Course Offerings, Spring 2015
Hist 2022: Europe’s Great Cities (T Th 1:30-2:50 p.m.)
Can’t afford to take the grand tour? Take this rich survey course instead! We will ‘visit’ Europe’s great modern cities—including Rome, Berlin, Paris, London, Amsterdam, and Venice—and understand their central role in Europe’s political, economic, social, and cultural histories since about 1500. Course assignments include quizzes, a midterm and a final exam, and a city project of each student’s design. All students are welcome to the course, though a previous course in modern European history is recommended. Prof. Suzanne Marchand.
Hist 2096: East Asian Civilization since 1800 (T Th 12:00-1:20 p.m.)
This course examines the interrelated histories of China, Japan, and Korea, focusing especially on the forces that brought to the formation of modern East Asian nations in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries: wars, colonialism, imperialism, Cold War geopolitics, nationalism and socialism. This course aims at understanding the historical origins of problems that continue to impact East Asia today and at placing the national history of China, Japan, and Korean within a wider East Asian regional framework.
Hist 2096 can be used to meet three hours toward the General Education requirements for the humanities. See the LSU general catalog and your curriculum advisor for your degree requirements.
Students in this course will develop an ability to make sense of the past by reconstructing causal patterns, identifying trends, and making informed comparisons between different historical cases as well to grasp the influence of varied and complex historical factors on the lives of individuals in societies. Students will also develop competency in critical thinking, the ability to evaluate a position or argument, and competency in written communication. Prof. Margherita Zanasi.
Hist 2195, section 1: 20th Century South Africa (T Th. 10:30-11:50 a.m.)
The 20th century marked South Africa’s journey from Apartheid to Freedom. In this course, you will study the causes of the brutal policy of racial discrimination, the ways in which South Africans resisted and finally triumphed to win their freedom, and how they have struggled with the legacies of apartheid since electing Nelson Mandela as the first African president of the country in 1994. readings will include 3 South African autobiographies from the 20th century, including Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom. Prof. Nancy Clark.
Hist 2195, section 2: Goddesses to Witches: Women in Europe, 500 BCE-1700 CE (M W 10:30 – 11:50 a.m.)
Join us to trace the trajectory of women’s social, political, economic and religious experiences in premodern Europe, from Ancient Athens and Rome to the Middle Ages and beyond. Lectures and discussions of primary sources like plays, martyrdom narratives, and witch trials. No prerequisite! Prof. Leslie Tuttle.
Hist 3071: Louisiana History (T Th 12:00-1:20 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 3117.1: The Early Roman Empire: Society, Politics, and Religion (T Th 12:00-1:20 p.m )
This course offers a thorough introduction to the early Roman Empire (ca. 30 BCE-284 CE), drawing on both source materials and modern works. This is a student-driven seminar based on readings, presentations, and in-class discussions on the societal, religious, and political developments of the Roman Principate. This was the “Golden Age” of Roman rule and what one historian considered the best time to live in human history. This course focuses on imperial Rome but also discusses important topics like provincial administration, commerce and agriculture, the Roman army, early Christianity, and law and order in the Roman world. Students will investigate the monumental impact that the early Roman Empire had on the development of Western Civilization. Having some background courses in ancient history would naturally be helpful but is not required.
This will be a seminar course driven by student participation. It will focus on modern studies but also will feature a wide array of literary and archaeological source material. Students will investigate historiographical arguments, lead class discussions, and prepare presentations. This course requires weekly preparation and active participation. There are no exams; however, each student will have to prepare and write three college research papers. This course offers students the opportunity to learn how to analyze source material, weigh historiographical arguments, and write more professionally. These are skills that will be useful in senior level courses, graduate school, and in scores of careers that necessitate writing, research, and the ability to manage individual projects. Instructor Nikolaus Overtoom.
Hist 3118.1 European Sprawl: Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Colonialism and Imperialism (M 3:00-5:50 p.m.)
