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Spring 2021 Course Listings

G – Global Perspectives PE – Perspectives/European PN – Perspectives/Non European PCI – Perspectives/Comp, Intl R – Race & Inclusion TH – Textual & Historical Perspectives WT – Western Traditions T1 – Writing Tier-1 T2 – Writing Intensive SLA Tier -2


HISE 1510 Napoleon in Russia 1812 (Ramer) G, TH, T1
This seminar is a close study of Napoleon’s invasion of Russia in 1812, the impact it had upon the Russian Empire, and the place that it came to occupy in Russia’s historical memory. The seminar, which meets twice per week, emphasizes the timely reading of assigned readings and active participation in class discussions. Restricted to 1st year students only.

HISL 1710 Intro to Latin American History (Kahr) G, PN, TH, T1
This course introduces students to the politics, society, and culture of Latin America from pre-Columbian times to the present. We will explore scholarly texts, primary sources, and a variety of media from the region to provide a foundation in Latin America’s diversity and shared history.

HIST 1520 Pain & Torture through History (Pollock) G, TH, T1
The UN Convention in 1987 unequivocally banned the use of torture. Nevertheless, torture still occurs, even in the 130 countries that ratified the agreement. This course will examine the goals and methods of torture through history, as it changed from the infliction of pain to the use of psychological torture and sensory deprivation. We will explore how to study pain in history, unravel the changing relationships between the state, law, and torture, and look at the torturers themselves. We will also consider what it says about us when we pursue “enhanced” quasi-torture interrogation techniques.

HISU 1420 US Hist 1865 to the Present (Li) TH, T1
An analysis of the forces and events that shaped American history from the Civil War to the present.


HISA 2002 Rome the Imperial Republic (Harl) G, TH
We will learn how Rome united Italy and conquered the Mediterranean world. Emphasis is on Roman adaptation of Greek culture, the creation of a world market economy, the transformation of society wrought by imperialism, and the Roman Revolution (133-31 B.C.). Online only

HISE 2230 France since 1789 (Edwards) G, TH, T1
A survey of French history since the Revolution, with particular attention to social, cultural, and political change. Among other topics, we will examine political upheaval, imperialism, class dynamics, changing gender roles, and questions of French identity in the modern era.

HISE 2250 Russia since 1825-Present (Ramer) G, TH, WT, T1
Course examines the last decades of tsarist rule; the Russian revolution; terror and progress during the Stalin era; the collapse of the Soviet Union and rise of Putin’s Russia. Online only

HISE 2320 Early Modern England (Pollock) G, TH, WT, T1
A lecture course on English history from 1485 (the accession of Henry VII) to about 1763 (the death of George II). Topics include the establishment of the Tudors, the Protestant Reformation, the civil war, the Glorious Revolution, English society and culture, and the emergence of Britain as world power.

HISE 2420 The Age of Reformation (Boyden) G, TH, WT, T1
This course will examine the transformation of Western Christendom from the fifteenth through the seventeeth centuries, with particular emphasis on the Protestant Reformation, Catholic responses to it, and the wars and political consequences generated by religious division. Online only

HISE 2911 History of War Photography (Otte) G, TH
Since the birth of photography, its adherents have staked out their claims on war. This course will follow developments from war photography’s earliest forms up to the present digital age. We will explore photography’s physical and conceptual characteristics as a medium, paying particular attention to epistemological questions about its intimate and contested relationship to “the real.” Online only

HISL 2820 Modern Brazil (Cruz) G, TH, T1
A course on post-independence Brazil focused on social and cultural history, starting with the 19th century Brazilian Empire and its slave society, then moving to the fractured early Brazilian republic and how culture was used to create a unified national identity through World War II, and ending with the Brazilian military dictatorship in the Cold War, and an overview of democratic Brazil in our age.

HISL 2910 Modern Latin America (Wolfe) G, TH, T1
This course explores Latin America from its raucous independence movements, through democratic, dictatorial, and revolutionary transformations between the 1820s and the 21st century. The course also places Latin America within global histories of imperialism and capitalism and ties its past to understanding current conflicts and aspirations.

