American Society and Culture: 1607-1876
(3 Cr.) (GEN. ED. #4 and #10) (LER-TXT AND DIV)
Significant cultural, political, and social themes during the first two-and-a-half centuries of the American past. Autobiographies and visual materials, as well as traditional sources used to develop central themes and issues in American history. Fall semester, repeated spring semester. Hale and Dator.
American Society and Culture: 1865 to the Present
(3 Cr.) (GEN. ED. #4 and #10) (LER – TXT AND DIV)
A continuation of HIS 110, which may be taken independently. Emphasis on social and cultural aspects of late 19th- and 20th-century history using fiction, family histories, and traditional sources. Fall semester, repeated spring semester. Dator and Hale.
Early-Modern and Modern East Asia
(3 Cr.) (GEN. ED. #4 and #10) (LER-TXT)(LER-DIV)
This course is a survey of the social, cultural, political, and economic trends and themes in East Asian history in the early modern and modern periods. It focuses on the histories of China, Korea, Vietnam, and Japan, as well as the history of region-building, from the 14th to the 20th centuries. Fall semester. Dawley.
European History Survey: Ancient to 1789
(3 Cr.) (GEN. ED. #4 and #10) (LER-TXT) (approved for LER-DIV on 3/11/2015)
Survey of European history from ancient Greece and Rome to the rise of early modern nation states. Includes classical culture and society, the emergence of Christianity, the European Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the Reformation, early modern Colonial empires, and European absolutism. Fall semester Department.
Modern and Contemporary Europe: 1789 to the Present
(3 Cr.) (GEN. ED. #4 and #10) (LER - TXT)
A continuation of HIS 116, which may be taken independently. Emphasis on major social, cultural, and political developments from the Enlightenment to the present. Includes the Enlightenment and the French Revolution, industrialization, nationalism, socialism, European colonialism and imperialism, fascism, the world wars, and the Cold War. Spring semester. Corcoran.
Middle Eastern Society and Culture From the Seventh to the 18th Century
(3 Cr.) (GEN. ED. #4 and #10)
Examines social, political, and cultural history of the Middle East from the rise of Islam to the age of colonialism. Considers the impact of religion, slavery, imperialism, and colonialism in shaping Middle Eastern society, politics, and culture under Arab, Ottoman, and Persian rule and colonial domination. Variable semesters Kirmani.
Latin American History: From Pre-Col. to Indep.
(3 Cr.) (LER-TXT and LER-DIV)
This course examines Latin American history from the pre-Columbian era to the independence era. Topics to be discussed included pre-Columbian social dynamics, European conquest and colonization, indigenous peoples, slavery, gender dynamics, colonial economies, and the independence movements. Fall semester. TBD.
Living History Theater
This performance workshop course introduces students to the processes and techniques for developing effective living history. Through individual and group projects, students develop historical characters and events for public presentation. May be taken twice for credit. Prerequisite: THE 120 and/or one 100-level history course. Variable semesters. Department.
World History II
Themes and trends in world history from 1500 to the present. Examines the emergence of the modern world and the response to modernity in different parts of the globe. Prerequisite: Frontiers or sophomore standing. Spring semester. Offered 2010-11 and alternate years. Dawley.
The South China Seas: A History
The South China Sea is one of the most hotly contested bodies of water in the world today, but how the current disputes arose is not well understood. This class will explore the historic origins of contemporary problems by taking a very long-term approach to the study of human interacti ons with, and knowledge of, the South China Sea. It will adopt the approach and methodology of environmental history, and will incorporate GIS mapping technology so that the students will be able to show how ideas about, and territorial claims upon, the sea have changed over the past 1000 years by creating overlapping digital map layers. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. First offered 2015. Dawley.
Boxer Uprising in China and the World
This course will study a single event that was crucial both for late-imperial Chinese history and for China's relations with foreign powers at the turn of the 20th century. It will do so through a variety of historical approaches and materials, including historical narrative, historical memory, personal memoir, oral history, and visual history. It will explore this popular movement against foreign presence in China in terms of long-range and short-term trends in Chinese history, as well as the different perspectives that Chinese, Japanese, and Westerners had on the Boxer uprising. Prerequisite: one 100-level history course or sophomore standing. Offered 2014 and every other year. Dawley.
