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Expanded Course Descriptions Winter 2022

The Department of History scheduled these undergraduate courses for WINTER QUARTER 2022. This list and its' descriptions are subject to change, so please check back often.

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Lower Division


HIS 4B: History of Western Civilization (Europe) - Professor Stuart

Description: Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). History of western civilization from the Renaissance to the 18th century. GE credit: AHSSVLWCWE. Effective: 2015 Winter Quarter

We study European history from the late Middle Ages to the French Revolution. We begin with the “Black Death,” an outbreak of the bubonic plague that killed about one third of the European populace within three years. The plague inspired collective religious rites, pogroms against Jews and lepers who were blamed for the disease, as well as new art forms such as the “dance of death.” The mass mortality caused an acute labor shortage, inaugurating what has been called “the golden age of the wage earner,” and a new era of economic growth during the early Renaissance.  We’ll spend some time in Renaissance Florence, the place to be in Europe, ca. 1400-1450. We study the information revolution brought about by the new technology of the printing press. Martin Luther, the religious reformer, described the printing press as a gift from God.  When Martin Luther sparked the Protestant Reformation by protesting what he saw as abuses by the Medieval Catholic Church, he brought about a religious revolution that he could not control, leading to social upheavals and the breakup of Christendom and the development of distinct religious cultures in Catholic, Lutheran and Calvinist Europe.  The early modern centuries are a time of paradox. At the same time that scientists were making cutting-edge discoveries in astronomy, anatomy and physics (in a movement commonly known as the “scientific revolution”); merchant capitalists, explorers and monarchs were staking out new colonial and commercial empires, enslaving indigenous peoples and developing the slave trade; learned jurists trained in Roman law were putting old women on trial as witches and burning them at the stake by the thousands.  By the later seventeenth century, after a century of religious war, a new idea emerged: the idea of religious toleration. We’ll study how this, and other radical ideas developed in the eighteenth century, the era of the Enlightenment, and contributed to the emergence of the modern world.


  • Voltaire. Candide
  • Brucker. Giovanni and Lusanna: Love and Marriage in Renaissance Florence
  • Brown. Immodest Acts 
  • Wunderli. Peasant Fires•Machiavelli. The Prince 
  • McKay. A History of Western Society: From Renaissance to 1815 


 HIS 6: Introduction to the Middle East (Middle East) - Professor Anooshahr

Description: Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Survey of the major social, economic, political and cultural transformations in the Middle East from the rise of Islam (c.600A.D.) to the present, emphasizing themes in religion and culture, politics and society. GE credit: AHSSWCWE. Effective: 2003 Fall Quarter.

This is a introductory survey of Middle East History from the 7th century to the present. We will focus on broad political, social, economic, and religious patterns. Important transitional points and change over time will be emphasized. 


 HIS 7B: History of Latin America, 1700-1900 (Latin American) - Professor Perez Melendez

Description: Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Latin America from colony to republic. The nature of Iberian colonialism, the causes for independence, the creation of nation states, the difficulties in consolidating these nations, and the rise of Liberalism and export economies in the 19th century. GE credit: AHSSWCWE. Effective: 2004 Fall Quarter.


How did Latin America and the Caribbean emerge in the nineteenth century, a period best described as the quintessential crucible of modernity? Moving from the late-colonial reforms of the Spanish and Portuguese Empires into the revolutionary period that disrupted them, this course will focus on the Latin American wars of independence and the state-formation processes that followed. What world forces and political philosophies molded Latin America’s great transformation? How did a whole region previously under the jurisdiction of three imperial powers fraction into a plurality of nation-states? And where does the Spanish and French Caribbean fit in?  

Classes will survey Latin America as an incredibly diverse world region crisscrossed by civil and regional wars, struggles over citizenship, contests over land, and enthralling artistic and literary traditions. Discussions will examine imperial ideologies and the multiple factors underwriting independence, the various modalities of government thought possible by contemporaries, the breakneck speed of government formation, and the consolidation of export-oriented economies that marked the region’s entry into a “Global South.”


