Course Descriptions

History Courses


Professors: David J. Goldberg, Elizabeth A. Lehfeldt (Chair); Professors Emeriti: David Adams, Donald Ramos; Associate Professors: Gregory Conerly, Thomas Humphrey, Joyce Mastboom, Robert S. Shelton, Karen Sotiropoulos, J. Mark Souther, Mark T. Tebeau, Laura Wertheimer, Regennia N. Williams; Associate Professors Emeriti: Thomas L. Hartshorne, Lee Makela, Deborah L. Pearl, Robert A. Wheeler; Assistant Professors: Stephen Cory, Wenqing Kang, Meshack Owino, José Solá, Kelly Wrenhaven.

Course Descriptions

HIS 101 Western Civilization I (4-0-4). History of western civilization to 1648, with emphasis on Greek and Roman civilization, the medieval world, the Renaissance and Reformation, and the transition to the modern era. Return to top

HIS 102 Western Civilization II (4-0-4). The history of modernization in the West, including the development of rationalism and scientific thought, and the upheaval of the French Revolution. Emphasis on the growing inter-relatedness of Europe with the rest of the world as a result of industrialization, the nation-state, and imperialism, culminating in the 20th century with World Wars and the search for an international order. Return to top

HIS 110 United States History Survey – Discovering Freedom in America (4-0-4). This course gives students an understanding of significant themes and ideas that shape our changing notion of freedom, independence, and citizenship. These historical concepts fundamentally influence how we view the inhabitants of North America from the fifteenth century through the end of the twentieth century. This course investigates how those people changed the meanings of these ideas, expanding and contracting them at various points to uncover what they mean today. Return to top

HIS 111 United States History to 1877 (4-0-4). A study of the settlement of the Colonies and the transplanting of European institutions to the Western hemisphere, the achievement of American independence, the formation of the American government, the beginnings of industrialism, and the social and political conflicts leading to the Civil War. Return to top

HIS 112 United States History Since 1877 (4-0-4). A study of principal developments in American history from reconstruction of the South to the present, including post-Civil War conflict; Western expansion; agricultural, and industrial development; progressive reform and the New Deal; and domestic and foreign policies since World War II. Return to top

HIS 165 Introduction to Latin American History (4-0-4). Survey of Latin American history from its colonization to the present time. Examination of various facets of Latin America, including politics, economy, and culture. Return to top

HIS 175 Introduction to African History (4-0-4). Examination of the cultural history of African societies from before the present era through the past 2,000 years, with an emphasis on the ways in which Africans resisted European cultural hegemony and defined for themselves distinctive, modern African cultures. Return to top

HIS 185 Survey of Middle Eastern History (4-0-4). Survey examines Middle Eastern history from the great kingdoms of the pre-Islamic past to the troubling events of recent years, with a concentration upon the formation of the modern Middle East. The course will analyze recurrent themes, examine key problems in Middle Eastern history, investigate a wide variety of primary sources, and discuss critical issues that led to the creation of the modern Middle East. Return to top

HIS 195 Introduction to East Asian History (4-0-4). This course will offer a survey of East Asian history, primarily focusing on the political, social, economic, and cultural developments in China, Japan, and Korea from the 17th century to the present. Return to top

HIS 200 Introduction to Geography (4-0-4). A comprehensive survey of the field of geography as it relates to the study and teaching of social studies and history. Course provides a general overview of a number of approaches useful to the study of history such as Historical Geography, Economic Geography, Environmental Geography, and World Regional Geography. Course serves as an introduction to basic geographical concepts within the context of social studies. Return to top

HIS 201H Urban America in the Last Half of the 20th Century: Crises/Opportunities/Solutions - Cleveland - Honors (4-0-4). Prerequisite: Honors standing or permission of university Honors Program. This course will explore the dynamic changes which altered the economic, social, political and cultural context of Cleveland since 1945. It will analyze why and how the city responded to the challenges and opportunities it faced through the eyes of participants. Students will use newspapers, television news archives, manuscript collections, and interviews with the participants themselves to determine why some options were taken and others rejected. The course will be especially conscious of the increasing significance in both numbers and influence of African-Americans. Return to top

