Expanded Course Descriptions Spring 2022

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

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Lower Division


HIS 2: Introduction to the History of Science & Technology (World) - Professor Stolzenberg (cross-listed with STS 2)

Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Introduction to topics and methods of the history of science and technology. Emphasis on understanding the role of science and technology in the modern world through a long-term historical perspective. (Same course as STS 002.) GE credit: AH, SL, SS, WC, WE. Effective: 2017 Fall Quarter.

DescriptionThis class explores the history of the investigation of nature and its technological manipulation, focusing on three case studies: (1) Alchemy and Chemistry from Antiquity to the Enlightenment (2) Evolution and Energy in the Age of Empire (3) Science, Technology, and the Cold War. Course material is non-technical and accessible to students from all majors. It is not necessary to purchase any books for this course. This course fulfills the GE for Scientific Literacy (SL) as well as AH, SS, WC, and WE.


 HIS 4C: History of Western Civilization (Europe) - Professor Zientek

Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Development of Western Civilization from the 18th century to the present. GE credit: AH, SS, WC, WE. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.

Description: This course is a survey of modern western history from the 1776 to the present. It is designed around a series of ten case studies: the American Revolution, the French Revolution, the Peterloo Massacre, the unification of Germany, the Belgian Congo, women’s suffrage in New Zealand, the First World War, the Holocaust, the Convention for the Prevention of Genocide, and the Srebrenica genocide. Themes include: theories of representative government; political mass violence; industrialization, capitalism, and socialism; nationalism; imperialism; the spread of human rights; fascism and communism; and the creation of the post-war liberal world system. While the focus is on Europe, some course content will examine North America, Oceania, and the British and French empires.


  • Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations
  • Karl Marx, The Communist Manifesto
  • Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness
  • Slavenka Draculic, S.: A Novel of the Balkans

 HIS 7C: History of Latin America, 1900-present (Latin America) - Professor Schlotterbeck

Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Latin America since the beginning of the 20th century. Themes include export economies, oligarchic rule, crises of depression and war, corporatism, populism, revolution and reform movements, cultural and ethnic issues, U.S.-Latin American relations, neo-liberal restructuring. GE credit: AH, SS, WC, WE. Effective: 2004 Fall Quarter.

Description: 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 free market policies. 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.


HIS 9A: History of East Asian Civilization (Asia) - STAFF

Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Surveys traditional Chinese civilization and its modern transformation. Emphasis is on thought and religion, political and social life, art and literature. Perspectives on contemporary China are provided. GE credit: AH, SS, WC, WE. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.


HIS 10A: World History to 1350 (World) - Professor Anooshahr

Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Historical examination of the changing relationship of human societies to one another and to their natural settings through the year 1350, with particular attention to long-term trends and to periodic crises that reshaped the links of culture and nature on a global scale. GE credit: AH, SS, WC, WE. Effective: 2003 Fall Quarter. 

Description: 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.


HIS 10B: World History, c. 1350-1850 (World) - Professor Stirling-Harris

Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Major topics in world history from the 14th century to the beginning of the 19th century. Topics will vary but may include: oceans as systems of human communication and conflict; the global consequences of "industrious revolutions" in Europe and Asia, etc. GE credit: AH, SS, WC, WE. Effective: 2001 Winter Quarter. 

Description: HIS 10B is an introduction to the large-scale structures and processes that transformed the world between the mid-fourteenth and the mid-nineteenth centuries. These five centuries marked an era in which cross-cultural contacts between the peoples of the world increased dramatically, laying the foundations for today’s global connectedness. We will explore these interactions and their effects on peoples and cultures around the world. Because this course is truly global, coverage cannot be comprehensive. Instead, we will take a topical and chronological approach, focusing in on major events and trends through the broad and interrelated themes of networks, such as ocean systems, cultural zones, empires, and long-distance trade; identities, including national affiliations and cultural, religious, and ethnic identifications; and cross-cultural interaction, including global religions, colonial and creole cultures, and the complicated interrelations of tradition and change. Together, the lectures, readings, discussions, and assignments will explore these themes at both the macro and micro levels, considering global trends and changes and their effects at the regional and local levels.

