Spring 2014 Courses to Watch
HIST:300C-004 Food, Hunger and Power in 19th and 20th Century Europe
TuTh 11:30AM - 12:45PM LSC
This course examines the ways in which modern European and world history have been shaped by concerns with and conflicts over food. The drive to acquire food was at the heart of many of the central historical events of the modern age. At the same time, hunger has been deliberately used as a means of population control, a weapon of war and a strategy of mass murder. Specifically, the course will examine the Irish potato famine, British imperialism in India, Soviet collectivization, the two World Wars and the Holocaust. This course will also explore the politicization of hunger in national memory-politics, and the importance of food and hunger in the process of individual and collective identity formation. The lectures will focus on Germany, Italy, Great Britain and the USSR, but the themes and historical events have broader, international contexts and ramifications.
HIST 300D-001 Business History
MoWeFr 9:20AM - 10:10AM
“The chief business of the American people is business.” Calvin Coolidge may have been confident in those words decades ago but was that true in 1925, 1776, or 2013? That is an important question for undergraduates to consider today, no matter what major they have chosen. Students, even if they go into public service, will spend their lives interacting with enterprises with a complex, fascinating, and important past. After all, business (whether big or small) is a vital part of American history. Subsequently, this course is a history of commerce in the broadest sense: we will consider the rise and fall of different economic sectors and individual firms, including the colonial era’s Virginia Company of London, the nineteenth-century’s transcontinental railroads, and the millennial multinational corporation Starbucks. These and other enterprises will allow us to explore the larger dynamics of the American economy, including the shift from proprietary to corporate to global-corporate capitalism and the complex interplay between business, labor, politics, and culture.
History 300D:02W Italian American Experience through Popular Culture
Wednesdays 4:15-6:45pm LSC
From Columbus, to lynchings, violent strikes, Valentino, Ponzi, Sacco and Vanzetti, Al Capone, World War II, John Basilone, The Godfather Saga, and the rise of the American middle class, millions of women and men of Italian origin have played varied roles in American history. The Italian American Experience is a complex and vital part of the nation's story---too often untold or trivialized in the popular culture. This intensive writing class will give students an opportunity to explore unique aspects of American history and to write essays, reviews, journals, and create scripted media while pursuing personal interests within the broader topic.
HIST 300E- 200 – Chinese Modern History through Film
Water Tower Campus School of CMUN - Room 013 (Tue- 2.30-3.45 - Thu 2.30-4.30)
War, Passion, intrigue, love, death... all of this and more will be the topic of Chinese Modern History through Film in spring 2014!
In this course, we will discuss momentous changes in Chinese Modern and Contemporary History, from the fall of the Qing dynasty, through WW2, the civil war, the communist era and contemporary capitalist society, through the lens of movies and documentaries.
We will approach historical and contemporary topics from the point of view of filmmakers and documentarists; we will use historical documents in conjunction with the films so students can judge their accuracy and learn how to approach historical films critically.