HIS 215 History of African-Americans to 1877 (4-0-4). A topical survey of the African-American Experience from Africa through the enslavement in the Americas to the end of the post-Civil War reconstruction with special emphasis placed on the acculturation and enslavement processes, including a detailed study of the history of the institution of slavery. Return to top

HIS 216 History of African-Americans Since 1877 (4-0-4). Further emphasis placed on the rise of African-American institutions in America; the church, the press, newly free African-Americans in the South; the aftermaths of the abolitionist movement, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. Return to top

HIS 227 Power, Authority, and Society in Nonwestern Communities (4-0-4). An examination from an historical perspective of the way selected groups of Asian, African, and Latin American societies organize themselves with respect to power and authority to cope with a set of similar social problems. Attention will also be given to how changes take place in political organization and in political cultural identity, particularly at the mass level. The course makes extensive use of popular texts and stories, photographs and video, and other primary sources from the cultures studies. Cross-listed with ANT/PSC 227. Return to top

HIS 271 Empire's End: British Asia. (4-0-4). This course will focus on the end of the British Empire, the part that was Asia. The main focus will be on South Asia, especially the emergence of the independent nations of India and Pakistan. We will more briefly consider some other new nations of South Asia, in particular Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Our focus will then move to China and the colony of Hong Kong. We will also study the British withdrawal from Burma, the collapse of Malaya, and the emergence of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei. At the end, we will consider what the process of decolonization meant both for the new nations and for Britain. Return to top

HIS 271H Empire's End: British Asia - Honors. (4-0-4). Prerequisite: Honors standing or permission of university Honors Program. This course will focus on the end of the British Empire, the part that was Asia. The main focus will be on South Asia, especially the emergence of the independent nations of India and Pakistan. We will more briefly consider some other new nations of South Asia, in particular Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Our focus will then move to China and the colony of Hong Kong. We will also study the British withdrawal from Burma, the collapse of Malaya, and the emergence of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei. At the end, we will consider what the process of decolonization meant both for the new nations and for Britain. Return to top

HIS 272H Cultural Interactions: The Japanese Experience - Honors. (4-0-4). Prerequisite: Honors standing or permission of university Honors Program. The course will first discuss elements constituting the core of the Japanese culture, both traditional and modern, then focus on influences exerted on Japan by China and Korea beginning in the fifth century and from Europe and the United States after the mid-nineteenth century. The concluding portion of the course will examine influences by Japanese popular culture on both Asia and the West. Return to top

HIS 274 Introduction to the Middle East (4-0-4). This course is designed to introduce students to the history, religious diversity, political systems, economy, and culture of the Middle East. The course includes a brief examination of ancient Middle Eastern civilizations and its history to the world. The course also examines important historical junctures influencing the region today. It will include the contents, similarities, and diversities of Middle Eastern culture. The course examines three monotheistic religions and how Middle Easterners vary widely in their religious beliefs. It explores how this religious variance impacts Middle Eastern culture. The course introduces students to multiple aspects of the arts. Cross-listed with ARB 274 and PSC 274. Return to top

HIS 301 American Cultural History, 1865 to the Present (4-0-4). Study of the social and cultural history of the United States, emphasizing the ways in which the beliefs, values, and world views of the American people are related to prevailing social conditions. Return to top

HIS 302 US Slavery, Abolition, & Politics, 1820-1860 (4-0-4). This course examines the American slave system of the nineteenth century, challenges to slavery, and the resulting political contest that eventually let to southern secession and civil war. Return to top

HIS 303 Recent U.S. Social History (4-0-4). Traces social change in the United States from the Civil War to the present with special emphasis on changes in social class formation, family, neighborhood, community, race, ethnicity, gender, and work. Traces major structural change in society, politics, and economy in relation to social transformations and impacts of technological change, urbanization and bureaucracy. Return to top

