Non-Western History Concentration
HIS 303: Twentieth-Century Third World
This class traces the recent history of the world outside the "core," using case studies to try to understand the big picture of global history and see how historical changes affected the daily lives of individuals in the Third World. The topics covered will include the impact of the world wars and the Cold War; the circumstances of empire, the processes of decolonization, and the experiences of independence; and the history of local economies in the face of globalization.
HIS 307: LATIN AMERICA: THE COLONIAL PERIOD
This course presents a survey that treats the Inca, Aztec, and Maya cultures. African influences as well as Spanish and Portuguese contributions to the development of Latin America are examined.
HIS 308: LATIN AMERICA IN REVOLUTION
This course is an introduction to the history of post-independence Latin America. It studies the political, social, and economic history of the former American colonies of Spain and Portugal from their revolutions for independence through the present day. It is structured by three major themes: revolutions and reactions, nation building, and international relations. It pays close attention to the ways in which different social groups—men and women; people of Indian, African, European, and Asian descent; the upper, middle, and lower classes; city dwellers and country dwellers—participated in significant events.
HIS 325: IMPERIALISM IN THE MODERN WORLD (F, S)
This course examines the causes and consequences of imperialism in the modern world. It considers and compares imperial institutions, ideologies, economies, and cultures. It also studies the variety of ways in which subject peoples shaped these encounters and evaluates the significance of these experiences for the post-colonial global order.
HIS 334: THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF LATIN AMERICA (F, S)
This course begins by examining aspects of the indigenous societies prior to the arrival of Europeans in what has come to be called “Latin America.” Throughout, it considers issues such as colonialism, militarism, race, gender relations, and religion that have shaped the societies, polities, and economies of nations from Mexico and the Caribbean to those of the Southern Cone. The goal of the course is to afford class members the opportunity to better understand Latin America’s history as a basis for comprehending its likely future.
Cross-listed with ECN 334 and POL 334.
HIS 344: TOPICS IN AFRICAN HISTORY
History 344 is an introductory survey of African history from the origins of humanity to the events of the recent past, with special attention paid to the early modern and modern eras. The course focuses on the global role of Africans in the history of the world, the importation of commodities and culture, the ways outsiders have portrayed Africa and Africans, the daily lives and experiences of the continent’s inhabitants, and the challenges of using the available sources for “doing” African history.
HIS 346: EAST ASIA IN THE MODERN WORLD
Changes in Modern Asia as a result of the rise of industrialism, urbanism, nationalism, and Western influence will be examined in this course.
HIS 350: TRADITIONAL CHINA TO 1840
This course will trace the social, political, cultural, and economic origins of the Chinese dynastic system, the elaboration and triumph of Confucianism, and the expansion of the empire south of the Yangtze and west to Central Asia. The course will conclude with an overview of the initial Western intrusion into this wealthiest and most populous of traditional civilizations.
HIS 351: MODERN CHINA, 1840 TO THE PRESENT
Beginning with the traumas of the Opium Wars and Taiping Rebellion, this course will provide an overview of China’s initial attempts at using foreign technology to safeguard the Confucian polity, the rending of the social fabric during the Republican and Civil War eras, and the eventual triumph of Chinese Communism. The economic reforms of Deng Xiaoping and the events leading to Tiananmen Square will receive particular attention.
HIS 352: TRADITIONAL JAPAN TO 1840 (F)
For nearly two millennia, the people of Japan have shown a remarkable ability to marry religious, political, and cultural innovations from abroad with vigorous indigenous institutions. The result has been one of the world’s most remarkable cultural syntheses. This course will trace the origins and development of the imperial system, the influence of Shinto and Buddhism, the development and elaboration of the early Shogunates, and conclude with an examination of Tokugawa society on the eve of Japan’s “opening” to the west.
HIS 353: MODERN JAPAN, 1840 TO THE PRESENT
This course will assess the astounding transformation of Japan from Tokugawa seclusion to the dynamic superpower of today. Along the way, such topics as the impact of the Meiji Restoration, Japan’s “special relationship” with China and the Asian mainland, the grand catastrophe of World War II, and the resurgence of a demilitarized economic colossus in the Pacific Rim will be examined.
HIS 354: THE MODERN MIDDLE EAST (F, S)
This course investigates the history of the modern Middle East since the 18th century. It examines the political, economic, social, and cultural transformations of this period in the Ottoman Empire, its successor states, Egypt, and Iran. Topics include the encounter with Western imperialism, modernization, ideological change, revolution, and war.
HIS 356: TOPICS IN MODERN NON-WESTERN HISTORY
This course provides an examination of selected topics illustrating the political, social, and cultural history of the non-Western world.
HIS 370/470: SPECIAL TOPICS IN THIRD WORLD AREAS
Central America, the Middle East, China, India, etc.