SAGES Departmental Seminars 


                           CURRENT HISTORY COURSES FOR SPRING 2019

HSTY 102

Introduction to Byzantine History, 500-1500

MWF 10:35-11:25 Todd

Development of the Byzantine empire from the emperor Constantine’s conversation to Christianity and founding of the eastern capital at Constantinople to the fall of Constantinople to Turkish forces in 1453. Offered as CLSC 102 and HSTY 102. Counts for CAS Global & Cultural Diversity Requirement.

HSTY 113

Introduction to Modern World History

MWF 3:20-4:15 Levin

The history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in global context. Emphasis on the forces that have created or shaped the modern world: industrialization and technological change; political ideas and movements such as nationalism; European imperialism and decolonization; and the interplay of cultural values. Counts for CAS Global & Cultural Diversity Requirement.

HSTY 138

Radical History in America

MWF 11:40-12:30pm


This course examines the radical tradition in American from the time of the American Revolution until the present. Topics will include abolitionism, suffrage, anarchism, socialism, communism, black power, feminism, the New Left, radical environmentalism, and queer liberation. Recommended Preparation: High school American history. Counts for CAS Global & Cultural Diversity Requirement. 

HSTY 157

Women’s Histories in South Asia

TR 1:00-2:15 Dasgupta

This course traces the history of women in South Asia from pre-colonial times to the present. We will explore: the historical transformations of institutions shaping women’s lives such as state, family, religious and legal traditions; the impact of colonialism, nationalism, and decolonization of women, as well as the history of women’s movements in various parts of South Asia. We will also examine the challenges involved in writing histories using the analytical lens of gender. Offered as HSTY 157 and WGST 257. Counts for CAS Global & Cultural Diversity Requirement. 

HSTY 202

Science in Western Thought II

T/R 11:30-12:45pm

Aviva Rothman

The development of Western thinking about the natural world and our relation to it, as part of culture, from pre-classical civilizations to the age of Newton.

HSTY 215

Europe in the 20th Century

T/R 11:00-2:15 Jay Geller

The twentieth century has seen stupendous transformations in the internal structures of European politics, economics, society, and culture and in Europe’s place in the world. This course traces Europe’s transition from a continent of sovereign nation-states or empires ruled by monarchs with starkly hierarchical social structures, through wars, revolution, dictatorships, destruction, division, and destitution, to a conflicted present. The contradictory combination of peace, freedom, and pluralism combined with cultural critique of the very consumer society that has reduced conflict challenges students’ linear notions of historical development. Counts for CAS Global & Cultural Diversity Requirement.

HSTY 228

Christians in China

TR 10:00-11:15 Tan

Also offered as RLGN 228.

HSTY 230

Colonial Latin America

TR 11:30-12:45 McGinness

Colonial Latin American history is a period fraught with bloodshed, deadly disease, and the brutal enslavement of Africans and Indigenous peoples, yet was also a time of resistance, mobilization, and the flourishing of arts, culture, and unique hybrid religions practices. This course is an invitation to focus on primary sources and wrestle with the writing of colonial history throughout the last 500 years with all its discrepancies, biases, and unanswered questions. We look especially at the role that women, Indigenous peoples, and Africans played in society – voices that have traditionally been silenced. How can we resurrect those voices? We ponder the construction of colonial society and conclude with how the wars of Independence fundamentally altered society. 

HSTY 237


W 3:20-5:50


This lecture and discussion course examines the Second World War from the perspective of the British and their soldiery from around the globe. The course will examine those in Britain who might have preferred a move towards Fascism in the late 1930s. It will investigate why imperial subjects who lacked democracy in the own lands fought for the British in the name of democracy against totalitarianism. And it will scrutinize those in the Empire who instead sided with Axis. In sum, students will have an opportunity to learn what led to those many moments of choice and chance that led to Allied victory and the defeat of Fascism. Counts for CAS Global & Cultural Diversity Requirement.

HSTY 245

History of Capitalism

M 7:00-9:30 Dasgupta and Steinberg

This course will explore the history of capitalism, from its origins to its recent past, from different angles. Themes under discussion will include, but not be limited to, industrialization, slavery, corporate capitalism, and neoliberalism. We will also study capitalism’s impact on gender, race, environment, education, and time.

HSTY 254 The Holocaust  TR 10:00-11:15 Geller
This class seeks to answer fundamental questions about the Holocaust: the German-led organized mass murder of nearly six million Jews and millions of other ethnic and religious minorities. It will investigate the origins and development of racism in modern European society, the manifestations of that racism, and responses to persecution. An additional focus of the course will be comparisons between different groups, different countries, and different phases during the Nazi era. Offered as RLGN 254, ETHS 254, and JDST 254. Counts for CAS Global & Cultural Diversity Requirement.
HSTY 257 Immigrants in America MW 4:50-6:05 Flores

Immigration to America has constantly reshaped the way the nation views itself. This course examines the overall history of immigration to the United States, but places that movement within a global context. It also pays particular attention to the roles that policy and technology have played in controlling or defining immigration to America. Counts for CAS Global & Cultural Diversity Requirement.

