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Yearly Schedule: 2014-2015

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Spring Quarter 2015

Below is a listing of the courses offered by the History Department to undergraduates for Fall 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 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, Volume C
•         Katharine Lualdi, Sources of the Making of the West, Volume II (packaged free with Hunt textbook)
•         Honore de Balzac, Pere Goriot
•         Ernst Junger, Storm of Steel
•         Art Spiegelman, Maus
•         Additional materials available on SmartSite

History 7C: Latin America, 1900 to Present

Professor 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.
  • Sonia Nazario, Enrique's Journey

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

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.


  • Ebrey, Cambridge Illustrated History of China
    • Ebrey, Chinese Civilization, A Sourcebook

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 17A: History of the United States
Professor 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 Rauchway

The experience of the American people from the Civil War to the War on Terror


  • Papke. Pullman Case: The Clash of Labor and Capital in Industrial America
  • Kens. Lochner v. New York: Economic Regulation on Trial
  • Daniels. Japanese American Cases: The Rule of Law in Time of War
  • Belknap. The Vietnam War on Trial

History 72B: Social History of American Women and the Family

 Professor 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.


Grading: TBA

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: Ancient History
Professor Spyridakis

Aspects of Greek history in Classical and Hellenistic Times.

Readings: TBA

Grading: TBA

History 102H: TBA

Professor Javers


Bryna Goodman, Native Place, City, and Nation: Regional Networks and Identities in Shanghai, 1853-1937

Gail Hershatter, Dangerous Pleasures: Prostitution and Modernity in Twentieth-Century Shanghai 

Leo Ou-fan Lee, Shanghai Modern: The Flowering of a New        Urban Culture in China, 1930-1945 

Yokomitsu, Shanghai: A Novel 

Lu Hanchao, Beyond the Neon Lights: Everyday Life in Earl Twentieith Century Shanghai 

Grading: Active participation in discussion and close reading of all assigned materials are a major part of the grade. Additional assignments include a map quiz; short reading responses; and a final paper.

History 102L:

Professor Hartigan-O’Connor

The American Revolution was a war fought for political independence and the creation of a new nation.  It was also part of wide-ranging transformations in science, politics, and personal relationships.  This course will explore these transformations by considering the years between 1760 and 1820 as a revolutionary era.  Placing the American Revolution in transatlantic context, we will analyze the connections between war and social/cultural change.  Readings and discussions covering the topics of sex, family, religion, work, land, and communication are designed to help seminar participants reach a deeper understanding of what we mean, and what is at stake, when we call the changes of this period “radical.”


Gregory Dowd, A Spirited Resistance

Laurent Du Bois, Avengers of the New World

Hannah Foster, The Coquette

Woody Holton, Forced Founders

Gordon Wood, The Radicalism of the American Revolution


These books will be supplemented with several assigned articles.


Grading is based upon seminar participation, brief response papers, and two longer writing assignments.

History 102M: Slavery In Film And Literature
Professor Clarence Walker
The seminar will focus on the representation of slavery in popular American movies and novels.The class will begin with  a viewing of Gone With the Wind (1939) and reading the first half of the novel. In subsequent classes we will look at 12 Years A Slave, Mandingo, and  Django . Movies are a universal language and what most Americans know about United States  and World history today they  learned at the movies. This  explains the popularity of films like Brave Heart, The Patriot, Selma, Lincoln, and Zero Dark Thirty.Movies make understanding the past easy because they  do not require  the people observing them  to think-----  they just sit and enjoy the story. This is not true  of films and novels that address crucial issues. Slavery was / is a moral question . People are either pro, anti, or indifferent to slavery and their responses to representations of human bondage reveal a lot about  contemporary attitudes  about race and  gender.  In this class we are going to examine this process by looking at four films ( GWTW, Mandingo, 12 Years, and Django). The films will be supplemented with  both primary and secondary texts. The books provide the context for viewing the films.

