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HIST 280 Topics

Fall 2020

Hist 280-901   Medieval and Early Modern Everyday Lives
MW 4:10-5:25                                                                                                                              Dr. Cynthia Bouton

Medieval and Early Modern Everyday Lives:  This course will explore the everyday lives of people during the medieval and early-modern period in the Atlantic.  We will consider community relations, households, work, gender, race, religion, status and other dimensions of people’s experiences.

Hist 280-902   Captivity Narratives and American Culture
TR 2:20-3:35                                                                                                                                  Dr. Evan Haefeli

Captivity narratives are sometimes described as America’s first original literary form. Drawing on the variety of captivity narratives from seventeenth century puritan texts like Mary Rowlandson to nineteenth century stories from the West, this course will introduce students to the range of themes associated with captivity narratives and the debates about their role in the formation of American culture. Adopting a somewhat interdisciplinary approach that brings in methodologies from the History of the Book as well as literary studies and American Studies, the course will encourage students to deepen their historical knowledge by focusing on a particular text as a way to understand not only the incidents it discusses, but also the ways in which the text was produced, circulated, and consumed from the time it was created until the present.

Hist 280-903   Christianity and Capitalism in the Atlantic World, 1600-1800
MWF 9:10-10:00                                                                                                                           Dr. April Hatfield

In the early modern Atlantic world, people used Christianity both to endorse and to criticize the development of market economies.  In this course we will examine their debates as the basis for introducing the main ideas of historical writing and research

Hist 280-904   The History of Now
TR 11:10-12:25                                                                                                                              Dr. Andy Kirkendall

This course will examine the historical origins of contemporary domestic and international issues. In the opening weeks we will discuss what historians do and how they do it, as well as explore readings on particular issues, some of which I will choose ahead of time. Other readings on other topics will be chosen based on dialogue between students and the instructor. Students will choose the topic they want to research in consultation with the professor, and they will construct a lengthy historical argument based on research in primary and secondary sources.

Hist 280-905   Paris at War
MWF 10:20-11:10                                                                                                                        Dr. Rebecca Schloss

In this seminar, we will explore how war influenced social, political, and cultural dynamics in France’s capitol city during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Through a series of case studies- the 1848 Revolution, the 1870 Paris Commune, World War 1, World War 2, and the Algerian War- we will examine how historical changes influenced ideas about and the practice of war in France and her colonies.

Hist 280-906   Leadership in Early Christianity
MWF 11:30-12:20                                                                                                                         Dr. Daniel Schwartz

By the early part of the 4th century, Christian bishops had risen to positions of political, religious, and cultural importance in the Roman world. This seminar explores early Christian leadership and the relationships cultivated by bishops as they exercised this influence. As students in this seminar research and write about these historical phenomena, they will engage a variety of digital methodologies for doing historical research and writing. This seminar seeks to produce history students prepared to engage critically with emerging methodologies in the field of digital history; to understand how to assess, use, and produce historical information on the web; and to craft historical arguments that engage with new media resources.