History

Courses in History

 

HIST-A 315 The United States, 1945 to the Present (3 cr)

Political, demographic, economic, and intellectual transformations from 1945 to the present; problems of postwar America, the Cold War, the Civil Rights movements, Vietnam, and problems of contemporary America. Offered occasionally.

  • Prerequisite or Co-requisite : HIST H-105 or H-106
HIST-A342 United States Women’s History II (3 cr)

This course examines the history of women in the U.S. from the adoption of the 14th Amendment in 1868 to the present. Topics include the variety in women’s experiences; the relationship between private and public realms; and political movements affecting women. Offered occasionally.

  • Prerequisite or Co-requisite : HIST H-105 or H-106

HIST-A 363 Survey of Indiana History (3 cr)

Survey the history of Indiana from beginning to the present with three-part coverage: the frontier-pioneer era to 1850; the era of transition, 1850-1920; and the modern era, 1920 - present. With focus on continuity and change, as Hoosiers move from a rural, agricultural, frontier society to a more urban, industrial, and “cosmopolitan” society. Offered spring semester, odd years.

  • Prerequisite or Co-requisite : HIST H-105 or H-106
HIST-A 380 The Vietnam War (3 cr)

This is the story of America’s longest war - the battles, the protests, the movies, and the political controversies. The Vietnam War was an epic event, the climax of the cold war and the high water mark of American power. Students will learn about the experience of combatants on both sides, the reasoning behind American strategy, and the history of Vietnam’s struggle for independence. The course will also deal with the war’s legacies, its place in popular culture, the military’s search for technological alternatives for ground combat, and the war’s economic and political aftershocks.
Offered occasionally.

  • Prerequisite or Co-requisite : HIST H-105 or H-106

HIST-B 306 Modern European Race, Gender, and Identity (3 cr)

This course looks at how race and gender have impacted the development of modern European identity. Through extensive readings, a critical understanding of race and gender will be attained. The analysis of historical processes will show how race and gender have evolved, shaping the shifting identities of Europeans. Junior standing or consent of instructor. Requires HIST H-108 or H-109 as prerequisite or co-requisite.
Offered occasionally.

HIST-B 356 French Revolution and Napoleon (3 cr)

Crisis of the old regime; middle class and popular revolt; from constitutional monarchy to Jacobin commonwealth; the terror and revolutionary government; expansion of revolution in Europe rise and fall of Napoleonic empire; Junior standing or consent of instructor. Junior standing or consent of instructor.
Offered occasionally.

  • Prerequisite or Co-requisite : HIST H-108 or H-109
HIST-B408/508 European Nationalism and Identity (3 cr)

This course explores theoretical approaches to European nationalism and identity. In addition, it analyzes a number of case studies on European national identity, including myth, collective memory, class, race, and transnationalism. Junior standing or consent of instructor.
Offered occasionally.

  • Prerequisite or Co-requisite : HIST H-108 or H-109
HIST-B418/518 Germany: Nation and Volk, 1800-Present (3 cr)

This course traces the evolution of German national identity from Napoleonic times to the present day. It analyzes how the Enlightenment, National Romanticism, Social Darwinism, racism, and the legacy of the Third Reich have shaped Germany’s self-image. Junior standing or consent of instructor. Requires
Offered occasionally.

  • Prerequisite or Co-requisite : HIST H-108 or H-109
HIST-B436/536 Making Modern Britain 1780-1945

This course explores the concept of becoming British and how the English, Irish, Scots, and Welsh have sought to fashion their own distinctive national identities against the backdrop of the British Empire. It addresses how cultural representation and collective memory have forged modern nations within the political structure of Britain. Junior standing or consent of instructor.
Offered occasionally.

  • Prerequisite or Co-requisite : HIST H-108 or H-109
HIST-B444/544 The Scandinavian Model (3 cr)

This course explores Scandinavia from the beginning of the Viking Age to the present through a transnational perspective. By examining the historical forces that have shaped this region, the course will address the question of whether there is a Scandinavian Sonderweg, or a unique Scandinavian model in world history. Junior standing or consent of instructor.Offered occasionally.

  • Prerequisite or Co-requisite : HIST H-108 or H-109
HIST-D 410 Russian Revolutions and the Soviet (3 cr)

Russia on the eve of World War I; impact of World War I on Russian Society; the revolutions of 1971; civil war and allied intervention in Russia; New Economic Policy and Five-Year Plans; the Stalin and Post-Stalinist eras. Junior standing or consent of instructor.
Offered occasionally.

  • Prerequisite or Co-requisite : HIST H-108 or H-109
HIST-F 341Latin America: Conquest and Empire (3 cr)

The colonial period: Spanish, Portuguese, Indian, and African backgrounds; discovery, conquest and settlement; economic, social, political religious, and cultural life; the movement toward independence. Junior standing or consent of instructor. Offered occasionally.

