Fall 2010 Course Descriptions
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203 - History of Africa to 1870
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 206 - Topics in Premodern World History I
This course surveys premodern history (through about 1500) on a global basis. While looking at the origins and histories of distinctive societies and cultural traditions in Africa, Eurasia, China, South Asia, the Near East and the Western Hemisphere, it pays particular attention to developments of world historical scope--population movements, economic activities, trade, and cultural exchange�which constitute the common premodern human experience. Students should gain a broad and balanced understanding of the major social, political, and cultural developments of human societies up to the eve of the modern age.
206-01 through 04 Stephen Ruzicka
The lecture portion of this class meets on Mondays and Fridays at 9:00-9:50. Smaller discussion groups meet on Wednesdays at either 9:00-9:50 or 10:00-10:50.
80758 206-01 - MF 9-9:50, W 9-9:50
80759 206-02 - MF 9-9:50, W 9-9:50
80760 206-03 - MF 9-9:50, W 10-10:50
80761 206-04 - MF 9-9:50, W 10-10:50
HIS 207 - Topics in Premodern World History II: "Islamic History and Civilization, 600-1200 C.E."
In the middle of the seventh century, Arab tribes coalesced and emerged from the Arabian Peninsula, conquering an enormous expanse of territory that reached from the shores of the Atlantic Ocean to the deserts of India in less than one hundred years. In the following centuries, Islamic civilization took shape, a dynamic process framed by Islamic ideals yet influenced by the many cultures this civilization embraced. The products of this civilization included magnificent monuments, extensive works of literature and science, far-flung trade routes that connected to east Asia, and new agricultural and technological innovations. This course will familiarize students with the history of the rise and spread of Islamic civilization as a complex and interdependent process that occurred throughout the Near East, North Africa, Spain, and Central Asia. We contextualize this process in the world before Islam and the rise of the Prophet Muhammad at the start of the seventh century and continue until the time of the Crusaders at the end of twelfth century. Our approach will be interdisciplinary. We will look at the history, art and architecture, archaeology, environment, literature, and religion of Islamic civilization.
HIS 207 - Topics in Premodern World History II: "Globalization, 1400-1700"
HIS 207-03 Linda Rupert MWF 1:00-1:50
Hundreds of years before the Internet, cell phones, and GPS, the rise of European overseas empires linked peoples around the world through conquest, trade, and migrations. This course provides an overview of European expansion from the end of the Middle Ages up to the eighteenth century. We will discuss the creation of imperial spheres, the development of colonial societies, and the impact on peoples and cultures worldwide.
HIS 211 - United States History to 1865
General survey of American history from colonization through the Civil War.
211-01 through 04 Phyllis Hunter
211-05 Watson Jennison MWF 12:00-12:50
211-09 Laurinda de Beck TR 9:30-10:45
211-10 Joseph Moore ONLINE
HIS 212 - United States History since 1865
General survey of American history from Reconstruction to the present.
212-01 through 04 Mark Elliott
212-05 through 08 Lisa Levenstein
212-09 Sarah Gates R 6:00-8:50 pm
212-10 John Kaiser Online
212-11 Susannah Link Online
HIS 215-01 - Civilizations of Asia
This course is an introduction to the pre-modern history of Asia. We will focus on the following Asian 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.
215-01 through 04 Jamie Anderson
The lecture portion of this class meets on Mondays and Wednesdays at 1:00-1:50. Smaller discussion groups meet on Fridays at either 12:00-12:50 or 1:00-1:50.
80913 215-01 - MW 1-1:50, F 12-12:50
80914 215-02 - MW 1-1:50, F 12-12:50
80915 215-03 - MW 1-1:50, F 1-1:50
80916 215-04 - MW 1-1:50, F 1-1:50
HIS 217 - The World of the Twentieth Century (1900-1945)
Political, social, and economic forces affecting Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe. 1900-1945.
HIS 218 - The World of the Twentieth Century (1945-2000)
This class will examine global issues in the contemporary world, focusing mainly on the post-World War II period, from the dropping of atomic bombs on Japan in August 1945, to the complex, high-tech, evolving world of today. We will examine some of the important political, economic, social, and cultural changes of the second half of the twentieth century and how these changes have shaped the world we live in today.
