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History 499 Offerings – Spring 2016

Readings in Ancient History – Dr. D. Hood – Ancient – M 6:30-9:15 pm  (Section 01)
This class will read the basic ancient historians: Herodotus, Thucydides, Polybius, Sallust, Plutarch, Suetonius and Tacitus. Grades will be based on discussion performance, your portfolio, an oral presentation, and a historiographical research paper of 15 pages.

We will be discussing the various ways in which the different authors distort the image of the past in order to make political, social and moral points. You might want to reread your old texts and notes to be conversant with not only the political framework of antiquity, but also with the social, economic and intellectual currents which flowed through the ancient world.

Because this is the senior seminar for History majors and you should be prepared to submit your portfolio for a final evaluation. In addition, students will write and orally present a historiographic paper about one of the ancient historians we read. In this paper students will be asked to demonstrate their ability to handle both historical sources and the secondary literature.

Places of Memory:  Commemoration, Memorialization, and Public Memory in Modern Europe –  Dr. J. Blutinger – European  – W 6:30-9:15 pm  (Section 02)
In this course we will examine how rituals and spaces have been used since the 18th century to create public memory in Europe.  Through the commemoration and memorialization of both ancient as well as recent events, public memory ha sbeen used to create, shape, and even critique national, ethnic, religious, and political identities.  Specific topics include (but are not limited to):  the rise of nationalisms and the creation of such 19th-century monuments as the Arc de Triomphe and the Siegessäule, the First World War, the Second World War and the Holocaust, and the Cold War, including post-Cold War monuments.

Riots, Strikes and Conspiracies – Dr. J. Dabel – U.S. – T/TH 11:00-12:15  (Section 03)
This course uses readings and discussions to focus on a series of short-term events that shed light on American politics, culture, and social organization. It emphasizes finding ways to make sense of these complicated, highly traumatic events, and on using them to understand larger processes of change in American history.

America’s Wars in Asia – Dr. A. Kaminsky – Asia or World– T/Th 5:00-6:15 pm   (Section 04)
The twentieth century has often been described as the American Century, one in which the process of westward expansion spread beyond the confines of that continent to embrace  all parts of Asia—East, South, Southeast and West.  The USA fought four major wars there during the 20th century: the Philippine-American War 1899-1902, the Pacific War 1941-45, the Korean War 1950-53 and the Vietnam War 1965-72.  More recently, of course, the USA has become involved in military ventures in Kuwait, Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.  These enterprises were called by many names but had as their central guiding principles the attainment of ‘freedom’ and the defense of ‘liberty’.  Yet at the same time they unleashed violence of unsurpassed magnitude that subverted the first revolution in Asia, heralded the dawn of the nuclear age, led to the division of an ancient state and to the wholesale destruction of the environment as well as the death and mutilation of millions.

This course looks back over the troubled relationship between Asia and the USA in the context of wider historical developments at the dawn of a new millennium. The course and causes of many of these conflicts have long been forgotten or are purposefully disregarded by most Americans, yet for many of the peoples of Asia they proved decisive moments in the birth of their nationhood and whose populations and national hagiography have considerably different memories and interpretations of event.

Resistance, Violence, and the American City –  Prof. C. Nichols – U.S. – M 6:30-9:15 pm  (Section 05)
American cities experienced widespread demographic, political, and economic changes over the course of the twentieth century. Violence and resistance were intimately linked as newcomers crowded into U.S. cities and also shaped the expectations for their lives as urban residents. For instance, large-scale migrations, including the Great Migration of African Americans, reflected a form of resistance that was greatly motivated by efforts to escape violence. On the other hand, the connections between resistance and violence were also essential to shaping urban civil rights movements and uprisings. This course will explore the “anatomy” of several violent incidents that became intertwined with the social, political, and economic development of American cities.

** Please stop by the Department of History Office (FO2-106) to complete your 499 preference form for Spring 2016.  Forms are due by 5:00 November 2, 2015.  **


Oral History Program

402. Oral History Methods (1) Dr. Ali IgmenTo acquire basic skills and an understanding of the complex practical, theoretical and ethical issues surrounding the practice of oral history, this one-unit course is offered every semester in the history department. It begins the third week of the semester and meets for eight class sessions. Students must also conduct a mini research/field work project.

498O. Directed Studies in Oral History (1-3) Dr. Ali Igmen
This course is individually supervised research, with the topic to be determined by the student. Student conferences are scheduled on an individual basis. Other courses with an oral history component:

301. Methodology of History (3) – Alkana, Berberian, Cleary, Shafer, Vatter

Oral history is one of the historical methodologies introduced in this class, required of all history majors, and students can elect to do an oral history project as part of the course requirement.

473. California History (3) -Quam-WickhamIn some sections of this course, oral history methodology is introduced and an oral history project is assigned

For further information contact: Ali Igmen, Oral History Program Director, Department of History, California State University, Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90840. Tel.: (562) 985-8765. Fax: (562) 985-5431. E-mail: