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History

Curriculum

Below you will find a list of our current or recent offerings. See the course catalog for descriptions and updated information.

  • 16-014 WORLD CIVILIZATIONS TO 1500
    The origins, development and character of the major world civilizations and their relationships to one another to 1500. (Annually) (H) (IP) (WA)
  • 16-024 WORLD CIVILIZATIONS SINCE 1500
    The changing nature of the world’s civilizations and their increasing interrelations after 1500. (Annually) (H) (IP) (WA)
  • 16-064 COLONIAL AND POSTCOLONIAL WORLDS
    This course introduces students to a historical understanding of the world in the 19th and 20th centuries, framed by colonial and postcolonial relationships between the West and areas colonized by it after 1750, especially Africa and South Asia. Several themes are pursued, including contradictory goals of colonizers and varieties of indigenous response; social and cultural effects of colonization; anti-colonial struggles, decolonization, the Cold War; and globalization. (Annually) (H) (IP) (WA) (SJ)
  • 16-074 NATIONS AND NATIONALISM IN WORLD HISTORY
    This course aims to discover the roots of nations around the world and the nationalisms that define or defend them. The class explores how nations are defined, whether nations are natural expressions of human community, why nationalism has often led to violence, and what the future may be for the nation-state. (Annually) (H) (IP) (WA)
  • 16-204 EARLY MODERN EUROPE
    Survey of the history of Europe from about 1400 to 1800. Topics will include the Renaissance and Reformation; transitions from feudal to capitalist and colonial economies; health and epidemic disease; women’s experiences, sexuality and family life; magic, the Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment; and absolutism and the development of modern nation-states. (Annually) (H)
  • 16-214 MODERN EUROPE
    Survey of the history of Europe since the late 18th century. This course aims to deepen students’ understanding of the major developments in modern Western civilization, from the revolutions of the 18th century, through the creation and expansion of the European Union. The course explores social, political, intellectual, and cultural developments, as well as examining Europe’s role in the world and its relationships with other lands and peoples around the globe. (Annually) (H)
  • 16-224 The U.S. Quest for Liberty
    This course surveys the political, social, cultural and ideological history of early America, from the beginnings of European settlement to the Civil War. It focuses on several central issues that emerged in early American society and that continue to affect the United States today. These include the meaning of equality and freedom( an idea redefined over time in relationship to changing ideas about slavery, political authority, and the creation of governments), conceptualizing "American" identity, and constructing political authority. Citizenship, revolution, popular sovereignty, and the role of minority opinions in a democracy are major topics explored. (Annually) (H)
  • 16-234 U.S. Liberty Matures
    This course surveys major political, economic, social, cultural and diplomatic developments in the United States from the end of the Civil War to the present. Course topics include the role of the individual in the state/the state in society, the meaning of equality and freedom, and the United States’ role in the world. (Annually) (H)
  • 16-244 ANCIENT CHINA
    An examination of ancient China from the rise of the earliest state through the "classical" era and the early empires of the Qin and the Han. This course will focus on intellectual, cultural and social history, including such topics as ancestor reverence, universal kingship, the mandate of Heaven, the writing and transmission of the "classics," the formation of the Confucian and Daoist traditions, and the evolution of territorial states. Also Religion 19-524. (Biennially) (H) (IP) (R)
  • 16-254 IMPERIAL CHINA 589-1911
    A survey of the intellectual, cultural and social history of China from the reunification of the Chinese empire in 589 A.D. through the Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties until the demise of the dynastic system in 1911. The nature of Neo-Confucianism, the Chinese scholar-official class, the examination system, the bureaucratic state, foreign influences and conquests, and the arts and literature of imperial China are the primary concerns of this course. (Biennially) (H) (IP)
  • 16-264 AFRICAN HISTORY
    This survey is an introduction to African cultures and history from pre-colonial times to the present, emphasizing Africa’s variety and its connections to other parts of the world. Topics include: environmental challenges; pre-colonial social and political organization; the spread of Islam and Christianity; the impact of the Atlantic slave trade; conquest and resistance; social change under colonial rule; decolonization; neo-colonialism and postcolonial challenges. Throughout, the emphasis is on Africa’s interactions with the rest of the world. (Annually) (H) (IP)
  • 16-274 JAPANESE CIVILIZATION
    This course is a survey of the history and culture of Japan from the rise of the Yamato state in the sixth century A.D. to the Meiji Restoration in 1868. The course will examine indigenous institutional and cultural developments and the nature of stimuli and influences from the East Asian continental cultures and from the United States and Europe. Heian aristocratic society, Japanese feudalism, Japan’s late traditional state and society and the Meiji Restoration will be studied. (Biennially) (H) (IP)
  • 16-294 TOPICS IN THE HISTORY OF SCIENCE AND MEDICINE
    These courses investigate how people in the past have understood nature. Each course topic emphasizes a different geographical area, chronological period and/or specific area of scientific or medical interest, but every version of the course will emphasize how broader historical contexts have shaped human knowledge of nature. May be repeated with change in topic. (Biennially) (H)
