Mass Violence and International History
"Preserve the dynasty! Destroy the foreign!" This was the battle cry of a wave or rural unrest that spread across China in 1899 and 1900, in the form of the Boxer Uprising. Within a few months, it had been brutally suppressed by an international Eight-Nation Army, but not after severe destruction of lives and property. Where did it come from? Why did it target foreigners and their Chinese allies? How was it perceived around the world at the time, and subsequently? These are some of the questions that will be addressed in this course, which will serve as a point of entry into the methods of history. Students will work with a variety of primary and secondary sources as they learn the tools of doing history, as well as the multi-perspective, multi-archival approach of international history. This course is primarily intended for first or second year students. Variable (not taught 2016-17). Dawley.
Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, and Slavery
One was a Midwestern self-made man and lawyer turned anti-slavery politician. The other was a Maryland-born escaped slave turned anti-slavery activist. Individually-and eventually, in association-Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass had a profound influence on the Civil War-era crisis over slavery. They also wrote some of the most beautiful and powerful prose in American history. This introductory class, which will serve as a point of entry into the practice and tools of History, examines in depth the writings of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. Themes to be discussed include: the meaning of liberty; the role of political parties in American democracy; racial ideology; the influence of religion on American thought; and the impact of the Civil War. Ths course is primarily intended for first or second year students. Spring semester. Hale.
Latin Rhythms: Histories of Music, Dance
(4 Cr.) (LER DIV and LER TXT)
This course will introduce students to the cultural and social history of what we now consider "Latin" music and dance in Latin America and the United States. Our transnational examination of "Latin" culture will consider the influence of the Atlantic creole cultures that shaped these musical forms. We will examine the history of the African diaspora in Latin America, the emergence of "national" Latin American cultural productions, the growth of "Latin" music in the U.S. resulting from Latino/a migrations, as well as the circulation of music from the U.S. back to Latin America. The course will touch on a variety of music and dance forms, including: samba, rumba, tango, mambo, salsa, "latin" rock, bachata, reggaeton and hip-hop. Assignments will include viewing and listening to music and dance performances as well as class workshops where students will get a chance to dance, drum and sing. The goal of the course will be for students to think historically about cultural production while investigating the history of race, gender and migration in Latin American and U.S. history. This course is primarily intended for first or second year students. Fall semester. Amador.
Sex Work: A Global History
This course examines the global history of sex work from nineteenth-century attempts to regulate and abolish prostitution, to the emergence of sex worker activism in the present. We will use the history of sex work as a lens to consider how notions of desire, morality, gender and sexuality are subject to historical change. Topics include: criminalization and legalization, sexual labor under slavery, colonialism and in times of war and occupation, same-sex eroticism, and globalization and sex tourism. First offered 2016. Schields.
Nazism: Before and After
The twelve-year rule of the Nazi regime dominates any discussion of Modern German history. The horrific events of this period-most notably the Second World War and the massacre of European Jews-bring added urgency to the understanding of Germany's historical development before and after the Third Reich. This course will use the Nazi regime (and the histories of it) as an introduction to the science of history. We will cover major topics and debates in the history of Nazism, but also address the use of primary sources and secondary works, methodological approaches, historiographical debates. This course is primarily intended for first or second year students. Fall semester. Corcoran.
Mariners, Renegades, and Castaways: Writing History from the Margins of Empire
What is history, and who gets to write it? This course probes these questions by investigating Atlantic history from the "bottom up." Rather than focusing on the lives of monarchs and nations, we'll investigate the emergence of "globalization" through the lives of runaway slaves, pirates, and the bawdy tavern scene of the Atlantic World. Students will work closely with primary sources to uncover "hidden histories" of the maritime underground while touching on themes ranging from early modern prostitution to slave rebellions. Are you ready to set sail? This course is primarily intended for first or second year students. Spring semester. Dator.
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: Sophomore standing. Spring semester. 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 interactions 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. Dawley.
Tumultuous Centuries: Modern Japan
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: Sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. Spring. 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 210 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. 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 217 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 217 (formerly HIS 117) or permission of instructor. Offered Fall, every two years. Corcoran.
Survey: Early American History
(4 Cr.) (LER-TXT and LER-DIV)
This course investigates the broad sweep of early American history from the era of European-Native American encounters through the era of the Civil War. Topics to be discussed will likely include Native American life, the origins and career of slavery, patterns of European settlement, the American Revolution, the birth and growth of political parties, economic development, the antebellum conflict over slavery, and the causes and consequences of the Civil War. Readings will include primary and secondary sources. Also open to students who have not previously taken and courses in history. Prerequisite: completion of 12 credits or permission of instructor. Fall semester. Dator, Hale.
