Special Course Descriptions
HIS 394-10: Comparative Colonial Encounters
This seminar will examine encounters between native, European, and African
peoples in North America during the initial centuries of colonization.
Situating the American colonies within a broader Atlantic World and taking
a comparative approach, we will investigate processes of cultural
conflict, exchange, negotiation, adaptation, and transformation.
Prof Ken Miller
HIS 394 12:The Stalin Era in Russia
This course will trace the rise of Joseph Stalin to leadership of
the Soviet Union in the 1920s to his death in 1953. We will examine
the ruthless political struggles that brought Stalin to unquestioned
personal dictatorship, the gargantuan industrialization program,
the Great Terror of the mid-1930s, the epic confrontation with
Nazi Germany, and the dawn of Cold War and return to terror in the
postwar era. Students will conduct research on a topic of their
choosing in this field.
Prerequisite: One year in introductory sequence in history required.
This course is especially recommended for students interested in joining
the summer '09 trip to Moscow and St. Petersburg with Professor Black.
HIS 494-11 Twentieth Century American Film
This course will present an introduction to the study of American films
as historical documents that enrich our understanding of American social
and cultural history. Films from a variety of genres and studios will
be presented in chronological order from the 1920s through the 1990s.
Classroom discussions and written assignments will link observations
from the films and readings to historical themes and topics.