Summer 2017 Courses

HIS 131, Development of Western Civilization I
Prof. Jeremy Gates
Sat. 8:00am-2:15pm
Summer A

HIS 132, Development of Western Civilization II
Prof. Jeremy Gates
Sat. 8:00am-2:15pm
Summer B

HIS 328, Reformation Europe
Prof. Karl Gunther
M-F, 1:15-2:40pm
Summer B

HIS 360, Modern Latin America Through Film
Prof. Jennifer Garcon
M-F, 10:05-11:30am
Summer A

HIS 391, The History of Everyday Life
Prof. Karl Gunther
M-F, 1:15-2:40pm
Summer A


Fall 2017 Courses

HIS 101 D                  HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, I

                                    MW 11:15am-12:05pm  

                                    DR. SCOTT HEERMAN      

When and where does U.S. History begin? This survey course begins by studying New World colonialism to trace the rise of an “American experience” in North America.  The course will examine how the meeting of European societies, African societies, and Indigenous societies adapted to new environments and merged into a distinctly “American” society. This course will explore how these diverse groups interacted with each other, made new societies, and destroyed old ones. Guiding our inquiry, we will trace how the concept of “a citizen” came to define the early nation, and how conflicts over citizenship rights in time led to sectional conflict and a bloody Civil War. In the end, we will study the connections between a long history of colonialism and the rise of U.S. citizenship to understand how various groups participated in, and were excluded from, the making of the American nation.


Political, social, and economic development of the United States through Reconstruction.


                                    DISCUSSION SECTION FOR HIS 101 D

                                    F 11:15am-12:05pm


HIS 101 F1                 HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, I

                                    DISCUSSION SECTION FOR HIS 101 D

                                    F 1:25pm-2:15pm



                                    MW 9:05AM-9:55AM

                                    DR. KARL GUNTHER

                                    THIS COURSE REQUIRES A DISCUSSION SECTION

This course traces the history of Europe, beginning with the ancient Greeks and ending with the transformative changes that marked the beginning of the early modern period of European history in the 16th century.  My lectures will focus on the most important political, social, cultural, religious, economic, and technological developments in European history during this period; I will focus especially on analyzing the causes and lasting consequences of these developments. In the weekly discussion section, you will discuss some of the most influential texts written during this period of European history.  If you want to know more about the course requirements and the topics that will be discussed in lectures and sections, please see the most recent syllabus and schedule at  This course counts towards the “Western Civilization: Historical Approaches” and “History of Early Modern Europe” cognates.


                                    DISCUSSION SECTION FOR HIS 131 B

                                    F 9:05AM-9:55AM



                                    DISCUSSION SECTION FOR HIS 131 B

                                    F 12:20pm-1:10pm



                                    S 11:05AM-1:30PM

                                    DR. JEREMY GATES


This survey course covers a vast expanse of the human story from its pre-historic origins, through the societies of Near and Middle Eastern antiquity, Greco-Roman times and Europe’s Middle Ages whose later centuries gradually merge with the Renaissance.  Such an extensive coverage will, of necessity, be structured around lectures, but those lectures will include a wealth of questions, engendering (It is hoped) a good deal of discussion.  This brief course description cannot begin to encompass the great variety of topics to be undertaken, but there are, throughout the course, certain recurring themes which contribute to a sense of unity.  With each society or political entity encountered, we shall consider: What were their beliefs? How did they make a living?  How were they organized and governed?  How did they express themselves creatively?  What were their lasting contributions to Western Civilization?   

HIS 161 0                   HISTORY OF LATIN AMERICA, I

                                    TR 9:30AM-10:45AM

                                    DR. MARTIN NESVIG

This course is a broad survey of Latin American peoples from the pre-Hispanic period to the eighteenth century.  The principal themes of the course are cultural, intellectual, religious, and social developments in broad geographic and epochal contexts.  A region that experienced the contact and interaction of peoples from the Americas, Iberia, and Africa resulted in a highly diverse, wide ranging mosaic of political structures, cultural patterns, social rules, and religious systems.  Topics may include: pre-contact groups; Spanish conquest; demographic collapse; missionary religious activities; debates on the legitimacy of the conquest; religious syncretism; African slavery and diaspora; sugar and plantations; food and agriculture; women and gender; Indian and Iberian cultural interaction; trans-Atlantic trade and navigation.  While the course will cover a wide a range of areas, regions of topical focus will include Mexico, the Spanish Caribbean, the Andean highlands, and Brazil.  The course will also develop themes of trade, piracy, social development, and ethnic mixture through case studies of cities like Santo Domingo, Cartagena, Potosí, Buenos Aires, and Bogotá.

