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FALL 2014 - DAY TIME CLASSES

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FALL 2014 - NON-WESTERN


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FALL 2014 - EVENING SCHEDULE

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FALL 2014 -- UPPER LEVEL CLASSES

History 160   02  (47225)    ISLAMIC REVIVAL AND  REVOLT IN ASIA AND AFRICA

Professor M. Simon                       Mon/Wed.  1:40-2:55pm

This course is intended to acquaint students with the complex movements of revival and revolt associated with Islamic cultures.  There will be an emphasis upon the “global reach” of Islam and its power to influence thought and action.  Major concentration will be upon the myriad responses that Islam has had to the challenge presented by the actions of Western colonizers and will be analyzed within a regional framework.

History 160   01 (47223)  GLOBAL HISTORY (FOCUS ON ASIA)

Professor M. Kassel/Kerson                 Tuesday  12:15-2:55pm

                                    

This section of History 160 Global History: World is a macro-history (a big picture study) of selected societies in Asia. Focusing on these societies, we shall trace specific topics from the traditional world into modern and contemporary times. Our approach to the traditional world begins with the Silk Roads, the trade routes that linked the civilizations of Europe and Asia. As we enter the modern and contemporary world, we shall explore topics such as nation-building, social, religious, and educational movements, and forces that cross national borders. 
The five main topics we shall trace in this course are:

1. Physical and human geography, including the interaction of empires, nomads, and oasis towns
2. Ethnic relations and political history
3. Exchange of goods and ideas
4. Spread and impact of major religions
5. Artistic exchange, cultural syncretism, and cultural dissonance.

We shall turn to the following areas of the Silk Roads for examples that illustrate our topics of study:

1. East Asia (China)
2. Central Asia (Russia, Uzbekistan)
3. West Asia (Iran and Iraq), and 
4. South Asia (Afghanistan)

 

History 163 01  (47229)    THE HISTORY OF PRIVACY IN AMERICA

Professor L. Cappello         Tue/Thur.   1:40-2:55pm   

This course will survey key developments in the history of American Privacy from the Early Republic through the dawn of the Internet Age.  Major themes will include the changing role of privacy as a civil liberty, problems of definition, the evolution of privacy law, perceptions of property and the “private sphere,” tabloid journalism, data collection, sexual privacy, surveillance, the “privacy vs. security” debate, and the relationship between privacy and technology.  These developments will be examined not only through textbook and secondary readings, but by engaging with those tools used by historians to study the past such as literature, film, documents, popular music, advertisements, propaganda, and other primary source material.

 

*History 200W   01  (50973)  HISTORY OF  JEWISH  MYSTICISM AND KABBALAH

 Professor M. Shur    Tue/Thur.  12:15-1:30pm  * Cross Referenced with Jewish Studies

This course will examine the origins of the Jewish Esoteric tradition from the Biblical period through the Modern era.  Beginning with the Patriarchal families we will explore Biblical, Prophetic, Mishnaic, Talmudic and Aggadic Texts for the sources of this mystical tradition.  We will examine the Philosophy of the Medieval Kabbalistic of Safad as well as the teachings of the later Chassidic Masters.

We will delve into the subjects of Meditation, Numerology, Prophecy, Dreams, “Chariot

Mysticism”, Astrology, Outer Body Experiences, angels, “The Works of Creation and the

“Big Bang Theory.”                                                                      


History 200   01  (47253)     HISTORY OF THE RULE OF LAW

Professor S. Antonov                  Tue/Thur.  9:15-10:30am  

 

We often say that the rule of law is a cornerstone of our culture. But for most of us, law remains an arcane discipline, almost a distinct language understood only by insiders. This course seeks to introduce law as a mode of understanding the past and as a set of beliefs and practices that affected countless aspects of Western society and culture. Needless to say, students are not expected or required to have any background in legal matters. The course is not specifically intended for students who plan to attend law school, although they will certainly benefit by more fully understanding the place of law and the legal profession in Western civilization. However, the course is designed for students who want to be more informed and responsible citizens who want to understand a world heavily influenced by the concept of the rule of law. 

Students will be introduced to some basic concepts and terms defining Western law, to several key interpretations of the place of law in our culture, and to the differences between Western legal systems. During the remainder of the course we will look at several key developments, focusing primarily on the “long nineteenth century” (1789-1914), the period when many of our most important ideas about law were articulated and institutionalized. We will examine how legal institutions, norms, and practices are instrumental to understanding these developments.

Recommended Prerequisites. Basic familiarity with modern European history is very important. If you have not taken HIST 101 and 102, you should consult any appropriate introductory survey. Feel free to consult the instructor.

