Fall 2021

  • HIST 100: American Farms and Food

    What’s for dinner? The answers to that question–and others like it–have never been more complicated or consequential than they are today. Behind a glance into the refrigerator or the shelves of any supermarket lie a myriad of concerns, ideas, and cultural developments that touch on everything from health and nutrition to taste, tradition, identity, time, cost, and environmental stewardship. This seminar will consider the evolution of these interconnected issues in American history, giving particular attention to the rise, inner workings, and effects of the agro-industrial food system and to contemporary movements that seek a new path forward. 6 credits; Argument and Inquiry Seminar, Writing Requirement, Intercultural Domestic Studies; offered Fall 2021 · George Vrtis
  • HIST 100: Beloved or Dangerous: Cities in Latin American History

    Beloved or dangerous. Ordered or chaotic. Modern or backward. What motivated these conflicting descriptions of Latin American cities? Why were cities like Buenos Aires, Havana, Mexico City, and Rio de Janeiro so important as places of political and economic power? How were these cities sites of cultural exchange for immigrant, Afro-Latin American, and Indigenous communities? In this course, we will answer these questions by exploring the histories of Latin America cities from the colonial period to the present. We will consider how urban spaces shaped people’s identities and daily lives and how these cities became places of national and global influence.

    6 credits; Argument and Inquiry Seminar, Writing Requirement, International Studies; offered Fall 2021
  • HIST 100: Confucius and His Critics

    An introduction to the study of historical biography. Instead of what we heard or think about Confucius, we will examine what his contemporaries, both his supporters and critics, thought he was. Students will scrutinize various sources gleaned from archaeology, heroic narratives, and court debates, as well as the Analects to write their own biography of Confucius based on a particular historical context that created a persistent constitutional agenda in early China. Students will justify why they would call such a finding, in hindsight, “Confucian” in its formative days. Themes can be drawn from aspects of ritual, bureaucracy, speech and writing

    6 credits; Argument and Inquiry Seminar, Writing Requirement, International Studies; offered Fall 2021 · Seungjoo Yoon
  • HIST 100: Exploration, Science, and Empire

    This course provides an introduction to the global history of exploration. We will examine the scientific and artistic aspects of expeditions, and consider how scientific knowledge–navigation, medicinal treatments, or the collection of scientific specimens–helped make exploration, and subsequently Western colonialism, possible. We will also explore how the visual and literary representations of exotic places shaped distant audiences’ understandings of empire and of the so-called races of the world. Art and science helped form the politics of Western nationalism and expansion; this course will explore some of the ways in which their legacy remains with us today.

    6 credits; Argument and Inquiry Seminar, Writing Requirement, International Studies; offered Fall 2021 · Antony Adler
  • HIST 100: Migration and Mobility in the Medieval North

    Why did barbarians invade? Traders trade? Pilgrims travel? Vikings raid? Medieval Europe is sometimes caricatured as a world of small villages and strong traditions that saw little change between the cultural high-water marks of Rome and the Renaissance. In fact, this was a period of dynamic innovation, during which Europeans met many familiar challenges—environmental change, religious and cultural conflict, social and political competition—by traveling or migrating to seek new opportunities. This course will examine mobility and migration in northern Europe, and students will be introduced to diverse methodological approaches to their study by exploring historical and literary sources, archaeological evidence and scientific techniques involving DNA and isotopic analyses.

    6 credits; Argument and Inquiry Seminar, Writing Requirement, International Studies; offered Fall 2021 · Austin Mason
  • HIST 116: Intro to Indigenous Histories, 1887-present

    Many Americans grow up with a fictionalized view of Indigenous people (sometimes also called Native Americans/American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians within the U.S. context). Understanding Indigenous peoples’ histories, presents, and possible futures requires moving beyond these stereotypes and listening to Indigenous perspectives. In this class, we will begin to learn about Indigenous peoples across Turtle Island and the Pacific through tribal histories, legislation, Supreme Court cases, and personal narratives. The course will focus on the period from 1887 to 2018 with major themes including (among others) agency, resistance, resilience, settler colonialism, discrimination, and structural racism.

    6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, Intercultural Domestic Studies; offered Fall 2021 · Meredith McCoy
  • HIST 125: African American History I: From Africa to the Civil War

    This course is a survey of early African American history. It will introduce students to major themes and events while also covering historical interpretations and debates in the field. Core themes of the course include migration, conflict, and culture. Beginning with autonomous African politics, the course traces the development of the United States through the experiences of enslaved and free African American women and men to the Civil War. The main aim of the course is for students to become familiar with key issues and developments in African American history and their centrality to understanding U.S. history.

