SPRING 2011

 

Glasson  5480  Topics (Europe) 18th Century England TR 2:30-3:20  GH 925
This course examines themes in the history of England in the "long eighteenth century," from 1688 to 1815. Among the topics addressed are the role of war in the development of the state, conflict and stability in society, religion, and the cultural history of identity. Readings will also treat England's connections to the rest of Britain, the empire, and the Atlantic world. This is a seminar-style course, and students should expect to play an active part in class discussions that will be based on assigned readings.

 

Goedde       8101    Introduction to US History       T        5:00-7:20        GH 946
AKA: The Long Twentieth Century in U.S. History. This course is designed to introduce graduate students to some of the key issues and central themes in post-Reconstruction US history and historiography.  The readings and discussions will examine new and innovative scholarship as well as some durable classics.   The goal of this course is to familiarize students with long-standing, and sometimes, heated debates as well as new perspectives and new literature in the various fields and disciplines, and to sharpen analytical and writing skills and tools.

Waldstreicher      8203      Age of American Revolution            3:30-5:50   GH 741
This is a readings course on the causes, nature, and consequences of the American Revolution. The Revolution has a long, venerable --  and contentious -- historiography; we will examine classic and recent debates, probe different research and narrative strategies, and seek to understand the possibilities and  limits of: 1) understanding the late eighteenth century in light of the Revolution; (2) old and new international and comparative approaches; (3) the tendency to understand colonial and subsequent US history in light of the Revolution; (4) recent trends to highlight and integrate previously neglected topics, including slavery, African Americans, Native Americans; and (5) resurgent interest in "founders" and the Constitution.

Farber                8207        Recent U.S. History        W     5:10-7:30            TUCC
This semester we will read and think about the Sixties era in United State history. Most of our time will be spent pondering the "radical" elements of the era.  Students will write historiographical essays on the topics covered.  Students with a research interest in the topics covered may develop a research proposal or a research paper as a substitute for the final historiographical essay.

Ricketts              8308          Imperialism                     W     5:10-7:20            TUCC
This course is designed as an introduction to an old yet vibrant field of historical research. We will study old and new theories and practices in the history of imperialism. We will begin by reviewing the classic interpretations of Lenin, Hobson, and Schumpeter, continue with the debates on dependency theory of the 1970s, turn then to discussions on nationalism and orientalism of the 1980s, and the emphasis on the subaltern of the 1990s. Finally we will examine the more recent trend in Atlantic and global histories. Since the purpose of the course is also to analyze and discuss the way in which historians have used these theories to produce new original research, we will examine key works of leading historians. To keep the discussion in a somewhat broad yet manageable framework that allows for comparisons and parallels but also for some depth, the course will mainly focus on the Portuguese and Spanish empires in America, and the British in India. The course will, however, also include a discussion of the Dutch Seaborne Empire and French imperialism in the Caribbean. 

Krueger       8201    Intro to European History          R        5:00-7:20            GH 925
This course is an introduction to European history at the graduate level. Rather than attempting to cover a full narrative of European history, we will be parachuting into certain topics (and countries), at times looking in depth at a historical problem in one country, at others using a topic to do transnational comparison.  The over-arching theme of the course for Spring 2012 is the conceptual framework of borders: political, social, cultural, and religious divisions (and the degree to which they are porous). While the class schedule is roughly chronologically organized, it is not a narrative of European history. The readings, similarly, are more focused than general, with a mix of classic texts and new monographs. Students will be responsible for writing précis for the class readings and completing one extended historiographical paper.

Simon    8800      Topics: Tasting History               R            5:10-7:30             TUCC
This graduate course in food studies will examine how historians, sociologists, anthropologists, and journalists have thought about and written about food, foodways, food chains, and food tastes. We will take a broad look at food’s place in daily life, cultural exchange, commodity relations, and foreign policy by examining classic works in the field and newer approaches to food, society, and the body.

Kusmer  8810      Topics: Media & Society in US History   M  5:30-7:50           GH 812
The course is designed to introduce students to some significant themes and issues in the history of media in the United States.  Readings cover a wide range of topics from the late 18th century to the present, with emphasis on the 1865-1980 period.  The course will explore how various media (newspapers, magazines, the telegraph, photography, film, radio, television, and the internet) influenced--and were influenced by--social, cultural, and political trends and events of the times. Requirements include participation in discussion of required readings, two short book reviews, and a final, interpretive essay evaluating three or four books on a topic in media history chosen by the student.

Immerman/Zubok  8820   Topics: Grand Strategy             T        5:00-7:20            GH 869
How do leaders make decisions? Are there certain principles that guide nation-states and their leaders as they confront the major challenges of war, peace and diplomacy? Through extensive readings, intense discussions, and multiple writing assignments, this course explores the concept of Grand Strategy and how that concept has changed over time. Students will be introduced both to classics of Grand Strategy and recent scholarship, and they will evaluate the relationship of theory to practice by examining case studies, mostly located in the twentieth century. Attendance at occasional outside lectures is required.

Levitt       8153        Archives & Manuscripts               R         5:00-7:20      TUCC/APS
An introduction to the theoretical and applied aspects of historical records management. Taught in cooperation with local archives and historical societies.

Isenberg    9203    Seminar in American Frontier           M  3:00-5:20       Anderson 621
This seminar introduces graduate students in History to research in the history of the North American West from the end of the seventeenth to the mid-twentieth century.  We begin with a brief introduction to the historiography of the field, emphasizing the reciprocity of social and environmental history; cultural interactions in the multi-ethnic West; and the iconography and ideology of the “frontier.”  By the end of the seminar, each participant in the seminar will have produced a paper, based on original primary research, on some aspect of the history of the American West.   A broad variety of subjects belong to the category of the “American West,” including but not limited to:   Native American history, the history of federal territories, agricultural history, borderlands history, Hispanic-American history, the history of Asian immigration, environmental history, and any topic in any period that is situated West of the Mississippi River. 

Granieri    9996 (Section 2)    MA Thesis Colloquium        R        5:00-7:20       GH 413
Required for all MA students who matriculated in fall 2011 and are writing theses, strongly recommended for all others. Provides a sense of community among students who are writing their theses, in which they can explore problems confronted in design, research, and writing, and receive helpful comments and criticism.