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Thematic Concentrations

Colonialism and Empire

From the Roman to the Aztec, from the Mughal to the French, empire is one of the most enduring and oldest forms of political organization, and its story has never been simply one of conquest and resistance. Beyond its political manifestations, imperial relations have included and produced far-reaching networks of trade, religion, education, and culture. The relationships between colonizing and colonized peoples have been highly complex and have involved violence, collaboration, defiance and negotiation, often at the same time. Scholars debate not only the nature of these interactions, but also their enduring implications. How have people established, maintained and contested imperial power? How have colonizing forces justified empire, and how do we evaluate its impact? Is the age of imperialism over or does it persist in new forms?

Gender in Public and Private Life

Gender, as an expression of power relations and identity, lies at the root of human experience and historical inquiry. More than a synonym for women’s history, gender situates women as well as men, through ideas about manhood and womanhood, at the center of historical analysis. A gendered approach to the study of history asks questions about the ways human perceptions of sexual difference – of masculinity and femininity and the norms of behavior deemed appropriate for men and women – have shaped major forces and events in the past. Are gender identities fixed and biologically determined? Or are they constructed by societies to express the political, economic and social anxieties and values of a given time period? Is gender’s impact limited to domestic spaces, such as family organization, or is it present in larger public arenas, such as war, policy-making, law and diplomacy? Taking a gendered analysis into account can broaden what we deem as “history,” can highlight previously marginalized voices, and can challenge the assumptions and periodization of standard historical narratives.

Race and Ethnicity

Many people think of race as natural and self-evident; as old as humanity itself and as simple as black and white. However, human societies across time and geography have created ways of making and experiencing “difference” according to invented categories of ethnicity and race. These divisions have formed the rationale for oppressive hierarchies within societies as well as for liberation movements. What causes race to come into existence as a way of understanding the world? How has race operated in different regions of the world—for example, within and between the Americas, Asia, Africa and Europe? What are the origins of racial-ethnic thinking, and how have racial and ethnic categories informed socio-political relations over time? How have people created and experienced social differences? How have individuals or groups developed strategies both to perpetuate and to change racial and ethnic dynamics

Religion and Society

Religion plays a key role in nearly all social and political movements throughout the world. Religious belief and practice, understood broadly both within and beyond particular institutional structures, offers an important window onto the ways in which societies and individuals create meaning and define or challenge systems of power. By investigating the lived or social context of religious belief and practice, we examine such themes as ritual, religious imagination, competing notions of “the sacred” as defined within and across different historical and socio-political contexts, and the construction of tradition and identity in relation to the larger society. Do religions create wars? Do they promote peace? How have religious practices and beliefs shaped the experience of migration and resettlement of peoples across the globe? How have religious institutions, beliefs, or rituals served as mechanisms for promoting or undermining national, ethnic, gender or racial identities? What constitutes a “religious” movement, whether violent or nonviolent? How are religious authority and orthodoxy defined in societies and how does this process reflect the ongoing struggle between dominant and submissive groups?

Resistance, Revolution and Reaction

Political upheavals occur when a group of individuals rejects the dominant values of the status quo and struggles to create a different social order. These upheavals can range from bottom-up mass movements to top-down military coups. In such struggles for power, insurgents endeavor to win support for a new set of norms, which can range from promoting civil rights to advocating genocide. Moreover, while some revolutions produce paradigm-shifting gains in democracy and social welfare, others conducted in the name of liberation have generated more of the very exploitation they first pledged to eliminate. How did people understand such transformations at the time and how did succeeding generations re-assess and reimagine them? What prompts people to decide to break the rules of their community or risk their lives for social change? How is power won, and how is it maintained and institutionalized? How do societies, both ancient and modern, decide who should have rights and who should be denied them? What roles have civil disobedience, violent resistance, and even terror played in both the challenging of order and the crushing of dissent

War and Memory

Wars do not begin and end on the battlefield. They originate within particular historical contexts, in response to factors ranging from the political and strategic, to the social and cultural. Moreover, long after the final battle has been fought, the memory of warfare continues to be shaped, debated, and changed, affected not least by whether one was on the winning or losing side. Memories of war can often be contentious, producing bitter conflicts about national holidays, museum exhibits, reenactments, school textbooks, literature, and films. What causes wars? How have contemporaries justified war? What effects have wars had on political development, gender relations, the economy, and society? What unintended consequences have resulted from war? Has there always been a clear winner and loser?