HIS 9: Korean Culture & Society: From Ancient Three Kingdoms to the Global K-Pop (Asia) - Professor Kim

Description: Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Evolution of Korean society from Three Kingdoms period (B.C.E 57 to C.E. 676) to the contemporary era emphasizing the perseverance and transformations of traditional social and cultural patterns. (Same course as EAS 088.) GE credit: AHWC. Effective: 2019 Winter Quarter.


HIS 10C: World History III (World) - Professor El Shakry

Description: Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). 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. GE credit: AHSSWCWE. Effective: 1998 Fall Quarter.

This is a course in the history of the world since 1850 that will highlight five themes: the global formation of capitalism and industrialism; warfare and techno-politics; the rival ideologies of liberalism, fascism, and communism; anticolonial nationalism, decolonization, and revolutionary struggles; and globalization. In particular, we will focus on the role of non-Europeans in the making of the modern world and will learn to think historically about global structures of inequality. Our focus will be on modernity as a process of creative destruction.  

We will begin with the global world of the 19th century and end by asking if we live in what the philosopher Gilles Deleuze calls a “Society of Control.” The emphasis will be on understanding comparisons and connections across multiple societies and histories rather than comprehensive coverage. 


  • Robert Tignor, et. al., Worlds Together, Worlds Apart: A History of the World, 1750-present Volume C, 3rded. or 4thed. (New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 2011, 2014). 
  • Primo Levi, Survival in Auschwitz (New York: Touchstone, 1996). 
  • Domitila Barrios de Chungara with Moema Viezzer, Let Me Speak—Domitila, Testimony of Domitila, A Woman of the Bolivian Mines (New York: Monthly Review Press, 1978). 
  • Sonallah Ibrahim, The Committee, trans. Mary St. Germain and Charlene Constable (Syracuse, NY: 2001) 


HIS 12: Food & History (World) - Professor McKee and Professor Resendez

Description: Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Survey of the ways humans have fed themselves from the dawn of humanity to the present. Transformation of plants and animals into food, cooking into cuisine, and ceremony into etiquette. GE credit: AHOLSSVLWCWE. Effective: 2014 Fall Quarter.

This course will survey how humans have fed themselves from the time they were hunter gatherers to the present and study how new feeding patterns have transformed cultures, economies, and societies. We will trace the transformation of plants and animals into food, cooking into cuisine, ceremony into etiquette, and home cooking into national cuisine. In short, the course will examine the social and political implications of food and its consumption on a global scale from pre-history to the twentieth century.  

Required Texts (available in the UCD Bookstore, online, and on reserve at Shields Library): 

  • Richard Wrangham, Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human 
  • Sidney Mintz, Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History. 
  • Bee Wilson, The Way We Eat Now. 
  • Five short articles (to be supplied for free as PDFs) for discussion in section 


HIS 17A: History of the United States (US) - Professor Downs

Description: Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). The experience of the American people from the Colonial Era to the Civil War. GE credit: ACGHAHDDSSWE. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.

 This course explores the United States from its earliest settlement to the Civil War, with special emphasis upon the development of indigenous and settler societies in the region that became the United States, the formation of a new nation through a multi-sided war, and the expansion and eventual overthrow of plantation slavery. 


HIS 17B: History of the United States (US) - Professor Rauchway

DescriptionLecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). The experience of the American people from the Civil War to the end of the Cold War. Not open for credit to students who have completed HIS 017C. GE credit: ACGHAHDDSSWE. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.

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. 


HIS 18B: Race in the United States Since 1865 (US) - Professor Leroy

DescriptionLecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Introduction to the history of race and racial formation in America since 1865 though a comparative approach that examines the experiences of African Americans, Asian Americans, Native American and Mexican Americans and other Latino/a groups. GE credit: ACGHAHDDSS. Effective: 2018 Spring Quarter.