    6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, Intercultural Domestic Studies; offered Fall 2021 · Noël Voltz
  • HIST 157: Health and Medicine in Japan

    How do Shintoism view childbirth and death? How do Buddhism and biotechnology intersect in the making of Japan? How do Japanese perceptions about health and medicine evolve with settler colonialism? This course examines the meaning of body, health, and medicine in Japan’s recent past when biomedicine came to replace classical Chinese medicine and to gradually occupy a hegemonic position in its pharmaceutical regime. Reading materials are drawn from illustrations, travelogues, and poems, as well as medical journals and reports. Themes include body and modern self, family and reproductive justice, medical colonialism, hygienic modernity, narcotics and ethnopsychology, and national healthcare system.

    6 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement, Writing Requirement, International Studies; offered Fall 2021 · Seungjoo Yoon
  • HIST 170: Modern Latin America 1810-Present

    Modern Latin American history is marked by both violent divisions and creative cooperation, nationalist proclamations and imperialist incursions, and democratic pursuits and dictatorial repression. This course offers a survey of this complex regional history from independence movements at the beginning of the nineteenth century through globalization in the twenty-first century. It addresses methodological issues that include the significance of multiple historical perspectives and the interpretation of sources. It considers the relationship between individuals and larger social contexts with an emphasis on race, ethnicity, class, citizenship status, and gender. It places Latin American culture and politics in regional and global contexts. 

    6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies; offered Fall 2021
  • HIST 181: West Africa in the Era of the Slave Trade

    The medieval Islamic and the European (or Atlantic) slave trades have had a tremendous influence on the history of Africa and the African Diaspora. This course offers an introduction to the history of West African peoples via their involvement in both of these trades from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century. More specifically, students will explore the demography, the economics, the social structure, and the ideologies of slavery. They also will learn the repercussions of these trades for men’s and women’s lives, for the expansion of coastal and hinterland kingdoms, and for the development of religious practices and networks. 6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies; offered Fall 2021 · Thabiti Willis
  • HIST 200: Historians for Hire

    A two-credit course in which students work with faculty oversight to complete a variety of public history projects with community partners. Students will work on a research project requiring them to identify and analyze primary sources, draw conclusions from the primary source research, and share their research with the appropriate audience in an appropriate form. We meet once a week at Carleton to ensure students maintain professional standards and strong relationships in their work. Potential projects include educational programming, historical society archival work, and a variety of local history opportunities. 

    2 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, Intercultural Domestic Studies; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Antony Adler, Susannah Ottaway
  • HIST 203: American Indian Education

    This course introduces students to the history of settler education for Indigenous students. In the course, we will engage themes of resistance, assimilation, and educational violence through an investigation of nation-to-nation treaties, federal education legislation, court cases, student memoirs, film, fiction, and artwork. Case studies will illustrate student experiences in mission schools, boarding schools, and public schools between the 1600s and the present, asking how Native people have navigated the educational systems created for their assimilation and how schooling might function as a tool for Indigenous resurgence in the future.

    6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, Intercultural Domestic Studies; offered Fall 2021 · Meredith McCoy
  • HIST 205: American Environmental History

    Environmental concerns, conflicts, and change mark the course of American history, from the distant colonial past to our own day. This course will consider the nature of these eco-cultural developments, focusing on the complicated ways that human thought and perception, culture and society, and natural processes and biota have all combined to forge Americans’ changing relationship with the natural world. Topics will include Native American subsistence strategies, Euroamerican settlement, industrialization, urbanization, consumption, and the environmental movement. As we explore these issues, one of our overarching goals will be to develop an historical context for thinking deeply about contemporary environmental dilemmas. 6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, Intercultural Domestic Studies; offered Fall 2021, Spring 2022 · George Vrtis
  • HIST 218: Black Women’s History

    This course focuses on the history of black women in the United States. The class will offer an overview of the lived experiences of women of African descent in this country from enslavement to the present.  We will focus on themes of labor, reproduction, health, community, family, resistance, activism, etc., highlighting the diversity of black women’s experiences and the ways in which their lives have been shaped by the intersections of their race, gender, sexuality, and class.