HIS 261 H                  WOMEN’S AMERICA I

                                    MW 3:35PM-4:50PM

                                    DR. SYBIL LIPSCHULTZ

This course looks at the history of American women from the American Revolution to Reconstruction. We will examine mothers and daughters of the revolution, women and the law of slavery, abolition and women’s rights, the first independent women’s movement and the legal status of women throughout the period. There will be three five page papers and weekly reading assignments.


                                    TR 12:30PM-1:45PM

                                    DR. ASHLI WHITE

Few historical actors have attracted as much attention in the United States as the founders, the group of men—and the occasional woman—who are credited with leading the charge for revolution and establishing a new nation.  In this course we will consider the founders in their eighteenth-century context, examining the person, or in some cases, a set of people, who opens an interpretative window onto a key moment or theme.  Our readings will consist almost entirely of the founders’ own writings, providing an important portal to their world and a means for reappraising what we thought we knew about the founders.  Finally, we will explore how the founders continue to resonate today, in politics and in the popular imagination.

HIS 267 Q               MAKING HISTORY

                                    TR 12:30PM-1:45PM

                                    DR. JONATHAN SHERRY

This lower-level methods seminar introduces students to the basics of the historian’s craft. It is a nuts-and-bolts seminar on how historians do history. The course pursues the following questions: What constitutes a historical source? How are sources used? How do historians conceptualize and categorize sources, and how does this influence how they use them? What is the relationship between source selection and historical narrative? Thematically, our discussions will center on periods of revolutionary mobilization in the modern period (in France, Russia, Spain, etc.), and the ways in which participants and observers have experienced, perceived, and written about them. How are revolutions represented and remembered? How do historians write about revolutions? We will work with primary sources drawn from online digitized collections, UM’s special collections, and other published primary sources. Our general goal is to understand the various ways in which historians use sources to interpret and write history. We will also examine the relationship between memory and history. Over the course of the semester, students will have the opportunity to conduct original research and write on primary sources of their own choosing.

HIS 311 N                  GANDHI

                                    TR 12:30-1:45PM

                                    DR. SUMITA DUTT

This course will study the rise and significance of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, leader of the non-violent nationalist movement against the British Empire in India at the turn of the twentieth century. Through a detailed study of his numerous writings we will explore Gandhi’s theories and praxis of civil disobedience, satyagraha, non-violent protest, moral discipline, critique of modernity as well as his alternative vision of civil society and polity. In the discussion of his philosophical concepts we will focus on the extent and directions to which his ideas and thoughts were adopted as well as rejected in the making of the modern Indian nation state. We will critically examine the widely held perception that “Gandhi brought politics to the masses,” and see the ways in which Gandhian thought was adapted, received and enacted by different actors in the nationalist struggle against the British as well as in independent India. We will explore issues of political mobilization, strategies of “passive” resistance, relations between Hindus and Muslims, Hindu caste society’s ills, the question of “untouchables”, critique of modern science, technology and economic growth, the place of women in society, self reliance, individual and collective responsibilities.

Endearingly often called “Bapu”, or with veneration also known as the “Mahatma”, Gandhi and Gandhian philosophy and praxis have a complex and conflicted relationship with modernity in India in the twentieth and twenty first centuries. In this course the students drawing from Gandhi’s writings, as well as extensive multi-disciplinary scholarship on him and his times, audio-visuals, film and other multi-media, will get a rounded picture of the man, the historical context of his times, primary influences on his thoughts as well as his particular legacy and relevance in contemporary India and the world in general.

This is a writing credit course.

HIS 313 C                  BOLLYWOOD AND BEYOND

                                    MWF 10:10AM-11:00AM

                                    DR. SUMITA DUTT

This course studies themes in Indian society through the lens of Indian cinema – both Bollywood and the regional film industry. The course consists of five modules each lasting between two to three weeks.  Module one will situate and frame the entire semester’s readings with a discussion of a brief history of Bollywood and regional cinema, their respective reach, influence and limits in framing, valorizing or even critiquing societal and cultural norms.  Each subsequent module will open to lecture and discussion with the screening of a Bollywood film (often an excerpt), regional cinema or a documentary.  The important themes that will be covered in the modules will relate to a) the significance, centrality, fluidity and perversion of caste in Indian society; b) the multiple cinematic and popular representations and framing of the religious epic - the Ramayana.  Using multiple visual and textual narratives of the Ramayana we will discuss the place of myths in the construction of politics and society; c) issues of gender and sexuality  - studying the shaping of celluloid goddesses and real lives of women, consumption of sex, queering of it and its depiction in film and reception in society; d) Colonial and post-colonial engagement with modernity in India – through the lens of the nation state and its women, as well as the nation and its “others”:  identity politics based on religious exclusivity, communal and secular anxieties in modern India; and e) Diaspora identities and cultural appropriation of Bollywood cinematic frames and references outside India.