This seminar is designed to foster a greater understanding of European expansion and interaction in the world during the nineteenth- and twentieth-centuries with an emphasis on the causes, methods, and implications of imperialism. Much of the course will deal with the role of Europeans in the colonial and imperial enterprise, but will also engage with case studies and counter-narratives from East Asia, South Asia, Africa, and the Americas. The class will meet once a week and employ both lecture and in-class discussion. As a seminar, it will be the student’s responsibility to keep up with reading assignments and discuss them as a group. The course structure mimics that found on the graduate level but with reduced reading requirements, thus it may be good for those planning to pursue advanced degrees. There will be two exams with pre-circulated questions and a short paper. Instructor Jason Wolfe.
Hist 3119.1: The Twilight Zone and Postwar American Culture (M 3:00-5:50 p.m.)
In this course, you will be traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land of dream cars, suburban homes, beauty creams, bomb shelters, and what for our purposes here will prove rather important, TV sets. The time: middle of the twentieth century. Location: The United States. It also happens to be…The Twilight Zone.
Was postwar America a dream or a nightmare? By using The Twilight Zone as well as other popular culture products, we will explore a wide array of historical issues relating to World War II, consumerism, Cold War paranoia, gender, race, suburbanization, family life, and technology. We will discuss the capacities and limitations of television and popular culture, namely how TV can reflect, but more frequently refracts, real life experiences. In this way, we will look more deeply as to how popular television hinders our understanding of history when taken at face value, but can offer fresh new insights when critically analyzed and returned to its original context. Required readings and viewings will be discussed in seminar every week and students will also need to write three papers. Instructor David Brokaw.
Hist 4004: Rome of the Caesars (T Th 10:30-11:50 a.m.)
From the death throes of the Republic and the assassination of Julius Caesar to the Golden Age of Augustus, the Principate of the early dynasties, the military monarchy and the rise of Christianity, leading to the New Rome of Constantine. Political and military developments provide the framework, but due attention is given to Roman society and culture; Roman relations with other peoples (allies and subject peoples, but also Rome’s external enemies); Latin literature; the absorption of the Greek world, and the changing shape of the Imperial City itself. Two midterms and a final exam; two research papers (or one paper and a class project); moderate reading load (mainly selections from ancient historiographers and imperial biographies). One or two film presentations. Prof. Steven Ross.
Hist 4022: France Since 1770 (T Th 9:00-10:20 a.m.)
This course covers the principal political, social, economic, and intellectual developments in France during the last two and a half centuries. Special emphasis is on two topics: how the government evolved from absolute monarchy to republic, with interruptions for constitutional monarchy and empire, and how the French people experienced the social and economic changes resulting from this political upheaval. Required reading: five novels, to catch the atmosphere of the years since 1770; required testing: midterm examination and final examination. Prof. Benjamin Martin.
Hist 4026: 20th Century Germany (M W F 1:30-2:20 p.m.)
A survey of Germany’s turbulent 20th century, beginning with the pre-1914 German Empire, assessing the revolutionary Weimar Republic, continuing through the Third Reich and its annihilationist warfare, covering both the West and East German states of the Cold War, and considering the role of a reunified Germany in the European Union. Course material and readings will encompass political events, social and gender policies, migration, environmental history, and cultural-intellectual trends. Assignments will include several short papers, a few quizzes, a midterm, and a final exam. Graduate students are welcome. Prof. Brendan Karch.
Hist 4043: Tudor England (M W F 12:30-1:20 p.m.)
This course focuses on the political, religious, social and cultural history of England during the reign of the Tudor dynasty from 1485-1603. Among the most important of English monarchs, the Tudors (among whom were Henry VIII, ‘Bloody’ Mary, and Elizabeth I) presided over the creation of a new style of monarchy, a new Protestant church, and a new colonial Empire. Course requirements include a midterm exam, research paper, final exam, and active participation in class discussion. Prof. Victor Stater.
