Please note: The information displayed here is current as of Tuesday, December 18, 2018, but the official Course Catalog should be used for all official planning.
This catalog was created on Tuesday, December 18, 2018.
|Professors:||P. Cohen (Patricia Hamar Boldt Professor of Liberal Studies), J. Frederick (chair), J. Podair (Robert S. French Professor of American Studies) (on leave term(s) III)|
|Associate professors:||P. Blitstein, E. Kern, M. Rico|
|Assistant professor:||B. Vance (on leave term(s) I)|
|Instructors:||S. Colon (Hurvis NEH Fellow in the Humanities Environmental Studies), M. Wegehaupt (Dean of Faculty Office)|
Consciously or not, all of us operate as historians. We make judgments and decisions based on our knowledge, however inadequate, of what has gone before. Furthermore, we make sense of our own position in the present by composing and telling stories about where we have been in the past. The formal study of history—the critical examination of human accomplishments and failures—does likewise, and it greatly enhances our ability to judge and decide about both private matters and public issues. Although historical awareness does not offer immediate solutions to contemporary problems, it does lead to a better understanding of them. Studying what was remote in time and space provides important perspectives on politics, society, and culture.
Required for the history major
- The minimal requirement for the major is 10 six unit courses.
- Students must complete a sequence of three courses specifically designed to promote the skills and method of disciplined historical inquiry and to culminate in the production of an original and substantial piece of historical research. These courses must be taken in order and at specified times, so students must take special care when planning their advancement through the major.
- Students are required to take HIST 101: Introduction to Historical Methods, during their freshman or sophomore year.
- Students are required to take HIST 620: Historiography, during their junior year.
- Students are required to take HIST 650: The Practice of History, during their senior year. Exceptions may be granted, however, for majors who petition to complete a piece of advanced and original historical research in suitable off-campus programs.
- Students must complete seven additional courses that will serve both to broaden and to deepen their historical knowledge. One of the seven courses must be a seminar or independent study in which students will begin a research project to be completed in HIST 650.
- Students are required to take at least one six-unit course from each of the following three categories: North America (NA), Europe (E), and Global and Comparative (G&C).
- Students are required to take at least one course that covers materials up to the year 1750.
- Students are required to take at least one course designated as a seminar (numbered between 400 and 599) or one designated as an independent study (numbered between 400 and 599), during their junior year or during the Fall Term of their senior year.
- Students are encouraged to take as many additional courses focusing on their own areas of interest as they and their advisors deem appropriate for the completion of the major.
- Students must have a C average in the major.
Required for the history minor
- The minimal requirement for the minor is 6 six-unit courses.
- Students must take at least one introductory course (numbered between 100 and 199).
- Students must take at least five additional courses.
- No more than one may be an introductory course.
- At least one must be a seminar or independent study (numbered between 400 and 599).
- Students must have a C average in the minor.
Teacher Certification in History or Broad-Field Social Studies
History majors can seek certification to teach history or broad-field social studies at the secondary level. For certification in broad-field social studies, students must complete the history major and a minimum of two courses each in two other social studies (anthropology/sociology, economics, government/political science, or psychology) and at least one course in each of the remaining social studies. A course in environmental studies is also required. Students who plan to seek teacher certification should review the requirements in the Education section of the catalog and meet with the director of teacher education, preferably before the end of the sophomore year.
The history department encourages majors, whenever possible, to participate in one of the off-campus programs offered either by Lawrence or under the auspices of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest or other consortial arrangements. The Lawrence London Centre and the ACM Newberry Library Program have proven to be of particular interest to history majors, though majors have benefited from participation in numerous others—especially those that match up with students’ area interests (see Off-Campus Programs).
Students who are considering graduate studies in history should know that most doctoral programs require one or more (usually two) languages in addition to English and should work closely with their advisors to plan their schedules accordingly.
Students who have earned a 4 or better in the Advanced Placement Examinations in American History, European History, or World History will receive six units of credit in history and may use that credit in partial fulfillment of the major. (History majors should consult with their advisors to determine which departmental introductory course their AP credit might replace.) These same students are strongly encouraged to consult with any member of the department about appropriate placement in courses above the introductory level.
Senior Experience in History
The Senior Experience in the history department consists of a collaborative one-term seminar, The Practice of History, culminating in an original and substantial piece of historical research. Students will be introduced to the standards of research and writing common to the historical profession and will be guided through their own individual projects. The Practice of History represents the culmination of a course sequence that includes Introduction to Historical Methods and Historiography. It is open to history majors who have completed an advanced seminar, tutorial, or independent study and have outlined a research topic that they are prepared to pursue intensively.