  • 16-314 GREEK CIVILIZATION
    See Classics 07-314. (Biennially) (H) (IP) (WA)
  • 16-324 ROMAN CIVILIZATION
    See Classics 07-324. (Biennially) (H) (IP) (WA)
  • 16-334 GUERRILLA MOVEMENTS IN LATIN AMERICAN HISTORY
    The objective of this course is to provide students with a general overview of the evolution of guerrilla warfare in Latin America from the earliest indigenous rebellions in the 16th century to the struggles waged in Peru, Colombia and Mexico in contemporary times. (Biennially) (H)
  • 16-364 COLONIAL LATIN AMERICA
    This course provides an overview of the most significant historical themes, events and personages that contributed to the formation, evolution and development of Indoamerica. The class will examine the period encompassed between the apogee of pre-Columbian high civilizations and the Creole wars of independence of the 19th century. Particular attention will be paid to the encounter and collision of Europe and America, and the nature of the complex society that emerged as a result of these events. (Biennially) (H) (IP)
  • 16-374 MODERN LATIN AMERICA
    This is a survey of the cultural, social, economic and political themes that contributed to the creation of modern Latin America. The course will examine the period between the beginnings of the Wars of Independence, in the early 19th century, to the present. (Biennially) (H) (IP)
  • 16-384 HISTORY OF HUMAN RIGHTS
    This course places contemporary human rights debates within a long historical context, from Classical and religious traditions, through the Enlightenment, the abolition of slavery, and the growth of socialism, to the signing of the Universal Declaration in 1948 and on to the present day. The course emphasizes questions of minority rights, group rights, and women’s rights, as well as the balance between political/civil and social/economic rights. Also Feminist Studies 04-384. (Biennially) (H) (SJ)
  • 16-404 MODERN FRANCE and Empire
    This course investigates French history from 1789 to the present: charting political, social, and cultural developments within France and determining the extent to which these altered, or were influenced by, events outside the borders of the "hexagon"—in the Empire or in foreign relations. The course pays particular attention to attempts to define French identity within a global context. (Biennially) (H)
  • 16-414 RACE RELATIONS IN THE 20TH-CENTURY U.S. By exploring the history of Asian Americans and Latinos as well as African Americans and whites, this class emphasizes the multiracial history of 20th-century America
    This course recognizes the historical significance of multiple racial and ethnic groups. It examines the ways major events and episodes, including the Progressive Era, the Great Depression, World War II and the Cold War, affected minority groups, as well as how they responded to their social and political environment. Also Feminist Studies 04-424. (Biennially) (H) (SJ)
  • 16-434 SOUTH AFRICAN HISTORY
    A survey of the history of southern Africa. Themes include indigenous social organization, colonization, slavery, the spread of Christianity, labor migrancy, industrialization, apartheid and its aftermath, and African nationalism and resistance. These issues are examined with attention to questions of race and ethnicity, class, and gender and generation. (Biennially) (H) (IP) (SJ)
  • 16-444 APARTHEID IN FILM AND LITERATURE
    This course explores how black and white South African writers and foreign as well as South African filmmakers have represented apartheid, the legislated system of segregation and white supremacy in South Africa from 1948 to 1994. It explores how these representations interacted with the worldwide struggle against apartheid, especially in the 1970s and 1980s. The course engages with the history of apartheid in South Africa as well as with the dynamics of art and politics. (Biennially) (H) (SJ)
  • 16-454 SLAVERY AND FREEDOM IN THE ATLANTIC WORLD
    The Atlantic slave trade (AST) and the systems of slavery that it fueled in the Americas were among the most important processes in the shaping of the modern world. Europe, Africa and the Americas were linked through the AST, as well as through the movement to abolish slavery. This course will consider various systems of slavery in the Atlantic basin and changes in those systems over time, as well as examining the economic and ideological links among slave systems in Africa and the Americas. Among the questions we will consider are: (1) meanings of slavery and freedom; (2) resistance to slavery; (3) connections between industrialization and abolition; (4) gender in slavery and abolition; (5) cultures created by slaves in the New World. (H)
  • 16-464 IMMIGRATION IN U.S. HISTORY
    This course examines topics in the history of Latin American, Asian and European immigrants in America, especially during the years between 1880 and 1965. A comparative framework integrates Latin Americans and Asian migrants into a more common understanding of European immigration in the late 19th and 20th centuries. The course explores major themes in immigration history rather than a comprehensive examination; themes include debates in immigration history, round-trip vs. permanent migration, community building, acculturation and racial formation. Also Feminist Studies 04-504. (Biennially) (H) (SJ)
  • 16-474 GENDER AND GENERATION IN AFRICA
    This course enables students to gain a better understanding of historical and contemporary Africa through examination of two important and interlocking features of African social organization that significantly shape community life and structure social conflicts: gender and generation. Changes associated with colonialism and modernity have resulted in new types of conflict. These social and cultural patterns, changes and conflicts are analyzed through the work of historians and anthropologists, as well as novels and films by contemporary Africans. Also Anthropology 35-374 and Feminist Studies 04-474. (Biennially) (H)
