiences of a wide range of peoples, looking at Spanish conquistadores, Catholic Kongolese saints, Puritan missionaries, and English factory workers. At every step we will look how the process of colonialism caused individuals and groups throughout the Atlantic world to see themselves in new ways.

                • Major Problems in Atlantic History: Documents and Essays, 1st Edition - Alison Games and Adam Rothman
                • The Interesting Narrative, and Other Writings - Equiano, Olaudah; ed. Vincent Carretta

                Grading: TBA

                History 111C – Ancient Rome
                Professor Stylianos Spyridakis

                Rise and fall of the Roman Republic and Empire.


                • M. Rostovtzeff, Rome
                • Boardman, The Oxford History of the Roman World
                • Nystrom-Spyridakis, Ancient Rome - Documentary Perspectives

                Grading: Midterm 25%; paper 25%; final 50% of course grade

                History 115C – History of Southern Africa
                Professor Corrie Decker

                The rise of the Zulu Empire under Shaka; Dutch, British, Portuguese, and German colonization; the discovery of diamonds and gold; South African apartheid; anti-colonial war in Zimbabwe; the election of Nelson Mandela: these are just a few of the topics covered in History 115C, an in-depth study of Southern Africa since 1600. South Africa will be the primary focus, but the course will periodically delve into the histories of neighboring countries, such as Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Namibia. Students will explore environment change, migration and immigration, “internal” and “external” colonialisms, religious and cultural movements, “tradition” and “modernity,” global and local economies, and the role of international politics in the region’s modern history.

                Required Texts:

                • Leonard Thompson, A History of South Africa
                • Mark Mathabane, Kaffir Boy: An Autobiography – The True Story of a Black Youth’s Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa
                • Articles, book chapters, and selections from primary sources posted to SmartSite

                Grading: TBA

                History 144B – History of Germany Since 1789
                Instructor Frieder Günther

                The quest for national unity has been the leading thread throughout modern German history. This course explores the bumpy road of the German nation to achieve unity in a German state through the 19th and the 20th century. We will engage with a variety of topics such as the decline of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation after the French Revolution, the era of conservative reaction, the 1848 revolutions, the politics of German unification and the second German Empire, World War I, the parliamentary democracy of Weimar, the Nazi regime, World War II and the Holocaust, the division of Germany after the total defeat, the development of the two Germanies, and the process of re-unification. Throughout this course, participants will learn about Germans’ persistent effort of defining and redefining their nation and identity. We will also explore how these mechanisms of nation building inevitably bore the consequence of including and excluding people based on gender, class, religion, race, and ethnicity.

                In each session, we will discuss primary sources and secondary texts on a specific topic. The weekly obligatory readings will be supplemented by other textual and visual materials such as maps, photos, films, and caricatures.


                • William W. Hagen, German History in Modern Times: Four Lives of the Nation
                • Sebastian Haffner, Defying Hitler: A Memoir
                • Additional readings available on SmartSite


                • Birgit Schulz, The Lawyers - A German Story
                • Wolfgang Becker, Good Bye, Lenin!

                Grading: TBA

                History 146B – Europe in the Twentieth Century
                Professor Edward Dickinson

                This course will cover the history of Europe in the second part of the twentieth century, from the outbreak of World War II through to the collapse of communism and the creation of the European Union. Lectures and the course textbook will examine the broad pattern of the evolution of European societies and the European states in these decades, focusing on political, social, and cultural change. The first few weeks of the course will focus on the war and its impact on European societies. The middle weeks of the course will be devoted to the economic and social transformation of Europe during the "economic miracle" of the 1950s and 1960s, and then the period of re-adjustment from the early 1970s through to the beginning of the 1990s. Our understanding of the problems and potentials of European civilization in this period will then serve as a basis for understanding the process of European unification after 1989. Our readings--in addition to the textbook--will be drawn from primary documents written during the period, and from scholarly articles examining particular aspects of European social and cultural history. The documents will focus on the daily lives of particular Europeans, on key moments of political conflict, and on key ideas that shaped the thinking and expectations of Europeans in this period. These readings will focus on the ways that individual Europeans' lives "fit into" the broader sweep of history and social development, and on ways in which they experienced and thought about moments of crisis in the development of their societies. The articles we will read will present close analysis of particular aspects of the broader trends and grander events discussed in lectures and in the textbook.


                • Gilbert, Felix. The End of the European Era.

