United States

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.

101.022 Spring 2008 Social Protest in the United States

This seminar is designed for students who are interested in research projects on social protest movements - their internal dynamics, and their impact on American thought, politics, and society. Acceptable topics include a wide range of political, social, and cultural movements across the 19th and 20th centuries. Students will be expected to write a first and second draft, and to share their research and writing activities with both small tutorial groups and with the class as a whole. Come to the first class meeting prepared to discuss possible topics.

103D.002 Spring 2008 "Race" and Racism in the United States in Comparative Perspective

Though the concept of ";race"; has been scientifically assailed as a means for capturing human biological variation, the practice of racism â€_Ä" premised on a particular belief in race â€_Ä" has been, and remains, a potent force. How and why has race been made real in U.S. history and with what consequences? What kinds of initiatives have been pursued to un-make race and racism and with what effects? How have the historical experiences of making and unmaking race and racism converged and diverged for different racialized groups?

101.01 Spring 2008 American Immigration History from the Colonial Period to the Present

This class will allow students to pursue research projects in the field of American immigration history. Student research will culminate in the completion of a thirty to fifty page thesis. Given the breadth of the field, students are encouraged to approach the subject of American immigration history from a variety of perspectives.

101.015 Spring 2008 North America Before 1825

This course is designed for students who wish to write their 101 paper on any topic in North American history before 1825. I anticipate that research topics will range across social, intellectual, political, military, and cultural history. Subjects dealing with Native Americans, African slavery, resistance, and topics discussing the American South will be particularly encouraged. The completion of an analytical paper of substantial length is required.


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