Graduate Courses

Spring 2015
280H: Advanced Studies In African History: Topic TBD

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Tabitha Kanogo
F 10-12P
CCN: 39843
280/285A: Augustine of Hippo: The City of God

280A.001 CCN: 39768

285A.001 CCN: 39873

This course will focus on Augustine of Hippo’s City of God, De Civitate Dei, in its North African context. We will plan to read the entire work (in translation, but with the Latin at our side) emphasizing three avenues of approach (or three themes).
  1. Citizenship and status: How does Augustine understand and construct citizenship? This theme will require a fairly in-depth investigation of issues of citizenship debated at the time; that is, the tax implications, privileges and obligations resulting from one’s status and similar issues pertaining to economic history.
  2. Display: How does Augustine describe display? What forms of display do appear? What might they mean? What notions of masculinity (gender in general but masculinity foremost) are called upon in Augustine’s description of display?
  3. History: Is the City of God a history? What notions of historiography are employed in reaching an answer to that question? What are the implications?

The course will require in-class presentations of individual books of the CD and a final paper.

Susanna Elm
204 Wheeler
Th 10-12
280A: Ancient Boiotia: History, Epigraphy, and Culture

Crosslisted with AHMA 210.

Boiotia in central Greece played a prominent role throughout antiquity in the political and cultural developments of the Greek world. It was always a complex and in many ways atypical region, and its inhabitants were the objects of derision on the part of their Athenian neighbors. It is perhaps for these two very different reasons that study of the region has tended to remain in the hands of specialists. But a rich and rapidly growing body of archaeological, textual, and epigraphic evidence is available to support research on the area and its many communities and sanctuaries. This seminar will introduce students to the history and material culture of the region and delve deeply enough into the primary and secondary sources to allow students to write a research paper by the end of the semester. We hope to bring a number of visitors to present on areas of individual research and expertise, with the result that the seminar will offer a truly interdisciplinary approach to the study of a core region of the ancient Greek world.

Students will be expected to write a brief (1p.) response paper each week; to write one book review; and to formulate a research project that will be the basis of both an oral presentation toward the end of the semester and a fully elaborated research paper, which will be reviewed in both draft and final form. We will emphasize scholarly process as much as outcome.

Nikolaos Papazarkadas
Emily Mackil
308C Doe Library
F 1-4P
CCN: 39771
285C/285U.001: Advanced Research In History

CCN for 285C: 39900

CCN for 285U: 39945

Although my own competency is in the area of modern British history, broadly conceived to include the British world, the purpose of this course is to enable you to write a research paper on a topic of your choice.  Accordingly the focus is not on a particular thematic or problem but on the process of research and writing itself.  We will also use the class to discuss more general matters such as the state of the profession, the discipline of History, and your own professional development - looking forward to presenting your own work at conferences, developing a dissertation project, publishing and getting a job.  

James Vernon
M 2-4P
280U.001: Politics, Culture and the City at the Dawn of the Modern World

What is the relationship between the built environment of the city, the cultures of its inhabitants, and the practices of their politics? How did cities around the world become the crucible in which modern political regimes were forged? This course examines these questions through the study of the politics and cultures of the early modern city. It has two related objectives. We will study the ways in which historians have narrated the history of early modern cities; in this way, we will seek to  understand differing paths to the modern world through the city as both spatial and conceptual entity. As part of this inquiry we will read a wide variety of historical studies of early modern cities around the globe, paying close attention to themes of both comparison and connection. This course will require regular weekly responses from all participants and culminate in a twenty-page final research paper on either a city or a theme of particular interest.

Abhishek Kaicker
Tu 2-4P
CCN: 39855
280U.003: Rhetoric of History

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Daniel Boyarin
Michael Nylan
Tu 4-7
CCN: 39861
280U.004: The Making of the Modern World since the Age of Revolutions

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Daniel Sargent, Brian DeLay
M 10-12P
CCN: 39863
280U.005: Advanced Studies In History: Topic TBD Paula S. Fass
280B.003: Modern Jewish History

This course will examine various trends in Jewish historical scholarship, focusing on the theme of the Jewish confrontation with modernity—especially politics and culture.  We will approach the subject matter by looking at the emergence of historical consciousness among modern Jews and then fan out to look at newer developments, adopting a more thematic rather than traditional, geographic approach. 