Courses - History
HIST 101: Introduction to Historical MethodsAn introduction to the practical skills of doing history aimed at freshmen and sophomores planning to major in history and others seriously interested in learning how to navigate the waters of historical study. Emphasis is on acquiring the techniques current historians use to research into the past, making sense of their findings, and presenting them to others in a variety of media. Using materials appropriate to a theme that changes from year to year, students will discover how to do a thorough bibliographical search of all major genres of historical works, to find and interpret primary sources, and master the basic historical essay.
HIST 105: Cross-Cultural Interactions Along the Silk Road, 200 BCE - 1400 CEThe so-called "Silk Road" was the world's first superhighway, linking East Asia to the Mediterranean. The peoples along the way not only traded luxury goods, but also ideas, technology, and more. This course offers a thematic examination of the dynamic, cross-cultural interactions along the ancient and medieval Silk Road.
HIST 110: The Emergence of the Modern WorldAn introduction to world history from 500 to 1750. Attention to global change through the emergence of world systems, as well as the development of worldwide commercial and colonial empires. Thematic focus on the nature of cross-cultural relations and the dynamics of power and resistance. Special emphasis on analysis of documents and historical interpretations. (G&C or E)
HIST 115: The Modern WorldAn introductory examination of the development of modern global civilization from the end of the 18th century to the early 21st century, surveying the final modernization of the West through successive waves of political, industrial, and social revolutions and exploring the worldwide reaction to the spread of modern mass society brought about by Western efforts at global domination. Special emphasis on analysis of documents and historical interpretations. (G&C or E)
HIST 120: Africa to 1800An introductory survey of African history to 1800. The course focuses on problems of the environment, the organization of society, foreign trade and influence, state building, and maintaining non-state forms of governance. Topics include African kingdoms and empires, migration, Islam, and the trade in enslaved Africans. Special emphasis on how historians use archaeology, linguistics, and oral traditions to reconstruct African history. (G&C)
HIST 125: Modern Africa Since 1800The history of Africa from the end of the trans-Atlantic slave trade to the present. We will discuss the effects of abolition on Africa, the nature of pre-colonial African societies on the eve of conquest, the European "Scramble for Africa," the colonial era, African nationalism and decolonization, and the post-colonial period. Themes will cover social, political, economic, and religious history. (G&C)
HIST 130: Colonies to Republic: British North America, 1607-1789A survey of North American history from the arrival of the first European voyagers through establishment of the Republic in 1789. Emphasis on the major political, intellectual, social, and economic changes of the period and on the nature of historical inquiry and analysis. (NA)
HIST 131: Republic to Nation: The United States, 1789-1896A study of the major social, political, economic, and intellectual developments in American society from 1789 through 1896. Topics include the industrialization of the economy, the diversification of the population, the democratization of American politics, and the evolution of an American character. (NA)
HIST 132: Nation in a Modern World: The United States, 1896-PresentAn examination of reform, dissent, and protest in the United States as it passed through eras of economic transformation, social crises, technological revolution, and international confrontation. Emphasis on domestic history, including the reforms of the Progressive-Great Depression eras, the Civil Rights Movement, and civil protest during the Vietnam period. (NA)
HIST 140: Gender and Feminism in Historical PerspectiveA comparative world history of both gender relations and the emergence of a feminist consciousness within the past 500 years. Case studies drawn from different regions of the world will precede the examination of the emergence of a global feminism in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Topics will include the social roles of men and women, ideas about masculinity and femininity, understandings of sexual orientation, forms of systematic subordination, and the politics of modern feminisms. (G&C)
HIST 145: Introduction to the Middle EastProvides an introduction to the history, geography and politics of the Middle East. General themes include the historical timeline, geographic characteristics, and political systems of the region. Additionally, students will pair primary source materials with traditional secondary texts to study specific thematic components such as terrorism, religion, and gender. (G&C)
HIST 150: Stuart England, 1603-1715This course explores the causes and impact of the English Civil War, the effect of the Restoration, the Glorious Revolution, and the path to the Hanoverian Succession. The economics, politics, religion, social history, and cultural aspects of the period are also studied. Visits to museums and buildings of the period are included. (E) Offered at the London Centre.
