Courses

HIST 100 / GLIMPSING MODERN TURKISH HISTORY

Basic introduction to Modern Turkish History. Looking at 19th and 20th centuries of Ottoman Empire and Turkey. Analysis of different reading pieces and documentaries related to Modern Turkish History.
Credits: 1
Prerequisite: HIST 301 or HIST 302

HIST 103 / INTRODUCTION TO HISTORY

The philosophy of history and various methodological approaches used in studying the past. Critical reading and writing skills emphasized. HIST 103 is a required course for all freshman / sophomore history majors. It is taught every other fall semester and is a prerequisite for HIST 404 (Historiography) .
Credits: 3

HIST 201 / ANATOLIAN CIVILIZATIONS FROM 9000 TO 500 BC

Introduction to the ancient civilizations of Anatolia. Important human social developments in the past, such as the establishment of first temples in the world, origins of agriculture, emergence of cities, extensive use of metals and long-distance, international trade. Settlement organization and architecture, religion, economy, trade and artistic expression in ancient Anatolia. The period from 8000 BC to 600 BC including the prehistoric and protohistoric times and the Assyrian colonies of Anatolia, Hittites, Urartians, Phrygians, Lydians and the Persian conquest of Anatolia in 550 BC.
Credits: 3

HIST 203 / THE OTTOMAN STATE : 1299 - 1566

From frontier principality to world empire: the construction of the Ottoman State, 1299 1566. Examines the history of the Ottoman State from its origins as a tiny frontier principality to its transformation into a world empire, and the social, political and cultural changes that accompanied this process. Students are also introduced to the principal historiographic debates on this period.
Credits: 3

HIST 204 / THE OTTOMAN WORLD IN TRANSITION : 1566 - 1839

Examines the complex changes the Ottoman State and society underwent from the end of the reign of Suleyman to the beginning of the Tanzimat. Crisis of the central state, the rise of the ayan in the provinces, changes in urban society and culture, and changing relations with and perceptions of Europe.
Credits: 3

HIST 205 / EUROPE FROM LATE ANTIQUITY TO 1700

Emergence of a distinctive western European civilization out of Christian, Greco-Roman and Germanic institutions, the formation and transformation of medieval European society, the Renaissance and the Reformation, and state building and social change in the early modern era.
Credits: 3

HIST 206 / EUROPE SINCE THE FRENCH REVOLUTION

Emergence of modern societies in Europe, the transition from the absolutist state to the French revolution and its aftermath in Western and Eastern Europe.
Credits: 3

HIST 207 / MODERN HISTORY

Chief themes and events in modern history, roughly since 1848. Industrialization, the American Civil War, start of true `globalization? · the spread of westernization, the rivalries of the Great Powers, World War I. The spread of Americanization, the rise of Communism, the Russian Revolution; the peace-treaties of the period 1919 · 1923 (Versailles to Lausanne).
Credits: 3

HIST 212 / CULTURE AND SOCIETY IN THE EARLY MODERN EUROPE

This course introduces the major themes of the early modern European cultural history from the late middle ages to the French Revolution. In addition to providing a general survey, it aims to familiarize the students with the historiography, that is, the writing of history, of this period. Topics will include the crisis of the late Middle Ages; the Renaissance of the Italian humanists; popular culture and social control; science, magic, and wonders; women and their world; witches and witch hunts; discovery of the Americas; and the Reformation and Counter Reformation.
Credits: 3

HIST 214 / CULTURE AND SOCIETY IN THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE, 1300-1700

This course introduces some of the major issues in the history of the Ottoman Empire with a focus on the cultural life. Topics will include: life at the frontiers; relations between Ottomans and their neighbors; imperial ideology; the social fabric, gender, and ethnic structure; social unrest and religious movements; the new world order and the Ottoman response. Students will be encouraged to compare and contrast academic approaches to Ottoman History with its representation in historical novels and film.
Credits: 3

HIST 216 / HISTORY OF THE MIDDLE EAST

A general introduction of Middle Eastern history from the birth of Islam to the present time with a special emphasis on 19th century changes. Analyzes social, political and economic structures of the Middle East in a historical perspective.
Credits: 3