Readings: Our readings will include a textbook and a reader of primary sources. Other readings include:

  • Ibn Battuta, Ibn Battuta in Black Africa, trans. Noel Q. King, ed. Said Hamdun (Princeton,2005).
  • Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, Alvar, Castaways: the narrative of Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, ed. Enrique Pupo-Walker, trans. Frances M. López-Morillas (Berkeley, 1993)
  • Galawdewos, The Life of Walatta-Petros: The Biography of a 17th-Century African Woman, trans. and ed. Wendy L. Belcher and Michael Kleiner (Princeton, 2018)

GE Topical Breadth and Core Literacies: This course is qualified for the following GE Topical Breadth Components: Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences. It is also qualified for the following GE Core Literacies: World Cultures and Writing Experience.


HIS 15A: Africa to 1900 (Africa) - Professor Decker

Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Introduction to African history to 1900. Origins and impact of early human history, precolonial states and societies, slavery and the slave trade, religious and cultural movements, and the foundations of European colonialism. GE credit: AH, SS, WC. Effective: 2018 Spring Quarter.

Description: With over 50 countries, more than one billion people, thousands of languages, and a geographic area that surpasses the United States, China, and Europe combined, the defining characteristic of the continent of Africa is its diversity. History 15A introduces students to important milestones in African history up to 1900 related to the history of major states and societies, world religions, the slave trades, and the onset of European colonialism. Course readings and lectures highlight diverse primary sources and scholarly works in African history, including oral traditions, travel accounts, archaeological sites, letters, newspapers, memoirs, poetry, and graphic history.

Required Books:

  • David C. Conrad, ed., Sunjata: A New Prose Version (Hackett Publishing, 2016)
  • Getz and Clarke, Abina and the Important Men: A Graphic History (Oxford Univ. Press, 2011)
Recommended: Gilbert & Reynolds, Africa in World History 3rd Edition (Pearson, 2012)

Grades: Grades are based on participation, a geography quiz, two papers (~10 pages total), and two exams.


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

Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). The experience of the American people from the Colonial Era to the Civil War. GE credit: ACGH, AH, DD, SS, WE. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.

Description: 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.


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

Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). The experience of the American people from the Civil War to the present day. Not open for credit to students who have completed HIS 017C. GE credit: ACGH, AH, DD, SS, WE. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.

This course covers the history of the United States from the Civil War up to the present day. We will examine the nation’s geographic, demographic, and economic growth as well as changes in politics, law, and society.



Upper Division Seminars


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


Topic: History of Terrorism in Europe, 1850-1980

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. Europe since 1815. May be repeated for credit. GE credit: WE. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.

Description: This course is designed to give students a broad understanding of the different ways in which social scientists, historians, novelists, and terrorists themselves have sought to understand, and to portray, terrorism in Europe during the past 125 years. We will read selections from a number of autobiographical accounts written by terrorists in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; from several novels about terrorism in both centuries; and from the extensive academic historical and social-science literature on the subject. Throughout the course, our focus will be on understanding the place of terrorism in European culture--its origins in fundamental features and problems of European social, political, and intellectual life, its echoes in European culture and literature, and what both authors of fictional works and academic and police experts on the history, methods, psychology, and aims of terrorism have believed it told them about their societies. What did terrorists think they were doing, and how did their involvement in terrorist activity fit their understanding of their own lives and the lives of those around them? What caused people to use terrorist methods? What kind of persons did so? What kinds of societies produced terrorist movements? What kinds of social problems, failures, and successes did terrorism seek to address? How effective was it, and under what conditions was it effective? We will address these questions in the forms and instances in which they have preoccupied the authors of the works we will be reading.

Grading: Students in this course will be expected to participate actively in weekly discussions of our common readings; write two short (7-10 page) essays on topics central to our weekly readings; and each student will be asked to take the lead in framing discussion for the class once during the quarter by making a brief (7-10 minute) presentation. There will be a reasonably heavy reading load for this course. Total assigned reading will generally be around 100 pages per week. Each of the essays will count for 45% of your grade; the presentation will count for 10%


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

Topic: Conspiracy Theories in the United States

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.

Description: Even paranoids have real enemies, the saying goes. In this course, we will analyze conspiracy theories in recent U.S. history -- what they are, how they have changed, and what they tell us about our society. We will address these questions: What were (and are) some of the most widely believed conspiracy theories?  Why are some conspiracy theories believed by wide segments of the American public, and others believed only by particular groups of Americans?  Have the types of conspiracy theories changed over the past hundred years?

