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Yearly Schedule: 2015-2016

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Expanded Course Descriptions 2015

Below is a listing of the courses offered by the History Department to undergraduates for Summer Sessions 1 & 2 and Fall 2015. 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

Instructor 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

Instructor 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

Instructor 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

Instructor 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

Instructor 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

Instructor 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

Instructor Johnson

This course traces racial formation in the United States following the Civil War and leading up to the present. As America struggled with the aftermath of slavery, imposed new and changing immigration policies, and entered a period of expanding federal power, the populous and the government produced changing definitions of what it meant to be an “American.” These shifts had lasting political and social consequences that are inherent to understanding the racial climate of today.

Subject matter will focus on comparing and contrasting the experiences of African Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans, Mexican Americans, and whites. In doing so, this course will examine how racial and ethnic minorities, women, and immigrants experienced inclusion and exclusion in relation to one another. Special emphasis will be placed on the study of immigration and migration, access to citizenship, institutional racism, and political activism. These topics cannot be disconnected from American involvement abroad and this course will encourage students to analyze how racial formation changed throughout the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries due to US colonial and imperial interests, both within the borders of the present-day US and in the international arena.

Two Essays: 50%, Class Participation: 20%, Final Exam: 30%


History 189: California History

Instructor O’Donnell

This course will examine the social and political history of California and the state’s importance in United States history. We will think about questions such as: what role did race play in the state’s history? From Chinese Exclusion, the Bracero program, Japanese internment, the Black Panthers, and Proposition 187, California has been on the leading edge of the nation’s understanding of and relationship to ideas about race. How have men and women experienced California differently? What debates about sexual violence, sexual revolutions, and homosexuality began in California? How has labor and capital shaped the world's eighth largest economy? How far back in the state’s history have politics and the environment intersected? Conflicts over mining, agriculture, water, wildlife conservation, and climate change have a long history in this state with global consequences. From high-tech to fast food, from the Hippies to Hollywood, California represents an amazing diversity of experiences and ideas that this class will begin to explore in an attempt to answer these questions. CRN 73816


Primary sources posted on SmartSite

Lee, Erika. At America's Gates : Chinese Immigration During the Exclusion Era, 1882-1943. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003.

McGirr, Lisa. Suburban Warriors: The Origins of the New American Right Politics and Society in Twentieth-Century America. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2001.


20%     Participation

20%     Reading quizzes (2)

20%     Reading responses (2)

30%     Research paper (6-8 pages) & outline

10%     Final exam

Fall Quarter 2015

History 4C: History of Western Civilization

Professor Campbell

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.

Of particular importance to us will be the theme of violence as a means of both challenging and maintaining Europe’s political and economic systems.

Assignments:  essay-based midterm and final exams; two short (about five pages) primary source papers.  In lieu of quizzes, students will make weekly contributions to the course discussion forum on SmartSite.

Selected readings:

•         Lynn Hunt et al, The Making of the West:  A Concise History, Volume II

•         Katharine Lualdi, Sources of the Making of the West, Volume II

•         Honore de Balzac, Pere Goriot

•         Ernst Junger, Storm of Steel

•         Art Spiegelman, Maus

•         Additional materials available on SmartSite


History 7A – History of Latin America to 1700

Professor Staff


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 additional primary source documents. 

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.


History 10A: World History to 1350

Professor Anooshahr

This is a survey of the world from pre-history to the “Middle Ages”. The goal is to be acquainted with common global themes in the past, and especially to be aware of connections across various regions and continents. But also it is to learn how to think historically and analytically. The most important thing to be aware of is how societies change over time, and to be mindful of continuities and differences across human societies. We will concentrate on broad themes as opposed to detail narrative of thousands of years. To do well in this class, complete each week’s reading before the first meeting of that week, don’t try to memorize every detail but look for big patterns, ask questions and participate in class, write well.

Readings: TBA

Grading: TBA


History 10C – World History 1850 – Present

Professor 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.

In addition to familiarizing ourselves with the history of Europe in this period, ideally we will be cultivating a number of practical and scholarly skills in this course.  These include the critical reading and appreciation of texts; the capacity for focused and creative collaborative inquiry; the ability to formulate fruitful questions (both empirical and synthetic/interpretive) and to pursue answers to them in an effective and creative manner; the capacity for forceful, clear written and oral expression; and the ability to pursue inquiry in sustained, lively, and open discussion.