HIST 160: Traditional East Asian Civilization, 1800 B.C.-1600An introductory survey of East Asia from the dawn of indigenous civilization to the 16th century. Focus on the growth of a Sinitic center and its interaction with the sedentary and nomadic peoples on its Inner Asian and Pacific rims. Emphasis on the diverse peoples and societies of the area and the historical processes that bound them together through a common tradition. (G&C)
HIST 165: Modern East Asian Civilization, 1600-1990An introductory survey of the modern history of East Asia, examining the efforts of traditional states, particularly China and Japan, to respond to Western intrusion into the region after 1600. Focus on social and cultural problems created by attempts to modernize yet defend tradition and on the differing results of Chinese and Japanese approaches. (G&C)
HIST 178: Colonial Latin American HistoryAn introduction to the creation and rule of Colonial Latin America between the 15th and 19th centuries. Emphasis is on the patterns of conquest and cultural encounter, mechanisms of colonial rule, interaction between ethnic groups, and the cultural impact of the colonial experience upon Latin America’s peoples. (G&C)
HIST 179: Modern Latin American History, 1821-PresentAn introduction to Latin America, from 1821 to the present. Focus is placed on new nations as they struggle to create themselves, and weather the challenges of external influence. Emphasis on how Latin America has developed ethnically, politically, and economically and how these factors affect its position in the world today. (G&C)
HIST 180: Survey of Greek HistoryA study of ancient Greek history from the Bronze Age to 146 B.C.E. Emphasis on the rise and fall of the Greek city-state as a political, societal, and cultural model. Readings include the historians Herodotus and Thucydides. All texts in English. (E)
HIST 185: Survey of Roman HistoryA study of the history of Rome from its origins through the Republic and Empire to the reign of Constantine. Emphasis on political and cultural developments and the acquisition and maintenance of empire. Readings may include Livy, Tacitus, Suetonius, and the Historia Augusta. All texts in English. (E)
HIST 191: Directed Study in HistoryDirected study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work.
HIST 195: Internship in HistoryAn opportunity for students to gain experience in public history. Students might work for a museum, historic site, government agency or archive, including the Lawrence University Archives. Arranged under the direction of an instructor in the department in accordance with the guidelines for academic internships as stated in the course catalog. The academic component of the internship includes readings related to the substance of the internship, discussions with the faculty supervisor, and a written report appropriate to the discipline. Course grades are based on this academic work.
HIST 200: American Experiences: An Introduction to American StudiesThis course will introduce students to a pioneering interdisciplinary field. American Studies employs the disciplines of history, literature, politics, religion, art, music, film, and architecture, among others, to integrate a host of American experiences, examining “America” as a place, a nation, a symbol, a stereotype, and a culture. (NA)
HIST 201: The History of American CitiesThis course examines the development of American urban centers from the colonial era to the present, focusing especially on the evolution of the physical environment, urban political economy, structures of race, class, and gender, suburbanization, and responses to the urban crisis. (NA)
HIST 205: Cross-Cultural Contacts in the Early Modern WorldExamines contacts among various peoples between 1350 and 1750. Focus on cultural or ethnic identity, the role of power in relations between groups, and theoretical problems involved in such study. Examples include ancient and medieval cultural contacts, European settlement in North and South America, the African slave trade, and contacts among the peoples of Southeast Asia, India, China, and Japan. (G&C)
HIST 206: Perchance to Dream: A Comparative History of Dreams from Antiquity to PresentFor centuries, dream interpretation has been integrated into philosophical discourse, used as a political tool, and touted as proof of otherworldly activities. This seminar will examine dream theories as products of socio-cultural development in different historical contexts, including ancient Greece, medieval Japan, early modern China, and the U.S. and Europe.