HIS 304 U.S. Urban History (4-0-4). Analysis of U.S. urban development with focus on spatial development of U.S. cities and changing internal structure and institutions of cities from the Colonial period through the mercantile, industrial, and post-industrial city. Traces the city's impact on migrants and others and their responses. Return to top

HIS 305 Social Thought of African Americans (4-0-4). Historical inquiry into the major social, cultural, and intellectual developments among Black Americans, including such movements as antebellum abolitionism, African immigrationism cultural and political accommodation, and Pan-Africanism and Negritude as expressed in the writings of major authors. Return to top

HIS 306 History of Ohio (4-0-4). The early development of Ohio as a territory and a state, transportation problems and economic development, industrialization and urbanization and their economic and social consequences, and ethnic composition. Return to top

HIS 307 History of Cleveland (4-0-4). Origins and early development of Cleveland and the Western Reserve, emergence of Cleveland as a major industrial city, emphasis upon social economic, technological, cultural, and political developments with special attention given to the role of ethnic and minority groups. Return to top

HIS 309 American Immigration History (4-0-4). A survey of immigration to America from the 1830s until the present day. The course focuses on the religious, work, political, and cultural life of various immigrant groups as well as the process of adaptation and Americanization. The rise of anti-immigrant movements and efforts to restrict immigration are also emphasized. Return to top

HIS 310 Indians in American History (4-0-4). A study of Native American White contact since the Colonial period, emphasizing differences in cultural outlook, dispossession from Indian lands, changing political status of Native Americans, and the nature of missionary and governmental assimilation efforts. Attention will be given to the dynamics of cultural conflict and Indian response to assimilation policies. Return to top

HIS 311 Introduction to Public History (4-0-4). An introduction to the applied uses of history in such areas as museums, archives, labor, historical societies and community, as well as corporate and oral history. Considers ethical and professional issues, grant writing, evaluation of popular and professional history presentations, and careers in public history. Will involve practicum working on-site on a public history project. Return to top

HIS 312 17th-Century America (4-0-4). Analysis of the European background of the Age of Discovery; comparative settlement patterns in the New World of the French, Spanish, and English; and the social, political, economic, and intellectual changes which took place in the mainland colonies to 1740. Emphasis is on family and community development. Return to top

HIS 313 18th-Century America (4-0-4). Study of the American Enlightenment, the causes of the American Revolution, aspects of the War for Independence, the Confederation, and the Constitution of 1787. Return to top

HIS 315 Radicals and Reformers in 19th-Century U.S. (4-0-4). This course examines the economic, social, and political transformation of the United States in the nineteenth century. Topics typically include the rise of industrial capitalism and social and political responses such as abolitionism, sectionalism, the women's rights movement, labor activism, and Populism. Return to top

HIS 316 History of the American West (4-0-4). This course examines the significance of the Trans-Mississippi West in United States history from various interpretive perspectives. Topics include: nineteenth century exploration and settlement; impact of environment on evolution of western economies; race and ethnic relations; gender roles; the cowboy legacy; frontier violence; the West as myth and symbol; federal land and wilderness policies; the urban West; tourism and National Parks. Return to top

HIS 316H History of the American West (4-0-4). Prerequisites: Honors standing or permission of the University Honors Program. This course examines the significance of the Trans-Mississippi West in United States History from various interpretive perspectives. Topics include: nineteenth century exploration and settlement; impact of environment on evolution of western economics: race and ethnic relations; gender roles; the cowboy legacy; frontier violence; the West as myth and symbol; federal land and wilderness policies; the urban West, and tourism and national parks. Return to top

HIS 317 Civil War and Reconstruction, 1848 to 1877 (4-0-4). This course examines the causes, course, and consequences of the American Civil War and Reconstruction. Particular emphasis is given to slavery and sectional differences leading to the conflict; military and political events; the impact of the Civil War and Reconstruction on American society; the emancipation experiences of African-Americans; and the struggle to redefine freedom, nationalism, and citizenship during Reconstruction. Return to top

