United States

280D.001 Spring 2006 American and European Childhoods in World Perspective

We will try to examine how childhood has been defined, imagined and institutionalized from the early modern period to the present by reading widely in the literatures of Europe and the United States.

285D.004 Spring 2006 Rewriting the Canon: A New Look at Political History

This class will support research projects on the modern US state. We will define ";modern"; as after Reconstruction, and we will define state as systems of public power. Specifically, we will be looking to write the history of political parties, public officials, and elections in ways that benefit from political history's more recent attentiveness to institutions, political culture, and social movements that effect political change. In what ways can we formulate new questions about the declarative moments and modes of politics once we escape from their self-styled presentation?

275D.001 Fall 2006

This course is an introduction to the literature of North American history from the beginning of European settlement to the Civil War. It is also an introduction to the study of history at the graduate level, which will focus on teaching you the particular reading and analytical skills that distinguish a professional approach to the historical literature from other ways of reading history books.

280D.001 Fall 2006 Urban History

This course engages recent scholarly work on the history of large cities in the United States between 1790 and 1940 and is designed especially for students pursuing a second field in comparative urban history or another relevant comparative field in social/cultural history.

275D.001 Spring 2006 Graduate Seminar in post-Civil War US Historiography

This course invites graduate students to deepen their knowledge of many of the classic texts of post-1865 US historiography, as well as some of the field?s leading-edge work. Rather than a systematic survey of post-Civil War history, the course aims to stimulate discussion of key questions in the field, and to illuminate the explanatory and descriptive power of various approaches and modes of analysis. The common readings for the course (see schedule, below) will be supplemented by individual reading assignments (TBA).

103D.003 Fall 2006 The Conservative Movement in 20th Century America

";We have never had a real conservative tradition,"; historian Louis Hartz declared confidently in 1955. Half a century later, the United States has a robust conservative tradition, populated with names like William F. Buckley, Jr., Russell Kirk, Whittaker Chambers, Ayn Rand, Milton Friedman, Barry Goldwater, and Ronald Reagan, to name a few. But what does the moniker ";conservative"; mean in the American context?

103D(R.005 Fall 2006 From Orientalism to Multiculturalism: Asian American Identities in American History

Essentially, we will be exploring the construction of Asian American identities in American history in this course. Sometimes imposed; sometimes self projected, and sometimes developed in the interplay between these designations, these identities set the parameters and contours for Asians in America. We will begin by briefly covering theoretical frameworks pertinent to Asian Americans including works by Said, Lipsitz, Okihiro and others.

103D.004 Fall 2006 Conspiracy in American Culture and Politics

This course will explore the history, culture and politics of conspiracy and paranoia, conspiracy theory and countersubversion in the United States from slave revolts to the war on terrorism. Beginning with the Puritan's fear of the beasts of the woods to the battles over labor strikes and union rights, from Cold War anti-communism to the 9/11 attacks, fear of conspiracies - both real and imagined - have been a permanent feature of American political, legal and cultural life.

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