HIS 72A: Women & Gender in America, to 1865 (US) - Staff

DescriptionLecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). History of women and gender in America through 1865, emphasizing intersections of gender, race, class, and sexuality. Topics include interracial marriage, slavery, witchcraft, meanings of motherhood, war, domestic labor, moral reform, women’s rights, migrations, the effects of commercialization and industrialization. GE credit: ACGHAHDDSSWE. Effective: 2014 Fall Quarter.



Upper Division Seminars


HIS 102D: Modern Europe to 1815 (Europe) - Professor Stirling-Harris

Topic: Race before Race: Making Identities in Medieval and Early Modern Europe

Description: Seminar—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Limited enrollment. Designed primarily for history majors. Intensive reading, discussion, research, and writing in selected topics in the various fields of history. Modern Europe to 1815. May be repeated for credit. GE credit: WE. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.

When historians discuss modern ideas about race and racism, they tend to focus on the Atlantic slave trade and the development of “scientific racism,” a legacy of the Enlightenment and nineteenth-century physical anthropological scholarship. Yet ideas about race, ethnicity, and social difference have a much deeper history, a history connected to questions of religious and cultural difference, as well as perceived physical variations among people. Our seminar will explore this timely topic, looking at the changing ways that Europeans thought about race, both among themselves and increasingly, among the peoples of the wider world.  

Our readings range from classic case studies to the latest scholarship, coupled with selections from primary sources. Assignments will include weekly text markup evaluations 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 aspects of the seminar’s topic and questions via a close analysis of an assigned primary source. 


HIS 102E:  Europe Since 1815 (Europe) - Professor Zientek


Topic: The Experience of War in the 20th Century

DescriptionSeminar—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Limited enrollment. Designed primarily for history majors. Intensive reading, discussion, research, and writing in selected topics in the various fields of history. Europe since 1815. May be repeated for credit. GE credit: WE. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.


HIS 102M:  United States Since 1896 (United States) - Professor Materson

Topic: TBD

Description: Seminar—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Limited enrollment. Designed primarily for history majors. Intensive reading, discussion, research, and writing in selected topics in the various fields of history. United States since 1896. May be repeated for credit. GE credit: WE. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.


HIS 102X:  Comparative History (World) - Professor Kim

Topic: TBD

Description: Seminar—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Limited enrollment. Designed primarily for history majors. Intensive reading, discussion, research, and writing in selected topics in the various fields of history. Comparative History, selected topics in cultural, political, economic, and social history that deal comparatively with more than one geographic field. GE credit: WE. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.


Upper Division


HIS 110A: Colonialism & the Making of the Modern World (World) - Professor El Shakry

Description: Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. History of the modern world, focusing on struggles between Europeans and colonized peoples; the global formation of capitalism; the creation of nation-states; and the constitution of bourgeois bodies and racial selves in modern societies. GE credit: AHSSVLWCWE. Effective: 2014 Fall Quarter.

This course will be a thematic exploration of colonialism as an historical, political, cultural, and psychological experience. We may explore topics such as: the Spanish conquest of Mexico; the Atlantic slave trade; the Haitian Revolution; British colonialism in India and Egypt; the Belgian Congo; liberalism and empire; the relation between Self and Other in the colonial encounter; the psychology of race and racism; and anti-colonial nationalism and decolonization. We will mobilize a diverse array of primary and secondary sources, novels, and films in our exploration.  


  • Miguel Leon-Portilla, The Broken Spears: The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico 
  • Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness 
  • M.K. Gandhi, Hind Swaraj 
  • Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth 


HIS 115A: History of West Africa (Africa) - Professor Jean-Baptiste

Description: Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): HIS 015 recommended. West and Central Africa from 1500 to the present. Origins and impact of precolonial states and societies, the trans-Atlantic slave trade, colonialism, decolonization, nationalism, and changes in religions, politics, economics, gender, and culture. GE credit: AHWCWE. Effective: 2018 Winter Quarter.