Grading: 50 percent research paper; 50 percent class participation


HIS 102X:  Comparative History (World) - Professor El Shakry

Topic: Colonialism and Psychology

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.

DescriptionThis is an advanced seminar designed primarily for history majors that entails intensive reading, discussion, and writing.  Our course will be a thematic exploration of colonialism as an historical, cultural, and, above all psychological experience. We will explore topics such as the relation between Self and Other (Colonizer and Colonized) in the colonial encounter; the psychoanalysis of race and racism; violence and decolonization; psychopolitics; gender, language, and the intimacy of the colonial encounter; and the psychic life of the postcolony.  We will follow the itineraries of the renowned Martinican psychiatrist and philosopher Frantz Fanon (1925–1961) from the Antilles, to metropolitan France, to colonial Algeria. We shall begin in the colony – ‘Albert Camus’s Algeria’ – and end in postcolonial Paris. We will mobilize a diverse array of primary and secondary sources, novels, and films in our exploration, traversing Europe, the Antilles, and North Africa, with a primary emphasis on French colonialism in Algeria and its aftermath in the postcolony. Much like the colonial and postcolonial subjects we will be studying, we may often experience vertigo, a spinning sensation that we are everywhere and nowhere – in the interstitial space between psychology and politics; war and revolution; and metropole and colony. 


HIS 102X: Comparative History (World) – Professor Biale

TopicGender and Sexuality in Jewish History

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.

Description: This seminar will examine how different Jewish texts have treated relations between men and women from ancient times to the eighteenth century.  A particular theme that we will address is attitudes toward sexuality: did the Jewish tradition endorse sexual pleasure or did it seek to restrain it?  Did the tradition think differently about male and female sexuality?  What about homosexuality?  Students will learn how to read texts in translation from the Bible, rabbinic literature, medieval law, philosophy and mysticism.  No prior knowledge is assumed.


Upper Division


HIS 110: Themes in World History (World) – Professor Smolenski

Topic: The Colonial Atlantic World

Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Upper division standing recommended. Topics will emphasize the interaction of diverse regions of the world as well as common patterns of historical change. May be repeated for credit when instructor and/or topic differs. GE credit: AH, SS, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.  

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


  • Alison F. Games and Adam Rothman, eds., Major Problems in Atlantic History (2008)
  • Olaudah Equiano, The Interesting Narrative and Other Writings, ed. Vincent Carretta (2003) (plus selected articles)


HIS 120: World War II (World) - Professor Kelman and Professor Rauchway

Lecture—3 hour(s); Extensive Writing. The Second World War from 1931 to 1945 in all of its theaters. Causes, conduct, and consequences of the war including military, political, economic, social, and cultural factors, with special emphasis on battlefield strategy and mobilization of the home front. GE credit: SS, WC, WE. Effective: 2011 Fall Quarter.


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

Topic: Popular Culture in Early Modern Europe

 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.

Description: Battles and high politics, the doings of kings and queens—these are some of the traditional topics of 16th- and 17th-century European history. But what of the woman or man on the street? How did peasants and artisans, beggars and merchants live during these centuries of religious, political, and social upheaval? This course explores aspects of popular culture among the peoples of western Europe during these key centuries. Through a wide array of ideas and practices, from food and festivals to reading practices and religious beliefs to insults and stereotypes to death and witchcraft, we will examine the ways in which early modern Europeans understood themselves and their world. Along the way, we’ll learn about hierarchies of power, status, and gender; about the expanding power of the state; about Catholic and Protestant Christianity; and much more. Our readings will be similarly broad-ranging. We’ll bring these centuries alive through a host of 16th- and 17th-century sources, such trial records, broadsheets, letters, songs, and other materials, as well as recent studies by modern historians. Assignments help students hone their analytic and writing skills through periodic reading responses and several short papers.

Questions? Contact the instructor at akharris@ucdavis.edu


HIS 126Y: The History of Human Rights in Europe (Europe) - Professor Zientek (cross-listed with HMR 162Y)

Lecture—3 hour(s); Web Electronic Discussion—1 hour(s). History of the origins, development, and state of international humanitarian law (IHL) and international human rights law (IHRL) in Europe. Emphasis on Enlightenment-era and modern theories of the source, utility, and limits of human rights. (Same course as HMR 162Y.) GE credit: SS, WC. Effective: 2017 Fall Quarter.