HIST 207: The Atlantic WorldBetween 1400 and 1800 the peoples living on the coasts of the Atlantic Ocean forged personal, cultural, economic, and political relationships which tied Africa, Europe, and the Americas into an integrated “Atlantic World.” This course investigates those connections and contemplates the usefulness of the Atlantic World as a concept. (G&C or NA)
HIST 215: Atlantic Slave TradeAn examination of the Atlantic trade in enslaved Africans from its beginning in the 15th century to its eventual abolition in the 19th century. Topics include ideas of slavery in Europe and Africa; the development of the Atlantic trade; the economic, social, political, and religious effects of the slave trade in Africa and the Americas; the rise of racism; abolition and its aftermath. (G&C)
HIST 220: Gender in 20th Century AfricaAn examination of the changing roles of African men and women in the 20th century. The course will focus on the rapid social transformations of the 20th century — colonialism, abolition of slavery, the spread of Christianity and Islam, urbanization, the birth of new nations — and their challenges to traditional understandings of what it meant to be a man or woman. (G&C)
HIST 235: Periclean AthensA study of the history of Athens from the end of the Persian Wars to the execution of Socrates (479 to 399 B.C.E.). A wide range of material and topics will be considered: social and political developments, warfare, empire, diplomacy, intellectual and cultural life. Emphasis on the revolution in ideas and visions of humanity that defined the golden age of classical Greece. All texts in English. (E)
HIST 240: Augustan RomeAn introduction to ancient Rome and Roman civilization, focusing on the Age of Augustus in all its aspects: art, literature, politics, empire, law, entertainment, and society. Emphasis on the political and cultural changes that took place during this revolutionary period. All texts in English. (E)
HIST 241: Warfare in Classical IntiquityA study of the practice of warfare in classical antiquity from Homeric Greece to the Roman Empire. Topics to be considered include: Homer's Iliad and the warrior ideal, the political implications of hoplite and trireme warfare, the Persian Wars, the Peloponnesian War, the campaigns of Alexander, Hannibal, and Caesar, the organization and tactics of the Roman legion, and Roman frontier policy. Emphasis on the close interaction of military, political, and cultural developments in Greek and Roman history. All texts in English.
HIST 242: The Fall of the Roman RepublicA study of the final decades of the Roman Republic from the sixth consulship of Marius to the assassination of Caesar (100 to 44 B.C.E.), focusing on political, social, and cultural changes during this tumultuous period. Topics include: Roman politics, social class and identity, and Republican art, literature, and thought. All texts in English.
HIST 246: Modern Britain, 1688 to the PresentThis course surveys the history of Great Britain from the political upheavals of 1688 to the present day. Emphasis will be on broad political and economic themes: the development of parliamentary democracy, the growth of modern industrial capitalism, and the extension and eventual collapse of the British Empire. We will also examine some of the major cultural and intellectual achievements of the period. (E)
HIST 247: The Impact of Empire on Great Britain, 1814-1914In 1914 the British empire contained a population of over 400 million people and was territorially the largest empire in world history. While the British spread their ideas about government, language, religion, and culture to their colonies, Britain itself was also profoundly influenced by the colonies it ruled. This course will explore aspects of the impact of the Empire on British politics, economics, society, and popular culture during the 19th century. Among the topics to be covered are the anti-slavery movement, imperialism and new imperialism, jingoism and popular culture, economic responses, and the influence of imperialism on culture and the arts. The myriad resources of London will be used to provide specific examples of how important the Empire was in shaping British identity and institutions during the 19th century. Offered at the London Centre. (G&C or E)
HIST 260: Culture and Power in Renaissance EuropeA study of intellectual, artistic, and religious innovations and their relation to dynamic political and social transformations between roughly 1350 and 1550. Beginning with the concepts of rediscovery, rebirth, and renewal as expressed in the writings of Renaissance Humanists, the course will explore how a new cosmology informed changes in artistic expression, political theory and practice, production and commerce, overseas expansion, popular ritual and spectacle, gender relations, and understandings of the self. (E)
HIST 261: Rebellion and Discipline in Reformation EuropeAn examination of the religious fragmentation of Christian Europe and its social and political aftermath from 1500 to 1715. The course will survey how revolt against the church evolved into a series of rebellions against authority — peasants against nobles, cities against overlords, and nobles against monarchs — and eventually culminated in a reassertion of social discipline through the consolidation of the state’s power, the formation of confessional orthodoxies (Lutheran, Calvinist, Catholic), an increased policing of morality, and the domestication of men’s and women’s roles in society. (E)
HIST 266: Topics in HistoryThe specific topic investigated changes each year. Student responsibilities may include engagement with secondary historical writings, primary source evaluation, research and essay writing.
Topic for Fall 2018: Disasters that Made the Americas
This course will explore the ways in which societies reacted to major disasters in the Early Modern Era, such as epidemic disease, earthquakes, and fires. By exploring these remarkable events, we seek to understand how these incidents both shaped, and were shaped by, state power. Colonial legislation, slavery, policing, and city planning will be among the topics we explore. We will consider events on both sides of the Atlantic so that we might understand how disasters and state responses in Europe served as occasional models for cities in the Americas, and those who controlled them. This course will focus primarily on the era between 1492 and 1820, but will consider how these responses might inform decision making in the twenty-first century.