Hist 4055: The Civil War (T Th. 12:00-1:20)
This class is an overview of the causes, fighting, and outcomes of the U.S. Civil War. We will spend the first weeks on the political, economic, and social dimensions of sectionalism in antebellum America leading up to the war. This background will be tied into a consideration of the process of secession and also into the patterns of change that appeared during the war. We will explore the goals of both sides in the war, the means they used to achieve those goals, and how the contingencies of war required changes in both means and ends. Last, we will explore the outcomes and legacies of the conflict. During the semester, we will balance military, political, and social developments. We will discuss battle tactics and strategy as they relate to the larger goals of each side. We will explore experiences of both the home front and battle front in distinct parts of the Confederacy and the North. The goals will be to understand the particulars of important local experiences and the general trends and events that transpired in both sections. Central themes to be discussed will be: the growth of nationalism and political centralization; changes in race relations; and patterns of economic mobilization and growth. Prof. Aaron Sheehan-Dean.
Hist 4065: History of Contemporary America (M W F 8:30-9:30)
The history of America since 1945, focusing on domestic events, but not excluding foreign policy crises with significant domestic repercussions. This course makes particular use of appropriate aural and visual resources: radio, film, television, internet. The course includes careful coverage of the recent past, and one assignment may be done using on-line sources exclusively. Prof. David Culbert.
Hist 4083: Mexico: The National Period, 1810-present (M W F 1:30-2:20)
This course covers the history of Mexico from the wars of Independence to the present (c. 1810-present). It is designed to introduce the region to the college student in some of its complexity—the history, the politics, the economics, the art, the people. It proposes to do so through readings, discussions, film, individual research, analytical writing and lectures. What will be offered is montage, cut and spliced images—glimpses—of times and places past, as well as contemporary visions and some very minor future prognostications. The stereotypes of mustachioed men, bandoliered revolutionaries, and mariachis will be eschewed for a more realistic, everyday picture of the Mexico’s people and places. When possible, we will attempt to listen to the articulations of Mexicans themselves, principally through words they have written—primary sources. Topics covered will include the struggle for independence from colonial powers, the creation of an independent nation-state, war in the 19th century, the Porfiriato, the Mexican Revolution, economic development in the 20th century, the rise of the Mexican counterculture, debt-crisis and neoliberalism, democratization and the PRI, drug-trafficking and violence, and popular culture. Students will be assigned two essays as well as a final research paper. Readings will include scholarly monographs, articles, novels, and primary sources. Prof. Stephen Andes, e-mail email@example.com.
Hist 4091: China to 1600 (M W F 9:30-10:20)
This course presents a survey of approximately three thousand years of Chinese history, from the dawn of Chinese civilization around 1500 B.C. to about A.D. 1500, the eve of the modern Western intrusion. The class will focus on political and cultural history, and the course will devote some attention to such aspects of Chinese civilization as archeology, language, philosophy, literature, religion, and art. There is no specific course prerequisite for enrolling in this course. Prof. John Henderson.
Hist 4097: History of South Asia (M W F 11:30-12:20 a.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 allow students to understand that the social and cultural relationships during the modern period were formed in the process of constant renegotiation and reformulation, and to conceptualize the colonial encounter as well as subsequent transformation in post-colonial society around themes such as law, governance, knowledge, power, reform and nationalism. The course is divided into three sections: the first focuses on colonialism and the making of Indian society, the second highlights politics in late colonial India with special focus on Gandhi and Ambedkar, and the third presents issues and challenges in South Asia during the post-colonial period.
Readings include sections from the main text, primary source materials and academic articles. There is a mid-term and final exam. Graduate students can substitute final exam for research paper. Prof. Asiya Alam.
Hist 4130: The Second World War (T Th 9:00-10:20 a.m.)