    6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, Intercultural Domestic Studies; offered Fall 2021 · Noël Voltz
  • HIST 232: Renaissance Worlds in France and Italy

    Enthusiasm, artistry, invention, exploration…. How do these notions of Renaissance culture play out in sources from the period? Using a range of evidence (historical, literary, and visual) from Italy and France in the fourteenth-sixteenth centuries we will explore selected issues of the period, including debates about the meaning of being human and ideal forms of government and education; the nature of God and mankind’s duties toward the divine; the family and gender roles; definitions of beauty and the goals of artistic achievement; accumulation of wealth; and exploration of new worlds and encounters with other peoples.

    6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, Writing Requirement, International Studies; offered Fall 2021 · Victoria Morse
  • HIST 239: Hunger, Public Policy and Food Provision in History

    For the first four weeks, the course covers the comparative history of famine, and will be led by internationally renowned economic historian Cormac O’Grada, the 2020 Ott Family Lecturer in Economic History at Carleton College.  We examine causes and consequences (political, economic, demographic) and the historical memories of famines as well as case studies from Imperial Britain, Bengal and Ireland. In the second half of term, the course broadens its focus to examine the persistence of hunger and the nature of public policies related to food provision in comparative historical contexts.

    6 credits; Social Inquiry, Writing Requirement, International Studies; offered Fall 2021 · Susannah Ottaway
  • HIST 241: Russia through Wars and Revolutions

    The lands of the Russian empire underwent massive transformations in the tumultuous decades that separated the accession of Nicholas II (1894) from the death of Stalin (1953). This course will explore many of these changes, with special attention paid to the social and political impact of wars (the Russo-Japanese War, World War I, the Civil War, and the Great Patriotic War) and revolutions (of 1905 and 1917), the ideological conflicts they engendered, and the comparative historical context in which they transpired. 6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies; offered Fall 2021 · Adeeb Khalid
  • HIST 298: Junior Colloquium

    In the junior year, majors must take this six-credit reading and discussion course taught each year by different members of the department faculty. The course is also required for the History minor. The general purpose of History 298 is to help students reach a more sophisticated understanding of the nature of history as a discipline and of the approaches and methods of historians. A major who is considering off-campus study in the junior year should consult with their adviser on when to take History 298.

    Prerequisites: At least two six credit courses in History (excluding HIST 100 and Independents) at Carleton. 6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022 · Amna Khalid
  • HIST 315: America’s Founding

    This course is part of an off-campus winter break program that includes two linked courses in the fall and winter. The creation and establishment of the United States was a contested and uncertain event stretched over more than half a century. For whom, for what, and how was the United States created? In what ways do the conflicts and contradictions of the nation’s eighteenth-century founding shape today’s America? We will examine how the nation originated in violent civil war and in political documents that simultaneously offered glorious promises and a “covenant with death.” Our nuanced understanding of the American Revolution and Early Republic will underpin our ability to tell these stories to the wider public.

    Prerequisites: One previous history course 6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, Intercultural Domestic Studies; offered Fall 2021 · Serena Zabin
  • HIST 332: Image Makers and Breakers in the Premodern World

    What roles do images play in premodern societies? What are these images thought to be and to do? Why, at particular moments, have certain groups attempted to do away with images either completely or in specific settings? How do images create and threaten communities and how is the management of the visual integrated with and shaped by other values, structures, and objectives? This course will examine these and related questions by looking in depth at image-making and veneration and their opponents in a range of case studies (from the medieval west, Byzantium, Muslim lands, and Protestant Europe) and by examining theoretical discussions of images, vision, and cognition from the fourth through sixteenth centuries. This course is discussion intensive and each student will develop a research project on a topic of their own design.

    Prerequisites: Previous history course or instructor consent 6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, Writing Requirement, International Studies; offered Fall 2021 · William North
  • HIST 347: The Global Cold War

    In the aftermath of the Second World War and through the 1980s, the United States and the Soviet Union competed for world dominance. This Cold War spawned hot wars, as well as a cultural and economic struggle for influence all over the globe. This course will look at the experience of the Cold War from the perspective of its two main adversaries, the U.S. and USSR, but will also devote considerable attention to South America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Students will write a 20 page paper based on original research.

    6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies, Writing Requirement; offered Fall 2021 · David Tompkins
  • HIST 400: Integrative Exercise

    Required of all seniors majoring in history. Registration in this course is contingent upon prior approval of a research proposal. 6 credits; S/NC; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022 · Victoria Morse

Winter 2022

  • HIST 122: U.S. Women’s History to 1877

    Gender, race, and class shaped women’s participation in the arenas of work, family life, culture, and politics in the United States from the colonial period to the late nineteenth century. We will examine diverse women’s experiences of colonization, industrialization, slavery and Reconstruction, religion, sexuality and reproduction, and social reform. Readings will include both primary and secondary sources, as well as historiographic articles outlining major frameworks and debates in the field of women’s history.

