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Summer 2014

7-Week Term (June 9th - July 28th)

HIST 7010 Issues and Interpretations in US History - Larry Grubbs
This is a reading seminar on the history of the United States from the colonial era to the 21st Century.  Contemplating how historians work today, this course places particular emphasis on recent studies that explore sensory and emotional history.  We will discuss historians' arguments, methods, and how they craft their stories.  

HIST 7030 Issues and Interpretations in World History – Carolyn Biltoft
This course explores the possibilities and limitations of using the “world” as a framework for historical inquiry on the one hand and for teaching history on the other.   It focuses on prevailing methods for explaining aspects of the human past that transcend national and regional boundaries.   Throughout the semester, the weekly readings will investigate the kinds of phenomena that World Historians tackle: cross cultural trade, slavery and migration, imperialism, international cooperation and conflict, and globalization.   The goal as we approach each theme is to better comprehend how, when and why global processes develop and then change over time.  We will also pay special attention to Points of Contact (POC)—specific moments in which people, ideas or environments transformed as a result of their connection with the wider world.   These POC will help frame our discussions and provide a context for a series of more theoretical and methodological questions such as:  What is World History?  What do we gain by looking at the past from a global perspective?  What do we lose?  What is Eurocentrism and how can we avoid it? How does one conduct research in World History?  As we attempt to answer these questions together, we will also discuss their practical implications for the World History classroom.   By the end of the semester you should walk away with knowledge about key debates and themes in the field, your own thoughts and opinions on the issues, and new ideas for teaching and/or research. 

HIST 8020 19th C US – Wendy Venet
This course will use a biographical approach to studying the nineteenth century.  Assigned books are:  Joseph J. Ellis, American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson; Sally G. McMillen, Seneca Falls and the Origins of the Women’s Rights Movement; James Oakes:  The Radical and the Republican:  Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and the Triumph of Antislavery Politics; Michael Fellman, Citizen Sherman:  A Life of William Tecumseh Sherman; Martha Hodes, The Sea Captain’s Wife:  A True Story of Love, Race and War in the Nineteenth Century.  Students will write a book review of 5-6 pages and a research paper of about 15 pages.