Summer 2015
7B: The United States Since the Civil War - Session C

This course is an introduction to American history since the Civil War. It is also an introduction to the way historians think and write. We will cover the major events of the past 150 years, including such topics as the Civil War, industrialization, eugenics, the Great Depression, immigration, the Cold War, the suburbs, human rights, and 9/11. While broadly surveying major developments, we will focus on three major themes. The first theme, Slave Society and Its Consequences,traces how the legacy of slavery and emancipation has shaped American ideas about racial hierarchy, multiculturalism, and model minorities. The second theme, Capitalism and Its Critics, follows the rise of industrial society, the growth of consumer economy, and finally the creation of finance capitalism—and how Americans experienced and managed these transitions. Finally, Dechristianization of America, follows how the United States was understood as a Protestant nation, then a Judeo-Christian one, and, finally, as a post-Christian country. Students will sharpen their analytical and critical thinking skills through their engagement with these three themes in lectures, readings, movies, music, and art.

Gene Zubovich
MWTh 10-12P
CCN: 52505
N100.002: Special Topics in History: Short Course - "Energy: An American History" Session D
  • This course does not count for credit toward the History Major but may fulfill other requirements.
This course will examine how the predominant sources of energy and how the uses of those different types of energy changed over time and across American geographies. We will start by analyzing the diets of hunter-gatherer societies, as well as the domestication of fire, plants, and animals. We will explore the origins and consequences of the dam building frenzy in the first half of the twentieth century, the expansion of the fossil fuel economy, and the social history of electricity and automobiles and their impacts on consumer culture. We will also analyze the ways that WWII and the Cold War created the context for the development of nuclear weapons and nuclear power plants and the controversies and legacies these industries have generated. Finally, we will examine how increased consumption of energies helped contribute to the rise of current controversies over fracking, climate change, and renewable energy projects.
This is a two-unit course.  There are no prerequisites
Robert N. Chester
102 Moffitt
MW 8-10AM
CCN: 52535
N100.001: Special Topics in History: Short Course - "Slavery in the Ancient Greek and Roman World" -- Session A
  • This course does not count for credit toward the History Major but may fulfill other requirements.
The institution of slavery was deeply embedded in the political, legal, social, economic and cultural framework of the ancient Greek and Roman world.  Among societies that have tolerated or supported the domination and ownership of human beings by other human beings, ancient Greece and Rome stand out as two of the few that can properly be considered “slave societies.”  In order to examine the impact of slavery on state and society in the ancient Greek and Roman, world we will consider a wide range of topics including the origins and maintenance of the slave system, slave labor, family life, resistance and slave rebellions, manumission and freedom, and Greek and Roman ideas about slavery.  Discussion of slavery in the antebellum U.S. South will help us to place ancient slavery in a broad historical and comparative perspective.
This is a two-unit course.  There are no prerequisites
Carlos F. Noreña
TuTh 4-6P
CCN: 52530
N106B: The Roman Empire - Session A

This course offers an introduction to the history of the Roman empire, from the advent of monarchy in Rome in the first century BC to the breakdown of central state authority in the fifth century AD.  Major themes include the overlapping networks of social power in the Roman empire (institutional and personal); the unity and diversity of Roman imperial culture; the changing relationship between state and society; the political economy of the Roman empire; and the geography and ecology of the Mediterranean world.  Lectures will provide an essential historical narrative and interpretations of central problems in Roman imperial history, and discussion sections will give students an opportunity to engage with key texts from or about the Roman empire, from Tacitus to Gibbon.  There are no prerequisites for this course.

Carlos F. Noreña
TuWTh 1-330P
CCN: 52540
N109C: The Modern Middle East from the 18th Century to the Present - Session D

This course surveys the key processes, events and personalities that have shaped the societies, states and economies of the Middle East since the 18th century. It is designed to help contextualize current developments, to identify various interpretative frameworks for approaching history in general and for understanding the Middle East in particular, and to acquaint students with a variety of useful sources ranging from film to specialized academic articles. Students are expected to attend every class to hear the lecture, ask questions and participate in discussion.