HIS 125: Topics in Early Modern European History (Europe) - Professor Stuart  

Description: Discussion/Laboratory—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Social and cultural history, 1300-1800. Topics such as medieval and Renaissance Italy, early modern Italy, Ancient Regime France, family and sexuality, and material culture and daily life. May be repeated for credit. May be repeated for credit. GE credit: AHSSWCWE. Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.

Topic: Witchcraft and Witch Hunting in Early Modern Society

About 50,000 people perished in the European witch-hunt, mostly in the century between 1560 and 1660. We explore the particular set of circumstances that encouraged these “burning times” in the era of the baroque. We study earlier prosecutions of heretics and Jews as a kind of model for the witch trials that followed. Prosecutions of Jews focused mostly on men, but most victims of the witch-hunt were older women. What were the gender stereotypes that led to this particular construction of the witch? About 15 % of accused witches were men, however. What made these men vulnerable to witchcraft accusations? Did warlocks practice a different, masculine magic? At the same time as thousands of witches were dying at the stake, more and more Europeans believed themselves to be victims of demonic possession. We compare the roles of witches and demoniacs and study rituals of exorcism.  Children played a problematic role in the witch-hunts. Witchcraft often served as an explanation for high infant mortality, and children featured prominently among the accusers of witches. But after 1680, children took on a new role: as perpetrators of witchcraft. We will explore the paradox that on the eve of the Enlightenment, the so-called “Age of the Child” that recognized childhood as a special stage of life that needed to be protected and nurtured, children were accused of—and executed—for witchcraft more than ever before.  Finally, we ask when, how, and why the witch-hunts ended. People didn’t stop believing in witchcraft—why did they stop burning witches?

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Books for purchase:

  • R. Po-chia Hsia, Trent 1475: Stories of a Ritual Murder Trial
  • Lyndal Roper, Witch Craze: Terror and Fantasy in Baroque Germany

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HIS 131B: European History During the Renaissance & Reformation (Europe) - Professor Stirling-Harris 

Description: Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Survey of European society, politics, and culture from the late 15th through the early 17th centuries, with particular focus on the Italian and Northern Renaissance, on the Protestant Reformation, and the Catholic Counter Reformation. GE credit: AHSSWCWE. Effective: 1997 Fall Quarter.

History 131B, “European History During the Renaissance and Reformation” explores the history of western Europe between the late fifteenth and the mid-seventeenth centuries, a complex period that marked the turn from the medieval to the modern world. This course will explore this slow shift and the ideas and events which characterized it, devoting particular attention to changing concepts of community and identity and to links between religious ideas and social, political, and cultural change. Topics include humanism, European expansion in the Americas and beyond, the Protestant and Catholic Reformations, social status and gender roles, and the development of the modern state and of modern economic formsReadings will focus in on a wide array of primary sources, coupled with several monographs and textbooks. Assignments will include two papers, a midterm, and a final exam. 


HIS 134A: The Age of Revolution (Europe) Professor Zientek

Description: Lecture—3 hour(s). Ideas and institutions during the French Revolution and the Napoleonic era. GE credit: AHSSWE. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.

This course will provide a history of the “Age of Revolution” in the Western world between 1776 and 1815. It is transnational and considers the American Revolution, the French Revolution, Napoleon, and the Haitian Revolution, as well as early capitalism, socialism, and Bolivarism. The course features three core narrative threads: comparative theories of representative government; the origin of universal human rights; and the nature of political mass violence.


HIS 136: Scientific Revolution (Europe) - Professor Stolzenberg

Description: Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Rise of modern science in Europe, 1500–1750. Transformation of ideas about nature, knowledge, medicine, and technology in the age of Copernicus, Vesalius, Galileo, Descartes, and Newton. (Same course as STS 136.) GE credit: AHSSWC. Effective: 2021 Winter Quarter.

What does it mean to understand nature in modern—and pre-modern—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 to examine issues such as scientific methods, instruments and experimentation, religion, and the control of nature.  

