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HIS 301J • Globalization: A Modern His

38680 • Matysik, Tracie
Meets MWF 2:00PM-3:00PM RLP 0.102
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This course is a history of globalization, roughly 1500-present.  While cognizant of the general course of World History, our goal is to concentrate on five themes that have shaped that history:  (1) economic developments (rise of capitalism and its discontents); (2) migration of humans, ideas, technologies; (3) imperialism and decolonization; (4) modern forms of political and social order; and (5) environmental transformations.  Students will learn about the processes that have created both the interconnected world we have today and the related global destitution in resources, political and economic power, and cultural influence.   


Books for purchase:

Robert Tignor, et al., Worlds Together, Worlds Apart:  From 1000 CE to Present, Concise Edition (New York:  Norton, 2014).  ISBN:  039391848

Jůrgen Osterhammel and Niels Petersson, Globalization:  A Short History  (Princeton, NJ:  Princeton University Press, 2009).  ISBN:  0691133956

A collection of primary sources that we post through Canvas



Midterm:  30%

Final Exam: 40%

Quizzes and Assignments:  20%

Participation and Attendance:  10%

HIS 302C • Introduction To China

38685 • Li, Huaiyin
Meets MWF 2:00PM-3:00PM RLP 0.112
(also listed as ANS 302C)
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This course introduces the study of Chinese history, society, and culture through an examination of the cultural unities and diversities, continuities and discontinuities that comprise the historical development of Chinese civilization. Topics include philosophy and religion; population and economy; power and authority; gender, ethnicity, and cultural identity.  This course provides a foundation for continued study of Chinese history and society for students who plan to go on to more specialized, upper-division courses including Chinese anthropology, history, psychology, sociology, economics, law, policy, international business, art history, architecture, environmental science, and philosophy.

J. K Fairbank & M. Goldman, China: A New History (Belknap, 2006)
P. J. Ivanhoe & B. W. Van Norden, Readings in Classical Chinese Philosophy (Hackett, 2006)
H. Li, Village China Under Socialism and Reform: A Micro-history (Stanford, 2009)

Mid-term exam (30%)
Final exam (30%)
Two short essays (15% each, 30% total)
Attendance and participation (10%)

HIS 304R • Judaism, Christianity, & Islam

38690 • Smith, Geoffrey
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM WAG 101
(also listed as CTI 304, ISL 311, J S 311, R S 304)
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This course asks students to recognize the ethical implications of the ways we talk about religion – both our own religion (if any) and those of others. Choosing definitions for religion is an ethical choice with social, political, and civic implications; the goal of this course is to assist students in becoming self-conscious about that choice. In so doing, students will improve their ability to tolerate and reduce moral disagreements about religious beliefs and practices, something that is at the heart of practical ethics education. Specifically, the ethical issues in this course encourage students to: • reflect on different definitions of religion, to choose which ones appeal to them, and to explore their implications • analyze the ways in which religions form “communities of memory,” to consider in what ways these communities create boundaries that both enclose and exclude • understand the different ways that religions have historically intersected with with politics, with science, and with culture •consider how these intersections might influence the students’ perceptions of religion and the ways in which religion is presented in contemporary media and popular culture.




  • John Corrigan, Frederick Denny, Carlos Eire, Martin Jaffe, Jews, Christians, Muslims:  A Comparative Introduction to Monotheistic Religions  (Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall, 1998)
  • Documents and readings on the Canvas site. 


  • The HarperCollins Study Bible, ed. Wayne Meeks
  • The Qur’an. Trans. M. A. S. Abdel Haleem.  (Oxford, 2004).
  • Grading

The course requirements are the following:

  • Reading response journal: 20% 
  • Short paper on definition of religion: 5%
  • Quizes : 25%
  • Midterm essay: 25%
  • Final essay: 25%

HIS 306N • Jewish Civ: 1492 To Present

38710 • Bodian, Marion
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM GAR 1.126
(also listed as EUS 306, J S 304N, R S 313N)
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This is the second half of a two-semester survey of Jewish civilization. It begins with a brief discussion of Jewish history from earliest times, but focuses on the period from Spain’s Expulsion of the Jews in 1492 to the present. We will examine the major movements of Jews within an expanding diaspora, the impact of the Reformation, the changing attitudes to Jews, the breakdown of traditional authority in Jewish communities and the trend toward secularization. It will deal with the following transformative events: the rise of eastern European Jewry, the spread of kabbalah (a form of mysticism), the entry of Jews into a capitalist economy, Hassidism, Jewish Enlightenment (Haskalah), emancipation, modern antisemitism, Zionism, Jews in the Muslim world, the rise American Jewry, the Holocaust, the establishment of the State of Israel, and the Arab-Israeli conflict. The thematic core of the course will be the concepts of exile and return – their various meanings and interpretations over time, in a variety of historical contexts.

Eli Barnavi, A Historical Atlas of the Jewish People: From the Time of the Patriarchs to the Present. 

Paul Mendes-Flohr and Jehuda Reinharz, eds., The Jew in the Modern World: A Documentary History.

Two quizzes (20%), first mid-term (20%), second mid-term (20%), final exam (40%).

HIS 306N • Luther's World

38695 • Hess, Peter
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM GEA 114
(also listed as EUS 306, GSD 310, R S 315)
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In Fall 2017 we observed the quincentennial of the beginning of the Protestant Reform initiated by Martin Luther’s (1483-1546) 95 theses. Luther was one of the seminal figures of the second millennium whose impact is felt today. We will examine his writings and his activities, the conditions that lead to his rise, and the impact he had on the world after him. Just as importantly, we will study the historical, cultural, and social context in which he lived and whose product he was.

In a broader sense, this course focuses on the transformation of European culture (with special emphasis on Germany) from the late Middle Ages to the early modern age (1450-1600), roughly during Luther’s life time. Humanism and the Protestant Reformation will be the main focus of this course, but we will also discuss political, social, economic, scientific, and philosophical developments as well as architecture, art, music, and literature of the time period. At the end, students will have a good understanding of German and European culture at this particular crossroads.

We will break down the course into the following themes:

*          What is Humanism? Renaissance?

*          The printing press and the first information revolution

*          A new urban culture (literature, architecture, music)

*          Political power and social order

*          Heliocentrism and discoveries: America, Cape of Good Hope

*          Trade networks: the first age of Globalization

*          The Catholic church and monastic life before Luther

*          Luther’s life

*          Luther’s theology: his writings

*          The Protestant Reform: Luther, Zwingli, Calvin, and others

*          Catholic responses

*          Social and political impact of the Reformation

*          How Luther changed the world



*          Scott H. Hendrix. Martin Luther: A Very Short Introduction.

*          John Dillenberger (ed.). Martin Luther: Selections From His Writing.

*          R.C. Sproul and Stephen J. Nichols (eds.). The Legacy of Luther.

*          Jerry Brotton. The Renaissance: A Very Short Introduction.

*          Diarmaid MacCulloch, The Reformation: A History

*          other materials on Canvas



Attendance, Participation                             10%

Quizzes                                                           10%

Oral presentation                                          10%

Two short writing assignments                   20%

Two examinations                                         50%

HIS 306N • Medieval Material Culture

38700 • Kaufman, Cheryl
Meets MW 4:00PM-5:30PM PAR 203
(also listed as AHC 310, R S 315)
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This course focuses on the history of medieval Europe primarily through the lens of material culture. In addition to manuscripts, we will explore the significance of several categories of historical artifacts including: art, textiles, reliquaries, architecture, pottery, crowns, and jewelry. We will discuss what we can discover about the production, circulation, reception, historic and geographic context, and the meaning attributed to the materials from which these objects were created. This class explores what these objects reveal about the religious, political, economic, cultural, and intellectual history of medieval Europe, beyond what we can learn from medieval texts and how these objects may have been experienced in a pre-modern world.
Required texts and sources:
Course Packet available at University Co-op

(Includes primary sources:  Abbot Suger,  “On the Abbey Church of St.-Denis and its Art Treasures”, Paulinus of Nola, "Poem 27", Theophilus, "An Essay on Diverse Arts" and selected readings by Gregory the Great, Augustine and Isidore of Seville. )

Map quiz: 5%
Quizzes (cumulative): 20%
Mid-semester exam (cumulative): 20%
Presentation: 15%
Last exam (cumulative): 20%
Attendance: 10%
Class Participation and Presentation Feedback: 10%

HIS 306N • Mid East: Adj/Chg Mdrn Time

38705 • Di-Capua, Yoav
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM RLP 0.102
(also listed as GOV 314, MES 301L)
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This is an introductory class to the history of the Middle East in the 20th century. The main question for consideration is which forces and what sort of developments transformed this region from a relatively peaceful region to a radicalized environment and a source for opposition against the “West.” By exploring critical political, social, intellectual and economic themes such as colonialism, Arab nationalism, secular modernism, the impact of Zionism and military conflict, the rise of political Islam, the status of women and the oil revolution, we would identify the main internal and external forces, as well as the critical processes, that shaped the region during the last century.

·        James Gelvin, The Modern Middle East; A History (Oxford: Oxford
                 University Press, 2004).
·        James Gelvin, The Israel-Palestine Conflict : One Hundred Years of War
                  (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005).

HIS 309L • Western Civ In Modern Times

38715 • Vaughn, James
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM JGB 2.218
(also listed as CTI 310)
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This lecture course surveys the history of the West and its overseas expansion from the later Middle Ages to the present.  The central theme of this survey is the emergence and development of modernity in this world region.  We will examine the origins and evolution of capitalism, the centralized state, the Westphalian state system, secularization, civil society, industrialization, urbanization, imperialism, and mass democracy.

Book for the course:
Joshua Cole and Carol Symes, Western Civilizations: Their History and Their Culture, Eighteenth Edition, Volume 2 (New York, 2014).

Grading policy:
1. Attendance -- 10% of grade.
2. First mid-term essay exam -- 25% of grade.
3. Second mid-term essay exam -- 25% of grade.
4. Final essay exam -- 40% of grade.

HIS 310 • Introduction To Modern Africa

38720 • Falola, Oloruntoyin
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM UTC 3.134
(also listed as AFR 310K, WGS 301)
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This course introduces students to the history of Africa since 1800 to the present. The course is divided into four parts: Part I – an overview of African life before 1800. Part II – an overview of the partition of Africa and the upheavals to economic, political, cultural, and social institutions. Part III – an over view of colonial histories, the struggles for freedom, and the euphoria of independence. Part IV – an overview of the legacies and disappointments of colonialism, and the post-colonialism. Because the continent is so vast, its history complex, and the time period so wide, each part will have a case study to illuminate each section of the course more concretely, giving students both depth and breadth in a subject for which they have little or no prior knowledge. The readings augment the lectures and allow students to follow their interests from the topics covered. This is a great course to take before “that trip to Africa!” The class will also utilize feature films and documentaries to illustrate the historical issues more vividly. Karibu! Welcome!

HIS 310K • Latin Amer Civ: Colonial Exp

38725 • Canizares, Jorge
Meets MW 8:30AM-10:00AM GAR 2.112
(also listed as LAS 310)
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This course surveys the history of Latin America from the pre-Columbian era through the wars of independence. It examines the European arrival in the Americas in 1492, the consolidation of colonial rule in the ensuing two centuries, and the fall of the Spanish American empire in the early nineteenth century. During the semester we will concentrate on such key themes as discovery, conquest, religion, slavery, race, gender, reform, rebellion and independence. Although we will focus on three key geographic areas – Mexico, Peru and Brazil – of the Spanish and Portuguese empires, we will also pay attention to the Caribbean, Central America and the Southern Cone.

HIS 314K • History Of Mexican Amers In US

38730 • Zamora, Emilio
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM MEZ 1.306
(also listed as MAS 316)
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The reading and lecture course examines the historical development of the Mexican community in the United States since 1848, with an emphasis on the period between 1900 and the present.  The primary purpose of the course is to address time and place specific variations in the incorporation of the Mexican community as a national minority and bottom segment of the U.S. working class.  One of my central concerns is to explain two inter-related historical trends in this incorporation, steady upward mobility and unrelenting social marginalization.  I emphasize work experiences, race thinking, social relations, trans-border relations, social causes and larger themes in U.S. history such as wars, sectional differences, industrialization, reform, labor and civil rights struggles, and the development of a modern urbanized society. Also, I incorporate relevant aspects of the history of Latinos, African Americans, and Mexico.

HIS 315G • Intro To American Studies

38735 • Gutterman, Lauren
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM GAR 0.102
(also listed as AMS 310)
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AMS 310 is designed to provide an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of American Studies, that is, the study of American history, culture, and politics. Though not a comprehensive U.S. history survey, this course will cover a broad time period, beginning at the turn of the twentieth century and extending into the present day. “Home” will serve as our central trope and organizing framework, allowing us to track changes and themes in the American past in three major ways. First, we will examine “home” in a literal sense, as a dwelling place or lack thereof, to help us uncover persistent forms of racial and economic inequality. Second, we will consider “home” in a metaphorical sense, as a powerful and enduring symbol of the nation as a whole, drawing our attention to issues of immigration and citizenship. Finally, we will consider “the home” in an ideological sense, as a site at which ideas about family, gender roles, and sexuality cohere. Throughout, this course will examine shifts in what it means to be American, the ways in which that identity has worked to bring people together and push them apart, to bestow power and privilege on some while taking them away from others. Hopefully, students will come away from this course with a firm grounding in the diverse methods of American Studies research, a richer understanding of the American past, and a deeper sense of the multiple meanings of home in the present.

HIS 315G • Intro To American Studies

38740 • Gaughen, Brendan
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM ART 1.102
(also listed as AMS 310)
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AMS 310 is designed to provide an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of American Studies, that is, the study of American history, culture, and politics. Though not a comprehensive U.S. history survey, this course will cover a broad time period, beginning at the turn of the twentieth century and extending into the present day. Using a variety of sources and methods, this course takes as its focal point American attitudes regarding place, landscape, community, nature, and the physical environment as demonstrative of social values both historic and current, dominant and resistant. This course examines three major conceptual categories connecting the North American continent and the people who have inhabited it--landscape and the physical environment, people and place, and community and place-making--demonstrating great transformations in American society, culture, and everyday life, while also showing main currents and trajectories over time.

HIS 315K • The United States, 1492-1865

38760 • Seaholm, Megan
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM WCH 1.120
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Lectures, readings, videos, maps and other graphics are used to provide students with a survey of US history from before the European encounter through the Civil War. Students will study significant aspects of the nation’s political, economic, and cultural history and will be challenged to understand the why, how, and so what of this history. You begin with learning about what happened and then proceed to questions of causality and consequences.

Moving from what happened to why or how, and, then, to so what students will sharpen their skills in critical thinking. Both exams will include essay questions to encourage students in their written communication skills. Along the way, students will consider some of the ethical dilemmas confronted by Americans who lived long ago.

Students will examine issues of personal responsibility and social responsibility as they learn about how previous generations understood these responsibilities. For example, many Americans in the late 18th century and in the first decades after the creation of the United States, emphasized “civic virtue” as essential if republican (representative) government was to survive.

Eric Foner, Give Me Liberty, brief 4th edition, volume 1.

Eric Foner, ed., Voices of Freedom, 4th edition, volume 1

Joseph Ellis, Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation

Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin or Life Among the Lowly

1st Midterm essay exam, 25% of grade

2nd Midterm essay exam, 25% of grade

3rd Essay exam (last week of class), 25% of grade

Final exam:  cumulative, multiple choice, 25% of grade.

HIS 315K • The United States, 1492-1865

38750 • Mintz, Steven
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM JES A121A
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Too many students spell history b-o-r-i-n-g. They regard history as a jumble of disconnected facts. The word they use to describe history is "irrelevant."

High school history too often consists of little more than lectures, textbooks, worksheets, and memorization of names and dates. In fact, history need not be dull.

In this class, you will be a detective, a myth buster, a problem solver, and a forensic scientist. You will debunk or confirm legends and folklore. You will investigate some of history’s most gripping mysteries and take part in some of history’s biggest debates.

You will uncover the hidden history behind front-page headlines as well as the roots of a host of everyday rituals and customs.

You will examine Hollywood’s version of the past and separate fact from fiction. You will re-fight past battles, re-live key episodes in the past, and ask what-might-have-been.

You will also explore the uneasy relationship between academic history and popular memory—those legends and traditions that exert a much more powerful grip on our imagination.

This class offers an innovative approach to U.S. history from global and multicultural perspectives, ties past events to contemporary issues, and allows you to investigate U.S. history's most gripping mysteries.
Divided into 15 modules that must be completed weekly, the course includes a wealth of sources including gravestones, maps, film clips, and music—that bring the past to life and allow you to understand the key issues and controversies of U.S. history from a fresh perspective.

Grading is based on multiple-choice questions, essay questions, and interactive activities.

HIS 315K • The United States, 1492-1865

38745 • Olwell, Robert
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM WCH 1.120
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Survey of United States history from the colonial period through the Civil War.

Partially fulfills legislative requirement for American history.
The two books required for the class are available for purchase at the University Co-op or online via Amazon, et. al.. One copy is also on three-hour reserve at the PCL.

Eric Foner, Give Me Liberty! An American History, Volume One, Fourth (Seagull) Edition, (Norton, 2013).

Robert Olwell, ed., The Presence of the Past: Documents in American History, 1492-1865, Second Edition, Kendall-Hunt, 2013).


There will be a mid-term exam in this course and a final exam. The mid-term will address materials covered in the preceding half of the semester. The final will cover the materials from the last half of the course as well as ask students to answer a comprehensive essay drawing upon themes developed throughout. Each exam will also include a list of ten terms drawn from the lectures and readings and you will have to briefly identify and describe the significance of five of those terms. A make-up for the mid-term will be given the Friday of the week following the regularly scheduled exam. There will be no make-up for the final exam.

HIS 315K • The United States, 1492-1865

38755 • Olwell, Robert
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM WCH 1.120
show description

Survey of United States history from the colonial period through the Civil War.

Partially fulfills legislative requirement for American history.
The two books required for the class are available for purchase at the University Co-op or online via Amazon, et. al.. One copy is also on three-hour reserve at the PCL.

Eric Foner, Give Me Liberty! An American History, Volume One, Fourth (Seagull) Edition, (Norton, 2013).

Robert Olwell, ed., The Presence of the Past: Documents in American History, 1492-1865, Second Edition, Kendall-Hunt, 2013).


There will be a mid-term exam in this course and a final exam. The mid-term will address materials covered in the preceding half of the semester. The final will cover the materials from the last half of the course as well as ask students to answer a comprehensive essay drawing upon themes developed throughout. Each exam will also include a list of ten terms drawn from the lectures and readings and you will have to briefly identify and describe the significance of five of those terms. A make-up for the mid-term will be given the Friday of the week following the regularly scheduled exam. There will be no make-up for the final exam.

HIS 315K • The United States, 1492-1865

38770 • Seaholm, Megan
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM WCH 1.120
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Lectures, readings, videos, maps and other graphics are used to provide students with a survey of US history from before the European encounter through the Civil War. Students will study significant aspects of the nation’s political, economic, and cultural history and will be challenged to understand the why, how, and so what of this history. You begin with learning about what happened and then proceed to questions of causality and consequences.

