United States

7A Fall 2014 The United States from Settlement to Civil War

This course introduces the history of the lands that became the United States, from antiquity through the Civil War.  We will focus on interactions among Native Americans, Europeans, and Africans on the North American continent; the social, political, and environmental changes wrought by those interactions; the development of colonial societies and the formation of the United States; the spread of new ideas and cultural institutions; the clash of competing claims about power, rights, religious obligation, and the good life.

N158C Summer 2014 Where Have All the Soldiers Gone? Europe 1914 to the Present - Session C

The twentieth century was the most devastating in the history of Europe. This course surveys the major developments that led to the wars and revolutions for which the century is famous.

122AC Summer 2014 Antebellum America: The Advent of Mass Society - Session D

HIST122 examines the period in which the United States became a continental nation and contributed to the escalating tensions that would precipitate the Civil War.

127AC Summer 2014 California History - Session D

“If America is the land where the world goes in search of miracles and redemption,” Time magazine once noted, “California is the land where Americans go.” This survey course will explore the history of California, from its native past to its present, as both a geographical place and as an idea as laden with expectation as the idea of America itself.

N124B Summer 2014 The United States from World War II to the Vietnam War Era - Session D

World War II marked the beginning of a tremendous change in the relationship between the United States and the rest of the world. During the following decades, the new role of the United States in the international arena not only reshaped the nation's politics, culture, and society, but became one of many factors that transformed the question of what it meant to be an American. In this course, we will examine a few of the many ways that this question was answered on a national, group, and individual level.

7B Summer 2014 The United States Since the Civil War - Session C

This course is an introduction to the history of the United States from the Civil War to the present. Readings, lectures, films, discussions, papers, and exams will all familiarize students with the ways historians look at the past, think about evidence, and write clearly about complex relationships of cause and effect.

136AC Summer 2014 Gender Matters in 20th Century America - Session A

It’s easy to think of the 20th century as the period that invented sex. The classic stereotypes of the period include flappers in short skirts chugging bootleg liquor, “Rosie the Riveter” with perfect lipstick wielding a sledgehammer, housewives popping Valiums and Birth Control Pills, hippies lying naked in Golden Gate Park, angry women burning bras, and proud men parading in ball-gowns down city streets. Yet the 20th century did not invent gender matters. It was, however, the first century in which people began to argue that gender matters.

N131B Summer 2014 Social History of the United States: 1914-Present - Session A

This course covers the social history of the United States from the close of the Progressive Era to the present day. We will explore how technological, economic, diplomatic, and political developments shaped the experience of Americans who lived through these tumultuous times.  The broader themes we will address include the creation of a mass middle class and the growth of consumer culture, the reconstitution of gender norms and race relations, the establishment of the New Deal welfare state and the subsequent backlash that it provoked, and the rise of suburbia and the Sunbelt.

N124A Summer 2014 The United States from the Late 19th Century to the Eve of the World War II - Session A

During the half-century before World War II, the United States became an industrialized, urban society with national markets and communication media. This class will explore some of the most important changes of this period and how they were connected. We will also examine how these changes elicited a variety of responses, from optimism to anxiety, from experimentation to conservatism.

24 Spring 2014 A Superpower Transformed: History, Strategy, and American Foreign Policy in the 1970s

The United States began the 1970s mired in the Vietnam War and ended it waylaid by oil crises, economic disarray, and resurgent Cold War hostilities. For historians and others, the 1970s have long been a forgotten—and forgettable—decade. This seminar suggests a different perspective. The 1970s, students will learn, brought great changes, especially for the role of the United States in the world.


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