HISM 2210 Modern Middle East 1750-Present (Hock) G, PN, TH, T1
A survey of the political, economic, and social history of the Middle East in the last two centuries.

HISU 2605 Twentieth-Century America (Horowitz) R, TH, T1
A course on the political, cultural, and environmental history of the modern United States. Topics include immigration, imperialism, suffrage, Jim Crow, the Great Depression, the New Deal, World Wars, the Civil Rights Movement, the anti- Civil Rights movement, the War or Terror, Big Oil, and America’s future. Online only

HISU 2620 The New South, 1865-Present (Sparks) R, TH
What was the impact of the Civil War on the South? The Great Depression? The Civil Rights movement? This course will survey the dramatic changes in the South’s political, social and cultural history from the Civil War down to the present. Service Learning

HISU 2680 Working in America (Lipman) R, TH, T1
Who are America’s 99%? Learn about the history of working people in America from railroad workers in the 19th century to uber drivers in the 21st. This course will study the rise of corporate capitalism, the history of union activism, the role of immigration, the decline of labor protections, and the emergence of the ‘gig’ economy.

HISU 2911 The Digital Revolution (Isaacson) TH, T1
This course will explore the digital revolution from the 1830s to the present, beginning with Ada Lovelace and the conception of a general-purpose computer and culminating with the creation of social networks, the sharing economy, and artificial intelligence. It will focus on how disruptive businesses were spawned by the three inventions that combined to create the digital age: the computer, the microchip, and the internet. Online only


HISB 3910 Health & Healing in Africa (McMahon) G, TH, T1
Views on health, healing, the body, medicine and disease have all shifted in Africa from the 18th-21st centuries. This seminar explores Africans responses to the changing disease environments and threats to their well-being over three centuries.

HISE 3190 The Spanish Civil War (Boyden) G, TH, T1
The Civil War of 1936-39 was the watershed of modern Spanish history and an event of major international significance. This seminar will focus on the causes and course of the conflict, and its consequences down to the present day, with particular attention to divergent historical interpretations of the war, its origins, and its legacies. Online only

HISE 3260 Putin’s Russia (Ramer) G, TH, T1
This is a seminar on Russian history since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The course will focus on Russian politics and society in the Putin era. Online only

HISE 3910 The French Revolution (Edwards) G, TH, T1
This seminar provides an in-depth study of the social, political, and cultural history of the French Revolution. We will also work with a range of scholarly approaches the study of the Revolution, including Marxist analysis, gendered analysis, and social histories.

HISL 3910 DIY History: Latin America (Cruz) G, TH, T1
Learn skills in both archival research and digital techniques like 3D printing and augmented reality. Students will work on a collaborative project with physical objects from archives at Tulane, making reproductions to create an interactive museum exhibit. The class will meet at the Latin American Archive and the Tulane Makerspace. The theme for spring 2021 will be exploration and expeditions. No previous skills required.

HISL 3911 Environmental History Latin America (Lane) G, TH
This course examines key topics in the environmental history of Latin America from 1492 to the present, including water management, deforestation, mono-cropping, livestock grazing, mining, and urbanization.

HISM 3910 Sex/Gender in Middle East (Hock) G, TH, T1
This course will examine the history of sexuality and gender in the Middle East from 1500 to the present in a broad geographic range, including the Ottoman Empire and Turkey, Iran, Egypt, Israel and Palestine, and North Africa, among others. Topics that it will specifically examine include: same-sex love, prostitution, medical discourses on sexuality, sexual violence, and transsexuality.

