Course Offerings, Fall 2014
Hist 3071: Louisiana History (T Th 1:30-2:50 p.m.)
This course will provide a general survey of Louisiana’s history from the earliest days of European colonization to the present. Although the primary focus will be on events that took place within the boundaries of the colony, territory and state, we will also cover material intended to help students understand Louisiana’s history in terms of relevant regional, national, and international events and contexts. Students should be prepared to read four books or their equivalent in articles, documents, or web-based materials.
Within those broad parameters, students will be required to:
* Demonstrate familiarity with objective facts from the lectures and assigned readings
* Develop an accurate mental timeline of important people, events, eras, and developments in the state’s history
* Draw on BOTH lecture materials AND reading assignments to develop and express historically informed opinions about the significance of the state’s history in essay questions on all three exams. Each exam will also include an objective section. Prof. Alecia Long.
Hist 3118, section 2: Everyday Apocalypse: A History of Christianity and the End of Days (Undergraduate seminar, W 3:00 – 5:50 pm)
A History of the Christian Church from its earliest origins to the Protestant Reformation. In order to put early Christianity into proper context a heavy emphasis will be placed on the development of apocalyptic literature as a key influence on formative Christian theology. This apocalyptic tradition has been passed down through the millennia and it continues to influence modern perceptions of history. The class will meet once a week and will consist of both lecture and in-class discussion. As a discussion based seminar, it will be the student’s responsibility to keep pace with weekly reading assignments and be ready to discuss them at length. Instructor Eric Poche.
Hist 3118, section 3: England 1300-1500: War and Plague, Famine and Death(Undergraduate seminar, T Th 10:30 – 11:50 am)
This reading seminar explores the history of England from 1300-1500 A.D. through the topical lens of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. This course will look at how England changed over time from an insular medieval kingdom to an early modern country poised to play a more international role. This occurred through a series of traumatic and turbulent events such as the Little Ice Age and resulting famine, the Hundred Years War, the Black Death, Peasants’ Revolt, and the War of Roses. Reading material will include secondary sources as well as primary sources from religious and secular chronicles, royal decrees, and letters. Students should be prepared to take notes, read primary and secondary sources, and participate in class discussions on a weekly basis. This course will have two short papers as well as a short answer/essay format midterm and final. Instructor Erin Halloran.
Hist 3118, section 4: Ancient Warfare: The Impact of Policy, Strategy, and Tactics on Ancient Societies from Homeric Greece to Late Antiquity (Undergraduate seminar, T Th 12:00-1:20 pm)
This seminar investigates military confrontations in the world of the Greeks and the Romans. It will focus on modern studies but also feature a wide array of literary and archaeological source material. Students will investigate historiographical arguments, lead class discussions, and prepare presentations. There are no exams or scheduled quizzes; however, each student will have to write two research papers. This is an ideal course for dedicated students who want an introduction to graduate school courses. Instructor Nikolaus Overtoom.
Hist 4008: The Later Middle Ages (M W F 2:30-3:50 pm)
The course seeks to introduce the student to the history of the Later Middle Ages, 1000-1500 AD, through a focus on primary source readings. The student will learn how to analyze these and other sources, and how to use them in the study of history. The geographic focus of the course is the Mediterranean basin and Northern Europe. Prof. Maribel Dietz.
Hist 4009: The Renaissance (M W F 10:30-11:20 am)
Lectures and readings on Italian Renaissance politics, art and culture from Dante to Machiavelli, and on the Northern Renaissance, with emphasis on Christian humanism. Prof. Christine Kooi.
Hist 4013: Women in Early Modern Europe (M W F 10:30-11:20)
This course will examine the history of women and gender from the fourteenth through the seventeenth centuries. We will study famous women such as queens, saints, and literary figures, and also explore the lives of ordinary women and their families. The course material will include early modern works by, for, and about women, as well as the work of modern historians. Prof. Sherri Johnson.
Hist 4016: Europe in the 19th Century (T Th 9:00-10:20 am)
History 4016 covers the major issues in European history during the period from 1815 to 1914: the Restoration following the Congress of Vienna, the Concert of Europe, the Industrial Revolution, the revolutions of 1820, 1830, and 1848, the Crimean War, the unification of Italy, the unification of Germany, Imperialism, the Belle Epoque, the origins of the Great War, and the ideologies: liberalism, socialism, and nationalism. To recreate the character of life and mood, students will read five of the great nineteenth-century novels, Dickens, Hard Times, Gogol, Dead Souls, Zola, Germinal, Mann, Buddenbrooks, and Di Lampedusa, The Leopard. The grade will be determined by a Midterm Examination and a Final Examination. Prof. Benjamin Martin.
Hist 4034: Russia since 1861 (T Th. 10:30-11:50 am)
This course covers developments in Russian history from the emancipation of the serfs in 1861 to the present. As such, it deals with the decline and collapse of the imperial Romanov dynasty, the Russian revolution, the rise, consolidation, and collapse of Soviet power, as well as the post-communist period under Yeltsin and Putin. Course grades will be based on a midterm, a final, quizzes, and a research paper. Prof. William Clark.