Moving from what happened to why or how, and, then, to so what students will sharpen their skills in critical thinking. Both exams will include essay questions to encourage students in their written communication skills. Along the way, students will consider some of the ethical dilemmas confronted by Americans who lived long ago.

Students will examine issues of personal responsibility and social responsibility as they learn about how previous generations understood these responsibilities. For example, many Americans in the late 18th century and in the first decades after the creation of the United States, emphasized “civic virtue” as essential if republican (representative) government was to survive.

Eric Foner, Give Me Liberty, brief 4th edition, volume 1.

Eric Foner, ed., Voices of Freedom, 4th edition, volume 1

Joseph Ellis, Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation

Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin or Life Among the Lowly

1st Midterm essay exam, 25% of grade

2nd Midterm essay exam, 25% of grade

3rd Essay exam (last week of class), 25% of grade

Final exam:  cumulative, multiple choice, 25% of grade.

HIS 315K • The United States, 1492-1865

38765 • Kamil, Neil
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM JES A121A
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This course is a survey of 400 years of American history, from the Age of Exploration to the Civil War.  It meets two times weekly for lectures.  Your TAs will lead weekly discussions of required readings at the beginning of class on Fridays. 

Two of the three required readings are available for free as e-books on UTCAT.  Print copies of the readings are available at the UT Coop, via online sources, and (most) on PCL Reserve.

Requirements include midterm and final exams (both essay format), and a quiz on Minutemen.  Study questions will be provided in advance of both exams. 

Exams will test specific knowledge of both lectures and readings.  There will be a question devoted to South v. South on the final.  There will also be a series of 10 short quiz questions and a map quiz on Canvas.  Grades will be calculated according to the following percentages: Final exam 40%, Midterm 30%, Book Quiz 10%, Canvas Quiz 10%, Map Quiz 10%.

HIS 315L • The United States Since 1865

38790 • Suri, Jeremi
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM
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This online interactive course is designed to provide students with a grounding in some of the most controversial, enduring, and relevant topics in the history of the United States, broadly defined.Students will read a wide range of monographs and primary source materials. Lectures anddiscussions will encourage students to compare and contrast various points of view, and interrogate broad historical transformations since the Civil War. The course will emphasize intensive reading,analytical writing, and critical thinking. The instructor and teaching assistants will, at all times,encourage students to articulate different points of view. Our central purpose is to stimulate informed, thoughtful, and intelligent perspectives on the American experience. This includes close attention to politics, society, culture, economy, diplomacy, and military affairs. It also includes an international and transnational understanding of how Americans have interacted historically with those defined as non-Americans. Instead of comprehensiveness and textbook detail, this will be a course about big ideas, big transformations, and big debates – that continue into the twenty-first century. We will not strive for consensus or agreement in this course; we will nurture learned discussion and collective engagement with the complexities of our society’s history.

Course meets online during scheduled class times and includes a live-streaming video component. Students are encouraged to visit http://www.laits.utexas.edu/tower/online/courses/ to test their computer and network connection and learn about the course structure.

Students will be required to attend several sessions in person in the on-campus studio.


Brinkley, Alan. Franklin Delano Roosevelt (New York: Oxford University Press, 2010).

Foner, Eric. Voices of Freedom: A Documentary History, Volume 2, Fourth Edition

(New York: W.W. Norton, 2014).

Hahn, Steven. A Nation Under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South

from Slavery to the Great Migration (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University

Press, 2005).

Leffler, Melvyn P. The Specter of Communism: The United States and the Origins of the Cold War, 1917-1953 (New York: Hill and Wang, 1994).

McGerr, Michael. A Fierce Discontent: The Rise and Fall of the Progressive Movement in America, 1870-1920 (New York: Oxford University Press, 2005).

McPherson, James M. Abraham Lincoln and the Second American Revolution (New York: Oxford University Press, 1992).

Self, Robert O. All in the Family: The Realignment of American Democracy since the 1960s (New York: Hill and Wang, 2012).

Suri, Jeremi. Power and Protest: Global Revolution and the Rise of Détente (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2005).


Weekly Response Essays: 20%

Document Analysis: 20%

Examination #1: 20%

Examination #2: 30%

Lecture Attendance: 10%

HIS 315L • The United States Since 1865

38785 • Brands, Henry
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM UTC 2.112A
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The course covers American history from the end of the Civil War to the present. The basic themes are (1) the struggle to define the boundary between the public sector and the private sector in American life, or between democracy and capitalism; and (2) the striking fact that a nation that professes to love peace has so often gone to war.

Course objectives

The course has two primary objectives: (1) to make students more familiar with the major events and developments of American history since the Civil War, and (2) to help students learn to think like historians: that is, to imagine how the world looked to people in the past, to try to understand why they did what they did, to formulate historical explanations and test them using historical evidence.


Required materials

- Revel online text and quizzes for "The United States since 1865 - HIS 315L (38445)." The access code can be purchased athttps://console.pearson.com/enrollment/ejn4q2

 (Links to an external site.)

 or at the UT Co-op.

- The Murder of Jim Fisk for the Love of Josie Mansfield, paperback book. At UT Co-op.

- Four movies, to be assigned and placed on reserve.


Chapter quizzes

These online quizzes are in the Revel text. The deadline for each chapter is Friday at 6 pm. Extensions will be granted only for sudden documented illness or grave family emergency. Computer and network problems are not acceptable excuses. It is the responsibility of students to monitor their grades for the quizzes. The exams will add up to 40 percent of the semester grade.


Two, on topics to be assigned. 20 percent total.

Movie responses

Two, from prompts to be given. 15 percent total.

Book report

On The Murder of Jim Fisk for the Love of Josie Mansfield. 15 percent total.


10 percent.

HIS 315L • The United States Since 1865

38775 • Mintz, Steven
Meets TTH 8:00AM-9:30AM JES A121A
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Too many students spell history b-o-r-i-n-g. They regard history as a jumble of disconnected facts. The word they use to describe history is "irrelevant."

High school history too often consists of little more than lectures, textbooks, worksheets, and memorization of names and dates. In fact, history need not be dull.

In this class, you will be a detective, a myth buster, a problem solver, and a forensic scientist. You will debunk or confirm legends and folklore. You will investigate some of history’s most gripping mysteries and take part in some of history’s biggest debates.

You will uncover the hidden history behind front-page headlines as well as the roots of a host of everyday rituals and customs.

You will examine Hollywood’s version of the past and separate fact from fiction. You will re-fight past battles, re-live key episodes in the past, and ask what-might-have-been.

You will also explore the uneasy relationship between academic history and popular memory—those legends and traditions that exert a much more powerful grip on our imagination.

This class offers an innovative approach to U.S. history from global and multicultural perspectives, ties past events to contemporary issues, and allows you to investigate U.S. history's most gripping mysteries.

Divided into 15 modules that must be completed weekly, the course includes a wealth of sources including maps, film clips, and music—that bring the past to life and allow you to understand the key issues and controversies of U.S. history from a fresh perspective.

Grading is based on multiple-choice questions, essay questions, and interactive activities.

HIS 317L • Colonial America

38810 • Tully, Alan
Meets T 5:00PM-8:00PM GAR 3.116
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This course examines the chief characteristics of Anglo-American culture from the initial permanent English settlement of British North America in the early seventeenth century to the emergence of provincial societies in the mid-eighteenth century.  Its theme is the settlement and unsettlement of North America as migrants from Europe and Africa mingled with aboriginals already in the New World.  We will look comparatively at different colonizing experiments in North America and the Caribbean, in order to comprehend the varied and often international context within which colonial history took place. At he same time, we will look for the values that shaped early American institutions and social norms and examine them against alternatives both that other contemporary societies offered and that the circumstances of colonial life suggested.  In doing so we will attempt to understand how environment and experience shaped distinctive new world cultures.

This course may be used to fulfill three hours of the U.S. History component of the university core curriculum and addresses the following four core objectives established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board: communication skills, critical thinking skills, personal responsibility, and social responsibility. It also carries two distribution flags: Cultural Diversity and Writing.

This course carries the flag for Cultural Diversity in the United States. Cultural Diversity courses are designed to increase your familiarity with the variety and richness of the American cultural experience. A substantial portion of your grade will come from assignments covering the practices, beliefs, and histories of at least one U.S. cultural group that has experienced persistent marginalization.

This course also carries the Writing Flag. Writing Flag courses are designed to give students experience with writing in an academic discipline. In this class, you can expect to write regularly during the semester, complete substantial writing projects, and receive feedback from your instructor to help you improve your writing. You will also have the opportunity to revise one or more assignments, and you may be asked to read and discuss your peers’ work. You should therefore expect a substantial portion of your grade to come from your written work.

The following books are available at the Bookstore.

Richard Middleton and Anne Lombard, Colonial America. A History, 1565-1776,
4th edition (Oxford, 2011).
Richard Dunn, Sugar and Slaves: The Rise of the Planter Class in the English West Indies, 1624-1713 (Chapel Hill, 1972; 2000).
Benjamin Franklin, Autobiography. Various editions. [Louis P. Masur ed., (Boston, 2016)].
Anthony S. Parent Jr., Foul Means:  The Formation of Slave Society in Virginia, 1660 -1740 (Chapel Hill, 2003).
John Woolman,  Journal.  Various editions. [Phillips P. Moulton, The Journal and Major Essays (Richmond, IN 1971, 2007]

Alternative books for essay #3
Ian Steele, Warpaths: Invasions of North America  (New York, 1994).
Evan Haefeli and Kevin Sweeny, Captors and Captives: the 1704 French and Indian Raid on Deerfield (Boston, 2003)

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, A Midwife’s Tale:  the Life of Martha Ballard, Based on her Diary, 1785-1812 (New York, 1990).
Woody Holton, Abigail Adams: A Life (New York, 2009).
Course Requirements

All students will attend weekly lectures and discussions that take place in the third class hour.  Discussions will focus on the assigned readings and students will be expected to participate actively. Participation marks will be based on attendance and the instructor’s evaluation of student contributions to discussion. Students are responsible for lecture material along with that contained in the required readings and for any changes to the syllabus that are announced in class.  Although there is some overlap between texts and lectures, lectures do not simply repeat material in the readings. I do not provide copies of lectures and attendees are prohibited from recording lectures and discussions.  A schedule of the required readings is attached.

Written Work:  Students will hand in three short essays.  The first will be a 5-page paper comparing the autobiographies of Benjamin Franklin and John Woolman. This essay is due on Sept. 18 for peer review, final version due Sept. 25.  The second is a comparison of Richard S. Dunn, Sugar and Slaves and Anthony Parent, Foul Means, due on Oct.16 for peer review, final version due Oct. 23. The third is a comparison of EITHER Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, A Midwife’s Tale and Woody Holton, Abigail Adams: A Life (New York, 2009), OR Evan Haefeli and Kevin Sweeny, Captors and Captives and Ian Steele, Warpaths: Invasions of North America, due on Nov. 13 for peer review, final version due Nov. 27. The second and third papers will be a maximum of 6 pages.
You may choose to hand in ONE of these papers up to a week late. Essays later than one week will be credited as work completed but will receive a mark of zero.
You also may choose to submit a re-written version of paper one.
Examination:  The final examination will cover all material addressed in class and all readings assigned for essays or for consideration in the classroom.  We will discuss the nature of the examinations and essays in class.  

Marking Scheme:

Essay on assigned primary sources (5 pages) – 15%
Comparative essay on Dunn and Parent (7 pages) – 25%
Comparative essay on either Ulrich and Holton or Anderson and Haefeli & Sweeney
(7 pages) – 25%
Class discussion participation - 10%
End-of-Term Examination – 25%
Final marks will include a plus and minus range.

HIS 317L • Est America, 1565-1815

38820 • Tully, Alan
Meets MW 5:00PM-6:30PM JGB 2.218
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    The purpose of this course is to provide students with a thorough introduction to what is best described as the foundations of American History.  “Establishing America” covers the two centuries of English/British colonization ventures in North America and the ensuing, crucial four decades from the Declaration of Independence in 1775 through the aftermath of the War of 1812.  No later period of United States History compares with these two and a half centuries in contributions to the fundamental shape and character of American society.
    Too often American History courses merely gesture toward a slender list of perspectives on the extremely varied, North American colonial experiences before focusing heavily on the “origins” of the American nation in the Revolution and through the adoption and early implementation of the U. S. Constitution.  What this approach fails to acknowledge properly is that most members of the founding generation grew up in, and were deeply influenced by the colonial/provincial societies their parents and grandparents consciously constructed and adapted to, and that the Revolutionaries inherited. Pre-Revolution experiences and the structures of the various provincial British-American societies mattered in all that ensued. Building on these experiences late eighteenth and early nineteenth century Americans undertook a variety of experiments in politics, economics, social relations and international affairs that – just as the colonial past had done – posed profound questions about ethics and leadership in the nascent American society.
    The establishment of America over the first two decades of Euro-American habitation of North America constitutes a continuum of ethical considerations and choices, which spring from a variety of themes: immigration, both voluntary and forced; the commerce of the Atlantic, both in goods and people; traditional English rights and their metamorphosis in American hands; British and American constitutionalism; experiments with sovereignty, federalism, and the language of rights; the meanings and institutionalization of religious liberty and freedom of speech; claiming, expropriating, and establishing title to land; slavery and various other forms of unfree labor; the role of the slave trade and slavery in the Atlantic economies; native American/Euro-American contact, trade, conflict and demographics; various theatres and experiences of violence and warfare; ethnic and racial distinctions; institutional, cultural, and economic Anglicization and Americanization; patriarchy and equality; family structures and gender roles; imperialism, provincialism, nationalism and exceptionalism; monarchy and subjecthood; republicanism and citizenship.  While these topics will inform weekly lectures, readings and discussion, they will be structured around four basic themes; occupation of the land; slavery; loyalty in the Revolutionary struggle; and the meanings of rights and equality in the new republic. These will require students to reflect on and appreciate perspectives that will enrich their capacity for present-day civic mindedness and engagement.

Geographical literacy. This class will participate in a new History Department initiative to improve student geographical literacy using a digital history tool called Cerego. Along with other conceptual dimensions, geographical literacy helps us deepen our understanding of the complex processes of human interaction. You will be required to complete a series of map exercises this semester that are intended to reinforce your grasp of geographical knowledge. These exercises are accessible through Canvas.

This course may be used to fulfill three hours of the U.S. history component of the university core curriculum and addresses the following four core objectives established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board: communication skills, critical thinking skills, personal responsibility, and social responsibility.

This course also carries the flag for Ethics and Leadership. Courses carrying the Ethics and Leadership Flag equip you with the tools necessary for making ethical decisions in your adult and professional life. Courses carrying this flag expose you to ethical issues and to the process of applying ethical reasoning in real-life situations.

For background and some perspectives on American History students might refer to the UT History Department’s website NOT EVEN PAST  (https://notevenpast.org/teaching-us-history-with-not-even-past/).


The following books are available at the Co-op Bookstore:

Eric G. Nellis, An Empire of Regions: A Brief History of Colonial British America, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2010.
Eric G, Nellis, The Long Road to Change: America’s Revolution, 1750-1820, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007.
Robert A. Gross, The Minutemen and Their World, revised edition, New York: Hill and Wang, 2001.
Maya Jasanoff, Liberty’s Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World, New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 2011.  
David Waldstreicher, Slavery’s Constitution:  From Revolution to Ratification, New York: Hill and Wang, 2009.
Book of Primary Sources.
Course Requirements

All students are expected to attend Monday and Wednesday lectures and to have read the assignments listed for that date in advance of each class. Students are responsible for lecture material along with that contained in the assigned readings and for any changes to the syllabus announced in class.  Although there is some overlap between texts and lectures, lectures do not simply repeat material in the readings. A schedule of the required readings is attached.

I do not provide copies of lectures and attendees are prohibited from recording lectures. No cell phones, tablets, e-readers, iPods, iPads, laptop computers, etc. This is an electronics free classroom.  All laptops, cell phones, and other electronic devices must be turned off at the beginning of class.

Written Work:  Students will hand in one short essay on Nov. 5.  This will be a 5-page paper comparing the analyses in Robert A. Gross, The Minutemen and Their World, revised edition, New York: Hill and Wang, 2001, and Maya Jasanoff, Liberty’s Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World, New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 2011.  Student’s should read the following article as they think about how to compare these two monographs. John Keown, “ America’s War for Independence: Just or Unjust”, Journal of Catholic Social Thought 6(2009), 277-304.
We will discuss how to structure such written comparisons in class. Late papers will be penalized by one full grade per day.

Attendance: Students are expected to attend all classes. After two absences students will be penalized one half mark for each missed class from the assigned total of 5 marks for full attendance.
Test and Examination:  There will be a test made up of multiple choice questions, short answer questions and one longer essay question in the second class period of Week 8 – Mar. 7. There will be a final examination in this course during the end of term examination period.

Marking Scheme:

Map Quiz 5%
Attendance 5%
Test 20%
Comparative essay on Gross and Jasanoff – 30%
End-of-Term Examination – 40%
Final marks will include a plus and minus range.

HIS 317L • Hist Of Religion In The US

38825 • Graber, Jennifer
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM RLP 0.126
(also listed as AMS 315, R S 316U)
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This class explores how religious people and communities in the United States affirm their worldviews, understand the ethical life, engage in ritual acts, and organize their communal relations. It also looks at the way the American social environment has shaped these practitioners and their communities. In particular, this class explores an ongoing tension: the dominance achieved by majority religious groups and the religious diversity that marks the population and is protected by law. We will observe how this particularly American dynamic shapes religious communities. We will explore this tension through a historically organized survey of majority and minority religious groups. We begin with the continent’s original diversity in its hundreds of Native American traditions. We then move to dominant varieties of Protestant Christianity in relation to smaller groups, including colonial-era Jews, upstart Mormons, newly immigrated Catholics, African-American believers, and more recently arrived immigrants who practice Hinduism and Islam. While the class cannot cover the entire history of religion in United States history, it offers students greater historical understanding and tools for analyzing the ongoing dynamics of religious dominance and religious diversity in this country.



4 short exams (15% each for 60%)short paper (10%)mapping assignment (10%)final short essay (20%)



Daniel K. Richter, “War and Culture: The Iroquois Experience, ” The William and Mary Quarterly, Vol. 40, No. 4 (Oct., 1983), 528-559.Jonathan Sarna, “Colonial Beginnings” from American Judaism: A HistoryJames Homer Williams, “An Atlantic Perspective on the Jewish Struggle for Rights and Opportunities in Brazil, New Netherland, and New York,” from The Jews and the Expansion of Europe to the West.S. Scott Rohrer, “An American Exodus: Mormons and the Westward Trek,” from Wandering Souls: Protestant Migrations in America, 1630-1865. Paul Harvey, “Day of Jubilee: Black Churches from Emancipation to the Era of Jim Crow,” from Through the Storm, Through the Night: A History of African American ChristianitySylvester Johnson, “The Rise of Black Ethnics: The Ethnic Turn in African American Religions,” from Religion and American Culture, Vol. 20, No. 2 (Summer 2010), 125-163Vasudha Narayanan, “Hinduism in Pittsburgh: Creating the South Indian ‘Hindu’ Experience in the United States,” from The Life of HinduismSusan Slyomovics, “The Muslim World Day Parade and ‘Storefront’ Mosques of New York City,” from Making Muslim Space in North America and Europe

HIS 317L • History Of Science In The US

38800 • Alaniz, Rodolfo
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM RLP 0.128
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Course description

Political context affects the way we study the natural world in myriad ways. Scientists compete for state funding, and national policies establish legal boundaries for researchers. Science has equally influenced the development of state institutions and concepts of governance. This course explores the relationship between politics and science by tracing the way that each has changed in the United States from the colonial period to present. Lectures will explore the role that science played in the intellectual, cultural, religious, and political life of the United States. We will also trace the emergence of institutions that create scientific knowledge, with special attention to the relationships between science and the state. The course is accessible to students of all majors. No advanced scientific training is required, though a basic familiarity with U.S. history will be helpful.

