140B Fall 2005 Modern Mexico

This course surveys Mexican history from the late colonial period (ca. 1780) to the present. Although previous exposure to Latin American history and/or things Mexican is useful, it is not required. Each year I emphasize a different aspect of Mexican history, and this year the emphasis in the readings, the paper, and to a certain extent the lectures will be on popular culture. The paper will ask you to relate the readings (on Mexican food, rock music, Cantinflas, Posada prints, etc.) to the broad political-social-economic narrative that will be presented in lecture.

139D Fall 2005 Liberal Superpower: Reform and Political Economy in Postwar U.S. History

How did the United States reconcile the Cold War Leviathan with its admiration for traditional liberalismÃ_natural rights to liberty and property protected by a legitimate but limited governmentÃ_and its more contemporaneous redefinitionÃ_a measure of public obligation to maintain and promote the welfare of the people?

137AC Fall 2005 The Repeopling of America

The United States has been termed a ";nation of immigrants."; And indeed, following the massive depopulation of the native populations, people from five continents over four centuries have moved to America. This course will provide an overview of that migration beginning with the colonial migration which brought the free and unfree to a less developed colonial region.

C132B Fall 2005 Intellectual History of the United States Since 1865

In this course we will be discussing key developments in U.S. thought since the middle of the nineteenth century, roughly beginning with the reception of Darwin. The broader story told in the class weaves together the history of science and engineering, the arts and popular culture, philosophy, and education. Our goal is to trace how ideas, whether they are dominant, challenging, or look back, have affected the ways in which Americans live together. Sometimes the ideas we will examine will seem specialized.

130B Fall 2005 War and Peace in the 20th Century

In the last 107 years (1898-2005) the United States has waged three wars in Asia (including WW2-Japan), three in the Middle East, fought in two great World Wars, and sustained a Cold War posture against its rival super-power, the now dismantled Soviet-Union, which spanned five decades (1946-1991). In intervals of comparative peace (1904-1917, 1918-1941, and 1991-2001), the United States either reinforced its stance as a global power or, as in the 1920's and 1930's assumed a policy of isolation from world affairs with ultimately disastrous and war-provoking results.

127AC Fall 2005 California and the West

This course traces the history of California from the Paleo-Indian past to the postindustrial present. What, though, is California? Bumperstickers tell us ";California is a State of Mind."; Is California a collective hallucination? Is it just so many lines on a map? A simple collection of whatever lunatics are here at the moment? Or is California greater than the sum of its parts? We will use such questions to help us understand California as both place and process. The course will consist of two papers, each six to eight pages in length, and a comprehensive final examination.

124A Fall 2005 The United States from the Late 19th Century to the Eve of World War II.

During the first half-century before World War II, the United States became an industrialized, urban society with national markets and communication media. This class will explore in depth some of the most important changes and how they were connected. We will also examine what did not change, and how state and local priorities persisted in many arenas.

121A Fall 2005 American History (The Colonial Period): The Peoples & Cultures of Early America

America has always been a multicultural society and perhaps at no time was this truer than in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. This course will explore how encounters, conflicts, and compromises made among Native, African-, and European-American peoples shaped the cultures and societies of North America.

120AC Fall 2005 American Environmental and Cultural History.

History of the American environment and the ways in which different cultural groups have perceived, used, managed, and conserved it from colonial times to the present. Cultures include American Indians and European and African Americans. Natural resources development includes gathering-hunting-fishing; farming, mining, ranching, forestry, and urbanization. Changes in attitudes and behaviors toward nature and past and present conservation and environmental movements are also examined.


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