    6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, Intercultural Domestic Studies; offered Winter 2022 · Annette Igra
  • HIST 126: African American History II

    The transition from slavery to freedom; the post-Reconstruction erosion of civil rights and the ascendancy of Booker T. Washington; protest organizations and mass migration before and during World War I; the postwar resurgence of black nationalism; African Americans in the Great Depression and World War II; roots of the modern Civil Rights movement, and black female activism. 

    6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, Intercultural Domestic Studies; offered Winter 2022 · Noël Voltz
  • HIST 137: Early Medieval Worlds in Transformation

    In this course we will explore a variety of distinct but interconnected worlds that existed between ca.300 and ca.1050. We will interrogate primary sources, especially written and visual materials, as they bear witness to people forming and transforming political, social, religious, and cultural values, ideas and structures. We will work to understand how communities adapt to new conditions and challenges while maintaining links with and repurposing the lifeways, ideas, and material cultures of the past. We will watch as new and different groups and institutions come to power, and how the existing peoples and structures respond and change. Projects in this course will build capacity to interpret difficult primary documents, formulate research questions, and build arguments that combine rigor and humane sympathy.

    6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies, Writing Requirement; offered Winter 2022 · William North
  • HIST 153: History of Modern China

    This course examines major features of the trajectory of China’s recent past spanning from the seventeenth century through the present.  Students will analyze deep socio-cultural currents that cut across the changes in socioeconomic as well as political arenas. Themes for discussion will include state formations, social changes, economic developments, religious orientations, bureaucratic behaviors, and cultural refinements that the Chinese have made.  Students are also expected to develop skills to frame key historical questions against broader historiographical contexts by engaging in analyses of many different types of primary sources.

    6 credits; offered Winter 2022
  • HIST 156: History of Modern Korea

    A comparative historical survey on the development of Korean society and culture from the nineteenth century to the present. Key themes include colonialism and war, economic growth, political transformation, socio-cultural changes, and historical memory. Issues involving divided Korea will be examined in the contexts of post-colonialism and Cold War. Students are also expected to develop skills to analyze key historical moments from relevant primary sources against broader historiographical contexts. 6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies; offered Winter 2022 · Seungjoo Yoon
  • HIST 165: From Young Turks to Arab Revolutions: A Cultural History of the Modern Middle East

    This course provides a basic introduction to the history of the wider Muslim world from the eighteenth century to the present. We will discuss the cultural and religious diversity of the Muslim world and its varied interactions with modernity. We will find that the history of the Muslim world is inextricably linked to that of its neighbors, and we will encounter colonialism, anti-colonialism, nationalism, and socialism, as well as a variety of different Islamic movements. 6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies; offered Winter 2022 · Adeeb Khalid
  • HIST 177: Borderlands in Latin American History

    Fluid borders, imagined frontiers, and contested territories have shaped Latin American history from the colonial period through the present. The course asks, how did people cross borders and form new identities? How did they engage with the landscape around them? Focusing on regions including Patagonia, the Gran Chaco, the Brazilian Sertão, and the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, this course explores the complexity of regional, national, and transnational identities. Course themes include the relationship between mapping and power, peoples’ relationship with the environment, the enslavement of African and Indigenous peoples in frontier regions, conflicts over contested regions, and processes of nation-building.

    6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies; offered Winter 2022
  • HIST 184: Colonial West Africa

    This course surveys the history of West Africa during the colonial period, 1860-1960. It offers an introduction to the roles that Islam and Christianity played in establishing and maintaining colonial rule. It looks at the role of colonialism in shaping African ethnic identities and introducing new gender roles. In addition, we will examine the transition from slave labor to wage labor, and its role in exacerbating gender, generation, and class divisions among West Africans. The course also highlights some of the ritual traditions and cultural movements that flourished in response to colonial rule. 6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies; offered Winter 2022 · Thabiti Willis
  • HIST 200: Historians for Hire

    A two-credit course in which students work with faculty oversight to complete a variety of public history projects with community partners. Students will work on a research project requiring them to identify and analyze primary sources, draw conclusions from the primary source research, and share their research with the appropriate audience in an appropriate form. We meet once a week at Carleton to ensure students maintain professional standards and strong relationships in their work. Potential projects include educational programming, historical society archival work, and a variety of local history opportunities. 