Readings will include a textbook, scholarly articles, excerpts from letters, memoirs, eyewitness accounts, Congressional testimony, works of political philosophy, and policy documents.

Students will write two short (5 to 6-page) essays (50 percent of grade), take two tests (30 percent), and complete five exxercises (20 percent).


History 15 – Introduction to African History

Professor Jean-Baptiste


History 17A – History of the United States

Professor Staff


History 17B – History of the United States, Civil War to the Present

Professor 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. 


History 80: The History of the United States in the Middle East

Professors Oropeza and 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


History 102A –

Professor Spyridakis

Aspects of Greek history in Classical and Hellenistic Times.

Readings: TBA

Grading: TBA


History 102D –

Professor Stuart


History 102L – The History of the Right to Vote

Professor Downs

Few values seem as central to the American experience as the right to vote, but in fact voting rights and access to polling places have been among the most-contentious struggles in U.S. history.  This seminar traces arguments over who should vote and how their access should be protected or denied from the colonial period to the present fights over the meaning of the extensions of the Voting Rights Act.  In the process we will examine the struggles over access to the vote for propertyless white men, for African-American men, for women, for 18 to 20 year olds, and for immigrants and the way those struggles redefined the boundaries of inclusion and exclusion.  By examining political speeches and pamphlets, insurgent organizing campaigns to extend the vote, legal statutes, testimony in contested elections, personal memoirs, Supreme Court decisions, and statistical election data, students will learn about using many different types of sources--political, legal, cultural, and social.  Students will read Alexander Keyssar's Right to Vote and several chapters and articles, and many primary sources.  Students will produce a primary source-based research paper at the end of the class.


History 102M –

Professor Oropeza


History 102X – Adolescence in the Modern World

Professor Decker

HIS 102X

From breakthroughs in psychological studies of adolescence in the late nineteenth century to the role of young people in the Arab Spring, teenagers and youth have been the barometer of national cultures and crises in the modern world. Adolescents were often the first to embrace modern global trends, and for this reason, they have been the primary target of marketing campaigns during the several decades. In this course, we will discuss shifting theories of adolescence and the role of sexuality, politics, economics, and culture in the global history of youth.

Required Books

Mark Fenemore, Sex, Thugs and Rock 'N' Roll: Teenage Rebels in Cold-War East Germany

Clive Glaser, Bo-Tsotsi: The Youth Gangs of South Africa, 1935-1976

Margaret Mead, Coming of Age in Samoa: A Psychological Study of Primitive Youth for Western Civilisation

Additional readings available on SmartSite

Course Requirements: TBA


History 104A –

Professor Miller


History 109B – Environmental Change, Disease and Public Health

Professor Davis

This course analyzes environmental change at multiple scales and how these changes have influenced public health over time.  It takes as a starting point that the “environment” includes not only deserts, mountains, plains and rivers, but also slaughter houses, hospitals and our own and other animal bodies.  The changes that have taken places in these varied environments have included the obvious like deforestation and the damming of rivers and the 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.  All of these changes have had 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 have become quicker and more pervasive during our era of “globalization.”  This course aims to make clear many of the complex connections between political economy, environmental change and public health around the world throughout history. **Fulfills the GE Science & Engineering and Social Sciences requirement.

History 110 – Themes in World History

Professor Staff


HISTORY 115C – History of Southern Africa

Professor 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.


HISTORY 121B – Medieval History

Professor McKee

Starting in the 10th century and ending in the mid-fourteenth, the subject matter of this course covers the major political, economic, military, and cultural movements of the High Middle Ages. Church reform, crusading, architecture, and religious movements are some of the topics that


History 136 – Scientific Revolution

Professor Daniel Stolzenberg

What does it mean to understand nature in modern—and premodern—ways? Today we take for granted that science involves mathematical laws, experimentation, discovering new phenomena, and the creation of technologies that provide power over nature. None of these was true about European natural science in 1500. All had become widely accepted by 1700. This class treats the transformation of European ideas about nature, knowledge, and technology during the age of Copernicus, Galileo, Descartes, and Newton. We will explore the intellectual culture of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, looking closely at source materials from this period, and examine issues such as scientific methodologies, instruments and experimentation, religion, and the control of nature. Topics include astronomy, physics, alchemy, natural magic, medicine, and natural history. The readings and lectures are designed to provide the basis for students to think critically about these issues, which will form the basis for written assignments and in-class discussion.


