Summer 2017
5: European Civilization from the Renaissance to the Present

This course is a rapid survey of landmark events in European history since the late fifteenth century.  We focus on the interpretation of primary sources and the use of films to make sense of the transformational dates and historical processes in the making of modern Europe.

Hearst Annex B1
MTuW 1-3:30, May 22 – June 30
Class #: 15566
First 6 Week Session
7B: The United States from the Civil War to Present

This course will provide an overview of United States history from the Civil War to the present. We will cover many topics, but three main themes will stand out. First, we will consider conflicts and changes related to individual and group identities, such as race, ethnicity, and gender. Second, we will consider economic and technological transformations, such as the rise of Big Business, the rise and fall of organized labor, and the development of personal computers. Third, we will consider the changing uses of state power, both domestically and around the world. While covering these themes, we will consider famous individuals who exercised tremendous influence, yet we will not forget about the millions of Americans whose names do not appear in the pages of history books but whose lives as parents, workers, immigrants, and college students still shaped life in the United States. 

Daniel M Robert
180 Tan
MWTh 10-12, June 19 – August 11
Class #: 11776
8 Week Session
N100: Short Course - Hip-Hop and History in America

*This is a 2 unit course. It does not fulfill a major requirement.

The class will treat rap lyrics selected from multiple time periods as texts that students will read in conjunction with historical scholarship, which will offer the broader context for the themes that emerge in these songs. Although the first week will begin by providing an overview of rap and hip-hop, this is not a history of hip-hop class. We will not be studying the history of the musical genre. Rather, the aim is to illuminate the many ways that history, and African-American history in particular, inform the themes and subject matter upon which the selected lyrics focus. Some possible weekly themes include: slavery; racism; the war on drugs, police brutality, and mass incarceration; the exoticization of mixed race and light skinned women, and the commodification of women more broadly; rap, whiteness and cultural appropriation, sexuality; religion; capitalism; and revolution.

Students do not need to purchase any books for this class. All required materials will be available via bCourses.

Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers
TuTh 4-6pm, May 22 – June 30
Class #: 11781
First 6 Week Session
N100: Short Course - American Business History

*This is a 2 unit course. It does not fulfill a major requirement.

When President Calvin Coolidge declared in 1925 that “the chief business of the American people is business,” he was not making a historical argument, though it would have been a defensible one. Nearly a century earlier, French visitor, Alexis de Tocqueville, made a similar observation. Indeed, America was colonized by joint-stock corporations! Understanding the history of American business can therefore unlock a great deal about America itself. How did the exchange of capital become capitalism? How have markets and firms been constructed politically and socially? Is the history of American business primarily one of creative entrepreneurs or exploitative opportunists? What is the relationship between capitalism, gender, and race? In this course, we will explore these questions on a chronological journey from seventeenth-century joint-stock colonization to twenty-first century high-frequency trading.

Daniel M Robert
TuTh 2-4pm, July 3 – August 11
Class #: 15370
Second 6 Week Session
106A: The Roman Republic

A history of Rome from the foundation of the city to the dictatorship of Caesar. The course examines the evolution of Republican government, the growth of Roman imperialism, and the internal disruptions of the age of the Gracchi, Sulla, and Caesar.

54 Barrows
MWF 1-3:30, May 22 – June 30
Class #: 15568
First 6 Week Session
109C: The Middle East From the 18th Century to the Present

This course is an introduction to the political and intellectual history of the modern Middle East from the late eighteenth century to the present. The primary geographic focus will be the lands of the Ottoman and Qajar Empires and their post World War I successor states and mandates, including Turkey, Iran, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, mandate Palestine, Israel, and the states of the Arabian Peninsula. Subjects covered include: the rise and fall of constitutionalism, ideas of institutional and political reform, the role of religion in political and social life, imperialism, nationalism, post-colonialism, development, the Arab-Israeli conflict and the impact of the Soviet Union and United States in the region. We will also discuss the rise of political Islam and popular challenges to the post-imperial secular state and conclude with a discussion of the US invasion and occupation of Iraq, the Arab Spring and the rise of ISIS.

Aimee Genell
121 Latimer
MTuWTh 10-12, July 3 – August 11
Class #: 15286
Second 6 Week Session
122AC: Antebellum America: The Advent of Mass Society

This course examines half a century of life in the United States (roughly from the War of 1812 until the secession of the Southern states), focusing on race relations, westward expansion, class formation, immigration, religion, sexuality, popular culture, and everyday life. Assigned readings will consist largely of first-person narratives in which women and men of a range of ethnic and cultural backgrounds construct distinctive visions of life in the new nation.

242 Dwinelle
TuWTh 2-4:30, July 3 – August 11
Class #: 11791
Second 6 Week Session
N124B: The United States from World War II to the Vietnam Era

Immediately prior to World War II, the U.S. military ranked 17th in the world, most African-Americans lived in the rural south and were barred from voting, culture and basic science in the United States enjoyed no world-wide recognition, most married women did not work for wages, and the census did not classify most Americans as middle-class or higher. By 1973, all this had changed. This course will explore these and other transformations, all part of the making of modern America. We will take care to analyze the events, significance and cost of U.S. ascendancy to world power in an international and domestic context. 

