Arch Dalrymple III Department of History

University of Mississippi

Course Descriptions for Fall 2018

Below, you’ll find course descriptions for the 300- and 400-level undergraduate courses we’re offering during fall 2018. Introductory and graduate courses are not included.

HST 309-1: The Middle Ages
T TH 2:30-3:45
Bishop Room 101
Dr. Frances Kneupper

This course examines the history of Europe from the fall of the Roman Empire to the Renaissance.

HST 310-1: History of Medieval Christianity
M W F 11:00-11:50
Bishop Room 324
Dr. Lester Field

In seminar and lecture format, this course examines major events and trends in the development of Christian doctrines and disciplines from the time of the legalization of Christianity under Constantine to the dawn of the Protestant Reformation. Students who successfully complete this course will have gained an elementary knowledge of medieval Christianity.

HST 347-1: Science in the Modern World
T TH 11:00-12:15
Bishop Room 101
Dr. Theresa Levitt

The course examines how science and technology became the defining features of the modern world, and how in turn the conditions of modern life have shaped our views of the natural world.

HST 349-1: Society and the Sexes in Modern Europe
M W F 1:00-1:50
Bryant Room 207
Dr. Alexandra Lindgren-Gibson

This course explores how the social position of men and women in Europe changed from the French Revolution to the present. Topics covered include: changing ideas about masculinity and femininity, the history of the family, the relationship between gender and work, how world wars affected men’s and women’s roles, new ideas about marriage and sexuality, and the roots of feminism. We will use historical monographs and articles, fiction and film, material culture and documents created by men and women in the past to understand the role gender and sexuality played in the history of modern Europe.

This course is cross-listed with GST 346.

HST 350-1: History of the Muslim World: Origins to Middle Ages
M W F 9:00-9:50
Bishop Room 324
Dr. Nicolas Trépanier

This course offers a survey of the history of the Muslim world, from its origins to the thirteenth century. We will pay particular attention to the context in which Islam was born and the life of its founder Muhammad; the “golden age” of the life of the Prophet and his immediate successors, which continues to inform current debates such as the Shi’i/Sunni divide; the rapid establishment of a united Muslim empire ranging from Spain to India and its ultimate disintegration; and the interaction between Islam and the Christian world through intellectual interactions, along frontiers and during the Crusades.
The course will follow a chronological approach to the main events in the history of the Muslim peoples while, in parallel, exploring a number of key themes in the social, intellectual and artistic history of the region. Themes discussed will include Islam as a religion and social phenomenon, Islamic law, Sufism (Islamic mysticism), identity and ethnicity, literature, philosophy and science.

This course is an approved course for the medieval studies minor.

HST 352-1: The Middle East since 1914
T TH 1:00-2:15
Bishop Room 112
Dr. Vivian Ibrahim

This course examines the development of the Middle East from the First World War until the Gulf War, with an emphasis on transitions from empires to nation states through modernization in the political, social, and cultural fields.

HST 384-1: Global Shanghai: From Treaty Port to Global Metropolis
M W F 11:00-11:50
Bishop Room 112
Dr. Joshua Howard

This course examines how Shanghai has globalized, de-globalized, and re-globalized itself both culturally and economically from the mid 19th century to the present. We will evaluate Shanghai’s urban development and its ties to globalization in the context of two influential paradigms: revolution and modernity. The former has privileged the rise of the Chinese Communist Party, founded in Shanghai in 1921, the labor movement of the 1920s, and political campaigns during the Maoist era. The latter has focused on the development of colonial settlements after the Opium War, the cosmopolitanism and consumer culture of the 1920s and 30s, and Shanghai’s reemergence as China’s financial and industrial capital during the recent “reform and opening up” era. Although revolution and modernity have often been treated as separate and often opposing trends, this course suggests that the two processes have often been intertwined.

First person accounts, classic and revisionist scholarly works, literature, music and film are used to explore global Shanghai. The course has several goals: to develop greater understanding of one of the world’s most important cities; to explore processes of globalization; to evaluate competing historiographies and the assumptions of this scholarship; and to promote an increased ability to think, analyze and write. Background knowledge of China or Shanghai welcomed, but not assumed. All that is required is an open mind and willingness to learn about other peoples and cultures. You are reminded of the wisdom of Confucius: “learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is intellectual death.”

