Course Title: Special Topics in History: Premodern Europe
Day, Time, & Location: W 5:00-7:20 Main
Description: The Europe of the early modern period, from the Protestant Reformation to the early Enlightenment of the late 17th and early 18th centuries, is not the Europe we know now -- but older. The goal of this course is to give students the skills and knowledge to be interpreters of that world. We will examine issues critical to understanding European historical development in the premodern period: the social and political impact of religious confrontation, warfare, and reform; rural life and social unrest; popular culture and ritual; the expansion of the European city; issues of state development, political philosophy, absolutism, and the culture of court and kingship; the organization and focus of knowledge, including medicine, universities, and the early modern fascination with wonders, monsters, and the natural world; print culture and the print revolution; the scientific revolution and the rise of experimentation and natural philosophy; exploration, global knowledge and the changing map of Europe; and witchcraft, social deviance, and crime. In addition to common readings on these topics, students will have the opportunity to work in depth on several topics of their choice and explore the historiographical and methodological challenges of working on premodern Europe.
Course Title: Introduction to United States I
Day, Time, & Location: R 7:30-9:50 Main
Description: Course Description: An introduction to current scholarship in U.S. history up to and including the Civil War.
Course Title: Introduction to United States for MA students
Day, Time, & Location: M 7:30-9:50 TUCC
Description: Course Description: An introduction to current scholarship in U.S. history from Colonial to Recent times.
Day, Time, & Location: T 5:00-7:20 TUCC
Readings in and discussion of the principal schools of interpretation and conceptual frameworks in the history of U.S. foreign relations as a means to introduce students to the subfield. A complement to Studies in the Cold War (History 472), the chronological parameters extend from the Revolutionary era through the conclusion of World War II (i.e., the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki). In addition to completing weekly reading and writing assignments, and as a final assignment a comparative review essay, students will participate actively in class conversations about history and historians.
Course Title: Material Culture
Day, Time, & Location: W 2:00-4:20 Main
Introduction to literature from several fields that uses artifacts to understand culture. Exploration of various theoretical approaches. Topics include architecture, folk art, photography, decorative arts, landscape design, historic preservation, and the use of interior space.
Course Title: Studies in Urban Crime
Day, Time, & Location: R 5:00-7:20 Main
Description: This course designed for graduate students who are interested in understanding the history of crime and punishment in the U.S. over the last two centuries and who also seek grounding in the most cutting edge scholarship on this subject. Through primary and secondary source readings, as well as documentary film, this course emphasizes historical context and political moment when considering how crime has been defined and how the corrections system has operated historically. It also assesses the ways in which race, gender, and class have shaped justice politics and prison populations. Finally, the course explores regional difference vis-à-vis the administration of the nation’s correctional facilities over time and grapples with the questions that trouble Americans today. These include: debates over the death penalty, the law regarding youth offenders, the ethics of drug laws, prisoner civil liberties vs. victims’ rights, mandatory sentencing guidelines, and how the criminal justice system deals with the insane.
Course Title: Rise of the Military Profession
Day, Time, & Location: M 5:00-7:20 TUCC
Description: The overriding purpose of this course is to provide students with a theoretical framework for analyzing the evolution of modern military institutions and the people who lead them. Students will examine the development of the military profession in the United States from the War of Independence through the 1990s. Students will examine contemporary concepts of military professionalism by studying the careers of American officers in their historical context. This course will also address the major European influences that revolutionized standards of officer procurement, training, education, and advancement in the United States and around the world.
Course Title: Making American Political Cultures
Day, Time, & Location: T 5:00-7:20 Main
Description: This course is an intensive study of the political history of the U.S. between 1760 and 1890, with special attention to the concept of political culture as it has shaped our understanding of those years. As much about method as it is about the origins of American politics, the course is intended to familiarize graduate students with debates in the fields of American political history and of the early United States.
Course Title: Studies in 20th Century Europe
Instructor: Ronald J. Granieri (University of Pennsylvania)
Day, Time, & Location: R 5:00-7:20 Main
Description: Discusses major events in 20th century Europe such as the origins of the First World War, the Bolshevik Revolution, the rise of fascism in Italy and Germany, World War II, and the subsequent collapse of European political dominance. Investigates the Cold War, the demise of communism in Eastern Europe, and the gradual economic and political establishment of the European Union. In addition to a standard historiographic study of these topics, the course includes developments in the new cultural history and the history of representations and memory.
Course Title: Studies in Latin American History
Day, Time, & Location: M 5:00-7:20 Main
Description: The approaching dual anniversary in 2010-two hundred years since the start of Mexico's independence movement and one hundred years since the outbreak of the Revolution of 1910-offers a propitious moment to examine how much recent history writing has transformed and enriched the basic narrative of Mexico's nineteenth and twentieth century history. Studies in Latin American history will examine the most interesting developments in Mexican historiography over the last generation and place them in a comparative Latin American context.
Course Title: Historical Methods
Day, Time, & Location: W 7:30-9:50 Main
Description: This seminar is an introduction to the practice of professional history and to historical methodologies. One of the main purposes of the seminar is to familiarize its participants with the methodological and historiographical evolution of professional history. How has the approach of historians to their craft changed in the last century? What assumptions informed the decisions they have made about how to study the past? In short, we study methodology because it is a way of approaching the questions that are central to historical scholarship: How do we know what has happened? How do we decide what matters? How do we best study the past? Whose version of history is authoritative.
Course Title: Research in Archives and Manuscripts
Day, Time, & Location: R TBA
Description: Second course of Archives sequence. Students, individually directed by the instructor, will undertake an in-depth research project. Investigations will concern some aspect of an operation or administration of archival institutions, or the care and preservation of records of historical significance.
Course Title: Seminar in US History
Day, Time, & Location: W 7:30-9:50 Main
Description: A research and writing seminar in the history of the United States. Students engage in original research in the cultural history of the United States in the twentieth-century and prepare an article-length paper. They also explore various research techniques and gain experience in writing and editing for publication. In the present context, cultural history has a broad meaning rather than a narrow one. It includes, for instance, both religious history and intellectual history. Students should read Karen Halttunen¹s *A Companion to American Cultural History* before the semester begins. http://www.blackwellreference.com.libproxy.temple.edu/subscriber/uid=401/book?id=g9780631235668_9780631235668