Daniel Strieff
MTuWTh 10-12P
CCN: 52545
N119A: Postwar Japan - Session A

This course considers the history of Japan since Hiroshima--since the atomic bombings and Soviet declaration of war brought "retribution" and cataclysmic defeat to the Japanese empire in 1945. We start with an exploration of the war itself and its complex legacies to the postwar era. Guided by the best recent scholarship and a selection of translated novels, essays, and poetry along with film and art, we then look at the occupation era and the six postwar decades that followed, examining the transformations of Japanese life that those years have brought. We try, finally, to answer the question: has "postwar" itself come to an end? And if it has, how should we characterize the current era?

Andrew E. Barshay
MTuW 930-12P
CCN: 52550
N122A: Antebellum America: The Advent of Mass Society - Session D
HIST122 examines the period in which the United States became a continental nation and contributed to the escalating tensions that would precipitate the Civil War. As a broad overview of the this era, the class emphasizes the consequences of the War of 1812, the democratization of American politics, the rise of industrial manufacturing and the creation of transportation infrastructure, the dispossession and marginalization of Native Americans, the growth of slavery and the lives of slaves, changes in the lives of women, and the ways that religion and reform reshaped American society during these years.The course starts by examining what historian Edmund Morgan has famously illuminated as an American paradox: the symbiotic relationship between American freedom for white men and the enslavement of African-Americans. Beginning with Jeffersonian conceptions of liberty and republicanism, we will continually explore how an expanding conception of equality amongst white men during the first half of the nineteenth century remained dependent on the exclusion, exploitation, and subordination of women, American Indians, and African-Americans. After examining the hierarchical and white supremacist ideology of the Herrenvolk Democracy during the Jacksonian period, we will explore debates about the interplay between Indian, African, and Mexican racial inferiority and white economic opportunity. This theme is vividly displayed by analyzing the Cherokee Removal, American infiltration of Texas, the U.S. war with Mexico, and finally the conflict between the North and the South over the expansion of African slavery and the dignity of free white labor. 
The course will also focus on the central importance of the War of 1812 in the lives of Americans during the first quarter of the nineteenth century. In addition to the multiple ways that the war shaped the daily lives and long-term fates of indigenous communities throughout the United States and Canada, the significance of the so called second war for American independence has remained obscured by a lack of sufficient scholarly attention and its chronological positioning between the American Revolution and the Civil War. We will examine how fortunate Americans were that the war ended the way it did and how Americans explained and remembered these events in romanticized ways that transformed what actually was at best a military draw into a great American victory. In terms of how Americans continued to elaborate a national narrative that suited their political ambitions, we will later explore Manifest Destiny as a cynical but pervasive ideology that allegedly explained not only the westward expansion of the United States but why white Americans repeatedly prevailed over disappearing inferior races. We will also examine the potency of myth and how it has shaped historical memory in the case of Andrew Jackson’s iconic status as a champion of the common man. Of course, both Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson made frequent use of their association with producer ideology and criticized luxury and the corruption of the rich. However, both men indulged throughout their lives in luxury and both also did things politically that contradicted the lofty ideals and practical goals they promoted.
Robert N. Chester
TuWTh 2-430P
CCN: 52555
N124A: The United States from the Late 19th Century to the Eve of the World War II - Session A

During the half-century before World War II, the United States became an industrialized, urban society with national markets and communication media. This class will explore some of the most important changes of this period and how they were connected. We will also examine how these changes elicited a variety of responses, from optimism to anxiety, from experimentation to conservatism. Among the topics addressed: the institution of Jim Crow, population movements and efforts to control immigration, conflicts between Capital and Labor, reform campaigns, territorial expansion, popular and high culture trends, and shifting conceptions of citizenship and self-hood.