                  Grading: Two essays, Midterm and Final

                    History 147C – European Intellectual History, 1920-1970
                    Professor Michael Saler

                    This lecture course will examine selected topics in the History of 20th Century European thought and culture.  We will be examining the works of Wittgenstein, the Surrealists, Virginia Woolf, Leni Reifenstahl, the Existentialists (notably Sartre), Structuralist, and Post-Structuralists (notably Michel Foucault, Jurgen Habermas, and the American philosopher Richard Rorty).

                    Readings: TBA

                    Grading: TBA

                    History 166B – History of Mexico Since 1848
                    Instructor Elizabeth Montanez Sanabria

                    This course will examine the construction of the Mexican nation since the end of the Mexican-American war up to the present. Drawing upon primary documents, journalist accounts, fiction, audiovisual material, and scholarly sources, we will analyze the political and ideological confrontations of the 19th century, the Porfiriato, the Revolution and its long aftermath, and contemporary challenges, including corruption, drug wars, migration, and insurgency.

                    By studying Mexico, we will gain an understanding of the complex process of constructing national identities and, specifically, how Mexicanidad is defined and redefined.

                    This is the second part of a two-quarter sequence devoted to the history and culture of Mexico. Although the two quarters cover consecutive historical periods, either may be taken independently.


                    • Beezley, Mexico in World History
                    • Easterling, The Mexican Revolution: A Short History, 1910-1920
                    • Azuela, The Underdogs
                    • Fuentes, The Death of Artemio Cruz
                    • Grillo, El Narco: Inside Mexico's Criminal Insurgency

                    Grading: TBA

                    History 168 – History of Inter-American Relations Professor Charles Walker

                    This course examines the relations between the United States and Latin America in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  We will pay particular attention to the reasons why these relations have been characterized by misunderstanding, mistrust, and tension.  While focusing on a few crucial moments such as the Guatemalan and Cuban Revolutions, we will also look at how the United States media has depicted Latin America and its people as well as the contemporary problems in U.S.-Latin American relations, particularly the border or la frontera.


                    • Mark Danner. The Massacre at El Mozote.
                    • Louis Pérez, ed.  Impressions of Cuba in the Nineteenth Century.
                    • Sam Quiñones,  Antonio's Gun and Delfino's Dream: True Tales of Mexican Migration
                    • Stephen Kinzer. Overthrow
                    • PLUS a reader (on-line)

                    Grading: Students will be asked to write two take home papers of 3 pages as well as one 5-7 page paper. There will also be two map quizzes, mid-term, and final.

                    History 169B – Mexican American History
                    Professor Lorena Oropeza

                    This course offers an overview of the political, social and cultural experiences of Mexicans and Mexican Americans within the United States since 1900.  Throughout this century, people of Mexican descent have found themselves valued as laborers in the United States but more rarely considered worthy of first-class citizenship.  Thus, a central task for members of this ethnic group  --women and men alike -- has been defining and defending their place within the United States. To better understand the continual negotiation between this ethnic Mexican margin and the American mainstream, the themes of the course include the malleability of ethnic identity, the struggle for economic and political justice, the construction of Mexican American communities, and the changing significance of the border.


                    • Correia, Properties of Violence
                    • Alamillo, Making Lemonade out of Lemons
                    • Garcia, From the Jaws of Victory
                    • Biggers, State Out of the Union

                    Grading: TBA

                    History 170B – The American Revolution, 1763-1790
                    Professor Ellen Hartigan-O'Connor

                    This class will focus on the Revolutionary era of American history, exploring both the politics and strategy of the war for independence and also the economic and social transformations of the last part of the eighteenth century.  Topics include the stresses of alliance and disease in the British empire; the influence of radical ideas on society; and the efforts of a broad range of Americans to shape the war and its aftermath.  “Liberty” was an idea that many Americans supported, but a New England merchant, a Virginia plantation mistress, and an escaped slave had often competing understandings of the place of liberty in a democratic society.  Readings, lectures, and discussions will provide students the chance to analyze such competing meanings and understand how struggles over words and ideas shaped American culture.


                    • Royall Tyler, The Contrast
                    • Elizabeth Fenn, Pox Americana
                    • Colin Calloway, The Scratch of a Pen
                    • Alfred Young, The Shoemaker and the Tea Party
                    • Sylvia Frey, Water from the Rock
                    • These books will be supplemented with several assigned articles.