Incidents In The Life of A Slave Girl
Edward P. Jones, The Known World
Margaret Mitchell, Gone With the Wind
Gregory Smithers, Slave Breeding
William Styron, The Confessions Of Nat Turner

Dolen Perkins, Wenches


History 111C - Ancient Rome

Professor 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 113: History of Modern Israel

Professor Biale

One of the most hotly contested subjects in the world today, the century-long struggle between Jews and Arabs requires understanding the conflicting narratives of the various parties to the conflict.  In this course, we will listen to these different Jewish and Palestinian voices in the context of Israel’s politics and culture, as they have developed since the 1880s.  We will examine such subjects as the rise and fall of utopian Zionism, the development of modern Hebrew culture, the conflict between religious and secular Jews, and the relationships between Mizrahi, Ashkenazi, Russian, Ethiopian and Arab citizens of Israel’s multicultural society.  The course will create a space where students can discuss the contemporary conflict rationally and on the basis of informed opinion.                      


Anita Shapira, History of Israel

Amos Oz, In the Land of Israel

Amos Oz, A Tale of Love and Darkness



Two essays 

Current events journal

Clicker Surveys

HISTORY 115B: East & Central Africa

Professor Decker

An in-depth survey of East and Central African history, including investigations into slavery and human trafficking, Arab and European colonization, nationalism, genocide, the spread of Christianity and Islam, human rights, and international development initiatives. The countries discussed include Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Zambia, Rwanda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and bordering nations.


Sarah Mirza and Margaret Strobel, Three Swahili Women

Binyavanga Wainaina, One Day I will Write about this Place


Robert Maxon, East Africa: An Introductory History

Additional readings will be available on SmartSite

Grading: TBA

History 116: International Development in Africa

Professor Decker

This course explores the impact of international development interventions in Africa from the nineteenth century to the present. It addresses global ideologies and local interpretations of the civilizing mission, agricultural reforms, colonial and postcolonial capitalist industries, nutrition programs, schooling, and health campaigns, as well as African notions of modernity and progress.


Tsitsi Dangarembga, Nervous Conditions

Dambisa Moyo, Dead Aid


Frederick Cooper, Africa Since 1940

Additional readings available on SmartSite

Grading: TBA

History 138B: Russian History: The Russian Revolution, 1880-1917

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 a midterm and final exam; two short (2-3 pp.) response papers; and a longer (8-10 pp.) primary source analysis developed over the course of the quarter.

Selected readings:

•         Nicholas Riasanovsky, A History of Russia (optional; any edition OK)

•         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

•         Olga Semenova-Tian-Shanskaia, Rural Life in Late Tsarist Russia

•         Additional readings on SmartSite

History 146A: Europe in the Twentieth Century

Instructor Steve Harris

As we mark the centennial of “The Great War,” the echoes of Europe’s early 20th century reverberate strongly in our 21st century world. The precarious nature of contemporary world affairs seems ominously similar to that of 1913-14. We see plausible parallels between Putin and Hitler, between the Great Depression of 1929-39 and our own Great Recession, and between the decline of the British Empire and recent challenges to American global preeminence.

This course places World War I as the centerpiece of Europe’s twentieth century. We will explore the political, economic, and cultural aspects of Europe from the start of the century up to World War II. We will consider the impact of nationalism and imperialism in the various theories of the origins of the Great War, the influence of science and technology, the fall and revival of the gold standard, a new level of global awareness, the end of empires, and the rise of Communist and fascist governments.

How did World War I start? Did its ending lead to World War II? How did the increased power of workers make itself felt in the politics, economies, and cultures of Russia, Britain, France, and Germany?  How did Stalin, Hitler, and Churchill come to power?  How much of this period was driven by trends and strategies and how much by contingency and personality? How have the history and the memory of World War I evolved over the past hundred years?

READINGS: Readings will include Gilbert & Large’s The End of the European Era as a foundational narrative, Paxton’s Anatomy of Fascism, and a mix (on-line) of primary and supplementary secondary sources.

GRADING: Grading will be based on class participation, on-line responses, in-class mid-term and final examinations, and an 8-12 page research paper.

