United States

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.

101.01 Spring 2006 Politics, Culture, and Society in the San Francisco-Oakland Metropolitan Area, 1850-1980

This course will examine the history of the San Francisco-Oakland metropolitan area between 1850 and 1980. The San Francisco-Oakland region has long been celebrated (and denounced) for its cosmopolitan culture and its liberal politics. Indeed, conventional wisdom has often assumed that the region accepted cultural diversity and that this cultural inclusiveness led directly to greater political inclusiveness. This course will explore both of these assumptions.

103D.004 Spring 2006 Global America: The Cold War at Home and Abroad

";V was for Victory,"; but immediately after 1945, the United States found itself immersed in another global conflict. Antagonisms between the Soviet Union and the US intensified into a standoff that, for the next two decades, repeatedly threatened armed or nuclear conflict. The situation at home was equally turbulent. By the 20th anniversary of V-J Day, America had seen transformative economic, social, and political change.


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