HIS 318 Black America and Africa (4-0-4). Course explores the ways that African Americans have “imagined home” by considering the relationship that peoples of African descent in the United States have held with Africa, and how that relationship has figured historically in the making of an "African American" identity. We will investigate the transformation of African identities in the "new world", the formation and transformation of racial nationalism and its relationship to the continent, as well as the connection between the US based freedom movement and African struggles for independence. Throughout the course we will define and redefine what is and has been meant by terms such as the "African Diaspora," "Cultural Nationalism,"  black trans-nationalism and "Pan-Africanism." Return to top

HIS 319 History of U.S. Tourism (4-0-4). This course considers the role of tourism in American society and culture from the early nineteenth to the early twenty-first century. It emphasizes how historical memory shapes tourist attractions and how tourism shapes local, regional, national, racial and ethnic identity. Return to top

HIS 320 U.S. Foreign Policy Since 1898 (4-0-4). This course covers U.S. foreign policy from the Spanish-American-Cuban-Filipino War through the Vietnam War. The greatest attention is paid to U.S. relations with European and East Asian nations through all the parts of the world including "realist" and "idealist" interpretations of U.S. foreign policy. All students are given an opportunity to conduct an independent research project of their own. Return to top

HIS 321 United States 1901 to 1939 (4-0-4). Rise and fall of the progressive spirit at home; the impact of World War I on the world and on the American people; economic, social, political, and literary survey of the Jazz Era; the economic consolidation and social fragmentation of the 1920s; the Great Depression. Return to top

HIS 323 Recent American History (4-0-4). Study of the major social, political, economic, and cultural events and their interactions in the United States since 1939. Major topics include World War II, the origins and impact of the Cold War, Vietnam, the civil rights movements, and other movements for social change in the 1960s. Return to top

HIS 324 Black Is/Black Ain't: Defining Black America (4-0-4). Explores the ways in which Americans of African descent have been defined historically by themselves and by whites. The social and political consequences of adopting these definitions are also examined. Topics covered include representations in law and popular/elite culture; racial thought and the rise and fall of slavery/Jim Crow; and self-definitions grounded in, among others, political and class differences. Return to top

HIS 325 Black America since 1945 (4-0-4). This course explores the history of African American politics, communities, and culture in the U.S. since 1945. The content and central focus will vary with the instructor. Examples of course themes include the modern civil rights and black power movements; the black world and the Cold War; black popular culture; gender and sexuality in postwar African America; and black America in the African diaspora. Return to top

HIS 326 African American History Through Sacred Music (4-0-4). This course traces the history of African American sacred music from its African roots, through the nineteenth century spiritual to the twentieth century hymns, gospels and contemporary Christian compositions. This musical heritage will be analyzed within the larger context of African American social and cultural history, with an emphasis on understanding African American church culture as a buffer against racial and other forms of discrimination. Return to top

HIS 327 American Sexual Communities and Politics (4-0-4). Explores attempts by various groups to (re)define, regulate, and/or form communities around sexuality. The course's central theme differs each year. Topics include gay, lesbian, and bisexual histories and sexuality in the U.S. Return to top

HIS 329 Black Resistance in the Age of Jim Crow 1896-1954 (4-0-4). African Americans challenged white supremacy long before the emergence of the modern movement for civil rights. This course studies the politics of black resistance during the era of legal segregation-from Plessy vs. Ferguson (1896) to Brown vs. Board of Education (1954). Topics will include anti-lynching, the impact of rural to urban and southern to northern migration, unionization, Garveyism, communism, the roots of black power, and the ways that African Americans confronted the rise of a racist commercial culture. Return to top

HIS 330 History of Greece (4-0-4). A study of the development of civilization in ancient Greece from prehistoric beginnings until the death of Alexander the Great. Special emphasis will be given to the rise of democracy and its expression in Athens during the Age of Pericles. The nature, extent, and interpretation of ancient evidence for historical research will receive careful attention. Return to top

