Upcoming Courses

Course Highlights for Summer 2015

HSTCMP 215 The History of the Atomic Bomb (Bruce Hevly)

History of the atomic bomb from the beginning of nuclear physics to the security hearing of J. Robert Oppenheimer. Includes a study of the scientific achievements that made the bomb possible, the decision to deploy the bomb, the moral misgivings of the scientists involved.

HSTCMP 340 The Cold War: Realities, Myths, Legacies (Glennys Young)

Provides an interdisciplinary introduction to the Cold War (1947-1991), a global conflict, with political, cultural, and military tensions, between the two post-World War II superpowers: the USA and its "Western" allies, and the USSR and its "Eastern" allies. Attention given to diplomatic, military, and cultural ramifications.

HSTAS 324 Comparative Race and Contemporary Ethnic Nationalism in Postwar Japan (Symbol Lai)

Examines the emergence of postwar Japan through a focus on race and ethnic nationalism. Starting in the colonial period when the Japanese colonial empire rationalized its expansion through the ideology of Pan-Asianism, and traces how this racialist discourse was re-embedded after World War II during the US occupation..

HSTEU 310 Metropolis: The European City, 1850-1970 (Jesse Meredith)

Examines the role of Paris, Vienna, Berlin, and London as incubators of the "modern". Themes include urban planning and architecture; artistic modernism; radical political movements such as socialism and fascism; gentrification and suburbanization; modern consumerism; and the city as a catalyst for changing conceptions of race and gender.

HSTAA 212 The Military History of the United States From Colonial Times to the Present (Nathan Roberts)

Development of American military policies, organizational patterns, tactics, and weaponry, from beginnings as a seventeenth-century frontier defense force to the global conflicts and military commitments of the twentieth century. Interaction and tension between need for an effective military force and concept of civilian control of that force.

HSTAA 285 United States - Mexico Borderlands History, 1848-present (Maria Quintana)

Analyzes the trajectory of the United State-Mexico border region from 1848 to present. Focuses on citizenship and identity and how these have been shaped by colonial and post-colonial relations to create transborder or migrant lives. Themes include imperialism, national security, immigration, citizenship, racial conflict, subversive politics, and human rights.