    2 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, Intercultural Domestic Studies; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Antony Adler, Susannah Ottaway
  • HIST 209: Comparative Slavery

    This course explores the history of slavery in the Atlantic World including West Africa, South and Central America, the Caribbean, North America, and Europe. The course examines the intersecting themes of power, labor, law, race, gender, sexuality, and resistance. It will consider how these themes each shaped the construction of different institutions of slavery while simultaneously focusing on the experiences of the enslaved who lived and died within in these systems. Using a comparative methodology, we will ask canonical questions such as what constitutes a slave society and a society with slaves, and discuss whether this debate is a constructive paradigm.

    6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, Intercultural Domestic Studies; offered Winter 2022 · Noël Voltz
  • HIST 242: Communism, Cold War, Collapse: Russia Since Stalin

    In this course we will explore the history of Russia and other former Soviet states in the period after the death of Stalin, exploring the workings of the communist system and the challenges it faced internally and internationally. We will investigate the nature of the late Soviet state and look at the different trajectories Russia and other post-Soviet states have followed since the end of the Soviet Union. 6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies; offered Winter 2022 · Adeeb Khalid
  • HIST 244: The Enlightenment and Its Legacies

    The Enlightenment: praised for its role in promoting human rights, condemned for its role in underwriting colonialism; lauded for its cosmopolitanism, despised for its Eurocentrism… how should we understand the cultural and intellectual history of the Enlightenment, and what are its legacies? This course starts by examining essential Enlightenment texts by philosophes such as Montesquieu, Voltaire, Diderot, and Rousseau, and then the second half of the term focuses on unpacking the Enlightenment’s entanglements with modern ideas around topics such as religion, race, sex, gender, colonialism etc.

    6 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement, Writing Requirement, International Studies; offered Winter 2022 · Susannah Ottaway
  • HIST 268: Globalization & Local Responses in India Program: History, Globalization, and Politics in Modern India

    Indian democracy presents a complicated social and political terrain that is being reshaped and remapped by a wide variety of efforts to bring about economic development, social change, political representation, justice, and equality. In this course we will examine, among other topics, the history of modern India with a focus on political movements centered on issues of colonialism, nationalism, class, gender, and caste. We will also examine changes in contemporary India brought about by globalization, and study how particular groups and communities have reacted and adapted to these developments.

    Prerequisites: Acceptance into the India OCS Program required 6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies; offered Winter 2022 · Brendan LaRocque
  • HIST 270: Nuclear Nations: India and Pakistan as Rival Siblings

    At the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947 India and Pakistan, two new nation states emerged from the shadow of British colonialism. This course focuses on the political trajectories of these two rival siblings and looks at the ways in which both states use the other to forge antagonistic and belligerent nations. While this is a survey course it is not a comprehensive overview of the history of the two countries. Instead it covers some of the more significant moments of rupture and violence in the political history of the two states. The first two-thirds of the course offers a top-down, macro overview of these events and processes whereas the last third examines the ways in which people experienced these developments. We use the lens of gender to see how the physical body, especially the body of the woman, is central to the process of nation building. We will consider how women’s bodies become sites of contestation and how they are disciplined and policed by the postcolonial state(s).

    6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies, Writing Requirement; offered Winter 2022 · Amna Khalid
  • HIST 273: Disease and Health in Latin American History

    Yellow fever, malaria, chagas, dengue, tuberculosis, and cholera preoccupied physicians, scientists, politicians, and urban planners in Latin America from the colonial period through the present. This course explores how ideas about health and disease were connected to race, ethnicity, and status during the colonial period and linked with nation-building during the nineteenth century. It examines how health and disease intertwined with imperialist projects and intersected with modernization campaigns during the twentieth century. It also considers the relationship between medical institutions, physicians, midwives, and healers. Other course topics include how perceptions about health, including mental and reproductive health, shaped people’s experiences.

    6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies; offered Winter 2022
  • HIST 298: Junior Colloquium

    In the junior year, majors must take this six-credit reading and discussion course taught each year by different members of the department faculty. The course is also required for the History minor. The general purpose of History 298 is to help students reach a more sophisticated understanding of the nature of history as a discipline and of the approaches and methods of historians. A major who is considering off-campus study in the junior year should consult with their adviser on when to take History 298.