Gabriel Milner
MTuWTh 12-2P
CCN: 52560
N124B: The United States from World War II to the Vietnam War Era - Session D
This course examines how American society has changed since World War II.  The second half of the century saw the emergence of an international superpower, a new economy, suburbanization, the sunbelt, the civil rights movement, a political backlash, shifting gender roles, the decline of labor unions, and novel cultural forms. We will address all of these issues and more, while paying particular attention to how the experience of Americans living in the middle of the twentieth century was different from that of Americans living fifty years later.
Christopher W. Shaw
MTuWTh 12-2P
CCN: 52565
127AC: California History - Session D
  • A complete description is forthcoming. Please check back.
The Staff
103 GPB
MTuWThu 12-2PM
CCN: 52570
N131B: Social History of the United States: 1914-Present - Session A
This course provides an introduction to American social and labor history from World War I to the present day.  It will focus on the experiences of ordinary people, addressing various aspects of how American life changed during this period. We will stress inclusion and exclusion from participation in American political and economic life.  Major themes include the creation and destruction of a mass middle class, the establishment of a welfare state and the subsequent political backlash that it provoked, and the reconstitution of gender norms and race relations.
Christopher W. Shaw
MTuWTh 2-4P
CCN: 52575
136AC: Gender Matters in 20th Century America - Session A
  • This course has been cancelled.
The Staff
MTuWTh 10-12P
CCN: 52580
N158C: Where Have All the Soldiers Gone? Europe 1914 to the Present - Session C

The twentieth century was the most devastating in the history of Europe. This course surveys the major developments that led to the wars and revolutions for which the century is famous. It stresses the supreme importance of the commanding actors on the political stage as the century unfolded--Lenin and Stalin, Mussolini and Hitler, Churchill and de Gaulle, Walesa and Thatcher and Gorbachev, and focuses on the differing approaches to European relations taken by American presidents from Wilson to George W. Bush. The course will seek to squeeze every ounce of drama out of the century's most famous -- and infamous -- events: Europe's last summer -- the incredible days of July 1914; the slaughter of World War I; the rise of Communism, Fascism, and Nazism; Munich; the Nazi-Soviet Pact of 1939; the decimation of World War II; the bombing of London and Dresden; the destruction of the European Jewry; the German invasion of Russia; D-Day, the suicide of Hitler, the origins and development of the Cold War; the fall of the Berlin Wall; the revolutions of 1989; the disintegration of the Soviet Union; the collapse of Yugoslavia; and the first and second Gulf wars. All this and more we will explore through books, documents and, not least, films and documentaries.

David Wetzel
TuWTh 330-530P
CCN: 52585
162B: War and Peace: International Relations since 1914
  • This course has been cancelled.
Sarah Cramsey
CCN: 52593
296: Directed Dissertation Research- Session C
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Intended for students engaged in dissertation research and writing.

Margaret Chowning
CCN: 52605
602: Individual Study for Doctoral Students- Session C
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Intended for students engaged PhD Orals preparation.  

Margaret Chowning
CCN: 52645

103 Courses

103F.002: Seminar: Jews, Muslims, Christians in Late Ottoman and Mandatory Jerusalem
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Most studies of late Ottoman and Mandatory Palestine/Eretz-Yisrael tend to focus on the city of Jerusalem. This holy city, which has great religious and symbolic importance to all the monotheistic religions, was the focus of international attention in the 19th century. In 1872 it became the capital of the independent province of Jerusalem which was governed directly from Istanbul and controlled all the southern and central parts of Ottoman Eretz-Yisrael/Palestine. In this course we will examine inter-faith relationships in the city of Jerusalem during the late-Ottoman and Mandatory periods as influenced by major political and social developments in the region such as the Ottoman reforms, growing European involvement, the beginning of Zionist activity in Palestine, WWI, the end of Ottoman rule and the beginning of British Mandate, the Arab Revolt, World War II, and the establishment of the State of Israel.