218-01 through 04 Jeff Jones
The lecture portion of this class meets on Mondays and Wednesdays at 11:00-11:50. Smaller discussion groups meet on Fridays at either 10:00-10:50 or 11:00-11:50.
80917 218-01 - MW 10-10:50, F 10-10:50
80919 218-02 - MW 10-10:50, F 10-10:50
80920 218-03 - MW 10-10:50, F 11-11:50
80921 218-04 - MW 10-10:50, F 11-11:50
218-05 Mark Moser MW 2-3:15 pm
HIS 220 - The Ancient World
Early civilizations: Near Eastern, Egyptian, Greek, and Roman to Reign of Constantine.
HIS 221 - Medieval Legacy
This course explores the rich legacy of Medieval Europe. The Middle Ages lasted from the collapse of the Roman Empire in the west (around 500 AD) until the so-called Renaissance (14th to 16th centuries AD). This is an enormous time span, and I have no intention of trying to cover every event and every aspect of the Middle Ages. Rather, we will focus on several themes examined over three sub-periods of the Middle Ages. We begin with the ancestors of the Middle Ages: the civilization of Rome, its Christian overlay, and the arrival of the Germanic tribes. From there we will look in turn at the Early (c.500-950), Central (c.950-1250) and Late Middle Ages (c.1250-1500). Within each of these mini-periods we will examine several of the following themes: the nature and effectiveness of government (primarily kingship), the role of Christian belief and Christian institutions in shaping medieval life, the shape of everyday life, and the capacity of women to exercise power.
The process of our trip through the Middle Ages, however, will not merely be one of mastering names and dates (although you certainly must do a fair amount of memorization). Indeed, a major purpose of the class is to demonstrate to you the methods by which historians approach the past. Thus we will be interested in learning about the nature of the sources available to us, and, above all, in learning how to interpret them. Interpretation, after all, is the keystone of the historian�s craft, and it will be one of our purposes in this course to subject all of the material at our disposal to careful prodding, questioning, and criticism.
HIS 222 - Europe 1400-1789
Survey of major socio-economic, political, and cultural trends in Europe from the Renaissance to the French Revolution.
HIS 223 - Modern Europe
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).
HIS 239 - Latin America: Colonial Period
Introduction to the early history of Latin America. Emphasis on the clash of cultures, Indian-Spanish relations, and the structure and mechanisms of empire.
HIS 240 - Latin America: National Period
TR 12:30-1:45 Antonio de la Cova
Introduction to the political and economic history of Latin America since independence. Survey covers political dynamics, social transformations, and the evolution of export economics.
HIS 301 - Race and Slavery
An examination of the African-American experience from ancient to modern times, including precolonial Africa, the Atlantic slave trade, slavery in the Americas with special emphasis on the United States before the Civil War.
HIS 310 - Daughters of Eve
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.
HIS 335 - The American Colonial Period, 1607-1763
Selected topics pertaining to development of colonies to eve of American Revolution.
HIS 337 - The Age of Jefferson and Jackson, 1789-1848
A study of American History, 1789-1848, including examination of political events and politicians, economic and social trends and developments, and growth of sectionalism.
HIS 338 - Civil War, Reconstruction, and Reunion, 1848-1896
American history from the end of the Mexican War to the Bryan campaign, centering on the slavery controversy, Civil War and Reconstruction, industrialization, urbanization, and agrarian problems.
HIS 340 - The United States Since World War II
Speaking and Research Intensive, Restricted to History Majors Only
Selected social, political, and international trends and events: Cold War and Vietnam; conservatism from McCarthy to Reagan; black freedom, radicalism and the Great Society; feminism; mass immigration and multicultural America.
HIS 342 - U.S. Women and Their Bodies
This course examines the history of U.S. women and their bodies. Topics that we will explore include sexuality, nutrition, menstruation, birth control, abortion, HIV/AIDS, breast cancer, heart disease, domestic violence, and menopause. We will look at how women�s experiences of their bodies have changed over time and differed according to race, class, region, and sexual preference. We will also explore how and why women�s bodies have become sites of political struggle and resistance. Crosslisted with WGS.
HIS 344 - The New South
Southern history from Reconstruction to the present. Emphasis on race, politics, agriculture, and industry.
HIS 347 - History of North Carolina
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:
- when, how, and why North Carolina developed as it did.