HIST 270: Europe in the Age of Revolution, 1789-1851An examination of European history from the French Revolution through the revolutions of 1848, focusing on the socioeconomic, political, and ideological configurations that emerged out of the French and Industrial Revolutions. Topics include the rise of liberalism, nationalism, socialism, and the modern state within their various historical contexts. (E)
HIST 275: Europe in the Age of Nationalism, World War, and Totalitarianism, 1851-1990An examination of European history from the Age of National Unification through the collapse of the Soviet Empire. Topics include imperialism, the two World Wars, the Russian Revolution, fascism, totalitarianism, mass nationalism, and the reemergence of eastern and central Europe. (E)
HIST 276: Spy vs. Spy: Espionage and the Cold WarAn examination of the Cold War through the lens of intelligence and espionage. Themes include the origins of the CIA and KGB, Soviet and American intelligence successes and failures, mass hysteria and popular fascination with spies, and the contribution of espionage to the Soviet collapse. (G&C)
HIST 280: Religion, Magic, and Witchcraft in Early Modern EuropeWitchcraft and witch-hunting in Europe between 1350 and 1750. An examination of the concepts of religion and magic and an exploration of such topics as magical practices, the relationship between heresy and magic, the evolution of witchcraft, the dynamics and demise of witch-hunting, the role of gender, and definitions of societal deviance. Readings in primary sources and modern historical and anthropological scholarship. (E)
HIST 281: Thinking About Harry PotterA course in contemporary history focusing upon Harry Potter as a cultural phenomenon. Students with an already copious knowledge of J.K. Rowling’s stories will further explore them in terms of their relation to history, legend, and myth; their contested aesthetic merit and ethical values; and their broader social and political implications.
HIST 290: Modern European Thought I, 1500-1800A close examination of 17th- and 18th-century intellectual trends (during the Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment) that influenced the epistemological, scientific, and political assumptions of the modern world. Works by such authors as Galileo, Bacon, Descartes, Hobbes, Newton, Locke, Voltaire, Rousseau, Goethe, and Wollstonecraft will trace the displacement of divine authority by human authority as the basis of knowledge in what some modern philosophers have called the “Quest for Certainty” that followed the 16th century. (E)
HIST 291: Modern European Thought II, 1789-presentAn examination of modern thought focusing on the problem of self and society since the late 18th century. Topics include individualism and individuality, “economic man,” socialism, feminism, fascism, existentialism, and post-modernism. Readings from Adam Smith, J. S. Mill, Dostoevsky, Marx, Freud, Woolf, and Foucault. (E)
HIST 295: Nationalism in Modern HistoryAn examination of the idea and the reality of nationalism in modern history. Among the questions we will ask are: Is nationalism a modern phenomenon, or does it have pre-modern origins? Is it compatible with democracy and human rights or fundamentally hostile to them? Is it primarily a European phenomenon transplanted to other places, or are there indigenous roots of nationalism throughout the world? We will attempt to answer these questions by reading theoretical works on nationalism from a variety of disciplines and by examining historical case studies. (G&C)
HIST 300: Reel Men: Masculinity in American Film, 1945-2000Focusing on an array of well-known American films — “The Maltese Falcon,” “Red River,” “Dr. Strangelove,” “McCabe and Mrs. Miller,” “Chinatown,” “Die Hard,” and “American Beauty” among them — the course will integrate film theory, gender theory, and American history to address the problem of how masculinity has been constructed in American culture since World War II. Not open to students who have previously received, or need to receive, credit for HIST 400. (NA)
HIST 305: Film as History and History as FilmAn examination, through selected films, of specific moments in European history and an examination of film itself as a source of historical interpretation. Possible “historical moments” include Medieval England, Nazi Germany, and the Holocaust, and possible films include Becket, The Triumph of the Will, and Schindler’s List. (E)
HIST 308: Half the Sky: Chinese Women's HistoryThis course examines important questions about the lives of women in the last thousand years of Chinese history. Through an exploration of primary sources in translation, classic works of fiction, film, memoirs, and oral histories, we will address theoretical questions fundamental to both women’s studies and Chinese history.