Yuval Ben-Bassat
M 4-6P
103U.002: Institutions of Culture

Many of the cultural institutions that we take for granted existed either not at all or in only a few special cases two centuries ago: museums, concert hall, public libraries and opera houses for example and, much more obviously, railway and airport bookshops, rock concert venues, and movie houses.  The sociology of various art forms has changed as well: all sorts of people used to go to the opera and to attend Shakespeare plays in the nineteenth century who would not be there today. We now listen to classical music in silence as if it were a religious act; in 1800 people would be speaking on their cell phones if they had them.  This course will explore the history of these institutions and of how people used them. Examples will be drawn mostly from European and US sources, but possibly other as well. There will be field trips. Short reports and one final paper required. 

Thomas W. Laqueur
Tu 4-6P
103U.003: Making Rights in a Global Modern America

"This course will focus on the meaning of “rights” in a global, modern, United States. Specifically, it will focus on the meaning of rights, who has had access to them, and what this concept has meant to different people at different times. For instance, has work been a right in the twentieth-century and for whom? What happened to the idea of “rights” between the right to refuse labor (emancipation), and the right to employment (institutionalized racism)? How have different groups such as women and minorities conceived of and argued for rights – as individuals or as a group. How have these concepts been shaped transnationally, through the movement of people and ideas across oceans, as well as through America’s imperial engagement in Latin and Central America?
As we move into the post World War II era, this course will trace the turn to “human rights” and explore the consequences of framing rights in this way. What has human rights made visible? What has it left out? How was the definition of human rights impacted the way in which groups or individuals seek access to resources, civil and political participation, or notions of equality? Reciprocally, how have persons continued to lobby for alternate definitions or conceptions of rights that fall outside the human rights framework?
This course will move chronologically through the late 19th and twentieth centuries, but it is not a survey course. A background in twentieth-century US history is helpful, but not necessary. Students wishing to use the course material towards their History 101 project will have the opportunity to shape their research and writing accordingly."
Zain Lakhani
F 10-12P
103B.005: Soviet History through Film and Fiction

The class is devoted to the relationship between fact and fiction in Soviet history. We will discuss novels, short stories, and movies that attempt to represent life in twentieth-century Russia, from the eve of the revolution to the aftermath of the fall of communism. The authors we will be reading include Isaac Babel, Andrei Platonov, Mikhail Bulgakov, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Yuri Trifonov, and Sergei Dovlatov. Requirements: participation in discussion and weekly 1-page essays.

Yuri Slezkine
Tu 12-2P
103B.003: From War to Peace: Europe in the 1940s

This reading seminar will explore the mid-1940s as a watershed moment in European history. Within only a few years the descent into war and genocide was followed by the return to a stable and, in comparison to prewar Europe, fundamentally different social and political order. The starting point was in 1942-43: German mass killing policies in occupied Europe reached their zenith, Nazi Germany’s defeat became a certainty, and the Allies began to impose their vision for a postwar order. The transition ended in 1947-48 when the postwar settlement turned into a new conflict among the victorious powers, splitting the continent into Communist East and Capitalist West. We will discuss some of the major works of historical synthesis on twentieth-century Europe as well as more specific historical writings on European reconstruction that have appeared over the last decade. Weekly position papers and an in depth literature review (or a prospectus for a possible honors thesis) constitute the principal writing assignments.

Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann
W 10-12P
103B.004: A Century Later: Germany and the Great War

2014 is the centennial of the outbreak of the "Great War” – a conflict which spread across the globe and unleashed death and destruction on an unimaginable scale. Based around discussions of major works of historical synthesis on early 20th century German history we will address the historical challenges and problems that led to the outbreak of what became known as the First World War. We will analyse the breakdown of the international system that had kept peace in Europe for nearly a century; contrast the experience of Germans in the trenches, under military occupation, and at home in the turbulent years during and immediately following the First World War; and examine gendered narratives, historical arguments, and scholarly interpretations about the First World War. This course will encourage you to explore new ideas and interests and is intended to help you to improve your research skills and to identify themes for the writing a thesis prospectus.
Andrea A. Sinn is DAAD-Professor of German and History at the University of California at Berkeley. Her research and teaching focus on modern European history with specialties in German, Jewish, and migration history. Her current research project addressing Jewish experiences during the Great War is inspired by the apparent absence of female and minority perspectives in studies addressing World War I.
Andrea A. Sinn
Th 12-2P
United States
103D.002: Nations, Narratives, and Negotiating New Boundaries