FALL 2014 - COLLOQUIA (392W)

392W   03   (47443)                  1964: POLITICS, CULTURE, AND SOCIETY    

Professor P.  Conolly-Smith             Wednesdays 1:40-4:25pm

Commemorating the 50th anniversary of an eventful year, this course examines the many issues that make 1964 a watershed moment in American history. Major topics include (in civil rights) the Mississippi Freedom Summer, the 1964 Democratic Party Convention, the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and Malcolm X; (in politics) the 1964 Presidential Election, the New Left and the New Right, the War on Poverty, and the Great Society; (in culture and society) second-wave feminism, the Beatles, and youth culture; and (in foreign policy) Vietnam and the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. This is a reading and writing-heavy course.

 

392W  02  (47440)                  ITALY AND THE JEWS

Professor F. Bregoli                 Tuesdays 3:10-5:50pm        

This course focuses on the history of the Jews in Italy from the early Middle Ages to the modern period. Although Italian Jews have always been a tiny fraction of world Jewry, their achievements are great. Highly integrated and engaged in the culture of their times, Italian Jews are quintessentially acculturated and at home both in the Jewish and in the Italian world. How does the particular case of Italian Jewry illuminate the broader Jewish experience?

The course will pay attention to the specificities of Italian Jewry by concentrating on interactions between Jews and non-Jews within the broader context of Italian history. We will consider topics such as Jews in Roman times, medieval Jewish society, Jewish intellectual life during the Renaissance, the Ghettos, Italian Jewish art, the Jews and the Risorgimento, Italian anti-Semitism, Jews under Fascism, WWII and its aftermath.


392W  01  (47439)              A HISTORY OF ANTISEMITISM

Professor E. Bemporad             Thursdays 1:40-4:25pm    
This course examines the cultural, intellectual and political origins and manifestations of antisemitism in different historic and geographic contexts, from the ancient period, through the late nineteenth century, and concluding with the roots of modern genocide, the Holocaust, and the emergence of new forms of Jewish hatred. Major topics include: the difference between modern antisemitism and older theological forms of Jewish-hatred; differences in antisemitic patterns in Eastern Central and Western Europe; Jewish self-hatred and internalization of antisemitic stereotypes by Jews; Jewish individual and collective responses to the “Jewish question”; and patterns of post-Holocaust antisemitism.
                                                               
                                                                    

392W  04  (47444)                THE MONGOLS AND GLOBAL HISTORY

Professor M. Rossabi                              Mondays 1:40-4:25pm

This course emphasizes the Mongolian empires' influence on the histories of China, Russia, West Asia, and even Europe. The Mongolians' invasions would put Europe, East Asia, and West Asia in touch with each other and could be described as the onset of global history. For the first time, civilizations throughout Eurasia would have political relations, which would lead to cultural, technological, artistic, commercial, and scientific exchanges. Consideration of Genghis Khan and Kublai Khan, as well as other figures in the thirteenth-century world, including Marco Polo. Held at the Rubin Museum, facilitating study of the art of the Himalayas and of Mongolia.


392W  05  (47446)         SLAVERY AND ITS LEGACIES IN LATIN AMERICA

Professor A. Chazkel                    Mondays 4:30-7:20pm
This class examines the nearly 400 years of chattel in Latin America, as well as the long shadow that forced labor continued to cast over the region after its abolition.  Topics include the transition from Indian to African slavery; rise of the sugar plantation complex; slave revolts and runaway communities; the slave trade; the impact of slavery on Latin American cities; international movement to end the slave trade; transition to free wage labor; scientific racism; the politics of how Latin Americans have remembered and memorialized slavery; and cultural representations of slavery in the twentieth century.  Our readings and discussions will consider all of Latin America but will pay special attention to Cuba and Brazil, the two places where slavery lasted the longest in the hemisphere. 


FALL 2014 - GRADUATE SCHEDULE

Course

Class

Sec

Room

Description

Day

Time

Professor

713

47381

01

RZ 109

Church in the Middle Ages

M

4:30-6:10

O’Brien

729

67827

01

PH 157

Cold War Communism vs. Democracy

W

4:30-6:10

Alteras

734

47383

01

PH 108

Women in Mod. European History

W

1:40-4:30

Sneeringer

745

47387

01

PH 157

 Comparative Slavery and Abolition in Latin America and the Caribbean    

M

7:30-9:20

Chazkel

756

47389

01

PH 157

Antisemitism in Historical Perspective

Th

4:30-6:10

Bemporad

791

47398

01

PH 157

Intro to Historical Research

Th

6:30-8:10

Mellone

797

47403

01

PH 157

The Formation of Modern American Culture –II

M

4:30-6:10

Conolly-Smith

799

47411

03

PH 347

The Memory of the Second World War in Europe

T

6:30-8:10

Ort

799

47410

02

PH 157

The Ottoman Empire in the Middle East, 1516-1918

T

4:30-6:10

Frangakis-Syrett

799

47404

01

PH 157

Strange Encounters in the Early Modern World: Discoveries, Conquests, and Connections