Topics include astronomy, physics, chemistry/alchemy, natural magic, medicine, and natural history. Evaluation is based on short writing assignments, quizzes, midterm, and final. This course satisfies GE requirements for AH, SS, and WC. There are no prerequisites, and no prior knowledge is necessary. 

Readings: Peter Dear, The Scientific Revolution, and miscellaneous primary sources. 


HIS 142A: History of the Holocaust (Europe) - Professor Biale 

Description: Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Topics include comparative genocide, medieval and modern antisemitism, modern German history, the rise of Nazism, Jewish life in Europe before the Nazi period, and the fate of the Jewish communities and other persecuted groups in Europe from 1933-1945. GE credit: AHSSWCWE. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.

In a century of genocides, the Holocaust of the European Jews remains perhaps the most systematic attempt to destroy a whole people. In this course, we will attempt to understand how one nation committed genocide against another, first by instituting policies of exclusion and expulsion and then mass murder. The course will consider the history of the Holocaust against the background of Jewish and German history in modern times. We will also take up the question of the uniqueness of the Holocaust and comparisons with other instances of mass death, both by the Nazis (against the disabled mentally retarded, the Sinti/Roma, homosexuals, Poles and Russian prisoners of war) and by others in the twentieth century. Students should be aware that this is an emotionally, as well as intellectually challenging subject that has relevance to our world today. 

Required Books: 

  • Doris Bergen, Holocaust and Genocide
  • Sebastian Haffner, Defying Hitler
  • Marion Kaplan, Between Dignity and Despair
  • Dawid Sierakowiak, Diary
  • Primo Levi, Survival in Auschwtiz
  • Ivan Jablonka, History of Grandparents I Never Had


HIS 161: Human Rights in Latin America (Latin America) - Professor Walker

DescriptionLecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. History of the origins, denial and protection of Human Rights in Latin America. Emphasis on dictatorships, political violence, social resistance, democracy, justice, accountability, truth commissions, memory. (Same course as HMR 161.) GE credit: AHSSVLWCWE. Effective: 2015 Spring Quarter.

This course examines the origin of the concept of human rights globally and its impact and development in Latin America. We will pay particular attention to certain countries (Argentina, Peru, and Guatemala), but students will be allowed to develop their own interests in a final paper. Key topics include the Cold War; violence and memory; environmentalism; and truth commissions and justice.

Students will be asked to write two take-home papers of 3 pages as well as one 5-7-page paper.   Or, students may petition to write a single, 11-13-page paper. There will also be a map quiz, a mid-term, and final. 

BOOKS (all available used and in paperback)

  • Víctor Montejo, Testimonio: Death of a Guatemalan Village
  • Nina Lakhani, Who Killed Berta Caceres? The Murder of an Indigenous Defender and the Race to Save the Planet
  • Jacobo Timerman, Prisoner without a name, Cell without a Number
  • Lurgio Gavilán S., When Rains Became Floods: A Child Soldier’s Story



HIS 163B: History of Brazil (Latin America) - Professor Perez Melendez

Description: Lecture—3 hour(s). The history of the Brazilian republic from 1889 to the present. GE credit: AHSSWCWE. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.

With the rise of an unapologetically classist, racist and homophobic far-right government in 2018 and the resurgence of extreme poverty, where is Brazil headed? Understanding Brazil’s present challenges calls for deep historical reflection. How did such a geographically and culturally diverse country get to this point of unending crisis? When did inequality originate? How did ideas about a Brazilian “racial democracy” that is nowhere to be found today develop in the first place? And how have conservative elites managed to keep such a tight grip over the state generation after generation? Lectures will survey the most salient features in the political history of Brazil from the arrival of the Portuguese royal household in 1808 to the most recent blunders of the right-wing government in power. By the same token, the course will examine the actions of indigenous peoples, enslaved women and men, radical republicans, and the black and student movements, among others, in their efforts to make Brazil more equal and set the record straight. 


