Course Offerings

Fall 2021

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1000 Level Courses

HISTORY 1100. SURVEY OF AMERICAN HISTORY TO 1865. Introduction to U.S. history through the Civil War, surveying political, economic, social and cultural development of the American people. No credit will be given to students who have received credit in History 1400 (AP credit for U.S. History).

HISTORY 1200. SURVEY OF AMERICAN HISTORY SINCE 1865. Introduction to U.S. history since 1865, surveying political, economic, social, and cultural development of the American people. No credit will be given to students who have received credit in History 1400 (AP credit for U.S. History).

HISTORY 1500. ORIGINS OF EUROPEAN HISTORY. This course provides an introduction to European Civilization and its place in global history from its origins until the seventeenth century. Designed to provide a broad background for further study, this course provides an introduction to European Civilization and its place in global history from antiquity to the dawn of the Enlightenment. Students will come away with a general understanding of the major political, religious, cultural, and economic developments of this 2500-year time span. A major theme will be the effects of encounter and exchange as we see the repeated absorption of new peoples and new ideas into ancient, medieval and early-modern European culture. Exams and papers: Students will take quizzes over textbook readings and lectures and will write five 500–600-word papers over assigned readings over the course of the semester. Honors students will have additional readings and three additional short papers. Readings: Textbook plus primary source readings varying from short extracts to short monographs. Professor: L. Huneycutt; 10:00-10:50 MW 

HISTORY 1520. INTRODUCTION TO THE ANCIENT WORLD. (Same as Ancient Mediterranean Studies 1105). This course will explore the development of some of the earliest civilizations of Asia, North Africa, and Europe until the collapse of the western Roman Empire in the late 5th century. These civilizations include the prominent societies associated Mesopotamia, Egypt, and India, as well as China, Israel, Greece and Rome. The course focuses on several central themes that include the emergence of cities and states, legal codes and the organization of ancient societies, the nature of kingship, the evolution of religious expression, social hierarchies and gender, the nature of empire as a political system, military history, and the evolution of slavery in the ancient world. Exams and papers: To be determined. Readings: To be announced. Professor: J. Stevens; 11:00-11:50 MWF

HISTORY 1800. HISTORY OF MODERN AFRICA. (Same as Black Studies 1800). This course introduces students to the history of Africa from European Imperialism to the Arab Spring. It provides an opportunity to understand major events in modern African history, such as colonialism, independence, and globalization, based on primary and secondary sources available in print, film, and online. By the end of the course, students will be familiarized with the recent history of Africa as well as complex concepts used across several disciplines, including race, gender, and class. Exams and papers: To be determined. Readings: To be announced. Professor: M. Fejzula; 11:00-12:15 TTh

HISTORY 1810. HISTORY OF SOUTH AFRICA. (Same as Black Studies 1810). The course surveys the history of South Africa over the last four hundred years. Its primary thematic focus is the unique historical development of racism and class stratification in this part of the world. We will spend a great deal of our time discussing African lives under a system of racial inequality known as apartheid and Africans’ struggles to end it. We will end by discussing the legacies of colonialism and apartheid in South Africa and the lessons that they give to the rest of the world. Exams and papers: To be determined. Readings: To be announced. Professor: A. Mseba; 10:00-10:50 MWF

HISTORY 1840. COLONIAL LATIN AMERICA. Surveys the economic, social, political, and cultural history of Latin America before 1810. Beginning with a detailed discussion of the pre-Columbian Indian civilizations and climaxing with the Haitian Revolution and rumblings of discontent in Spanish and Portuguese colonial possessions, it demands a rigorous study of primary sources to get at the lived experiences of Latin American residents. Applying a mixed approach to the region, both chronological and thematic, the class will place special emphasis on the multi-cultural character of colonial Latin American history–African, Native American, and European. The course seeks both to sharpen the students’ understanding of the region and to stimulate an appreciation for the techniques of historical inquiry and analysis. Exams and papers: One exam, one paper, twelve short comments, and ten quizzes. Readings: Four texts. Professor: R. Smale; 9:00-9:50 MWF