Hist 4044: Stuart England (M W F 12:30-1:20 pm)
This course covers Britain’s ‘Century of Revolution’ from 1603 to 1714, a period which saw civil war, the trial and execution of a king, and the overthrow of a dynasty. Course requirements include a midterm, final, and research paper. Prof. Victor Stater.
Hist 4047: 20th-Century Britain ( M W F 12:30-1:20 p.m)
A survey of British history from 1900 to the present, with special attention paid to the impact of total war on social structure, political life, and cultural values; the question of “British decline;” the experience of imperialism and the loss of empire; and the shift to a “post-Christian” culture. This course relies heavily on class discussion; attendance is absolutely required. Assignments include a number of films and oral histories, a novel (Alan Sillitoe’s Saturday Night and Sunday Morning), a journalist’s exposé (Bill Buford’s Among the Thugs), and an album (The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band). Course grade is based on class participation, reading and viewing quizzes, short essays, a longer paper, and a final exam. Prof. Meredith Veldman.
Hist 4066: Military History of the U.S. (T Th 12:00-1:20 p.m.)
This course uses the concept of strategic culture to examine how the United States has waged war from the era of the struggle for independence through the Vietnam conflict. American warfare is therefore examined as a reflection of such factors as geography, economic resources, historical experience, political and social systems, religion, ethics, and national self-image. Specific topics explored in this course include the causes and consequences of major wars, key battles and campaigns, changing military technology and tactics, and strategic thought. Grades will be based on three examinations and a short research paper. Cross-listed with MILS 4066. Prof. Stanley Hilton.
Hist 4077: History of American Popular Culture (M W 3:30 – 4:50 pm)
This course looks at the history of popular culture in America from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. From Minstrel Shows, Vaudeville, and amusement parks to radio, film, and television, this course will explore the form, function, and content of musical, aural, and visual culture as a way to better understand American culture and history. Four paper assignments will be required, as well as readings, viewings, and listenings outside of class. No prerequisites are required, but background in American history since the Civil War (such as HIST 2057) will greatly help your understanding of the course materials. Can be taken for Film and Media Arts elective credit. Prof. Charles Shindo.
Hist 4085: West Africa from 1800 (T Th 10:30 – 11:50 a.m.)
History 4085 is a survey course on the historical evolution of West African societies from the nineteeenth century to the present. It examines the broad outlines of the historical developments of the subregion during that period and will look at such major themes as the rise of Islamic orthodoxy and the resultant jihads of the nineteenth century, the trans-Saharan and South Atlantic trade systems and the evolving relations between the peoples of West Africa and the imperial nations of Europe. Other issues, such as urbanization, environment and disease, class structures and socioeconomic inequities, inter alia, will be covered as well. Prof. Gibril Cole.
History 4092: China since 1600 (T Th 12:00 – 1:20 p.m.)
This course is a survey of Chinese history from the ascent to power of the last Chinese Dynasty, the Qing (1644-1911) to the establishment of the People’s Republic of China (1949) under the leadership of Mao Zedong. We will start with an examination of Chinese society and civilization in the late imperial period. We will then examine China’s attempt to transform itself into a republic in 1911, spurred by deep internal social and cultural changes and by pressure from Western imperialism. The 1911 Republican revolution, however, did not end China’s search for a new political and cultural identity. China, in fact, emerged from a bloody war with Japan (1937-1945) and a devastating civil war (1945-1949), in a new Communist mode. Prof. Margherita Zanasi.
History 4094: Modern Japan (M W F 9:30-10:20 a.m.)
This course presents a survey of the last four and a half centuries of Japanese history, from the time of the first contact with Westerners in the middle of the sixteenth century to the post-World War II era. We will attempt to achieve a balance between political, social, economic, and cultural history in this survey. About two-thirds of the course will be devoted to the period before the twentieth century. There is no specific course prerequisite for enrolling in this class. Prof. John Henderson.
Hist 4097: History of South Asia (M W F 2:30 – 3:20 p.m.)
This course offers a broad survey of the social, political and religious changes that swept South Asia from the middle of the eighteenth century to the second half of the twentieth century. The purpose of this course is to (a) allow students to understand that the social and cultural relationships during the modern period were not just inherited from the past but were formed in the process of constant renegotiation and reformulation during the colonial era; and (b) to conceptualize the colonial encounter as well as subsequent transformation in post-colonial society around key themes of discussion such as law, governance, knowledge, power, reform and nationalism. Prof. Asiya Alam.
Hist 4140: The Vietnam War (T Th 1:30 – 2:50 pm)
French colonial rule and Vietnamese nationalism; Ho Chi Minh and the war against the French (1946-1954); The National Liberation Front (Vietcong); process of American involvement and disengagement; counter-insurgency and the air war; anti-war movement in the United States; reasons for failure of American policy; Vietnam since 1975; lessons and legacies for the U.S. Prof. Stanley Hilton.
HIST 4191: Religions of China and Japan (M W F 11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.)