History 147B: European Intellectual History, 1870-1920

Professor Saler

This course examines some of the major issues, thinkers, and works in Europe at the turn of the century. We will be looking at debates concerning politics, philosophy, literature, art, religion, and the nature of "modernity." Readings include works by Friedrich Nietzsche, Sigmund Freud, Henrik Ibsen, Henri Bergson, Max Weber, Arthur Rimbaud, Thomas Mann, and Franz Kafka.


Nietzsche, The Birth of Tragedy and On the Genealogy of Morals

Ibsen, Hedda Gabler

Freud, On Dreams

Bergson, An Introduction to Metaphysics

Weber, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism

Kandinsky, Concerning the Spiritual in Art

Rimbaud, Complete Works and Selected Letters

Thomas Mann, Death in Venice and Other Tales

Kafka, The Trial

Grading: TBA

HISTORY 151D – Industrial England


English history from Waterloo to the Battle of Britain; the rise and continuance for the first industrial nation, examining the transformation of landed to class society, oligarchy to democracy and bureaucracy, Bentham to Bloomsbury, empire to commonwealth.


GRADING:           TBA

History 161: Human Rights in Latin America

Professor Schlotterbeck

History of the origins, denial, and protection of Human Rights in Latin America. Topics include: the contribution of Latin America to international human rights norms; the rise of military dictatorships; the different ways national security states repressed civilian populations; the organized resistance by civil society to challenge dictatorship; the transition to democratic rule; the effort to enact political reform and defend human rights; the problems posed by justice and memory, including the legal ramifications for international law, the relationship between truth commissions and reconciliation, cultural and artistic productions, memory politics, and the reconstruction of the civil society after times of trauma.

Case studies include Guatemala, Argentina, and US-Mexico Border in the second half of the 20th century.

Required Texts:

Greg Grandin, The Last Colonial Massacre: Latin America in the Cold War (Chicago 2004)

Patricia Marchak, God’s Assassins. State Terrorism in Argentina in the 1970s (Montreal: McGill, 1999)

Sonia Nazario, Enrique’s Journey (Random House 2007)

Additional articles on SmartSite


Reading Responses:             30% each (10% x 3)

Briefing Book/Dossier:        30% content

                                                10% website

                                                10% group evaluation

Final Exam:                             20%

History 164: History of Chile

Professor Whipple

The course will mainly focus on twentieth-century Chilean history. Particular emphasis will be placed on the cultural dimensions of the social and political processes that were significant for the country, such as modernization and the emergence of new political actors at the beginning of the twentieth century, the role played by the State during populist governments, Allende’s socialist project, and the military dictatorship and human rights violations during the 1970s and 80s. The course will also address recent debates about the relation between history and memory and recent events such as the ongoing protests that demand a more egalitarian society and resistance to neoliberalism. This class will include lectures, the discussion of required readings and the analysis of images, documentaries and of popular music from the era.

READINGS:         Hutchison, Klubock, Milanich and Winn, eds.,The Chile reader. History, Culture, Politics;  and a selection of 10 to 12 articles.

GRADING:           Paper (outline and bibliography 30%; Final draft 70%); Mid-term and Final Exam.

History 170A: Colonial America

Professor Smolenski

This course examines the settlement, growth, and development of European colonial societies in North America from the era of contact and conquest through the Seven Years’ War. Colonial America was a diverse, complex, vibrant, and often violent place; its history contains numerous stories of tragedy and triumph, struggle and survival, cooperation and coercion. Out of these interactions between Indians, Europeans, and Africans emerged multicultural, Creole societies. Over the course of this quarter, we will address many facets of this rich history, exploring such topics as the European “discovery” and conquest of America; the settlement of European colonies; the Indian response to European invasion; the rise of African slavery in the Americas; the evolution of colonial thought and culture; and the rivalry between European imperial powers over the Americas. We will explore the differences between different colonial settlements, such as Spanish Santa Fe, Puritan Boston, and French Quebec, while keep our eye on the larger social structures European colonialism produced.