Courses Applicable to Each Theme

 

Colonialism and Empire

MONT 103D Creating the Asia Pacific

MONT 106G Heart of the Continent

MONT 107G Leaving the World Behind

MONT 100G Pirates of Patriots

MONT 101G Canton to King Cotton

HIST 101 Manifest Destiny: US in the Pacific

HIST 101 Age of Explorations

HIST 101 Encountering Africa I

HIST 101 Travel Writing in Africa

HIST 101 Original First Peoples of the Americas

HIST 104 Perspectives on Asia II

HIST 109 Ancient Near East and Greece

HIST 110 Rome: Republic & Empire

HIST 113 Renaissance to Napoleon, 1500-1815

HIST 126 Colonial Latin America

HIST 127 Modern Latin America

HIST 196 African Colonial Lives

HIST 198 Modern Africa Since 1800

HIST 199 America’s Colony

HIST 199 History of Diplomacy

HIST 201 Colonial America

HIST 203 Age of Jackson

HIST 206 US in the 20th Century II: 1945-Present

HIST 207 19th Century U.S. Diplomacy

HIST 208 20TH Century U.S. Diplomacy

HIST 210 Early American Lives

HIST 230 Environmental History

HIST 239 Louis XIV’s France, Ca. 1560-1715

HIST 241 French Revolutions

HIST 242 British Society & Empire 1: 1763-1901

HIST 243 20th C British Soc. & Empire II

HIST 245 Imperial Russia East/West

HIST 251 Colonial Ireland and India

HIST 255 Eur. in the Age of Mass Polt &Total War

HIST 256 Europe and the Superpowers

HIST 262 Germany from Dictatorship to Democracy

HIST 271 Native American History 1

HIST 275 U.S. Mexican Border

HIST 277 Afro-Latin America

HIST 280 Modern India

HIST 281 Imperial China

HIST 282 Modern China

HIST 284 Vietnam, Nationalism and War

HIST 286 Modern Japan

HIST 287 Pacific War

HIST 290 Gender History in Africa

HIST 291 MakingModernMidEas 1882-1952

HIST 292 MakingModernMidEas 1952-Present

HIST 293 Ottoman Empire 1: 1300-1600

HIST 294 Ottoman Empire 2, 1500-1922

HIST 296 South Africa & Apartheid

HIST 299 Japanese Empire

HIST 299 Global Hist Since 1989

HIST 299 Early American Lives

HIST 299 Canada and the US

HIST 299 Modern India

HIST 299 African Migrations/Past & Present

HIST 299 Gender History in Africa

HIST 299 MakingModernMid East 1882-1952

HIST 299 Making Mod Mid East 1952 – Present

HIST 299 Muslim Africa

HIST 299 Science and Religion in Western World

HIST 299 Europe’s First Global Age

HIST 305 America’s First Global Age

HIST 329 Collapse of Communism

HIST 346 Archeology, Empire, Nationalism in Ottoman Medit

HIST 352 Rebels & Radical Thinkers

HIST 365 Nationalism in Modern Africa

HIST 399 Ireland and India

HIST 399 Nationalism in Modern Africa

HIST 399 Southern Africa Since 1800

HIST 399 Reform and Change in Ottoman Empire

HIST 399 Diplomacy

HIST 401 American West

HIST 401 Slavery, Empire, Sexuality

HIST 401 Empire, Family and Children

HIST 401 Gender & Colonialism

HIST 401 Ethnicity and the State in Asia

HIST 401 US and Japan Since 1850

HIST 401 Popular Culture/Latin America

HIST 401 Global 1980s

HIST 401 Ancient Empires: Rome & China

HIST 401 The Great War, 1914-1919

HIST 401 Great War

HIST 401 Human Rights: Afr/Atlantic World

HIST 401 Islam and Science

HIST 401 Black Biographies

 

Gender in Public and Private Life

MONT 100Q Heading Into Battle

MONT 101Q Coming Home

MONT 103G Exotic Encounters

MONT 106S Power, Protest & Social Change

MONT 107S Voicing the Political Self

MONT 111G Exotic Encounters

MONT 112 Power, Protest & Social Change

HIST 101 US Social Movements

HIST 101 Am Themes: Heroes & Heroines

HIST 101 Travel Writing in Africa

HIST 101 Americans in Paris

HIST 101 Gender and the Saints

HIST 101 Gender & Sports

HIST 105 Asia in Western Fiction and Film

HIST 106 Origins of Japanese Culture

HIST 124 Religion and Society in the U.S.

