Study and analysis of selected historical issues and problems of limited scope. Topics will vary, but usually cut across fields, regions, and periods. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of nine credit hours.
Political, economic, religious, social and cultural history of the American Revolution and the birth of the nation. Special topics cover the nature of the revolution, the experience and effects of the crisis on different members of society, including women, native peoples, and African-Americans, and the meanings of the American Revolution for contemporaries and their descendants.
Political, economic, and social growth of the young republic from 1789 through the War of 1812, with particular attention to the first American party system and the expansion of the frontier.
A study of the rapid economic, social and political changes that the United States experienced in this period of disruptive growth.
Political, demographic, economic, and intellectual transformation. 1945-present: World War II, Cold War, problems of contemporary America.
The social, economic, cultural, intellectual, political, and demographic history of women in the United States from the period before European settlement to the present. Topics include the variety in women’s experiences; the worlds in which women lived; the relationship between the private and public realms; and changes and continuities over time.
Indiana history and life, from early human interactions to our own time. Emphasis on the relationship of distinctive regional traits and challenges to broader transformations in American and global culture.
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.
This course covers the major developments of the Viking Age such as expansion, colonization, exploration, and the establishment of Old Norse Kingdoms. In addition, it will examine how the Viking Age has been portrayed in the modern age, including film and other media.
Offered even-numbered spring semesters.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The colonial period: Spanish, Portuguese, Indian, and African backgrounds; discovery, conquest and settlement; economic, social, political religious, and cultural life; the movement toward independence.
Evolution of American society: political, economic, social structure; racial and ethnic groups; sex roles; inter-American and world diplomacy of United States; evolution of ideology, war, territorial expansion, industrialization, urbanization, international events, and their impact on American history. English Colonization through Civil War.
Offered every semester, including summers.
Evolution of American society: 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, 1865- present.
Offered every semester, including summers.
Survey of major global developments to the 18th century; European voyages of discovery, colonization of western hemisphere, penetration of Mughal India, Ming China, and sub-Saharan Africa. Role of revolutions, i.e. Scientific, industrial, social and political (American and French) in establishment of European hegemony in western hemisphere and Asia.
Offered every semester including summers.
Survey of major global developments from the 19th century to the present: European imperial rule in India, China, Japan, Middle-East, and Africa. Chinese revolution (1912), Mexican revolutions (1911), World War I and II, end of European hegemony. Emergence of new nations in Asia, Africa, and Middle-East. Global inter-dependence as basic theme of 20th century.
Offered every semester, including summers.
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.
European institutions, social and intellectual history from late Roman Empire to Renaissance. Greco-Roman legacy, Christian institutions, Byzantine and Islamic influences, town revival and trade, rise of universities, emergence of national states and literatures.
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, film makers, 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, multiethnic 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.
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 every fall semester.
Nazi and fascist aggression, collective security, appeasement, and outbreak of war in Europe, German blitzkrieg, Russian front, North Africa, Italian, and Normandy campaigns, Hitler’s racial policies. Japanese-American hostility, Pearl Harbor, island-hopping, and the atomic bomb. Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill at Teheran, Yalta, and Potsdam. War crimes trials.
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.
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.
Shaping of the contemporary world, with an emphasis on the reaction of non-Western peoples to Western imperialism.
Offered spring semester, odd years.
How have women’s lives changed from the colonial period to the twentieth century? This introductory survey focuses on women’s historical roles in the workplace, the family, and politics. Material will be drawn from legal, constitutional, political, social, demographic, economic, and religious history.
S/F grading. Faculty-supervised experience in museum work, historic preservation, historical societies, oral history, or other history-related fieldwork in private and public institutions. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours; only 3 credit hours may count toward the major.
- Prerequisites: Junior standing and 12 credit hours of related course work; prior arrangement with individual faculty member.
Consent of the instructor. Selected topics of history. May be taken three times.
Offered spring semester.
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.