United States

285D.002 Spring 2008 Politics, Economics, and Race

This seminar is for students who want to write seminar papers about politics, economics, and/or race in U.S. history. Potential topics can center on government institutions, electoral politics, economic development, political cultures, and even ideological or intellectual questions with significant political implications. Studies can be national, local, or in between (i.e., about those pesky states). 19th-century topics are preferred, but not absolutely necessary; 18th- and 20th-century topics are also possible.

285D.001 Spring 2008 Private Lives and the Public Realm

We will examine how matters relating to the private sphere have been connected to public life and how they have been invested with significance as having important public consequences. Among the subjects that students may consider researching are, among others, family relations, child life, sexuality, religion, vice, psychology and psychopathology.

280D.002 Fall 2008 U.S. Politics

Politics in an election year. Don't you think? It's been almost 20 years since leading political historians complained at great length about what, for them, was a novel sense of marginalization (and they did whine quite a bit). This seminar is for graduate students interested in reading more and less recent literature about the political history of the United States. We will examine some of the major historiographical turns and try to figure out the current state of play -- institutionalism? political economy? Something else?

275D.001 Fall 2008 Introduction to the Literature of American History (to the Civil War)

This course introduces graduate students to classic and current texts in early American history. Course requirements include in-class presentations, abstracts, reviews, and review essays about the assigned readings.

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.

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