HIS 331 Rise of Rome (4-0-4). A study of the development of civilization in ancient Italy from prehistorical beginnings until the establishment of the Roman Empire by Augustus. Special emphasis will be given to the foundation legends of the city, and the civil disorders of the final century of the Republic to Empire. The nature, extent, and interpretation of ancient evidence for historical research will receive careful attention. Return to top

HIS 332 Byzantine History and Civilization (4-0-4). Course will examine the geography and the origins of Byzantium and explore the evolution of Byzantine history from the dedication of Constantinople in 330 to its fall in 1453. The course starts with a geographical and historical background that illustrates questions of historical continuity and processes of transformation. We will then proceed chronologically, focusing on the crucial historical junctions that influenced and shaped the region today. Students will become familiar with the sources of Byzantine history and understand the historical place allocated for Byzantium within World civilizations. This course will also give insights into Byzantine art architecture, literature, and theology. Return to top

HIS 333 Barbarians and Slaves in Ancient Greece (4-0-4). Examines the ideology of slavery in ancient Greece, with a specific focus upon Athenian evidence. It also considers how the Greeks perceived non-Greeks (barbarians), the most common victims of Greek slavery. Evidence examined will include representations of slaves and barbarians in Greek literature, epigraphy, and art. Return to top

HIS 336 Tudor and Stuart England 1450-1688 (4-0-4). The legacy of late-medieval feudal, and social disorder, the emergence of a sovereign state, the Reformation, the religious and constitutional settlements, the Wars of the Three Kingdoms, the Restoration, and the Glorious Revolution, are studied in the context of social and economic change. Return to top

HIS 340 The Roman Empire (4-0-4). The rise and decline of the Roman Empire from the age of Augustus to the end of the fifth century, including the development of Roman government, culture and society. Examines the growth of Christianity and the interaction of the later Empire with the "barbarian" nations, and their effects on the transformation of the western Empire into the late antique world and the early Middle Ages. Return to top

HIS 341 Early Middle Ages (4-0-4). Study of the political, social, economic, and intellectual life of Europe from the Fall of Rome to A.D. 1000, with emphasis on the Germanic invasions, the rise of Christianity, feudal society, and manorialism. Return to top

HIS 342 Late Middle Ages (4-0-4). European society and culture from 1000 to 1450, including patterns of thought, the founding of the universities, and the rise of cities and the feudal monarchies. Return to top

HIS 343 Social History of the Black Death (4-0-4). Examination of the changes created by the introduction and spread of the Bubonic Plague in a large population. Begins with examination of how diseases are socially, culturally, and historically constructed, and then charts the impact of the plague in the first three centuries of its spread. Course analyzes social history of the period and how responses to disease intersected with other European wide developments. Return to top

HIS 344 The Renaissance (4-0-4). Study of the cultural life of western Europe from the 14th through the 16th centuries in its historical setting, with emphasis on Petrarch, Machiavelli, Galileo, and Erasmus through a study of their works; and a special concentration on Italy. Return to top

HIS 345 Church, State, and Society in Reformation Europe (4-0-4). Examines lay piety and institutions of the Catholic Church during the late Middle Ages, the rise of Protestant doctrines and faiths in 16th- and 17th-century Europe; analyzes impact among various social groups, cultural manifestations of religious upheaval, religious and political ambitions, and current movements of Christian humanism and Catholic and Counter-Reformations. Covers late 15th-century until 1648. Return to top

HIS 346 17th- and 18th-Century Europe (4-0-4). Examination of Absolutism and the European state system; the social and economic system of pre-industrial Europe; and the rise and decline of the principal powers, including Spain, the Low Countries, France, and Prussia. Return to top

HIS 349 France and the French Revolution (4-0-4). This course introduces students to the history of France in the 18th century and the Revolution of 1789. Examines social classes, the economy, intellectual changes, and various interpretations of the French Revolution and the debates surrounding them. Will also survey the Revolutionary and Napoleonic eras and their impact on Europe. Return to top