2000 Level Courses

HISTORY 2100. THE REVOLUTIONARY TRANSFORMATION OF AMERICA. (Same as Constitutional Democracy 2100). This course covers the causes, course, and consequences of the American Revolution. Our readings and discussion will push us to see the Revolution not as a straightforward march towards American independence, but rather as a complex series of interrelated political, military, social, economic, and cultural events that unfolded across the larger 18th century world. Students will engage with both primary sources and scholarly assessments as they reconstruct the origins and outcomes of the Revolution from wide-ranging perspectives. Exams and papers: To be determined. Readings: To be announced. Professor: Coleman; 9:30-10:45 TTh  

HISTORY 2100H. THE REVOLUTIONARY TRANSFORMATION OF AMERICA. (Must be eligible for Honors Standing, and same as Constitutional Democracy 2100H). This course covers the causes, course, and consequences of the American Revolution. Our readings and discussion will push us to see the Revolution not as a straightforward march towards American independence, but rather as a complex series of interrelated political, military, social, economic, and cultural events that unfolded across the larger eighteenth-century world. Students will engage with both primary sources and scholarly assessments as they reconstruct the origins and outcomes of the Revolution from wide-ranging perspectives. Exams and papers: To be determined. Readings: To be announced. Professor: A. Reichardt; 3:30-4:45 TTh  

HISTORY 2120. THE YOUNG REPUBLIC. (Same as Constitutional Democracy 2120). This course invites students to explore the early years of the United States. The start of a new nation joined many Americans together in a common nation-building cause. But it also posed a set of deep, often divisive, questions: How powerful should the Federal government really be? What would American values consist of? And who, exactly, were “the People” for whom the Constitution claimed to speak? By abandoning our preconceptions about the nation's early history, this course challenges students recover the political, social, and cultural worlds of its diverse inhabitants and to articulate how and why the history of the Young Republic remains an animating force in the United States today. Exams and papers: To be determined. Readings: To be announced. Professor: Coleman; 2:00-3:15 TTh

HISTORY 2150. THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR: A GLOBAL HISTORY. In this class students will study the American Civil War from the perspective of global history. The familiar actors and events will be covered – the debate over slavery, the secession of the South, the rise of Abraham Lincoln, the great battles and generals, etc. But these familiar episodes will take on different meanings when viewed in relation to global structures of politics, economics, social relations, and ideology. The 1860s was at once a formative moment in the history of globalization and the key decade for the formation and consolidation of modern nations. There are two objectives to this class: first, to expose undergraduates to the historical, political, and moral education that the Civil War offers all of its students; and second, to introduce students to the enterprise of global history through a familiar and particularly illuminating historical event. Exams and papers: To be determined. Readings: To be announced. Professor: J. Sexton; 2:00-3:15 TTh

HISTORY 2240. FLIGHT IN AMERICA: FROM THE WRIGHT BROTHERS TO THE SPACE AGE. This course focuses on the history of flying in the U.S. from its beginnings to the Apollo moon missions. In a little over a century, aviation and space flight have transformed our world. We will focus on key innovations and the people behind them. This is an exciting story, full of fascinating men and women. There are a lot of great videos and films about flight and we will use excerpts from these in class. Exams and papers: Grades will be based on weekly quizzes, class discussion, and an optional take-home final. Readings: Weekly reading assignments. Professor: J. Wigger; 2:00-3:15 TTh

HISTORY 2400. SOCIAL HISTORY OF U.S. WOMEN. (Same as Women’s and Gender Studies 2400). This course introduces students to the history of US women from the colonial period to the present. Lectures and readings will juxtapose the lives of individual women with larger cultural, scientific, and legal/political trends which helped to shape women’s lives. Although many aspects of women’s experiences are often assumed to be trans-historical, even the most seemingly essential do have a history. Students will explore the changing conceptions of what it means to be female as well as how understandings of female roles – e.g., mother, wife, domestic worker – have changed over the past four hundred years. Students will also explore American’s women’s history in its more traditional legal and political contexts. Although this course will cover many events included in more conventional American history courses, students may find that seemingly familiar events and documents, from the American Revolution and the writing of the US Constitution to the counter-cultural movements of the twentieth century and beyond, look different when seen through the eyes of America’s women. Exams and papers: Quizzes, midterm and final and two four-five-page papers. Readings: Two books, other articles and primary sources as assigned. Professor: M. Morris; 11:00-12:15 TTh 