HIS 166B: History of Mexico since 1848 (Latin America) - Professor Resendez

Description: Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s). History of Mexico from 1848 to the present. GE credit: AHSSWCWE. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.

This course will be devoted to the political, social, and cultural history of Mexico from independence to the present. Using journalistic accounts, videos, fiction, and scholarly works we will probe into the lives of Mexico’s diverse population and show that the country’s seemingly contemporary challenges involving migration, drug wars, insurgency, corruption, political gridlock, and others are in fact deeply rooted in the past. 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.  


HIS 169B: Mexican-American History (US or Latin America) - Professor Oropeza

Description: Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s). Role of the Mexican and Mexican-American or Chicano in the economy, politics, religion, culture and society of the Southwestern United States since 1910. GE credit: ACGHAHDDSSWE. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.

This course offers an overview of the political, social and cultural experiences of Mexicans and Mexican Americans within the United States since 1910.Throughout most of the twentieth 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 especially in light of continued immigration from Latin America. 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 opportunity, civil rights, and social justice, the construction of Mexican American communities, and the changing significance of the border. 


HIS 170A: Colonial America (US) - Professor Smolenski 

Description: Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Colonial society from 1607 to the American Revolution, with emphasis on European expansion, political, social and economic foundations, colonial thought and culture, and imperial rivalry. GE credit: ACGHAHSSWE. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.

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.  

The course also means to challenge and develop your abilities to think critically about diverse evidence and to argue persuasively in support of your conclusions. You should not undertake this course unless you are willing and able to attend lectures consistently and to perform the considerable reading and writing assignments punctually. The papers will be critically examined for style as well as content. 


HIS 172: American Environmental History (US) - Professor Warren 

Description: Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. American history through connections between people and nature, pre-Columbus to climate change. Native America; conquest; epidemics; extinctions; industrialization; pollution; environmentalism; climate change and global warming; ideas of nature. GE credit: ACGHAHSSWE. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.

 From Native American domestication of corn to colonial epidemics, from the making of the atomic bomb to global climate change, this course reveals a new way of understanding the American past by asking big questions about humans, nature, and the shifting bonds between them. How does American history look different when we consider germs, mosquitoes, pigs, plants, and coal as key actors in stories 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"? And were all those national parks actually unoccupied when they were created?) 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 is environmental justice connected to the environmental movement? How did fears of overpopulation contribute to the development of the birth control pill --and with what consequences for ideas of sex, gender, and nature? Who invented Earth Day and the EPA? How did decisions about agriculture and urban growth contribute to the frequent droughts we are experiencing today? 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? Why and how have climate change deniers seized the upper hand in public debate—or have they? Join us to learn the answers to these and similar questions as we see American history in a new light. Lectures, discussion, readings, film. 


HIS 177B: History of Black People & American Race Relations: 1860-Present (US) - Professor Leroy 

Description: Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. History of black people and race relations from 1860-present. Emphasis on Civil War, Reconstruction, Segregation, Age of Accommodation, black nationalism, urbanization, civil rights, and changing ideology of race relations. GE credit: ACGHAHDDSSWE. Effective: 2010 Winter Quarter.


HIS 184: History of Sexuality in America (US) - Staff

Description: Lecture—3 hour(s); Extensive Writing. History of sexuality in America from pre-European through the late-20th century. Topics include birth control, marriage, sexual violence, prostitution, inter-racial relationships, heterosexuality and homosexuality, the feminist, gay, and lesbian liberation movements, AIDS, commercialization of sexuality. GE credit: ACGHAHDDSSWE. Effective: 2003 Fall Quarter.


HIS 188: America in the 1960s (US) - Professor Olmsted and Professor Rauchway

Description: Lecture—3 hour(s); Extensive Writing/Discussion—1 hour(s). Tumult and upheaval in American politics, culture, and society 1961-1969. Civil rights; Vietnam, the draft and the anti-war movement; rock and roll and the counterculture; modern feminism; modern conservatism; student movements; urban unrest and insurrection. GE credit: ACGHDDSSWE. Effective: 2011 Fall Quarter.