HIST 310: Inventing GermanyStudents use literary and non-fiction texts to examine German national identity as it developed from the French Revolution through Bismarck and two world wars to “reunification” in 1990. Topics include the role of Germany in Europe, the legacy of divided Germany, and diversity in German society today. Taught in English. German majors and minors may participate in a two-unit tutorial in which discussions and some course readings will be in German. (E)
HIST 311: The Holocaust in German Culture (in English)This course focuses on literary responses to the Holocaust, but it also deals with film and the issue of commemoration. After a discussion of the difficulty of representing the Holocaust, the course examines the Holocaust’s role in the construction of German-Jewish identity and its impact on post-war German culture. Taught in English. German majors and minors may participate in a two-unit tutorial in which discussions and some course readings will be in German. (E)
HIST 315: Empire and Nation in Russian HistoryThe course examines the history of ethnically diverse territories referred to as “Russia” from early modern times to 1991. Themes include the formation of the Russian empire, its transformation into the Soviet Union, and its partial collapse in 1991; the meaning of “empire,” “nation,” and “ethnicity” in historical context; and the interaction of Russians with non-Russian peoples in Ukraine, the Baltic States, Central Asia, and the Caucasus. (G&C)
HIST 320: Imperial Russia, 1682-1917A history of the Russian Empire from the reign of Peter I through the revolutions of 1917. Themes include serfdom and its abolition, attempts at modernization, the emergence of political opposition to autocracy, cultural developments, and Russia’s role in the European state system. (G&C)
HIST 323: Topics in Russian History and Culture (in English)An interdisciplinary course examining the relationship between politics and culture in Russia since the 18th century through the close analysis of a specific historical theme. Emphasis is placed on reading and discussing literary texts, historical primary sources, and, where applicable, watching films. Possible themes include: Power and Culture in the Russian Revolution, 1900-1936; The Soviet 1960s; and The Agony of Populism: Terrorism and Literature in Russia's Nineteenth Century. Not open to students who have previously received, or need to receive credit for HIST 423. (G&C)
HIST 325: The Soviet Union, 1917-1991A study of the creation of a socialist state on the territory of the former Russian empire. Themes include the revolutionary origins of the state, economic modernization and social transformation, the emergence of the Stalinist political order, nationality policy, intellectual and artistic activity, and the decline and collapse of the Soviet system. (G&C)
HIST 326: The Soviet Union and the Second World WarThe Soviet Union emerged as one of the key victors in the Second World War (known as the Great Patriotic War in Russia). Yet the war was devastating for the country and its people and victory came at a tremendous price. This course reexamines the impact of the war on the Soviet Uion, what kind of war effort took place on the Eastern Front and in the rear of the Soviet Union, and what kind of victory was achieved. To help address the themes of the course we will read a variety of works and documents including official government documents, personal diaries, letters, and memoirs many of which until recently were either unknown or unpublished in the West.
HIST 330: History of the American WestThis course examines realities and images of the frontier/western experience from exploration and settlement of North America through the present. Included are native and immigrant groups, technology, transportation, agriculture, mining, and urbanization, as well as effects of the frontier on national character. (NA)
HIST 335: Women in Early America, 1607-1860An examination of the experiences of women in early America, focusing both on women’s lives and on the changing economic, political, and cultural roles they played in American society. Themes include women and the family, women’s religious experiences, women and industrialization, and the effects of slavery on black and white women. (NA)
HIST 350: The 1920s, Great Depression, and New Deal, 1920-1945After considering the 1920s as a “new era” in American history, the course examines the impact of the Great Depression upon American institutions and attitudes, with extensive analysis of the New Deal’s domestic reform program and its creation of a national welfare state. (NA)
HIST 353: The JFK Assassination in American Politics, Culture, and MemoryThe assassination of John F. Kennedy, one of the 20th century's defining events, continues to exert a powerful hold on the American people. This course examines the assassination's impact on American society in the 1960s and beyond, including changes in political behavior, cultural attitudes, media practices, and international relations.
HIST 354: History of Russian and Soviet FilmThis course will introduce the student to the rich and varied tradition of Russian and Soviet cinema from the Pre-Revolutionary period to the present. Works by major filmmakers will be viewed and discussed in the context of the culture, economy, society, and politics of the time. Taught in English.
HIST 355: History of the American EnvironmentNorth Americans have transformed the environment while being shaped by nature in turn. This course surveys the changing relationships between Americans and their physical environment in historical context from the 17th century to the present. Topics include the “Columbian exchange,” agriculture, urbanization, conservation, and the emergence of contemporary environmentalism. (NA)
HIST 360: Contemporary China, 1949-2000A discussion course on selected issues in the social and cultural history of modern China. Literature, films, documents, and historical studies are examined to explore the intimate side of personal, family, and social life and the nature and impact of social and cultural changes in 20th-century China. (G&C)
HIST 361: Western Encounters with China: Perceptions and MisperceptionsThis course examines Western encounters with China since the thirteenth century, from Marco Polo to contemporary journalists, such as Peter Hessler. Students will analyze and assess Western perceptions and misperceptions of China through a variety of primary sources in translation and relevant secondary studies.
