MW 3:30-4:45 Writing Intensive
What is civilization? This course examines the variety of African civilizations throughout the continent, from ancient times up to the 19th century, and how closer study of African history has prompted scholars to revise the way "civilization" is defined. We will focus on ancient civilizations in Africa, the empires and city-states of the Islamic period, and the rise of trade with Europe, especially the Atlantic slave trade and its effects on African societies.
HIS 211 - United States History to 1865
General survey of American history from colonization through the Civil War.
211-01 Jeffrey Kerr-Ritchie MW 1:00-1:50
211-02 Watson Jennison MW 9:00-9:50
211-81 Susannah Link Online
HIS 212 - United States History since 1865
General survey of American history from Reconstruction to the present.
212-01 Peter Carmichael TR 9:30-10:45
James A. Anderson
This course is an introduction to the pre-modern history of Asia, and will focus on the following countries: China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. Most students in the West may only be familiar with these nations in the context of the traumatic episodes of war and violence and revolution that swept the region throughout the twentieth century. However, these countries are heirs to long histories of cultural brilliance and diversity. In this class we will first explore how the history of this region has shaped the common bonds that bring this part of the world together as a whole. Secondly, we will consider how the literary traditions of these various societies depict the social and political conditions from which modern Asian nations would later emerge.
Richard E. Barton
Survey of Western European history from the end of the Roman Empire to the fifteenth century exploring such varied aspects of the medieval experience as pilgrimage, crusade, peasant life, the emergence of nation states, and the rise of the university.
222-01 Jodi Bilinkoff TR 2:00-3:15 Speaking Intensive Section
222-02 Frank T. Melton MWF 9:00-9:50
222-03 Frank T. Melton MWF 11:00-11:50
Survey of major socio-economic, political, and cultural trends in Europe from the Renaissance to the French Revolution.
223-01 Jeff Jones MW 3:30-4:45
223-02 Eve Duffy TR 11:00-12:15
A survey of the political, social and cultural history of Europe from the time of the French Revolution to the present. Emphasis will be placed on the political culture and the emergence of the great ideological systems of the West (e.g., liberalism, conservatism, socialism, communism, nationalism, and fascism).
In this introductory survey of the history of Latin America from the late eighteenth century to the early twenty-first century, we will explore the political dynamics, social transformations, and the economic evolution of Latin America. We will also attempt to keep track of three themes as they unfold over the two centuries: economic change, the evolution of democracy, and revolutionary movements. This course meets the following requirements: CNW, GHP, GMO, GN, NW.
Race and segregation in the United States since the Civil War, including the origins of the Jim Crow laws, the civil rights movement, black urbanization, the Harlem Renaissance, black nationalism, and the African American experience in America.
TR 9:30-10:45 Speaking Intensive
Richard E. Barton
This course offers an introduction to the experience of women in the Middle Ages through close examination of writings by and about women. In so doing we will be less concerned with the more traditional elements of medieval history and more interested in how such elements came to shape women's lives and opportunities. One of the central themes will be the importance of gender as a category of cultural difference; with this in mind we will spend a fair amount of time considering the ways in which medieval society defined femininity, appropriate female behavior, and the female body, as well as the ways in which those definitions and understandings changed over time.
TR 3:30-4:45 Writing and Research Intensive
From the frontier log cabin to the suburban cottage, the single-family home has served as one of the most powerful symbols of American culture and American identity. While homeownership has been a central goal in the fulfillment of the "American Dream," Americans have experimented with and reinvented their houses in a variety of ways that offer a deeper and more complex understanding of American life than the simplicity of the "Dream" might suggest. This course will take you from the colonial period through the twentieth century as we study houses as historical evidence of social change. Rather than a descriptive focus on stylistic or aesthetic changes in American house design, emphasis will be on analysis of the home as an idea and houses as physical and material spaces. How, for example, did the invention of the parlor document new ideas about private life, new gender roles, and developments in commerce and technology related to the home? As the semester unfolds, we will explore such subjects as the symbolism and politics of domesticity, the evolving functions of particular rooms and spaces, new technologies that reshaped houses, and the diversity of American homes based on region, ethnicity, and class.
This course looks at the history of women and gender hierarchy in the area that is now the United States. We will begin with Native American women's lives before and during contact with Europeans, including different nations of Native Americans' relationships with French, British and Spanish colonizers in the midwest, east and southwest. We will also look at diverse topics such as colonial midwives and early medical practices, education in the early republic, the role of women in families, women and slavery, black and white women active in the abolition movement, feminism in the 1830s and the first women factory workers.
HIS 340-01 - United States since World War II
MW 2:00-3:15 Writing and Research Intensive
An in-depth examination of several important social, political and international trends and events that have shaped the contemporary U.S.: atomic weapons, the Cold War and Vietnam; the black freedom movement, radicalism and Great Society liberalism; feminism; conservative movements from McCarthyism to the New Right; mass immigration from Latin America and Asia and the nativist reaction.
347-01 Laurinda deBeck MWF 10:00-10:50
347-02 Laurinda deBeck TR 9:30-10:45
This is a survey course. It spans more than 400 years of state history - from colonization to the present. It is American history with the spotlight on North Carolina. Objectives of the course include an examination of:
Mycenaean society, Greek "dark ages," colonization and tyranny, Athens and Sparta, flowering in the fifth and fourth centuries, conquests of Alexander, Hellenistic empires, and the diffusion of Greek civilization. (Same as CCI 351)
TR 12:30-1:45 Writing and Research Intensive
A survey of modern Europe with emphasis on the two world wars, political ideologies and cultural developments, and the postwar movement to European integration.
HIS 373-01 - English History to 1660
From 55 BC to the restoration of Charles II in 1660, this course surveys all the major developments- Roman, Britain, the Anglo-Saxons, Normans, and Medieval England, the Reformation and the Puritan Revolution. Within each period the main political, intellectual, religious, social, and economic themes are examined.
Examination of German social and political structures and their functioning between 1800 and outbreak of World War I. Attendant emphasis placed upon cultural and intellectual issues which illuminate German (and European) culture of the nineteenth century.
This course surveys Russian history from its beginning around 800 AD through the Kievan Rus period, the Mongol invasion, and the rise of Muscovy. The course focuses on the turbulent reigns of Ivan the Terrible, Peter the Great, Catherine the Great, Nicholas I, and Russia's reformist tsar Alexander II. We will deal with Russia's ever-changing social, economic, and cultural development and end on the eve of revolutionary turmoil in the 20th century.
Ann P. Saab
This course deals with the history of the Israel and the Muslim Middle East in the twentieth century. After a background of events before and during the two world wars, we will examine a series of continuing controversial issues, such as the Arab-Israeli conflict, the revolution in Iran, and the use of oil. Student reading and discussion will be emphasized.
Field learning experience in public or applied history. Academic supervision provided by job supervisor. Assigned reading and written reports. May be repeated. Prerequisite: Consent of Department Head.