United States

124A Fall 2014 The United States from the Late 19th Century to the Eve of World War II

There is no period in American history quite like the first half of the 20th century, when the country as a whole transformed so rapidly and so dynamically. Within just a few decades, the United States became a modern industrialized nation, emerging as a new economic empire. It became a beacon for immigrants from all over the globe and, relatedly, home to some of the most cosmopolitan and densely populated cities in the world. This period in American history marked the rise of mass entertainment, mass religion, mass migrations, and mass politics.

120AC Fall 2014 American Environmental and Cultural History

This class examines how diverse human societies and natural environments have shaped one another throughout the history of the United States and the Americas more broadly. We will explore the consequences of the Pleistocene Extinctions, the development of agriculture, indigenous resource management, and the impacts of ecological encounters with European colonists.

84P Fall 2014 Sophomore Seminar: "American High: Years of Confidence and Anxiety, 1950-1964"

This seminar will meet the entire semester.

We will view and discuss movies made during these years in order to help us understand the era. In addition, we will make use of a reader of more conventional documents.  This might help us address the question, “What are the advantages and shortcomings of using movies for an understanding of the era in which they were made? Can movies give us a sense of what it was like to be alive in such times?”

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.


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