Global crisis of the 1930s; Axis and Allied strategies; major military campaigns; great power diplomacy; homefront mobilization; the Holocaust; espionage and resistance; relationship between American Strategic Culture and war-fighting; reasons for Germany’s defeat; global consequences. Cross listed with MILS 4130. Prof. Stanley Hilton.
Hist 4195, section 2: Military History of China and Japan (M W F 11:30-12:20 a.m.)
“To win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue enemies without fighting is the acme of skill” – Sunzi (or Sun-tzu), THE ART OF WAR.
As this quotation from the great military classic of ancient China implies, a history of war and the military in Chinese and Japanese culture should also include a history of avoiding war and of the cultural milieu of war, in other words, of the strategic culture of these two countries in both ancient and modern times.
The readings for the course will include Sunzi on the ART OF WAR, THE ROMANCE OF THE THREE KINGDOMS, MOUNTAIN OF FAME, LEGENDS OF THE SAMURAI, and a history of World War II in Asia and the Pacific. The course will consider not just the wars and warriors of history, but also those of story and legend as they appear in such media as literature, opera, and film. Prof. John Henderson.
Hist 4195, section 3: Contemporary China (T Th. 3:00-4:20 p.m.)
In 1949, Mao Zedong established the People’s Republic of China (PRC), initiating three decades of Communist rule that was to take China through dramatic social and economic upheavals, including the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution. Today, more than 30 years after the death of Mao in 1976, China is experimenting with new forms of social and economic organization under the banner of “Communism with Chinese characteristics.” As the economic interests increasingly outweigh ideological differences in the global marketplace, the PRC is in the process of creating a “China” and a “Chinese” identity that is as much about capitalism, flashy karaoke discos, and flaunting its international muscle as it is about the revival of traditional social and religious rituals. Prof. Margherita Zanasi.
Hist 4196, section 1: Medieval Martyrs, Mystics and Monastics (M W F 11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.)
This class will investigate intense spiritual pursuits of medieval Christians. Topics will include:
• What role did religious violence play in the development of medieval Christianity?
• How did visions and other ecstatic experiences fit into the medieval church?
• How did men and women seek to create ideal communities?
We will analyze sources written by and about devout men and women, including texts relating individual experiences as well as those written as devotional and instructional materials. Course grades will be based on participation, reading quizzes, short papers and a final exam. Prof. Sherri Franks Johnson.
Hist 4196, section 2: The Revolutions of 1989 (M W F 2:30-3:20 p.m.)
Twenty-five years ago, the communist regimes of eastern and central Europe came crashing down. Why? And then what? This course will look at the causes and consequences of 1989, the Year of Revolution. We will use a variety of readings and viewings, with a heavy emphasis on primary sources. Final grade will be based on class attendance, discussion participation, short informal writing assignments, a longer paper/project, and the final exam. This is a C-I (Communication-Intensive) course, which means 1) no more than 35 students can enroll; 2) the course counts toward Distinguished Communicator certification (but you do not have to be in the DC program to take this class); 3) the course will focus on active learning through written and spoken communication. Prof. Meredith Veldman.
Hist 4197, section 1: History of Sexuality in the United States (T Th 12:00-1:20 p.m.)
Over the last three decades, historians have produced an exciting body of scholarship that looks at sexuality as a historical topic – that is, something embedded in time, place, culture, and social arrangements. This scholarship has shown us that sex and sexuality are constructed, defined, and regulated – and those constructions, definitions, and regulations change over time and within varying historical contexts.
This course is designed to give students an overview of the major topics in the history of sexuality in the US. We will explore how and why sexuality historically became so central to American identities, cultures, and politics. We will examine how dominant institutions—medicine, media, and the law—have intersected and interacted with this history.
Course readings and discussions will include historical analyses of public concerns such as: abortion, birth control, prostitution, sexual violence, and GLBT sexualities. The course employs an intersectional approach and will examine the relationship between sexuality and social categories such as race, gender, class, ethnicity, etc. Professor Catherine Jacquet.