Course objectives

By the end of this course, students should be able to:
1.    Narrate a basic history of US science from 1750 to the present.
2.    Use historical context to analyze the development of new scientific ideas.
3.    Explain coproduction and the relationship between politics and science.
4.    Provide alternatives to “Whig histories” of scientific development.
5.    Evaluate conflicting historical interpretations of the same event.
6.    Formulate intermediate-level history of science research questions.
Required texts

Numbers and Rosenberg, The Scientific Enterprise in America: Readings from ISIS (1996) Hughes, American Genesis: A Century of Invention and Technological Enthusiasm, 1870-
1970 (2004)
Larson, Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion (1997)

All other readings will be available on the course website. You are expected to print these sources and bring the readings to class or to take extensive notes and to bring those notes to class. All textbooks will be available on reserve at the library. Other sources are also available through Project Gutenberg and Archive in PDF, Kindle, etc., format for free. Follow the provided link to access the online sites.

5%    Participation
20%    Midterm Exam
20%    Final Exam
10%    Archival Document Analysis 15%    Context Paper
30%    Research Paper

HIS 317L • Immigration And Ethnicity

38795 • Hsu, Madeline
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM GAR 2.112
(also listed as AAS 310, MAS 319)
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Description:  Widely considered a wellspring for U.S. greatness, immigration has also been an abiding site of our deepest conflicts.  The republican foundations of the United States with its promises of democracy and equality for all seem to strain against ever increasing numbers of immigrants from parts of the world barely conceived of by the Founding Fathers, much less as sources of new citizens.  What is the breaking point for the assimilating powers of U.S. democracy and how much does national vitality rely upon continued influxes of a diversity of immigrants with their strenuous ambitions and resourcefulness?  Today we remain embattled by such competing beliefs about how immigration shapes our nation’s well-being and to what ends we should constrain whom we admit and in what numbers.  

This seminar emphasizes the following themes:  the changing population of the United States from colonial times; ethnic cultures, communities, and cuisines; ideologies concerning eligibility for citizenship and for restricting immigration; the development of immigration law as an aspect of sovereign authority; the entwining of immigration policy with international relations; and the evolution of institutions for immigration enforcement.   

This course may be used to fulfill three hours of the U.S. history component of the university core curriculum and addresses the following four core objectives established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board: communication skills, critical thinking skills, personal responsibility, and social responsibility.  

This course also carries the flag for Cultural Diversity in the United States. Cultural Diversity courses are designed to increase your familiarity with the variety and richness of American cultural experiences. A substantial portion of your grade stems from assignments concerning the practices, beliefs, and histories of at least one U.S. cultural group that has experienced persistent marginalization.  

Texts/Readings: *main texts are on 2-hour reserve at PCL
*Roger Daniels, Coming to America: A History of Immigration and Ethnicity in American Life (Harper Perennial, 2002 edition)
Supplemental readings are available on Canvas

Grade Distribution: Final grades will be allocated as follows: A 93-100; A- 90-92; B+ 88-89; B 83-87; B- 80-82; C+ 78-79; C 73-77; C- 70-72 and so forth

    Family Immigration Narrative:  10%; 2-page essay
    Midterm: 20% bluebook exam; short essay IDs
Final: 30% bluebook exam; short essay IDs and long essay
    Attendance and class participation: 15%
    Primary document analysis: 25% research and 4-5 page essay

HIS 317L • Intro To Amer Indian History

38815 • Dixon, Bradley
Meets MWF 2:00PM-3:00PM RLP 0.126
(also listed as AMS 315)
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In this course we will investigate the histories of the Native peoples of North America from the beginning to the present day. Students will learn about the unique and specific histories of indigenous nations in North America, deepening their knowledge of Native cultures, languages, religions, political and economic systems, gender relations, astronomies, cartographies, as well as the internal dynamics that helped propel each nation’s history. The course will also consider commonalities in the experiences of Native peoples. In particular, we will examine the effects of colonialism in great detail, connecting students with a wide array of Native American perspectives on colonial and United States history. You will become familiar with the development of Native American rights in North America and with the many Native leaders who led the struggles to secure them.

Training in Native History

This semester will prepare you for further study in the field of Native American history. Your training will include delving weekly into various archives, both in-person and online, to explore a range of primary sources and discuss them in class. Weekly “Flashback Friday” discussions will help you sharpen your analytical skills.


You will also hone your advanced reading skills, learning how to evaluate works of historical scholarship by their arguments, the evidence they employ, their methodology, and place in the literature. To test your skills in reading, you will complete five “Challenge Statements,” one roughly every two weeks, in which you will summarize the main idea of a work of historical scholarship in 50 words or less.


You will choose for analysis one primary document of particular interest to you. The document can be from any time or place covered in this course. This assignment will be due near the end of the semester. Detailed guidelines will be available in the syllabus.


Online Magazine Project
Working with editorial advisors from UT-Austin’s history department, you will collaboratively write, design, edit, and publish the May 2019 issue (the work will be complete before the semester ends) of a new online magazine that explores unique topics in Native North American history. Detailed guidelines will be available in the syllabus on the first day of class.


Reading for Background, Discussion, and Primary Sources
Textbook for Background Reading: Calloway, Colin G. First Peoples: A Documentary Survey of American Indian History. 5th Edition. New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2016.

Primary Sources, including links to archives, and Discussion Readings will be available each week as assigned. The syllabus will include links to online databases available through UT Libraries and elsewhere on the web.


Cerego Map Exercises:                  5%

Challenge Statements:                   10% 

Primary Document Analysis:         15%

Midterm:                                            20%

Online Magazine                             20%

Final Examination                            30%   

HIS 317L • Socl Entreprnrshp China/US-Chn

38804 • Walker, Devin
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Partially fulfills legislative requirement for American history.

HIS 317L • Urban Econ Development-Rsa

38805 • Moore, Leonard
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This course will look at the history of urban economic development within the United States and South Africa, with a special focus on the growth, development, and neglect of low-income racially homogenous communities. Both countries share a racial past and both countries are still trying to find ways to bring its low-income residents into the economic mainstream. Within the United States inner-city communities are now becoming prime business locations because of its close access to downtown and the city’s financial and business markets. Further, emerging entrepreneurs are not only choosing to locate their firms in the ‘hood but they are also using local residents who were previously unemployed or underemployed. The goal of these efforts is to create jobs and income for inner-city residents, instead of relying upon charity and goodwill. A similar market-led approach is taking place in South Africa as well as entrepreneurs and developers are finding ways to bring economic development efforts to the countries notorious townships.  

While these efforts have only recently received widespread media attention, this course will show that the drive for vibrant communities is nothing new. Within the townships of South Africa there has been a sustained drive for economically competitive communities and likewise within inner-city America. This course will look at these efforts within the historical context of apartheid and the post colonial era within South Africa; and in the historical context of post-war and post-civil rights America.

HIS 318W • Thinking Like A Historian

38830 • Frens-String, Joshua
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM GAR 0.132
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“Thinking Like a Historian” is a lower-division seminar for History majors/potential majors/interested students of history. Its goal is to familiarize students with the problems and practices involved in the interpretation and writing of history. Group writing assignments will require students to engage with historical resources located in on-campus archives (for eg., the LBJ Presidential Library, the Briscoe Center for American History, the Benson Library, and the Harry Ransom Center) to analyze different aspects of the turbulent 1960s, both in the U.S. and around the world. Other facets of the historians’ craft will be explored through reading and short writing assignments about slavery, empire, revolution, and the development of modern capitalism. By the end of the semester students should be able to critically evaluate historical interpretations rather than simply memorize them.

Required Texts:
*Arlette Farge (with Natalie Zemon Davis) The Allure of the Archives (Yale University Press, 2013)
*Richard J. Evans, In Defense of History  (WW Norton, 2000)
*Mary Lynn Rampolla, A Pocket Guide to Writing in History (Bedford/St. Martins, 7th ed, 2012)
 *Additional articles and readings will be posted online

Exam 1: 20%
Exam 2: 20%
Group Writing Project 1: 10%
Group Writing Project 2: 15%
Group Writing Project 3: 15%
Weekly Written Responses: 10%
Participation, Attendance, In-class Engagement:  10%

HIS 319D • Ancient Mediterranean World

38835-38850 • Schirmer, Christy
Meets MW 9:00AM-10:00AM WAG 101
(also listed as AHC 319, C C 319D)
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Survey of the ancient Mediterranean from ca. 3000 BC to AD 476. Focus on

the development of ideas and institutions in the Greek and Roman worlds

and on the active cultural exchange among the diverse civilizations of

the broader region that shaped Greek and Roman history and cultural


HIS 320R • Texas, 1914 To The Present

38855 • Ozanne, Rachel
Meets TTH 8:00AM-9:30AM ART 1.120
(also listed as MAS 374, URB 353)
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In 2017, Texan journalist Lawrence Wright claimed, “America’s Future is Texas.”1 He emphasized not only the outsized role that Texas has played in national politics recently—with several 20th- and 21st-century presidents coming from Texas and with Texas’ significant role in the creation of the far right conservative movement—but also Texas’ economic and cultural leadership. Lawrence noted, however, that despite with the radical growth that Texas has experienced in recent decades, its society is often sharply divided over issues of race, religion, immigration, access to healthcare, government intervention, and so on—issues divisive around the U.S. today. Is it true that, as Gail Collins wrote in 2012, As Goes Texas, so goes the nation?2 If so, how did we arrive at this Texan Present? How does Texas’ past play a role in defining “America’s Future”?

This course will examine the history of Texas in the 20th century with an eye toward its political, economic, and socio-cultural development. This class is divided into two units that cover, roughly, Texas from Reconstruction to World War II (1865-1945) and Texas from World War II to the Present (1945-2018). As this course comes with a Cultural Diversity flag and is cross- listed with Mexican American Studies, we will especially emphasize the experiences of Mexicans and Mexican Americans, African Americans, and women in the state. By the end of the course, students should have a clear conception of the development of racial and ethnic relations and conflict, political shifts and realignments, and major economic and urban developments in Texas—and hopefully be better prepared to understand how they, as citizens of Texas can influence the direction of a powerful state within the United States.

Class readings may include:

* de la Teja, Jesus F., et al. Texas: Crossroads of North America, 2nd Ed. Boston: Cengage, 2016. (ISBN: 978-1133947387)
* Ladino, Robyn Duff. Desegregating Texas Schools: Eisenhower, Shivers, and the Crisis at Mansfield High. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1996.
* Zamora, Emilio. Claiming Rights and Righting Wrongs in Texas: Mexican workers and Job Politics during World War II. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2009.

* Study materials; workshop materials; primary sources; and (brief) lecture outlines will be posted to Canvas throughout the semester. [No purchase required.]

Grading based on:
Primary Source Responses 100 points [2 papers @ 50 points each]
In-Class Exams 100 points [2 exams @ 50 points each]
Book Analysis Paper 100 points [1 paper @ 100 points]
Quizzes Only given on an as-needed basis; total points possible raised accordingly
Extra Points Up to five points added to total; awarded in class with Exit Tickets

Your final grade will be determined by taking your total points earned and then by dividing it by the total points possible [300 points]. Grades will be awarded on a plus/minus scale (e.g. 87-89 is a B+; 83-86 is a B; 80-82 is a B-). I will “round up” (e.g. 89.5-89.9 will become an A-).

HIS 321 • History Of Rome: The Empire

38860-38875 • Taylor, Rabun
Meets MW 10:00AM-11:00AM WAG 201
(also listed as AHC 325)
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This class will cover the story of the Roman empire from the death of Caesar to the fall of Rome in A.D. 476.  After working our way through the narrative of this period (about half the semester), we will examine a number of topics that cut across time.  The course will touch on politics, law, war, the economy, social classes, gender, material culture, and archaeology.

This course carries the Global Cultures flag.

This course fulfills the Cultural Expression, Human Experience, & Thought Course area requirement.

HIS 322M • History Of Modern Science

38880 • Hunt, Bruce
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM GAR 0.102
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This course will survey the development of modern science from the early 18th century to the present. We will examine the growth of scientific ideas and institutions and seek to understand the changing place science has held in modern life and thought.

Thomas L. Hankins, Science and the Enlightenment,
Charles Darwin, Evolutionary Writings (ed. James A. Secord),
Bruce J. Hunt, Pursuing Power and Light: Technology and Physics from James Watt to Albert Einstein,
James D. Watson, The Double Helix (Norton Critical Edition, ed. Gunther S. Stent),
plus additional readings to be posted on Canvas.

Grades will be based on three essay exams (25% each) and a short paper on a topic to be assigned (25%).

HIS 322R • Bio, Behavior, And Injustice

38885 • Martinez, Alberto
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM RLP 0.112
(also listed as CTI 370)
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This course explores interesting episodes in the history of science, focusing on questions about what aspects of human behavior are essentially determined by biological factors rather than by experiences and society. Changing beliefs about what is natural have affected how some people are treated, so we will discuss the social consequences of such notions. The course will include the following topics: theories of race, Darwin’s works, evolution in schools and U.S. courts, American eugenics and Nazi science, differences between women and men, IQ testing, the controversy about DNA and Rosalind Franklin, studies of twins separated at birth, genetic engineering, ethical issues on cloning animals and humans, biotechnology, the immortal cells of Henrietta Lacks, designer babies, biology in forensic science. This is a lecture course, with participation encouraged.

HIS 328M • Modern Brazil

38890 • Garfield, Seth
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM MEZ B0.306
(also listed as LAS 366)
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Brazil, the largest nation and economy in Latin America, is a country marked by geographic diversity, cultural complexity, and social inequality. This course examines modern Brazilian history with a focus on political movements and socioeconomic change.  It looks at how various social actors in Brazil--elites, peasants, slaves, workers, women, the military, and indigenous people--have contributed to and been affected by the process of nation-building since Independence.  Through a variety of texts (historic, ethnographic, literary, musical, and sociological) and visual material (film, documentaries, video clips) the course explores key issues in modern Brazilian history: the transition to Independence; slavery and emancipation; export agriculture and oligarchic rule;  social banditry and folk Catholicism; urbanization and marginality; regional disparities and rural poverty; racial discourse and inequality; frontier expansion, colonization and indigenous policy; popular culture and music; military dictatorship and repression; the foreign debt crisis of the 1980s and the turn to neoliberalism in the 1990s; the rise and fall of the Workers Party; and contemporary politics.

HIS 329U • Perspectives On Science & Math

38895 • Raby, Megan
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM PAI 4.18
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Perspectives on Science and Math explores the intellectual, social, and cultural history of science and mathematics, focusing on the 17th century to the present. This is an upper-division history course designed for students in UTeach Natural Sciences. This course has four interlocking goals: to give you an overview of the history of science and math in order to broaden your understanding of subjects you will teach in the future; to enable you to put this broader history and context to work in science and math pedagogy; to improve your ability to research, analyze, and evaluate information; and to improve your writing and communication skills.

This is a Writing Flag course. It is designed to give you experience writing within an academic discipline––in this case, history. You can expect to write regularly during the semester, complete substantial writing projects, and receive feedback to help you revise your writing. You will also have the opportunity to read and discuss your peers’ work. For more information about the benefits and expectations of Writing Flag courses, see http://www.utexas.edu/ugs/core/flags/writing.

HIS 329U • Perspectives On Science & Math

38900 • Raby, Megan
Meets MWF 3:00PM-4:00PM PAI 4.08
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Perspectives on Science and Math explores the intellectual, social, and cultural history of science and mathematics, focusing on the 17th century to the present. This is an upper-division history course designed for students in UTeach Natural Sciences. This course has four interlocking goals: to give you an overview of the history of science and math in order to broaden your understanding of subjects you will teach in the future; to enable you to put this broader history and context to work in science and math pedagogy; to improve your ability to research, analyze, and evaluate information; and to improve your writing and communication skills.

This is a Writing Flag course. It is designed to give you experience writing within an academic discipline––in this case, history. You can expect to write regularly during the semester, complete substantial writing projects, and receive feedback to help you revise your writing. You will also have the opportunity to read and discuss your peers’ work. For more information about the benefits and expectations of Writing Flag courses, see http://www.utexas.edu/ugs/core/flags/writing.

HIS 343W • Witches, Workers, And Wives

38905 • Hardwick, Julie
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM RLP 0.128
(also listed as EUS 346, WGS 345)
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Our stereotypical image of an early modern woman is a witch - for some good reasons because thousands of witch trials took place.  In this course, we will look beyond that perspective to explore the complex of material, political, and cultural factors that shaped experiences of gender and family and that shaped attitudes about gender and power in early modern Europe.  The early modern centuries between about 1500 and 1800 were years of tremendous change in many ways – including religious reformations, more powerful governments, global colonial empires and the domestic impacts of colonialism that included the rise of racial categories, and the economic transformation we call the transition to capitalism.  Some features were slower to change, however, especially with regard to family life. We will explore how women's experiences compared to men's - whether as workers, consumers, criminals, political subjects and political actors, peasants or nobles, members of racial, ethnic and religious minorities, spouses or parents.  Along the way, we will explore why some of these dynamics fed into a proliferation of "witches."

Discussion of the assigned readings (see below) will be an important element of this class: you will learn more effectively when you take an active part in the analysis of the material to be covered. Consequently you must expect to read every reading assignment very carefully and thoughtfully. You should come to each class ready to ask questions and contribute observations.

You will need to demonstrate mastery of the readings to do well on the exams.

Warning: absence from class will inevitably have a serious impact on your grade because you cannot participate if you are not present. Each of you may be absent twice with no penalty. For every absence after that, three points will be deducted from your participation grade for each absence not justified by a written explanation. Please note, however, that attendance is the only the first prerequisite for participation, so that perfect attendance and complete silence will result in a grade that reflects only partial fulfillment of participation.

Daily class readings are available on Canvas or online through the Library Catalogue. (Deleted last section here.)

Midterm 25%
Final 35%
Reading grids 20%
Witchcraft group projects 10%
Preparation and engagement 10%

HIS 346V • 20th-Cen Rural Latin Amer

38910 • Butler, Matthew
Meets MW 2:30PM-4:00PM GAR 2.128
(also listed as LAS 366)
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This intensive writing course focuses on some of the main topics that have affected rural Latin American society in the later nineteenth to mid-twentieth centuries, with a view to understanding the causes of some of the tensions and unresolved conflicts affecting Latin America today. Using selective national case studies, the course will discuss the social-agrarian relationships linking landlords and campesinos; the role of the state and the impact of official ideologies embracing (or constraining) indigenous people, such as indigenismo; religion and the Catholic Church; the history of rural institutions, such as the hacienda; and the success or failure of the main land reforms enacted in countries such as Guatemala, Ecuador, Bolivia, and Mexico. Our focus throughout will be on understanding the different ways in which Latin American peasants have been protagonists in, not merely passive witnesses to, the histories of the countries in which they live. The course will follow a seminar as opposed to strict lecture format: the emphasis throughout will fall on researching and crafting extended written assignments in consultation with the instructor; there will also be elements of peer review, in which students will engage critically with the work of other members of the group. Students will be expected to participate actively in class through responses to readings or presentations.