HST 387-1: Modern Japanese History
T TH 9:30-10:45
Bishop Room 107
Dr. Peter Thilly

Beginning with Japan’s early modern past and the origins of global integration, the course explores Japan’s rise as a modern state, its plunge into militarism and war, and its subsequent economic “miracle”.

HST 403-1: US-Emerging Nation, 1789-1850
M W F 1:00-1:50
Guyton Annex Room 209
Dr. Amy Fluker

This course will explore the history of the early American republic, from the ratification of the Constitution to the Compromise of 1850. This was a period marked by dramatic political, social, cultural, and economic change; one defined by the unprecedented expansion of democracy, but marred by persistent inequality and factionalism. We will examine these changes in detail, including the formation of the United States, its efforts to preserve independence, establish national unity, define citizenship, expand democracy, cultivate a national economy, accommodate immigration, exert international influence, and extend its boundaries. By the end of the era, however, party factionalism and sectionalization already threatened the dissolution of the new United States.

HST 404-1: US-The Civil War Era, 1848-1877
T TH 9:30-10:45
Bishop Room 324
Dr. April Holm

The Civil War was a pivotal moment in American political history and a central experience in the lives of people who lived through it. The war and its aftermath resolved unanswered questions about the nation’s future, set the United States on course to becoming a modern state, and redrew the boundaries of American citizenship. It also defined a generation, changed countless ordinary lives, and bequeathed a new set of unresolved questions to subsequent generations.

This course begins with the aftermath of the Mexican-American War in 1848 and the conflicts over slavery, abolition, and westward expansion that brought the nation to war in 1861. We will focus on the experience of the war itself for Americans both North and South, and enslaved and free—on the home front, on the battlefield, and during emancipation. We will then examine the profound challenges that faced Americans as they sought to rebuild and reshape the nation during the years of Reconstruction. The course ends with an evaluation of the political and cultural reunion of the North and South: how it was accomplished, what it resolved, and what questions remained unanswered as Americans entered a new age shaped by the Civil War and Reconstruction.

HST 414-1: African-American History to 1865
T TH 11-12:15
Bishop Room 103
Dr. Charles Ross

This course is an introduction to African American history from West African to 1865. The course focuses on central themes in the development of African American growth, cultural development, and emphasizing the role of black leaders and their struggle against racial segregation and oppression. Themes treated in the course include: early African civilizations; the Atlantic slave trade; colonial slavery; black participation in the American Revolution; slave rebellions; antebellum slavery; the abolitionism; slavery and intersectional strife; the Civil War and black participation.

This course is cross-listed with AAS 325.

HST 418-1: African American Women’s History
T TH 9:30-10:45
Peabody Room 202
Dr. Shennette Garrett-Scott

In this course, we will emphasize African American women’s activism within the Black Radical Tradition from African origins to the present. The course will acquaint you with many of the critical questions and concepts Africana women activists and scholars have developed as tools for thinking about the social construction of gender and race and how these categories of identity intersect with other relations of power. Consequently, we will explore the very different kinds of ideologies, strategies, practices, and discourses African American women have developed and mobilized over time and across lines of class, region, and sexual orientation. Our goal is to not only underscore the heterogeneity of African American women’s political imaginings and doings but also underscore a coherent but diverse, intersectional organizing tradition.

We will critically explore these and other questions: Is there a broad but distinct African American women’s organizing tradition, and what are its defining features or hallmarks? How have identities of gender, race, class, nationality, sexuality, religion, and age structured and shaped African American women’s activism? How do African American women reinforce and disrupt standard narratives about the Black Liberation Movement as well as the Women’s Rights movement? How have African American women carved out spaces within and in opposition to U.S. capitalism? How have other groups sought to represent and control African American women’s lives and bodies, and how have women themselves worked to represent themselves?

This course is cross-listed with AAS 362 and GST 418.

HST 433-1: US Labor History
M W 3:00-4:15
Bishop Room 324
Dr. Ryan Fletcher

This course examines the history of the labor movement in the United States in the 19th and 20th centuries.

HST 450-1: Southern History to 1900
M W F 11:00-11:30
Guyton Annex Room 209
Mr. Justin Rogers

Through a combination of lecture and student-led discussion, this course will cover the history of the American South and its diverse inhabitants from first peoples’ contact with European invaders at the end of the fifteenth century through the emergence of Jim Crow in the late nineteenth century. Broadly, the course will consider the following questions: To what extent was the history of the United States South shaped by, as scholar William A. Link argues, a “clash of identities?” As a region, was “the South” distinct from the rest of the U.S.? How did southern peoples shape national and international trends and events? Over the past three decades, in what ways have academic historians’ methods and sources complicated understandings of southern peoples, cultures, societies, and economics?

