280U.001 Spring 2007 Comparative Environmental History

This is a readings seminar designed to introduce students to current problems and methods in environmental history. For quite some time, environmental history meant primarily the study of environmentalism and conservation in the United States. More recent work has expanded the field to include questions about colonialism, built landscape, and other topics that seem quite distant to matters of parks and game preserves.

103U.002 Spring 2007 Biography from the Greeks to VH1

Certain kinds of historians, or historians trying to do certain kinds of things, seem to have an affinity for biography, as if no other genre of history will do. It has been this way as far back as Plato's composing the character we call Socrates. One can almost say that biography is the genre for polemical public history. It is also the genre of history with the most problematic relationship to fiction. Not only do biographers purposely and proudly use storytelling techniques; they also (purposely but not so proudly) tell fictions.

103U.002 Fall 2006 History and Theory

";History"; is not just so many dead presidents, and in this seminar we will be exploring different ways of imagining, writing, filming, commemorating, and even escaping history. This seminar begins with canonical works in the philosophy of history, surveys developments in theory and criticism from structuralism to structuralism, and concludes with recent debates about history and memory in museum and pop culture.

103U.002 Spring 2006 From Sumter to Sumer: Twentieth Century European Land Warfare 1861-1991

This pro-seminar centers on strategy, tactics, technology, logistics and politics during a relatively short epoch of the vast history of warfare, albeit a period in which war had the widest ramifications and the greatest worldwide import and the balance of power changed irretrievably from Europe to the peripheries, North America and the Asian landmass. Beginning with the first ";twentieth century European war"; -- fought in mid-nineteenth century North America, the US.

101.017 Spring 2006 The Making of the Third World

This seminar will focus on those broad swathes of our planet ? Latin America, Africa, the Mideast, Eastern Europe, most of Asia and much of Oceania ? that have come to be grouped as ?underdeveloped,? ?less developed,? or, more hopefully, ?developing? or ?transitional.? While these regions are tremendously diverse, their history raises theoretical and historiographical questions that will provide unifying themes. Students will devise, execute, and critique research projects of their own choosing; case studies will be welcome, comparative studies positively encouraged.


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