•             Kathleen M. Brown, Good Wives, Nasty Wenches, and Anxious Patriarchs

•             Alan Taylor, American Colonies

•             Kirsten Fischer and Eric Hinderaker, Colonial America

Grading: Two Papers (6-8 pp.); Midterm; Final Exam

History 171A: Jacksonian America

Professor Walker

The political and social history of the United States from the end of the War of 1812 to the Compromise of 1850. How the market revolution transformed American life, and led the nation towards war.


GRADING:           TBA

History 174A(Honors): The Gilded Age and Progressive Era: United States, 1876-1917

Professor Materson

U.S. history and the construction of modern America from the end of Reconstruction to U.S. entry into World War I. Includes Southern redemption, Western incorporation, electoral corruption, labor movements, Populism, Progressivism, women’s suffrage, U.S. imperial expansion, and immigration restriction.


GRADING:           TBA

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

This course covers American history following the First World War to 1945. Topics include America’s emergence as a world power, the business culture of the 1920’s, the New Deal and World War II. Emphasis on issues such as government regulation of the economy, welfare capitalism, and class, racial, ethnic, and gender conflicts.

READINGS:         Hagedorn, Savage Peace: Hope and Fear in America 1919

Boyle, Arch of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights and Murder in the Jazz Age

Rauchway, A Very Short Introduction to the Great Depression and the New Deal

Dower, War Without Mercy: Race and Power in the Pacific War

GRADING:           TBA

History 182: Gender and Justice in American History

Professor Hartigan-O’Connor

History 182 enters courtrooms and judges’ chambers to explore key intersections between gender and justice in American history, covering such topics as witchcraft, mixed-race marriage, child custody, sexual harassment, and protective labor laws.  The course will examine how the early development of American law rested upon ideas about race and gender, leading to centuries of struggle between men and women over who counted as a citizen in matters of suffrage, property-holding, and custody of children.  Through scholarly literature, films, trial records, personal letters, treatises and newspaper accounts, we will investigate how women and men of different races and backgrounds used and were used by juries, sensational trials, lawyers, and judges.


Cornelia Hughes Dayton, Women Before the Bar

Michael Grossberg, A Judgment for Solomon

Linda Kerber, No Constitutional Right to be Ladies

Nancy Woloch, Muller vs. Oregon:  A Brief History With Documents

Peggy Pascoe, What Comes Naturally

These books will be supplemented with several assigned articles.


Grading is based upon brief response papers, two longer writing assignments, and a final exam.

History 183B: Expanding America, 1850-Present:  From the Trans-Mississippi West to the World

Professor Warren

"Up to our own day, American history has been in a large degree the history of the colonization of the Great West.” - - Frederick Jackson Turner, 1893

For networked, twenty-first century Americans, the nineteenth-century West might seem so remote in time and experience as to be irrelevant. But nothing could be more deceptive. In key ways, that West after the Civil War gave birth to the modern U.S. and the modern world.

Big government and giant corporations of today both had crucial origins in the Far West. The Indian Wars of the West set important precedents for America’s wars in the Pacific and Asia, from the Philippines to Japan and Afghanistan. War was also a tool for imposing Protestant Christianity on native peoples, and in other ways, too, the West - - with its Mormons, Ghost Dancers, Pentecostals, and others was a hotbed of religious dissent and conflict that foreshadows much of today’s anxiety about religion and holy war. The Old West looked surprisingly modern in some ways: western society was more than the motley farmers and cowboys seen in our movies; it was at times the most diverse of any American society of the time, composed not just of Anglo-Americans but also Indians, Mexican-Americans, African-Americans, Chinese, Japanese, Filipinos and scores of other immigrants. It presaged our own communities and helped give rise to modern ideas of race and the social order you know (and perhaps seek to change).