HIS 346W • Church & State In Lat Amer

38915 • Butler, Matthew
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM GAR 1.126
(also listed as LAS 366, R S 368)
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This course traces the history of the politics of religion, and of the religion of politics, in modern Latin America, with special emphasis placed on the history of the Roman Catholic Church in the region. Chronologically, the course covers begins with a brief survey of the colonial period and then gives special attention to the national period running from independence (circa 1820) up to the Cuban Revolution (circa 1960), after which Church and state entered significantly new and distinctive phases (e.g. Liberation Theology). Thematically, we will examine the various causes of Church-state tension in the aftermath of Latin American independence, and the Church’s multifaceted response sto the gradual rise of political liberalism, nationalism, and secularism. In the second half of the course, we will emphasize significant national cases (e.g. Ecuador, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Peru, Guatemala), allowing the course to branch out in a more comparative sense as we proceed. As the focus on questions of devotion as well as power implies, we will not just be looking at the way in which the Church responded to changing political circumstances after the demise of the colonial regime, but at changes in religious practice and meaning, and how these were experienced by ordinary people.

HIS 347L • Seminar In Historiography

38920 • Spellberg, Denise
Meets W 3:00PM-6:00PM GAR 3.116
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Open only to students admitted to the History Honors program.

This seminar introduces students to a range of historical methods, topics, and sources, with no claim to being comprehensive. We will consider how “history” has changed along with other forms of knowledge. We will read different kinds of history (social, intellectual, cultural, and so on). We emphasize research with primary sources that students will be able to use in their theses.

Faculty from the Department of History will lead discussions about their areas of expertise, giving the class examples of documents and sources that historians use, or showing how they generate questions for research. By the end of the semester, each student will have come up with an advisor and a prospectus for the senior thesis she or he will write next year.

This is a reading- and writing-intensive course, and it moves quickly from introductory to advanced work.


1) Preparation for and participation in each weekly seminar, including short writing assignments. Reading is about 200 pages a week. (10%)

2) Students will focus and find a topic for their senior thesis and write a draft and final version of the historiography of their subject in the first half of the course (40%).
They will then draft and revise a 10-12 page research prospectus as described below. (40%) The preliminary stages of research entail reading at least 15-20 books, review essays, and articles. They will present this prospectus orally to the class for discussion. (10%)

You will meet with me individually to consult on your topic a little over halfway through the semester. Short topic statements and bibliography are due a week later. We will spend the last three weeks of class in editorial session: discussing the structure, prose, style, and subject of each prospectus. By the time students leave, they will have found a professor in the History Department to advise their Honors thesis work in the senior year.


A prospectus is a “description in advance of a proposed undertaking.” It sets out your topic based on preliminary research. It should identify the problem or event that will be investigated, explain why it is important, survey the historical literature on the subject, describe the primary sources you will use, and discuss how you intend to carry out the work.

The prospectus is not binding; you will certainly change your topic in some way during your senior year, and you may change it entirely. It is nonetheless very important preparation. It also requires substantial background work. I expect you to have looked at and read in at least 10 books, articles, and review essays.

The prospectus should also include a bibliography of secondary and primary sources. You may discuss the usefulness of the sources in either the text of the prospectus or in notes attached to the copies of the sources.

HIS 350L • African Travel Narratives

38965 • Osseo-Asare, Abena
Meets M 3:00PM-6:00PM GAR 3.116
(also listed as AFR 372G)
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This course examines histories of Africa and travel through eyewitness accounts. Course participants will study journeys Africans have made within and from the continent alongside accounts of travelers visiting Africa from elsewhere. These travelers included migrant laborers, market women, Peace Corps volunteers, enslaved individuals, soldiers, political activists, adopted children, and religious evangelists since the 18th century.

 The course readings and films focus on different groups of travelers in a number of time periods.

 Some of the guiding questions we will consider:

    How did people experience the movement of their bodies from one location to another?

    How has ‘Africa’ taken on different meanings for our travelers?

    What do their narratives indicate about changing conceptions of ethnicity, migration, tourism, citizenship, and the environment in different time periods?

    And how did shifts in medical, transportation, and communication technologies shape their journeys?

HIS 350L • Afro-Latin America

38955 • Jimenez, Monica
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM PAR 206
(also listed as AFR 372G, LAS 366)
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Lectures, discussion, reading, and research on selected topics in the field of history.

May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

Designed for History majors. 

History 350L and 350R may not both be counted unless the topics vary.

Course carries Writing flag. 

HIS 350L • Chile: Revlutn To Cnterrevlutn

38925 • Frens-String, Joshua
Meets W 3:00PM-6:00PM GAR 1.134
(also listed as LAS 366)
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Political commentators and scholars alike often describe Chile as one of Latin America’s most “exceptional” countries, identifying it as among the region’s richest, most politically stable, and most “modern” nation-states. But as the history of Chile’s twentieth century reveals, such characterizations stand atop a more complicated—and frequently turbulent—recent past. In 1970, Chile became the first country in the hemisphere to freely elect a socialist government that promised a far-reaching social and economic revolution. However, just three years later the country would be ruled by one of the region’s most brutal twentieth-century dictatorships. While the country experienced gangbusters growth during the 1980s and 1990s, Chile would so too come to hold the infamous distinction as one of the region’s—if not the world’s—most unequal societies.
In this writing-intensive seminar, we will investigate this challenging and often contradictory history by discussing—and most importantly, writing about—some of the key political, social, and economic events that underpin contemporary Chilean society. In so doing, we will also use the case of Chile to explore the key issues at stake in Latin America during the global Cold War era. Some of the questions we will ask (and seek to answer) include: what constituted “social democracy” in modern Chile? How did democracy relate to the allure of socialism in the twentieth century? How did political participation shape both individual and collective identities of those who supported Chile’s conservative right, its socialist left, and those who felt excluded from both? In addition, we’ll explore the political and economic role of the United States in shaping Chile’s recent past, while also examining how both traumatic periods of revolution and counterrevolution were experienced by everyday people—at the workplace, within self-constructed neighborhoods, and in the most intimate spaces of family life. Finally, we will examine how processes of peaceful reform and violent counter-reform shaped and reshaped ideas about racial difference, social class, gender, and sexuality.
Required Texts:

Elizabeth Quay Hutchison, et. al, eds., The Chile Reader: History, Culture, Politics (Duke University Press, 2014)
Jody Pavilack, Mining for the Nation: The Politics of Chile’s Coal Communities from the Popular Front to the Cold War (Penn State University Press, 2011)
Peter Winn, Weavers of Revolution: The Yarur Workers and Chile’s Road to Socialism (Oxford University Press, 1986)
Pamela Constable and Arturo Valenzuela, A Nation of Enemies: Chile Under Pinochet (W.W. Norton & Co.: 1991)
*Additional journal articles and book excerpts will be scanned and uploaded to the course website on Canvas. You will be expected to download and print these readings yourself.
Evaluation and Grading:

*Course Participation, Attendance, and Engagement (10%)
*Skill Assignment #1 (10%): Short paper #1 TBD
*Skill Assignment #2 (10%): Short paper #2 TBD
*Skill Assignment #3 (10%): Short paper #3 TBD
*Core Assignment #1 (5%): Paper on Research Topics & Research Questions, 1 pg
*Core Assignment #2 (10%): Annotated bibliography & outline, ~5-6 pgs
*Core Assignment #3 (5%): First draft of Final Paper, 6-8 pgs
*Core Assignment #4 (10%): 10-minute research presentation to the class
*Core Assignment #5 (30%) Final Research paper, 10-12 pgs  + 2 pg revisions memo

HIS 350L • Decolonizatn Of Brit Empire

38960 • Louis, William
Meets TH 3:30PM-6:30PM HRC 3.204
(also listed as LAH 350)
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The British Empire at the end of World War II still extended over one fourth of the world and represented a complex, worldwide system.  The seminar will focus on the era of decolonization.   

This seminar is designed as a reading and research course in modern British history—and in the history of Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean.  Above all it is a class in professional writing.  It includes a cartographical component in which students are required to master the geography of the British Empire.
The main requirement of the course is a research paper focusing on one of the three components of British decolonization: the decisions made in Britain itself; the international influence of the United States and the United Nations in the context of the Cold War; and the initiatives by nationalists in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean.  The paper in its final form will be about 6,000 words or 20 double spaced pages including notes.  

The writing component will be fulfilled in three ways.  First, critiques of books, approximately one a week (or comparable assignments), each less than 400 words or one page.  Second, a draft of the research paper.  The critiques and draft will be circulated to all members of the class who will make annotations on style as well as substance.  The third stage is for each writer to take note of the comments offered by others and to rewrite the research paper for final submission.

The principal primary source on which the papers will be based is the extraordinary archival collection in British Documents on the End of Empire (BDEEP).  The class sessions will be enriched by a film series produced by Granada Television entitled ‘End of Empire’.

In a general way, the seminar upholds the principles of the Modern History Faculty at Oxford—to enhance (1) intellectual curiosity; (2) conceptual clarity; (3) intellectual flexibility; (4) accuracy and attention to detail; (5) critical engagement; (6) capacity for hard work; (7) enthusiasm for history, literature, and politics; and (8) historical imagination and understanding, that is, the possession of appropriate historical knowledge and the capacity to deploy it.

John Darwin, Britain and Decolonisation; W. David McIntyre, Decolonization, 1946-1997; Geoffrey Best, Churchill; Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre, Oh! Jerusalem; David Carlton, Suez Crisis; and Caroline Elkins, Imperial Reckoning.  
Grades are determined by attendance and participation in discussion (25%); weekly critiques (25%) and the quality of the final research paper (50%).  Final grades include plusses and minuses.

HIS 350L • Enlightenment/Revolution

38962 • Vaughn, James
Meets TH 5:00PM-8:00PM CAL 200
(also listed as CTI 375, EUS 346)
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This course examines seminal texts and significant episodes in the intellectual and political history of Western Europe and its Atlantic colonies during the later seventeenth, eighteenth, and early nineteenth centuries.  In doing so, the seminar aims to understand the intellectual and cultural revolution known as the Enlightenment as well as the relationship between it and the political revolutions of the period, particularly the English Revolution of the mid-seventeenth century (c. 1640-1660), the Glorious Revolution of 1688-1689, the American Revolution of 1775-1783, the French Revolution of 1789-1815, and the Haitian Revolution of 1791-1804.

1. Margaret C. Jacob, ed., The Enlightenment: A Brief History with Documents, 2nd edition (Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2017).
2. Gordon S. Wood, The American Revolution: A History (Modern Library, 2003).
3. Lynn Hunt, ed., The French Revolution and Human Rights: A Brief Documentary History (Bedford/St. Martin’s, 1996).
4. John Locke, Second Treatise of Government, ed. C. B. Macpherson (Hackett, 1980).
5. Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Discourse on the Origin of Inequality, trans. Donald A. Cress (Hackett, 1992).
6. Immanuel Kant, Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics, trans. James W. Ellington, 2nd edition (Hackett, 2001).
7. Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais, The Marriage of Figaro, trans. Henry R. Bishop (Digireads, 2011).

Attendance and Participation (20%)
Weekly Reading Responses (15%)
Mid-Term Essay (25%)
Term Paper (40%)

HIS 350L • Germany Since Hitler

38940 • Crew, David
Meets MW 4:00PM-5:30PM GAR 2.128
(also listed as J S 364)
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This seminar will analyze the effects of Hitler’s dictatorship upon German society, politics, economy and culture. It will explore the consequences of defeat, occupation, the Cold War and the political division of Germany after 1945. It will also compare and contrast the history and development of East and West Germany in the years between 1949 and 1989. Finally, the course will examine some of the consequences and prospects created by the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989 and the unification of East and West Germany in 1990.

(Books marked with * are available as electronic resources from the UT-Library system at no charge with your UT-EID. Please feel free to read these materials on-line if you prefer.)
*Doris Bergen, War and Genocide, A Concise History of the Holocaust(Rowman and Littlefield,2016-third edition)
*Edith Sheffer, Burned Bridge.How East and West Germany Made the Iron Curtain(Oxford, 2012)
Hanna Schissler,editor, The Miracle Years. A Cultural History of West Germany 1949-1968(Princeton,2001)
Peter  Schneider, The Wall Jumper. A Berlin Story (Chicago,1983)
We will also be working intensively with documents and images on this Website
All written assignments for this course are evidence based and must be footnoted according to Chicago Manual of Style guidelines

The assignment are:
(1)You will be required to write one longer analytical essay(6-8 pages).To complete this assignment you will need to respond to the prompt by using the relevant primary source materials from the Website, “German History in Documents and Images” http://germanhistorydocs.ghi-dc.org/ as well as those assigned readings that you consider relevant to the particular prompt you have chosen. This assignment is worth 30% of your final grade (Due date=TBA)

(2)In addition, you are each required to give two in-class reports(details to follow) on images I will select from the Websites of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, https://www.ushmm.org/ and  from “German History in Documents and Images”
http://germanhistorydocs.ghi-dc.org/home.  To complete these assignments you will need to do research on the provenance, historical context and use of each image.
Each in-class presentation should be sent to me as an essay (2-3 pages in length)no later than one week after you present in class. (These assignments are each worth 15 % of your final grade)

(3)the final assignment for this class is to construct a Power Point(or alternative program) presentation on a specific theme or period  covered by this course using relevant documents and images you have selected from the Website, “German History in Documents and Images” http://germanhistorydocs.ghi-dc.org/ (20% of your final grade/details to be discussed in class). Due no later than the end of the day in May on which a final exam would be scheduled for this course.

Class attendance and participation count for 20 per cent of your final grade. I will be using the full range of +/- grades

HIS 350L • Poland/The Sec World War

38970 • Lichtenstein, Tatjana
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM RLP 2.606
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One historian has described Poland during the Second World War as “the devil’s playground.” During the war, 1 in 5 Pole died, hundreds of thousands were displaced, entire cities, regions, and communities destroyed. The Germans murdered almost all of Poland’s Jews and made the country the staging ground for the Holocaust. This course examines the occupation of Poland by Germany and the Soviet Union and the ways in which this dual occupation impacted people and their communities. We will explore topics such as the social and racial experiments undertaken by German and Soviet authorities; mass displacement and interethnic relations; collaboration and resistance; genocide and ethnic cleansing, as well as the ways in which the memory of the Second World War in Poland has evolved.

Texts (subject to change):
•    Wesley Adamczyk, When God Looked the Other Way: An Odyssey of War, Exile, and Redemption (The University of Chicago Press, 2004)
•    Jerzy Andrzejewski, Holy Week: A Novel of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising (1945)
•    The Diary of Mary Berg: Growing Up in the Warsaw Ghetto (originally published 1945)
•    Jan T. Gross, Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community of Jedwabne, Poland (Penguin, 2000).
•    Jan Karski, Story of a Secret State: My Report to the World (Georgetown University Press, reprint edition, 2013)
•    Halik Kochanski, The Eagle Unbowed: Poland and the Poles in the Second World War (Harvard University Press, 2012)
•    Course reader

Attendance and Participation                30%
Book Essay I                         15%
Book Essay II                        15%
Group Project (Presentation)                40%

HIS 350L • Race, Science, And Racism

38930 • Martinez, Alberto
Meets T 3:30PM-6:30PM GAR 0.132
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This course explores important episodes in the history of biology regarding the classification of human races. For ages, human groups have endured conflicts with one another over racial differences and prejudices. However, according to many biologists and scientists, human races do not even exist. We will discuss how bodily traits such as skin color have affected how scientists and societies struggle to understand human differences.

We will analyze racism in several contexts, such as the Spanish Inquisition, the history of slavery in the U.S., the history of eugenics, the Civil Rights era, etc. We will discuss how classifications of races have changed over time in the works scientists such as Georges, Buffon, Benjamin Franklin, Johann Blumenbach, Charles Darwin, and others. We will analyze claims from popular books in light of primary historical sources. We will also trace the evolution of categories such as “black,” “white,” “Asian,” “Hispanic,” etc. We will discuss why such categories have varied in different places. We will especially analyze how racial categories have changed over time in government and institutions, such as the U.S. Census, and Texas public schools and universities.

Students will each freely propose topics that draw their curiosity. Students will be trained to make original historical findings rath.er than echo statements from history books. Throughout the semester, the students will present findings from their ongoing research projects

HIS 350L • Revolutionary Russia

38935 • Wynn, Charters
Meets T 3:30PM-6:30PM MEZ 1.102
(also listed as REE 335)
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The revolutionary turmoil of the 1917 Revolutions, and the
Civil War the Communists' seizure of power triggered, allow us to examine
in depth the political, social, economic, and cultural dynamics at work in
early twentieth-century Russia. The Russian Revolution, which began in
1905, provides much of the prism through which we view processes of
revolutionary change. Moreover, the mass and variety of scholarly attention
lavished on it makes Revolutionary Russia an ideal subject for studying
different approaches to history. The issue of possible alternative outcomes,
which has always engaged Western historians of the Russian Revolution, is
now of considerable interest in the former Soviet Union, which once again
finds itself in a state of flux, facing an uncertain future.

HIS 350L • Stalin's Russia At War

38945 • Wynn, Charters
Meets WF 2:00PM-3:30PM RLP 2.606
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Violence, famine, and epidemic disease took more than fifty million Soviet lives between 1914 and 1953.  Over half of these deaths occurred between 1941 and 1945, when the Soviet Union fought the most savage and immense war in history.  No other nation ever endured anything like it.  The Soviets defeated the invading Axis powers despite the purge of its military leadership in 1937, horrible mistakes at the outset of the war, and widespread hostility within the country to the Stalinist regime.  We will focus on the impact of the Stalinist state’s brutal revolution from above, popular and elite fears and beliefs during the Great Terror, the death and destruction during the German occupation, as well as the courage and barbarism in the fight to the death on the Eastern Front, especially during the Battles of Moscow, Stalingrad, Kursk, and Berlin.  Evaluating the role of Stalin (or “Uncle Joe” as the American and British public knew him) and his inner circle, as well as what the Stalinist Revolution and “Great Patriotic War” meant for ordinary Soviets, will be of particular concern.