Major religious traditions of East Asia; Confucianism, Taoism, Mahayana Buddhism, Shinto, and Chinese and Japanese folk religion; religion in the context of Chinese and Japanese cultural history. Cross-listed with Religious Studies 4191. Prof. John Henderson.
Hist 4195: Religion, War, and Death in Latin America (M W F 1:30 – 2:20 pm)
This course will analyze the unique religious context of Latin America from the first arrival of humans to the region to the present. It charts European, African, and Indigenous religious forms and their interrelation within pre-Columbian, colonial and national contexts. The course aims to provide a survey of the important religious traditions in Latin America that have shaped that region’s history and culture over time. Moreover, this class will examine the connection between religion, war and death in Latin America. It charts both the conservative and progressive tendencies within Latin American traditions of Christianity, with a special emphasis on the role of Catholicism in shaping, and being shaped by, Latin American culture. We will be reading historical as well as philosophical and theological texts related to topics such as millenarianism, hybridity, violence, revolution, and death. The class will be held in a seminar fashion, with supplemental lectures and context provided. The student will carry out a research program and produce a 15-20 page research paper. Graduate Students Welcome! Prof. Stephen Andes.
Hist 4196: Fascism in Europe (M W F 2:30 – 3:20 pm)
This lecture course examines fascism as both doctrine and practice in interwar Europe. The focus will be on Mussolini’s Italy and Nazi Germany, the two most significant fascist states in history. Other states and movements will be considered largely to examine the boundaries between fascism and conservative authoritarianism. A survey of domestic policies including political mobilization, social engineering, racism/anti-Semitism, and gender politics will be combined with the study of foreign policy, Empire, and mass violence. Assignments will include map quizzes, several short papers, a mid-term exam, and a final exam. While there are no formal prerequisites, students are expected to have a basic knowledge of modern European history. Prof. Brendan Karch.
Hist 4197: U.S. Immigration History (T Th 12:00-1:20 p.m.)
This course will consider why the immigrant identity has always been central to our understanding of what it means to be an American. In examining the arrival of newcomers from Europe, Africa, Asia, and Latin America, it will provide historical context to debates over what it means to be an American and who counts as a citizen. Students will analyze new trends in the study of immigration, ranging from the legal enforcement of border control to the civic participation of foreign-born voters to the mysterious meaning of the “melting pot.” Each week we will discuss a collection of primary and secondary sources. There will be papers required, an oral presentation, written exams, and weekly discussions. Prof. Zevi Gutfreund.
Hist 4901: Internships
The Department of History is offering a course that will enable students to intern at a nearby historical site and earn three hours of credit doing so. The requirements will be 90 work hours during the semester, confirmed by a mentor/supervisor, a few meetings with the course instructor to report on the student’s experience, and a 10-15 page paper at the end evaluating the experience and what was learned. Internship sites include the Foundation for Historical Louisiana, West Baton Rouge Museum, Rosedown Plantation, Old State Capitol, Office of State Parks which has many sites, Evergreen Plantation, and Louisiana State Museums (numerous sites in Baton Rouge and in New Orleans).
Hist 7904: Graduate Seminar in American Historiography and Criticism (M 3:00-5:50 pm)
Prof. Gaines Foster.
Hist 7908: Introduction to Research in European History (W 3:00 – 5:50 pm)
Weekly readings, brief papers on some, 2-4 longer papers based on research, and the bibliography and proposal for a possible thesis topic. Historiography, the historian’s craft and methods, selected current issues and debates. Prof. Paul Hoffman.
Hist 7923: European Research Seminar: The Great War and After (T 3:00 – 5:50 pm)
This fall 7923 will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the Great War by surveying recent literature on the period 1910-1933. Readings (primary and secondary) will treat the war and its aftermath in all its facets and in all theaters. Students will write several shorter papers and one final research paper. Prof. Suzanne Marchand.
Hist 7951: Reading Seminar in American History to 1865 (Th 3:00-5:50 pm)
Prof. Aaron Sheehan-Dean.
Hist 7956: Reading Seminar in American History from 1890 to the Present (T 3:00 – 5:50 pm)
This seminar will focus on the history of the United States from 1890 to the present through the works produced by professional historians. Students will read one or more books each week and write weekly reviews. The reading list will include titles considered classics in the field as well as more recent scholarship that has opened up new areas of emphasis or revised earlier works.
In the first few weeks, all seminar members will read the same book and submit a review. We will discuss the books and your evaluations of them during each seminar meeting. You will also be introduced to the basics of how to write useful reviews. In later weeks, in addition to the title assigned to the whole class, some students will select an additional title from a prepared reading list and will compare and contrast those books in comparative review. All comparative reviews will be posted to the course website, giving students access to and familiarity with a wide array of titles, topics, and interpretations in the field. The assigned readings combined with your reviews and the comparative reviews submitted by other students will give you a solid grounding in the history of the era and help you to prepare for general exams. Prof. Alecia Long.
Hist 7970: Reading Seminar in Comparative History (Th 3:00 – 5:50 pm)
Prof. Margherita Zanasi.