HIST 366: Topics in British HistoryAn examination of a particular topic in British History. The specific topic investigated changes each year. Student responsibilities may include engagement with secondary historical writings, primary source evaluation, research and essay writing.
HIST 371: The Rise and Fall of American Empires: The Americas, from the Beginnings Through the ConquestA study of the Aztec, Inca, and Maya civilizations, focusing on cultural and technological development. Additional focus is on pre-columbian cultural succession, imperial expansion of the Aztec and Incan empires, and native participation in the conquest. (G&C)
HIST 374: Visions of ConquestThe creation of Colonial Latin America meant the political, cultural and spiritual reconfiguration of society on both sides of the Atlantic. In this course, we will elucidate the process of conquest through the study of historical accounts, cultural artifacts of the colonizers and colonized alike, and relevant theoretical texts. This course is held concurrently with SPAN 470. Lectures, discussion, and reading and writing assignments are in English. Students interested in work in the Spanish language who have met the prerequisites should register for SPAN 470.(G&C)
HIST 376: International Development in Historical PerspectiveHistory of economic development theory, policy, and practice throughout the world since 1945. Particular focus will be given to the evolution of orthodoxy in this field, from modernization theory through dependency theory to neoliberalism, considering the performance and criticism of each. Case studies include African, Asian, and Latin American countries. (G&C)
HIST 378: Ethnicity in Latin AmericaExplores the coming together of distinct Native, African, and European ethnicities in Latin America, and the resulting creation of new ethnicities. We examine how race has been understood in Latin American history and how attitudes toward race have fundamentally shaped the history of the region. (G&C)
HIST 384: History of the Book in LondonAn introduction to the interdisciplinary field of the history of the book, focusing especially on London's role as a site of book production, distribution and consumption. We will work directly with manuscripts and rare books, studying the material history of books and writing techniques form early manuscripts to iPads. Offered at the London Centre.
HIST 385: History of the BookTo provide an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of Book History, which should help students think more critically about the impact of material culture on intellectual activity. The course will be taught as a speaking intensive seminar, which means that students will frequently be responsible for presenting reading material and leading discussion in the first half of class.
HIST 388: Early Modern JapanThis discussion course offers an overview of the early modern history of Japan. Through an analysis of literature, woodblock prints, documents, and secondary historical studies we will explore selected issues in the social and cultural history of the Tokugawa and Meiji periods.
HIST 390: Tutorial Studies in HistoryA reading program, specially designed and implemented in consultation with an instructor. Writing is required. Students must consult in advance with the member of the department with whom they wish to work.
HIST 391: Directed Study in HistoryDirected study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work.
HIST 395: Internship in HistoryAn opportunity for students to gain experience in public history. Students might work for a museum, historic site, government agency or archive, including the Lawrence University Archives. Arranged under the direction of an instructor in the department in accordance with the guidelines for academic internships as stated in the course catalog. The academic component of the internship includes readings related to the substance of the internship, discussions with the faculty supervisor, and a written report appropriate to the discipline. Course grades are based on this academic work.
HIST 399: Independent Study in HistoryA research project organized in consultation with an instructor, culminating in a major research paper. Students must consult in advance (preferably during spring registration) with the member of the department with whom they wish to work. Students considering an honors project should register for this course.
HIST 400: Reel Men: Masculinity in American Film, 1945-2000At the upper level, the course will serve as a history seminar in preparation for the history department's capstone course. Those taking it at that level will be required to write at least one paper addressing film or gender theory and to write a 10-15 page research prospectus. Not open to students who have previously received credit for HIST 300. (NA) Fulfills seminar requirement.
HIST 415: Africa in the European ImaginationThis advanced seminar examines the conceptualization of Africa and Africans in modern European intellectual history. The course details how European thinkers explored issues of race and identity through their figurative and physical engagement with the African continent. Topics include travel narratives, the philosophy of slavery and abolition, and imperialism. (G & C)
HIST 422: Revolt and Revolution in Latin AmericaThis seminar investigates resistance in its many forms in Latin American history. Attention to abstract notions of “revolution” will be complemented by evaluating how particular episodes of violent unrest in Latin America have served as the tools of both the weak and the powerful. (G&C) Fulfills seminar requirement.