Tumultuous Centuries: Modern Japan
(3 Cr.) (GEN.ED. #4)
This course explores Japan's dramatic, and repeated, transformations during the 19th and 20th centuries. It will examine a range of topics, including samurai culture and the nature of the Tokugawa shogunate; the domestic and foreign sources of the collapse of that order; the revolutionary nature of the Meiji Restoration; Japan's emergence as an industrial power and imperialist state; pan-Asianism and Japan's drive for pre-eminence in Asia; the Pacific War and its aftermath; Japan's post-war reconstruction and economic miracle; the transformation of gender roles; Japan's social movements, and the dilemmas that Japan has faced as a militarily-constrained economic powerhouse. Prerequisite: one 100-level history course or sophomore standing. Spring. First offered 2014. Dawley.
Bad Spirits: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade in History and Memory
Between 1500 and 1866, an estimated 12.5 million Africans were forcibly removed from their families and loved ones and shipped across the Atlantic Ocean to labor as slaves in the Americas. The vast scope of the slave trade-in terms of its human toll as well as its reach across the continents-left an indelible stamp on societies on both sides of the Atlantic. This course examines the Atlantic slave trade and its lasting imprint on the modern psyche through three different lenses: through the experiences of the slaves, slave traders, and other Atlantic contemporaries who lived through its growth and abolition; through the interpretations of historians who have studied the trade; and through the creative work of Atlantic "ancestors"-such as spiritual diviners, filmmakers, and writers-who have wrestled with its legacies and meanings in more recent history. By looking at the slave trade through these different perspectives, this course not only aims to introduce upper-level undergraduates to some of the core themes in the history of the slave trade, but also to provide students with insight into the trades' cultural impacts past and present. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or permission of instructor. Recommended: HIS 110, 116, 117, or AFR 200. Dator
Success and Failure in Early American Capitalism
The rags-to-riches theme is a staple of the American historical experience. But, personal and economic failure has also played an important role in the development of the United States. This course examines the relationship between and meaning of economic success and failure from the era of Ben Franklin to that of Andrew Carnegie. In addition to secondary accounts of early American entrepreneurialism, debtor laws, bankruptcy practices, and commercial panics, readings will likely include Franklin's Autobiography, Herman Melville's "Bartleby, the Scrivener", Horatio Alger's "Ragged Dick", Carnegie's "Gospel of Wealth", and beggars' letters to John D. Rockefeller. Prerequisite: Any 100-level history course, sophomore standing, or permission of the instructor. Variable semesters. First offered 2012. Hale.
Comparative African History
This course offers a comparative examination of several of the diverse histories, cultures, and societies that have contributed to making of the African continent. Divided into five parts, the course begins with a broad overview of precolonial state formation in both "medieval" Africa and the era of the Atlantic slave trade, continues with an analysis of the transition to "legitimate" commerce and the onset of colonialism, and concludes with a discussion about anti-colonial struggles and the rise of new post-colonial nation-states in the 20th century. After establishing this broad outline, the course will proceed by exploring three to four African countries in closer detail in an effort to draw out comparisons across linguistic, cultural, and national boundaries. Specific attention will be given to the social dimensions of changing relationships across ethnic, gender, and religious lines, strategies of dominance and resistance in the colonial era, and the intellectual and expressive contours of the post-colonial conundrum. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. Recommended: HIS 117 or AFR 200. Dator
Modern Eastern Europe, 1772 to the Present
This course examines East European history from the first partition of Poland to the end of the Cold War and beyond. Focusing on Poland, the Habsburg empire, and the Balkans in the 19th century and the emergence of nation-states in those regions in the 20th, topics include political structures for those in power and those under foreign rule; regional identities between Russia and the West; social structures and cultural history; the urban history of capitals such as Prague, Warsaw, and Budapest; intellectuals and resistance movements; socialism, fascism, and liberalism; the world wars; the Cold War and the "Iron Curtain"; and postsocialist transitions since 1989. Prerequisite: HIS 117 or permission of instructor. Offered Fall 2011 and every two years. Corcoran.
Social Theory in Historical Context
Understanding social theory is an important tool for the craft of history. This course focuses on the emergence of certain social theorists who have been critical to analyzing society and culture since the 18th century. Readings include Smith, Marx, Weber, Durkheim, a number of Frankfurt School figures (including Habermas), and Foucault. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of instructor. Variable semesters. Department.