    Prerequisites: At least two six credit courses in History (excluding HIST 100 and Independents) at Carleton. 6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022 · Amna Khalid
  • HIST 306: American Wilderness

    To many Americans, wild lands are among the nation’s most treasured places. Yellowstone, Yosemite, Mount Rainier, Joshua Tree, Grand Canyon – the names alone stir the heart, the mind, and the imagination. But where do those thoughts and feelings come from, and how have they both reflected and shaped American culture, society, and nature over the last three centuries? These are the central issues and questions that we will pursue in this seminar and in its companion course, ENTS 307 Wilderness Field Studies: Grand Canyon (which includes an Off-Campus Studies program at Grand Canyon National Park).

    Prerequisites: Acceptance in Wilderness Studies at the Grand Canyon OCS program. History 205 is recommended but not required. 6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, Writing Requirement, Intercultural Domestic Studies; offered Winter 2022 · George Vrtis
  • HIST 316: Presenting America’s Founding

    This course is the second half of a two-course sequence focused on the study of the founding of the United States in American public life. The course will begin with a two-week off-campus study program during winter break in Washington, D.C and Boston, where we will visit world-class museums and historical societies, meet with museum professionals, and learn about the goals and challenges of history museums, the secrets to successful exhibitions, and the work of museum curators and directors. The course will culminate in the winter term with the completion of an exhibit created in conjunction with one of the museums located on Boston’s Freedom Trail.

    Prerequisites: History 315 6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, Intercultural Domestic Studies; offered Winter 2022 · Serena Zabin
  • HIST 398: Advanced Historical Writing

    This course is designed to support majors in developing advanced skills in historical research and writing. Through a combination of class discussion, small group work, and one-on-one interactions with the professor, majors learn the process of constructing sophisticated, well-documented, and well-written historical arguments within the context of an extended project of their own design. They also learn and practice strategies for engaging critically with contemporary scholarship and effective techniques of peer review and the oral presentation of research. Concurrent enrollment in History 400 required. By permission of the instructor only.

    6 credits; S/CR/NC; Humanistic Inquiry, Writing Requirement; offered Winter 2022 · Victoria Morse
  • HIST 400: Integrative Exercise

    Required of all seniors majoring in history. Registration in this course is contingent upon prior approval of a research proposal. 6 credits; S/NC; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022 · Victoria Morse

Spring 2022

  • HIST 123: U.S. Women’s History Since 1877

    In the twentieth century women participated in the redefinition of politics and the state, sexuality and family life, and work and leisure as the United States became a modern, largely urban society. We will explore how the dimensions of race, class, ethnicity, and sexuality shaped diverse women’s experiences of these historical changes. Topics will include: immigration, the expansion of the welfare system and the consumer economy, labor force segmentation and the world wars, and women’s activism in civil rights, labor, peace and feminist movements. 6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, Intercultural Domestic Studies; offered Spring 2022 · Annette Igra
  • HIST 133: Crisis, Creativity, and Transformation in Late Antiquity

    This course investigates the dramatic transformations that shaped the eastern Mediterranean world and surrounding regions between ca. 250-850 CE. We will focus in particular on how people in late antiquity used environmental, institutional, socio-economic, and cultural resources to address an ongoing series of changes and challenges in their worlds. It also examines these responses from multiple perspectives: winners and losers, elites and non-elites, people of different ethnicities and cultures, urban and rural populations, and diverse religious groups and sects within these groups. The emergence and implications of Christianity and Islam as major organizing identities will also be explored.

    6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, Writing Requirement, International Studies; offered Spring 2022 · William North
  • HIST 141: Europe in the Twentieth Century

    This course explores developments in European history in a global context from the final decade of the nineteenth century through to the present. We will focus on the impact of nationalism, war, and revolution on the everyday experiences of women and men, and also look more broadly on the chaotic economic, political, social, and cultural life of the period. Of particular interest will be the rise of fascism and communism, and the challenge to Western-style liberal democracy, followed by the Cold War and communism’s collapse near the end of the century. 6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies; offered Spring 2022 · David Tompkins
  • HIST 150: Politics of Art in Early Imperial China

    Poetry has been playing an important role in politics from early China down to the present. Members of the educated elite have used this form of artistic expression to create political allegories in times of war and diplomacy. Students will learn the multiple roles that poet-censors played in early imperial China, with thematic attention given to issues of self and ethnic/gendered identity, internal exile and nostalgia, and competing religious orientations that eventually fostered the rise of Neo-Confucianism. Students will write a short biography of a poet by sampling her/his poems and poetics (all in translation) from the common reading pool.