HIST 430: Society and the Sexes in Pre-Industrial EuropeA seminar, organized topically, exploring changing gender definitions, economic and social roles, family structures and functions, and styles of intimacy from 1000 to 1800. A variety of primary sources and scholarly interpretations examined. (E) Fulfills seminar requirement.
HIST 431: Violence in Medieval and Early Modern EuropeA chronological and thematic examination of the understandings, uses, and effects of violence between roughly 1000 and 1800. Structured loosely around changing distinctions between licit and illicit forms of violence, the course will explore the transition from reliance upon self-help to well-articulated systems of jurisdiction at different levels of society. Topics will include warfare (feud, conflict among states, mercenaries, standing armies), jurisprudence (interrogation, torture, public execution), revolt (riot, rebellion), and interpersonal violence (criminal behavior, retribution). Readings will include a wide variety of documentary materials and scholarship. (E) Fulfills seminar requirement.
HIST 435: Nazism and Stalinism in Comparative PerspectiveThis course examines the political, social, and cultural histories of two of the 20th century’s most notorious regimes. We will seek to determine what they had in common and, in doing so, answer the question, “What is totalitarianism?” (E or G&C) Fulfills seminar requirement.
HIST 440: Themes in European Intellectual History, 1789-presentA seminar in the history of ideas, focusing on one of several topics that shift periodically. Possible topics include the concept of freedom in French thought since the Revolution and the rise of post-modernism in 20th-century Europe. (E) Fulfills seminar requirement.
HIST 460: The Era of the American RevolutionA chronological and a topical approach to the causes, events, and consequences of the American Revolution. Narrative, fiction, film, and methodological sources are used to consider questions such as: Was the American Revolution revolutionary?; What were the economic and social motives behind the war?; and How different was American society after the war? Fulfills seminar requirement. (NA)
HIST 470: The American Civil WarA comprehensive examination of the Civil War era between 1840 and 1877. Major themes and topics will include the political crisis leading to secession, the military conduct of the war, the end of slavery, the effects of the war on American society, and Reconstruction. (NA) Fulfills seminar requirement.
HIST 472: Lincoln: Revolutionary AmericanThis course will place Abraham Lincoln at the center of a revolution in American politics, society, and culture between 1840 and 1865, as the young nation argued violently over the meaning of its founding principles and the nature of "American" identity itself.
HIST 478: Topics in Environmental HistoryAn in-depth examination of a particular topic in environmental history, suitable for majors in history and environmental studies. Students from other majors should consult the instructor before registering. May be repeated for credit when topic is different.
HIST 479: Travel and Tourism in American HistoryThis course explores the emergence of tourism in the United States from the early national period to the present, paying particular attention to the dynamics of ethnicity and gender in shaping tourism within modern consumer culture. We will study a variety of primary and secondary sources, including travel narratives and films. (NA) Fulfills seminar requirement.
HIST 480: Reconsidering the 1960sA seminar examining the major themes and issues of the decade. Topics include Vietnam, the Great Society, civil rights, the counterculture, and feminism. Fiction, oral narrative, and the developing historiographical literature will be employed as aids in addressing the period. (NA) Fulfills seminar requirement.
HIST 482: Global City: The History of New YorkThis seminar will examine the rise of New York City to global preeminence over the past four centuries as an entrepot and incubator of commerce, culture and people. It will emphasize the challenges of building unity and community in a city marked by racial, class, ethnic, religious and gender difference. Students will produce a substantial research paper on an aspect of the city's history. (NA) Fulfills seminar requirement.
HIST 485: Topics in International and Comparative HistoryAn advanced seminar in modern international and/or comparative history. The course combines review of key theoretical and historiographical issues with research and analysis of primary sources. Possible topics include: Secret Intelligence in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries; the History of the Cold War; and the International History of the Second World War. (G&C) Fulfills seminar requirement. May be repeated when topic is different.
Topic for Spring 2019: Stalin and Stalinism
A study of Joseph Stalin as leader of the Soviet Union from 1928-1953 and the political and social system to which he gave his name. Themes include: Stalin's biography; the politics of dictatorship; everyday life and private life; foreign affairs and war; and the use of mass terror by the Soviet state. We will examine historical debates about these themes and interpret primary sources, including memoir literature, mass media, and government documents. Students with knowledge of Russian will be encouraged to do some work with sources in the original language.