HIST 217 / COMPARATIVE URBAN HISTORY

The period between the late nineteenth and mid twentieth centuries. The Ottoman port cities of Istanbul and Salonica, Haussmann?s Paris, immigrant New York, the new Turkish capital of Ankara, Soviet Moscow, and Berlin during the interwar period. Exploring mainly the dialectical relationship between the built environment ·urban space- and social change. Illustrate the specificities and similarities of concurrent historical experiences in these different social entities.
Credits: 3

HIST 219 / LABOR HISTORY OF THE LATE OTTOMAN EMPIRE AND EARLY REPUBLICAN TURKEY

The period between the destruction of the Janissaries in 1826 and the end of single party rule in Turkey in 1950. Different theoretical approaches to labor history, artisans? experience with the Industrial Revolution, the making of an industrial labor force, ethnic and gendered segmentations among workers, state and labor relations, and different labor migration patterns.
Credits: 3

HIST 221 / LATE ANTIQUE AND BYZANTINE CIVILIZATION (284-1453 AD)

Introduction to the origins, development and enduring legacy of Late Antique and Byzantine civilization. The course traces the transformation of the ancient world and the emergence and role of Byzantium as a major political, economic and cultural power in Europe and Near East. Topics covered include the spread of Christianity, the development of imperial ideology and the institutions of state, warfare and diplomacy, social and economic life, literary, artistic and architectural achievements, and cultural interaction with Western Europe and the Islamic states of the Near East.
Credits: 3

HIST 226 / BUILDINGS AND CITIES

Introduction to the history of architecture and urbanism. Development of the city in Anatolia, the Mediterranean basin and the Near East.
Credits: 3

HIST 300 / HISTORY OF MODERN TURKEY

Analysis of history of the Ottoman Empire and Turkish Republic from the 19th century until 2000’s. Modules including Empires and Nation States; Citizenship and Minorities; Secularism; Elections and Democracy. The main goal is to familiarize students with these universal concepts while going through history of Turkey.
Credits: 4
Prerequisite:ACWR 101

HIST 301 / THE TURKISH REVOLUTION I

The evolution of the reforms from the Tanzimat Period to the Kemalist period is studied through the period between 1839 and 1938, including their political, economic and social aspects.
Credits: 3
Prerequisite: ACWR. 101

HIST 302 / THE TURKISH REVOLUTION II

The institution of the Republic and a study of historical conditions and events following Atatürk's reforms. Covers the period from the beginning of the Turkish Republic to the 1980s.
Credits: 3
Prerequisite: ACWR. 101 or consent of the instructor

HIST 303 / HISTORY AND FOUNDATIONS OF SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY

Deals with the classical period of social thought. Covers the works of Durkheim, Weber, Simmel and Marx, and the impact these works had on later theories of society.
Credits: 3

HIST 304 / HISTORY OF THE RUSSIAN EMPIRE, 1689-1917

A survey of the history of the Empire of the Romanovs from Peter the Great to the Bolsheviks' October Revolution. Examining the political and social origins of the empire, how it came to be ruled, who ruled it, who was ruled, and why the latter accepted the Romanov dynasty's rule for more than three centuries. Also looking at social movements, the plight of peasants and urban workers, of women and men as gendered beings, and the long-term causes of the convulsions of 1917.
Credits: 3

HIST 307 / TURKEY AND RUSSIA

This course examines what Turkey and Russia have in common · a Tatar and Byzantine inheritance, a comparable process of westernization and, in the revolutionary period 1918-1938, much collaboration as Turkey went ahead with state building. The reception of Russian culture in Turkey will be considered, and so, also, will be the comperative succes of Turkey as against Russia in modern times.
Credits: 3

HIST 308 / HISTORY OF POLITICAL THOUGHT

An historical analysis of great political ideas as put forth by ancient and modern philosophers and political theorists such as Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Montesquieu, and Marx. The focus is on intellectual debates on the foundational questions of politics (forms of government, the relationship of the individual to the state, justice and morality).
Credits: 3
Prerequisite: INTL. 101 or consent of the instructor

HIST 309 / STATE AND SOCIETY IN THE MIDDLE EAST

The establishment and development of Middle Eastern political systems; social and political processes including the end of empires, formation of nation-states, and their foreign policies.
Credits: 3

