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Graduate Courses

The department of history offers nine to 10 graduate courses each semester. Currently, we expect to offer three courses per semester in medieval Europe, three in modern Europe, three in United States and one in Latin America. Most courses are rotated on a two- to three-year cycle, and the department encourages faculty to introduce new courses. Several courses are offered every year, such as the proseminar and seminar sequence in U.S. history, modern European history, and medieval history.

All classes meet at the Rose Hill Campus unless otherwise noted. Check My Fordham for current information on meeting times and places.

Course syllabuses or descriptions for many courses are available by clicking on the course number. Visit graduate course descriptions for a more complete listing of course descriptions. For descriptions of the upcoming Fall classes, see the history blog entry on the subject.

Summer 2018

HIST  5472: Inventing Total War 
David Hamlin, TTh 6-9 p.m.
This course will explore the development of total war in the 20th century, with particular emphasis on Germany. The dissolution of legal limits on violence and compulsion on the battlefield and at home will be examined

HIST 5727: History and Fiction in American West
Sal Acosta, TTh 6-9 p.m.
This course uses history and literature to study the moving Western frontier in the United States. Readings explore its early origins in the 17th and18th centuries but focus largely on its most economic manifestations in the 19th century. The course examines race, gender, violence, and social order, among other topics.

Fall 2018

HIST 5105: The Black Radical Tradition In Comparative Perspective: U.S. and the Caribbean 
Westenley Alcenat, T 5:30-8pm
Historians have increasingly used the Atlantic Ocean as a categorical unit of historical analysis to map transnational connections among and betweenpeople of African descent. This perspective has transformed our understanding of the collective, and differences in, histories of the African Diaspora. Some historians have emphasized the historical intersection of Black claims to human rights and transatlantic antislavery campaigns. Given that this struggle for freedom, dignity and citizenship spanned the entire Atlantic, its roots are both local and global, and therefore transnational in itsoutlook. The purpose of this class is to provide an intensive exploration of these multiple geographical nodes and their many historical dimensions.In this regard, particular attention will be given to approaches in the transnational roots of African-American radical political thought in U.S history and its connections (or disconnections) to Afro-Caribbean political thought. The Black Radical Tradition will be the primary lens through which the course focuses on the racial, migratory and gendered experiences of African-Americans from the late eighteenth, nineteenth, to the mid-twentieth centuries. What creative adaptations have African-Americans employed in the face of social, cultural and political change surrounding transatlantic slavery and resistance? How has the transnational crossing of cultures and borders shaped political and cultural narratives in Black political consciousness? How did African-Americans move away from the nation-state context of the U.S to address the problems of democracy, racism, and Black citizenship more globally? Through these questions, students may expect sustained attention to the dynamics of the political exchange between Afro-Caribbean—especially Haiti and the Anglophone Caribbean—and African-Americans as well as the two-way influences that pushed these varied peoples toward, or apart from, each other. The penultimate objective of this course is to understand the historical uses of new and old practices, responses, and lineages in customs that African-Americans and the African Diaspora developed together and apart when resisting forms of European colonialism and oppression.

HIST 5200: Renaissance Spain: Festive Republics, Rights, Liberties and Inquisitions
Sarah Penry, M 2:30-5pm
Renaissance era Christians in Castile, the great central region of the Iberian Peninsula that forms the core of modern Spain, were guaranteed their rights and liberties as citizens of town-republics through written charters. These town-republics sent delegates to the Cortes, the representative assembly that consulted with the King. Collective life in the towns, whether confraternities celebrating their saints or open town council meetings of all citizens, created the corpus mysticum of the commonwealth that for Spaniards, was the town. This seminar examines urbanism, collective public life, and the growth of the modern state in Renaissance Spain through topics such as: the influence of Islam on Iberian towns, conflict between towns and crown, confraternities and saints’ celebrations, public welfare, the creation of the archive and religious minorities and the inquisition.

HIST 5300: History Theory and Method: The Historian's Tools
Grace Shen, W 5:30-8pm
This course will introduce students to a range of intellectual traditions informing historical analysis and writing. Students will study major socialthinkers and how historians have grappled with the implications of their ideas. The course aims to develop essential skills as professional readers, analysts, researchers, and writers. 

HIST 5734: U.S. Culture and Society to 1877
Sal Acosta, TH 2:30-5pm
This course examines American culture and society through important scholarly works in the field. It is designed to provide an introduction to majorhistorical debates and the methodological approaches for beginning graduate students as well as prepare doctoral students for their comprehensiveexamsin American history. Topics to be covered may include the role of social institutions and the significance of class, gender, culture and race, particularly in connection to colonial life, the revolutionary period, the early republic, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. 