The course will begin with early historians’ perceptions of southern regional distinctiveness and an overview of the geographic region that and the peoples who came to be known as “the South” and as “southerners” by the early nineteenth century. Proceeding both chronologically and thematically across the nineteenth century, the course’s next phase will cover topics that may include but will not be limited to: the Native South, westward migration, the plantation economy, religion and culture, enslaved and free black people, slaveholding, southern women, gender and sexuality, sectionalism, the Confederate homefront, emancipation, Reconstruction, and the origins of Jim Crow. The course will end by evaluating the South’s position in the nation at the turn of the twentieth century and by analyzing conceptions of the South in popular culture and memory.

For each topic, course readings will be drawn from a variety of primary source documents, historical monographs, book chapters, and articles. At least once during the term, students will lead discussions by preparing short presentations and by providing the class with a list of open-ended questions. Leading and participating in class discussions will constitute a significant proportion of the course grade. All other assignments will be in written format and may include in-class and at-home argumentative essays and exams, primary source analyses, literature reviews, and film critiques.

HST 452-1: The History of Mississippi
M W F 1:00-1:50
Peabody Room 202

This course examines the political, economic, and cultural developments from Indian settlement through contemporary society.

HST 452-2: The History of Mississippi
M W F 10:00-10:50
Bishop Room 324
Dr. Susan Gaunt Stearns

This course will be a mixture of lecture and discussion focusing on the social, cultural, and political history of Mississippi. The course will begin by analyzing the many rich native cultures that resided in Mississippi before European contact and advance through a discussion of Mississippi in the late 20th century. Throughout, we will focus on issues of race and race relations in the state, and the area that is now Mississippi’s position in the broader region, nation, and international arenas. Students will have two midterms and a final exam, as well as two papers.

HST 454-1: Women in Southern History
T TH 2:30-3:45
Bishop Room 324
Dr. Jessie Wilkerson

This course explores the history of women and gender in the American South from 1800 to the present. We will consider major questions that relate to women and women’s place in society: How did different groups define womanhood? How did men’s and women’s relationships and roles change over time? How did major historical events affect women’s lives and their status in society? In what ways have women participated in politics, breaking down some barriers while helping to construct others? We will pay particular attention to how class, race, and place shaped the above issues, and the ways in which women molded politics, society, and culture in the American South. Themes we will examine closely include legal status, family life, political participation, reproduction, work, sexuality, and activism. Students will gain an understanding of the major issues and debates in the field of women’s history and will read, analyze, and develop arguments about how gender shaped the American South.

This course is cross-listed with G ST 454 and S ST 303.

HST 490-1: Problems in History-US
“African-American Intellectual History”
T TH 2:30-3:45
Bishop Room 107
Dr. David Varel

The African-American experience is in many ways the litmus test for what American principles of freedom and equality have meant in practice. There is no better guide into the black experience than the voices of articulate African Americans themselves. This course will introduce students to some of those voices as they responded to and challenged conditions ranging from slavery to the War on Drugs. In the process, students will become acquainted with the burgeoning field of African American intellectual history, and with a range of intellectual traditions including Black Nationalism, Afrocentricity, Marxism, feminism, accommodationism, neoliberalism, and more.

As an upper-division course, the class will be largely student-driven and discussion-based. It is primarily a readings course, but students will also complete independent research projects on topics of their choice.

HST 491-1: Problems in History-Europe
“Europe and Islam”
T TH 1:00-2:15
Bishop Room 324
Dr. Joseph Peterson

Why do some people in Europe and in the West see Islam as a threat to European values? Why do so many fear that Muslim immigration will fundamentally transform or destroy “Western Civilization”? And why do Westerners associate Islam with Arab-ness, even though the majority of Muslims worldwide are not Arabs? Have Europeans always thought of Islam this way–as an enemy of liberal values, of secularism, and of gender equality, or even a racial enemy?

In fact, there is a long history–dating back to the Middle Ages–of Muslim presence within Europe and of European thinking about Islam. In this course, we will explore the history of European and Western approaches to Islam: from medieval religious debates and Enlightenment travel writing, up through the colonial conflicts of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, all the way to present-day anxieties over Muslim immigration, “political” Islam, and terrorism. We will focus especially on how European attitudes towards Islam have become increasingly racialized, viewing Islam not only as the traditional religious enemy, but now also as a racial (usually Arab) Other. Our discussions will be based on films, novels, and scholarly texts.

