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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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Summer Session Expanded Course Descriptions 2015

Below is a listing of the courses offered by the History Department to undergraduates for Summer Sessions 1 & 2. 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.


Summer Session I

History 4C: Western Civilization

Professor Reeves

This course will cover both pivotal events such as the French Revolution and the two World Wars as well as larger trends such as the relationship between Europe and the rest of the world. This course will also function as a cursory introduction to different types of historical methodologies, drawing at turns from cultural, political, social, and intellectual history. Our readings will reflect this variety of approaches, from philosophical treatises to popular novels, and from scholarly articles to manifestos.


History 7C: Latin America, 1900-Present

Professor Johnson

What social and economic factors led Latin America towards revolution in the twentieth century?  How did the unsettling experience of rapid political change and violence create new forms of artistic and literary expression?  In this course, we will answer these questions by examining a variety of sources—including film and music—and case studies.   Themes of the course include the development of export economies, political dictatorships, and social movements motivated by cultural and ethnic issues.  The lens of the environment will be incorporated to understand change over time, and the last part of the course will connect these historical issues with contemporary issues and activism in Latin America.

Please note that this course is the third in a series, but completion of History 7A and 7B is NOT required (though it will be helpful) to take this class.


-Azuela, Mariano The Underdogs

-José Carlos Mariátegui Seven Interpretive Essays on Peruvian Reality (selections)

-Greg Grandin Empire’s Workshop: Latin America, The United States, and the Rise of the New Imperialism

-Course Reader with article selections (to be determined)


History 8: Indian Civilization

Professor 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.


History 10C: 19th-20th Century World History

Professor Harwell

Major topics from world history of the 19th and 20th centuries, emphasizing the rise and fall of Western colonial empires; Cold War and the superpowers; the spread of the nation-states; and process of globalization.


History 17A: History of the US

Professor Richardson

The experience of the American people from the Colonial Era to the Civil War.


History 111B – Ancient Greece

Professor Spyridakis

Classical Greece and the Hellenistic World, Political, Cultural and Intellectual Developments Emphasized


  • Rostovtzeff, Greece
  • J. Boardman, Griffin and Murray, The Oxford History of Greece and the Hellenistic World
  • Spyridakis and Nystrom, Ancient Greece: Documentary Perspectives

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


History 161: Human Rights in Latin America

Professor Schlotterbeck

Why are human rights violated? When and why are human rights protected? As a history course on the origins, denial, and protection of human rights in Latin America, we will use two case studies—Argentina and El Salvador—to answer these questions. For each country, we will examine historical context surrounding the rise of military dictatorships, the emergence of organized resistance by civil society, the efforts to enact political reform and defend human rights, and the ongoing problems posed by justice and memory. As a culminating final project, each student group will apply our framework for analyzing historical human rights abuses to a third case study of their choice on a contemporary human rights issue in Latin America. Students will become regular contributors to the course website:

Human rights must be understood as an embedded social practice, and thus we will move beyond an interest in theory to an exploration of how rights are practiced, by whom, and to what ends.  Ideas about human rights are always located within broader debates about the moral, the good, the just, and the unjust.  As we move through our case studies, we will explore the theoretical and practical challenges of human rights work.  One goal of the course is to ask how our reading and research can advance projects for social justice by merging cultural critique and political action.

Course Goals and Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the quarter, each student will have developed the following skills:

  • Factual Knowledge.  Acquire a stronger background in the histories of Argentina and El Salvador in the second half of the 20th century
  • Historical Method.  Know how to read different kinds of primary historical sources and secondary writings by historians by identifying the central arguments, evaluating evidence critically, and recognizing the writers’ perspective or biases. Demonstrate an ability to use primary and secondary sources to write essays with clear thesis arguments that are supported by evidence and that interpret—rather than merely describe—the past.
  • Skill Development:
    • To develop analytic (reading) and communication (writing, discussion, and presentation) skills
    • To develop research skills and basic knowledge of website design
    • To develop greater capacity to work collaboratively and cooperatively
    • To learn further how to apply historical lessons to the challenges of local and global citizenship


History 168: Inter-American Relations

Professor Reeder

This course examines the relations between the United States and Latin America in the nineteenth, twentieth, and early twenty-first 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 (very much in the news right now), we will also look at how the United States media has depicted Latin America and its people as well as the contemporary issues in U.S.-Latin American relations, particularly the border or la frontera and the rising Latina/o population in the U.S.  


History 188: America in the 1960s

Professor Scavo

Tumult and upheaval in American politics, culture, and society 1960-1969. 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

Summer Session II

History 3: Cities: A Survey of the British Empire

Professor Tavolacci

Survey of seven cities within the British Empire: London, Dublin, Kingston, Jamaica, Calcutta, Hong Kong, Melbourne, and Johannesburg. Survey begins with pre-colonial backgrounds of the cities, investigates how empire imprinted, built, and changed them over time, and ends with the experiences of decolonization. Themes include city planning, racial segregation, crime and punishment, and the movement of people and goods between different imperial cities.


History 9A: History of East Asian Civilization

Professor Lin

This course provides an overview of Chinese history from earliest times until the present day. It examines not only the major political changes, but also developments in thought, religion, social life, art, literature, as well as the connections between this country and the world throughout its history.

The goals include first, to track the evolution of “China” as a cultural and political construction, and to question the notion that “unification” is the natural state of affair of China; second, to identify the cultural attitudes and practices that have shaped and continue to shape the course of Chinese history.