HISU 3120 NOLA Free People of Color (Clark) R, TH, T2
Course explores the fascinating free people of African descent who lived in antebellum New Orleans. They numbered in the thousands and were soldiers, property owners, poets and surprisingly, slave owners. Online only

HISU 3911 Reconstruction to Roaring ‘20s (Teichgraeber) TH, T1
This seminar explores ways in which Americans—black and white – responded to unprecedented changes unleashed by the Civil War and the end of slavery. It focuses on the emergence of new American cultural institutions – such as its multi-tiered university system and its commercialized popular culture – and the evolution of racial attitudes and patterns of race relations across the country. Online only


HISA 4200 Dante: Divine Comedy & History (Luongo) G, TH, T2
This mixed lecture/seminar will explore the world Dante created in his masterwork, the Comedy, and the world that created Dante: the vibrant intellectual, political, and religious culture of medieval Italy. The course will combine a close reading of the Comedy with exploration of important issues engaged by Dante in politics and government; religion and morality; economic theory and social order; gender and social relations; and creativity and the arts.

HISB 4210 History of Development in Africa (McMahon) G, TH, T2
Examines the concept of progress associated with modern international development and the ways westerners use ideas of modernity to justify reshaping African societies into a Euro-centric model.

HISL 4910 Monsters in History (García) G, TH
From Christopher Columbus to the 1990s phenomenon of the Chupacabra, monsters in history represent transgressions of race, sex, gender, space, and nature. This course provides students with a historical framework for analyzing and understanding representations of monstrosity in Latin American culture (broadly defined).

HIST 4570 Public History & Internship (Lipman) TH
What is public history? What do public historians do? What does history look like outside of the classroom? What are the public debates about the telling of history, and what are the consequences? This is a hands-on course which requires both an internship and seminar participation. Students will have an internship with a community partner and intern for 60-70 hours for the course of the semester. In addition, we will have regular seminar meetings as well as guest lectures and field trips. This course does have a Co-Requisite for service learning -- it is SRVC 4890. Service Learning


HISA 6000 Alexander the Great (Harl) G, TH, T2
Seminar concentrates on the career of Philip II and Alexander the Great who transformed the Greek world. Alexander, the most widely recognized secular figure, is still the greatest commander, and dramatically, unexpectedly changed the course of Western civilization. Online only

HISC 6210 The PRC: China Under Communism (DeMare) G, TH, T2
Following the establishment of the PRC, mass campaigns and political upheavals marked Chinese history under the rule of the Communist Party. Overall, this course aims at understanding the large-scale structural changes of the revolutionary era of 1949 to 1976 and its aftermath, as well as what these changes meant for the lives of individual Chinese citizens.

HISE 6913 Postwar Cultures (Otte) G
This course explores the many ways daily practices and political ideologies have intersected in the lives of ordinary European citizens in the era of the Iron Curtain. Online only

HISL 6600 Peasants, Rebellion and the State (Wolfe) G, T2
This seminar explores the history of peasants in Latin America and their struggles with the growing power of the modern state. Across the semester, we will use case studies from through the region to explore peasant desire and motivations, popular and revolutionary movements, and the role of ethnicity, gender, religion, and urbanization in these struggles.

HISL 6911 Caribbean & Latin American Cities (García) G, TH, T2
Cities have played a critical role in the history of the Americas. They defined the spaces of colonial civilization and have served as the governing seats of empires and nations while also catalyzing the transnational processes that define our modern world. This seminar will be devoted to understanding the forces, mechanisms, and intellectual currents that define ‘the city’ in Latin America and the Caribbean, both past and present. Online only

HISU 6911 America on Trial (Sparks) TH, T2
From the Salem Witchcraft Trials to the O. J. Simpson case, celebrated court cases have captured public attention and left their mark on American history. Through an examination of some of the most significant court cases from the colonial period to the present, we will assess their impact on U.S. legal, social, and cultural history.

HISU 6912 The Katrina Disaster (Horowitz) R, TH, T2
A seminar on Katrina’s causes and consequences — and, therefore, on New Orleans, Louisiana, America, race, class, inequality, urban development, and the climate crisis — that foregrounds the ways historians try to make sense of things. Online only

G – Global Perspectives PE – Perspectives/European PN – Perspectives/Non European PCI – Perspectives/Comp, Intl R – Race & Inclusion TH – Textual & Historical Perspectives WT – Western Traditions T1 – Writing Tier-1 T2 – Writing Intensive SLA Tier -2