118A Fall 2005 Courtiers, Samurai, Peasants, and Priests: Power and Culture in PreModern Japan

An exploration of society and ecology from the period of earliest settlement until the construction of the Tokugawa shogunate c. 1600. Includes the development of the classical imperial state, the formation of the medieval warrior governments, and the experience of mass civil war during the 16th century. We are concerned with the complex sources of power-land and food control, violence, family and class structures, literacy and knowledge, social contracts.

118C Fall 2005 Japan: Late Nineteenth Century to the Present

Japan's experience of the twentieth century, beginning with the development of capitalism and the acquisition of an empire; tracing the achievements and tragedy that came with Japan's emergence as a world power. Emphasis on social and intellectual history, and on how Japan has understood itself and the world in this century.

111B Fall 2005 Southeast Asia

This introductory course surveys major themes of modern Southeast Asian history. Lectures will be organized topically and chronologically with an emphasis on cross-country comparisons.

110 Fall 2005 The Ottoman Empire 1400-1750

This introduction to the Ottoman empire studies both the evolution of the imperial state and the experiences of ordinary peoples populating the empire. After an overview of the empire's expansion into Europe, Asia, and Africa, we examine the multiple influences on its formation (Roman/Byzantine, Islamic, Mongol, Turkic), and the images and discourses of imperial power as they evolved over 350 years.

100.002 Fall 2005 World History: Europe, the Americas, and the Globe, 1400-2005

Now that we live in a global era, it is time to turn our attention to world history. We can no longer afford the illusion that each nation has its own unique formation, independent of all others. Instead, we need to examine the complex interactions that produced our current condition. A good place to start is 1400, when the peoples of Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas had only minimal contact with one another.

100.001 Fall 2005 The Rise and Fall of Yugoslavia

This course will consider the emergence and decline of the Yugoslav state (1918 - 1991) from two different but closely related standpoints à that of history and politics, and that of language, literature and culture. Throughout Eastern Europe, but especially in the former Yugoslavia, these two aspects have been so interconnected that it is not possible to understand one without some comprehension of the other.

39J Fall 2005 Culture and Society in the First World War

The course will explore the Great War of 1914-1918 through the prisms of historical analysis, fiction, poetry, music, and film. We will read accounts of trench warfare, the mobilization of soldiers, the impact of the war on the "home front," the nature of propaganda, the shifting relationships between men and women, and the diverse meanings of commemoration after the armistice.

39K Fall 2005 Medicine in American Society Since 1880

The years since 1880 have witnessed tremendous changes in American society and in medicine. This course will examine some of these changes through readings, discussion, and writing on selected topics that illustrate the relationships between society and medical knowledge, organization, and practice. Topics include the germ theory of disease and its popular meanings and uses, medicine in literature, widespread belief in and use of vitamins, controversies surrounding the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, medicine and race, venereal diseases, and the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

39L Fall 2005 Crops, food, and the history of the Americas

The premise of this seminar is that the production of food crops have shaped our history and reflected our past in amazing, and often underappreciated, ways. Toward that end, this course will view how changing crops have influenced historical development and the lives of countless humans and how the creation of food from those crops reflects our culture. The course will consist of three parts. First, we will read a series of books that illustrate the role of crops in the historical development of the Americas and Europe.

39F Fall 2005 Classics in American History

This seminar is designed especially to introduce college freshmen and sophomores to American history by acquainting them with some of the major works in the literature. Some are old classics, e.g., Ben Franklin's autobiography and Tocqueville's Democracy in America, which have become renowned almost as much as historical documents as for their historical content.


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