Hist 280-901 The Vietnam War/The American War
TR 3:55-5:10 Dr. Olga Dror
The word “Vietnam,” hardly known to most Americans before the 1960s, since then has become a symbol of national pain. How the US got involved in Vietnam, how it left Vietnam, and what happened in between, these questions will be among many others discussed in class. We will consider different views on the Vietnam War – of both its proponents and opponents. We will remember that after all it was the “Vietnam” war and, thus, a considerable portion of the course will focus on the country where the war took place, its history, its people, and its tragedy. Primary documents, accounts of the leading political and military figures as well as of ordinary participants, literary works, will serve as a basis for seeing the Vietnam War from different perspectives.
Hist 280-902 The Salem Witch Trials
MWF 11:30-12:20 Dr. Evan Haefeli
This course will explore the history of religion and popular culture in colonial New England. A close study of the trials, and historiographic debates about their origins, course, and consequences, will introduce students to work on puritanism, witchcraft, gender and politics in the seventeenth century, with the idea of using the trials as a way to open up avenues for exploring the early culture of Anglo-America more broadly.
Hist 280-903 Japanese Colonial Empire (1894-1945)
MWF 12:40-1:30 Dr. Hoi-eun Kim
This course will focus on “people on the move” who crisscrossed between the metropole and other colonial locations – these were colonial adventurists, technocrats, doctors and anthropologists, but also migrant laborers and even sex-slaves who were forced to withstand the inherently unequal political economy of the colonial system. Students will write a research paper on a single person or group of people, discussing their experience and its broader historical meaning.
Hist 280-904 Escape! Research for E-History Project
TR 11:10-12:25 Dr. Lorien Foote
During the winter of 1864-1865, 3000 Union soldiers escaped from Confederate prison camps in the Carolinas. African Americans, white women, and Confederate deserters helped these prisoners journey hundreds of milers to return to Union army lines. Students who enroll in this seminar will learn historical research methods as they research biographical information on individual escaped prisoners and the southerners who helped them. Student work will be incorporated into a website about the mass escapes, available to the public through the Center for Virtual History at the University of Georgia: http://www.ehistory.org/projects/fugitive-federals.html.
Hist 280-905 Paris at War
MWF 9:10-10:00 Dr. Rebecca Schloss
In this seminar, we will explore how war influenced social, political, and cultural dynamics in France’s capitol city during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Through a series of case studies- the 1848 Revolution, the 1870 Paris Commune, World War 1, World War 2, and the Algerian War- we will examine how historical changes influenced ideas about and the practice of war in France and her colonies.
Hist 280-906 Women in the Nineteenth-Century U.S. West
MWF 12:40-1:30 Dr. Verity McInnis
This seminar will study the experiences of women in the 19th century U.S. West to examine relationships and intersections of gender, class, race, and ethnicity. Many women challenged the traditional distribution of power to construct a new social reality, identity, and status. Students will analyze secondary and primary source material to construct a short research paper.