H 601 Introduction to the Professional Study of History (Schneider)
H 601 Introduction to the Professional Study of History (Caddoo)
H 605/H 705 Colloquium in Ancient History: The Antonine Era: Transformations in the Second Century A.D. (Elliott)
Edward Gibbon said that the time between the reigns of Nerva until the death of Marcus Aurelius was among the ‘most happy and prosperous’ periods in human history. Although the Nerva-Antonine dynasty was itself relatively stable, the period witnessed a great many transitions and transformations which would permanently alter the Roman world. Our class explores social, economic, political, administrative, environmental and cultural changes during this pivotal period in Roman history.
H 650 Colloquium in United States History: The Nineteenth-Century United States (Grossberg)
This colloquium is designed as a comprehensive introduction to the history and historiography of the Nineteenth Century United States. It takes a long view of that era by looking at the years between 1790 and 1920. The basic objective of the colloquium is to familiarize students with both the subject matter of nineteenth century American history and the ways in which it has been studied and explained. Students will read both intensively and broadly by focusing on a wide range of subjects and a variety of scholarly approaches. Discussions will focus on evaluating the readings critically and situating them within larger historiographical contexts and scholarly debates. Issues such as periodization, method, organization, style, audience, scale, and scope will also be examined. The colloquium is intended to help students prepare for qualifying examinations, teaching, and the intellectual tasks common in academic careers, such as crafting book reviews and syllabi, as well as researching and writing historiographical papers (known as literature reviews in some disciplines).
H 650 Colloquium in United States History: U.S. History 1945- present (McGerr)
This course offers an intensive introduction to a wide range of topics on the history of the United States from the end of World War Two to the Trump era. We will read a selection of both new and classic books and study research methods distinctive to this age of highly digitized sources. In addition to a couple of short papers, you will write one longer historiographical analysis on a topic of your choice.
H 680 Colloquium in Cultural History: Empire / Imperialism (Dodson)
Empire is not only a ubiquitous political form, but also an overlapping and contested series of cultural, ideological, and intellectual dynamics. This course will survey recent trends in the historiography of the cultural elements of modern empires – including those of Britain, France, Spain, and America, as well as a variety of non-European empires, such as China and Japan (and arguably Russia). Some of our readings and discussion on postcolonial approaches to the cultural history of empire will be introductory in nature. The bulk of the course, however, will include recent literature, and often the topics will be addressed within a comparative perspective (that is, we will read and discuss each topic from a variety of national/regional historiographical traditions). Specific topics of study will include cultures of violence and “otherness”; the role of the “collaborator” in facilitating imperialism; gender, sexuality, and the body in imperial culture; citizenship and imperial identities; the art and architecture of the imperial state; perspectives on the quality and nature of colonial state power; possibilities for resistance and an imperial counter-culture; and contested imperial legacies.
H 699 Colloquium in Comparative History: Globalizing the Past : History and the Global Turn (Machado)
H 699 Colloquium in Comparative History: Comparing Gender Histories (Bucur)
Over the last three decades, gender history has become a vibrant subfield in historical research and has illuminated important aspects of the past, from economic processes to cultural artifacts. Without aiming to be exhaustive, this course examines 14 examples of such significant works and places them in conversation with each other and with the epistemological assumptions that frame the choice of evidence, methodology, and outcomes of non-feminist takes on the same themes. Temporally, the course will be focused on the modern period, with a nod to early modern historiography and geographically it will encompass a global stretch, but with greater emphasis on Europe. Students will be required to submit reading responses and questions for discussion each week, as well as two historiographic papers each focusing on one of the 14 themes of the course.
H 699 Colloquium in Comparative History: Oral History (James)
H 720 Seminar: Modern Western European History: Modern Europe (Pergher)
H720 Research seminar: Modern Europe Instructor: Roberta Pergher The goals of the research seminar is the production of an article-length paper, based on primary source research, of publishable quality, and to be completed by the end of the semester. Ideally, the exercise of writing a research article will serve as exploration of a possible dissertation topic and enable you to familiarize yourself with primary sources and the literature in your immediate field. The topic of the course is broad: 19th and 20th century Europe, including eastern Europe and the colonies. Weekly meetings early on in the semester will be devoted to practical matters such as the search for sources, the responsibilities of the historian, the mechanics of writing, and the quest for a "home" for your article. Some weeks we won't meet as a group but students will meet with the instructor individually. We will read a series of articles posted on Canvas early in the semester. After that students will determine what they need to read for their own research. Requirements: Timely completion of an article-length research paper and preceding set of preparatory assignments, attendance and participation in class, individual meetings with instructor, peer review, conference-style presentation of your research. This class is geared toward PhD and MA students in History, but open to graduate students in other fields as well, as long as they have a strong interest in historical research and envision their future work as fundamentally historical.