United States

280D.001 Fall 2008 U.S. Cultural and Intellectual Life in its International Dimensions

This course explores the transnational contexts of United States cultural and intellectual history. Among the topics to be considered are the role of empire in shaping U.S. culture and institutions; immigration as a factor changing cultural and intellectual life; efforts within the U.S.

103D.004 Fall 2008 Becoming An "American": Immigration, Culture and Society in 20th Century America

";Once I thought to write a history of the immigrants in America. Then I discovered that the immigrants were American history."; Oscar Handlin, The Uprooted, 1951

American history is largely the story of immigration. Through novels, memoirs, autobiographies, diaries, letters, and documentary films, we will investigate how American culture and society changed the lives of different groups of immigrants and how they, in turn, have transformed this country's racial, economic, political and cultural life.

103D.006 Fall 2008 America & the Middle East: God, Oil, & Hegemony

For over sixty years the United States has considered the area called the Middle East to be vital to its strategic interests, but Americaâ€_Äôs involvement with the region extends even further back in time. In the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and the second Gulf War, the origins of American foreign policy in the Middle East has received considerable attention from scholars, journalists, policymakers and the general public. This course will examine the political, economic, and cultural aspects of this historical relationship over the past two centuries.

101.004 Fall 2008 The Newspaper

This thesis seminar is open to students working on any time, place, theme, or question, so long as they (you) are using and thinking about newspapers (dailies and weeklies, though you may work on less frequent periodicals with special permission) as sources for historical research. Class meetings will be devoted to selecting topics, refining arguments, cultivating research and writing skills, and offering helpful feedback on one anotherâ€_Äôs work.

103D.002 Fall 2008 The United States and International Order

This course will ask how, why, and with what consequences Americans have sought to order and regulate the international system in the twentieth century. We will consider historical antecedents to the twentieth-century ";Pax Americana,"; the reasons for Americaâ€_Äôs breakthrough to leadership in the first half of the twentieth century, and the connections between the Cold War conflict and U.S. leadership in the post-1945 era. Drawing on the work of political scientists and public intellectuals as well as historians, this course will ask whether international primacy has made the U.S.

103D.005 Fall 2008 Fighting Slavery: Slave Resistance and Antislavery Movements in the Atlantic World, 1750-1890

For centuries slave-based agriculture dominated the transatlantic economy and shaped political and cultural life across the Americas and Western Europe. In the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, slave systems began tumbling across the Western world. This course will examine the series of changes that brought about this dramatic shift in the politics, culture, and society of the Atlantic.

103D.007 Fall 2008 Capitalism and its Discontents

This seminar assumes that capitalism is worthy of our attention because it has been a driving force over the past five hundred years of world history. To better understand the transformative role capitalism has played, we will discuss a number of themes related to its development, placing particular emphasis on its effects upon the lives of everyday people. Some of the topics we will address include: pre-capitalist societies, the transition to capitalism, the role of the state, industrialization, urbanization, wage labor, consumption, advertising, socialism, and deindustrialization.

101.003 Fall 2008 Modern US Political History

The purpose of this course is to host the writing of your undergraduate thesis, the culmination of your career as a UC Berkeley history major. We will structure our class to support projects that investigate, in some way, politics in the United States in the modern era (defined as 20th Century). We will define politics as it should be defined: expansively. Ideas, institutions, policy and social/political movements all fit within the scope of the class.

103D.003 Spring 2008 U.S. Cultural Diplomacy or Cultural Imperialism?

Cultural diplomacy, cultural imperialism, and soft power are labels often placed on the same activities of the U.S.


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