HIS 350L • The Chinese In Diaspora

38950 • Hsu, Madeline
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM GAR 3.116
(also listed as AAS 325, ANS 361)
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In a self-proclaimed “nation of immigrants” such as the United States, our narratives of migration, race, and ethnicity emphasize themes of acculturation and assimilation symbolized by the metaphor of the “melting pot.”  In this class, we will explore experiences of migration, adaptation, and settlement from the perspective of an emigrant society--China--which has one of the longest and most diverse histories of sending merchants, workers, artisans, diplomats, missionaries, and so forth, overseas.  Over the last millennia, Chinese have migrated around the world and made homes under a great range of adversity and opportunity, producing many fascinating stories of encounters with difference and the building of common ground. Drawing upon this rich set of narratives, we will consider some of the following topics:  As ethnic Chinese have moved and settled in so many places among such diverse societies, what is Chinese about the Chinese diaspora? What kinds of skills and attributes have helped Chinese to become arguably one of the most successful migrant groups? What do Chinese share in common with other migrant groups? How do Chinese adapt their identities and cultures under different circumstances?  What can Chinese experiences of migration contribute to contemporary debates and perceptions of migrants and different kinds of migration?
Chirot, Daniel and Anthony Reid, ed. Essential Outsiders: Chinese and Jews in the Modern Transformation of Southeast Asia and Central Europe. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press, 1997.

Kuhn, Philip A. Chinese Among Others: Emigration in Modern Times. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2008.

Chan, Shelly. Diaspora’s Homeland: Modern China in the Age of Global Migration (Duke 2018)
Hsu, Madeline. Dreaming of Gold, Dreaming of Home: Transnationalism and Migration between the United States and Southern China, 1882-1943 (Stanford 2000)

Roberts, J.A.G., China to Chinatown: Chinese Food in the West. London: Reaktion, 2002.

Wang Gungwu. The Chinese Overseas: From Earthbound China to the Quest for Autonomy. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2000.

25 % Class participation and attendance

24 % Two 2-3 page book reviews

36 % 9-10 page research paper

10 % In-class presentation of research

5% peer review

HIS 350R • Black Women On Trial

38975 • Farmer, Ashley
Meets MW 10:00AM-11:30AM PAR 206
(also listed as AFR 374D, WGS 340)
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This seminar course provides an overview of race, class, gender, and sexuality constructs in the late 19th and early 20th century using the public trials of women. Students will investigate the trials of women like Rosa Lee Ingram and Angela Davis in the context of their historical moment while also exploring how these women shaped, and were shaped by, contemporaneous definitions of rape, civil disobedience, sexual harassment, and self-defense. Students will examine primary media coverage of the trials along with secondary sources on race, gender, and queer theory to learn how these historical moments shaped and reflected public understandings of womanhood, race, class, and sex. By the end of the course, participants will have a more nuanced understanding of American history and the ways in which race, class, gender, and sexuality shape public opinions of womanhood today.


HIS 350R • Debating Amer Revolution

38995 • Olwell, Robert
Meets W 3:00PM-6:00PM GAR 2.112
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In this course, students will examine, through discussions, lectures, and an extended exercise in historical role playing, the precipitant events and ideas leading up to the American Declaration of Independence in July 1776. The first half of the semester will be comprised of lectures, readings, and discussions on the Imperial Crisis between Britain and the British American colonies. The second half of the semester will be organized around the “Reacting to the Past” game: “Patriots, Loyalists, and Revolution, in New York City, 1775-1776” (created by William Offutt). At the start of the game, students will each be assigned a “character” (who might be a patriot, loyalist, or neutral, wealthy, “middling,” poor, or slave) who they will portray through the subsequent six class sessions, moving through time from the spring of 1776 until the summer of 1776. Students must individually determine, describe, and depict how they believe their character would respond to historical events, and attempt to persuade others to support their position. Collectively, the class will decide if New York City will decide to join the revolution and declare independence or support the King in his effort to suppress the rebellion. During this half of the course, besides their active participation in the “game,” students will each write several “position papers” explaining their assigned character’s perspective on changing events.

HIS 350R • Women In Postwar America

38985 • Green, Laurie
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM GAR 2.128
(also listed as AMS 370, WGS 345)
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This upper division history seminar examines U.S. women's history in the mid-twentieth century, roughly from World War II to the 1970s. Students have the opportunity to explore important themes far more deeply than is possible in a lecture course covering a longer period. While looking at what women did, the course explores historical understandings of womanhood, manhood and sexuality that became central to the cultural politics and social conflicts of the postwar period. This approach raises fresh questions about well-known episodes of U.S. history. Why, for example, do most Americans remember Rosa Parks only as a demure seamstress who initiated the Montgomery Bus Boycott because she was too tired to give up her seat to a white? Why do many imagine the women’s liberation movement of the 1960s as one of white middle-class bra burners? We explore how various groups (e.g., suburban girls, women of color, working-class women, immigrants, queer women and others) differently negotiated ideas of family, work, and sexuality. The goal is not to arrive at a universal or normative history of women, gender, and sexuality, but to explore how race, place, citizenship, and class shaped them. In doing so, we examine roots of issues that continue to have political purchase today. Weekly classes include discussion of readings, short lectures, films, and writing workshops.



As a course with Writing and Independent Inquiry flags, this seminar is designed to help students develop historical writing, research, and analytical skills needed to pursue their own intellectual voyages of discovery in the history of women, gender and sexuality in mid-twentieth-century American culture. Graded assignments include three short projects: 1) a media research essay focused on 1945-1960; 2) an oral history conducted by students with woman who were activists at University of Texas in the 1960s/70s; 3) a 5-6-page essay about the most important material from the oral history. These oral histories will become part of the Austin Women Activists Oral History Collection at the Briscoe Library, which began in Fall 2017 with contributions from students who took this course.


Evaluation based on:

Participation and attendance

Media research essay

Oral history for Austin Women Activists project

Essay about student’s oral history

Submission of brief assignments


Boyd, Nan Alamilla, Wide-Open Town: A History of Queer San Francisco to 1965

Douglas, Susan J. Where the Girls Are: Growing Up Female with the Mass Media

Meyerowitz, Joanne, ed. Not June Cleaver: Women and Gender in Postwar America, 1945-1960

Orleck, Annelise, Rethinking American Women’s Activism (Routledge). Shakur, Assata. Assata: An Autobiography

Dreyer, Thorne, Alice Embree, and Richard Croxdale. Celebrating the Rag: Austin’s Iconic Underground Newspaper

HIS 350R • Women In Sickness & Health

38990 • Seaholm, Megan
Meets TH 3:30PM-6:30PM GAR 1.134
(also listed as WGS 345)
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In this seminar students will explore the experience of American women, in sickness and in health. Students will learn about medical and biological views of woman and women’s health, the social context of those views, the development of medical practices and, indeed, a new medical specialty, for the treatment of illness and debility. This study of American women focuses on the 19th and 20th century and looks at the experience of Native-American women, African-American women, Latinas, working class women, and white middle- and upper-class women. Health topics include menarche and menstruation, childbirth, birth control and abortion, gynecological disorders and reproductive organ cancers, as well as mental health and mental illness.

Assigned reading will include:
Judith Walzer Leavitt, Women and Health in America, 2nd ed., 1999.
Dorothy and Richard Wertz, Lying-In:  Childbirth in America
Barron Lerner, The Breast Cancer Wars, 2001
AND several scholarly essays posted on Canvas on a variety of related topics

Class participation = 30% of course grade
Writing assignments = 70% of course grade
Three 3-5 page essays = 14% each; for total of 42% of course grade;
8-10 page essay = 28% of course grade

HIS 350R • Women, Gender & Black Power

38980 • Farmer, Ashley
Meets MW 1:00PM-2:30PM PAR 208
(also listed as AFR 374D, WGS 340)
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The black power movement has not only shaped how we think of American society and race relations, but also how we think about gender roles and gender equality. This course examines the movement through the experiences of African American women activists as well as gender and sexuality constructs that prevailed during the second half of the twentieth century. The class will familiarize students with the history of the black power movement and examine scholarship about how femininity, masculinity, and heterosexuality shaped and were shaped by the struggle. By the end of the course, students will be familiar with the leading female figures of the movement as well as be able to engage in critical debates about the intersection of gender, sexuality, and African American activism.  

HIS 351D • Alexander/Hellenistic World

39000-39010 • Perlman, Paula
Meets MW 12:00PM-1:00PM MEZ 1.120
(also listed as AHC 325)
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Alexander and the Hellenistic World

This course covers Greek history from the subordination of Greece to Philip II, king of Macedonia, and his heir and successor Alexander the Great, in 338 BCE through the Hellenistic world's loss of independence to Rome some 300 years later. This era is defined by the charismatic figure of Alexander the Great and by his military campaigns, which led to the conquest of all the eastern Mediterranean and made possible the spread of Greek culture all over Anatolia, Persia, Mesopotamia, Syria, and Egypt. After Alexander's death, his empire was divided into the three Hellenistic kingdoms of Egypt, Syria, and Macedonia until Rome's progressive absorption of them in the 2nd and 1st c. BCE.

The course will devote roughly equal time to covering major events and personalities, exploring key developments in culture and society, and examining the various types of evidence available for the era (literary, epigraphic, papyrological, and archeological sources). There will be two hours of lecture and one hour of discussion each week. The two lectures will combine historical outline with the exploration of specific themes and problems, such as systems of government, social structures, economy, culture, religion, and war, while the discussion sections will be focused on how to analyze, interpret, and use ancient sources.

This course carries the Global Cultures flag.

HIS 353 • French Revolution And Napoleon

39015 • Coffin, Judith
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM JGB 2.218
(also listed as CTI 375, EUS 346)
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The French revolution is one of the most famous events in history. Historians, social scientists, and politicians have studied and debated it for over two centuries, and they still have not resolved the fundamental questions it raises. Why does a regime collapse? How is a new state built? Why are some revolutions peaceful while others become protracted and violent? The human drama, too, of this tumultuous decade and a half is irresistible. How were extraordinary careers made and then lost? How did people take sides? How did ordinary people survive?
            In this course, we’ll use the French revolution to think about all these questions concretely. We have three aims, and they are all related. The first is to help you master the major events and developments of the revolution itself. The second is to understand what those events meant at the time and how their importance has been magnified since – how, in other words, they have produced classic political arguments about the conditions for democracy, the sources of rights, and the process of historical change itself. The required readings represent some of those arguments. Third, we consider how the revolution has shaped the world, and how it compares with other revolutions, including ones going on right now.

Rousseau, The Social Contract
William Doyle, The French Revolution: A Very Short History
Timothy Tackett, When the King Took Flight
Timothy Tackett, The Coming of the Terror in the French Revolution
David Bell, Napoleon, A Biography

•    2 4-5 page take home papers (25% each)  (total 50% of grade**)
•    1 comprehensive test (25%)
•    group political club assignments (25%).
•     points deducted for more than 2 absences and points added for participation in discussion sessions if we have them.Historians care about writing. It is impossible to separate form from content, and both count in your grade. Check your grammar, sentence structure, and word usage. Go to the writing center. Have someone read and comment on your paper. Give yourself time to revise.

HIS 355N • Main Curr Of Amer Cul To 1865

39020 • Smith, Mark
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM BUR 130
(also listed as AMS 355)
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In many ways, what we now call the United States began as a national entity as a blank slate.  As late as two hundred years ago, there was no conception of what it meant to be American.  Yet, within seventy-five years, this entity would fight its most bloody and vicious war ever over insistence upon this very identity. 


This course traces the concept of the American identity in cultural terms from the time of first settlements up until the Civil War.  We will study not politics per se but political ideas and institutions as well as such subjects as religion, work, gender roles, race, painting, literature, philosophy, the law, and social reform.  Throughout the course and especially in the assigned reading the emphasis will be upon the interaction of the lives of ordinary people including women, Native Americans, ethnic immigrants, and African Americans and the newly developing ideas and institutions that helped create this new American identity.  The books, indeed, will all be about very specific ordinary people—except for the very extraordinary Frederick Douglass—and the impact of a rapidly changing society upon their lives.

HIS 356K • Main Curr Amer Cul Since 1865

39025 • Gaughen, Brendan
Meets MW 4:00PM-5:30PM BUR 220
(also listed as AMS 356)
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This course explores how different communities organized around identifiers such as race, ethnicity, national origin, class, gender, and ideology have negotiated with and contributed to changing conceptions of American identity. This course follows a rough chronology of the past 150 years, demonstrating changes and consistencies in social attitudes regarding individual, communal, and national identities, revealing a century and a half of political and social conflicts that complicate narratives of national consensus.

HIS 356P • US In The Civil Rights Era

39030 • Green, Laurie
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM UTC 3.124
(also listed as AFR 374D, AMS 321)
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A half century after the high point of the Civil Rights Movement in the U.S., most American students learn about the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott, the 1957 Little Rock conflict over school desegregation, the 1963 March on Washington, and the fire hoses in Birmingham. Far fewer encounter the less-televised moments of civil rights history, the meanings of freedom that included but went beyond desegregation, and the breadth of participation by local people. It is even less common to consider other movements that paralleled the black freedom movement among, for example, Mexican Americans, Native Americans, and Asian Americans. Taking a comparative perspective, this upper division lecture course explores these aspects of the civil rights era. It also examines their larger historical context within American culture from the Second World War to the present. Finally, we consider questions about the writing of history: What does it mean to look back at such historic events with the benefit of hindsight?  How did they come about?  What changed?  What did not?  

Possible texts-
Cone, James H . Martin and Malcolm and America: A Dream or a Nightmare            :
Mankiller, Wilma. Mankiller: A Chief and Her People.
Garcia, Mario T. Blowout! Sal Castro and the Chicano Struggle for Educational Justice
Martin, Waldo E.  Brown v. Board of Education: A Brief History with Documents
Sellers, Cleveland.  The River of No Return: The Autobiography of a Black Militant and the Life and Death of SNCC          
Strum, Philippa. Mendez v. Westminster: School Desegregation and Mexican American Civil Rights.
Takaki, Ronald.  Double Victory: A Multicultural History of America in World War II

Three reading handouts  (5% each, 15% total)
Three in-class exams  (20% each, 60% total)
Five-page essay  (25%)
Regular class attendance (5%)

HIS 356S • Amer Pres 1789 To Present

39035 • Brands, Henry
Meets MW 1:00PM-2:30PM UTC 3.124
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For more than a century, the presidency has occupied the center of American politics. Yet the modern presidency bears faint resemblance to the institution the founders created in the 1780s. This course will examine the presidency and the individuals who have held it, with an eye toward discovering trends of historical and contemporary interest. Topics will include the presidency in the Constitution, the emergence of political parties, the role of the president as diplomat-in-chief, the presidency and the sectional crisis, the president at war, the emergence of the United States as a world power, the president as a celebrity, the family lives of presidents, and the president and the evolving media.


An essential part of the course will be the attempt to understand what goes into presidential decisions. Successful presidents differ from unsuccessful presidents chiefly in their ability to make good decisions: to do the right thing. How does a president know what is the right thing? Whose interests and opinions does he weigh? How does he enact or enforce right decisions? Students will examine case studies of crucial presidential decisions. By close reading of primary historical documents – letters, diaries, speeches, government documents, newspaper accounts – students will reconstruct the presidential decision process. They will make the arguments for and against presidential decisions. They will explain and defend the decisions they would have made in the president’s place.
Required books

George Washington, by James MacGregor Burns and Susan Dunn
Thomas Jefferson, by Joyce Appleby
Woodrow Wilson, by H. W. Brands
Harry S. Truman, by Robert Dallek
Richard M. Nixon, by Elizabeth Drew
Case study materials
Jefferson and the Louisiana Purchase
Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation
Theodore Roosevelt and Panama
Wilson and the Lusitania
Truman and the atom bomb
Nixon and the Pentagon Papers

Daily in-class writing assignments (100 words each)
Two book reviews (500 words each)
Three case studies (1000 words each)

Daily writing assignments: 25 percent
Book reviews: 25 percent
Case studies: 50 percent

HIS 359R • History Of West Africa

39045 • Falola, Oloruntoyin
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM UTC 3.134
(also listed as AFR 345C)
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This course examines the history of West Africa from around ca. AD 1000 to the present. The approach focuses on key themes within a chronological framework. The syllabus is divided into four major eras: States and State Formations till 1800; the Nineteenth Century; Colonial period; and the Post-colonial. The course emphasizes key regional innovations generated by women, farmers, political leaders, and others. As many of the events took place in the concept of a "global world", the connections between West Africa and other parts of Africa, Europe and the Americas are woven into the weekly lectures. West Africa operated but at the regional level, but also as part of a larger African continent and the Atlantic World. Local and regional events are treated in relations to global events and their consequences.
Course Objectives:
    1    To learn how to assess historical materials (their relevance to a given interpretative problem, their reliability and their importance) and to determine the biases present within particular scholarship. These include not only historical documents, but literature and films as well.
    2    To identify and discuss the main themes in West African history.
    3    To recognize the dynamic nature of African history and culture, and to apply new knowledge of the different agencies that have impacted upon the region.

Required Texts:
Course package, one fiction, and primary documents

HIS 362G • Darwin On Origin Of Species

39052 • Alaniz, Rodolfo
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM MEZ 1.210
(also listed as CTI 370)
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Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species introduced a radical concept during the nineteenth century, and his idea remains a pervasive part of our world today. Natural selection has become a dominant scientific idea, an element of sociopolitical thought, and a flash point for religious controversy. Our seminar explores Darwin's argument for evolution in its original context, through a close reading of On the Origin of Species, a partial reading of Descent of Man, and a few responses of from his contemporaries. We will examine this collection in the various ways that it can be–and has been–read, both as a historical document and as a literary statement about the natural world.   
Texts: Alfred Russel Wallace, “On The Tendency of Varieties to Depart Indefinitely from the Original Type” (1858). Charles Darwin, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life (1859) & The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex (1871). 
Grading: Participation and attendance 30%, midterm paper 30%, final paper 40%.

HIS 362G • Heretics & Freedom Fighters

39065 • Roberts, Jason
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM BUR 228
(also listed as EUS 346, GSD 360, R S 357)
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This course reaches back to the first centuries of Protestantism in Central Europe, from about 1400 to about 1700. The Czech Lands, under the names of Bohemia and Moravia, and under the dominion of the Habsburg Emperors of the Holy Roman Empire, were heavily implicated in the various breaks from and returns to Catholicism, as the reformation started by Luther gave way to the counter-reformation of the organized Catholic Church, resisting the fracturing of its One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. This hotbed of religious dissidence pitted newly emerging Protestant groups on several sides of each doctrinal and political issue that arose as the region sought its religious identity: Utraquists, Hussites, Lutherans, Calvinists, and Czech Brethren, and others.  

The course will explore the theologies, politics, and personal identities that emerged, and passed away in this era through the accounts in primary sources, including the writings of the reformers as well as through the lenses provided by current scholarship. In addition, the course examines the visual arts and music (especially hymns) that played such a huge role in this battle for land, power, hearts, and minds shaping the lives of believers and non-believers alike. The course concludes with an examination of the evolutions within Catholicism reflected in the Catholic catechism as a result of the Counter-Reformation.

HIS 362G • The World Of The Victorians

39070 • Levine, Philippa
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM MEZ B0.306
(also listed as EUS 346)
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Britain in the Victorian age has been subject to a great deal of myth-making. It is often seen as a prudish age in which women were kept in the home and children were seen and not heard. This course will offer a more realistic view of the period, as well as exploring how such visions of the Victorian era came about in the twentieth century.

The course is intended to introduce students to the main contours of social and cultural British history both in Britain and in its burgeoning empire. It will examine the paradoxes and contradictions that characterize late eighteenth and nineteenth-century British society, and explore what the idea of “being British” might be said to mean at this time. ‘The World of the Victorians’ offers a broad survey of Victorian social and cultural history, and will include such topics as religion, sexuality, gender, class, family life, the countryside and the city, science and society, and much more.