                    Grading: TBA

                    History 172– American Environmental History
                    Professor Louis Warren

                    How have connections between people and nature changed over time? In this course, we re-visit the entire sweep of American history, from Indian domestication of corn and  colonial epidemics  to the making of the atomic bomb and global climate change. This course will help us to answer a variety of big questions about humans,  nature,  and how they have shaped history. How does American history look different when we consider germs, mosquitoes, pigs, plants, and coal as key actors in a story also about people?  How did Americans go from fearing wilderness to loving it?  How did the pursuit of leisure change the landscapes they appreciated, and with what consequences?  (When did hiking become "fun"?)   What are the roots of our current industrial food crisis, and how is it connected to the invention of the refrigerator and the automobile, and hamburgers and fish sticks? When did the environmental justice movement begin?   How did fears of overpopulation lead to the birth control pill - - and with what consequences for ideas of sex and gender? Who invented Earth Day and the EPA? Who discovered global warming, and what does it have to do with the inundation of New Orleans and parts of New York during recent hurricanes?  How did decisions about agriculture and urban growth contribute to the drought we are experiencing today?  Join us to learn the answers to these and similar questions as we see American history in a new light.

                    NO PREREQUISITE

                    Readings: TBA

                    Grading: midterm, final, short papers.

                    History 174B – War, Prosperity, Depression: United States, 1917-1945
                    Instructor David Hickman

                    This course examines a decisive period in U.S. history when the country confronted repeated global crises and emerged (rather unexpectedly) as the most powerful military, economic, and cultural force in the world. Our focus is on understanding why this transition occurred and what impacts it had on the various regions and peoples of the United States. We will look closely at the decades’ defining conflicts over issues of citizenship, the government’s role in the economy, and the appropriate means and methods of waging war. This period is also rich in cultural materials and we will explore some of the era’s literature, music, art, and film.


                    • Paul Murphy, WWI and the Origin of Civil Liberties in the US
                    • Nella Larsen,  Passing
                    • Lizabeth Cohen, Making a New Deal: Industrial Workers in Chicago, 1919-39
                    • John Dower, War Without Mercy: Race and Power in the Pacific War

                    Grading: TBA

                    History 174D – Selected Themes in 20th Century American History
                    Instructor Shelley Brooks

                    California State of Mind: A Place-Based History of Twentieth-Century California

                    California is a place of remarkable racial, ethnic, economic, and environmental diversity. The state’s rich natural resources and its appealing climate and geographic location have long drawn people searching for economic opportunity from around the world. Development of California’s natural resources over the past several centuries has affected all aspects of the state – its flora and fauna, river flows, population centers, government policy, wealth, poverty, and labor. This place-based history course will analyze the interconnectedness of the state’s peoples, landscapes, and economy in order to understand such places as Hollywood, Yosemite, Watts, and Disneyland, innovations in the tech industry, and the emergence of the Beats, the Black Panthers, and a tax revolt. Developments such as these have epitomized and often shaped national trends; this course, therefore, also analyzes the chronology of twentieth-century U.S. history through the lens of California places.


                    • Lawrence Culver, Frontier of Leisure: Southern California and the Shaping of Modern America
                    • Jade Snow Wong, Fifth Chinese Daughter
                    • Additional readings available on Smartsite

                    Grading: TBA

                      History 177B – History of Black People and American Race Relations, 1860-Present Professor Clarence Walker

                      This course examines the history of peoples of African descent in the United States from the end of Reconstruction to the present.  We begin by studying the rise of Jim Crow and the various means African Americans employed to resist legalized segregation in the years after Reconstruction.  Readings cover the racial uplift and anti-lynching movements and the thought of Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois.  We then turn our attention to the relocation of mostly rural southern blacks to northern, midwestern, and western cities during World War I and World War II.  Students examine the rise of urban black culture, its influence on American culture, the Garvey movement, and the battles over citizenship rights during the New Deal era.  We conclude by analyzing the sources and legacies of the modern civil rights movement, the black power movement, and the "culture wars."