HISTORY 2560. MODERN MILITARY HISTORY. (Same as Peace Studies 2560). Explores the development of warfare around the world from circa 1300 to the present. Course materials devote equal attention to operational military history (combat, strategy, tactics, weapons systems, etc.) and the study of war and society (the various ways in which armed conflict impacts and reflects life beyond the battlefield). Additional focus on issues of cultural representation and historical memory. Exams and papers: To be determined. Readings: Jeremy Black, War and the World: Military Power and the Fate of Continents, 1450-2000; Michael Howard, War in European History and John A. Lynn, Battle: A History of Combat and Culture. Professor: B. Nichols; 12:00-12:50 MWF

HISTORY 2570. THE FIRST WORLD WAR AND ITS AFTERMATH. The First World War was a war like no other one before. It lasted longer than nations had expected, was executed with new technologies, and resulted in long lasting, devastating repercussions. It left roughly ten million soldiers and six million civilians dead and countless others wounded physically and psychologically. Under the strain of war and defeat, four empires fell - Russia, Germany, Austria-Hungary, and the Ottoman Empire all collapsed. Large portions of France lay in ruins and England’s wealth shattered. Europe ceased to be the center of the world, as leadership passed to the United States in the west and Japan in the east. In the Euro-Asian territories of the old Russian Empire, a new colossus arose, the Soviet Union. Lost, too, was the 19th century’s easy confidence in human rationality, perfectibility, and progress. The war set the stage for disastrous events in the 20th century. In the wake of the “war to end all wars”, people looked for ways of dealing with the anxieties and pains of the war and that both new and old ways of living brought. There was a desire among the Europeans for stability, yet transformation.  This course examines the experience of Europeans in the turbulent years during and immediately following the First World War. After investigating the origins and nature of WWI, we will then examine the political, social and cultural climate of the interwar years. We will investigate the interwar period within the context of national and Imperial competition, trauma and memory (e.g., shell shock and its treatment), cultural and gender politics, the rise of anti-Semitism, cultural and artistic production (e.g., Dada, Bauhaus, Surrealism), displacement and emigration, physical culture, totalitarianism, pro-natalism, and colonialism. Throughout the semester, students will work to develop their own research project based on primary documents from the period between 1900 and 1938. Exams and papers: To be determined. Readings: To be announced. Professor: I. Karthas; 1:00-1:50 MWF 

HISTORY 2700. HISTORY OF PIRATES: MARITIME RAIDING FROM THE ANCIENT TO THE MODERN ERAS. Pirates have taken on many different forms, from the heroic raider of ancient societies to the privateers who served as informal naval forces attacking enemy ships. In many of these guises, pirates have captured the popular imagination and today remain a romanticized staple of Hollywood. Beyond the romantic ideal exists a grim and violent reality. Men and women have turned to piracy when they had few other options, and often paying the price of a very brutal and short life. For the rest of society, piracy posed a significant economic threat as well as a threat to all those who traveled by sea - sailors, traders, pilgrims, settlers, merchants, and administrators.

This is a broad survey of piracy around the globe from the ancient to the modern world, with a particular focus on the 15th through the 18th centuries. We will be examining the motivations for and effects of piracy in Mediterranean Sea, and the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. Exams and papers: Two exams, two short papers, weekly reading responses, research project. Readings: Wadsworth, Global Piracy: A Documentary History of Seaborne Banditry; Thomson, Mercenaries, Pirates and Sovereigns; Rediker, Villains of All Nations. Professor: K. Bowers; 9:00-9:50 MWF