Survey: Modern American History, Culture
(4 Cr.) (LER TXT and LER DIV)
What is "freedom?" How has freedom related to the idea of the "American Dream?" This course is the second half of the introductory survey of US History. It draws on a variety of primary and secondary sources in social, cultural, economic, and political history to explore major themes and key transformations that have shaped issues both domestic and international. Key eras explored include Reconstruction, Western Expansion and the birth of US Empire, the rise of Big Business and Organized Labor, the Progressive Era, the development of Mass Culture, the Great Depression and New Deal, World War II and the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam Era, Conservatism and the "Reagan Revolution," and the War on Terror. The course investigates these moments and movements through multiple perspectives while highlighting the contested nature of equality, freedom, and citizenship in the context of national identity. Also open to students who have not previously taken and courses in history. Prerequisite: completion of 12 credits or permission of instructor. Spring semester. Dator, Hale.
Survey: Becoming East Asia
(4 Cr.) (LER-TXT and LER-DIV)
What is East Asia and how did it become so? Regions of the world are not natural, they are the products of human action and ideas about space, culture, history, and geopolitics. This course will examine how East Asia became a region, and what defined it as such through this process. It will focus on the histories of China, Korea, Vietnam, and Japan, and the history of region-building, from the 14th to the 20th centuries. Also open to students who have not previously taken and courses in history. Prerequisite: completion of 12 credits or permission of instructor. Fall semester. Dawley.
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.
Survey: Europe, Classical to 1789
(4 Cr.) (LER-TXT and LER-DIV)
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. Also open to students who have not previously taken and courses in history. Prerequisite: completion of 12 credits or permission of instructor. Spring semester. Corcoran.
Survey: Modern Europe, 1789-Present
(4 Cr.) (LER-TXT and LER-DIV)
A continuation of HIS 216, 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. Also open to students who have not previously taken and courses in history. Prerequisite: completion of 12 credits or permission of instructor. Spring semester. Corcoran.
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.
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 216, 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.
Survey: Latin America: The Colonial Period
(4 Cr.) (LER-TXT and LER-DIV)
This course examines the history of the dynamic region that is now called Latin America, from the pre-Columbian era to the early nineteenth-century wars of independence. It focuses on interactions among Native Americans, Africans, and Europeans, tracing the evolution of a range of multiethnic societies in the Americas and examining the Atlantic exchanges through which they were formed. The class will also pay close attention to thinking about the intersection of race and ethnicity in the colonial period as well as histories of women, gender and sexuality. Together we will read primary sources that range from court cases, to maps, memoirs, letters, visual art and music and read monographs that center the lives and experiences of Latin American peoples from a range of regions and time periods before independence. Also open to students who have not previously taken and courses in history. Prerequisite: completion of 12 credits or permission of instructor. Fall semester. Amador.
Cultures of Contemporary Europe
(4 Cr.) (LER - DIV)(LER - SSC)
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 history course (HIS 217 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.) (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.
Modern German History: From Unification to Unification
(4 Cr.) (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 217 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 210 (formerly HIS 110) or HIS 216 (formerly HIS 116) or sophomore standing. Fall semester. Offered in alternate years. Dator 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.
Holocaust Testimonies: History and Memory
(3 Cr.) (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 history course or sophomore standing or consent of the instructor. Variable semesters.
America and the Vietnam War: a Fateful Encounter
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 210 or HIS 211 or sophomore standing. Spring semester. 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 210 or sophomore standing. Variable semesters. Offered 2009-10 and alternate years. Hale.
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
(4 Cr.) (LER-DIV)
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.
Civil War and Reconstruction: 1850-1876
Conflict and change in 19th-century America, with attention to slavery, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. Prerequisite: HIS 210 or HIS 111 or sophomore standing. Variable semesters. Offered 2010-11 and alternate years. Hale.
Latin American History: Pre-Columbian to Present
(4 Cr.) (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. 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 210 or HIS 211 recommended) or sophomore standing. Variable semesters. Sheller.
Intensive Course Abroad
(5 Cr.) (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. The Past in the Present from Tokyo to Taipei (5) By visiting sites in Japan and Taiwan, this course will give students the opportunity to directly experience and assess how past histories of imperialism, occupation, and war influence the world of the present. We will seek to understand how Japan's history of imperial expansion and occupation, and Taiwan's experience of colonization by Japan and rule by China, are remembered today, and how they have shaped contemporary relations between Taiwan and Japan, and between both places and the United States. This course comprises both a pre-course to be held in the spring before departure (2 credits), and the three-week program overseas following spring commencement (3 credits). The pre-course is mandatory for all students who are on campus. Offered 2016 and alternate years. Dawley and White.
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 211 recommended. Dator.
Women of North Africa and the Middle East
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. Spring semester. Offered 2015-16 and alternate years. François.
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 history course or sophomore standing. Variable semesters. Dawley.
