Fall 2014

HIST 7001

Approaches to Historical Thinking

Mark Thomas

This course will explore various perspectives on how historical knowledge is produced, conveyed and debated.  The focus will be on both the methods and the methodologies of historical inquiry.

Tosaka Jun: A Critical Reader

Robert Stolz

Assistant Professor
( Cornell University East Asia Program (University of Hawaii Press), June 30, 2014 )

New publications by Prof. Robert Stolz

Faculty: Robert Stolz

Bad Water: Nature, Pollution, and Politics in Japan, 1870–1950

Robert Stolz

Assistant Professor
( Duke University Press, 2014 )

Stokely Carmichael and the Freedom Summer That Changed History

American Forum

Date: 05/07/2014 - 11:00am  —   05/07/2014 - 12:30pm

Location: Miller Center

Graduation Details

24 Mar 2014

Graduation Details

Fall 2014

HILA 4511 (1)

Colloquium in Latin American History

"Cohesion and Contestation in Latin American History"

Herbert Braun

This is a seminar on Latin American history and on its historiography, that is, how it is studied and written about by historians.   We will read and analyze ten historical monographs for underlying themes and approaches, from the early colonial period to the virtual present.   Students will write and present four interpretive essays of five pages each, and a final essay between ten and twelve pages. 

  • Inga Clendinnen, Ambivalent Conquests:  Maya and Spaniard in Yucatan, 1517-1570
  • R. Douglas Cope, The Limits of Racial Domination:  Plebeian Society in Colonial   Mexico City, 1660-1720
  • Sarah Chambers, From Subjects to Citizens:  Honor, Gender, and Politics in Arequipa, Peru, 1780-1854
  • Richard Graham, Feeding the City:  From Street Market to Liberal Reform in Salvador, Brazil, 1780-1860
  • James Sanders, Contentious Republicans:  Popular Politics, Race, and Class in Nineteenth-Century Colombia
  • Brooke Larson, Trials of Nation Making:  Liberalism, Race, and Ethnicity in the Andes, 1810-1910
  • John Womack, Zapata and the Mexican Revolution
  • Peter Winn, Weavers of Revolution:  The Yarur Workers and Chile’s Road to Socialism
  • Herbert Braun, The Assassination of Gaitán:  Public Life and Urban Violence in Colombia
  • Janice Perleman, Favela:  Four Decades of Living on the Edge in Rio de Janeiro

Modern Jewish History

20 Mar 2014

Fall 2014

HIEU 2102

Modern Jewish History

Hanna Schmidt Hollaender

This course examines modern Jewish history from the sixteenth century to the present, focusing on the political, social, religious, and cultural transformations of Jewish life around the world. Major topics to be discussed will include political emancipation and Jewish modernization, Zionism and Jewish political movements, antisemitism and the Holocaust, the divergent paths of American and European Jewries, and post-World War II relations between global Jewry and the State of Israel. This is an introductory course that assumes no prior knowledge of Judaism or Jewish history. 

The reading for the class will include a variety of scholarly articles and an extensive array of primary sources drawn chiefly from Paul Mendes-Flohr and Jehuda Reinharz’s source book, The Jew in the Modern World: A Documentary History. Requirements will likely include three short papers in response to primary sources; a midterm exam; a final exam; and active participation in class. HIEU 2102 follows HIEU 2101, Jewish History I: The Ancient and Medieval Experience, though the two may be taken independently.

Fall 2014

HIEU 1502 (1)

Introductory Seminar in Post-1700 European History

"Revolutions of 1989"


This year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of revolutions that transformed the map of Europe. In June 1989, Poland held democratic elections for the first time in half a century; in November, East Germans were allowed to cross the Berlin Wall; in December, Romania’s longtime dictator was overthrown and hanged. Within the space of a year – sometimes called the “year of miracles” – East European communism collapsed, foreshadowing the fall of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. Yet 1989 was not just an end but a beginning: the beginning of democratic reforms, the emergence of a unified Germany, the start of a civil war in Yugoslavia. This seminar looks at the causes and consequences of the Revolutions of 1989, in Eastern Europe and beyond. Using eyewitness accounts, novels, films, paintings, and scholarly works, we will consider why the revolutions happened when they did, whether they could have been avoided, and how they have shaped the world we live in today.

Fall 2014

HIEU 3559 (1)

New Course in European History

"Eastern Europe from Napoleon to NATO"


To Western observers, Eastern Europe has often seemed like “the other Europe” – a mass of lands in between Germany and Russia. For all that, the countries of Eastern Europe have consistently been at the center of European history. This region was the starting point of both World Wars and the focus of the Holocaust. It was also the site of Europe’s major confrontations: between nationalism and imperialism, between fascism and communism, between the Soviet Union and the capitalist world. This course explores the development of Eastern Europe from the late eighteenth century to the present day. It covers a geographical area with more than a dozen contemporary countries – including Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia, and Slovenia. Rather than study these countries individually, however, we will examine the forces that created them, and ask what alternative outcomes were possible. Readings include selections of primary and secondary sources, in addition to short novels by such writers as Ivo Andrić, Witold Gombrowicz, and Milan Kundera.

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