Hist 4197, Section 2: The Historian’s Craft (T Th 3:00 – 4:20 p.m.)
This course is designed for upper-level history majors and will be divided into three parts. In the first few weeks of the semester we will do readings that explain how the discipline of history has developed over time, the kinds of subjects historians of the United States explore, and some of the research methods and analytical approaches they use in doing their work. The second part of the course will be devoted to identifying a topic in U.S. history and doing primary source research. The third part of the course will be devoted to writing a paper that draws on the student’s research, developing an oral presentation, and revising the paper into final form with one-on-one help from the professor. The goal is to complete a writing sample that one can submit as part of a graduate or professional school application. Prof. Alecia Long.
Hist 4197, section 3: History of the Acadians (Cajuns) in Louisiana (M 6:00-8:50 p.m.)
This course begins in 1603 with the creation of the Company of Acadia by King Henry IV of France and the founding of the colony of Acadia in what is today the Maritime Provinces of Canada in 1604. We will study the development of the colony in the 17thand 18th Centuries and the creation of a people called Acadians. Special attention will be given to Le Grand Derangement (The Great Upheaval) and Le Grand Rassemblement (The Great Reunion), and how, why, and when the Acadians reached Louisiana and their evolution into the Cajuns of today. Dr. W. Arceneaux.
Hist 4902: Internships
In cooperation with the Career Center, the History Department is now offering internships with a variety of area employers. Employers include The Louisiana State Museum, the West Baton Rouge Museum, the Old State Capital, the Audubon State Historic site, Rosedown Plantation and others. Students are expected to put in 90 hours of work and to submit a paper at the end of the semester detailing their experience. Students will be doing a variety of things while interning: staging exhibits, offering tours, and learning about historic preservation, among other activities. Ms. Kayla Kucharchuk is the contact person in the Career Center (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr. Stater (email@example.com) is the History Department contact. Students sign up for HIST 4902, Section 1, choose an employer, and arrange their work schedule with them.
Hist 7909: Research Seminar in European History (M 3:00-5:50 p.m.)
The class will involve a major research paper exploring a topic that might be the subject of the student’s MA thesis or PhD Dissertation. Emphasis will be on development of bibliography for the larger project as well as the research paper. Taught jointly with Hist 7957. Prof. Paul Hoffman.
Hist 7922: Seminar in European History to 1650 (W 3:00-5:50 p.m.)
This seminar will examine major themes in the historiography of the late Middle Ages and Early Modern Era. Possible topics include popular religion, the impact of voyages of discovery and colonization, encounters with non-Europeans, religious violence and modes of interconfessional tolerance during the Reformation era, state formation and the scientific revolution. Prof. Leslie Tuttle.
Hist 7930: Reading Seminar in British History (Day and time TBA)
Readings focusing upon the political, religious, social, economic, and cultural history of the British Isles in the early modern period (c. 1500-1800). Prof. Victor Stater.
This course is designed to introduce graduate students to the major themes and events of nineteenth-century U.S. history. The emphasis throughout the semester will be on mastering the secondary literature across the broad range of topics that preoccupy historians of this period. We will read extensively, both monographs and articles, from the best literature in the field. Our emphasis will be on current works and approaches, though we will discuss the classic arguments and books for the period. Students will write a series of short analytical papers exploring the strengths and weaknesses of the various texts that comprise our major readings. Students will also be expected to lead at least one class section, preparing additional readings and organizing questions with which to guide the discussion. Prof. Aaron Sheehan-Dean.
Hist 7957: Research Seminar in American History (M 3:00-5:50 p.m.)
The class will involve a major research paper exploring a topic that might be the subject of the student’s MA thesis or PhD Dissertation. Emphasis will be on development of bibliography for the larger project as well as the research paper. Taught jointly with Hist 7909. Prof. Paul Hoffman.