- How its actions and reactions were similar or different from the other states.
- How the development of its economic, social, and political structure determines present-day North Carolina with special emphasis on such topics as: a) the economy b) politics c) race relations.
HIS 348 - World at War, 1914-1918
Research Intensive - Restricted to History Majors Only
Few events in the history of the western world have had as profound an impact on political institutions, society, and culture as the �Great War.� This course will begin with and examination of pre-1914 European society and attempt to analyze the stress zones--diplomatic, political, and cultural--that brought Europe to war in 1914. Next we will turn our attention to the course of the war, focusing not only on the battlefields, but also on the domestic mobilization of the enormous human and material resources that were required to fight such a war. Finally, we will attempt to evaluate the impact of the war. This impact extended beyond the peace treaties--which ratified the breakup of empires and reconfigured European power relations--to world historic events such as the Russian Revolution, the rise of Fascism, and the misfired attempt to bring a new order to the Middle East. A consideration of the impact of the war will also include an evaluation of the cultural legacy of the war and the various ways in which the war has been remembered.
HIS 354 - Roman Republic, 754 BC-44 BC
Study of the social and political forces that led to Rome's conquest of the Mediterranean World - and of the transformation which world conquest wrought on Rome itself. Topics covered include: the Roman Constitution and politics, the Roman conquest of Italy and then of the whole Mediterranean, and the decline of the Republic. (Same as CCI 354)
HIS 373 - 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.
HIS 381 - Topics in the Near and Middle East: "Introduction to Islamic Archaeology"
Islamic history has long been considered a textual one, rich with a written tradition which has come down to us today preserved in many sources on the history, law, religion, science, and economy of the periods. However in the last thirty years, the field of Islamic archaeology has grown significantly, incorporating material culture to examine social processes ranging from artistic traditions and technological innovations to urban and rural economies and trade. Additionally, interest in ethnographic applications to archaeology and the study of environmental changes in the landscape have expanded the field in new directions. Historical assumptions, such as the �destruction� of the classical Middle East in the 7 th century Islamic conquests, have been radically revised through important contributions from archaeological evidence. This course will survey the monuments, material culture, and settlements left behind of the Islamic world from Morocco to the Middle East to Central and Southeast Asia. We will start our journey from the very inception of Islam in the 7 th century in the wake of the former Roman Byzantine and Persian Sasanian Empires and continue through the Late Antique and Medieval periods, through to the Early Modern 16-18 th century period of the Ottoman Empire. Beyond understanding Islamic history through its physical past, we will closely examine the relationship between archaeological and historical practice, observing how archaeological evidence complements or diverges from what we consider as �history,� and how, as archaeologists and historians, we can broaden our perspectives and utilize other categories of evidence as tools to learning history.
HIS 384-01 - Modern Transformation of China 1800-present
How is Modern China really �modern�? What do we mean by this term? Can we understand the modern history of China, if we only focus on the Chinese response to the arrival of Western powers in the region? This course will examine the political, intellectual and social development of China since ca. 1800. Attention will be given to traditional Chinese culture and society, peasant revolutions, the May Fourth Movement, the rise of nationalism and communism, and domestic developments since the 1949 founding of the People�s Republic of China. Comparing and analyzing a variety of primary source materials, we will write our own history of China and in the end develop our skill to observe societies with different origins than our own.
HIS 389 - West Africa during the Atlantic Slave Trade
Examines how trade between European and African countries developed into a trans-Atlantic slave trade. Focus on origins of slaves and effects of slave trade on Africa, ca. 1450-1850.
HIS 390 - History Internship
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.
HIS 430 - Historical Methods for Social Studies
T 6:00-8:50 pm
This is a new required course for all social studies licensure students. The course is open to all social studies candidates regardless of major. The new content standards for teacher licensure in social studies mandated by the state of North Carolina require depth of content knowledge in �the process of critical inquiry in history and the social sciences used to examine change over time and develop historical perspectives,� including identifying and framing a problem, using a variety of sources, using primary and secondary resources, evaluating the credibility of sources, putting sources into historical context, investigating, interpreting, and analyzing multiple viewpoints, and clearly and effectively articulating conclusions. Students will produce an original research paper on a topic of their own design using primary source evidence to demonstrate depth of content knowledge in historical methods.
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