United States

100.002 Summer 2008 American History through Film

Over the past two centuries, America has formed a distinctive culture within which certain themes and issues have found repeated expression. The significance of the frontier, the role of violence, the nature of racial difference, the meaning of citizenship and character of politics, the value of athletics, and the attainability of individual and social perfection are all themes that have evolved but yet persisted within American ideology, political discourse, and art.

103D.002 Summer 2008 The American Cold War in the Asia-Pacific

The Cold War was a composite process of communist containment and ";free-world"; integration for the United States. Toward these dual goals, the U. S. engaged in half a century of political-economic as well as ideological-cultural campaigns to gain international support, and fought two major ";hot wars"; in Korea and Vietnam. In the American Cold War, the ";Asia-Pacific"; loomed large both as a problematic site of direct military-ideological clashes and as a vast potential market for expanding U.S. capitalism.

103D.001 Summer 2008 Agriculture and the American Mind

In this course we will explore the place of agriculture in American identity. Since the nation's inception, the idea of farms and farmers as the spiritual center of the American mission has motivated Americans politically, socially, spiritually, and economically. Agriculture has been the basis for some of the ugliest periods in American history just as it has inspired some of its most stirring rhetoric and social movements.

101.01 Spring 2009 Law, Morality, and the Market: U.S. Legal History, 1607 â€_Ä" Present

This research seminar explores cultural, intellectual, and social approaches to the history of American law, from 1607 to the present, and will guide you through the exciting and demanding process of writing a senior research paper in the field of American legal history. In the first few weeks of the semester, we will orient ourselves in the historiography, chiefly by reading and discussing some of its most innovative, article-length scholarship.

103D.002 Spring 2009 Taxes and Politics

Why are taxes so complicated? Are they as complicated as they seem? Who really pays them? Who doesn't? And, perhaps most important, who decides? What is the history of income taxes, property taxes, payroll taxes, inheritance taxes, sales taxes, gasoline taxes, and the rest? And, most generally, what does the tax structure of a society t tell us about it? This seminar will look at literature about the history of taxation, mainly though not only in the United States, and think about taxation in relation to political, economic, and even cultural history.

101.012 Spring 2009 Writing the History of American Foreign Relations

American history has been decisively shaped by U.S. interactions with the world, just as the United States has enduringly impacted larger international society. These interactions have become an important and exciting area of historical research. In this 101, ";Writing the History of U.S. Foreign Relations,"; students will undertake original research on the history of United States in its relations with the larger world. While some will chose to write on diplomacy and statecraft â€_Ä" long-standing priorities in the field of U.S.

103D.003 Spring 2009 Food and Eating Practices in the U.S. and Europe Since the Nineteenth-Century

The topic of alimentary practices (those related to food and eating) has risen to prominence in the popular media. In any given week, The New York Times Bestseller list features a significant number of texts on what to eat, how to eat, where to source food and what is real food, among others. The celebrity chef phenomenon and organic food movements have gained broad followings as well. By considering food in its historical context in the U.S. and Europe (primarily Britain and France), this seminar helps you make sense of the food entertainment, journalism and politics surrounding us.

101.02 Spring 2009 Economy and Politics in Nineteenth-Century America

This thesis seminar invites students to investigate aspects of the American political and economic systems of the 1800s. The terms ";economy";
and ";politics"; can be broadly defined, but students must be prepared to narrow their focus in order to identify manageable questions and the
available sources to answer them. The major course requirement, of course, is the final research paper, but also important is thoughtful

101.009 Spring 2009 Difference, Identity, and Power - The US from 1800-1990

This seminar will allow students to pursue research interests in US History in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The guiding historical problems are threefold and interrelated: (1) the development and impact of specific forms of difference (i.e., race, gender, sexuality, class); (2) how these differences come to be expressed as identities; and (3) the role of power in shaping these various, at times overlapping, histories of difference and identity formation. I anticipate that research topics will range across social, intellectual, political, and cultural history.


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