Mel Leffler wins Thomas Jefferson Award for Scholarship

Faculty: Melvyn P. Leffler

"The Republic of Georgia: Trying to Become a Normal Democratic State" Tedo Japaridze

Date: 11/10/2014 - 2:00pm


IHGC Event"--Religion and the University"

Date: 10/31/2014 - 9:00am  —   10/31/2014 - 5:30pm

Location: Open Grounds

“Beyond Socialist Realism: Rethinking Art and Politics in the Soviet Bloc”

Date: 10/29/2014 - 1:15pm

Location: NAU 342

Spring 2015

HISA 1501 (1)

Introductory Seminar in South Asia

"AFPAK: Insurgency and Civil Society"

Richard Barnett

Subject and focus:  Two modern nation-states under enormous stress.  Assessing society and politics in Afghanistan and Pakistan will sharpen our historical awareness, help us understand the world’s most urgent and frustrating confrontation, and polish our writing and debating skills.  No acquaintance with South  Asia, or even with history, is assumed.  Readings must be completed before class (see dated headings, below) to maintain an intelligent, active level of discussion and participation.

Texts:    The following are available at U.Va. Bookstore:

  •  David Pinault, Notes from the Fortune-Telling Parrot: Islam and the Struggle for Religious Pluralism in Pakistan  London: Equinox, 2008
  • Thomas Barfield,  Afghanistan: A Cultural and Political History (Princeton University Press, 2010)
  •  Ahmad Rashid, Pakistan on the Brink: the Future of America, Pakistan, and Afghanistan  (New York: Viking, 2012)
  •  Pamela Constable, Playing with Fire: Pakistan at War with Itself (New York: Random House, 2011)
  •  Daveed Gartenstein-Ross and Clifford D. May, eds., The Afghanistan-Pakistan Theater: Militant Islam, Security, and Stability (Washington: Foundation for the Defense of Democracy, 2010

       Ahmad Rashid, Taliban.  Buy this on line for c. $2.00--copies are plentiful.

       Brillig Books, 7 Elliewood Ave., have photocopied articles, listed below ias (PHOCO).

Readings must be completed before class (see dated headings, below) to  maintain an intelligent, active level of discussion and participation. 

 Requirements:    No exams.  Evaluation will rest on class discussion (40%),  plus three closely-edited and polished essays of two, three, and six typed pages, at intervals (60%).  No late or handwritten papers will be accepted without a truly superb excuse, such as a life-changing emergency.  I will edit and comment intensely, and you will resubmit revised versions of papers #two and #three.  Standard for all papers: one-inch margins, 12-pt. Geneva or Times font, double-spaced, succinct title, pp. numbers (pages 2 and up) in upper-right corners.  AND proper footnotes!! This course meets the second writing requirement.  History footnote style templates coming soon.

Rock and the Wall: American Music as Rebellion in East Germany

The Berlin Wall at U.Va

Date: 11/03/2014 - 5:30pm

Location: Auditorium of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library

Link to faculty page: Grace Hale

Spring 2015

HIUS 7072

Civil War and the Constitution

Cynthia Nicoletti

This course will examine the constitutional history of the United States from 1845 to 1877, paying attention to how the U.S. Constitution shaped the Civil War, and also how the war left its mark on the Constitution. In this course, we will discuss such issues as congressional power to regulate slavery in the territories, the problem of race and slavery in constitutional law, suspension of civil liberties during wartime, congressional and presidential war powers, the respective powers of the state and federal governments, legal theories of conquest and occupation, and the meaning of the Reconstruction (13th, 14th, and 15th) Amendments.  Readings will be drawn from both primary and secondary sources and students will write several short papers reflecting on the assigned readings.  


Thomas Jefferson and the Problem of Union

The Historical Presidency Series

Date: 12/02/2014 - 3:30pm  —   12/02/2014 - 5:00pm

Location: Miller Center

Link to faculty page: Gary W. Gallagher

Spring 2015

HIEU 3131

The World of Charlemagne

Paul Kershaw

This course examines the political, social and cultural history of continental western Europe in the period c. AD 730 to 850, with its central focus on the reign of Charlemagne (AD 769-814). Moving chronologically from the rise to the dominance of the Carolingian dynasty through the formation of the Carolingian empire to Charlemagne’s imperial coronation of 800 and beyond we will explore in depth the political, religious, intellectual and economic history of the period through a mix of textual and archaeological evidence, and much current scholarship. Sources will be in English translation. The thought and works of a number of Carolingian authors, including Alcuin and Einhard, the two scholars closest to Charlemagne, will come under particular scrutiny. Over the semester we’ll seek to set the Carolingian achievement in its wider contemporary context as we examine both neighbouring polities and peoples (Christian Spain, the Saxons, Lombards) as well as the Byzantine Empire in the period of Iconoclasm under the Empress Eirene (797-802) and Emperor Nikephoros I (802-811) as well as the early Abbasid Caliphate in both its ‘Golden Age’ under Harun al-Rashid (AH 170-193/AD 786-809) and the darker years of civil war that followed. It is, however, the Carolingian world that will engage us above all.

Classes will be a hybrid of lecture and discussion. Typically, the Monday class will be predominantly lecture; the Wednesday class will place the emphasis upon the discussion of texts and the participation of class members. Readings (c. 150-220 pages per week) will be assigned for each week and for each meeting. Students will write two 2,000 word essays, make presentations (singly or in groups), contribute comments to a collective class blog that will serve at times to set the frame for class discussion, take a mid-term and a final exam.

It is strongly recommended that those who opt to take this course have some prior experience of European history in the earlier Middle Ages.

Film Screening of "Rebel" with director Maria Agui Carter

Date: 11/05/2014 - 6:00pm  —   11/05/2014 - 8:00pm

Location: Minor Hall 125

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