HIS 350 Golden Age Spain (4-0-4). This course examines the history of Spain from the late-medieval period through the 17th century from social, cultural, political, economic, and religious perspectives. Addresses key developments in Iberian peninsula including encounters with Americas, the rise of absolutism, and the Catholic and Counter-Reformations. Evaluates implications of historical interpretations of both Spain's "Golden Age" and its reputed "decline." Return to top

HIS 351 Social and Economic History of 19th-Century Europe (4-0-4). A study of economic change and social upheaval precipitated by the French Revolution and the industrialization and urbanization of Europe. Emphasis on social class structure, urban life and problems, workers' and middle-class responses to industrialization, and imperialism. Return to top

HIS 352 Political History of 19th-Century Europe (4-0-4). A survey of the political and diplomatic problems of post-Napoleonic Europe; the revolutions of 1848; Napoleon III and the Second Empire; problems of national unification in Germany, Italy, and Austria-Hungary; the Third French Republic; Russia's attempt to modernize; the Turkish Empire and Balkan nationalism; the coming of World War I. Return to top

HIS 353 20th-Century Europe, 1914 to the Present (4-0-4). Lecture and group discussion approach to some of the major cultural, social, political, and economic developments in Europe since 1914; social and cultural impact of two world wars; totalitarianism and the decline of empire; emphasis is placed on the Cold War and events since 1945. Return to top

HIS 354 European Women's History (4-0-4). Course will analyze variety of life experiences of European women from 1300 to 1700. Will consider methodological issues that have shaped recent practice of women's history, and will examine the variety of women's roles in late medieval and early modern society including religion, economy, culture, and politics. Return to top

HIS 356 History of European Fascism. (4-0-4). Course will examine social, cultural, economic, and racial aspects of radical Right Wing politics which made the Fascist movements such pervasive phenomena in Europe between the two world wars. The bulk of the course will be devoted to the Nazi and Fascist movements in Germany and Italy and to the development of racial ideology culminating in the Holocaust. Return to top

HIS 357 WWI: The Western Front (4-0-4). This course focuses on the social history of the Western Front during World War I (especially Belgium, France and Britain). It aims to go beyond statistics and battle reports and allow students to become immersed in the war experience of the combatants and non-combatants by reading history, novels, poetry, viewing films and images, listening to music, and through class discussion. Return to top

HIS 360 History of Russia to 1900 (4-0-4). Survey of political, social, economic, and cultural developments in Russia from the ninth century through the 19th century. Topics include the growth of the Russian autocratic state, evolution of institution of serfdom, position of the nobility, the emancipation of the serfs, formation of the intelligentsia, and the beginnings of the revolutionary movement. Return to top

HIS 361 History of Modern Russia (4-0-4). History of modern Russia and the Soviet Union, including the development of capitalism and industrialization, the revolutions of 1905 and 1917, the formation and evolution of the Soviet Union, Stalinism, the collapse of the Soviet Union, and recent developments. Return to top

HIS 362 Modern Eastern Europe (4-0-4). Social, political, and economic history of the peoples of Eastern Europe, excluding the former Soviet Union, from the late 18th-century to the present. Topics include nationalism, modernization, cultural diversity, significance in world history, Communism, and Eastern Europe after 1989. Return to top

HIS 364 Caribbean History to 1804: Conquest, Colonization, Slavery, and Revolution (4-0-4). Examination of Caribbean societies covering pre-Columbian civilization to the formation of the Haitian Republic in 1804; the development of plural societies, economic organization, role of slavery and culture. Return to top

HIS 365 Comparative Slavery (4-0-4). Examines the slave system which developed in the U.S. within the context of the Americas with particular attention to Brazil. Uses comparative approach to enrich understanding of ourselves and our society. Topics include slave trade, nature of the slave community and family life, relationship of slavery to race, religion and human and physical geography, and escape, rebellion and other forms of rebellion. Return to top

HIS 366 Colonial Latin America (4-0-4). Examination of Latin American societies covering pre-Columbian civilization to the Wars for Independence in the 19th century; the development of plural societies, economic organization, and culture. Return to top