  • Prerequisite or Co-requisite : HIST H-108 or H-109
HIST-H 105 American History I (3 cr)

Evolution of American society from English Colonization through Civil War: political, economic, social structure; racial and ethnic groups; sex roles; Native American, inter-American and world diplomacy of United States; evolution of ideology, war, territorial expansion, industrialization, urbanization, international events, and their impact on American history.
Offered every semester, including summers.

HIST-H 106 American History II (3 cr)

Evolution of American society from 1865 - present: political, economic, social structure; racial and ethnic groups; sex roles; Native American, inter-American and world diplomacy of United States; evolution of ideology, war, territorial expansion, industrialization, urbanization, international events, and their impact on American history.
Offered every semester, including summers.

HIST-H 108 Perspectives on the World to 1800 (3 cr)

Emergence of civilizations in the Near East, Sub-Saharan Africa, pre-Columbian America. Role of revolutions, i.e. geographic, scientific, industrial, social, and political (American and French) in establishment of European hegemony in Asia and the Western Hemisphere.
Offered every semester including summers.

HIST-H 109 Perspectives on the World since 1800 (3 cr)

The rise and fall of European imperial rule in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. Special focus on the impact of World War I. Chinese, Mexican, and Russian revolutions. Independence movement in India, World War II, cold war, new nations in Asia and Africa, struggle for solidarity in Latin America.
Offered every semester, including summers.

HIST-H 205 Ancient Civilization (3 cr)

From birth of civilization in Mesopotamia and Egypt until Constantine’s conversion to Christianity (337 A.D.). The role of the city in the ancient world; nature of imperialism; and impact of Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, and other charismatic leaders. Archaeology as a source for political and social history.
Offered occasionally.

HIST-H 216 The “Wild West” and American Identity (3 cr)

This course examines conceptions of the “American West” and the complicated ways it informed the creation of a persistent American identity. From the Log Cabin political campaigns of the antebellum nineteenth century to modern simulations of the past like Disney’s Frontierland, the iconography of western expansion and its tentative connection to democratic individualism has enthralled and perplexed artists, writers, filmmakers, and historians for generations. Using historical monographs and popular culture artifacts like paintings, comics, films, short stories, and songs, we will interrogate and deconstruct “the American West” with an eye towards larger themes of place/process, environmental concern, multi-ethnic inclusion, exclusion, and United States government and capitalistic development. By the end of the course the students will be tasked to use the conventions of ‘the western,” and apply them to a historical event or individual, and create their own ‘western” narrative through the use of fumetti, or photographic comic-strips.
Offered occasionally.

HIST-H 217 The Nature of History (3 cr)

An introductory examination of (1) what history is (2) types of historical interpretation, (3) common problems of historians, and (4) the uses of history.
Required for history majors and minors at IU East.
Offered fall semester.

HIST-H 219 Origins and History of the Second World War (3cr)

Course covers WWI background, rise of fascism, collective security, appeasement and outbreak of the war. For the war, the course looks at German blitzkrieg, Russian front, Africa and Mediterranean, D-day, plus the Pacific Theater. Also covers racial policies, the Holocaust, and the atomic bomb and start of the Cold war.
Offered occasionally.

HIST-H 221 Studies in African, Asian, or Latin American History (3 cr)

Study and analysis of selected themes, topics, or problems in the history of Africa, Asia or Latin America. The course will emphasize general and/or broad themes or topics; the themes or topics will vary from one semester to another. May be repeated once for credit.
Offered occasionally.

HIST-H 225 Special Topics in History (3 cr)

Study and analysis of selected historical issues and problems of general importance from the perspective of arts and humanities. Topics will vary from semester to semester but will usually be broad subjects which cut across fields, regions, and periods. May be repeated for credit.
Offered occasionally.

HIST-H 232 The World in the Twentieth Century (3 cr)

Shaping of the contemporary world, with emphasis on the interaction of the West, particularly Western imperialism and Western political and social ideas, with non-Western lands. Examination of revolutionary national, ideological, social and/or religious movements in Japan, India, Mexico, Russia, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Africa. Today’s political, social, and economic institutions.
Offered spring semester, odd years.

HIST-H 260 History of Women in the U.S. (3 cr)

This course surveys U.S. women’s history from the pre- colonial era to the present. Themes include: changing ideals of womanhood; sexual divisions of labor, class, racial, ethnic, and regional diversity; women’s sexuality and family life and women’s participation in politics, social reform, and feminist movements.
Offered occasionally.

HIST-J495 Proseminar for History Majors (3 cr)

Consent of the instructor. Selected topics of history. May be taken three times.
Offered spring semester.

HIST-T 325 Topics in History (3 cr)

Study and analysis of selected historical issues and problems of limited scope from the perspective of arts and humanities. Topics will vary, but will ordinarily cut across fields, regions, and periods. May be repeated for credit.
Offered occasionally.