The 1960s saw the end of postwar liberalism and the beginnings of our own time, with the success of the movement for civil rights and the emergence of modern conservatism. At the start of the decade, the prosperous country's leaders told their citizens there was no limit to American ambition except Americans' own imagination and willpower. To a greater extent than ever before or since, the country focused on the well-being and concerns of young people, urging them to spread American ideals and values around the world and even beyond, into space. But the global appeal of America's culture and unprecedented power of its technology and industry could not stop the nation from getting mired in the Vietnam War. By the end of the decade, Americans increasingly questioned the legitimacy and purpose of their national ideals, facing an uncertain future of environmental degradation and racial conflict. 


HIS 196A: Medieval India (Asia) - Professor Anooshahr 

Description: Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Survey of 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. GE credit: AHSSWCWE. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.

This is a survey of history of India from the period of the decline of the imperial Guptas during the sixth century CE to the end of the Mughal Empire and rise of British rule during the eighteenth-century CE. It focuses on the rise and fall of Buddhism, the emergence of regional kingdoms and states, the coming of Turkish rule and early forms of Islam, the successive regimes of the Delhi Sultanate, and the rise and decline of the Mughal Empire. 



HIS 201I: Latin America Since 1810 - Professor Walker

Description: Seminar—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Designed primarily for students preparing for higher degrees in history. Latin America since 1810. May be repeated for credit when subject differs. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.

This course takes a long-term approach to revolution, addressing the concept's development and many meanings.  The concept  (Latin revolutio, turn around) has circulated since at least Aristotle and the term appears in French in the 13th century and English in the 14th.

The course will jump across the centuries and the globe, and I will  encourage students to write a final paper on some aspect of revolutions: theory, practice, specific ones, women in Cuba, meanings in Late Capitalism, etc. I will be flexible about the topic.

We will build on the Shelby Cullom Davis Center's year-long focus on Revolutionary Change. (I will be in residence there in Fall 2021):

Preliminary week-by-week topics.

  1. 1. Edmund Wilson, To the Finland Station
  2. 2. Age of Revolutions: France
  3. 3. Haiti (I will compare with Túpac Amaru)
  4. 4. Marx
  5. 5. Russia & Mexico, part I (The Furies)
  6. 6. Russia & Mexico, part II
  7. 7. Cuba (perhaps someone on China?)
  8. 8. New Social Revolutions and the New Left
  9. 9. Presentations and short readings on Gender and Revolution
  10. 10. Presentations and short readings on Revolutions and the Global South


HIS 201J: American History to 1787 - Professor Smolenski 

Description: Seminar—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Designed primarily for students preparing for higher degrees in history. American History to 1787. May be repeated for credit when subject differs. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.


HIS 201M: Middle East - Professor Tezcan

Description: Seminar—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Addresses various theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of the Modern Middle East. Survey Modern Middle East historiography in light of theoretical innovations such as post-Orientalism, World Systems theory, and postcolonial theory. May be repeated for credit when subject differs. Effective: 2011 Winter Quarter.


HIS 202H: Major Issues in Historical Interpretation: United States - Professor St. John 

Description: Seminar—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing. Fundamental issues and debates in the study of history. United States. Readings, papers, and class reports. May be repeated for credit when subject differs. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.


HIS 203B: Research Seminar - Professor Campbell

Description: Seminar—3 hour(s); Tutorial—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): HIS 203A. Designed for students preparing for higher degrees in history. Individual research and analysis resulting in substantial research paper of publishable quality. Completion required of all Ph.D. candidates. The three courses must be taken in continuous sequence, ordinarily during second year. Effective: 2004 Winter Quarter.


HIS 389: Introductory Seminar for Teaching Assistants - Professor Campbell 

Description: Discussion—2 hour(s). Designed for teaching assistants with emphasis on problems and procedures encountered by teachers of lower division classes at the university. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.