Social History of Europe: 1750-2000
Evolution of industrial and urban society out of the peasant world. Rise of the middle class, conditions of the working class, labor movements, and social ideologies. Prerequisite: one 100-level history course or sophomore standing. Variable. Department.
Imperial Russia From Peter the Great to the Revolution
Beginning with the vast reforms of Peter the Great to both Russian politics and culture, this course traces Russia's search for modernity and its unique place in the world vis-à-vis both Europe and Asia. We will study the persistence of autocracy under the tsars; serfdom and emancipation; the expansion of the Russian empire; the development of socialist thought among the intelligentsia; urban migration; and the onset of violent revolution at the turn of the 20th century. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. Fall semester. Corcoran.
This course surveys Ottoman history from the conquest of Istanbul (Constantinople) under Mehmed II in 1453 to the founding of the modern Turkish Republic under Ataturk. The course will cover political, social, and cultural developments throughout this period. Specific topics include the transformation of a border emirate, the political roles played by women within the harem institution, Ottoman imperial policies and cultural exchanges with neighbors, the integration of the Ottoman Empire into a European diplomatic system in the 19th century, and the introduction of a secular Republic of Turkey following World War I. Prerequisites: one 100-level history course or sophomore standing. Variable semesters. Beachy.
Russia and the Soviet Union in the 20th Century and Beyond
This course will examine the Soviet Union in the 20th century, beginning with the Bolshevik Revolution and Civil War; Stalinism in the 1930s; the collectivization of agriculture and peasant revolt; the five-year plans; shifts in gender, family, and sexuality laws; national minorities in the Soviet state; the Great Terror; World War II on the home front and in the Soviet military; the onset of the Cold War under Khrushchev; the effects of glasnost and perestroika under Gorbachev; and the path of postsocialist Russia since 1991. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. Spring semester. Corcoran.
Russian and Slavic History From Earliest Times to Peter the Great
This course opens with the earliest known history of the Slavic peoples. It proceeds to examine the conversion to Orthodox Christianity; the medieval Kievan Rus' state; the Mongol conquest; the rise of Muscovy; the establishment of serfdom; the beginnings of the Romanov dynasty; and cultural changes of the seventeenth century that paved the way for a new phase of history beginning with Peter the Great. We will focus on political, ideological, cultural, and religious factors that produced a unique Russian civilization. Prerequisite: sophomore standing and one of: HIS 116, HIS 220 or HIS 222. Variable semesters. Corcoran.
This course will examine in detail the period of European history bookended by the dates of the two world wars. Focusing at various times on Britain, France, Germany, Russia/Soviet Union, Italy, and Spain, we will study the political and military situation leading up to and during World War I; the home front; the social and cultural causes of revolutions after the war; the peace treaty and Wilsonian intervention; veterans' affairs and war wounds; gender and society in the 1920s; dislocations in the European empires; the Great Depression and the rise of fascism; socialism in power and in opposition; nationalism, race, and anti-Semitism; technology; the Holocaust; and challenges for a postwar world. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. Variable semesters. Corcoran.
Women and Gender in Modern European History
This course examines modern Europe through the lens of women and gender, including topics such as the Enlightenment and women's rights, masculinity in revolutionary politics, Victorian domesticity, the rise of consumer cultures, discourses on sex, reproduction, and women's bodies, the effects of colonialism on gender ideology, suffrage campaigns, gender politics during and after the two world wars, and negotiating gender across the Cold War divide of eastern and western Europe. Prerequisite: sophomore standing and any other course in history or women's studies. Variable semesters. Fraser.
Cultures of Contemporary Europe
(4 Cr.) (GEN. ED. #4 and #10)
Overview of major themes and current fieldwork of European cultural anthropology. Themes include: immigration and nationhood, political ritual and collective memory, family and kinship, religion and politics, gender, and social class. Includes survey of post-1945 era (economic recovery, decolonization, the collapse of communism, European unification). Prerequisites: SOC 106, ANT 107, one 100-level history course (HIS 117 recommended), or permission of the instructor. May be taken with FR 295 (one credit). Fall semester. Offered 2012-13 and alternate years. Ingram.
