United States

101.004 Fall 2013 Topics in US, Borderlands and Environmental History

This course is intended for students working on a 101 thesis on any topic within U.S. history. Students working on topics in environmental history or on North American borderlands history are also welcome.

103D.009 Fall 2013 Science and American Business

This course introduces students to the history of science and business history. Generally conceived as two separate fields, in fact there is a rich - and fascinating - relationship between the two.

103D.003 Fall 2013 Time in American History

This seminar explores changes in timekeeping and temporal experience in the United States, from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth century.  In a period of great social change and rapid accelerations in communication and transportation, how did different groups of Americans track their hours, da ys, weeks, and seasons?  How did they regulate or resist the rhythms of work and leisure?  How did they think about the passage of time and its meaning?  Finally, how do historians go about uncovering such fundamental but elusive experiences? 

103D.004 Fall 2013 The Gilded Age

Now that many commentators are calling our own time a Second Gilded Age, it makes sense to take a closer look at the first.  The modern commentators are thinking mainly about economic inequality and the political power of business.  But this was also a period of close and vicious party competition, with conflicts ranging from race and voting rights to constant congressional investigations of presidents.

103D.005 Fall 2013 Berkeley and the Long Sixties

We will critically examine Berkeley’s emergence as an epicenter of  US and global culture and politics in the 1960s. Our focus will be the historical origins, development, meanings, and consequences of  ‘Berkeley in the Sixties.’ The dynamic historical interaction between the city of Berkeley (town) and the University of California at Berkeley (gown) will be a central theme. We will begin with a wide-ranging historical exploration of both the “Republic of Berkeley” and the world-class university.

103D.006 Fall 2013 Popular Culture of the Turn-of-the-Century United States

Between the end of the Civil War and the beginning of World War One, the United States experienced unprecedented demographic growth, territorial expansion, and economic integration. Yet the processes of national modernization were underwritten by deep-seated problems, including labor exploitation, racial disenfranchisement, environmental degradation, and social stratification.

103D.007 Fall 2013 Promised Land: Readings in California History

"If America is the land where the world goes in search of miracles and redemption,” Time Magazine once said, “California is the land where Americans go.” This seminar will explore the idea of California as “America’s America” through some of the latest and most innovative historical scholarship about the region. Topics will include exploration and conquest; frontier labor, economies, and politics; migration and immigration; urban growth and decline; gender, race, and ethnicity; and the changing myths of California and the American West.


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