    6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, Writing Requirement, International Studies; offered Spring 2022 · Seungjoo Yoon
  • HIST 161: From Mughals to Mahatma Gandhi: An Introduction to Modern Indian History

    An introductory survey course to familiarize students with some of the key themes and debates in the historiography of modern India. Beginning with an overview of Mughal rule in India, the main focus of the course is the colonial period. The course ends with a discussion of 1947: the hour of independence as well as the creation of two new nation-states, India and Pakistan. Topics include Oriental Despotism, colonial rule, nationalism, communalism, gender, caste and race. No prior knowledge of South Asian History required.

    6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies; offered Spring 2022 · Amna Khalid
  • HIST 200: Historians for Hire

    A two-credit course in which students work with faculty oversight to complete a variety of public history projects with community partners. Students will work on a research project requiring them to identify and analyze primary sources, draw conclusions from the primary source research, and share their research with the appropriate audience in an appropriate form. We meet once a week at Carleton to ensure students maintain professional standards and strong relationships in their work. Potential projects include educational programming, historical society archival work, and a variety of local history opportunities. 

    2 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, Intercultural Domestic Studies; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Antony Adler, Susannah Ottaway
  • HIST 205: American Environmental History

    Environmental concerns, conflicts, and change mark the course of American history, from the distant colonial past to our own day. This course will consider the nature of these eco-cultural developments, focusing on the complicated ways that human thought and perception, culture and society, and natural processes and biota have all combined to forge Americans’ changing relationship with the natural world. Topics will include Native American subsistence strategies, Euroamerican settlement, industrialization, urbanization, consumption, and the environmental movement. As we explore these issues, one of our overarching goals will be to develop an historical context for thinking deeply about contemporary environmental dilemmas. 6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, Intercultural Domestic Studies; offered Fall 2021, Spring 2022 · George Vrtis
  • HIST 233: The Byzantine World and Its Neighbors, 750-ca. 1453

    The Byzantine world (eighth-fifteenth centuries) was a zone of fascinating tensions, exchanges, and encounters. Through a wide variety of written and visual evidence, we will examine key features of its history and culture: the nature of government; piety and religious controversy; art and music; the evolving relations with the Latin West, Armenia, the Slavic North and West, and the Dar al-Islam (the Abbasids and Seljuk and Ottoman Turks); gender; economic life; and social relations. Extra time will be required for special events and a group project (ecumenical council).

    6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies, Writing Requirement, Quantitative Reasoning Encounter; offered Spring 2022 · William North
  • HIST 238: The Viking World

    In the popular imagination, Vikings are horn-helmeted, blood-thirsty pirates who raped and pillaged their way across medieval Europe. But the Norse did much more than loot, rape, and pillage; they cowed kings and fought for emperors, explored uncharted waters and settled the North Atlantic, and established new trade routes that revived European urban life. In this course, we will separate fact from fiction by critically examining primary source documents alongside archaeological, linguistic and place-name evidence. Students will share their insights with each other and the world through two major collaborative digital humanities projects over the course of the term. 6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies; offered Spring 2022 · Austin Mason
  • HIST 257: Chinese Capitalism: From Local to Global

    How did China become a global player in the market economy? This course surveys Chinese business history in the recent past focusing on the origins of industrial development in China, agrarian “involution” and famine, vernacular commercialism, and arguments about China’s economic divergence from and convergence with the rest of the world. Historical examples are drawn from enterprises that produced salt, medicine, cotton textile, machine tools, electricity, automobiles, and the iPhone. Students will pick one of them and write a historical biography of a businessperson, an economic thinker, a company, or an entrepreneurial activity (e.g., operating department stores or advertising companies).  

    6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, Quantitative Reasoning Encounter, International Studies, Writing Requirement; offered Spring 2022 · Seungjoo Yoon
  • HIST 260: The Making of the Modern Middle East

    A survey of major political and social developments from the fifteenth century to the beginning of World War I. Topics include: state and society, the military and bureaucracy, religious minorities (Jews and Christians), and women in premodern Muslim societies; the encounter with modernity.