History 138A– Russian History: The Rise of the First Empire, 1500-1881

Professor Staff


History 138A (Honors) – Russian History: The Rise of the First Empire, 1304-1825

Professor Campbell

This course, the first in a three-part sequence on Russian history, traces the development of the Russian Empire from its unpromising beginnings.  Out of a few insignificant tributary states of the Golden Horde, by the 19th century, emerged what was unquestionably the strongest power in Eurasia, and a force to be reckoned with in European affairs.  Covering more than 500 years of history, we will discuss the signal features of the Empire’s rise:  the consolidation of autocratic rule; the origins and development of serfdom; Russia’s dual role as a Eurasian empire and a part of the European state system; and the social and cultural impacts of these radical changes, including bloody, nigh-Apocalyptic rebellions. 

Along the way, we will meet fascinating people:  the grasping, greedy Ivan I; the tormented and murderous Ivan IV (“The Terrible”); no less than three impostor tsars; the dynamic, brutal Peter the Great; and the ambitious, learned Catherine the Great.

Early Russian history presents particular challenges:  few primary sources survive, and these are sometimes of questionable reliability.  As a leading scholar of the period puts it, “Imagine trying to make sense of American history if the authenticity of the Constitution were uncertain and scholars were divided about whether or not the Civil War actually took place.”  This provides exciting opportunities for students to both learn the intricacies of the historian’s craft and to do original, impactful research.  In biweekly seminar-style meetings, we will work side-by-side on precisely these difficult and contested questions.


Paul Avrich, Russian Rebels, 1600-1800

James Cracraft, The Revolution of Peter the Great

Charles Halperin, Russia and the Golden Horde

Andrei Pavlov and Maureen Perrie, Ivan the Terrible:  Profiles in Power

Marc Raeff, Origins of the Russian Intelligentsia

Serge Zenkovsky, Medieval Russia’s Epics, Chronicles, and Tales

Assignments:  midterm and final exams; two short (500-750 word) response papers; one major (8-10 pp.), primary-source based paper, developed in consultation with the professor over the course of the quarter.


History 142B – Memory of the Holocaust

Professor David Biale

This course deals with the myriad ways the memory of the Nazi genocide of the Jews has been constructed in the half century since the event.  The goal of the course is to teach students how to analyze critically the way memory shapes and sometimes distorts our images of the past, especially when that past involves a collective trauma that may defy representation.  The course is interdisciplinary in nature, involving varied texts from memoirs, literature, film, architecture and philosophy.


History 146A – Europe in the 20th Century

Professor Dickinson

This course will cover the history of Europe in the first part of the twentieth century, from the 1890s through to the outbreak of World War II.  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 long-term trends and changes in the decades around 1900.  Our understanding of the problems and potentials of European civilization in this period will then serve as a basis for understanding the violent upheavals of the first decades of the twentieth century, from 1914 to 1939.   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.

Readings from the course will include a textbook, some scholarly articles by historians, and selections from several autobiographies, from several novels and short stories, from a number of scholarly monographs, and from a number of works of political and social philosophy.

Each student will be asked to write two short essays (6-8 pages), each worth 30% of the course grade; a midterm, worth 15% of the course grade, and take a final examination, worth 25% of the course grade.


History 151C – Eighteenth Century England

Professor Landau

Analysis of arguments about the transformation of a kingdom famed as the most chaotic in Europe into the world's pre-eminent power.


History 165 – Latin American Social Revolutions

Professor Staff


History 166B – History of Mexico Since 1848

Professor Staff


History 173 – Becoming an American: Immigration and American Culture

Professor Tsu

An introduction to the wide range of immigrant experiences and cycles of nativism that have shaped American culture in the twentieth century.  From novels, memoirs and films, students will explore how external and internal immigration has created a multicultural society.  We will use a comparative framework to explore the history of immigrants from Europe, Asia, and Latin America, as well as the migration of African Americans within the United States.  Themes will include debates in immigration history, community building, acculturation, racial formation, immigration policy, America’s treatment of immigrants, and competing notions of citizenship.


History 176B – Cultural and Social History of the United States

Professor Staff


History 188- America in the 1960s

Professors Olmsted and Rauchway


History 196A: Medieval India

Professor Anooshahr

Survey of the history of India in the millennium preceding arrival of British in the 18th century, focusing on interaction of the civilizations of Hinduism and Islam and on the changing nature of the state.


History 191J- Sex and Society in Modern Chinese History

Professor Bossler

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