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HIST 383 Making of the Modern Middle East
An examination of social, economic, and political developments in the Middle East since circa A.D.1500. The course covers the rise and fall of the Ottoman and other “Gunpowder” Empires, the expansion of European influence and control, nationalist and socio-religious responses to the West, and the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Prerequisite:  Sophomore standing and a 100-level survey course in United States or European or World history; or permission of instructor.

HIST 384 India in the Age of Empire
An introduction to the social, economic, and political history of India from circa A.D. 1500 to 1947. The course examines the rise and fall of the Mughal Empire, the establishment and character of the British Raj, the development of modern Indian nationalism, and the crisis of independence and partition. Issues of race and class are emphasized throughout the course.
Prerequisite:  Sophomore standing and a 100-level survey course in United States or European or World history; or permission of instructor.

HIST 385 Portraits in European/World History
A biographical examination of the rise and development of significant individuals in their respective countries or civilizations. This course considers the relationship between these individuals and events to determine their influence in the development of history. Specific individuals vary by semester.
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: Sophomore standing and a 100-level survey course in United States or European or World history; or permission of instructor.


HIST 386 Revolutionary France (1750-1815)
A study of the political, intellectual, social, and economic changes France experienced during its Revolutionary Era, 1750-1815. Paying close attention to the debates that French Revolutionaries engaged in concerning "human rights", the course focuses on the origins and events of the French Revolution through the Napoleonic Era . Special emphasis is placed on the ways in which rights of citizenship were extended (or not), depending on one’s race, class, gender, ethnicity, and sexual identity.
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing and a 100-level survey course in United States or European or World history; or permission of instructor.


HIST 387 History of South Africa
A study of the social, economic, and political history of South Africa from 1652 to the present. Particular attention is paid to uncovering the patterns of interaction between the peoples of southern Africa that culminated in the crisis of apartheid during the 1970's and 1980's, and to those aspects of the South African experience that may shed light on what may (or may not) happen in contemporary South Africa.
Prerequisite:  Sophomore standing and a 100-level survey course in United States or European or World history; or permission of instructor.

HIST 388 The Path to Modernity: Russia from 1682 to the Present
A broad exploration of imperial, Soviet, and post-Soviet periods. Among the topics stressed are the Rurican, Byzantine, and Muscovite formative influences of the Pre-Petrine era; the modernization of Russia under Peter I and his successors; the growth and development of the intelligentsia during the nineteenth century; the revolutions of 1905 and 1917; the emergence and dissolution of the USSR; and developments within the post-Communist epoch. Note: Credit will not be given for both this course and HIST 388 Russia: From 1689 to the Present.
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing and a 100-level survey course in United States or European or World history; or permission of instructor.

HIST 392 Africa and the World
An examination of the African continent’s relationship with the larger world since antiquity, with particular emphasis on the period since circa A.D. 1500. Topics to be discussed include the relationship between geography and human development, indigenous state formation, the colonial experience and decolonization, and the processes and consequences of sub-Saharan Africa’s incorporation into the capitalist world economy.
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing and a 100-level survey course in United States or European or World history; or permission of instructor.

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