HIST 310 / HISTORY OF MODERN TURKEY

Analysis of history of the Ottoman Empire and Turkish Republic from the 19th century until 2000’s. Modules including Empires and Nation States; Citizenship and Minorities; Secularism; Elections and Democracy. The main goal is to familiarize students with these universal concepts while going through history of Turkey.
Credits: 4

HIST 311 / HISTORY OF MODERN DIPLOMACY

Examines the evolution of modern diplomacy from the 19th century to the present. Studies topics such as the balance of power, the Concert of Europe, the secret agreements and open diplomacy. Investigates the transformation from the old to the new diplomacy including parliamentary and global diplomacy.
Credits: 3

HIST 313 / TURKISH SOCIETY IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE

Compares Turkish social structures since the 1920s to other societies. Topics include constitutional structures, development of the civil society, economic policies and their impact on rural-urban differentiation, the impact of trends in international development on the environment and income distribution, Istanbul as a global city, gender and ethnicity with respect to economic, political, and social rights.
Credits: 3
SOCI. 100 or consent of the instructor

HIST 314 / HISTORY OF THE BALKAN COUNTRIES

The evolution of local nationalism, social change and its effects on political structures, and problems of economic development in the emergence of nation-states in the Balkan region.
Credits: 3

HIST 316 / TWENTIETH CENTURY EUROPEAN HISTORY

History of Europe from the end of the First World War up to the expansion of the European Union in the early years of the twenty-first century. The creation of nation-states after 1919, the great economic crisis of 1929-33; the emergence of Fascist movements, and the spread of Communist sympathies; the emergence of an apparently successful alternative to `capitalism? in the USSR. The Second World War and the sustained recovery of Western Europe after 1945; the making of the European Union.
Credits: 3

HIST 317 / TRAVELS IN THE OTTOMAN HISTORY WITH EVLİYA ÇELEBİ

This course explores the world of the seventeenth-century Ottoman globe-trotter Evliya Celebi as depicted in his Seyahatname (Book of Travels). Our readings of Evliya Celebi?s travels will take us into Ottoman cities such as Salonica, Istanbul, Bursa, Aleppo and Cairo, and will offer us glimpses into various areas of the social and cultural life, such as the bath houses, coffee shops, and Sufi lodges. The aims of this course are two-fold. First to introduce the students to some of the recent trends in Ottoman historiography, especially the new approaches to urban history. And second, to provide an opportunity to work closely with a primary source and to discuss the ways in which a seventeenth century Ottoman observed, and commented upon, the life in the Ottoman Empire (and neighbouring countries). Selections will be assigned from passages available in English translation, but students who have taken Ottoman Turkish could also read them in transcription. Lectures will include a couple day-trips in Istanbul to some of the major locations described by Evliya Celebi.
Credits: 3
Prerequisite: (HIST. 203 or HIST. 204 or HIST. 214) or consent of the instructor

HIST 323 / ARCHAEOLOGY AND THE HISTORY OF THE ANCIENT MIDDLE EAST

Examination of the first cities and states in the world and the earliest written records of human history. Study of the civilizations of the Sumerians, Akkadians, Babylonians and Assyrians through archaeological remains and historical sources.
Credits: 3

HIST 324 / CULTURE AND SOCIETY IN THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE

Major issues in the history of the Ottoman Empire with a focus on the cultural life. Topics will include: life at the frontiers; relations between Ottomans and their neighbors; imperial ideology; the social fabric, gender, and ethnic structure; social unrest and religious movements; the new world order and the Ottoman response. Students will be encouraged to compare and contrast academic approaches to Ottoman History with its representation in historical novels and film.
Credits: 3

HIST 325 / ROME, ROMAN CITIES AND COUNTRYSIDE

Visual culture and built environment of Asia (China, Korea, Japan, India, Southeast Asia and Asian diaspora). Painting, sculpture, architecture, ritual objects, ceramics, textiles and other visual forms within the wider context of political, religious, social and economic developments of the region.
Credits: 3

HIST 326 / ISLAMIC CITIES

Development of architecture and urbanism in the Islamic world from the 7th through the 20th century. Different types of cities ranging from Spain through Central Asia. Urbanistic and formal developments as tied to social and economic changes. Major cities include Cordoba, Cairo, Istanbul, Damascus, Baghdad, Isfahan, Samarkand, and Delhi. Development of architecture and urbanism in the Islamic world from the 7th through the 20th century. Different types of cities ranging from Spain through Central Asia. Urbanistic and formal developments as tied to social and economic changes. Major cities include Cordoba, Cairo, Istanbul, Damascus, Baghdad, Isfahan, Samarkand, and Delhi.
Credits: 3