Without the West of the nineteenth century, there likely would be no Indian casinos, no University of California, and no Silicon Valley. While the Old West is widely remembered as wilderness, subjugating it required the construction of modern government and modern science. The West became the home of the U.S. military, with gigantic military bases and a navy that dominated the Pacific after World War II, and the West was where the world’s first nuclear weapons were developed and tested and where the paradoxes of “nuclear security” - - of seeking to ensure peace with doomsday machines - - first appeared. The development of the West after World War II saw the birth of the modern suburb, ringed by landscapes that are among the most bitterly contested in the entire country, with fights over western forests, minerals, water, and land at the center of fierce disputes that have contributed mightily to the partisan warfare of the early twenty first century.  Finally, the borders that encircle the West and separate it from Mexico and Canada paradoxically connect it to the larger world and make it central to some of the most contentious immigration debates of the age.

We will explore the history of the West since 1850 in all its complexity, seeking not just an understanding of the factual past, but insight into why western history has been consistently (and even willfully) distorted in our books, movies, and other media, and how that history can be connected to the U.S. and the world today.

Among the questions guiding our inquiry will be the following:

1) How did Indians and emigrants remake the environments of the West as they made it into homes, and with what legacies for Americans today?

2) How did the Indian Wars reshape American ideas of warfare, and with what consequences?  Have surviving Indian communities reconciled with Americans? What legacies has Indian War created for Indians and other Americans today?

3) What political struggles and economic arrangements accompanied westward expansion and annexation, and how did western settlement in turn re-shape U.S. politics, culture, and economy?

4) How and why did the West give birth to the nuclear era?  What are the connections between defense spending and the rise of information technology?

5) How were frontier myths in U.S. popular culture created, and what do they tell us about American society and history?

History 191B: High Imperial China

Professor Bossler

This course explores aspects of the cultural, social, and intellectual history of China from the Six Dynasties period (beginning 220 A.D.) through the Tang (618-907) and Song (960-1279) dynasties, with special focus on the period from 900-1200. In this period China came to surpass the rest of the world in economic, social, and cultural development. We examine how foreign influences such as Buddhism changed (and were changed by) indigenous Chinese thought and institutions, and how the economic prosperity and population growth of the Tang and Song periods gave rise to new social structures, philosophical movements, and technological advances. We will also explore China’s interactions with the rest of Asia and beyond, through the silk roads and maritime trade.

Readings: Ebrey, Cambridge Illustrated History of China

Grading: Active class participation, including weekly responses to assigned reading; short assignments including a map exercise, text-analyses, and poetry assignments; a 5-7 page paper based on course readings; midterm and final examinations.

History 191F: History of the People’s Republic of China

Professor Javers

The pace and scope of change in China in the last two hundred years is unprecedented. Anyone hoping to understand China today must consider its tortuous route to a now prominent position in the world. In the period covered by the course, China saw massive internal rebellions; multiple incursions by colonial powers; the collapse of an imperial system thousands of years old; Japanese invasion; the rise of a republic; a bloody civil war; a Communist revolution; the Great Leap Forward; the Cultural Revolution; and the Reform and Opening that led to the economic miracle we witness today.

To explore this rich history, we will consider a wide array of primary sources and selected secondary analyses. The class is organized chronologically but considers a range of perspectives, considering artistic, social, political, economic change.

The goals of this class are to 1) acquire a broad understanding of China’s historical development; 2) read, interpret and understand documents from the period (the key work of an historian).

Selected Readings:

•             John King Fairbank, China: A New History

  •        Pei-Kai Cheng and Michael Lestz, with Jonathan D. Spence, The Search for Modern China
  •        Anita Chan, Richard Madsen and Jonathan Unger: Chen Village

•             Henrietta Harrison, The Man Awakened from Dreams

•             Pa Jin, Family

•             Liao Yiwu The Corpse Walker

Grading: Assignments include a map quiz, short response papers, in-class mid-term, and final paper.

History 193B: History of the Modern Middle East from 1914
Professor 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 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.


William Cleveland and Martin Bunton, A History of the Modern Middle East

Sonallah Ibrahim, The Committee: A Novel



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