HIEA 1501 (1)
Introductory Seminar in East Asian History
"War and Memory in Japan"
This seminar will examine how memory either constructs and authorizes or conceals and represses specific histories. In exploring the politics of remembering and forgetting we will also pay attention to the ethical burden placed on the writing of history, especially as it pertains to Japan and the Asia-Pacific war from 1931-45. Topics will include the Nanking Massacre, sexual slavery, colonialism, Yasukuni shrine, the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and others. Grading on participation, frequent in-class writing, occasional short papers, final student projects. This is NOT a course on the war itself.
HIME 4511 (1)
Colloquium in Middle East History
"Tourist, Pilgrim, Soldier, Spy: Travel and Travel-Writing in the Middle East and Mediterranean"
This seminar explores the rise of travel and travel-writing in the Mediterranean and Middle East between 1000-1800 and the role Muslim, Christian, and Jewish travelers played in fostering trade and cultural exchange and shaping views of the "other." Readings will consist of a wide variety of travel narratives in translation as well as scholarly books and articles. Topics include: pilgrims, missionaries, and itinerant scholars; crusaders and mercenaries; captives and corsairs; genres of Arabic, Turkish, and European-language travel narratives; geography and ethnography.
From Nomads to Sultans: The Ottoman Empire, 1300-1700
By the mid-seventeenth century, the Ottoman Empire stretched from the gates of Vienna in the west to Iran in the east, from Poland and the Crimea in the north, to Arabia and the Sudan in the south. Its territory encompassed the contemporary Middle East, most of North Africa, Turkey, Central and Southeast Europe. Its population was a polyglot mixture of religions and cultures.
The impact of Ottoman rule continues to be felt today from the Balkans to the Arab world, and its story is an essential and inseparable part of world history and the history of pre-modern and modern Europe. Nevertheless, the Ottoman Empire continues to be caricatured in popular culture, forced uncomfortably into Orientalist stereotypes animated with bloodthirsty pashas, religious zealots, and tempting odalisques and presented as the antagonist in a Eurocentric triumphalist narrative—the mortal threat to Christian civilization that was ultimately defeated and defanged. At the same time, nationalist historians in the former Ottoman lands (including Turkey) have played a key role in (mis)shaping popular understandings of Ottoman history. We will confront the myths and misrepresentations head-on, tracing the history of the Ottoman Empire from its obscure Anatolian origins through to the end of the Empire’s expansionary period around 1700. In addition to introducing the major political and military events, we will explore some aspects of the social, economic, and cultural life of the Empire.
Readings are a mix of primary sources and scholarly writings. There are regular response papers, a midterm, and a take-home final exam.
- Caroline Finkel, Osman’s Dream: The Story of the Ottoman Empire 1300-1923 (London, 2005).
- Colin Imber, The Ottoman Empire, 1300-1650: The Structure of Power (New York, 2009).
- All other readings will be available on Collab.
Daniel Walker Howe on "James Knox Polk and the War with Mexico"
2013-2014 Historical Presidency Series
Date: 10/16/2013 - 3:30pm
Location: Miller Center
Film Screening, THE LAW IN THESE PARTS, by Ra’anan Alexandrowicz
Date: 10/17/2013 - 7:00pm — 10/17/2013 - 9:00pm
Location: Nau Hall 101
Social and Legal History 20th Century
"Crime and Punishment in American History"
Since the Founding, Americans have been obsessed with crime. Also since that time, American leaders and policy-makers have struggled with what it means to punish in a free society, and how to balance justice, deterrence, rehabilitation, and mercy. This course will trace these debates, with a particular emphasis on the rise of incarceration, its tangled relationship to American race and racism, and finally the explosion and collapse of the carceral state at the beginning of the twenty-first century.
Requirements: Students must attend seminars, participate in discussion, lead at least one discussion over the course of the semester, and write ten two-page response papers. Participation is 35%; papers account for the other 65% of the grade. Readings include: Steven Wilf, Law's Imagined Republic: Popular Politics and Criminal Justice in Revolutionary America; Bruce Mann, Republic of Debtors; Michel Foucault, The Birth of the Prison; David Rothman, Discovery of the Asylum; Edward Ayers, Vengeance and Justice; Douglas Blackmon, Slavery by Another Name; George Fisher, Plea Bargaining’s Triumph; Michael Willrich, City of Courts; Leslie Reagan, When Abortion was a Crime; Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow; and Bill Stuntz, The Collapse of American Criminal Justice.
HIUS 35591 / AAS 3559
New Course in US History
If you were rating the racial climate at the University of Virginia on a scale of 1-10, what score would you give the University? Does the idea of a “post-racial society” hold true when we examine the complex nature of social and cultural life at UVA? How and to what degree have the individual and collective experiences of African American undergraduates transformed since the late 1960s? Is there still a need for the Black Student Alliance, the Office of African American Affairs, and the Office of Diversity and Equity? Is Black Studies still an intellectual necessity in the 21st century academy? Have these entities been successful in bringing about meaningful change in the experiences of underrepresented minorities at UVA? And if not, how can future efforts to make the University a more equitable and democratic institution benefit from a critical engagement with past struggles for social justice and racial equality?
To facilitate critical thinking and exchange on these and other important questions, this course grounds contemporary debates on the state of race relations at UVA within the larger, historical context of the “black Wahoo” experience. In addition to exploring contemporary issues affecting academic, cultural, and social life on grounds, our classroom and online activities draw attention to an important yet insufficiently explored chapter in the history of “Jefferson’s University” by examining the varied ways in which various student-led movements have transformed the intellectual culture and social fabric of everyday life at the University. How those transformations continue to shape our experiences on grounds will be a topic of frequent discussion. Over the course of the semester students will explore a wide range of topics, including but not restricted to: black-white student relations, affirmative action, African American Greek life, the black student athlete, the racial politics of major selection, the living wage as both a class and race issue, the black arts and hip-hop scene on grounds, and ethnic coalitions and conflict between African American, African, and American African students.
HIEU 5352 / ECON 5352
British Economy Since 1850
This course will examine the economic history of Britain from 1850 to the present. Topics will include the relative decline of Britain in the late 19th century, the impact of the World Wars on British economic performance, the origins and impact of the Great Depression, and the economic consequences of Mrs Thatcher.
The History of American Business
This course examines the history of the American business enterprise from the workshop to the multinational corporation. We will explore the economic, legal and political factors that have helped to shape the business organization. Specific topics to be addressed include: relations between government and business; law and the rise of Big Business; the changing role of the entrepreneur; the development of 'scientific management'; the reputation of business and businessmen as corporations expanded; the factors behind the rise of the multinational corporation; the importance of the individual (e.g. Whitney, Ford, Sloan, Rockefeller, Carnegie, DuPont, etc.) in developing business practices.
Readings for this course will include:
Alfred D. Chandler, Jr., The Visible Hand: The Managerial Revolution in American Business
James Willard Hurst, Law and the Conditions of Freedom in the Nineteenth Century United States
Harold Livesay, Andrew Carnegie and the Rise of Big Business
Alfred P. Sloan, My Years with General Motors
Frederick W. Taylor, The Principles of Scientific Management
as well as a xerox package of assigned readings.
Assignments for this course will include a midterm, and a final examination. Readings will average no more than 150 pages a week.
Students may find it to their advantage to have some background in American economic history (HIUS 2006) or economics; there are however, no prerequisites.