HIST 6077: The Angevin Empire
Nicholas Paul, T 2:30-5pm
From the middle of the twelfth until the first quarter of the thirteenth centuries, one dynasty, the house of Anjou, were the effective rulers of anenormous agglomeration of kingdoms and principalities which stretched from the North Sea to the Mediterranean and encompassed England, large parts ofIreland, Wales, and nearly half of the territory which today constitutes modern France. Following a wave of renewed scholarly interest in the politicsand culture of this period, this class will explore this short-lived but powerful domain, its lands, peoples, and rulers. Among other topics, we willexplore the dynamic lives and cultures of the court, strategies and technologies of governance, politics and their diplomacy, the extraordinary phenomenon of the Third Crusade, and the legacies of the Angevin dominion in England and France after the conquest of Normandy 1204.

HIST 6350: European City, 1700-2000
Rosemary Wakeman, M 5:30-8pm
This course concentrates on theoretical and interpretive approaches to the study of the city and urban life. It considers the transformation of urbanspace and culture from the eighteenth century to the present during which commercial capitalism, industrialization, and massive human migration remade basic social and cultural relationships. Among the key factors of investigation are class and mass culture, gender, production and consumption, accumulation and cultural display, architecture and planning, and the evolution of urban space and topography.

HIST 7110: PSM: Church Law and Medieval Society
Wolfgang Mueller, TH 5:30-8pm
This course will consist of a two-semester proseminar/seminar sequence inviting graduate students to formulate and conduct original research projectsin the field of medieval church law. The proseminar will be devoted to surveying bibliography and research tools that are important for investigations into the subject. It will also help students to define their topics.

Spring 2019

HIST 5102: Archives and Narrative of Global History
Yuko Miki, T 5:30-8pm
This course investigates the relationship between global history and particular forms of knowledge production. We will discuss classic and cutting-edge scholarship on the archives and how scholars have grappled with their possibilities and limitations. We will also consider how different ways of narrating history can attend to the silences and revelations of our sources. The interdisciplinary group of authors whose work we will discuss may include Shahid Amin, Natalie Zemon Davis, Brent Edwards, Saidiya Hartman, Lisa Lowe, Carina Ray, Ann Laura Stoler, and Zeb Tortorici. Students will alsocreate their own research projects over the course of the semester.

HIST 5203: Medieval Hagiography
Scott Bruce, T 2:30-5pm
This research seminar introduces graduate students to the challenges and pitfalls of using saints’ lives and other writings related to thecult of the saints (miraculatranslationes, canonisation proceedings, etc.) as sources for medieval history.  It aims to familiarize students with competing historical approaches to these genres and to provide a practical guide to the scholarly resources necessary to exploit them as historical sources.  Topics of inquiry include gender and hagiography, the process of canonization, the Legenda Aurea, forgery and failed saints, the enterprise of the Bollandists, and the legacy of medieval hagiography in modern literature. 

HIST 5568: Stalinism: Life and Death in Soviet Russia
Asif Siddiqi, M 2:30-5pm
This graduate course will explore the enormous transformations in life in the Soviet Union under the rule of Stalin, one of the most ruthless dictators of the 20th century and the architect of massive social transformation that turned Russia from a predominantly agrarian nation to a powerful industrial state. We will take a broader perspective on this history by looking at the roots of Stalinist rule in the Russian Revolution and follow that story to the dismantling of the Stalinist system in the 1950s. During this period, Soviet society was engulfed in a series of massive traumas including: a brutal civil war, heavy industrialization, collectivization of farmland, widespread upward social mobility, the establishment of a labor camp system known as the Gulag, the Great Terror in the late 1930s, World War II, and postwar reconstruction. At its core, the students will interrogate the basic ideology, practices, and manifestations of “Stalinism” as a historical phenomenon within the broader vista of modern European history. 

HIST 6731: U.S. Immigration and Ethnicity
Daniel Soyer, M 5:30-8pm
This course will examine several important issues that have engaged the attention of historians of immigration and ethnicity. These include such perennial concerns as the nature of the processes of settlement and Americanization, and the evolution of American views on citizenship and immigration policy. Also among the issues to be discussed are recent trends in thinking about the invention of racial identities and about ethnic diasporas and "transnationalism." Finally, the course will cover several cases of the stresses of ethnic identity in wartime. Readings will include recentscholarly monographs and articles, as well as several examples of ethnic memoir literature. Note that the course is organized thematically, and that readings have therefore been chosen because they reflect on the themes under discussion. As a result, not all ethnic groups are covered adequately. Students will have a chance to deal with the ethnic groups of their choice in their independent work.

HIST 8110: Seminar: Church Law and Medieval Society
Wolfgang Mueller, TH 5:30-8pm
Continuation of HIST 7110

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