John M. Efron
M 10-12P
CCN: 39780
280B.002: State and Religion in Imperial Russia, 1700-1917

This course will balance between two parallel tracks. 1) It is designed as an introduction to the historiography of Imperial Russia, spanning the eighteenth and nineteenth century, based on some of the most influential historical works , specifically those pertaining to the modernization of the Russian state and its incursion into the lives of Russian subjects, as well those pertaining to the diverse forms of spirituality that flourished within the Russian Empire. 2) It will investigate the relationship between the state and religion, including the manner in which the Imperial state regulated religions, its ideological connections with Russian Orthodoxy, and the real or imagined challenges leveled against it by different forms of heterodoxy and unbelief.

Victoria Frede
W 4-6P
CCN: 39777
Latin America
280E.001: Advanced Studies In Latin American History

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Margaret Chowning
W 2-4P
CCN: 39822
285E.001: Latin America and the Caribbean World

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Elena A. Schneider
W 4-6p
280/285B: Writing History in the Middle Ages

CCN for 280B.001: 39774

CCN for 285B.001: 39879

The amount of history written in the European middle ages is staggering, dwarfing the number histories from contemporary Byzantium, China, and Islam. The diversity of the genres and the creativity with which writers adapted them is equally staggering. There are Latin histories and vernacular histories, prose histories and verse histories. There are histories of kingdoms and peoples, of cities, monasteries, and bishoprics, histories of reigns, histories of events, histories of the world and histories of individual families, even histories of fictions (e.g., Geoffrey of Monmouth's history of Arthur). Sometimes people (Salimbene, for instance) seem to write history just because they want to write history without caring much whether it's a history of anything at all. Because historians and literary scholars need to specialize in order to get any research done, too often they use particular histories relevant to their work without much awareness of what is or is not distinctive about them, and they make broad generalizations drawn from outmoded scholarship or limited reading. The purpose of this course is simply to read a small but representative sample of interesting histories from the middle ages, along with a small but representative selection of the most important recent scholarship. We will begin with four fundamental histories: Eusebius' History of the Church; Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English People; the Royal Frankish  Annals; and the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle (concentrating especially on the "A" version). Because students are likely to have quite varied interests and needs, subsequent readings will be determined in the first class, according to a consensus within the class. I anticipate that the majority of the readings after the first four will be drawn from the 11th, 12th, and 13th centuries (e.g., choosing from among Raoul Glaber, Lampert of Hersfeld, Berthold of Reichenau, Suger of Saint-Denis, Orderic Vitalis, Galbert of Bruges, Geoffrey of Monmouth, Henry of Huntingdon, Roger of Wendoever, Otto of Freising, Matthew Paris, Salimbene…). Almost all readings will be in English translation. Students who wish to take the seminar as a 285 will need to write a paper that demonstrates research ability using research languages. Much of the most important scholarship is in German, though only two such works will be assigned. For students who cannot read German, alternative assignments in French will be arranged. 

Geoffrey Koziol
Tu 4-6P
CCN: 39879
283: Historical Method and Theory

 We will read reflections on the writing and practice of history by authors from antiquity to the twentieth century.

Maria Mavroudi
180 Barrows
M 2-4P
CCN: 39867
280S.001: Science and the Atlantic World, 1500-1850.
The discovery and colonization of the Americas radically changed the ways we understand the natural world. European mariners charted unexplored continents, colonial administrators learned about commercially-valuable flora from indigenous peoples, and an impressive volume of new objects flowed both ways across the Atlantic Oceans. This context of exploration, domination, and exchange framed – and perhaps caused – the scientific revolution. This seminar will provide entryway into the “Atlantic critique” in the history of science. How does knowledge move across space? In what way did scientific knowledge shape the Atlantic social world and vice versa? Historians of the 1500 – 1850 Atlantic will gain tools for studying the intellectual and scientific world of their actors. Historians of science will explore new historical techniques, such as geographies of science, mobility of knowledge, and transatlantic scientific networks.
Alaniz, John
F 12-2P
CCN: 39848
290: Historical Colloquium

This is a 1-credit S/U graduate course in history of science, accompanying the history of science colloquium and the brownbag series. It meets every Thursday, 4-6 pm. Meetings consist of: invited lecture on a special topics, followed by an extended session of questions and answers; informal discussions over the work of affiliated scholars; and roundtable sessions on broader methodological issues in the history of science and technology. The course brings you up to the research front in these topics, interacting with historians on subjects that currently engage their scholarship. Attendance is compulsory.

Massimo Mazzotti
Th 4-6P
CCN: 39951
United States
280D: Advanced Studies In United States History

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Mark A. Peterson
W 12-2P
CCN: 39807