History, Literature, and Film on the Holocaust
(4 Cr.) (GEN. ED. #9) (LER-TXT)
Beginning with the historical factors that led to the Holocaust, this course further focuses on the analysis of literary works (memoirs, diaries, poems, fiction, etc.) and films (documentaries and features) on the Holocaust within the historical context of World War II. Readings and discussions in English (films with English subtitles). Prerequisite: sophomore standing. Spring semester. Larkey.
The Supreme Court in American History
Examination of the evolution of the Supreme Court and its role in American society from its inception in 1789 as the “least dangerous branch” through its resolution of the 2000 election controversy. Topics include slavery, the New Deal, desegregation, and reproductive rights. Variable semesters. Klepper.
Modern German History: From Unification to Unification
(3 Cr.) (GEN. ED. #4) (LER-TXT)
German reunification (1990) has transformed a range of recent and continuing debates on German history, including the character of the Wilhelmine Empire (1871-1918), the outbreak of World War I, fascism, the Holocaust, and the post-1945 German states. The course develops a framework for understanding the controversies relating to issues of national identity and collective memory that shape the writing of this history. Readings and discussions in English. Prerequisite: HIS 117 recommended. Variable semesters. Department.
England and Colonial America: 1600-1763
Trans-Atlantic perspective on pre-industrial society and culture of 17th- and 18th-century England and America. Topics include social structure, demographic trends, labor systems, family life, religion, and political culture. Prerequisite: HIS 110 or HIS 116 or sophomore standing. Fall semester. Offered 2009-10 and alternate years.Jeffrey and Sheller.
This course surveys the major developments in American society from the end of the Seven Years’ War to the inauguration of American constitutional government. Topics to be discussed include: internal disputes over the meaning of liberty and equality, the nature and consequences of the military conflict, the impact of the American Revolution on slaves and Native Americans, the significance of the American rebellion within the Atlantic world, and the struggle over and ratification of the Constitution. Prerequisite: any 100-level history course, sophomore standing. Variable semesters.Hale.
Culture and Change: India
Indian society today is shaped by its recent history, including the colonial period, and by the ongoing phenomenon of globalization. The new has not entirely replaced the old, and neither has the global replaced the local. Rather, all these elements exist side by side. This course will attempt to make sense of this apparent confusion. Prerequisite: HIS 113 or sophomore standing. Fall semester. Offered 2010-11 and alternate years.
Holocaust Testimonies: History and Memory
(3 Cr.) (GEN. ED. #4 and #10) (LER-TXT)
This course focuses on the history of the Holocaust through personal testimonies. It considers the challenges of documenting the Holocaust in a period of declining numbers of Holocaust survivors. Central to this course is the examination of interviews that Goucher students conducted with local Holocaust survivors. Other sources used in this course include other Oral History video collections, letters, diaries, and artistic representations. In addition to these primary sources the course explores recent scholarly works on the topics of testimonies, trauma and memory. Fall semester. Larkey.
Topics in Comparative Colonialism
Colonialism, and the imbalanced political, social, and economic relations that it engendered, shaped the modern world in ways with which global society continues to struggle. In order to understand the precise influence of the world empires on the past and the present, this course will adopt a comparative approach and a global framework. Although the precise geographic and temporal foci will change with the instructor, the course will promote critical thinking about issues of nationalism, ethnicity, race, and gender. This course can be repeated if it is taken with a different instructor and on a different topic. Prerequisite: one 100-level history course or sophomore standing or consent of the instructor. Variable semesters. Department.
America and the Vietnam War: a Fateful Encounter
(3 Cr.) (GEN. ED. #7)
An examination of the reasons for American involvement in Vietnam, with emphasis on the decisions and policies of several U.S. administrations. The course also explores the war from the Vietnamese point of view and examines Vietnamese history, culture, and politics to gain a greater understanding of this conflict. Prerequisite: sophomore standing. Variable semesters. Honick.
From Puritan Diaries to Oprah's Book Club: Readers and Writers in American History
Using insights gleaned from various disciplines, this course examines the history of reading and writing in America. In particular, we will study how written texts are produced, disseminated, and consumed. Topics include: Indians and the discovery of print; the sentimental novel; slave narratives; religious readers; the making of an American literary canon; comic books in modern America; and, of course, Oprah's book club. Prerequisites HIS 110 or HIS 111 or sophomore standing. Alternating years. Hale.