HIS 362G • Three French Wars: 20th Cen

39055 • Coffin, Judith
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM RLP 2.606
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This course focuses on 20th century France, with an emphasis on three critical conflicts: World War One, World War Two, and the Algerian war.  
      At the beginning of the 20th century, France stood as a beacon of democracy, individual rights, and cultural unity. In 1940, France became the most dramatic case of the sudden and devastating collapse of all that –of the corrosive effects of the Great Depression, political polarization, xenophobia, and authoritarianism.
      Why did France (and Europe) collapse? How did the country (and the continent) recover? We will look at the victory of World War I, the defeat of 1940, collaboration and resistance, and then World War II’s difficult aftermath. France was an empire as well as a nation-state, and we will study how the violent dissolution of that empire, especially the Algerian war, has contributed to creating the country we will visit in May.

Arthur Koestler, Scum of the Earth
Hélène Berr, The Journal of Hélène Berr
Marguerite Duras, The War

Attendance is required, as per Normandy regulations.
- Discussions of reading, lectures, and films, and short writing assignments: 20 %. Since this is a small class,
participation and quality of participation matter. Prepare carefully, and be prepared to talk or write about the readings.
Listen to each other. Be prepared to summarize another person’s argument, especially when you disagree with it. Do not
consider your own position final. Bring everyone in to the discussion. Discussion is a collective as well as an
individual responsibility.
- 3 short papers: 2 of them 4 pages (25% each); one 6 pages (30%)

HIS 362G • Vienna: Memory/The City-Aut

39060 • Hoelscher, Steven
(also listed as AMS 370, EUS 346, GRG 356T, GSD 360)
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Topics in European History.

May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

HIS 363K • Cuba In Question-Cub

39075 • Arroyo Martinez, Jossianna
(also listed as AFR 372G, LAS 328, SPC 320C)
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May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.


HIS 363K • Mapping Latin America

39085 • Del Castillo, Lina
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM SRH 1.115
(also listed as GRG 356T, LAS 330)
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The main objective of the course is to understand the role of maps in the creation of Latin America as a specific sort of place.  As such, the course itself will allow students to become familiar with a broad overview of Latin American history from Pre-Columbian civilizations to the modern period.

HIS 363K • Politics Of Food In Latin Amer

39080 • Zazueta, Maria
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM SRH 1.320
(also listed as LAS 366)
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May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.


HIS 364G • Gender And Modern India

39110 • Chatterjee, Indrani
Meets MW 4:00PM-5:30PM GAR 1.126
(also listed as ANS 361, WGS 340)
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This is a three-part course that examines the shifting nature of modernity between precolonial and colonial periods in the Indian subcontinent. The first part immerses students in plural ways of thinking, inhabiting and performing gender. They will be asked to read Sufi and Bhakti poetry, distinguish between biological personhood and social selfhood, place relationships of men and women in wider matrixes of kinship, caste-jati, economy and class formations. The second part will enable students to explore British colonial legal, administrative and economic processes in 1700-1900. These processes reconstituted older codes of gender as well as the structures within which women experienced marriage, abortion, inheritance, divorce and death. In the final segment, each student will evaluate how these developments empowered some women while disabling others. They will learn to assess the contradictory movements by undertaking direct research into one of the reform movements of the nineteenth or twentieth century, or by writing a review essay based on the available books on this theme in the UT library.

Required Reading: 1 text book, 1 novel, and multiple articles and primary documents posted by the instructor on Canvas ( Students must buy:  Geraldine Forbes, Women in Modern India (Cambridge University Press, revised edition) and  Bapsi Sidhwa, Ice Candy Man (older title) Cracking India (new title, Penguin Books, 1989, 1991, 2006).

Required Written Work: 1 map quiz (10), 2 short responses (20) , 1 mid-term with IDs (30), 1 final essay (20).

Grading is based on Attendance (10), in-class discussion of a document (10), and all segments of written work (80)

HIS 364G • Hist Food/Heal China Taiwan

39088 • Lai, Chiu-Mi
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM RLP 0.118
(also listed as ANS 361)
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(Meets with HIS 364G)

Carries the Global Cultures Flag

In Chinese history, food and healing shared the same set of cosmological assumptions, all of which had to do with harmonizing the “vital energy,” “breath” or “life force” (qi) of the body with the mind. The Chinese holistic approach to the concept of “well-being” by eating, taking medicine and engaging in the healing arts, was to ensure that all of these activities created a healthy balance. Lectures, discussion and coursework will focus on the cultural, historical, philosophical, social, and scientific background against which the connection between food and healing has evolved through history. The course will address how this holistic approach has manifested in China and Taiwan today, and form the basis of the final research inquiry projects, some of which may also be applied to Austin and Houston locales.

Introduction – What is the connection between food and healing in Chinese history?

Section I – Concepts of well-being, the mind and body, “health and healing”

Section II – History of food, the connection between food and healing, food as medicine

Section III – Healing Practices in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan


E.N. Anderson, The Food of China (Yale, 1990)

Paul U. Unschuld, trans. Karen Reimers, What is Medicine – Western and Eastern Approaches to Healing (University of California Press, 2009)

            Further Reading (selections available on Canvas/Files)

HIS 364G • Islam Early Mod World:rel/Cult

39089 • Moin, A
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM GAR 2.128
(also listed as ISL 372, MES 343, R S 358)
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In this course, we will examine the religious and cultural developments across the Islamic world between the thirteenth and the eighteenth centuries, stemming from the rise of the Mongols and the end of the caliphate. After the Mongols destroyed the Abbasid caliphate in Baghdad in 1258 and established their rule in large swathes of Asia, the Islamic world entered an era of momentous change. In Iran, Central Asia, and parts of the Middle East, Muslim religious identities experienced a phase of “confessional ambiguity,” marked by the widespread veneration of saints and shrines. To explore the significance of these shifts, we will focus on three themes: the spread of a new type of devotional, shrine-centered, Sufi Islam across Muslim Asia and the Indian Ocean world; the development of a new style of Islamic sovereignty that replaced the caliphate; and the rise of new forms of knowledge, both scientific and artistic, sponsored by the early modern Muslim empires of the Ottomans, Safavids, and the Mughals.


  • Stephen Dale, The Muslim Empires of the Ottomans, Safavids, and Mughals
  • Nile Green, Sufism: A Global History
  • Giancarlo Casale, The Ottoman Age of Exploration
  • Additional readings provided by instructor



  • Attendance: 10%
  • Quiz:10%
  • Essay: (6 pages) 20%
  • Mid-term: 30%
  • Final: 30%

HIS 364G • Mandela: The Man & His Politic

39090 • Chery, Tshepo
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM RLP 0.104
(also listed as AFR 374C)
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On December 5, 2013, the world mourned the loss of international icon: Nelson Mandela.

As president of the African National Congress and head of South Africa's anti-apartheid movement, he was instrumental in moving the nation toward a multiracial government and majority rule. His story is certainly one that is rooted in South African political history. Yet, his life, especially after enduring twenty-seven years of unjust imprisonment, captivated the world. He was revered as a champion of human rights and racial equality. As the former president of South Africa and a recipient of the Nobel peace prize, he became fixed in public consciousness as a remarkable model of supreme tolerance, generosity, grace, and reconciliation. This course relies on the personal and political history of Nelson Mandela to examine the history of modern South Africa. It seeks to unpack the Mandela as a mythical figure by examining some of the key experiences that shaped him as a man, revolutionary, and respected elder statesman. It will draw heavily on an array of primary evidence ranging from Mandela’s own writings, to government reports, contemporary newspaper articles and books, as well as popular art, films, and music. It critically traces his development across a range of issues from resistant strategies, gender, Pan-Africanism, as well as multiracialism, and nonviolence—hoping to give life to one of the most powerful and inspiring stories of the 20th century.

HIS 364G • Mid East Hist In 100 Objects

39095 • Mulder, Stephennie
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM ART 1.110
(also listed as ISL 373)
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May be repeated for credit when the topic titles vary.

HIS 364G • Precolonial India, 1200-1750

39100 • Talbot, Cynthia
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM GAR 1.126
(also listed as ANS 372)
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This course surveys the history of South Asia during the era prior to British colonial rule.  It begins ca. 1200 with the establishment of Muslim political power in North India and ends ca. 1750 with the emergence of British dominance in East India.  The large states which emerged in this period – the Delhi Sultanate, the Vijayanagara kingdom of South India, and the Mughal empire – incorporated  regions of South Asia that had previously been politically divided and stimulated the circulation of ideas, peoples, and goods throughout the subcontinent and beyond.  The increased scale of these political networks led to greater uniformity and communication in the society and economy of South Asia, as well as the growth of a pan-Indian elite culture.  At the same time, the diversity of South Asian culture and society increased during the timespan from 1200 to 1750, due to the influx of peoples and religions of foreign origin coming overland from Afghanistan and Persia and also overseas from Europe and elsewhere.   The roots of contemporary South Asia -– an area that is distinctly different from other parts of the world yet is also very diverse internally – thus lie in the precolonial era.
1) C. Asher & C. Talbot, India before Europe
2) Banarsidas, Ardhakathanak: A Half Story, trans. Rohini Chowdhury
3) excerpts from The Rehla of Ibn Battuta, Hasan Sizji's Morals of the Heart, 
    Baburnama, Humayunnama, Michael Fisher's Visions of Mughal India etc.
2 papers (4-6 pps each)= 40%
2 exams (ID & essay))= 50%
1 set of discussion questions=   5%
attendance & participation=   5%

HIS 364G • The Dead Sea Scrolls

39105 • Kaplan, Jonathan
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM RLP 1.106
(also listed as AHC 330, CTI 375, J S 364, MEL 321, MES 342, R S 353D)
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For almost seventy years, the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls has influenced significantly our understanding of Second Temple Judaism, the formation of the Bible, and the origins of the religious movements of Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism. This course presents an in-depth study of the Dead Sea Scrolls in order to understand better the development of law, interpretation, ritual, messianism, apocalypticism, and prayer in the late Second Temple period. This course will include discussion of the archaeology of the Qumran community, textual production and transmission in antiquity, scribal practices in antiquity, and pseudonymous authorship.



HIS 365G • Hist Of US-Mex Borderland

39125 • Alvarez, Chad
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM WAG 201
(also listed as MAS 364)
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The borderland occupies a prominent space in the political and social imaginations of both the United States and Mexico. For nearly two hundred years the border has provoked intense hostility and rancor. But it has also engendered cooperation and has fueled prosperity. This course invites students to go well beyond the clichés, stereotypes, and anecdotes that inform most discussions of the border, and challenges them to use the historical record to think in innovative ways about the borderland.


  • Participation 20%
  • Exam 1 40%
  • Exam 2 40%

HIS 365G • Race, Law, And US Society

39130 • Thompson, Shirley
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM BUR 224
(also listed as AFR 360, AMS 370)
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Partially fulfills legislative requirement for American history. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

HIS 365G • US/Britain/Global Order-Gbr

39115 • Lawrence, Mark
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Description: In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Great Britain was the world’s dominant power and chief proponent of a liberal international order.  By the middle of the twentieth century, a badly weakened Britain was mostly replaced by the United States in those roles.  But British thinking about diplomatic and military affairs exerted a strong influence on American strategy, and the two nations formed what became known as the “Special Relationship.”  This course, to be held in London as a Maymester, will explore the diplomatic and military history of the United Kingdom and Great Britain and especially how the two nations have interacted and shaped each other’s national security policies and visions of global order.  Classroom sessions will include faculty guest instructors from the renowned War Studies Department of Kings College London, and the course will be supplemented with regular field visits to historic sites in London and throughout the United Kingdom.  The group will also make a visit to the battlefields of Normandy.  

Possible readings include:
Andrew Roberts, Masters and Commanders: How Four Titans Won the War in the West, 1941-1945
Robert Kagan, The World America Made
Packet of photocopied essays and documents

Active participation in seminar (40 percent of course grade); daily reading response papers (20 percent); journal of approximately 20 pages due at the end of the program (40 percent).  

HIS 365G • Vietnam Wars

39120 • Lawrence, Mark
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM JGB 2.216
(also listed as AMS 321)
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This course introduces undergraduates to the complex and controversial history of the wars fought in Vietnam from 1941 to the 1980s.  It will focus especially on American intervention, but students should be aware that the course will devote careful attention to Vietnamese history as well as the history of French, Japanese, British, and Chinese interventions in Indochina.  In this way, the course will attempt to place the American war in the broad context of colonialism, nationalism, communism, and cold war.  

The class will begin by considering the development of Vietnamese nationalism and communism during the period of French colonialism.  It will then examine the profound impact of the Second World War, which brought about, in succession, Japanese, Chinese, and British intervention before the country fell once again under French domination.  The French war (1946 to 1954) will receive careful attention before the class shifts its focus to the United States for the second half of the semester.  Lectures and readings will consider many of the major controversies associated with the American war:  Why did the United States intervene despite the lack of tangible American interests in Vietnam?  To what extent and why did American policymakers misunderstand the nature of the war?  Was the war “winnable” in any meaningful sense?  If so, why did the United States fail to achieve its objectives?  What social, cultural, and political legacies has the war produced in the United States and Vietnam?

Class time will consist of lecture, film clips, and discussion.  Students will be expected to read approximately 150 pages a week.
Possible readings include:
Mark Philip Bradley, The Vietnamese War
Christian Appy, Working Class War
Robert S. McNamara, In Retrospect
George Herring, America’s Longest War
William Lederer and Eugene Burdick, The Ugly American

Requirements will likely include a few reading quizzes (25%), a paper of approximately 5-6 pages (25 %), a midterm examination (25 %), and a final (25%).  Students will have the opportunity to improve their grades through class participation but not through extra credit assignments.

HIS 366N • US And Mexico Relations

39133 • Alvarez, Chad
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM GAR 2.112
(also listed as MAS 374)
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Course Description:

The histories of the United States and Mexico have long been intertwined. The societies and economies of both nations are also interdependent. This course examines the nature of this relationship, beginning with the U.S.-Mexico War in 1846 and culminating in the present day. Though interactions between both countries have often been fraught with tension, we will strive in this course to understand the complexities of the bilateral relationship in ways that go well beyond oversimplified narratives of unauthorized migration and smuggling. In particular, we will focus on the social dimensions of trade, environmental history, and the relationship between Mexican history and the history of Mexican Americans.

HIS 366N • Violence And Visual Culture

39134 • Brower, Benjamin
Meets TH 9:30AM-12:30PM POB 3.336
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Summary: This Globalized Classrooms course will ask students to consider the impact of visual culture (photographs, documentary film, and video) on practices of political violence in the last 200 years. Students will pursue a research project focused on a specific event or theme.  Students’ archival research will concentrate itself on the Bibliothèque de Documentation Internationale Contemporaine (BDIC) on the Université de Paris Nanterre campus and the Harry Ransom Center (HRC) located at the University of Texas, Austin.  This archival research will be framed theoretically and methodologically with prior readings and preparation.  Students will work in mixed teams of UT and Nanterre students who will coordinate their efforts via electronic media and research blogs.  Teams will produce a final multimedia project and papers presenting their team’s findings and conclusions.

Topic/Problematique: The mass proliferation of images has changed political violence in the modern era in important ways. Governments can no longer hide violent practices but must reckon with the impact of factual images on public opinion.  At the same time, films and photography can manipulate viewers or indulge reactionary voyeurism and sadism, such as the phenomena known as “militainment” wherein wars are seen as entertainment.  There is also the problem of what is called today “fake news” deliberately manipulated evidence, that can draw an epistemological fog across troubling events.  The dynamic of this problem connecting violence, images, and politics can be traced within the genre of wartime photography and films.  For example, in the mid-nineteenth century, pioneer British photographer Roger Fenton stunned viewers with his stark images of the Crimean War (held at the HRC). Instead of the action and heroism previously portrayed in paintings, his photographs showed the chaos and confusion of the battlefield with all the realism of the new medium.  When Matthew Brady included corpses in his US Civil War photographs the impact was sealed.  War was no longer a simple theatre of glory but had to be approached in its “terrible reality and earnestness” as the New York Times wrote in 1862.  Early war photography struggled nonetheless to emancipate itself from traditional views. Its incapacity to reflect the heroic battles of the illustrated papers' engravings disappointed operators and audiences alike in the first decades of the new media. By the 1900s, technological changes modified the perspective and a new face of battle emerged from the “kodakisation” of photographic practices.
The realism of photographs and films certainly did not put a stop to war, but it intensified and transformed struggles on the battlefield of public opinion.  This can be seen at the end of the twentieth century. Thus, the infamous Abu Ghraib torture photos transformed global public opinion against U.S. practices in occupied Iraq.  Outside of war zones, the films and photos documenting migrant suffering have also mobilized public opinion in important ways (see these BDIC films).  The photographs and films of social movements have also moved politics, such as the struggles around civil rights, decolonization (see Eli Kagan archive BDIC), student and workers’ movements (see Raymon Depardon’s photos of 1968 Massacre in Mexico City held by the HRC). In all these cases, visual media cast unflattering light on violence.  In many cases visual images can humanize victims of political violence, like Vladimir Ablamski’s rare photos of life inside the Soviet Gulag (held at the BDIC).
Of course, photographs and films can work to reinforce, legitimate, and extend violence. Examples of this include “embedded” images and their highly partial vision of violence; macabre photos and films intended as terrifying warnings to enemies (like the 1871 photograph of bodies of Parisian worker killed in the suppression of the Commune, held by the HRC); hostage photos and political snuff films, or more recently homemade battlefield videos made by combatants who give a grassroots image of themselves, often in a highly unflattering light. Thus the political work of visual culture and violence emerges in varied and unpredictable ways.  It will be the task of students in this course to historicize this question by working on specific events in team projects researching original archival sources.

Course work and organization: In this course, UT students will collaborate with students in the Department of Anglophone Studies, Université Paris Nanterre.  The main focus will be on student research in primary historical sources, focusing on the rich collections held by the Harry Ransom Center the Harry Ransom Center and La Bibliothèque de Documentation Internationale Contemporaine.  These two archives rank among the richest collections in the world for photographic and film sources, giving students an unrivaled research experience.

Students will combine their research projects with readings that will provide the necessary perspectives to effectively contextualize their sources and pose historiographically meaningful questions to them.  Course work and research will connect across the Atlantic with simultaneous teaching technologies along with asynchronous course work and discussions via a shared Canvas site.   The combined UT-Paris Nanterre student teams will cultivate cross cultural perspectives to questions of common concern. English will be the language of instruction and research.

You will need to purchase the following books (order placed at University Coop), or use reserve copies in the Perry-Castañeda Library.  Some titles are also available electronically through the library catalogue.
•    Jacqueline Goldsby, A Spectacular Secret: Lynching in American Life and Literature (selections).
•    Jean Baudrillard, The Gulf War Did Not Take Place (selections).
•    Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography (selections).
•    Zahid R. Chaudhary, Afterimage of Empire: Photography in Nineteenth-Century India (selections)
•    Georges Didi-Huberman, Images in Spite of All – Four Photographs from Auschwitz (selections)
•    Susie Linfield, The Cruel Radiance: Photography and Political Violence  (selections)
•    James Ryan, Picturing Empire: Photography and the Visualization of the British Empire (selections)
•    Susan Sontag, Regarding the Pain of Others

Additional required readings, as noted in schedule of class meetings, will be available electronically via Canvas.  