  • 16-504 THE HISTORY OF THE U.S. WEST
    This course focuses on the development of the 19th- and 20th-century American West. It explores themes that highlight the intersections of race, gender, class, nationality and the environment. Course objectives include learning to interpret varied forms of historical evidence and fostering analytical, reading, discussion and synthetic skills that will help students think and communicate critically about historical and contemporary society and politics. (Biennially) (H)
  • 16-514 MUSLIMS IN EUROPE
    This course traces the history of Muslim presence in Europe from the early Islamic empires in Andalusia and Sicily, through European imperial experiences with Muslims in Africa and Asia, to the more recent reception of Muslim migrants on European soil. The course questions the intellectual and political utility of defining populations of such cultural, linguistic, and geographical breadth solely by their religion; discusses the development of a "European Islam;" and debates the existence of a "clash of civilizations" or a shared Mediterranean culture. Also Religion 19-534. (Biennially) (H)
  • 16-524 BRITISH HISTORY, 1688 TO THE PRESENT
    This course explores the modern portion of Britain’s unique history. Beginning with the 1688 Glorious Revolution, when England restored its monarchy under a constitution and Protestant church, political developments as well as the key economic, social and cultural changes that have shaped modern Britain are traced. (Biennially) (H)
  • 16-534 TOPICS IN BRITISH CULTURE
    Cultural history seeks to understand how people have attached meanings to their lives through the expression of ideas, art, science, performance, consumption, sport and other cultural forms. This course examines various aspects of Great Britain’s cultural history to try to understand British identities, and how Britons have understood the meanings of their everyday lives. May be repeated with change in topic. (Biennially) (H)
  • 16-564 MODERN CHINESE HISTORY
    A study of the fall of the Chinese dynastic system, cultural and revolutionary movements, the establishment of the People’s Republic, and the continuing transformations in contemporary China. (Biennially) (H) (IP)
  • 16-584 MODERN JAPANESE HISTORY
    A study of the intellectual, social and institutional origins of modern Japan, its role in World War II in the Pacific, its post-War transformations and recent trends. (Biennially) (H) (IP)
  • 16-654 LATIN AMERICAN HISTORY IN FILM AND LITERATURE
    Latin America is a complex territory and a state of mind suspended between the extremes of despair and unbound hopefulness. Telling its history poses insurmountable challenges to the academic historian, and often the history of the land and its people is better expressed in the work of artists, writers and filmmakers. This course ventures into the labyrinthine relationships between the artist and that enigmatic territorial and spiritual landscape extending from the Rio Bravo to Tierra del Fuego. (Biennially) (H)
  • 16-664 THE MEXICAN REVOLUTION
    The Mexican Revolution was one of the momentous events of the 20th century. It transformed Mexican society bringing change and hope for the masses that fought in it. Nevertheless, at the beginning of the 21st century, most of the Mexican Revolution’s promises are still unfulfilled. This course is an attempt to study, dissect, and analyze the legacy and significance of the Mexican Revolution and its role as the first significant revolutionary movement of the 20th century. (Biennially) (H)
  • 16-754 TEXAS HISTORY
    This class explores major social, political, economic and cultural developments in Texas, emphasizing the 19th and 20th centuries. A major theme will be the interactions of various immigrant and indigenous groups with each other and with successive political powers, including the Spanish empire, independent Mexico, the Republic of Texas and the United States. (Biennially) (H)
  • 16-854 HISTORIOGRAPHY
    A study of the concept of history, the history of historical writing, the major schools of historical interpretation today and the relation of history to philosophy of history. Prerequisite: 16-014, 16-024, 16-064, 16-074; and must have junior status or permission of instructor. (Every semester) (H) (WA)
  • 16-864 RESEARCH SEMINAR
    Topics, which change from semester to semester, include: Transnational Histories, Insiders and Outsiders, Power and Resistance, and Utopias and Utopianism.. Prerequisite: History 16-854. (Every semester) (H) (WA)
  • 16-001 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 16-002 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 16-003 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 16-004 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 16-301 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 16-302 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 16-303 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 16-304 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 16-901 TUTORIAL
  • 16-902 TUTORIAL
  • 16-903 TUTORIAL
  • 16-904 TUTORIAL
  • 16-941 ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP
    Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 16-942 ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP
    Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 16-943 ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP
    Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 16-944 ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP
    Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 16-951 INDEPENDENT STUDY
    May be repeated with change in content.
  • 16-952 INDEPENDENT STUDY
    May be repeated with change in content.
  • 16-953 INDEPENDENT STUDY
    May be repeated with change in content.
  • 16-954 INDEPENDENT STUDY
    May be repeated with change in content.
  • 16-984 HONORS
    By invitation only.