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.

100U.002 Spring 2014 Big History

A growing body of interdisciplinary scholarly work has begun to attempt an integrated history of the universe from the Big Bang to the 21st century. Varieties of “big history” or deep history” have been especially influential among scholars working across the humanities and various physical sciences.

100U.003 Spring 2014 Frontier History

From Hadrian's Wall and the Roman limites, to the American West in the 19th c., to contemporary Chinese jurisdictional claims in the South China Sea, borders and frontiers are universal phenomena best understood from a broadly comparative perspective.


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