This is a writing credit course.

HIS 317 P                   HISTORY OF THE CARIBBEAN, I

                                    TR 11:00PM-12:15PM

                                    DR. KATE RAMSEY

This course will introduce students to major topics, debates, and themes in Caribbean history from the fifteenth to the early nineteenth centuries.  Areas of focus will include the dynamics of fifteenth-century Amerindian societies; the Columbian “encounter” and Spanish conquest of the Caribbean; piracy in the Spanish Caribbean by the British, French, and Dutch; the establishment by those powers of permanent colonial settlements in the region and the institution of the plantation complex based on the production of sugarcane through the labor of enslaved Africans. We will closely examine histories of slave resistance and rebellion, focusing in particular on the revolt in the French colony of Saint-Domingue that in 1804 culminated in the founding of Haiti, the second independent nation in the Western hemisphere after the United States. We will explore the shifting ways in which the Caribbean can be defined as a region over the course of these histories, and examine the centrality of the Caribbean to larger world histories of colonialism, capitalism, slavery and emancipation, migration, religious transformation, republicanism, and nation-state formation — in short to the making of the modern world. The class will visit the UM Libraries Cuban Heritage Collection and Special Collections to examine and discuss archival resources connected to our studies.

HIS 331 G                  ENGLAND TO 1485

                                    MWF 2:30PM-3:15PM

                                    PROF. STEPHANIE SKENYON

Was King Richard III really the crook-backed, scheming, evil genius portrayed in Shakespeare's play?  Did King Henry II really want Archbishop Thomas Becket to die?  What IS Magna Carta anyway?  This course will cover the history of England from the first ancient Roman invasions of Britain to the seizure of the English throne by Henry Tudor after the famous Battle of Bosworth in 1485.  In addition to providing answers to the questions above, this course will cover the Viking invasions and the unification of England, the Norman Conquest, England's relationships with its neighbors near and far, and the development of the hallmarks of English government.  Assessments will include exams and papers, and students should anticipate a heavy emphasis on class participation based on primary source readings.  

HIS 340 S                   GERMANY SINCE 1815

                                    TR 3:30PM-4:45PM

                                    DR. HERMANN BECK

This is a lecture course on modern German history from the Congress of Vienna in 1815 to the end of the Second World War.  The course concentrates on the social, political, and cultural history of Germany between Bismarck and Hitler.  The main topics of discussion include the following: The German states before and during the revolutions of 1848, German unification and Prussian policy during the 1850s and 1860s, Bismarck’s foreign policy and the political history of the Empire from 1871 to 1914, the origins and the course of the First World War, the Versailles Treaty and the history of the Weimar Republic, Hitler’s rise to power and the politics of Nazi Germany between 1933 and 1939, Germany during the Second World War and the Holocaust.  To bring the past to life, lectures will occasionally be supplemented by documentary films.


                                   T/R 3:30pm-4:45pm

                                    DR. JONATHAN SHERRY

Did Europe run the world for most of the modern era?  In the nineteenth century European overseas empires encompassed a very large part of the non-western world, and much of Latin America was presumed to fall within a sphere of “informal empire.”  Europeans controlled the transportation and communication networks that bound the world together.  European capital markets financed the largest portion, by far, of world trade.  Europeans harvested the world’s commodities for their industrial and consumer needs.  Tens of millions emigrated overseas, largely to the Americas but also to imperial territories in Africa, Asia, and Australasia.  European culture and ideas circulated with European trade, missionaries, travelers, and imperial administrators.  But Europeans also worked through non-European networks, and Europeans also learned from their experiences and contacts abroad.  Moreover, while European power and influence remained global in the twentieth century – witness how two European wars magnified into world wars – colonial resistance and rising American and Japanese world power first threatened and then overturned European hegemony.  Nonetheless, even withdrawal from empire remained a European world encounter, and through imperial legacies, foreign trade, or reverse migration of former imperial subjects into Europe, Europe remains heavily world-focused.  In this course, we will examine this multi-dimensional and eventually transitional history of Europe’s powerful, and lasting, relationship with the rest of the world since 1800.

