280U Fall 2014 Asymmetrical Conflict

Reading and research in the history of asymmetrical conflict, including case studies in topics such as domination and resistance or guerrilla warfare and counter-insurgency, with special attention to historical sources and methods. Students will develop a research project on a relevant topic of their choice.

101.002 Fall 2014 Writers Group

This section is designed for seniors with well-conceived thesis projects that do not fit within the rubrics of other 101 seminars. Members of the group will observe a common schedule in developing, drafting, and critiquing material but will not share a common subject area. Admission requires a written statement and the consent of the instructor.

103U.004 Fall 2014 The Global Color Line

The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the Color Line,” argued American civil rights activist and author W. E. B. DuBois in 1906. This course explores the global debate over race and equality which gripped the world from the mid-nineteenth to the twentieth century. We will focus mainly on the ideological and political dynamics of, and powerful resistance to, racial discrimination in the British and French empires, the United States, and South and East Asia from 1860 to the 1930s.

103U.003 Fall 2014 Postwar: The Consequences of Conflict in the Modern Period

"After every war," Nobel Laureate Wislawa Symborska reminds us, "someone has to clean up. Things won't straighten themselves up, after all." This seminar looks at the consequences of conflict in transnational perspective during the 19th and 20th centuries and explores how conflict altered international law, political belonging and the everyday experiences of people living in war's wake.

103U.002 Fall 2014 Comparative Genocides

This senior seminar is an introduction to the field of genocide studies from an interdisciplinary, comparative, and thematic perspective.  Its main characteristics follow.  First, this seminar will not focus on any single genocide; instead, it will try to provide a good understanding of the extreme diversity of this form of mass killing. Second, even though it will emphasize twentieth-century cases, it will also cover earlier occurrences.

200X Fall 2014 Revolution: From the Fictitious to the Real -TOWNSEND CENTER SEMINAR WITH EELCO RUNIA

Victor Hugo remarked that “a revolution is a return from the fictitious to the real.” Hugo’s words not only fundamentally question what might be called the realist project but also contain a rudimentary yet thought-provoking theory about how sublime historical events come about.

280U Fall 2014 Global History through the Age of Revolutions

Co-taught by Professors Brian DeLay and Daniel Sargent, History 280X is the first in a two-part series of graduate reading seminars in modern global history. (Part two, Global History Since the Age of Revolutions, will be taught in Spring 2015). This course will be of use to students writing on transnational or international topics, and, more generally, to anyone interested in learning to frame their own work in broader contexts. Graduate students from across the regional fields are welcome.

285U Fall 2014 Digital Approaches to History

Digital Approaches to History. This seminar will explore digital approaches to history, with an emphasis on application. Rather than learning how to use technologies, we will focus on how technologies can help historians resolve specific historical questions. There will be no assigned weekly readings.

285U.001 Spring 2014 Worlds After Wars

This research seminar has two aims, one technical and aesthetic, the other having to do with a set of particular historical issues.  First we hope to help students advance their skills in the craft of writing history. We will look carefully at such matters as posing an intellectually exigent question, writing a first paragraph, structuring an argument, and positioning ones own work in relation to that of other writers. We will propose some exemplary solutions to these tasks and ask you to provide some of your own.


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