HIS 367 Modern Latin America (4-0-4). Development of Latin American republics with emphasis on the 20th century; development of political and cultural nationalism, polarized societies, dependent economic systems, mechanisms of change, and relations with the U.S. Return to top

HIS 369 Comparative Emancipation (4-0-4). This course examines the process of emancipation in the Western Hemisphere and the experiences of former slaves during the transition to free labor. It focuses on the struggle of ex-slaves and ex-slaveholders to define freedom and on the changing ideas about race, racism and class. The United States emphasis within the broader hemispheric context will compare such topics as; self-emancipation, labor policies, and politics in the years after slavery. Return to top

HIS 370 World History (4-0-4). A general introduction to the study of global history focusing on the evolution of those factors such as immigration, disease, nationalism, religion, and the economic and political systems which have served to connect societies. The geographic and/or thematic focus may vary from term to term. Primarily aimed at students interested in social studies teaching. Return to top

HIS 371 History of Japan (4-0-4). A survey of political, economic, social, cultural, religious and intellectual life in Japan from the third century to the present day. Emphasis on the origin and development of traditional Japanese civilization before the impact of the modern West and the subsequent Japanese quest for international acceptance. Return to top

HIS 372 Early Modern Japan (4-0-4). A consideration of historical change during the Tokugawa Period (1600-1868) in Japanese history, an era considered both "late traditional" and "early modern." Examines the processes of urbanization and the growth of a monetary economy, changes in social organization, major cultural innovations, intellectual movements, and the emergence of a sense of national identity. Return to top

HIS 373 Contemporary Japan in Historical Perspective (4-0-4). Assesses aspects of contemporary Japanese civilization and culture from the perspective of historical influences on the philosophies, institutions, and values of modern society and culture. Return to top

HIS 374 20th Century China (4-0-4). This course will explore the history of China in the twentieth century, focusing on the end of imperial rule, the sources and development of revolution, attempts at socialist transformation, and the course and consequence of economic reform. We will draw upon narrative history texts, biographies, memoirs, and films, as well as translations of original documents. Return to top

HIS 375 Pre-Colonial Africa to 1800 (4-0-4). This is a survey of important trends in the historiography of Africa to 1800. The course focuses on the emergence and evolution of African history; problems and challenges; sources and methods of reconstructing African history; and major debates in the history of Africa. It highlights some of the debates in African history by examining the Bantu migration; ancient African civilizations on the Nile Valley; medieval African kingdoms such as Ghana, Mali and Songhay; Kongo; Ashanti Empire; Great Zimbabwe; and the East African coastal city-states. The Atlantic slave trade is positioned within the historical traditions of African and global history. Return to top

HIS 376 Modern Africa Since 1800 (4-0-4). Survey of sub-Saharan African civilizations from the demise of the Atlantic slave trade through the periods of European conquest and colonial rule, the nationalist struggle for independence, and postcolonial African states. Includes African perspectives on colonialism and neocolonialism, including social, economic, political, and cultural initiatives toward independence, modernity and an emerging role in global affairs. Return to top

HIS 377 History of Islamic Civilizations (4-0-4). A survey of the main themes of the development of religious, cultural, social, and political patterns in central Islamic areas from the seventh century A.D. to the present. Particular emphasis on development and spread of Islam, interactions with the West, and problems of modernization. Return to top

HIS 379 Collective Survival in the African Diaspora (4-0-4). Course considers the recent history, 1400 to the present, of the African Diaspora in the global community, with an emphasis on the social and cultural histories of African-descended peoples in the Americas. Students will examine recent scholarship on the African Diaspora and conduct their own research, using oral history interviews, archival materials, and other sources. Return to top

HIS 381 Class, Gender and Sexuality in China: 1700-Present (4-0-4). Course uses the categories of class and gender to explore three aspects of Chinese history: the cultural construction of gender and sexuality, the issue of modernity, nationalism and revolution, and the problem of building and partially dismantling a socialist state. It will draw upon poetry, memoirs, anthropological works, and products of popular culture as well as standard historical sources. Return to top

