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Department of History

Topics Course Descriptions Spring 2017

Each semester, the History Department offers several "topics" courses. These are often new or cross traditional chronological and geographical divides. American History topics fall under HIST 533, European topics fall under HIST 597, and Non-Western topics fall under HIST 598. The KSU catalog does not offer a full description of these topics classes, so we do so below. 


HIST533, Sec B   Top/Hist Of Americas - Top/Cold War Cultures

T  U        3:55 - 5:10 p.m. C 202     Tiemeyer, Philip

This course introduces students to America’s cultural conflicts that arose during—-or were exacerbated by-—the Cold War (1945-1991). One focus for the course is domestic affairs in the United States, including analysis of how various social movements (race-based civil rights, women’s rights, LGBT rights, anti-war movements, and youth rebellions) were impacted by America’s global political engagements. Another focus is America’s cultural influence on other societies during the Cold War, as a result of military deployments as well as its deepening economic and diplomatic engagements around the globe. As this course is cross-referenced with the Department of Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies, a substantial component of the course will be focused on gender and sexuality history.

HIST533, Sec C  Top/Hist Of Americas - Top/Pirates/Plantations/Empire

T  U        2:30 - 3:45 p.m. C 208     Brandom, Eric

Pirates, Plantations, and Empire is a survey of Caribbean history from the arrival of Europeans to the mid 20th century. From multinational pirate crews and enslaved Africans in the age of democratic revolutions, to agricultural laborers in the liberal 19th century, people attached varied meanings to their freedom and faced different barriers in seeking it. Students in this class will explore these meanings and barriers through in-class discussion and written engagement with primary source documents as well as selected recent scholarship.

 HIST597, Sec A  Top/European History: The Crusades

M W F   9:30 - 10:20 a.m.               C 116     books    Defries, David

This course is designed to give you a comprehensive overview of the medieval Crusades and a sense of their legacy in Western and Middle Eastern culture.  We will focus on the period between roughly 1000 and 1400.  We will consider not only the famous expeditions against the Muslims in the Levant, but also those against the Spanish Muslims, Cathar heretics and Baltic pagans.

HIST586, Sec A Advanced Seminar In History:  TOPIC: Revolutionary America

W 12:30 - 3:20 p.m.          EH 201   Breen, Louise


HIST586, Sec B Advanced Seminar In History:  TOPIC:  Medicine and Science from the 19th century onward

T 12:30 - 3:20 p.m.            EH 201   McCrea, Heather

NOTE: If students want an extra dose of medical history, Prof. McCrea is also offering HIST 534 Social History Of Medicine in the spring (W 2:30 - 5:20 p.m. C 202)