    6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies; offered Spring 2022 · Adeeb Khalid
  • HIST 263: Plagues of Empire

    The globalization of disease is often seen as a recent phenomenon aided by high-speed communication and travel. This course examines the history of the spread of infectious diseases by exploring the connection between disease, medicine and European imperial expansion. We consider the ways in which European expansion from 1500 onwards changed the disease landscape of the world and how pre-existing diseases in the tropics shaped and thwarted imperial ambitions. We will also question how far Western medicine can be seen as a benefit by examining its role in facilitating colonial expansion and constructing racial and gender difference. 6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies; offered Spring 2022 · Amna Khalid
  • HIST 276: Race, Sex, and Cold War in Latin America

    What does the Cold War have to do with Latin America, race, and sex? This global conflict was in fact not “cold” at all, as Latin American social movements, revolutionaries, and states fought over how to create a better society. Topics will include the Cuban Revolution, global youth rebellions, dictatorships, drug wars, and the emergence of feminist, Indigenous rights, LGBT rights, and anti-racist movements. The course will end by exploring how the political mobilizations and violence of the Cold War still shape conflicts, social movements, and politics in Latin America today.

    6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies; offered Spring 2022
  • HIST 282: African Diaspora in Arabia

    This course offers a broad historical overview of African men’s and women’s experiences as religious, political, and military leaders, as merchants and poets, and in agricultural and maritime industries in Arabia. Situated primarily in Bahrain, with travel to Oman, the course will examine longstanding historical, cultural, and commercial exchanges between Africa and the Gulf from medieval times to the present day. The course will question the ideologies that assume that Africa and Arabia represent racial and cultural difference.

    Prerequisites: 100 or 200 level Africana Studies or History course and participation on OCS program 6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies, Writing Requirement, Quantitative Reasoning Encounter; offered Spring 2022 · Thabiti Willis
  • HIST 284: History, Culture and Commerce Program: Heritage in Africa and Arabia

    Through lectures, readings, and extensive site visits to museums and archaeological sites, this course examines the rich cultural heritage of East Africa and Arabia. Students will investigate Persian, Arab, Indian, and Islamic sites in Zanzibar, Oman, and Bahrain, reflecting on the deep influence of the Indian Ocean on the region’s historical trading systems and modern-day relations. The course also examines the influence of various European colonial powers during the era in which they ruled or wielded influence. 

    Prerequisites: 100 or 200 level Africana Studies or History course and participation on OCS program 6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies; offered Spring 2022 · Thabiti Willis
  • HIST 285: History, Culture and Commerce Program: Critical Historical Research

    This course focuses on ethnographic research and writing with an emphasis on the practice of fieldwork. Students will conduct group research projects that include actively guiding and evaluating the work of their peers. The content of these projects will include maritime activities, health, music, economics, and heritage. Students will learn the benefits and challenges of examining oral tradition, oral history, poetry, visual art, material culture, and embodied practice. Service or experiential learning is another major point of emphasis. Students will develop their ability to question their knowledge, method, evidence, interpretation, experience, ethics, and power. 

    Prerequisites: 100 or 200 level Africana Studies or History course and participation on OCS program 6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies; offered Spring 2022 · Thabiti Willis
  • HIST 287: From Alchemy to the Atom Bomb: The Scientific Revolution and the Making of the Modern World

    This course examines the growth of modern science since the Renaissance with an emphasis on the Scientific Revolution, the development of scientific methodology, and the emergence of new scientific disciplines. How might a history of science focused on scientific networks operating within society, rather than on individual scientists, change our understanding of “genius,” “progress,” and “scientific impartiality?” We will consider a range of scientific developments, treating science both as a body of knowledge and as a set of practices, and will gauge the extent to which our knowledge of the natural world is tied to who, when, and where such knowledge has been produced and circulated.

    6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, Writing Requirement; offered Spring 2022 · Antony Adler
  • HIST 341: The Russian Revolution and its Global Legacies

    The Russian revolution of 1917 was one of the seminal events of the twentieth century. It transformed much beyond Russia itself. This course will take stock of the event and its legacy. What was the Russian revolution? What was its place in the history of revolutions? How did it impact the world? How was it seen by those who made it and those who witnessed it? How have these evaluations changed over time? What sense can we make of it in the year of its centenary? The revolution was both an inspiration (to many revolutionary and national-liberation movements) and used as a tale of caution and admonition (by adversaries of the Soviet Union). The readings will put the Russian revolution in the broadest perspective of the twentieth century and its contested evaluations, from within the Soviet Union and beyond, from its immediate aftermath, through World War II, the Cold War, to the post-Soviet period. The course is aimed at all students interested in the history of the twentieth century and of the idea of the revolution.

    Prerequisites: One course in Modern European History or instructor consent 6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, Writing Requirement, International Studies; offered Spring 2022 · Adeeb Khalid