Other: Required material in the course also includes several films.  Students will watch these on their own prior to the scheduled discussion.  Please see the schedule of class meetings.

HIS 375L • Stuart England, 1603-1689

39135 • Kramer, William
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM JGB 2.202
(also listed as EUS 346)
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This lecture course explores the most significant political, religious, social, economic and cultural developments in seventeenth-century England. The unifying theme of the course is the problem of revolution, and the lectures investigate the causes, nature, and development of the two revolutions of the seventeenth century—the Puritan Revolution of the 1640s and the Glorious Revolution of 1688-89. The lectures are topical and therefore do not follow a strict chronological order.

Roger Lockyer, Tudor and Stuart Britain (3rd ed., 2005)
Brian Levack, Witch-Hunting in Scotland (208)
Barry Coward, Oliver Cromwell  (1991)
Peter Laslett (ed.), John Locke's Two Treatises of Government (2nd ed., 1989)

HIS 376F • The US And Second World War

39140 • Stoff, Michael
Meets WF 10:00AM-11:30AM BUR 214
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This course fulfills part of the requirements for the Normandy Scholars Program as well as part of the American history requirement for the University and carries an Independent Inquiry Flag. It explores American involvement in the Second World War.  Among the topics covered are: American isolationism; the controversy over Pearl Harbor and American entry into the war; the rise of air power and strategic bombing; the conduct of war and diplomacy; everyday life and politics on the home front; the experience of battle; the use of the atomic bomb; the seeds of the Cold War; and conflicting visions of the postwar world.
No course can be encyclopedic. This one will divide its time between events in Europe and the Pacific without trying to cover either theater in all its detail. Two events, one in each theater, will serve as case studies for in-depth analysis: 1) the D-Day invasion and the opening of the “Second Front” in Europe; and 2) the atomic bombs and the surrender of Japan in the Pacific.

E. B. White & William Strunk, The Elements of Style
David Kennedy, The American People in World War II
E. B. Sledge, With the Old Breed
Michael B. Stoff et al., eds., The Manhattan Project: A Documentary Introduction
to the Atomic Age
Cornelius Ryan, The Longest Day

Class work consists of lectures and discussions of weekly reading assignments, lectures, and films.  Discussions constitute 20 percent of the course grade. Three in-class quizzes based on lectures and readings make up another 20 percent of the grade. A research paper, done in three stages, serves as the written portion of the workload and is worth 50 percent of the course grade.  Each student will also present his or her work orally. The oral presentation is worth 10 percent of the grade.

HIS 376G • Hitler/Nazism/World War II-Hon

39145 • Crew, David
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM GAR 2.128
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How was an obscure, unemployed Austrian, who never rose above the rank of corporal in the German army, able to become the leader of a mass political movement which overthrew the most democratic political system Germany had ever known? Why did Germany begin the most devastating and brutal war in world history just two decades after having lost the First World War? Why did the Nazi state systematically murder 6 million Jews? How did the implementation of Nazi plans for a “racial empire” affect the lives of millions of Europeans during the Second World War? And what is the legacy of the Third Reich, for Germany today? These are the primary questions addressed by this course.

Required Readings:
Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front
David F. Crew, Hitler and the Nazis. A History in Documents (New York: Oxford University Press, 2005)[also available on-line at the PCL as an e-book]
J. Noakes and G. Pridham(editors), Nazism. A History in Documents and Eyewitness Accounts, 1919-1945 (University of Exeter Press Edition: Volumes 2 &3)
Primo Levi, Survival in Auschwitz
We are also going to be working with the images at these two web-sites: http://germanhistorydocs.ghi-dc.org/ and http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/

A distinctive feature of this course is the fact that we will be working extensively with original documents, in translation. This will give you a more direct and immediate connection to the past, will allow you to experience, at first hand, the language and ideas of the period. It will also allow you to engage directly in the process of interpretation. Rather than simply ingesting the arguments of historians who write about the Nazi period, you will have the opportunity to analyze the "raw materials" with which historians themselves work.
Your general participation in class discussions (i.e. attendance + involvement) counts for 20% of the overall grade. There will be a take-home mid-term document essay (5-6 pages, 20% of the final grade).There is no final exam per se but you will have a Power Point assignment based upon the documents we have red and discussed in class(5-6 pages, 20% of the final grade). You will also be asked to write one short essay on any one of the books by Remarque or Levi (4-5 pages, 20% of final grade). Finally, you will be asked to write two brief (2-3 page) analyses of the visual evidence(photographs, propaganda, election posters, etc.) discussed in class and/or those that are available on the web-sites listed above. Each of these two assignments is worth 10% of the final grade. I will be using the full range of +/- grades.

HIS 378W • Capstone In History

39150 • Talbot, Cynthia
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM GAR 0.132
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"Cultural Encounters: Europe & Asia, 1450-1750" is the theme of this Capstone in History research seminar.  As individuals and their objects moved in larger and larger circuits around the world during this first era of globalization, they often interacted with people and places that were new to them.  This course focuses on cultural encounters that occurred in Asia, primarily between Europeans and South, Southeast, or East Asians.  Source materials relating to these encounters include paintings by Asian artists that depict the novel appearance of foreign bodies and costumes, as well as hybrid forms of architecture that emerged in port cities like Goa, Batavia, Macau, and Nagasaki.  While students will be exposed to a range of primary sources, in addition to a general survey of their historical background,  the emphasis will be on the most abundant and accessible type of materials for us – the letters and memoirs in which diplomats, traders, and missionaries wrote about their travels in strange lands.  Travel narratives were especially popular in seventeenth-century Europe; we will see some of the original books in a visit to the Harry Ransom Center.  In the second half of the course, students will engage in a substantial research project, conducted in several stages and culminating in a 15-20 page paper.  As in other HIS 378W seminars, the objective of this course is mastery of the essential skills of the discipline of History: a critical evaluation of primary sources, active engagement with secondary sources, and the articulation of a cogent argument that is situated within the existing scholarship.

Texts (tentative):
John E. Wills, The World from 1450 to 1700
Meredith Martin & Daniela Bleichmar, eds., Objects in Motion in the Early Modern World
Ivo Kamps and Jyotsna G. Singh, eds., Travel Knowledge: European “Discoveries” in the Early Modern Period

attendance and participation (20%); quiz on general history (10%); 2 drafts of short paper comparing travelers to Mughal India (20%); research project including research proposal, 2 drafts of research paper, class presentation (50%).

HIS 381 • Drugs In World History

39160 • Osseo-Asare, Abena
Meets M 9:00AM-12:00PM GAR 1.122
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The field of drug history allows us to learn about societies through their shifting relationships to pharmacological substances. In this seminar, we will focus on the multiple histories of major drugs including: Opium, Cocaine, Tobacco, Oral Contraceptives, Khat, Kola, and Viagra.

We will trace stories of each substance across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas using articles, historical texts, novels and films. Seminar participants will gain a comparative perspective on how societies regulate, discover, test, and market legal and illegal drugs over time, and how these multiple approaches overlap and inform one another. We will emphasize new research in history of medicine, anthropology, film studies, and public policy that suggests a theoretical framework for further investigations.

HIS 381 • Identities

39165 • Falola, Oloruntoyin
Meets TH 3:30PM-6:30PM GAR 1.122
(also listed as AFR 381)
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Social identities are layered and it has been a widely explored subject within the humanities and social sciences. This interdisciplinary course aims at setting up a conversation on social identities by bringing together a range of readings from sociology, anthropology, history, literary criticism, and postcolonial theory. It will familiarize the students with how different scholars have thought about/through various practices/processes of social identification. The primary aim of the course is to inquire about varying and varied social processes through which identities are constructed, contested, negotiated, and reconfigured in relation to one another. Simultaneously, it explores the politics of social identification that systematically marginalizes, excludes, disempowers, and denudes certain social groups. The course will closely engage with different theoretical categories of analysis that has emerged in the existing scholarship as well as probe into the ways in which they have been challenged and reformulated within the academia. The scale of the discussion will be global and thus, it will give an opportunity to engage with diverse historical experiences that constitutes the processes of making and unmaking of social identities.

Course requirements:
Class participation: 15%
Class presentation: 15%
Book Review: 20%
Final Paper: 50%

HIS 381 • Internatl History Since 1898

39170 • Suri, Jeremi
Meets W 9:00AM-12:00PM GAR 1.122
(also listed as P A 388K)
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This is a graduate reading course designed to facilitate historical and policy research across regions and methodological approaches. Intensive course readings will examine historical scholarship on the major international phenomena and events that transformed multiple societies during the twentieth century. Topics will include globalization, industrial capitalism, total war, economic depression, fascism, communism, Cold War, decolonization, post-industrial capitalism, human rights, and terrorism. The course will analyze how different societies and regions experienced common phenomena and events in diverse ways. The course will also interrogate legacies, memories, myths, and lingering traumas.

HIS 381 • Public And Digital History

39175 • Neuberger, Joan
Meets T 9:30AM-12:30PM RLP 1.102
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The Public and Digital History graduate seminar introduces students to the main practices of public and digital history. This year the course will be devoted to digital collections. The course is open to students in all fields. It is designed to be adaptable to support pre-dissertation preparation in all fields.
Nothing in recent times has changed the practice of historical research more than the online availability of documents and finding aids. In this course we will both study and practice documents digitization.
 We will study the history of documents digitization: who started it? Who decides what goes online? Who uses online documents and how? And who benefits most from the digitization of research materials? How can those benefits be shared most equitably?
We will practice digitization. Each student will identify a small collection of documents in an archive, museum, or library at UT-Austin (preferably documents useful for the student’s own research program). Each student will then work with the staff of that institution to have the documents digitized; they will help promote the newly digitized collections and develop new undergraduate curriculum units based on their digitized collections.
Throughout the semester, students will work on writing for the public by designing a website and filling it with blog posts (and possibly podcasts or videos) about the collaborative work of the course and about their own individual projects.

Students will also design lesson plans for students at college and pre-college levels based on their documents.

As a result of these individual and collaborative activities, the graduate students in this course will further their own research, support the digitization programs of UT institutions, make documents available to researchers, undergraduate students, and the public, and show readers of all kinds how their documents can be used to learn something new about the past.

The goals of the course (in no particular order) are:

•    to complement students’ academic work and preparation for dissertation writing with practical experience producing history for the public
•    to learn to write more lucid and accessible scholarly prose by writing for the public
•    to acquire skills in basic digital methods useful for research, information management, data visualization, and visual presentation.
•    to encourage students to include public and digital history in their professional profile as historians
•    to collaborate with a team of faculty, collections staff, digital specialists, and other students to increase the volume of primary documents available to researchers and to the public
•    to become familiar with the digitized archives in the student’s field and to add substantially to the online possibilities for research in that field.
•    to share that knowledge with faculty, other students, and the public

HIS 382N • Gender And Decolonial Historie

39180 • Chatterjee, Indrani
Meets T 4:00PM-7:00PM GAR 1.122
(also listed as ANS 391, WGS 393)
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Decolonial histories, according to Walter Mignolo, keep the coevalness of plural epistemologies (ways of knowing), ontologies (ways of being, identifications and identities) and practices that were marginalised in the course of European colonialism. A decolonial perspective on the past of especially Asian, African and Indian Ocean worlds is located in archives, epistemes and practices that have been relegated to the status of the past, even when some of these practices remain visible in the postcolonial present. Thus decolonialsm offers a method of understanding and writing about ongoing lives and methods of acting that do not privilege any one model of interpretation of the state or of subjects. This methodological insight is especially useful for reopening the investigation of gender over the long duree in the societies of the broader Indian Ocean world. This dual-track graduate course will familiarize both freshmen graduate students with philosophies and practices pertaining to gender and feminism in a non-Western past, as well as enable ongoing research scholars to test particular bodies of feminist scholarship in the context of new research materials and goals. This seminar will also enable both groups of scholars to understand their situated-ness in terms of the production of scholarly research and writing. Theoretical issues to be studied include: gender/sexuality and historiography; the intersections of gender, colonialism and anti-colonial resistance, the emergence of concepts of subjectivities and feminist research ethics. This course is expected to meet the training needs of graduate students in History, Department of Asian Studies and Women and Gender Studies.

HIS 383M • New Approaches: Atlntc Wrlds

39185 • Canizares, Jorge
Meets M 12:00PM-3:00PM GAR 1.122
(also listed as LAS 386)
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We’ll explore recent literature on early-modern Atlantic history, particularly literature that emphasize trans-regional and trans-imperial connections. We’ll identify different models and approaches.
The goal of the seminar is to provide students with the skills to identify the structure and scaffolding of scholarly arguments: how historians build articles and books. The ultimate purpose of this exercise is for students to develop the skills to frame their own arguments as competitive research proposals.

Students will write weekly reviews of readings and a final research proposal
Readings last time the seminar was offered:
•    Conrad What is Global History
•    Dubcovsky Informed Power
•    Studnicki-Gizbert Nation upon the ocean sea
•    Anishanslin Portrait of Woman in Silk
•    Van Horn. The Power of Objects in 18th century British America
•    Premo Enlightenment on Trial
•    McKinley Fractional Freedoms
•    Gomez The Experiential Caribbean
•    Schibineger. Secret cure of slaves
•    Thornton & Heywood Central Africans Atlantic Creoles
•    Wheat. Atlantic Africa and the Spanish Caribbean
•    Burnard& Garrigus. The Plantation Machine
•    McNeil. Mosquito Empire
•    Warsh. American baroque
•    Fitz. Our sister republics

HIS 384K • British Hist, Lit, & Politics

39190 • Louis, William
Meets F 4:30PM-7:30PM HRC 3.204
(also listed as E 392M, GOV 390L, MES 385)
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This seminar is designed as a reading course in history, literature, and politics, and as a class in professional writing.  In addition to the required reading listed below, each student draws up an individual reading list in consultation with the professor.

The scope of the seminar includes not only the literature, history and politics of England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland but also the interaction of British and other societies throughout the world.  One point of emphasis will be the history of the British Empire and Commonwealth in its Asian and African as well as early American dimensions.

Another point will be a focus on historical and literary biography—and autobiography—for example, not only Disraeli, Virginia Woolf, T. E. Lawrence, and George Orwell but also Gandhi.

The main requirements of the course are met by students reading a book or its equivalent each week and by submitting a weekly critique of the reading.  Each of the weekly essays is circulated to all other members of the class who make annotations on style as well as substance.  The class thus becomes as much a course in professional writing as one in which individual academic interests are pursued.

The class also voluntarily meets together with the British Studies faculty seminar at three o’clock Friday afternoons.

In a general way, the seminar upholds the principles of the Modern History Faculty at Oxford—to enhance (1) intellectual curiosity; (2) conceptual clarity; (3) intellectual flexibility; (4) accuracy and attention to detail; (5) critical engagement; (6) capacity for hard work; (7) enthusiasm for history, literature, and politics; and (8) historical imagination and understanding, that is, the possession of appropriate historical knowledge and the capacity to deploy it.

Reading List—The following works are required: Lytton Strachey, Eminent Victorians; Hermione Lee, Virginia Woolf; Norman Davies, The Isles
Grades are determined by attendance and participation in seminar discussion (25%) and quality of the weekly critiques (75%).

HIS 386L • Latin America And The World

39210 • Del Castillo, Lina
Meets T 12:30PM-3:30PM SRH 1.320
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This graduate research seminar examines the emergence of Latin America as a world region through its engagement with and contribution to long-term global trends. Students will read weekly monographs and essay collections covering themes that include (but are not limited to): colonization, migration, scientific knowledge transfer, the Atlantic Slave Trade, decolonization, nation-state formation, second slavery, the rise of commodities trade, settler colonialism, changing relations between gender and the state, the Cold War, and illicit flows. The class will be held in the Benson Library Seminar room to facilitate weekly engagement with Benson Library Special Collections. All students will write weekly reviews of assigned readings. Each student will select up to 4 weeks for which they will complement their reviews of assigned secondary sources with relevant primary sources they found at the Benson. For their final project, students must develop a grant proposal to conduct research on a topic of their choosing that incorporates collections at the Benson Library (and other UT archival collections where relevant).

HIS 386L • Latin American Colonial Hist

39215 • Twinam, Ann
Meets M 3:00PM-6:00PM GAR 1.122
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The goal of this course is for students to write a publishable research paper.  While the seminar will focus on the colonial era, students may write essays on any period.  During the first weeks, the seminar will discuss strategies to analyze archival indices and explore archives, the organization of research materials and the analysis of colonial documents.  The seminar will read archival documents, and learn and practice fundamentals of paleography.  Each student will write a competitive research proposal on their chosen paper topic, which the seminar will evaluate.  During the middle weeks of the seminar students will meet one-on-one with the professor to discuss progress in research and writing.  In the final week  each student will report on the status of their paper.

Students should attend every class, participate in assignments and discussion, and keep assigned meetings with the professor. The professor may lessen the final course grade  if such requirements are not met.  Normally,  the grade assigned the research paper will be the final grade.  Reading knowledge of spanish is required.

Readings:  as posted on blackboard or xerox handouts.  I am keeping the class readings to a minimum as i want you to have the most time possible to work on your research project.

HIS 386L • Revolution And Religion

39205 • Burnett, Virginia
Meets W 9:00AM-12:00PM SRH 1.313
(also listed as R S 392T)
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Research Seminar in Latin American History. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.


Prerequisite: Graduate standing, reading knowledge of Spanish or Portuguese, and consent of the graduate adviser.

HIS 388K • Global Iran

39217 • Koyagi, Mikiya
Meets TH 3:30PM-6:30PM CAL 422
(also listed as MES 385)
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This graduate course examines modern Iranian history from the Qajar period to the post-revolutionary period, with an emphasis on a body of scholarship that critiques methodological nationalism. Students will read and discuss monographs and selected articles from emerging scholarship in Iranian Studies. Classic works will also be discussed to ensure a better understanding of evolving historiographical trends. This course is organized both chronologically and thematically (e.g. transnationalism, borderlands, infrastructure). The goals of this course are twofold: 1) prepare students to have a comprehensive understanding of modern Iran as their teaching field; 2) advance students’ research and writing skills as scholars of modern Iran.

HIS 388K • Intel Hist Indo-Iran Islam

39220 • Moin, A
Meets T 1:00PM-4:00PM CAL 419
(also listed as ANS 390, MES 381)
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This graduate seminar will concentrate on the influence of Iran, and Persian literary culture, on the intellectual history of Islam in India.  A topical organization will be followed rather than a chronological one, although we will also take note of the chronological development that involved: (a) the dominant culture of émigrés from the Iranian plateau during the period of the various Muslim sultanates in India (ca. l000 to 1500 AD), and (b) the development of a composite (or Indianized) Islamic culture under the Mughal empire (ca. 1500 to 1800). Requirements for the course include extensive readings both from secondary works and from primary sources (in translation), and discussion and evaluation of the readings.

