Global Encounters: The Twentieth-Century World

History 101.011

Spring 2014
Day & Time: 
TuTh 1230-2P
  • Note new room.
  • This 101 is for students who want to write a thesis on some aspect of twentieth-century global history, in the very broad sense of interactions and encounters across national boundaries and borders. Possible research topic areas would include: imperialism and colonial situations, decolonization and anti-colonial movements, World Wars and the Cold War, post-colonial development projects, migration and diasporas, international organizations and movements, transnational intellectual exchanges, and cross-cultural encounters of any kind. 
    As this is a very broad theme, we won't be spending class time on reading historiography. Therefore it would be best if you already have a relatively clear thesis idea, research question, or interest which falls under the theme of the class; and you should be comfortable in independently pursuing the secondary literature in your own particular field of interest. Our class readings will be of two kinds: first, we will look at some good models of short-form historical writing. Second, we will have some readings on basic skills, such as finding primary sources, building a bibliography, formulating good historical questions, and writing in a historical mode. My main goal is to get you developing a research question, finding sources, and beginning to write as quickly as possible.

Course Books

The Elements of Style, Fourth Edition by Strunk, William Jr et al. Longman. ISBN: 978-0205309023 Required
A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, Eighth Edition: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers by Turabian, Kate L. et al. U Chicago Press. ISBN: 978-0226816388 Required