HIS 132: Crime & Punishment in Early Modern Europe (Europe) - Professor Stuart

Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Deviance and crime in early modern Europe, contrasting imaginary crimes, e.g. witchcraft, with "real" crimes such as highway robbery and infanticide. Examines impact of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and class in processes of criminalization. GE credit: AH, SS, WC, WE. Effective: 1997 Fall Quarter.

Description: In the sixteenth century, you would be executed for throwing dung at a statue of the Virgin Mary. Nowadays, this might be considered offensive, but you will no longer be prosecuted for the capital crime of “blasphemy.” In other words, the definition of crime and the classification of criminals changes over time. In this class we explore when, how, and why this happened from the fourteenth through the eighteenth centuries. We will contrast "real" crimes such as vagrancy and theft with imaginary crimes such as Jewish ritual murder and witchcraft. One segment of the course covers prostitution, infanticide and witchcraft as specifically female crimes. We will examine to what extent it is possible to relate long-term changes in the incidence and prosecution of particular crimes to changes in economy, social structure, government, religion and culture. We will discuss changes in the nature and purposes of punishment in the early modern period, as public rituals of execution and other bloody punishments to the body were replaced by the penalty of imprisonment in the eighteenth century. View additional images at the class Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/History.132.S2018/


HIS 142B: The Memory of the Holocaust (Europe) - Professor Biale

Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Examination of the literary, philosophical, theological and artistic responses to the Holocaust of the European Jews. Exploration of how memory is constructed, by whom and for what purposes. GE credit: AH, SS, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.

Description: 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.

 Tentative Readings:

  • Aharon Appelfeld, Badenheim 1939, David Godine
  • Imre Kertesz, Fatelessness, Vintage
  • Otto Dov Kulka, Landscapes of the Metropolis of Death, Harvard University press
  • Art Spiegelman, Maus: A Survivor’s Tale and Here My Troubles Began, Knopf
  • Art Spiegelman, Maus: A Survivor’s Tale. My Father Bleeds History. Knopf
  • Elie Wiesel, Night, Spark


HIS 146B: Europe in the 20th Century (Europe) - Professor Dickinson 

Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Survey of the history of Europe since 1939. GE credit: AH, SS, WC, WE. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.

Description: This course will cover the history of Europe in the second part of the twentieth century, from World War II through to the present. Lectures and the course textbook will examine the broad pattern of the evolution of European societies and the European states in these decades, focusing on political, social, and cultural change. The first few weeks of the course will focus on the dramatic events of WWII and its aftermath. The second half of the course will be devoted to the profound processes of transformation that have reshaped European societies since the early 1950s, including in economics, politics, culture, and social life.

Readings: 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.

Grading: Each student will be asked to write two short essays (6-8 pages), each worth 35% of the course grade; take a midterm test, worth 10% of the grade; and a final test, worth 15% of the course grade. Participation in online discussion will be worth 5 percent of the course grade.


HIS 174B: War, Prosperity, & Depression: United States, 1917-1945 (US) – Professor Rauchway

Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. America's emergence as a world power, the business culture of the 1920s, the New Deal and World War II. Emphasis on such issues as government regulation of the economy, welfare capitalism, and class, racial, ethnic, and gender conflicts. GE credit: ACGH, AH, DD, SS, WE. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.


HIS 178: Water in the West: Environment & Politics in America's Arid Lands (US) - Professor Warren

Lecture—3 hour(s); Extensive Writing. Politics and environmental consequences of water development in the arid western United States since 1848, with emphasis on California and western rivers, including the Colorado, Columbia, Missouri, and Mississippi. Irrigated settlement, the making of state and federal water law and bureaucracy, urban vs. rural competition, Native water rights, growth of irrigation technologies, groundwater overdraft, wildlife impacts. One half-day field trip required. GE credit: ACGH, AH, WE. Effective: 2019 Summer Session 1.


HIS 179: Asian American History, 1850-present (US) - Professor Tsu

Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Historical experience of people of Asian ancestry in the United States from the mid-19th century to the present. Migration, labor, community formation, race relations, women and gender, popular culture. GE credit: ACGH, AH, DD, SS, WE. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter. 