HIS 388K • Islam/Nation State/Mid East

39218 • Agbaria, Ahmad
Meets W 3:00PM-6:00PM CAL 422
(also listed as GOV 390L, MES 385)
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What happens when the boundaries that separate the religious realm from the secular become meaningless and increasingly porous? How do we determine whether a discourse or action is “religious” or “secular”? This course traces the history of the formation of a new class of Islamic leaders in the Arab world during the twentieth century. A special emphasize is placed on the ways the secular modern state had configured and shaped the religious domain through coercive reforms. The central theme of this course is the examination of the impact of the top-down reforms that set off two significant cultural developments. First, the rise of political theology (mistakenly called Fundamentalism) that fused religion with politics. Second, the creation of ideas like “cultural authenticity” and “turath, Arab cultural heritage” as new fields of intellectual conversation in the wake of the post-colonial state. To pierce these issues, we will focus our four classes on recent debates of the secular before we engage directly with case studies from the Arab world.

HIS 389 • 20th-Cen US Social Movements

39235 • Davis, Janet
Meets TH 2:00PM-5:00PM BUR 436B
(also listed as AMS 390)
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This graduate seminar will explore how people have collectively rallied for social change in the United States with a special focus on the post-World War II era to the present. Approaching the concept of “social movement” both topically and theoretically, we will consider how technology, popular culture, and broader economic and political factors have shaped the landscape of social change.   We will also be mindful of the transnational context of various movements: the African American Civil Rights Movement, for example, had a profound influence on the formation of India’s Dalit Panthers—a social movement of Maharashtrian ex-Untouchables.   Topics of examination will include feminism, labor, civil rights, the American Indian Movement, environmentalism, the United Farm Workers, Black Power, antiwar activism, the gay and lesbian movement,  animal rights, the New Right, and antiglobalization. Throughout the course, we will link these movements to previous periods of activism in U.S. history, and will, furthermore, analyze  how these movements shape each other.

HIS 389 • Black Politics

39224 • Joseph, Peniel
Meets W 9:00AM-12:00PM SRH 3.355
(also listed as P A 388K)
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Black Politics examines the political thought and practice of African Americans from the end of slavery to the present. The course defines “politics” broadly, ranging from movements to elect officals at the local, state, and national level to civic groups, fraternal association, religious, and cultural and educational movements that organized for political self-determination during the Age of Jim Crow segregation that gripped the nation for a century after salvery’s legal demise. A wide range of African Americans have organized themselves in public and private spheres in pursuit of political power; through womens clubs; civil rights organizations; self-help group; labor union; institutes of higher and vocational education; the creation of the public school system; and churches, Black politics has consistently sought to reimagine American democracy as a vehicle for political liberation, freedom, power, justice, love, and compassion. On this score activists supported liberal, conservative, moderate, and radical ideologies in search of a liberated future.  Black Republicans, Democrats, socialists, Marxists, Christians, atheists, feminists, and conservatives engaged in vigorous, at times contentious, debates over the direction of Black Politics that is sometimes reduced to the controversy between Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois. The Civil Rights Movement is perhaps the best known expression of Black Politics, but far from the only one. Efforts to secure decent housing, health care, good schools, clean neighborhoods, employment, safe spaces, playgrounds, clean water, and healthy environments represent one aspect of Black Politics that is too often reduced to a quest for symbolic representation (black faces in higher places) rather than, as political activist Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael) famously advocated in 1966, a struggle for Black Power.
Students interested in black politics, civil rights, social policy and the deep connections between the historical development of racial justice struggles and contemporary policy debates and challenges would find this course of interest.
Readings: One full-length book and/or article per week. Reading list still tentative.
Requirements/expectations: Students will be evaluated based on five criteria:
1)      Weekly three-paragraph critical analysis of the readings.
2)      Class participation
3)      Research Progress Reports
4)      Draft of Research Paper
5)      Final Research Paper

HIS 389 • Research In International Hist

39225 • Lawrence, Mark
Meets T 9:30AM-12:30PM GAR 2.124
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This course provides students with the opportunity to write a substantial research paper on a topic in the broad field of international history.  Students are free to explore diplomatic relations between governments, but they are also encouraged to consider delving beyond state-to-state relations to consider the roles of non-governmental and international organizations, cultural interactions across national borders, the history of globalization, or other new approaches to the study of global affairs.

Over the first six weeks or so, the seminar will also consider a handful of readings selected to promote discussion of some of the major problems of doing research of this kind.  Most of the semester, however, will be devoted to working through the various stages of the research project:  selection of a topic, assembly of a bibliography, and then preparation of a prospectus, outline, rough draft, and final draft.  The seminar will meet as necessary to bring each other up to date on the projects and to discuss common problems.  In the last two weeks, the seminar will stage a mock conference in which each student will present her/his work as a 10-15-minute conference paper.  Ideally, each student will emerge from the course with a substantial piece of original research that, with additional polishing, can be submitted for publication in a scholarly journal.
Possible readings include Matthew Connelly, Fatal Misconception:  The Struggle to Control World Population; Akira Iriye, Global Community:  The Role of International Organizations in the Making of the Contemporary World; Piero Gleijeses, Conflicting Missions:  Havana, Washington, and Africa, 1959-1976; Max Paul Friedman, Nazis & Good Neighbors:  The United States Campaign Against the Germans of Latin America in World War II; and Campbell Craig and Fredrik Logevall, America’s Cold War:  The Politics of Insecurity.
Requirements will include a short review early in the term, an oral presentation, and a series of writing assignments culminating in a final paper.

HIS 389 • Research Seminar In US History

39230 • Jones, Jacqueline
Meets T 2:00PM-5:00PM SRH 2.106
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This course meets weekly at the Briscoe Center for American History.  Students will learn about the center’s rich archival resources; read and discuss historical essays that cover a variety of topics and utilize a variety of analytical frameworks and research methodologies; and conduct their own their own semester-long research project based on the center’s holdings.  Course objectives include examining the art of the historical essay; encouraging students to hone their organizational, research, analytical, and writing skills; discussing a variety of primary sources in their socio-historical context; exploring the process of completing a scholarly essay, from choosing a topic to locating sources, considering relevant secondary works, telling a story and making an argument in the space of 30 pages or so, and rewriting and revising to produce a final draft; and submitting an essay to a scholarly journal for publication.

Students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the center’s website (http://www.cah.utexas.edu/) and to check it regularly for updates

Aron, Stephen. “The Afterlives of Lewis and Clark.” Southern California Quarterly, 87 (Spring 2005):27-46.

Arsenault, Raymond.  “The End of the Long Hot Summer:  The Air Conditioner and Southern Culture.” Journal of Southern History 50 (Nov. 1984):597-28.

Buzzanco, Robert. “What Happened to the New Left? Toward a Radical Reading of American Foreign Relations.” Diplomatic History, 23 (Fall 1999): 575-607.

Clarke, Frances. “So Lonesome I Could Die: Nostalgia and Debates Over Emotional Control in the Civil War North.” Journal of Social History, 41 (Winter 2007): 253-282.

Cohen, David S. “How Dutch Were the Dutch of New Netherland?” New York History 62 (Jan., 1981): 43-60.

Daniel, Pete.  “African American Farmers and Civil Rights.” Journal of Southern History 73 (Feb. 2007):3-38.

Davis, Natalie Z. “Printing and the People.” In Society and Culture in Early Modern France: Eight Essays. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1975.

Dayton, Cornelia.  “Taking the Trade:  Abortion and Gender Relations in an Eighteenth-Century New England Village.” William and Mary Quarterly, 3rd Series, 48 (Jan. 1991):19-49.

Desrochers, Robert E. Jr. “’Not Fade Away’:  The Narrative of Venture Smith, an African American in the Early Republic.”  Journal of American History, 84 (June 1997):40-66.

Goodwyn, Lawrence E.  “Populist Dreams and Negro Rights:  East Texas as a Case Study.” American Historical Review, 76 (Dec. 1971):1435-56.

Guglielmo, Thomas A.  “Fighting for Caucasian Rights:  Mexicans, Mexican Americans, and the Transnational Struggle for Civil Rights in World War II Texas.”  Journal of American History, 92 (March 2006):1212-37.

Haskell, Thomas. “Persons as Uncaused Causes: John Stuart Mill, the Spirit of Capitalism, and the ‘Invention’ of Formalism.” In Objectivity is Not Neutrality. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998.

Higginbotham, Evelyn Brooks.  “African-American Women’s History and the Metalanguage of Race.” Signs 17 (1992):251-74.

Jung, Moon-Ho. “Outlawing ‘Coolies’: Race, Nation, and Empire in the Age of Emanicpation.”  American Quarterly 57 (Sept. 2005)

Kelley, Robin D. G. “’We Are Not What We Seem’:  Rethinking Black Working-Class Opposition in the Jim Crow South.”  Journal of American History 80 (June 1993):75-112.

Kramer, Paul A.  “Empire, Exceptions, and Anglo-Saxons:  Race and Rule Between the British and United States Empires, 1880-1910.” Journal of American History 88 (March 2002):1315-1353.

Paul A. Kramer. "Making Concessions: Race and Empire Revisited at the Philippine Exposition, St. Louis,1901-1905." Radical History Review 73 (1999): 74-114.

Lugo, Alejandro.  “Theorizing Border Inspections.” Cultural Dynamics 12 (2000):353-73.

Miller, Perry.  “Errand Into the Wilderness.” Willliam and Mary Quarterly, 10 (Jan. 1953):4-32.

Morgan, Phillip. “Work and Culture: The Task System and the World of Lowcountry Blacks, 1700 to 1880.” William and Mary Quarterly 39 (Oct., 1982): 564-599.

Nasstrom, Kathryn L. “Down to Now: Memory, Narrative, and Women’s Leadership in the Civil Rights Movement in Atlanta, Georgia.” Gender & History 11 (April 1999): 113-44.

Norton, Mary Beth. “The Evolution of White Women’s Experience in Early America.”  American Historical Review, 89 (June 1984):593-619.

Paredes, Americo. “On Ethnographic Work among Minority Groups: A Folklorist’s Perspective,” in Folklore and Culture on the Texas-Mexican Border, ed. Richard Bauman. Austin: CMAS Books, Center for Mexican American Studies, University of Texas at Austin, 1993.

Pells, Richard. “History Descending a Staircase:  American Historians and American Culture.” Chronicle Review, August 3, 2007.

Pessen, Edward.  “How Different from Each Other Were the Antebellum North and South?” American Historical Review, 85 (Dec. 1980):1119-1149.

Roosevelt, Theodore.  “History as Literature [AHA Presidential Address, 1912]. http://www.historians.org/info/AHA_history/troosevelt.htm

Rosen, Hannah. “’Not That Sort of Women’: Race, Gender, and Sexual Violence in the Memphis Riot of 1866.” In Sex, Love, and Race: Crossing Boundaries in North American History, ed. Martha Hodes, pp. 267-93. New York: New York University Press, 1999.

Rushdie, Salman.  “Step Across This Line.” In Step Across This Line:  Collected Nonfiction, 1992-2002.  New York: Modern Library, 2002.

Schwarz, Maureen Trudelle. “The Explanatory and Predictive Power of History: Coping with the ‘Mystery Illness.” Ethnohistory, 42 (Summer 1993): 375-401.

Spence, Jonathan. “Food,” in Chinese Roundabout. New York: W.W. Norton, 1992.

Stampp, Kenneth M. “The Concept of a Perpetual Union,” in The Imperiled Union: Essays on the Background of the Civil War. New York: Oxford University Press, 1980.

----------. “The Southern Road to Appomattox,” in The Imperiled Union: Essays on the Background of the Civil War. New York: Oxford University Press, 1980.

Sugrue, Thomas J.  “Crabgrass-Roots Politics: Race, Rights, and the Reaction Against Liberalism in the Urban North, 1940-1964.” Journal of American History 82 (Sept. 1995):551-78.

Turner, Frederick Jackson. “The Significance of the Frontier in American History.” Harold P. Simonson, ed. New York: Unger, 1963.

Walker, Juliet E. K. “Oprah Winfrey, The Tycoon: Contextualizing the Economics of Race, Class, and Gender in Black Business History in Post-Civil Rights America.” In Black Business and Economic Power, eds. Alusine Jalloh and Toyin Falola, pp. 484-525. Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2002.

---------. “Promoting Black Entrepreneurship and Business Enterprise in Antebellum America: The National Negro Convention, 1830-1855,” in A Different Vision: Race and Public Policy, ed. Thomas D. Boston, pp. 280-318. London: Routledge Press, 1997.

---------. "Racism, Slavery, Free Enterprise: Black Entrepreneurship in the United States before the Civil War," Business History Review 60, 3 (Autumn 1986): 343-382

­­­----------.  “Trade and Markets in Precolonial West and West Central Africa:  The Cultural Foundation of the African American Business Tradition.” In Thomas Boston, ed.  A Different Vision, Vol. 289 (June 1984):593-619.iewca.".f Race.". New York: Routledge, 1997.

-----------. “White Corporate America:  The New Arbiter of Race?”  In Kenneth Lipartito and David B. Sicilia, eds., Constructing Corporate America: History, Politics, Culture. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.

Young, Alfred F. “George Robert Twelves Hewes (1742-1840): A Boston Shoemaker and the Memory of the American Revolution.” William and Mary Quarterly, 3rd series, 38 (Oct. 1981):562-63.
   Students will be evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:

In-class presentation:   10 percent

Final research paper:    70 percent

Attendance, participation, weekly summaries, commitment to the course: 20 percent

HIS 392 • Readings In War And Violence I

39245 • O'Connell, Aaron
Meets T 3:30PM-6:30PM GAR 2.124
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This course offers an introduction to U.S. military history for graduate students.  While we will give significant attention to wars and battlefield operations, readings will also explore the many ways U.S. military influence and infrastructure have affected U.S. foreign policy, the U.S. economy, American culture, social movements, and American social life, primarily in the 20th century.  Thematic topics to be explored in the monographs (one per week) include the role of violence in foreign policy, gender studies, war and memory, technology and modernity, militarism and militarization, the family lives of soldiers, and the institutional histories of the U.S. Armed Forces.  

In addition to weekly monographs, we will also do a slow and close reading of a major survey of American military history since 1776 to give those who are unfamiliar with military affairs a basic primer in the major actions, wars, terminology, and concepts in the history of the U.S. military.

Recommended for students interested in 19th & 20th C. U.S. foreign policy, theories of violence, U.S. borderlands, and theories of state formation.
Provisionally-Selected Texts (some subject to change):
Allan R. Millett and Peter Maslowski, For the Common Defense: A Military History of the United States of America (New York: Free Press, 1994).

John Ellis, The Social History of the Machine Gun (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University, 1986)
Paul A. Kramer, The Blood of Government: Race, Empire, The United States & the Philippines (Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 2006)
Mary Renda: Taking Haiti: Military Occupation and the Culture of U.S. Imperialism (Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 2001)
Phillip K. Lawrence, Modernity and War: The Creed of Absolute Violence (London: MacMillan Press, 1997)
Michael J. Allen, Until the Last Man Comes Home: POWs, MIAs, and the Unending Vietnam War (Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 2012)
Gretchen Heefner, The Missile Next Door: The Minuteman in the American Heartland (Harvard University Press, 2012)
Major Paper: 50%
Book Reviews: 15%
In-class presentations: 15%
Annotated Bibliography: 20%

HIS 397K • Lit Of US Hist Before 1865

39255 • Kamil, Neil
Meets W 3:00PM-6:00PM GAR 1.122
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This course is a requirement for first- and second -year history graduate students with a U.S.-area concentration, but we also welcome graduate students from all fields both inside and outside the history department. Early American history was among the first global fields of study and was traditionally cross-disciplinary avant la letter, so the course will benefit greatly from students with diverse interests and chronologies.

The course is designed to identify influential traditions and analyze crucial patterns in the historiography of North America from the late pre-Columbian era to the U.S. Civil War. To accomplish this task in one 14-week semester means that important material will be left off the syllabus. Therefore, this will be a somewhat general and idiosyncratic introduction drawn inevitably (but only to a limited extent) from my personal interests. Mostly our reading list is comprised of a combination of still well regarded formulations from the early canon as well as significant books published recently. This approach will facilitate study of the most influential methodologies in pre-1865 U.S historiography and how they changed over time with an eye toward the social and intellectual contexts that informed those changes.

We will read roughly the equivalent of a book a week and you will be expected to write a two-page reaction piece to the reading due the day of class. You will only have to hand in 8 of these short papers out of the 12 weeks of reading (none the first week). Every student will be expected to lead class discussions on the weekly reading at least once and perhaps twice during the semester, depending on the size of the class. As discussion leader, you need only provide a brief summary of the contents, since we will have all done the reading. Rather, you might address some or all of the following issues as they might or might not apply to the weekly reading (although you should not feel constrained to limit your analysis to these issues): the author’s theoretical and methodological assumptions and how they shape his/her text; the nature of the evidence and how that shapes the text; the narrative structure of the text (for example, the influence of particular genres); the politics of the text; the use of language and rhetorical strategies; the author’s choices for inclusion and exclusion. In the course of your analysis, please formulate three questions about the reading to facilitate discussion.
Preliminary Reading List

The following is a reading list from an earlier semester. It will certainly change— perhaps dramatically—by the first day of class so it is merely intended to suggest possibilities:

New Cultural History: Rhys Isaac, Landon Carter’s Uneasy Kingdom, or James H. Sweet, Domingos Alvares, African Healing, and the Intellectual History of the Atlantic World

Puritanism: Francis Bremer, John Winthrop, America’s Forgotten Founding Father Imperial History: JH Eliot, Empires of the Atlantic World: Britain and Spain in

America, 1492-1830
Legal History, Christopher Tomlins, ed, The Many Legalities of Early America

Religious History/Material Culture: Neil Kamil, Fortress of the Soul: Violence, Metaphysics, and Material Life in the Huguenots’ New World, 1517-1751

Borderlands History: David Weber, Barbaros: Spaniards and their savages in the Age of Enlightenment

American Revolution / Consumer Revolution: TH Breen, The Marketplace of Revolution: How Consumer Politics Shaped American Independence

Intellectual History, Christopher Leslie Brown, Moral Capital: Foundations of British Abolitionism

History of Sexuality: Clare Lyons, Sex Among the Rabble: An Intimate History of Gender and Power in the Age of Revolution, Philadelphia, 1730-1830

Native American History: Elliott West, Contested Plains: Indians, Gold Seekers and the Rush to Colorado

Political History: Sean Wilentz, The Rise of American Democracy: From Jefferson to Lincoln

Popular History: Eric Foner, Forever Free: The Story of Emancipation and Reconstruction
There is a final 10 to 15-page paper due during Exam Week. The final paper can be either a historiographical paper or a prospectus for a future research project. You should ponder your final paper and talk with me about it as early in the semester as possible. Participation in class discussion is required and will account for 30% of your grade; the weekly papers count 30% and the final paper 40%.

HIS 397L • Saints' Lives As Hist Sources

39260 • Frazier, Alison
Meets T 9:30AM-12:30PM GAR 1.122
(also listed as R S 390T, WGS 393)
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Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of the graduate adviser.

May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.


HIS 398T • Supervised Teaching In History

39280 • Hunt, Bruce
Meets M 2:00PM-5:00PM GAR 2.124
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This course will use a variety of exercises to help graduate students learn how do three things: to teach well; to apply their skills to the pursuit of a wide range of careers; and to navigate the process of searching for an academic job.