HIST 199 Outsiders in Pre-Modern Eur

HIST 199 America’s Colony

HIST 199 History of Medicine

HIST 205 US in the 20th Century I: 1890-1945

HIST 206 US in the 20th Century II: 1945-Present

HIST 210 Early American Lives

HIST 212 US Capitalism and Politics

HIST 214 Comparative Women’s History

HIST 224 Catholicism in US

HIST 232 Medieval Lives

HIST 241 French Revolutions

HIST 245 Imperial Russia East/West

HIST 253 Soviet Experiment

HIST 254 Soviet Union After Stalin

HIST 277 Afro-Latin America

HIST 284 Vietnam, Nationalism & War

HIST 289 MigrationMobility/African Hist.

HIST 290 Gender History in Africa

HIST 299 Gender and Africa’s Diaspora

HIST 299 Renaissance Italy

HIST 299 Early American Lives

HIST 299 Modern India

HIST 299 Engendering the African Diaspora

HIST 299 Family and Freedom in Russia

HIST 299 African Migrations/Past and Present

HIST 299 War and Political Culture

HIST 299 Soviet Union After Stalin

HIST 299 US Capitalism and Politics

HIST 299 Revolutionary America

HIST 299 Hist of Asian Capitalism

HIST 299 Muslim Africa

HIST 299 Europe’s First Global Age

HIST 299 Great Revolutions of Latin America

HIST 314 Music/Sport/Cultural Encounter

HIST 317 Pain &Suffering: US History

HIST 324 Italy & France: War and Resistance

HIST 325 Women and Gender in War, Holocaust, Resistance

HIST 327 Cultures of the Cold War

HIST 342 Americans in Paris

HIST 399 Women & Gender in Africa

HIST 399 Human Rights in Africa/Diaspora

HIST 399 Jesuits and Modernity

HIST 399 Asia’s Women Warriors

HIST 399 Joan of Arc & Medieval Warfare

HIST 399 American People

HIST 401 The Sixties

HIST 401 Medieval Women

HIST 401 Women in War and Memory

HIST 401 Slavery, Empire, Sexuality

HIST 401 Holy Cross

HIST 401 Women in Chinese Society

HIST 401 Modern American Women

HIST 401 Gender & Sexuality in US

HIST 401 Gender and Colonialism

HIST 401 Empire Family and Children

HIST 401 Popular Culture/Latin America

HIST 401 Human Rights story

HIST 401 Performing Histories of War

HIST 401 Human Rights: Afr/Atlantic World

HIST 401 Black Biographies

HIST 401 American Way of War

HIST 401 Gender and Sexuality

 

