11 Fall 2015 India

This course presents an overview of the history of the Indian subcontinent (today’s India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh) over the last 4,500 years. We will concentrate on a number of topics, including the region’s economic and political structures, religious communities and traditions, gender and social hierarchies, links with other parts of the world, and developments in literature, art, and everyday life. As we examine all of these histories, we will also spend some time thinking about how we know what we know, and why people have thought differently about the past.

12 Fall 2015 The Middle East

The class will introduce students to key concepts, terms, and debates in the history of the modern Middle East, particularly in the 19th and 20th centuries. The first part of the class will briefly present the history of the region since the rise of Islam in the 7th century and up to the modern period.

3 Fall 2015 Byzantium & Near East

This course is designed as a general introduction to the study of history in general, and the study of Byzantium and the Islamic world in particular.

6A Fall 2015 History of China: Origins to the Mongol Conquest

This introductory course, designed for lower-division undergraduates with little or no background in Chinese history, celebrates key features of early and middle-period Chinese civilization, including its distinctive writing system, its compelling forms of historiography and philosophy, its construction of the social and heavenly orders, and the density of its urban life in antiquity, partly through the incredibly rich material record revealed by scientific excavations (mainly since 1949) and also through the hallowed literary traditions.

N119A Summer 2015 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.

N109C Summer 2015 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.

103F.002 Spring 2015 Seminar: Jews, Muslims, Christians in Late Ottoman and Mandatory Jerusalem

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.

101.002 Spring 2015 East Asia and the Modern World

This course is a research and writing seminar for students doing a 101 thesis on any aspect of modern East Asian history. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with the instructor as early as possible in the Spring 2015 semester to identify areas of interest and begin as much of the groundwork as possible: surveying the relevant scholarship, formulating a key question, and locating suitable primary sources to answer the question. Class meetings will focus more on research and writing methods than on substantive content.


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