HISTORY 2950: THE MAKING OF MODERN EUROPE FROM THE FRENCH REVOLUTION TO WWII: AN EXPLORATION INTO IDENTITY, NATION, WAR AND EMPIRE. (Consent of the Department Required). This Sophomore Seminar will explore more deeply the ideological and cultural foundations of modern Europe and the experience of “modern life”, particularly urban life. Attention to the relationship between the Europe and the rest of the world, especially through imperialism, will be explored in greater depth. We will begin by examining the roots of modern democratic principles raised by the French Revolution and the ways in which “revolutionary culture” attempted to construct the “modern nation”. Here we will trace the shaping of a “public” sphere through the close reading of both primary and secondary texts. We will pay particular attention to Paris as a political center and examine how it stood as a model of dissidence. The course will then explore the new mentalities brought forth by Romanticism and locate the development of a “modern self’-with special attention to the Romanticist interest in the senses. Through the work of Benedict Anderson, and other scholars who build upon his theories, we will analyze the way in which European nations developed national consciousness (in the wake of the Napoleonic Wars and Empire) and how that consciousness became fused with imperialist agendas. We will then turn to the Industrial Revolution and examine its cultural effects on European society, particularly on urban centers. The seminar will shift focus on to the impact of modern science and the development of criminal Anthropology via the work of Cesar Lombroso (among others) and address its impact across the globe. We will examine the revitalization of European modern cities (e.g., Haussmanization in Paris) and its effects on gender, class, and race. Through an analysis of literature, plays, paintings, poetry, and photography, we will trace specific intellectual and cultural currents that challenged and destabilized the assumptions of Victorian high culture during the fin de siècle. We will then examine the cultural impact of the First World War and its representation in the years following it, addressing issues of memory and recovery, cosmopolitanism, and rationality and the body. The seminar will conclude with the 1930s and WWII, with readings on political extremism and national attempts to locate “internal enemies”. Exams and papers: To be determined.  Readings: To be announced. Professor: I. Karthas; 3:00-5:20 W

HISTORY 2950.2: HISTORICAL MYTHS AND THE PRACTICE OF HISTORY. (Consent of the Department Required). This Sophomore Seminar will spend several weeks looking at the issue of historical “objectivity,” and them look at three “case studies” where historical viewpoints and social locations have distorted the consensus narrative. The case studies will be: 1) Eleanor of Aquitaine (d. 1204), “Queen of the Troubadours?” 2) Christopher Columbus and the Myth of the Flat Earth, 3) Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: What Historians Know and Don’t Know and Why. The final part of the semester will be spent becoming actively involved with members of the historical community who are working to dispel a myth about a so-called “Mutiny in Space” that has been widely (and erroneously) reported to have occurred in 1973. Students will be given the opportunity to help design an exhibit on the controversy that will open at the Tulsa Air & Space Museum in 2023. Exams and papers: To be determined. Readings: To be announced. Professor: L. Huneycutt; 3:00-5:20 M

3000 Level Courses

HISTORY 3510. THE ANCIENT GREEK WORLD. (Same as Ancient Mediterranean Studies 3005). This course will explore the world of ancient Greece from the eighth century BC to the death of Alexander the Great. The course will include an examination of the prominent historical developments traditionally associated with ancient Greece, such as the emergence of the polis (city-state), the phenomenon of tyranny, the rise of Athens and Sparta, the birth of Athenian democracy, and the iconic military campaigns of the Persian and Peloponnesian Wars in the fifth century BC. In addition to these traditional topics, this course will also emphasize historical inquiry into popular conceptions of Greek identity and citizenship, Greek interactions with foreigners, the role of women in Greek society, as well as the debates over the nature of slavery, freedom, and equality. Exams and papers: To be determined. Readings: To be announced. Professor: J. Stevens; 2:00-3:15 MW

HISTORY 3570. EUROPEAN WOMEN IN THE 19TH CENTURY. (Same as Women's and Gender Studies 3570). This course will trace the history of European women from 1789 to 1900, exploring the ways women experienced the political, social, and economic transformations of the 19th century. We will look at how the French revolution, industrialization, and colonialism redefined the lives of European women. Themes emphasized in this course include changes in nation-formation, family, sexuality, work and politics. Exams and papers: There will be two exams and one term paper. Readings: Historical monographs and articles; primary sources including novels, and memoirs. Professor: L. Reeder; 9:30-10:45 TTh

HISTORY 3590. THE EARLY MIDDLE AGES. This course will cover the evolution of European culture from roughly 300 to 1100. Although its focus will primarily be on social, political, and economic developments, it will also take developments in religion, art, literature, and philosophy into account. Exams and papers: Final, in-class quizzes and several short writing assignments. Readings: Backman, The Worlds of Medieval Europe; Farmer (ed.), The Age of Bede, plus supplementary readings. Professor: L. Huneycutt; 1:00-1:50 MWF