HIS 355 R                MODERN BRAZIL

                                    T/R 9:30-10:45am

                                    DR. ISADORA MOTA

This course examines the history of modern Brazil, Latin America’s largest country, from its independence from Portugal in the 1820s to the present day. Approaching Brazil in its hemispheric, Atlantic, and global context, we will cover topics such as nineteenthand twentieth-century liberalisms; slavery and abolition; the meanings of citizenship and national identity in a multi-racial society; Brazil’s experiences with authoritarianism, dictatorship, and democracy; and present challenges posed by neoliberalism and globalization. This class pays special attention to the role played by marginalized social actors in shaping Brazilian history while engaging in the analysis of primary sources, different historical methods, and modes of analytical writing. No prior knowledge of Brazilian history is required.

HIS 372 UV               THE SIXTIES

                                    T 6:25PM-9:05PM

                                    DR. DONALD SPIVEY

This course presents the culture and history of the 1960s in the United States through writings, film, music, and the experiences of faculty members who participated in important events during this era of major conflict and change.  We are less concerned about the precise time frame than in evoking the atmosphere of a period associated with the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War, the Antiwar Movement, widespread college campus activism, urban unrest, and the Women’s Movement.  This also was a period when anxiety about nuclear war was prominent, the Space Race was in full swing, and concerns about ecology became widespread.  Accordingly, we also will offer some discussion of international events during the period.  In addition to examining primary documents, fiction, film, and the music of the 1960s, students will have the opportunity to hear the personal accounts of U.M. faculty and staff who witnessed dramatic episodes that occurred during this time of war, tumultuous political, gender, and racial upheaval, and momentous changes in the academy.  We also will endeavor to make connections between the ideas and events of the 1960s and more recent developments both inside and outside the academy.  Additionally, as part of our effort to make connections between the ideas and events of the 1960s and contemporary life outside the academy, we will offer students the option to fulfill part of the course requirements through service-learning work in a variety of settings away from the U.M. campus.  There will be no effort to exclude anyone of any political persuasion either past or present.  Indeed, opposing points of view are encouraged.  We think that something as complex and multifaceted as “The Sixties” requires a range of personal perspectives and interpretations, for even today the era of “The Sixties” provokes passionate responses from those who were there as well as those who were not.      


                                    TR 2:00PM-3:15PM

                                    DR. SYBIL LIPSCHULTZ

The development of legal thought and practice in the context of American politics, economy and ideology during the twentieth century. Special consideration will be given to social movements and their treatment under the rule of law.

HIS 397 01                 INTERNSHIP

                                    DR. KARL GUNTHER


All 400and 500 level directed readings require permission of instructor before signing up for course.

HIS 531                    EUROPEAN CIVIL WAR

                                     W 4:30-7:00PM

                                     DR. JONATHAN SHERRY

This course is an advanced undergraduate seminar in which students will study the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) as the focal point of a broader “European Civil War.” It engages the following questions: What is the place of the Spanish Civil War in 20th century European history? How were the politics and culture of participants and observers across Europe reflected in and informed by the Spanish experience? In what ways did broader European social and political problems play out on the Spanish battlefield? What was the Spanish Revolution and how did it seek to change Spanish society? How did the intervention of Nazi, fascist, and Communist powers in Spain change the conflict and Europe? This course will critically examine issues of class, gender, culture, race, and ideology in the Spanish Revolution and Civil War. Students will work with primary and secondary sources on the basis of which they will produce original research projects.

HIS 551/652          RACE IN LATIN AMERICA

                                     R 2:00-4:30pm

                                     DR. ISADORA MOTA

This seminar explores the meanings of race in Latin America. As a historical phenomenon, an analytical category, and a means of identity formation, race has been constructed in the region at the crossroads of European colonization, the subjugation of native peoples, the Atlantic slave trade, the emergence of independent nation-states, and the development of global capitalism. Latin America formed the site of the first indigenous genocide, the largest migration of African slaves in the western hemisphere, and social revolutions of profound consequence for the configuration of modern notions of citizenship and human rights. We will focus on the role of native peoples and African descendants in shaping racial ideologies in societies as diverse as Brazil, Colombia, Peru, and Cuba. Topics include the intersection of race and specific forms of power, social reform, and domains of knowledge and identity; the legacies of colonialism and slavery; ideologies of whitening, racial mixture, and eugenics; and strategies Latin Americans have devised to use racial ideologies to their own ends.