HSTY 288

Imperial China: The Great Qing

TR 10:00-11:15am Bonk

This course is an introduction to the history of Imperial China, from the fall of the Ming Dynasty in 1644 to the creation of the Chinese republic in 1912. We will explore the major historical transformations of the last imperial dynasty, the Qing (1644-1911), and develop an understanding of the major social, political, economic, and intellectual cultural forces shaping the formation of modern China. By the end of the semester you should have a good senes of how Chinese society was transformed over the course of the 17th through early 20th centuries. The topics we will discuss include urbanization and commerce; gender, family and kinship; education and the examination system; opium and free trade; and ethnicity and nationalism. Offered as ASIA 288 and HSTY 288. Counts for CAS Global & Cultural Diversity Requirement. 

HSTY 294

History of Nature

TR 1:00-2:15 Rothman

This course with examine the complicated and varied historical relationships between people and the natural world in the west. Like humans, nature has a history whose meanings, boundaries, and uses have changed dramatically over time. By studying those changes, we gain insight not merely into the world we inhabit and the ways that we have shaped it, for better or worse, but also into ourselves – our beliefs, values, and ambitions. We will look at how nature has been understood over time not only through texts but also through art, objects, and film. This course will include visits to various local sites in order for us to pursue these themes hands-on.


HSTY 337/437

Ancient Medicine

T/R 10:00-11:15 Rumor

This course offers a general survey of the history of medicine from its origins in pre-historical times to Galen (2nd c. CE) with a view to gaining a better understanding of the path that eventually lead to modern medical practice. The various medical systems considered, including the ancient Babylonian, Egyptian, Jewish, Chinese, Ayurvedic, Greek and Roman traditions, will be examined through the study of primary and secondary sources, while key conceptual developments and practices are identified within their cultural and social context. Special issues, such as epidemics, women’s medicine, and surgery, are also explored and discussed. Offered as ANEE 337, CLSC 337, CLSC 437, HSTY 337, and HSTY 437. Counts for CAS Global & Cultural Diversity Requirement.

HSTY 339

The Origin of Arab-Israeli Conflict 1900-1948

T 5:30-8:00 Broich

Course materials include histories of Zionism, pre-Zionist Palestine, the British Mandate years, the British Empire in other Arab lands, and the 1948 war and aftermath. Primary sources from the perspective British officials on the ground in Palestine receive much attention. The histories of engineering and agriculture are highlighted alongside traditional social and political perspectives. Counts as SAGES Departmental Seminar. Counts for CAS Global & Cultural Diversity Requirement.

HSTY 348

History of Modern Social and Political Thought

R 4:00-6:30 Levin

This course is also offered as POSC 348

HSTY 354

Women in American History II

T/R 1:00-2:15 Sentilles

With HSTY 353, forms a two-semester introduction to women’s studies. The politics of suffrage and the modern woman’s effots to balance marriage, motherhood, and career. (HSTY 353 not a prerequisite). Offered as HSTY 354, WGST 354, and HSTY 454. Counts for CAS Global & Cultural Diversity Requirement. 

HSTY 355

America in the Era of the Civil War

TR 11:30 – 12:45pm Grabowski

This course examines the causes and consequences of the Civil War, focusing on the rise of sectionalism, the dynamics of conflict, and reconstruction. Heavy emphasis is placed on archival research in relevant first person accounts from the period. 

HSTY 373/473

Women and Medicine in the United States

W 2:15-4:45 Sentilles

We will investigate the experiences of American women as practitioners and as patients. We will meet weekly in the Dittrick Medical Museum for discussion of texts and use artifacts from the museum’s collection. After a unit exploring how the female body was viewed by medical theorists form the Galenic period to the nineteenth-century, we will look at midwives, college-trained female doctors and nurses, and health advocacy among poor populations. We will then look at women’s experiences in terms of menstruation, childbearing, and menopause, before exploring the cultural relationship between women and psychological disorders. Offered as HSTY 373, HSTY 473, and WGST 373. Counts for CAS Global & Cultural Diversity Requirement.

HSTY 389

History of Zionism

M/W 12:45-2:00 Geller

This course seeks to elucidate the major strands of Zionism, their origins, how they have interacted, and their impact on contemporary Israeli society.  These may include political Zionism, cultural Zionism, socialist (labor) Zionism, Revisionist Zionism, and religious Zionism.  This course will also examine the differences in the appeal of Zionism to Jews in different places, such as Western Europe, Eastern Europe and the United States.

 HSTY 402

Introduction to the Historiography of Science

 TBD Rothman

A graduate-level historiographic review of the history of the sciences from the seventeenth century to the present. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or instructor permission.

 HSTY 411 Modern American Historiography T 2:30-3:45 Rabinovitch-Fox

 HSTY 437

Ancient Medicine

TR 2:30-3:45 Rumor

This course is also offered as CLSC 437

 HSTY 448

Historical Research and Writing

W 3:20-5:40 Cohen

Research seminar for graduate students. Intensive focus on processes of historical research and writing. Students produce conference paper and research paper based on primary sources. Prereq: Graduate standing or instructor permission.