56 Barrows
MTuWTh 12-2, July 3 – August 11
Class #: 11792
Second 6 Week Session
131B: U.S. Social History from the Civil War to Present

Social history centers on the experiences of groupings of people, their ideas, values, and behaviors, and the impact of these on their interaction with each other as well as with their place in society. In this course, we will consider major events in US history through the experiences of major populations in the United States that, until the relatively recent emergence of social history as a method of study, had been left out of the historical narrative. Lecture and course readings will trace the experiences of the working class, immigrants, women, youth, and racial, ethnic, and sexual minorities and their interactions with the structures and systems they lived in. Driven by the recurring theme of inclusion, the course will also consider some of the central topics of study in social history, such as racism, identity, gender, sexuality, crime, family life, and education. In- class instruction and exercises will teach students the historical thinking, reading, and writing skills they need to complete course assignments. Students will leave the course understanding how historical and structural forces contributed—and continue to contribute—to the US’s ongoing struggle with equality and inclusion. This course satisfies the American Cultures requirement.

Natalie Mendoza
50 Barrows
MTuWTh 2-4, May 22 – June 30
Class #: 15929
First 6 Week Session
136C: Defiant Women: Gender, Power and Violence in American History

Taking as its focus diverse groups of women who have shaped the course of North American history, this class will explore the relationship between gender, power and violence from the colonial period to the modern era. We will discuss how women have challenged conventional notions of “womanhood” through their words and their deeds, how their respective communities understood their behavior, and we will contemplate the ways in which these women simultaneously constructed narratives of power that do not conform to contemporary conceptualizations of their lives. Moreover, students will contemplate prevailing narratives of powerlessness which render these women, and their acts, invisible to us and the role gender ideologies played in their construction. Students will read about famous and less well-known cases of “deadly women” and in the process, they will understand how different bodies of law, social customs, and economic systems affected the lives of men and women differently and allocated disproportionate amounts and kinds of power to them. We will evaluate how these hierarchies of power facilitated women’s defiant, revolutionary and sometimes murderous acts. Conversations about the impacts that race, ethnicity, economic class, and religion had upon the lives of these women will be central to the course as well. Themes that will be covered include: involuntary servitude, witchcraft, interracial and same-sex love and relationships, infanticide, prostitution, murderesses, female victims of lynch mobs, and female members of revolutionary, terrorist, and racist/supremacist groups.

Students do not need to purchase any books for this class. All required materials will be available via bCourses.

Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers
219 Dwinelle
TuWTh 1-3:30, May 22 – June 30
Class #: 15369
First 6 Week Session
145: Latin America and Film

This class is based on the idea that films can be used as the basis of historical inquiry and analysis. We will consider the content, form, and execution of a set of outstanding films from Latin America from about 1940 to about 1970, focusing on this period of cultural and political development in the countries with major film industries: Mexico, Brazil, Cuba, and Argentina. Our discussions and readings will include histories of the film industry and national cultural policy, the idea of melodrama as a Latin American genre, film criticism, and more general examinations of the political and social issues raised in the movies, for example:

  • The portrayal of race and gender. 

  • Depictions of poverty and inequality, in particular in the context of postwar urbanization. 

  • And, how films have contributed to the creation of national mythology and icons, the ways 
movies have been used both as part of national projects and challenged dominant narratives about national identity. 

Students will be expected to attend several movie nights or make arrangements to see movies outside of class time at the Media Resource Center. Assignments include two short papers based on the course films as well as a final paper.

Sarah Selvidge
MTuWTh 12-2pm, May 22 – June 30
Class #: 15930
First 6 Week Session
N158C: Europe from 1914 to Present

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 3:30-5:30pm, June 19 – August 11
Class #: 11794
8 Week Session
N160: The International Economy of the 20th Century

The twentieth century witnessed both international integration through market-based exchange as well as numerous experiments, left and right, at economic independence from reigning financial superpowers. National governments, and the international organizations they created, alternatively relied on market mechanisms and on planning to spur economic growth, raising the living standards of millions in some instances but also fueling mass unemployment, famine, environmental degradation and even genocide in other instance. Topics include the Gold Standard, the Great Depression, the economics of the two World Wars, decolonialization, and post-war financial crisis.

Andrej Milivojevic
141 Giannini
MTuWTh 2-4, July 3 – August 11
Class #: 11795
Second 6 Week Session
N174: Study Abroad in Poland, Germany, and the Czech Republic — The Contours of Coexistence: “Otherness” and Belonging in Modern Europe

Travel across multiple countries and explore the limits of coexistence in both the "old" and "new" Europe.

  • Study theories of co-existence in Poland, the Czech Republic, and Germany
  • Analyze the usage of voices, museums, food, music, histories, protests, organizations and government initiatives to better understand how ideas of "Europe" and "Europeaness" changed over the past 100 years and continue to change

The program focuses on both historical and contemporary minorities: the Jews of Europe and most specifically Poland; the Roma of Northern Bohemia; the Vietnamese in Prague, the Turkish in Germany and recent refugees across European Union member states.

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Sarah Cramsey
May 23 – June 24
Class #: 11796