HISTORY 3620. BRITAIN AND THE SEA. (2nd 8-week course). This is a history of modern Britain, told through its relationship with the sea. Each week of the course examines a different theme in British history, refracted through the ‘Home Waters’ of north-west Europe, or the wider Atlantic, Indian, Arctic and Pacific Oceans of Britain’s overseas empire. Drawing on literature and film as well as history and politics, and covering episodes from the Napoleonic Wars to Brexit, the course focuses on the century between 1850 and 1950. Exams and papers: To be determined. Readings: G. O’Hara, Britain and the Sea since 1600; J. Peck, Maritime Fiction: sailors and the sea in British and American novels, 1790-1917 and M. Taylor (ed.), The Victorian Empire and Britain's Maritime World, 1837-1901: The Sea and Global History. Professor: R. Fletcher; 2:00-4:20 TTh

HISTORY 3815. AFRICA AND THE WORLD. (Same as Black Studies 3815). For millennia, Africans have interacted with people from other parts of the world. Africans from the south central and eastern parts of the continent have, for example, participated in the Indian Ocean global network for over a thousand years. Those from West Africa have participated in a vast commercial network through the Sahara. Since the sixteenth century millions of Africans were forcibly shipped across the Atlantic Ocean to toil in mines and plantations in the Americas. They carried with them knowledge, expertise and cultures fundamental to the making of this world. This course traces this history of Africa’s interactions with the wider world. It is organized around two broad themes: the impact of these interactions on African societies and the impact of Africans on the societies with which they interacted. Exams and papers: To be determined. Readings: To be announced. Professor: A. Mseba; 11:00-11:50 MWF

HISTORY 3845. RIGHTS AND REVOLUTIONS IN ASIASince the nineteenth century, the presence of imperial powers in Asia remade culture and politics. In the early twentieth century, underground revolutionary movements emerged throughout Asia to challenge the extension of empire and fight for the right to national self-determination. These transnational networks of thinkers, writers, politicians, artists, and activists are central to the history of modern East Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. This seminar-based course explores key revolutionary movements across Asia to understand the entangled histories of empire, nation, and rights in the early twentieth century. Exams and papers: short reflection papers; no exams. Readings: Tim Harper, Underground Asia; Pankaj Mishra, From the Ruins of Empire. Professor: C. Ewing; 12:00-12:50 MWF

4000 Level Courses

HISTORY 4220. U.S. SOCIETY BETWEEN THE WARS, 1918-1945. This course will examine the period between the First and Second World Wars. Both world wars, as well as the Great Depression, were extraordinary circumstances which provoked new experiments with government and the economy, and which accelerated demographic changes, changes in race relations, and relations between the sexes. The rise of consumer culture and new forms of popular culture during this period also were significant to moving the US away from the nineteenth century and deep into the twentieth.  As existing American institutions and values increasing conflicted with twentieth-century political, economic, and social realities, conflicts inevitably erupted and new solutions and compromises evolved.  Exams and papers: Quizzes, two formal papers; two take-home exams. Readings: Secondary sources (survey texts, recent articles), primary sources (legislation, memoirs, and speeches, for example), novels, music, and film. Professor: C. Rymph; 9:30-10:45 TTh

HISTORY 4303. BLACK STUDIES IN RACE, CLASS, GENDER, AND U.S. POLICY. (Same as Black Studies 4303). This course examines the interplay between race and policy in recent U.S. history. Race is the backbone, but it is manifested differently in class and gender, which we will critically interrogate throughout this course. In particular, the class will explore the development of “hot topics” on the current policy landscape—voting, policing, housing, immigration, political representation, debt, poverty, financial precarity, reparations, and at times foreign relations, for example—through the lens of the past. By 2043, the US is projected to be a race plural nation. Yet the interplay of race, gender, and class continues to result in gaps in pay, wealth, insurance, health, criminal justice, and education, among other significant social justice indicators. In this way, this course considers the past, present, and future of policies informing race, gender, and class. This class combines readings, lectures, discussions, and assignments. This course is intended for upper division undergraduate and graduate students. Exams and papers: To be determined. Readings: To be announced. Professor: D. Fergus; 10:00-10:50 MWF