Early American Republic 1789-1815
This course examines the history of the United States from the beginning of Constitutional government in 1789 to the end of the War of 1812. Topics include: the rise of political parties, the character and role of major political figures such as Thomas Jefferson and John Adams; the impact of the French Revolution and Napoleon; the plight of Native Americans and African Americans; the early American seduction novel; and changing economic and familial practices. Prerequisites: HIS 110 or sophomore standing. Variable semesters. Offered 2009-10 and alternate years. Hale.
Collecting and History of the Museum
Examines premodern patterns of European arts patronage, collecting, and display that influenced the organization and form of the modern museum. Based on the innovations of early modern collectors, states organized national museums or sponsored the institutionalization of prominent private collections, which students examine through a number of case studies supported by visits to area museums. (This course cannot be used to fulfill a 200-level art history requirement for the art major.) Variable semesters. Department.
Jews in Germany From Enlightenment to the Rise of the Nazi Regime
(3 Cr.) (LER-TXT)
This 200-level course focuses on the history of German Jews from the period of emancipation in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century to the end of the Weimar Republic. We will examine the role of German Jews in German politics, economic life, and culture; Jewish enlightenment (“Haskalah”); the rise of anti-Semitism in the nineteenth century; the rise of the Reform movement; Jewish assimilation and its discontents; and the Weimar Jewish Renaissance. Prerequisite: sophomore standing. Fall semester. Larkey.
History of the Cold War
This course investigates the conflict between communism and capitalism that dominated the world for much of the 20th century. We will study the political and ideological causes and events of the Cold War, including detailed work on the U.S., the Soviet Union, and Europe. At the same time, we will consider the global implications of this conflict that was often fought through proxy wars in other areas of the world. This course will balance political and diplomatic history with cultural history; we will examine the Cold War as a conflict with multiple "battlefields" that included everything from Khrushchev's hotline to Washington, to West German jazz music, to the availability of kitchen appliances for housewives in Ohio. We will also consider the challenges for students of history in confronting their own ideological investment when reading and writing about the Cold War. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of instructor. Variable semesters. Corcoran.
The Jews of Russia Under Tsars, Soviets, and in the Post-Soviet Era
(3 Cr.) (approved for LER - DIV on 3/11/2015)
This course examines the Jewish community in Russia and its borderlands from the partitions of Poland in the late 18th century to the present day. We will look at the shifting political rights of Jews under the tsarist, Soviet, and post-Soviet governments; the intellectual community from the Jewish Enlightenment (Haskalah) to the Bolshevik revolutionaries and beyond; the themes of language, culture, family, and tradition over the centuries; the community of the Shtetl; violence and resistance; assimilation and agency; Stalinist anti-Semitism; World War II; the Cold War and emigration to Israel; and Jewish experiences in post-Soviet Russia. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. Variable semesters. Corcoran.
Architectural Space and the American Family Experience
The nature of family experience of different household members; the relationship between space, function, and family life from the 17th to the 20th century. Visual materials heavily emphasized in addition to primary and secondary sources. Field trips. Prerequisite: one 100-level history course (HIS 110 or HIS 111 recommended) or sophomore standing. Variable semesters. Jeffrey.
This course studies Gandhi’s life, actions, and ideas in the hope that they will provide some tools to make the next century better than the one that has just ended—for the society and the people around us, and for the physical and moral environment in which we live. The course will also examine the ideas of figures such as Henry David Thoreau, Martin Luther King Jr., and the Dalai Lama in relation to Gandhi. Prerequisite: Frontiers. Variable semesters. Kirmani.
An examination of African politics and societies since 1800. Exploration of the influences of Islam and Christianity, the colonization of the continent by imperial European powers, and the liberation movements that brought the demise of colonization. Consideration of contemporary issues and trends. Prerequisites: one 200 level course in PSC Fall semester. Offered 2011-12 and alternating years. Singer.
Civil War and Reconstruction: 1850-1876
Conflict and change in 19th-century America, with attention to slavery, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. Prerequisite: HIS 110 or HIS 111 or sophomore standing. Variable semesters. Offered 2010-11 and alternate years. Hale.