Empires of Difference
(4 Cr.) (HIS 288)
The term "European empire" often conjures up images of exploration and colonization across the globe, with an ultimate goal of sameness and homogenization. In other areas of the Eurasian continent, however, we see a very different sort of model: diverse ethnocultural groups, with long histories of tension and disagreement, under a single political roof. In these empires, goals of cultural assimilation often took a backseat to more immediate priorities of security and stability. This course will examine three such empires--the Russian, Austrian, and Ottoman--over the entire course of their existence. We will examine the ways in which they confronted issues related to religious and cultural diversity, political loyalty, and interethnic conflict. We will consider the challenges posed by citizenship, secularization, and nationalism during the 19th century, and conclude with their collapse into ethnic violence during the two world wars. Fall semester. Corcoran.
Special Topics: The European Witch Hunt to 1750
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 in alternate years. Department.
Practicum in History
Students are placed in agencies, libraries, and archives for practical experience. Prerequisite: HIS 210 or HIS 211 or sophomore standing. May be taken for pass/no pass only. Department.
Latin American History: National Period
(4 Cr.) (LER - DIV)(LER - TXT)
This course examines the history of Latin America from the rise of independence movements in the early nineteenth century until the present. It focuses in particular on the formation of nation states and the social, political, and ideological issues that manifest in the development of these nations. The course will move chronologically exploring the creation of independent nations during the nineteenth century out of the crisis of Spanish and Portuguese colonial empires in the Americas, considering the consolidation of liberal political economies and challenges to these economies. These histories will provide a framework for a final section exploring the twentieth century that will focus on dictatorships and the neoliberal order in the region, as well as social and political movement that challenged them. Within the context of this chronological framework we will draw from a wide range of case studies that will include the history of Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Andean Republics and Central America. These case studies will allow us to examine closely the changes and continuities in Latin American societies during the national period. We will use these examples to explore recent historical approaches to this history that have highlighted the importance of exploring gender and race in these histories. Throughout the course the students will also analyze primary and secondary sources related to the course themes that highlight the experiences among others of immigrants, indigenous communities, and communities of African descent. By the end of the semester students will have read widely on the history of Latin American nations, examined the experiences of various groups within the region, and written about and interpreted these histories. Students new to the field of History are welcomed in the class; no prior knowledge of Latin American history is required or expected. Prerequisite: one semester of college experience or permission of the instructor. First offered Spring 2016, offered every year or every other year. Amador.
Independent Work in History
Independent research on a historical problem leading to a substantial research paper or directed readings with a strong writing component.
Seminar in Latino/a History
What does it mean to explore the history of Latino/as from a transnational perspective? This seminar course investigates the history of Latino/as in three ways: 1. The course provides a background in the history of Latino/as in the United States. 2. It explores overlapping and intersecting histories of Latin American migration to the United States. 3. It also explores the use of life histories, memories, interviews, biographies and autobiographies as sources used by historians and other scholars to write about the history of Latin American migrations and the formation of Latino/a communities. Students in the course will explore the political, economic, social and cultural history of Latino/a communities and Latino/as through an investigation of the experiences of a variety of migrant groups including Mexican American or Chicano/as, Puerto Ricans, El Salvadorans, Cubans, and Dominicans among others. Particular attention will be given to ways that race, gender and sexuality have also shaped the formation of Latino/a communities by specifically addressing the experiences of Latino/as of indigenous and African descent as well as histories of women and LGBTQ Latino/as. Through a close reading of texts that draw on oral histories, memoirs, and interviews students will examine migration from a transnational perspective by considering the migration experiences of many Latino/a communities and the ways in which transnational networks have conditioned their experiences in the United States. We will examine the reasons migrants left behind their homes, the ways they migrated, and their experiences in the United States. Together we will explore how these stories document imperial expansion, the redrawing of national borders, as well as labor recruitment, wars of occupation, and responses to economic and political instability that resulted in the growth of a "Latino/a" population in the United States. Moreover, we will explore the politics of defining a "Latino/a" identity and the other forms of ethnic, racial and local identities that have been used to define or redefine Latin American peoples. Prerequisite: one 200-level History class or sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. First offered Spring 2016. Amador.
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.
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.
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 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 200-level history course or permission of instructor. Variable semesters. 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.
Independent Work in History
Tutorial in Historical Research
The discipline of history is built upon the skills of empirical research in written texts and material culture, and the transformation of that data into meaningful narratives about the past through interpretation and research. This course asks students to demonstrate their mastery of the discipline through an advanced project of research and writing of their own design. Students will complete this project through regular course meetings and one-on-one interaction with a member of the faculty. Required of all majors and minors, usually in the fall of their final year; open to non-majors by permission of the instructor. Fall semester. Department.
Fall semester and spring semester.
Capstone in History
Each student will visualize and design a capstone project that culminates their work in the history program. This capstone project can take many forms: the refinement and/or extension of 400-level research tutorial essay; a creative, real-world application of historical knowledge and analysis; a practice teaching session of one historical problem or issue; or a portfolio of Goucher work with reflective commentary and analysis. This project will build to a final symposium in which all students will present their work for the Goucher community. Required of all majors and minors, usually in the spring of their final year. Spring semester.