United States

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.

103D.006 Fall 2006 Foreign Policy after World War II

This seminar will examine the evolution of U.S. foreign policy during the second half of the twentieth century. Sampling the historical literature, we will explore how and why the United States maintained its position of dominance in the world. We will discuss and debate the morality and efficacy of our participation in the Cold War, the interventions in Korean and Vietnam, and our approach to the Middle East. Students will submit weekly one-page reports on the assigned readings, and write two analytical

101.006 Fall 2006 America and the Middle East: From Missionaries to Multinational Corporations

During the past two centuries the United States and the region called the Middle East have interacted in various ways. This seminar will focus on the historical relationship between the United States and the Middle East. Using primary sources, students will examine a particular aspect of that relationship (political, economic, military and/or cultural) during a defined time-period in a 35 to 50-page paper. Possible paper topics include: an examination of the relationship between the U.S.

101.003 Fall 2006 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.

103D.005 Spring 2006 Slavery and Abolition in the Americas

We will examine the history of African slavery comparatively, with reference to Spanish, Portuguese and English America. Attention will be paid to African backgrounds, the Atlantic slave trade, resistance and rebellion, free populations of color within slave societies, and gradual emancipation and abolition. Important attention will be paid to how the African Diaspora produced a creolization of culture in collaboration with European and Native American populations.

103D.006 Spring 2006 The Lens of War: American History through the Study of the Military

Recent decades have witnessed a surge in the popularity of military history among historians. War, scholars now recognize, accelerates and exposes latent social and cultural trends that otherwise are hard to discern. Surprisingly, however, American historians have been slow to exploit the vistas opened up by the study of the military.

103D.002 Spring 2006 War and Mediation: the U.S.-Vietnam War in History, Film and Story

The U.S.-Vietnam War took place over a long span of time (1945-1975) and over two continents divided by the Pacific Ocean. We will study the history and historical interpretations of those events. But they came into the awareness of the American public via many and complex routes from contemporary reports to the present. Press reports, TV coverage and documentaries, historical surveys, and, in the aftermath, fiction and film have all helped construct that war in our modern consciousness.


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