HIUS 4501 (6)
Seminar in United States History
"The War of 1812 in the Past and the Present"
Between 2012 and 2015 Americans will witness, in varying ways and to differing degrees, celebrations marking the bicentennial of the War of 1812. These celebrations, however, will consist of no more than a very limited number of selected historical memories from the war-time years in the history of the early republic. They will not enable us to fit the War of 1812 into any coherent understanding of its proper place in the nation’s past. This class will help students to understand how this state of selective historical memory—or amnesia—came into being while, at the same time, permit them to see the conflict as the culminating moment of several major themes that shaped the development of the early American nation. Requirements for the class will include the writing of a research paper (20-30 pp.) based on primary and secondary sources. Students will be expected to work through more than one draft of this paper. These requirements will fulfill the second writing requirement for those who need it. A list of books to be read will be available later.
Sarah Milov joining history department faculty in Fall 2014
Nic Wood (Ph.D. '13) receives NEH Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Library Company of Philadelphia
HIST 5077 / RELC 5077
Hitler, Pius XII, the United States and WW II
Since Rolf Hochhuth’s play, “The Deputy” was first performed in Germany in 1963, controversy has swirled around Pius XII, the wartime pope. Hochhuth [portrayed the pope as anti-Semitic--and hence silent in regard to the Holocaust--and pro-Hitler, partly out of fear of communism. Since then the pope and the Vatican have had defenders and attackers. The literature on both sides of the question has been more heated than historical. The course will investigate that controversy through the lens of American relations with the Vatican. After general reading on both sides of the question of the role of the pope, including several recent books that rely on the recently opened Vatican Archives up to 1939, the students will choose a topic in consultation with the professor on which to write a major paper. Course requirements: 1) attendance at class and discussion; 2) short weekly papers on the readings: and 3) a major paper of 20 pages on a topic approved by the professor.
HIUS 2401 / RELC 2401
History of American Catholicism
Catholicism in the United States has often been in a dilemma. On the one hand, its spiritual loyalty to Rome and its growth through immigration made it appear "foreign" to most Americans. On the other, the American Catholic support for religious liberty drew suspicion from Rome. In 1960, the election of John Kennedy seemed to signal the acceptance of Catholics as Americans. In 1965, the Second Vatican Council seemed to ratify what had long been a cherished American Catholic tradition. To understand the significance of these events of the 1960s, the course will treat the following themes: the early Spanish and French settlements, the beginning of English-speaking Catholicism in Maryland, with its espousal of religious liberty, the establishment of the hierarchy under John Carroll and its early development of a strong sense of episcopal collegiality, immigration and nativism, American Catholic support of religious liberty and conflict with the Vatican at the end of the 19th century, and the American Catholic contribution to Vatican II (1962-1965). The course will conclude with an analysis of social, political, and theological developments in the American Catholic Church since the end of the council.
Course requirements: 1) a mid-term and final exam; 2) an analysis of an historical document selected from collections on reserve.
An Introduction to the History of Ancient Greece
History of Ancient Greece from the Homeric period to the death of Alexander the Great. Development of the city-state, Athenian democracy, and the nature of Greek politics; the conflict between Greece and Persia, and between Sparta and the Athenian naval empire; consequences of the latter conflict--the Peloponnesian War--for subsequent Greek history; finally, the Macedonian conquest of Greece and Persia.
Lecture and weekly discussions; midterm, final, seven-page paper, and occasional quizzes in section. Readings will average between 100 and 125 pages a week, to be taken from the following (students are not responsible--for exam purposes--for the entirety of any of these, although they will have to read all of either Herodotus or Thucydides for the paper):
Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War
Plutarch, Greek Lives
Plato, The Apology of Socrates
Aristophanes, Three Comedies
J. M. Moore, Aristotle and Xenophon on Democracy and Oligarchy
Pomeroy, Burstein, Donlan, and Roberts, Ancient Greece
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The Civil Rights Movement
This course focuses on the long arc of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States, arguably the greatest social movement of the 20th Century. It will examine the social change accomplished from the 1870’s through the 1970’s – culminating in what might be considered a second reconstruction. Most of the discussion will center on the work and lives of African Americans, but also will consider the impact of the Movement upon race, gender and ethnicity not only in America but around the globe as well.
In addition to assigned reading, student will be expected to submit four very brief essays on topics that highlight an issue, organization or leader. Lively and intense class participation is encouraged. Diplomacy and respect for others’ views is required.
HIUS 1501 (4)
Introductory Seminar in United States History
Description to be provided shortly.