Race and Ethnicity

MONT 103D Creating the Asia Pacific

MONT 103G Exotic Encounters

MONT 106G Heart of the Continent

MONT 107G Leaving the World Behind

MONT 111D Lynching and Sensibility

MONT 111G Exotic Encounters

MONT112 Power, Protest and Social Change

HIST 101 Modern American Social Movements

HIST 101 Encountering Africa I

HIST 101 African American Lives

HIST 101 Age of Explorations

HIST 101 Travel Writing in Africa

HIST 101 Manifest Destiny: US in the Pacific

HIST 101 Gender & Sports

HIST 101 Original First Peoples of the Americas

HIST 105 Asia in Western Fiction and Film

HIST 106 Origins of Japanese Culture

HIST 114 Napoleon to the E.U., 1815-Present

HIST 126 Colonial Latin America

HIST 127 Modern Latin America

HIST 128 Latino History

HIST 137 American Slavery, American Freedom

HIST 196 African Colonial Lives

HIST 197 Early Africa to 1800

HIST 199 Nature and Society

HIST 199 History of Medicine

HIST 201 Colonial America

HIST 204 Lincoln and His Legacy

HIST 205 US in the 20th Century I: 1890-1945

HIST 206 US in the 20th Century II: 1945-Present

HIST 212 US Capitalism and Politics

HIST 221 American Urban History

HIST 225 The Civil Rights Movement

HIST 226 Irish American Experience

HIST 234 Medieval Spain

HIST 242 British Society & Empire 1: 1763-1901

HIST 261 Germany in Age of Nationalism

HIST 267 History of Modern Italy

HIST 271 Native American History 1

HIST 272 Native American History 2

HIST 275 US Mexican Border

HIST 277 Afro-Latin America

HIST 278 Raza e Identidad

HIST 283 Ethnic Conflict in 20th C Asia

HIST 286 Modern Japan

HIST 287 Pacific War

HIST 289 MigrationMobility/African Hist.

HIST 290 Gender History in Africa

HIST 296 South Africa & Apartheid

HIST 299 Ethnicity in Asia

HIST 299 Japanese Empire

HIST 299 Gender History in Africa

HIST 299 Engendering African Diaspora

HIST 299 Pollution and Power

HIST 299 War/Peace in Contemporary Asia

HIST 299 African American Intellectuals

HIST 299 Raza e Identidad

HIST 299 Canada and the US

HIST 299 African Migration/Past & Present

HIST 299 War and Political Culture

HIST 299 US Capitalism and Politics

HIST 299 Violence in America

HIST 299 Muslim Africa

HIST 299 Great Revolutions of Latin America

HIST 314 Music, Sports, & Cultural Encounter

HIST 317 Pain &Suffering: US History

HIST 342 Americans in Paris

HIST 361 Germans, Jews & Memory

HIST 365 Nationalism in Modern Africa

HIST 392 Arab-Israeli Conflict

HIST 399 Arrival of Islam in Asia

HIST 399 Nationalism in Modern Africa

HIST 399 Lincoln’s America

HIST 399 Black Power

HIST 399 Martin Luther King/Malcolm X

HIST 399 Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

HIST 399 American People

HIST 401 Italian-American Heritage

HIST 401 The Sixties

HIST 401 Civil Rights Movement

HIST 401 The Civil War

HIST 401 Ethnicity and the State in Asia

HIST 401 US and Japan Since 1850

HIST 401 Popular Culture/Latin America

HIST 401 Music, Sports, Culture Politics

HIST 401 Human Rights: Afr/Atlantic World

HIST 401 Race & Religion in Am History

HIST 401 Black Biographies

 