                        • John Hope Franklin, Three Negro Classics
                        • James Grossman, Land of Hope
                        • Ira Katznelson, When Affirmative Action Was White
                        • Michael Klarman, Unfinished Business
                        • Anne Moody, Coming of Age in Mississippi
                        • Gregory Smithers and Professor Clarence Walker, The Preacher and the Politician
                        • Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Army Life in a Black Regiment

                        Grading: TBA

                          History 193B – History of Modern Middle East of 1914
                          Professor Omnia El Shakry

                          This course explores the history of the Middle East from the turn of the twentieth century to the present. Rather than narrate the history of the twentieth century Middle East as a series of wars and conflicts, however, we will focus on the principal cultural, intellectual, political, and social factors that have shaped the countries of the Middle East. Themes include: legacies of imperialism; the late nineteenth century cultural renaissance known as the nahda; the World Wars; Islamic revival; gender; revolutionary movements; politics of oil and war; cultural modernism; and the Arab uprisings. Our focus in the 20th century will be largely on the emergence of anti-colonial nationalist revolutions and post-colonial national regimes. Rather than a comprehensive survey of the history of the M.E., the course will highlight certain countries with the purpose of critically addressing the themes that are dominant in both the scholarly and non-scholarly literature on the region.

                          Reading: TBA

                          Grading: TBA

                          History 194B Early Modern Japan
                          Professor Kyu Kim

                          This course examines history of early modern Japan, from late sixteenth century to the opening of trade relationship with the West in mid-nineteenth century. The intervening 250 years of Japanese history were dominated by a single continuous regime, the Tokugawa  house, and are generally considered to constitute an era of peace and stability. This was also the period in which the bushi (samurai) became Japan's unchallenged governing class: in which kabuki,  woodblock prints and other staples of Japanese culture came into maturation: in which the capital city of Japan, Edo, grew to become a metropolis with more than one million residents, larger than London and perhaps Paris of the same period: in which the warrior classes and urban merchants squared off vying for the love of courtesans: and in which commercialization and development of agriculture may well have laid foundation for the economic success of today's Japan. Early modern Japan in its myriad manifestations, magnificent and ordinary, sophisticated and coarse, vast and intimate, puzzling and suggestive, will be explored in this course through lectures incorporating both English- and Japanese-language studies as well as analyses of primary materials and classic and recent secondary works. There is no prerequisite for the course; no prior knowledge of Japanese history or culture is assumed. The course is reading-heavy and requires regular attendance to get a passing grade. History 194B is not recommended to those who are not seriously interested in Japanese history or culture.


                          • Conrad Totman. Early Modern Japan (Main textbook)
                          • Katsu Koichi. Teruko Craig, trans.  Musui's Story
                          • Chikamatsu Monzaemon. Four Plays of Chikamatsu
                          • Ueda Akinari. The Tales of Rain and Moonlight.



                          The grades are determined by performance in the following categories: Midterm, take-home and final examinations, term paper (optional), class participation in 7-8 discussion sections





                            UC Davis Study Abroad: Summer 2014


                            Vienna–Crossroads of Central Europe
                            Professor Stuart

                            August 2014

                            History 102S and 198

                            Vienna, one of Europe's great imperial capitals, is our classroom. A gateway to Eastern Europe, Vienna was the scene of epic battles between Christians and Muslims, as Ottoman Turks besieged the city. A musical capital, Vienna was home to Mozart and Beethoven. Sigmund Freud and Gustav Klimt made Vienna the birthplace of "modernity" around 1900. The city of Adolf Hitler's youth, Vienna saw the destruction of its flourishing Jewish community during WWII. In the Cold War, Vienna, officially "neutral," became a headquarters of the United Nations and the International Atomic Energy Agency—and a hotbed of international espionage. With the fall of the iron curtain, it is again a meeting point between East and West. We cross the former iron curtain during an excursion to Bratislava, Slovakia. No prerequisites.

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                            Peru-History of the Andean Region
                            Instructor Jordan Lauhon

                            June-July 2014

                            History 162 and 198

                            Location: Cuzco, Peru

                            Based in Cusco, Peru—perhaps the most storied city in South America—this course analyzes the history and culture of the Andean region from pre-Columbian times to the present.  While our emphasis will be historical, the course will engage with research from a variety of fields including geography, archeology, ethnomusicology, anthropology, and environmental studies.  We will pay particular attention to the “indigenous” or “Indian” populations of the region as well as the historical roots of the problems faced by the region of Cusco today.  Readings and lectures will be complemented by various trips, including a three-day trip to Machu Picchu.  Visits to Inca ruins, lectures by leading specialists, and discussion of contemporary Peru will increase students' understanding of the region and its people.  Student observations and questions about Cusco will shape the content and direction of course.  Spanish and Quechua lessons will be available.

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                            Jordan E. Lauhon

                            Office: SS/H #2376, Hemispheric Institute on the Americas



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