Indians in the United States
(3 Cr.) (GEN. ED. #4)
Using comparative analysis of indigenous and non-indigenous societies, this course will examine indigenous forms of government and social structure pre-1492 to the present. Prerequisite: one course in history, peace studies, or sociology, and sophomore standing. Spring semester. Offered 2010-11 and alternate years. Department.
This course surveys the major developments in African-American history from the arrival of Africans in North America through the Civil Rights movement. Topics include: the slave trade and the “Middle Passage”; the origins of slave society; regional variations; free blacks in the antebellum North; the impact of the American Revolution and the Civil War on slavery; the labor and recreational activities of slaves; the development of voluntary societies after the Civil War; the participation of African Americans in various wars; the first and second “great migrations;” and the development, nature, and consequences of the Civil Rights movement. Prerequisite: HIS 110 and HIS 111 or sophomore standing. Variable semesters. Hale.
Latin American History: Pre-Columbian to Present
(4 Cr.) (GEN. ED. #4 and #10) (LER-DIV)
This course examines the history of the region from the dynamics of the pre-Columbian states through the patterns of European conquest and colonization, independence movements and the modern problems of political instability and economic development. Students with advanced Spanish language skills are encouraged to take SP 296 along with this course. Spring semester. Murphy.
African American History I
(4 Cr.) (LER DIV)
This course surveys the history of African Americans in the United States between 1619 and 1877. Beginning with a brief overview of the various African cultures that informed black life in early America, the course proceeds with an in depth exploration into historical processes that linked race, gender, and class during the eras of slavery and abolition. Some of the broad themes that we will explore are: 1) The historical relationship between African culture & African American cultural development; 2) The importance of resistance and social struggle in the formation of black identity; 3) The social construction of race and its connection to both legal regimes and lived realities; and 4) The relationship between race & African American ideas about belonging. Students interested in topics such as slavery and resistance, the historical origins of black folk culture, the Haitian and American Revolution, and the role of black abolitionists and intellectuals during the age of Dred Scott and the Fugitive Slave Act will find this class interesting. First offered 2013. Dator
Baltimore As Town and City
Investigation of Baltimore history through field trips and primary sources with special attention to the colonial, Civil War, and modern periods. Prerequisite: one 100-level history course (HIS 110 or HIS 111 recommended) or sophomore standing. Variable semesters.Sheller.
Intensive Course Abroad Odessa: Charm City on the Black Sea
(4 Cr.) (GEN. ED. #3)
A four-credit, three-week intensive interdisciplinary language and cultural program with revolving themes dealing with the city of Odessa, designed to appeal to a broad constituency, including students who speak no Russian. Students will pursue their individual interests (family, life, religion, literature, etc.) while learning how Russian/Jewish history and culture were memorialized in Odessa. Credits may apply toward a major or minor in Russian, history, or Judaic Studies. Prerequisites: HIS 254/JS 257 or RUS 396. Summer. Samilenko.
Intensive Course Abroad
(6 Cr.) (GEN. ED. #3) (LER - SA)
Course includes a three-week intensive course abroad in the winter or summer accompanied by a seven-week pre-departure preparation or post-departure discussion, or both in the fall and spring. Department.
African American History II
This course surveys the history of African Americans from Reconstruction through the present. Although we will trace a chronological path, the course investigates issues such as the Great Migration, the Harlem Renaissance, the Civil Rights Movement & Black Power, and the "Urban Crisis" while also attending to matters of class and gender. Students will also learn about the historical significance of black cultural production to the American popular imagination by studying aspects of Blues, Jazz, and Hip-Hop culture. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of instructor; HIS 270 and or HIS 111 recommended. Offered 2014. Dator.
European and American Architecture: 1750-1850
(3 Cr.) (GEN. ED. #4 and #9)
Introduction to architectural theory and practice in Europe and North America from the middle of the 18th through the middle of the 19th centuries. Neoclassicism, 19th-century revival and eclectic styles, new metal technologies. A brief overview of colonial American architecture before 1750. Prerequisite: ART 100, ART 103, ART 103 or permission of the instructor. Fall semester. Offered 2009-10 and alternate years.Husch.