How have nations and other communities redrawn their boundaries over time and space? How do the lines on a paper map simultaneously represent real and imagined geographies, produce and obscure knowledge, confirm and deny possession, and include and exclude the physical presence of distinct communities? How do stories provide maps to the past? How do our maps and stories unfold over time? How do new maps of old places reflect the changing and contested nature of political, military, economic, cultural, and social spaces? This class will explore nation states and stateless nations as historical entities that have both reflected and actively created new worlds with new boundaries that encourage and often require the telling of new stories. From the religious and political conflicts that wracked early modern England to the multi-cultural memorialization of battle sites and the militarization of the US-Mexico border, assigned readings will explore how culture, government bureaucracies and the technologies of state power, the influence of narratives, and the continued renegotiation of new geographic and political boundaries illuminate relationships that continue to reshape how communities understand themselves, experience their daily lives, articulate the historical origins of their identity, and legitimate and disseminate stories about conflicts and encounters between distinct societies in both the past and the present.

Robert N. Chester
M 2-4P
103D.003: Memory in the 19th-Century United States

The United States is a young nation with a short history. In the nineteenth-century, Alexis de Tocqueville famously faulted Americans for not only being individualistic but also for having no sense of the past. A similar critique exists in popular culture today, where conservative politicians decry the historical knowledge of American citizens. And yet, the ways in which we remember the past fundamentally shape our present and our future. This seminar explores the evolving relationship between memory and history in the nineteenth-century United States. Specifically, it examines the ways in which Americans of different racial and ethnic groups remembered seminal moments such as the Salem Witch Trials, The American Revolution, and the Civil War. Taking memory of the nineteenth-century United States as its starting point, this course will prompt students to explore the nature of historical memory and the practice of history.

Sarah Keyes
Tu 2-4
Latin America
103E: Latin America in the Age of Mass Politics

Beginning in the 1920s and 1930s, mass political – often referred to as “populist” – governments emerged in much of Latin America.  These governments were marked by the incorporation of previously politically marginalized groups, such as rural agricultural workers and unionized urban industrial laborers, into ruling coalitions, a move away from the liberal export economic model of the nineteenth century, and the promotion of new forms of cultural nationalism.  This course will seek answers to important questions about these governments, which lasted until the 1960s and 1970s.  How and why were these new ruling coalitions formed?  Who joined them?  What limits did these coalitions face?  What economic policies did these governments adopt?  How did they promote the new nationalism?  And what was the relationship between mass political leaders and the rank-and-file?  Because they are the best-documented and best-studied cases, we will focus primarily on Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina, although we will also discuss the cases of Chile and Colombia.

Alberto M Garcia
225 Dwinelle
W 4-6P
103H: Child Labor in Africa: A Historical Perspective
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A recent study indicates that 48 million African children, or one third of all children under 14 years of age, are "economically active".  The range of children's work extends beyond the purely economic and includes military service and sex slavery. Emerging within specific socio-cultural, economic, religious and political contexts riddled with extreme poverty, and a hostile global environment, child labor in Africa is a complex phenomenon that defies simple analysis or solution. This seminar seeks to explore the historical and emergent trends in child labor in rural and urban Africa. Topics to be explored include: the complex definitions of childhood and child labor; traditional constructions and organization of children´s work; apprenticeships; children and production for household consumption; gender and child labor; colonialism, globalization and redefinition of children's work; child abductions, child soldiers; agricultural work; and sex slavery among others. The seminar will also explore the world of Talibes, Islamic pupils whose begging/agricultural lives complicate conventional notions of children's work. As well as secondary and primary texts, the course will include documentaries on African children.

Tabitha Kanogo
102 Barrows
W 10-12P