Summer 2018 History Courses
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.
The Vietnam War can be counted among the the most cataclysmic world events of the last century. 58,000 Americans and 3.1 million Vietnamese—the majority of them civilian—lost their lives during this brutal, protracted conflict. It upended American and Vietnamese societies in ways that both are still dealing with in the present. In this six-week course, we’ll study the causes, conduct, and consequences of the Vietnam War, as well as its geopolitical, economic, military, social, racial, and gendered aspects. We’ll examine, too, representations of the war in American popular culture like films, novels, songs, and TV shows, as well as the way it has been remembered by people on all sides.
On March 5, 1946, Winston Churchill said the words “Iron Curtain” for the first time, marking the beginning of the Cold War between the two post-war great powers, the United States and the Soviet Union. We’ll look at Cold-War foreign alliances in the Third World, explore the effects of globalization in Asia and Africa, the interconnected global causes of the Great Recession of the 21st century and end with a look at Donald Trump’s rise to power and the impact his presidency has had on global politics.
Few events in American history hold as much cultural power as the American Revolution. From Ralph Waldo Emerson’s, “Shot heard round the world” to the recent Broadway hit, Hamilton, Americans have long asked: what is the history of the birth of the United States? This class will examine the history and context of the revolution, analyze the viewpoints of participants, and consider the way that memory of it has changed over time.
The Civil War was the deadliest war in U.S. history. Americans fought over what race, region, and freedom would mean and debated essential about the nature of the United States and what it meant to be an American. The echoes of this war continue to shape our nation and many of the wounds remain unhealed. Join us as we learn about the men and women – North and South, white and black, rich and poor, soldiers and civilians – who navigated the violence and tumult of the war and the world it created.
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