HIS 382 Origins and Consequences of Total War (4-0-4). Examination of the diplomatic history of the period 1870-1945 within the larger framework of European international relations surrounding the first and second world wars; special consideration is devoted to the role of domestic pressures in the formulation of foreign policy and the historical debates about the origins of both world wars. Return to top

HIS 383 The Making of Modern Southeast Asia (4-0-4). The focus of this course is Southeast Asia. The course will explore political, social and cultural change in modern Southeast Asia. We will consider anti-colonial resistance, war and its impact on the societies of Southeast Asia, nationalism, decolonization, and contemporary issues ranging from ethnic tensions, separatist movements, religious revival, migration, tourism and terrorism. Students should finish this course with a sense of the major historical events that have helped shape the eleven nations that make up Southeast Asia. That is, Indonesia; Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar/Burma, the Philippines and Timor-Leste. Return to top

HIS 386 History of the Middle East to 1798 (4-0-4).This course examines the historical roots of the Middle East, from the earliest recorded information about its ancient civilizations to the dawn of the modern era, concluding with Napoleon's conquest of Egypt in 1798. In between, we will learn about the historical and cultural foundations established by the pre-Islamic empires and monotheistic faiths, the coming of Islam and the Islamic conquests, the heights of Middle Eastern civilization, the Crusades and Mongol conquests, the Gunpowder Empires, and the Ottoman Middle East. Although this is an upper-division class, no previous background knowledge of Middle East history is necessary. Return to top

HIS 387 Modern Middle East (4-0-4). This class examines the most important factors that influenced the development of the modern Middle East between the 18th through the 21st centuries. Subjects include colonial empires in the Middle East, the impact of Westernization and modernity, the establishment of nation states, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Iranian revolution, Cold War politics, influence of oil, political Islam and terrorism, America's involvement, and the Middle East post 9/11. Although this is an upper-division class, no previous background knowledge of Middle East history is necessary. Return to top

HIS 390 Introduction to Social Studies (4-0-4). By focusing on issues of content, instead of pedagogy, the course prepares undergraduates to be social studies teachers by exposing them to a broad interdisciplinary perspective on the methods, approaches, skills, and content of the social sciences and History. Return to top

HIS 392 History of South Africa since 1900 (4-0-4). The course examines the history of South Africa from 1900 to about 1994. Particular emphasis on key issues in the making of modern South Africa such as race relations; the economy of South Africa; Afrikaner nationalism; the Apartheid system; African nationalism; and the coming of freedom to South Africa. The course also highlights the relationship between South Africa and its neighbors. Return to top

HIS 393 Special Topics in History (4-0-4). Analysis of crucial problems in history; topic will vary from semester to semester depending on the instructor. Course may be taken for credit more than once, but no single topic may be repeated. Topics will appear in semester course schedule. Return to top

HIS 400 Local History Seminar (4-0-4). The course explores the social, economic, political, and cultural history of Cleveland and northeastern Ohio from 1800 to the present. It uses primary materials to generate student research projects on a variety of selected topics. Specific topics vary from term to term. Return to top

HIS 401 History Seminar (4-0-4). This course guides students through the production of a major research paper that is synthesized, critical analysis of primary and secondary sources. Field and period to vary by instructor; course may be taken for credit more than once, but no single field and period may be repeated. Return to top

HIS 497 Readings in History (1 to 4 credits). Prerequisites: Written permission of instructor and chair. Tutorial or seminar work in special areas and subjects not part of the department's regular course offerings; arranged with an instructor on an individual or group basis for 1 to 4 credit hours. May be repeated for credit in a different subject area. History majors may not exceed a total of 8 hours in this course. Return to top

HIS 499 Internship (1 to 4 credits). Prerequisite: Written permission of internship coordinator. Interns work with experienced practitioners to develop public exhibits and research collections, design and guide public tours, or undertake other history-related projects. Interns gain invaluable career insights by learning how organizations research, collect, preserve, and interpret history in public settings. Return to top

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