Women of North Africa and the Middle East
(3 Cr.) (GEN. ED. #9 and #10)
This course examines the role of women in the greater Middle East region from the pre-Islamic period through the present. Using primary sources, memoirs, and visual material, the course compares and examines the impact of religion (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), empire, slavery, colonialism, and nationalism on women in Arab, Iranian, Israeli, and Turkish civil society and history. Prerequisite: WS 150, a 100-level history course, or sophomore standing. Fall semester. Offered 2010-11 and alternate years.François.
Examination of the main themes of 20th-century Asian history: the end of colonialism, gender issues in changing societies, development, environmental issues, and the Third World/First World relationship. Prerequisite: sophomore standing. Variable semesters. Dawley.
The Rise, Fall, and Rise of Modern China
This course examines China's history from the 17th century to the present, a period in which it became the most influential country in the world for 150 years, and then slowly declined and fragmented as a result of internal and external factors. After 20th century of dramatic revolutions and upheavals, it has almost regained its former status. We will examine China's political and social structures, economic fluctuations, and its changing position in global affairs. Prerequisite: one 100-level history course or sophomore standing. First offered 2014. Dawley.
History of Cross-Cultural Trade in Asia
This course focuses on trade, and the cultural and social exchanges stemming from it, as a unifying theme in Asian history. In particular, it examines trade patterns established in Asia prior to the arrival of Europeans, the changes resulting from the European presence after 1500, and finally, modern East Asian hubs of cross-cultural trade. Variable semesters. Dawley.
Special Topics: The European Witch Hunt to 1750
(3 Cr.) (GEN. ED. #4)
This course surveys the intellectual and social history of witchcraft doctrines and their consequences in Western civilization from antiquity until the 18th century. The central focus is the rise and decline of organized persecution of witches in Christendom between the 15th and 17th centuries. The course will also consider the legal and judicial contexts in which accusations of witchcraft were prosecuted. Course may be repeated if topic is different. Fall semester. Offered 2012-13 and alternate years. Department.
Special Topics. Progressivism
This course explores the history of the period from 1910 to 1930. The hypothesis is that Progressive Era before World War I represents the idealistic side of American politics when politicians of both parties wanted the government to help resolve the problems of economic change. In sharp contrast during the next decade a boom made economic problems recede and the American political class and the public were focused on money-making, alcohol, and sexual experimentation. The question is whether this is a real dichotomy and whether it is one from which lessons can be drawn. Spring semester. Offered 2011-12. London.
Practicum in History
Students are placed in agencies, libraries, and archives for practical experience. Prerequisite: HIS 110 or HIS 111 or sophomore standing. May be taken for pass/no pass only. Department.
Independent Work in History
Independent research on a historical problem leading to a substantial research paper or directed readings with a strong writing component. Department.
The Personal Narrative in American History and Culture
(4 Cr.) (GEN. ED. #7)
Personal narratives, which include autobiographies, diaries, letters and recollections, offer vivid insights into American life and culture. This course explores a variety of personal narratives, from captivity tales of the 17th century and slave narratives of the 19th century to The Autobiography of Malcolm X. Prerequisites: two 200-level courses in American or European history or American studies or permission of the instructor. Fall semester, every 2 years. Variable semesters. Jeffrey.
Public History: Theory and Practice
This course examines popular history and the practice of history outside of the university. Topics include: public memory, historians and the public, the role of historians in museums and at historic sites, in documentary filmmaking, in oral history, in historic preservation and in historical archaeology. Prerequisite: Two 200-level history courses or permission of the instructor. Spring. First offered spring 2013.Sheller.
Variable semesters. Department.
In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, a series of revolutionary movements in North America, Europe, South America, and the Caribbean jolted the Atlantic world. This course explores the connections, similarities, and differences between these movements. Prerequisite: two 200-level European or American history courses. Variable semesters. Hale.
Political and Social Thought in the Age of the French Revolution
The French Revolution spawned a wave of innovative social and political thought, and this course examines in depth the ideas of various British, French, and American writers, including Edmund Burke, Mary Wollstonecraft, Thomas Paine, Hannah More, Abbé Sieyes, Maximilien de Robespierre, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams. Prerequisite: two 200-level European or American history courses or permission of the instructor. Variable semesters. Hale. Variable semesters. Hale.
