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This is a partial list of courses. For the semester's complete offerings, see the Registrar's website. The IUB Course Bulletin also has full list of History Department courses past, present, and future.
Before it was Hamilton, it was history. As Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit musical Hamilton has recently demonstrated, the world of the American Revolution was more than just boring old men in wigs complaining about taxes. The American Revolution was a time when race, gender, and class relations were worked out in ways that still affect U.S. society today. As a result, the revolution has inspired countless myths that continue to shape American culture, society, and politics.
Since the end of World War II the world has undergone radical transformations and periods of social and political upheaval. New technology has brought diverse and distant peoples into closer contact, producing contests over economic, political, and cultural domination. The Cold War, decolonization, development, globalization, revolution, the global 1960s, migration, environmentalism, feminism, social movements, and human rights all form part of this course.
What is the American way of war? How do we remember armed conflicts? Military violence has been a mainstay of American history. From grapeshot to drone strikes, we'll learn about an American military tradition that includes colonial campaigns, global wars, and counterinsurgencies that weigh upon our present day. We'll read primary sources from soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen across U.S. ranks, as well as enemy soldiers and civilians they met along their martial journeys. We'll look at the impact of battle alongside innovations in technology and ideas during interwar periods, and the military’s portrayal in art and literature.
Does attending college in Indiana mean anything beyond the name on your diploma? Exploring Indiana history from early human interactions to our own time, we will discover the Hoosier nation’s distinctive traits and how national and international changes have shaped those traits. Topics will range from popular culture to military history to politics to religion, and more. In addition to learning about Indiana history, we will work on developing the research, communication, and analytical skills that future employers desire.
Mobility has been central to the American narrative. Mobility, or the lack of it, is also a measure of power—just look at the accompanying images! In this class, we will examine American history through the lens of “American Journeys.” Along the way we will seek to answer a set of interconnected questions: How did Anglo settlers interact and negotiate with pre-existing power structures? How did the movement of people, goods, and ideas transform America? How have concerns about migration exposed deeper social divisions in the U.S.? What can these movements teach us about modern issues in America?
The First World War was a devastating international conflict. It saw over 8 million soldiers and 10 million civilians dead, dealt a final blow to many European global empires, and established new international power dynamics. We will examine not only the social, economic, and cultural impact the war had on Europe, but also its impact on European empire, colonialism, the continent of Africa, the Middle East, and beyond.
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