Spring Semester 2013

Classes for the Spring



5 Interesting Classes

History 212: Crime and Detection in Britain

This class will explore changing attitudes toward crime, policing, and detection in Britain from the late 18th century through the early 20th century. In addition to secondary scholarship, students will read detective fiction, journalistic accounts of crime, and trial records.

History 315: America and the Great Depression

This course examines the Great Depression as a cultural event that challenged Americans core assumptions about the economy, the state, and the progress of modernity. We will examine not only origins, politics, and legacies of the Depression, but also how Americans made sense of this event through art, literature, music, film, politics, protests, and new amusements. We will examine the culture of the Depression and its place within American iconography and memory. We will ask what the Depression meant to those who experienced it and what it has meant to us since.

History 352: Modern Middle East

This course will survey Middle Eastern History from 1500 until the present. Topics include: The Rise and Fall of the Ottoman Empire, European Colonization, World War I and World War II and the Formation of New Nations, and the critical importance of Oil, Secularism, Zionism, and Islam in the Modern Period. 

History 397: A History of Saving the World

This course will examine the various ways that Europeans have tried to "save the world" from the Enlightenment to the present. Topics include human rights, humanitarianism, charity, abolition and environmentalism.

History 460: India in the 20th Century

The seminar introduces students to key themes in 19th and 20th century South Asian History. The course is titled the long 20th century because one of its premises is that socio-economic changes in the 19th century influenced the history of 20th century South Asia. Some of the key themes that the course will explore include: modernity, state formation, nationalism, democracy, urbanity, and development. Prior knowledge of South Asia is useful, but not necessary.