Seminar in East European History
This course is a thematic-based research and writing seminar on 19th and 20th century East European history. Topics include: empires and the development of nationalism; ethnic and linguistic minority cultures; socialism and fascism; religion; regional identities between Russia and the West; gender and the family; the world wars; the Cold War and the "Iron Curtain"; and post-socialist transitions. Weekly readings will explore these topics in more depth, and students can choose research topics according to their areas of interest. Knowledge of a regional language is useful but not required; all assignments and readings will be in English. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing and one 200 level course in European history (HIS 208, HIS 220, HIS 222, or HIS 254 strongly recommended). Variable semesters. Corcoran.
Seminar in Modern European and American History
Directed readings and independent research on some aspect of modern European and/or American history resulting in a seminar paper based on primary sources. Prerequisites: HIS 110 or HIS 111, HIS 116 or HIS 117, or two of the following: HIS 215 , HIS 224, HIS 260, HIS 265; and one other 200 level course in American and European history or permission of the instructor. Spring semester. Baker.
Stalinism in the USSR
This course is a research and writing seminar focused on Stalin and Stalinism in Soviet history. Topics include Stalin's rise to power, the collectivization of agriculture and peasant resistance, industrialization and the five-year plans, family law reforms, gender and sexuality in Stalinist society, informant culture and the Terror, the military and World War II, anti-Semitism, and Stalin's cult of personality. We will also consider the ideological issues of how both Russian and Western historians have written about this period, including totalitarian and revisionist models. (All assignments and readings will be in English). Prerequisite: HIS 222 and sophomore standing. Variable semesters. Corcoran.
Seminar in African Politics
Examination of the internal and external dynamics that affect the domestic and foreign policies of sub-Saharan African states. Seminar participants are expected to develop a research topic and present their findings. Prerequisite: PSC 259 or permission of the instructor. Variable semesters. Singer.
Seminar in Modern East Asia
Independent research and directed reading on topics in East Asian history, culminating in a substantial paper. The topics will vary from year to year. Prerequisite: one course in Modern Chinese or Modern Japanese history, or instructor's permission. Fall Semester. Dawley.
Majors should register to complete their senior portfolio, typically in their senior spring or final semester. Prerequisite: intended only for graduating history majors. Spring and Fall semesters. Department.
Independent Work in History Department
Fall semester and spring semester.Department.
Preserving Our Heritage
(3 Cr.) (GEN. ED. #4) (LER–TXT & LER-ENV)
An introduction to the field of historic preservation covering the movement’s development and exploring its philosophical assumptions. The relationship of historic preservation and its allied fields will be examined. Fall semester. Sheller.
Historical Archaelogy and Material Culture
This course will examine the goals, methods, and contributions of archaeology to Historic Preservation and the historical record. It will also focus on understanding and interpreting the meaning of objects, artifacts, and cultural landscapes as historical evidence. Prerequisite: HP 110 or sophomore standing. Offered Spring 2012 and every other year. Sheller.
Understanding Historic Buildings
Development of the vocabulary to describe buildings: elements of a building, traditional construction techniques and building materials, and preservation issues. Students will study the architectural heritage of Baltimore through field trips. Variable semesters.Department.
Environmental and Global Perspectives on Preservation
This course will examine the ways in which historic preservation supports and advances the environmental sustainability agenda as well as areas where the two movements diverge. It will also explore the practice of preservation in different countries and cultures in order to provide students with a meaningful international and multicultural context for understanding historic preservation. Prerequisite: HP 110 or sophomore standing. Offered Fall 2012 and every other year.Sheller.
Special Topics in Historic Preservation
An in-depth investigation of a topic of current interest in the field of historic preservation. Variable semesters.Department.
Practicum in Historic Preservation
Students are placed in museums, preservation organizations, historical societies, governmental agencies, and at historic sites for practical experience. May be taken for letter grade or pass/no pass. Prerequisites: sophomore standing and HP 110, or permission of the program director. Department.
Public History: Theory and Practice
This course examines popular history and the practice of history outside of the university. Topics include: public memory, historians and the public, the role of historians in museums and at historic sites, in documentary filmmaking, in oral history, in historic preservation and in historical archaeology. Prerequisite: Two 200-level history courses or permission of the instructor. Spring. First Offered Spring 2013.Sheller.
Advanced Independent Work