Religion and Society

MONT 102D Heaven & Hell: Descent Into Darkness

MONT 102G Into the Unknown

MONT 103D Heavenly Ascension

MONT 103G Exotic Encounters

MONT111 Exotic Encounters

MONT 110 Into the Unknown

MONT 114 Traveling Into the Unknown

MONT 115 Traveling Into the Unknown

HIST 101 The Movements

HIST 101 Age of Explorations

HIST 101 Gender and the Saints

HIST 101 Manifest Destiny: US in the Pacific

HIST 103 Perspectives on Asia I

HIST 106 Origins of Japanese Culture

HIST 111 Rise of Christian West

HIST 112 Emerging Europe, 1000-1500

HIST 113 Renaissance to Napoleon, 1500-1815

HIST 124 Religion & Society in US

HIST 128 Latino History

HIST 197 Early Africa to 1870

HIST 199 Nature and Society

HIST 199 Outsiders in the Pre-Modern Eur

HIST 199 History of Medicine

HIST 216 American Religious History

HIST 224 Catholicism in US

HIST 226 Irish American Experience

HIST 232 Medieval Lives

HIST 234 Medieval Spain

HIST 236 Renaissance Europe

HIST 237 The Reformation

HIST 238 The Papacy in the Modern World

HIST 239 Louis XIV's France, Ca. 1560-1715

HIST 267 Modern Italy

HIST 280 Modern India

HIST 283 Ethnic Conflict in 20th C Asia

HIST 291 MakingModernMidEas 1882-1952

HIST 292 MakingModernMidEas 1952-Present

HIST 293 Ottoman Empire 1: 1300-1600

HIST 299 Ethnicity in Asia

HIST 299 Global Hist Since 1989

HIST 299 Muslim Africa

HIST 299 Renaissance Italy

HIST 299 Modern American Religion

HIST 299 Modern India

HIST 299 MakingModernMidEas 1882-1952

HIST 299 MakingModMidEast 1952-Present

HIST 299 Revolutionary America

HIST 299 Science and Religion in Western World

HIST 317 Pain &Suffering: US History

HIST 361 Germans, Jews and Memory

HIST 399 Paris in Wars of Religion

HIST 399 Jesuits and Modernity

HIST 399 Arrival of Islam in Asia

HIST 401 Jesuits International

HIST 401 God in Age of Michelangelo

HIST 401 Holy Cross

HIST 401 Afro-Latin Religions

HIST 401 Global 1980s

HIST 401 Race & Religion in Am History

HIST 401 Ancient Empires: Rome & China

HIST 401 Islam and Science

 

Resistance, Revolution and Reaction

MONT 100Q Heading Into Battle

MONT 101Q Coming Home

MONT 103S Struggles for Justice

MONT 102S Competing Visions of Freedom

MONT 107S Voicing the Political Self

HIST 101 US Social Movements

HIST 101 Heroes/Heroism & Heroines

HIST 101 World War II

HIST 101 Travel Writing in Africa

HIST 101 Teddy Roosevelt

HIST 101 African American Lives

HIST 101 Struggles for Justice

HIST 101 Original First Peoples of the Americas

HIST 111 Rise of Christian West to A.D. 1000

HIST 112 Emerging Europe, 1000-1500

HIST 113 Renaissance to Napoleon, 1500-1815

HIST 114 Napoleon to the E.U., 1815-Present

HIST 196 African Colonial Lives

HIST 199 Nature and Society

HIST 199 History of Diplomacy

HIST 201 Colonial America

HIST 203 Age of Jackson, 1815-1860

HIST 204 Lincoln and His Legacy: The Civil War and Its Aftermath

HIST 207 19th Century U.S. Diplomacy

HIST 208 20th Century U.S. Diplomacy

HIST 210 Early American Lives

HIST 211 Labor and Capital in America

HIST 212 US Capitalism and Politics

HIST 222 Great Leaders

HIST 223 Radicalism in America

HIST 225 The Civil Rights Movement

HIST 231 Medieval England to 1216

HIST 241 French Revolutions

HIST 243 20th C British Soc. & Empire

HIST 245 Imperial Russia/East &West

HIST 251 Colonial Ireland and India

HIST 253 Soviet Experiment

HIST 254 Soviet Union After Stalin

HIST 255 Europe: Mass Politics/Total War

HIST 256 Europe and the Superpowers

HIST 261 Germany in Age of Nationalism

HIST 262 Germany from Dictatorship to Dem.

