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October 20, 2017 at 9:49 am

Spring 2018 | New History Courses: Plague, Rebellion, New Deal, Holocaust

The History Department at Ohio University announces two new courses that are being offered for the first time in Spring 2018.

HIST 2950 The Calamitous Fourteenth Century: Famine, Plague, War, Rebellion

Description: The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the methods and sources used in the study of history. Students read primary sources and examples of historiography (writing about history) and then discuss their interpretations of these readings in class with each other and the professor. This quarter, the seminar focuses on the period of the Hundred Years’ War between France and England in the later Middle Ages. Students study medieval history and the various types of historical evidence that exist from this period: historiography, poetry, chronicles, letters, trial records, art and architecture, et cetera. Each week, the course focuses on different aspects of medieval history (kings, nobles, chivalry, warfare – but also the Black Death, peasant revolts, the inquisition trial of Joan of Arc, the beginning of the Renaissance, city life, gender, sainthood, etc.) and examine different types of primary sources. Dr. Michele Clouse, Associate Professor of History, is offering this course. It meets Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 10:45-11:40 a.m.

HIST 3372 Protests, Rebellions, and Revolutions in the Modern Middle East

Description: This course provides an exploration of the history of mass politics (i.e., movements, their ideologies, protests, rebellions, and revolutions)  in the modern Middle East and North Africa. It takes as its central concern the emergence of popular politics and mass mobilizations in the 19th century and subsequent attempts to organize and manage them. Topics include late 19th-century workers and peasant movements, early 20th-century constitutional revolutions, the introduction of electoral politics, the formation of labor unions, suffragist movements, political parties, and various struggles and strategies to shape state policies, take control of states, or contain the threat posed by rival movements. The course considers both secular and religiously-inspired movements, as well as those across the right and left. No prior historical or regional knowledge needed. Dr. Ziad Abu-Rish, Assistant Professor of History, is teaching this course. It meets Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 10:45-11:40 a.m.

HIST 4500 The New Deal and Its Challengers, 1933-1945

Description: This course examines the political economy of the New Deal, the broad program of relief, recovery, and reform that President Franklin Roosevelt’s Administration implemented in response to the Great Depression. It surveys the reaction to these unprecedented government efforts across the political spectrum, with an emphasis on the New Deal’s most articulate critics. And it considers how Roosevelt’s major domestic and foreign policies influenced the direction of both liberalism and conservatism in the United States from the decade of the thirties through the end of World War II. Dr. Paul Milazzo, Associate Professor of History, is offering this course. It meets Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 2 to 2:55 p.m. This course fulfills the University’s Tier III Gen Ed requirement.

HIST 4770 Perspectives on the Holocaust: Sources and Interpretation

Description: This seminar-style course introduces students to working closely with, researching, and writing and speaking about Holocaust-related sources. After a brief overview of the Nazi period and the Holocaust, discussions focus on five major themes: the diversity of Jewish experience during the Holocaust; gender and the Holocaust; the perspectives of perpetrators and bystanders and enablers; comparisons between diaries and memoirs in order to explore how memory influences understanding of past events; and representations of the Holocaust in literature and the arts since 1945. Students also develop their skills in academic writing, research and textual analysis, and participate in complex debates about past events and their impact on the present. Dr. Mirna Zakic, Assistant Professor of History, is teaching this course. It meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:05-4:25 p.m. This course fulfills the University’s Tier III Gen Ed requirement.

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