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HIST 481 Seminars

Fall 2021

HIST 481-900:  Topics in History of Black Diaspora                                     Dr. Takkara Brunson                         

This seminar examines the history of social movements in the Black diaspora during the twentieth century. We will explore how persons of African descent responded to global forms of racism, sexism, and economic inequality. The class will pay particular attention to how Black activists formed relationships across geopolitical boundaries in regions that include Cuba, Germany, South Africa, the United States, and the French Caribbean. Students will also develop and revise an original research paper based on primary source materials.

HIST 481-901: American Indians and American Education                       Dr. Angela Hudson

Historically, formalized education (such as the residential boarding school system) has been seen as a tool of colonization and cultural assimilation wielded against American Indian communities. Yet, access to educational opportunities has also been understood as a means of political and cultural resistance. This course will address the many implications of American education for American Indians, from the colonial era to the present. This is an intensive writing (W) course. Students will become familiar with relevant secondary sources and then develop an original project based on their individual primary source research.

 HIST 481-902: Paris at War                                                                                Dr.  Rebecca Hartkopf 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 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. We will pay particular attention to how things such as race, class, gender, and nationality influenced the way that individuals understood and experienced war in Paris.

HIST 481-903: The Multiethnic Russian Empire                                          Dr. Stephen Riegg

Who ARE the Georgians? Why do millions of Muslims and Christians live peacefully side-by-side in Russia? Where did today’s Ukrainian crisis originate? These and other questions will guide this seminar’s exploration of imperial Russia as a multiethnic domain. A giant state that covered one-seventh of the planet’s land surface, the Russian empire included millions of non-Russian subjects of the tsar. Distinct ethnic, religious, and cultural identities vied for status and stability throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, working both with and against the tsars and Cossacks. This seminar will highlight the expanding tsarist state’s encounters with non-Russian groups from the Western borderlands to the Caucasus to Siberia, Central Asia, and the Pacific Far East. We will also consider the experiences of the empire’s diverse ethnoreligious communities, emphasizing the array of responses from cooperation to confrontation.

HIST 481-904: The Global Cold War                                                                  Dr. Jason Parker    

This seminar explores the rise of the superpower conflict from the ashes of World War II in Europe to its spread into the far corners of the decolonizing world.  Students will spend the first half of the course becoming familiar with the scholarship on the Cold War and the Third World via classroom lecture and discussion, and the second half conducting research in primary and secondary sources to produce an essay of original scholarship on the topic.

HIST 481-905:    cancelled

HIST 481-906: Women in the Nineteenth-Century U.S. West                  Dr. Verity McInnis

The U.S. West of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries was a complex historical space, a landscape of shifting meanings and cultural productions.  Mythology of the West focuses, almost exclusively, on the male experience.  Yet, women travelled and settled in the western reaches and played central roles in the process of expansionism.  This course will examine the intersectionality of gender, class, race, and ethnicity to better understand both the travel and settlement processes.   In considering female encounters and experiences it is hoped that students will more fully understand how transported national social and cultural practices became re-negotiated and redefined.  Many women challenged the traditional distribution, and accessed avenues, of power to construct a new social reality, identity, and status.  In studying diverse female experiences, a greater understanding emerges that helps to more accurately explain the American past.  During the course of this seminar students will construct and revise a unique research paper based on primary and secondary sources.