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FALL 2014 -- 160, 163 and 200 LEVEL CLASSES


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.



 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.



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. 


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