HST 492-1: Problems in History-World
“Environmental History of the Pacific Ocean”
T TH 11:00-12:15
Bishop Room 324
Dr. Noell Wilson

This class examines the environmental history of the world’s largest geographical feature – the Pacific Ocean — to explore how the ecology, politics, and culture of the maritime region have changed in the Anthropocene period, this current geological era of significant human impact on the Earth’s natural world and climate. We will investigate how the natural environment shaped the foundations of culture from New Zealand to Alaska, examine ecological legacies of early exploration and colonization, study transmarine economic developments (from industrial fishing to the opening of Panama Canal and container vessel transport), discuss the long term aquatic legacies of various military conflicts (including World War Two, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War) and finally analyze the environmental costs of current Pacific maritime concerns, from Japanese nuclear waste disposal following the 2011 Fukushima disaster to China’s construction of new deep ocean islands in fragile reef zones of the South China Sea.

This class is limited to students in the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College.

HST 498-1: Undergrad Research Seminar in History
“Slavery and its Legacies at the University of Mississippi”
M 4:00-6:30
Bishop Room 326
Dr. Anne Twitty

This capstone seminar for history majors explores how slavery has shaped the University of Mississippi during its 170 year history. The first several weeks of this course will provide a broad overview of the history of slavery in the early national and antebellum United States, with a special focus on the use of enslaved laborers by and for various organizations and institutions. We will then turn our attention to slavery’s lasting impact on our nation. Upon completing this portion of the seminar, students will design a research project and conduct primary and secondary research that will culminate in the production of a 20-page research paper and an oral presentation on a subject related to course themes.

HST 498-3: Undergrad Research Seminar in History
“The Cold War in International Perspective”
W 1:00P-3:30
Bishop Room 326
Dr. Chiarella Esposito

This is one of the history senior capstone seminars whose primary objective is to instruct students about how to write a 25-page research paper. Paper topics will have to deal with the history of the Cold War in International Perspective, including but not limited to: the Postwar Settlement; the Origins of the Cold War; Reconstruction; the Berlin Crises; Decolonization; the “Third World” between the Superpowers; the Cuban Missile Crisis; Soviet-Chinese relations; the Korean War; Vietnam; Nuclear Deterrence; Détente; Protest Movements of the 1960s and 1970s; Terrorism; the Crisis of Communism; the 1989 Revolutions in Eastern Europe. The paper should be based both on primary and secondary sources. (N.B.: the paper cannot deal primarily with American domestic policies or issues, but must center instead on events in other parts of the world. US intervention in and/or relations with any country during the Cold War is an acceptable approach as long as non-American points of view and sources are included).

During the first five weeks of classes students will become acquainted with adequate research topics, learn to write footnotes and a bibliography correctly, and to distinguish primary from secondary sources. We will also have a quiz on a brief survey of major events and issues in the history of the global Cold War. Students will prepare PowerPoint presentations on chosen topics (instructor’s approval required). The main purpose of these presentations will be to formulate questions on selected topics and thus help guide each individual student towards the choice of an appropriate research focus. The instructor will review PowerPoint files one or two days before the presentation due date. Students should speak clearly and loudly enough to be heard and understood by their classmates.

Grade distribution: Prospectus: 10%; Research Paper: first half 40%; Research Paper: second half/complete paper 40%; Quiz, Presentations in class: 10%.

HST 498-4: Undergrad Research Seminar in History
“Remembering the American Civil War”
TH 4:00-6:30
Bishop Room 333
Dr. John Neff

No other event in American history has had such influence after its conclusion than the Civil War. The war was remembered and memorialized, in statues, national parks, national cemeteries, and veterans’ associations. Its symbols have proliferated over the decades, and continue to be politically significant. These things have been done for other events in American history, but no other event has inspired so much contention about its meaning. The war fundamentally recast our sense of national identity, and we have been arguing about that identity ever since.

This seminar offers students the opportunity to think about the Civil War in a new light, through the methodology of historical memory. We will learn of the benefits and limits of studying memory and read current perspectives on Civil War memory. Students will write a substantial research paper exploring an aspect of Civil War commemoration and remembrance. Students are required to read the assigned texts carefully and thoughtfully, to attend and participate meaningfully in class, and to fulfill diligently the schedule of writing requirements and deadlines as stipulated in the syllabus.