W

6:30-8:10

Covington

799

81214

04

PH 304

Historical Transitions in the 20th Century

W

1:40-4:25

Tsilas

 

NEW AND INFREQUENT GRADUATE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

 

History 756  01  (47389)  ANTISEMITISM IN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE

 Professor E. Bemporad

This course explores major issues in the history of antisemitism from the early Middle Ages to the modern period. With a particular focus on the “Blood Libel” and the modern permutations of this antisemitic myth, the course will study the specific social, economic and political contexts as well as reasons that led to the emergence and/or persistence of antisemitism in different times and places in history. A strong emphasis will also be put on the study of the ideological, political, and social reactions and responses of individual Jews, as well as Jewish communities, to antisemitism.

History 797  01  (47403) FORMATION OF MODERN AMERICAN CULTURE –II

Professor P. Conolly-Smith

This course continues the story begun in FORMAC-I by investigating post-WWII factors in the formation of modern American culture and the national "character." Beneath the larger umbrella headings of class, race, gender, and ethnicity, we will examine cultural topics and phenomena including Beats and Bop, Abstract Expressionism and Pop (including pop music and the British invasion), television, advertisement, civil rights, feminism and identity politics, the birth of the postmodern, cable TV, the digital revolution,

and the internet. A solid background in the basic narrative of U.S. history is required for this reading and writing heavy course. While not an official prerequisite, FORMAC-I is heavily recommended.

 

History 799 02  (47410)   THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE IN THE MIDDLE EAST, 1516-1918

Professor E. Frangakis-Syrett

The course will take a thematic approach to the long time span of Ottoman history it will cover although it will also respect a certain chronological sequence.  This approach aims to afford the student enhanced accessibility both to the time period and region of the world, the Middle East, and to the historical reality that is herein represented.  Primary documents in English (primarily) will also be used to allow for a hands-on approach in historical research. 

Amongst the themes that the course will examine are: power/networking in empire-building; the forging of a diverse society and empire  in 1516-1798; the creation of a centralized state and nation and the role of nationalism, secularism and modernity in 1799-1918; the world economy, consumption patterns and the market forces in the Middle East; governing and the elites (men and women); politics and the workers; education and culture; home and the family; imperialism and the role of Europeans in the region; the legacy of the empire today and the role of the historian in defining it.       

History 799  01  (47404)  STRANGE ENCOUNTERS IN THE  EARLY MODERN

S. Covington                WORLD : DISCOVERIES, CONQUESTS, AND CONNECTIONS

The early modern period, extending from approximately 1400 to 1700, witnessed unprecedented encounters between peoples, cultures, and religions: between Europeans and the indigenous peoples of America, Asia and Africa; between Christian Europeans and Islamic Turks (in war and trade); and even between Europeans themselves, as traditional assumptions confronted revolutionary new ideas in the realm of science, art, religion and philosophy. These cross-cultural and cross-religious intersections will serve as the subject of this class, as we explore the momentous outcomes generated by deep upheavals in existing assumptions about the state of the world and its peoples. Not only will we explore sources from a European perspective, but so will we read accounts from or about native people whose reactions to Europeans and their customs were equally confounded. Equally emphasized will be discussions of how European and non-Europeans—as well as old and new ideas—intermingled and resulted in new hybrids of perception, belief, and thought—all of which resulted in something  uniquely, and strangely, early modern.

History 799 04 (81214) Historical Transitions in the 20th century

Ambassador Loucas Tsilas Wednesday 1:40-4:25pm


This course will take a case-study approach in examining momentous changes that occurred in different regions of the globe during the 20th century.  The instructor, Ambassador Loucas Tsilas, is currently the Director of the Onassis Foundation in New York, and before that, had a full career in the Greek foreign service, including terms as his country’s ambassador to South Africa and the U.S., as well as a period of service in Romania.  Ambassador Tsilas will apply his own firsthand experiences in an examination of three 20th century movements in detail: the transition from communism to liberalism in Eastern Europe; the transition from apartheid to integration in South Africa; and new developments in southeastern Europe during the 1990s.


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