Description: This course surveys the historical experience of people of Asian ancestry in the United States from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. We will explore the experiences of Asian immigrants and Asian Americans within the broader context of immigration and race relations in U.S. history. Major questions framing the course will be: What are the arguments for a common Asian American experience? What are the limits of a shared Asian American experience? What does the history of Asian America tell us about America? How have Asian Americans resisted and struggled to define their identity, livelihood, and a sense of “home” in America?


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

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: ACGH, AH, DD, SS, WE. Effective: 2003 Fall Quarter.


HIS 189: California History (US) - Professor Warren 

Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. California history from the pre-colonial period to the present including dispossession of California's Indians, political economy of the Spanish and Mexican periods, Gold Rush effects, industrialization, Hollywood, water politics, World War II, Proposition 13, and the emergence of Silicon Valley. Not open for credit to students who have completed two of HIS 189A, HIS 189B, HIS 189C. GE credit: ACGH, AH, DD, SS, WE. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.

Description: This course covers the history of California from the pre-Columbian period to the present. We’ll explore how today’s California took shape by looking at the experience of Native Americans in California,  the conquest of California by Spanish and Mexican colonists, the Gold Rush, the state’s industrialization and modernization, the impact of the Great Depression, the even greater impact of World War II, the “California Dream” of the 1950s and ‘60s, the tumultuous politics of tax revolt, civil unrest, urbanization and suburban sprawl in the closing decades of the twentieth century, before closing with some thoughts on crisis and growth in California in the early twenty-first century. Major themes include migration, immigration, race, growth and cultural change, environmental and climate change.

Readings: Course books--The following are required course books. They will not be available through Equitable Access.  They may be purchased from any reputable dealer in new or used books. Most of them are very short. I will request digital scans from Course Reserves in the University Library.

  • Louise Clappe, The Shirley Letters
  • Jean Francois De La Perouse, Monterey in 1786
  • Chester Himes, If He Hollers, Let Him Go
  • Anna Deveare Smith, Twilight Los Angeles
  • John Steinbeck, Harvest Gypsies


HIS 190D: Middle Eastern History IV: Safavids Iran, 1300-1720 (Middle East) - Professor Anooshahr 

Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Middle Eastern history focusing on Safavid Empire (present-day Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, up to Georgia), beginning with the origins of the dynasty as a powerful religious family, to the establishment of the Empire, focusing on Social, Religious, Economic, and Political History. GE credit: AH, SS, WC, WE. Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.


HIS 191F: History of the People's Republic of China (Asia) - Staff 

Lecture—2 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s); Extensive Writing. Prerequisite(s): Upper division standing recommended. Comprehensive analysis of recent Chinese history, including land reform, the Cultural Revolution, the post-Mao era, and the consequences of the new economic policies of the 1980s. Not open for credit to students who have completed HIS 190C. GE credit: AH, SS, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.


HIS 193B: History of the Modern Middle East, From 1914 (Middle East) - Professor El Shakry

Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Middle East from the turn of the 20th century to the present. Themes include the legacy of imperialism, cultural renaissance, the World Wars, nationalism, Palestine/Israel, Islamic revival, gender, revolutionary movements, politics of oil and war, cultural modernism,exile and diaspora. GE credit: AH, SS, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2017 Winter Quarter.

Description: 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 intellectual, cultural, political, and social factors that have shaped the countries of the Middle East. Themes include: legacies of colonialism; the late nineteenth century cultural renaissance known as the nahda; cultural modernism; anticolonial nationalism; postcolonial revolutionary movements; Islamic revival; gender; politics of oil and war; torture and state power; 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 Middle East, 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.


HIS 194A: Aristocratic & Feudal Japan (Asia) - Professor Kim

Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper; Discussion. Broad survey of the cultural, social, religious, and political aspects of Japanese history from mythological times through the 16th century emphasizing comparison of the organizations, values, and beliefs associated with the aristocratic and feudal periods. GE credit: AH, SS, WC, WE. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.


HIS 194B: Early Modern Japan (Asia) - Professor Kim 

Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper/Discussion. Survey of the cultural, social, economic,and political aspects of Japanese history from the 17th through the 19th centuries emphasizing the development of those patterns of thought and political organization with which Japan met the challenge of the nineteenth-century Western expansionism. GE credit: AH, SS, WC, WE. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.



HIS 201I: Latin America Since 1810 - Professor Schlotterbeck

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.