                                    EUROPEAN ANTI-SEMITISM

                                    W 2:00PM-4:30PM

                                    DR. HERMANN BECK

This is a seminar on European anti-Semitism between 1870 and the outbreak of the Second World War.  The main focus of the course will be on Germany and the Austro-Hungarian Empire (before 1918), but we will also pay close attention to anti-Semitic movements in Eastern Europe, especially the Polish, Hungarian, and Russian cases, all of which have been well researched, and compare developments in these countries with events in Central Europe.  In addition to the substantial secondary literature on the subject, we will read fictional accounts (e.g. Lion Feuchtwanger’s novel, The Oppermanns) and study diplomatic reports from the British and American embassies in Berlin, which reported in detail on the anti-Semitic attacks and legislation in Germany between 1933 and 1939.


                                    CARIBBEAN INTELLECTUAL HISTORY     

                                     M 2:00PM-4:30PM

                                    DR. KATE RAMSEY

This seminar focuses on nineteenth and twentieth century Caribbean political thought, social theory, and artistic production. It connects the history of ideas to the history of social movements in the region, and makes links with international intellectual, political, and artistic currents. Key areas of interest include anti-racist literatures; anti-colonial nationalisms and pan-Americanism; pan-Africanism and négritude; African diasporic modernist literature and art; Caribbean Marxist thought; and Caribbean feminisms. Over the course of the semester, we will examine different ways in which Caribbean identity has been imagined and constructed, with reference to the social categories and lived experiences of race, color, class, gender, nation, ethnicity, and sexuality. Questions of citizenship will be central to our discussions throughout the term. Texts will include historical studies, political writings, literary and visual art works, performance, and film.


                                    T 2:00PM-4:30PM

                                    DR. MARTIN NESVIG

This course is a reading-intensive seminar which examines the 7-century long history of inquisitions.  The most notorious inquisition was the national Spanish Inquisition, launched in the 1470s, but there had been various medieval inquisitions and inquisitors in Germany, France, Italy and Catalonia dating from the 1230s.  This course examines the long history of inquisitions and related debates surrounding them as institutions, as cultural phenomena, and about the peoples investigated by inquisitional powers.  Regionally, the course focuses on four core areas in specific time periods: 13th-14th century France; early-modern Spain; early-modern Italy; and colonial Latin America (especially Mexico and Brazil).  Topically, the course analyzes issues such as inquisitional law, scholastic theology, Roman jurisprudence, torture, heresy, blasphemy, Judaism, popular religion, Lutheranism, witchcraft, homosexuality, and censorship.  Methodologically, the course exposes students to major debates concerning the use of sources, microhistory, intellectual history, the sociology of religion, linguistics, and the nature of dissent. 


FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS ONLY: Students can expect to read widely and deeply in primary sources and in relevant secondary literature and should have the ability to conduct research in at least one of the following languages: Latin, Spanish, Italian, French, Catalan, or Portuguese. 


                                    M 4:30pm-7:00pm

                                    DR. KARL GUNTHER

HIS 702 61               RESEARCH SEMINAR II

                                    W 9:30AM-12:00AM

                                    DR. GUIDO RUGGIERO

HIS 721 41                 HISTORIOGRAPHY


                                    DR. KARL GUNTHER


                                    R 9:30AM-12:00PM

                                    DR. EDUARDO ELENA

HIS 810 01                 MASTER’S THESIS

The student working on his/her master’s thesis enrolls for credit, in most departments not to exceed six, as determined by his/her advisor.  Credit is not awarded until the thesis has been accepted.                              

HIS 825 01                 MASTER’S STUDY

To establish residence for non-thesis master’s students who are preparing for major examinations.  Credit not granted.  Regarded as full time residence.                  

HIS 830 01                 DOCTORAL DISSERTATION

Required of all candidates for the Ph.D.  The student will enroll for credit as determined by his/her advisor, but for not less than a total of 12 hours.  Up to 12 hours may be taken in a regular semester, but not more than six in a summer session.

HIS 840 01                 POST CAND DOC DISS

HIS 850 01                 RESEARCH IN RESIDENCE

Use to establish research in residence for the Ph.D. after the student has been enrolled for the permissible cumulative total in appropriate doctoral research.  Credit not granted.  May be regarded as full-time residence as determined by the Dean of the Graduate School.