Readings include a textbook, a sourcebook of primary source, and some supplementary sources in PDF. The discussion is an important aspect of the course. Writing assignments include a map exercise, one paper, and a final.


History 17B: History of the US

Professor Higgins

The experience of the American people from the Civil War to the present. The course will first chart the growth of the postbellum federal state, the labor movement, populism and progressivism, rising immigration, Jim Crow, and the emergence of an overseas American empire.  In the twentieth century, the course will turn to the United States’ place in the Cold War, and the challenges offered by social movements to gendered, racial, and class-based inequality.

Particular attention will be paid to race relations, foreign policy, and political economy.  As the course approaches more recent decades we will examine questions such as: How did Americans experience the shift from a Keynesian economic order to a neoliberal consensus? How can we explain the necessity of a movement such as #blacklivesmatter in the long wake of the Civil Rights Movement?  What are the historical roots and the interrelationship of the carceral state and what has been called the New Gilded Age?

No background in U.S. history is needed, and students do not need to have completed History 17A to enroll.  Provisionally, students will be evaluated on the basis of two 4-5 page papers, a midterm and final exam, and attendance/participation.


  •  Nicholas Lemann, Redemption: The Last Battle of the Civil War

  •  Ron Kovic, Born on the Fourth of July

  •  Glenn C. Loury, Race, Incarceration, and American Values

  •  Additional primary and secondary sources on SmartSite


History 139B: Medicine, Society, and Culture in Modern Europe

Professor Draper

This upper-division lecture course explores the intersection between medicine, society and culture in Europe from approximately 1700 to the present. Using a combination of primary and secondary sources the course will chart the medicalization of European life from the Enlightenment onwards to identify the many ways in which western medicine has impacted upon Europeans and the other peoples with whom they have come in contact. Rather than focusing on a triumphalist narrative which celebrates the great deeds of great medical men, this course will investigate areas where medicine has played a more controversial and contested role in shaping modern European cultural perceptions and social attitudes. 


History 145 – War and Revolution in Europe

Professor Campbell

The long 19th century, from the French Revolution until the outbreak of World War I, witnessed the gradual emergence of a new kind of warfare – the total war, in which states sought to make use of all their natural and human resources.  This attempt was closely connected with economic transformations, new political formations, and significant new demands on the populations of European states.

Studying the 19th century in Europe through a military lens is therefore much more than listing battles and dates.  It is the study of a continent-wide reformation of society and politics, and, just as important, the study of how European populations responded to the new demands being made of them.  In this context, we’ll explore, among other topics, the formation of new social classes and political movements; the consolidation of European nations; and multiple dimensions of European expansion in Africa and Asia.  We’ll pay particular attention to the relationship between the way that European states sought to fight wars and their internal political, social, and economic developments.  Focusing on a few richly detailed primary sources will help us to understand the anxieties and possibilities such rapid changes entailed for ordinary people.

No prior knowledge is assumed; familiarity with modern European history (course 4C or similar) will be helpful.  Students will be evaluated on the basis of a midterm, a final, and two 6-7 papers, one each on a primary and secondary source.


•         David Fromkin, Europe’s Last Summer

•         P. M. Jones, The French Revolution, 1787-1804 (2nd ed.)

•         Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, The Leopard

•         Mark Traugott, Armies of the Poor

•         Geoffrey Wawro, Warfare and Society in Europe, 1792-1914

•         Additional primary and secondary sources on SmartSite


History 146B: Europe in the Twentieth Century

Professor Clendening

This course examines European history since 1939 and deals with the major events and developments in Eastern and Western Europe in this time, including: World War II and the Holocaust; the Cold War and divided Europe; the “economic miracle” and postwar reconstruction; decolonization and the end of European empires; the political movements of 1968 and their broader global context; new challenges to Western European societies in the 1970s and 1980s, from domestic terrorism to neoliberal critiques of the welfare state; the causes and outcomes of the collapse of Eastern European communist regimes in 1989-1991; the long-term processes of European integration; and the outlook of the European project amidst recent challenges in the twenty-first century.


History  165: Latin American Social Revolutions

Professor Lauhon

What is revolution? Why do revolutions occur? How do people experience revolution? How do revolutions evolve over time? How are revolutions shaped by local, national, and global circumstances? How can we explain the political violence and terror that often accompany revolutions? This course addresses these questions by exploring the revolutionary tradition of modern Latin America. We will compare revolutions in Mexico, Cuba, and Nicaragua, paying close attention to the economic, political, social, and cultural dimensions of revolutionary transformation. We will also examine the emergence and ultimate failure of the “Shining Path” of Peru, and assess the role and legacy of revolutionary and counterrevolutionary violence in twentieth-century Latin America. Grades will reflect the completion and quality of in-class activities, short papers, and a final project.


  • Revolutions: A Very Short Introduction
  • Mexico’s Once and Future Revolution
  • A History of the Cuban Revolution
  • Blood of Brothers: Life and War in Nicaragua
  • When Rains Became Floods: A Child Soldier’s Story


History 178B: Race in America, 1865-Present

Professor Johnson

Racial Formation in the Post Civil War. United States from 1860 to the present.


History 189: California History

Professor O’Donnell

California history from the pre-colonial period to the present including dispossession of California’s Indians, political economy of the Spanish and Mexican periods, Gold Rush effects, industrialization, Hollywood, water politics, World War II, Proposition 13, and the emergence of the Silicon Valley.

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