HIST 267 History of Modern Italy

HIST 272 Native American History 2

HIST 280 Modern India

HIST 281 Imperial China

HIST 285 Warrior Tradition in Japan

HIST 286 Modern Japan

HIST 291 MakingModernEas 1882-1952

HIST 292 MakingModernEas 1952-Present

HIST 293 Ottoman Empire 1: 1300-1600

HIST 294 Ottoman Empire 2, 1500-1922

HIST 296 South Africa & Apartheid

HIST 299 Hist of Asian Capitalism

HIST 299 Japanese Empire

HIST 299 Global Hist Since 1989

HIST 299 Family and Freedom in Russia

HIST 299 Violence in America

HIST 299 Canada and the US

HIST 299 War/Peace in Contemporary Asia

HIST 299 Making/ModernEast 1882-1952

HIST 299 Revolutionary America

HIST 299 MakingModMidEast 1952 – Present

HIST 299 Early American Lives

HIST 299 Soviet Union After Stalin

HIST 299 Europe’s First Global Age

HIST 299 Great Revolutions of Latin America

HIST 305 America’s First Global Age

HIST 320 Crafted by War: Late Medieval England

HIST 322 War & Cinema

HIST 324 Italy and France: War and Resistance

HIST 327 Cultures of the Cold War

HIST 329 Collapse of Communism

HIST 340 Gilded Age America

HIST 345 Reform and Change in Ottoman Empire

HIST 352 Rebels & Radical Thinkers

HIST 365 Nationalism in Modern Africa

HIST 392 Arab-Israeli Conflict

HIST 399 Lincoln’s America

HIST 399 Black Power

HIST 399 Asia’s Women Warriors

HIST 399 Martin Luther King/Malcolm X

HIST 399 Ireland and India

HIST 399 Joan of Arc & Medieval Warfare

HIST 399 Diplomacy

HIST 399 Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

HIST 399 American People

HIST 401 Civil Rights Movement

HIST 401 The Sixties

HIST 401 Empire Family and Children

HIST 401 The Civil War: War and Memory

HIST 401 Truman Administration

HIST 401 American Way of War

HIST 401 The Great War, 1914-1919

HIST 401 The Great War

HIST 401 Global 1980s

HIST 401 Performing Histories of War

HIST 401 Race & Religion Am History

HIST 401 Gender and Sexuality

 

War and Memory

LUX HIST Remembering the Great War, 1914-1918

LUX HIST From Total War to European Union

MONT 100Q Heading Into Battle

MONT 101Q Coming Home

MONT 106S Power, Protest & Social Change

MONT 107S Voicing the Political Self

MONT112 Power, Protest and Social Change

MONT113G Memory Wars: WW2 & Vietnam

HIST 101 World War II

HIST 101 Americans in Paris

HIST 111 Rise of Christian West to A.D. 1000

HIST 112 Emerging Europe, 1000-1500

HIST 114 Napoleon to the E.U., 1815-Present

HIST 199 History of Diplomacy

HIST 203 Age of Jackson, 1815-1860

HIST 204 Lincoln and His Legacy: The Civil War and Its Aftermath

HIST 205 US in the 20th Century I: 1890-1945

HIST 207 19th Century U.S. Diplomacy

HIST 208 20th Century U.S. Diplomacy

HIST 211 Labor and Capital in America

HIST 222 Great Leaders

HIST 231 Medieval England

HIST 233 War and Chivalry in Medieval France

HIST 234 Medieval Spain

HIST 253 The Soviet Experiment

HIST 254 Soviet Union After Stalin

HIST 255 Europe: Mass Politics to Total War

HIST 256 Europe and the Superpowers, 1939-1991

HIST 261 Germany in Age of Nationalism

HIST 262 Germany from Dictatorship to Democracy

HIST 271 Native American History I

HIST 284 Vietnam, Nationalism & War

HIST 285 Warrior Tradition in Japan

HIST 287 Pacific War

HIST 288 Japan Since the Pacific War

HIST 299 War and Political Culture

HIST 299 War/ Peace in Contemporary Asia

HIST 299 Soviet Union after Stalin

HIST 299 Violence in America

HIST 299 Paris in the Wars of Religion

HIST 299 History of Asian Capitalism

HIST 314 Music, Sports, & Cultural Encounter

HIST 320 Craft by War: Medieval England to 1485

HIST 322 War and Cinema

HIST 324 Italy and France: War & Resistance

HIST 325 Women and Gender in War, Holocaust, Resistance

HIST 327 Cultures of Cold War

HIST 329 Collapse of Communism

HIST 340 Gilded Age America

HIST 342 Americans in Paris

HIST 346 Archeology, Empire, Nationalism in Ottoman Medit

HIST 352 Rebels & Radical Thinkers

HIST 361 Germans, Jews, & Memory

HIST 392 Arab-Israeli Conflict

HIST 399 Paris in Wars of Religion

HIST 399 Lincoln’s America

HIST 399 Human Rights Africa/Diaspora

HIST 399 Asia’s Women Warriors

HIST 399 Ireland and India

HIST 399 Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

HIST 399 Joan of Arc & Medieval Warfare

HIST 399 Diplomacy

HIST 401 The Civil War

HIST 401 Public History

HIST 401 American Way of War

HIST 401 The Great War

HIST 401 US and Japan Since 1850

HIST 401 Performing Histories of War