Topic: Women, Gender, & Sexuality in Modern Latin American History  

This seminar introduces the historiography on women, gender, and sexuality in modern Latin America. It emphasizes women’s experiences as participants and protagonists in the social, political, economic, and cultural transformation of Latin America. It understands the categories of gender and sexuality as social constructs in which changing definitions of masculinity, femininity, & sexuality were bound up in understandings of colonial, national, and transnational change. From a historiographical perspective, we will place particular emphasis on transnational frameworks and oral history as methodology. We will debate what “recent history” is as well as what historians can bring to the study of contemporary movements. 

Students from all disciplines are encouraged to enroll. This course is required for any graduate student completing a preliminary exam field in 20th-century Latin America & recommended for the UC Davis History Department minor field in Women's and gender History (WgH). 

Reading list includes: 

  1. 1. David Carey Jr. Oral History in Latin America: Unlocking the Spoken Archive. New York: Routledge, 2017. 
  2. 2. Claire Bond Potter and Renee C. Romano, eds. Doing Recent History: On Privacy, Copyright, Video Games, Institutional Review Boards, Activist Scholarship, and History that Talks Back. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2012. 
  3. 3. David Carey Jr. I Ask for Justice: Maya Women, Dictators, and Crime in Guatemala, 1898-1944. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2014.   
  4. 4. Mary A. Renda. Taking Haiti: Military Occupation and the Culture of U.S. Imperialism, 1915-1940. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2001.  
  5. 5. Lauren Derby. The Dictator's Seduction: Politics and the Popular Imagination in the Era of Trujillo. Durham: Duke University Press, 2009.  
  6. 6. Katherine M. Marino. Feminism For the Americas: The Making of an International Human Rights Movement. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 2019.   
  7. 7. Rachel Hynson. Laboring for the State: Women, Family, and Work in Revolutionary Cuba, 1959-1971. Cambridge UP, 2019. 
  8. 8. Natalia Milanesio. Destape: Sex, Democracy, and Freedom in Post-dictatorial Argentina. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2019. 
  9. 9. Elizabeth Q. Hutchinson. Workers Like All the Rest of Them: Domestic Service and the Rights of Labor in Twentieth-Century Chile. Duke UP: April 2022. 
  10. 10. Natalie L. Kimball, An Open Secret: The History of Unwanted Pregnancy and Abortion in Modern Bolivia. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2020.  


HIS 201Q: Cross-Cultural Women's History - Professor Jean-Baptiste 

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

Topic: Marriage and Family Law in Global and Comparative History 

This course explores how societies and states have attempted to regulate, legalize, and criminalize marriage practices across time and space.  The focus will be transnational and survey time periods ranging from early modern worlds through the twenty-first century.  Time and space explored will include Qing-era China, 20th century Southern and West Africa, the Americas from the 18th through 21st centuries, and Iran, Egypt, and India in the 20th and 21st centuries.  Course materials will include publications by historians, anthropologists, and cultural theorists, films and documentaries, visual sources, and court records. In addition to building empirical knowledge, the course will also delve into methods and theories in the fields of  race and ethnic studies; history of law and jurisprudence; and gender, sexuality, and queer studies.   

Course Materials Include Items Such As:  
  • Tera Hunter, Bound in Wedlock: Slave And Free Black Marriage In The Nineteenth Century 
  • Matthew Sommer, Polyandry And Wife-Selling In Qing Dynasty China: Survival Strategies and Judicial Interventions 
  • Mariama Ba, So Long A Letter 
  • Sasha Issenberg, The Engagement: America’s Quarter-Century Struggle Over Same-Sex Marriage
  • A Separation, Film directed by Asghar Farhadi (Iran) 
  • Sarah Zimmerman, Militarizing Marriage: West African Soldiers’ Conjugal Traditions in Modern French Empire
  • Peggy PascoeWhat Comes Naturally: Miscegenation Law and the Making of Race in America



HIS 202H: Major Issues in Historical Interpretation: United States - Professor Tsu

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.

Topic: Immigration and Migration in U.S. History

This seminar provides an introduction to the historiography of U.S. immigration history, focusing on the history of immigrants from Europe, Asia, and Latin America in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Taking a thematic approach, we will cover topics including theoretical frameworks of immigration and migration history, community, identity, racial formation, transnationalism, gender and family, immigration policy, and competing notions of citizenship. 


HIS 203C: 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 Spring Quarter.