HISTORY 4400. HISTORY OF AMERICAN LAW. (Same as Constitutional Democracy 4400). American law from English origins to present. Reviews common law, codification, legal reform movements, slavery law, administrative state, formalism, legal realism, jurisprudential questions concerning rule of law. Exams and papers: To be determined. Readings: To be announced. Professor: C. Conklin; 2:00-3:15 TTh

HISTORY 4540. THE LATER ROMAN EMPIRE. (Same as Ancient Mediterranean Studies 4005). This course will explore the political, religious, and cultural life of the Later Roman Empire and the early period of Late Antiquity associated with the rise of the Byzantine Empire in the sixth century. The survey of topics will examine the evolution and transformation of the ‘classical’ Roman world from as early as the Severan Dynasty, the subsequent ‘Crisis of the Third Century’ and the rise of the soldier emperors, down through the emergence of the barbarian kingdoms and early Byzantium. Major themes also include the division of the empire, Rome’s transition from imperial capital to holy city, the construction and impact of Constantinople, the formation of Christian orthodoxy, the evolution of slavery, as well as the mass migrations and warfare of the period. Exams and papers: To be determined. Readings: To be announced. Professor: J. Stevens; 11:00-12:15 TTh

HISTORY 4605. EARLY MODERN SPAIN, 1450-1750. The early history of Spain is in many ways unique to the rest of Europe and is all too often overlooked in survey courses. Sitting at the crossroads of the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, Spanish interests in trade and exploration led to enormous global power and influence. In this course, we begin with Fernando and Isabel, whose marriage brought together the two principle territories of Castile and Aragon, leading to the beginnings of a “united” Spain. As we trace the political and social history of Spain through the early modern era, we’ll also be examining the many myths surrounding Spanish history including topics such as the Columbus’ voyages, the Spanish Inquisition and the Black Legend. Exams and Papers: Midterm and final exam, three short analytical papers, weekly short response writings. Readings: Henry Kamen, Spain 1469-1714; Jon Cowans, Early Modern Spain: A Documentary Reader; Sarah Tilghman Nalle, Mad for God: Bartolomé Sánchez, The Secret Messiah of Cardenete; Pablo E. Perez-Mallaina, Spain's Men of the Sea: Daily Life on the Indies Fleets in the Sixteenth Century. Professor: K. Bowers; 3:00-3:50 MWF

HISTORY 4685.  THE HOLOCAUST. (Same as Peace Studies 4685). Provides a historical account, psychological analysis, and philosophical contemplation of the Holocaust. Examines the Nazi regime's systematic attempt to exterminate the Jews of Europe along with a number of additional population groups. Course is organized around the use of primary sources: written texts, photographs, films, and oral testimony. Exams and papers: To be determined. Readings: To be announced. Professor: B. Nichols; 2:00-2:50 MWF

HISTORY 4821W. CONSTITUTIONALISM IN THE AMERICAS. (Writing Intensive). This class looks at the history of constitutions and constitutional democracy in the Americas as a whole--the United States and Latin America. The U.S. Constitution was a pioneering document in the Americas, and this class examines the international influence of the United States' experiment with constitutional democracy. While the course will examine the inspiration of the U.S. Constitution, it will also examine republics that drew upon the same philosophical antecedents that inspired the founders of the United States but may have opted for different forms and practices. The course will involve a substantial amount of student research and writing and qualifies for University of Missouri Writing-Intensive (WI) credit. Exams and papers: One twenty-page research paper plus additional shorter written assignments. Readings: Three texts plus additional shorter readings to be distributed by the professor. Professor: R. Smale; 10:00-10:50 MWF

Senior Seminars



HISTORY 4971W. WITCHCRAFT AND DEVIANCE IN PREMODERN EUROPE. (Department Consent Required, Writing Intensive Capstone). Between 1400 and 1700, at least 50,000 people (most of them women) were executed for practicing witchcraft in Europe—comparatively, this makes the “Salem Witch Trials” a blip on the historical record. Even before 1400, however, Europeans tortured, imprisoned, and executed numerous people for their religious beliefs, sexual orientation, diseases (such as leprosy), or for the fact that they were Jews or suspected of sorcery. In this senior capstone seminar, we will read and discuss documents relevant to this history as well as books and articles that try to make sense of it. Professor: J. Frymire; 6:00-8:20 T