HIST 327 / COMPARATIVE URBAN HISTORY

The period between the late nineteenth and mid-twentieth centuries. The spatial focus of the course is the Ottoman port cities of Istanbul and Salonica, Haussmann?s Paris, immigrant New York, the new Turkish capital of Ankara, Soviet Moscow, and Berlin during the interwar period. Exploring the relationship between the urban space and social change the course aims to illustrate the specificities and similarities of concurrent historical experiences in these different social entities.
Credits: 3

HIST 332 / STATE, EMPIRE AND NATION

A study of state theory and state transformations with a special emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries. The end of multi-ethnic empires and the emergence of nation states will be analyzed by comparing the cases of the Hapsburg, Russian and Ottoman Empires.
Credits: 3

HIST 334 / CENTRAL ASIAN REPUBLICS IN TRANSITION

The analysis of the political, economic, social, and cultural developments in the five Central Asian republics (Turkmenistan, Kazakistan, Kirgizstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan) and Azerbaijan in the Pre-Soviet (1900-1920), Soviet (1920-1991), and the Post-Soviet periods (1992-current) by focusing on the internal and external problems and challenges during these major transitions. The roles and policies of foreign countries (chiefly Russia, China, Iran, Turkey, the US, EU, and Japan) in the region will also be studied.
Credits: 3

HIST 335 / URBAN HISTORY OF THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE, 1800-1918

The questioning of urbanism and modernity in the nineteenth and early twentieth century Ottoman Empire. Four Eastern Mediterranean Port Cities, namely Istanbul, Izmir, Salonica and Beirut. A growing world economy transforming the urban spaces of these cities. Cities located in the interior regions. Local social, political and economic dynamics of the Ottoman Empire. The process of how different segments of Ottoman society adapted to, challenged and reworked `modernity? through urban spatial organization.
Credits: 3

HIST 337 / RELIGION AND POLITICS IN EUROPE

Explores the complex ways in which religion and politics have been intertwined in European history, from the persecution or expulsion of infidels and heretics in the Middle Ages to the religiously based civil wars in the 20th century Balkans. Topics include religious affiliations that have been used to mark political differences, and countervailing forces that have allowed for religious coexistence and cultural pluralism.
Credits: 3

HIST 350 / SELECTED TOPICS IN HISTORY I

Detailed examination of current topics in History.
Credits: 3

HIST 351 / SELECTED TOPICS IN HISTORY II

Detailed examination of current topics in History.
Credits: 3

HIST 360 / ECONOMIC HISTORY

This course examines the representation of Islam by European writers and artists from the medieval to the modern era with special attention to the social, political and economic context in which perceptions were shaped. The study material includes both the critical literature on Orientalism, and primary sources in a wide variety of media and genres from travel literature and political tracts to painting and film.
Credits: 3
Prerequisite: (ECON. 100 or ECON. 202)

HIST 390 / INDEPENDENT STUDY I

Investigation of one or more topics of interest with the guidance of an instructor. Presentation of a research paper at the end of the term.
Credits: 3

HIST 395 / INDEPENDENT STUDY

Investigation of one or more topics of interest with the guidance of an instructor. Presentation of a research paper at the end of the term.
Credits: 1.5

HIST 401 / CONTEMPORARY WORLD HISTORY : 1900 - 1939

Main themes of early twentieth-century history, with emphasis on phenomena of global significance: the Great War, the Bolshevik Revolution, the modernist disposition, the Great Depression, the beginnings of decolonization, fascism, and interwar diplomacy.
Credits: 3

HIST 402 / CONTEMPORARY WORLD HISTORY SINCE 1939

Main themes of later twentieth-century history, with emphasis on phenomena of global significance: World War II, the postwar economic dispensation, the Cold War, existentialism and feminism, decolonization, Maoism, problems of economic development, and the collapse of the Soviet bloc.
Credits: 3

HIST 403 / CULTURE HERITAGE MANAGEMENT I

Conservation, interpretation, communication and management of all archaeological and historical resources that are regarded as cultural heritage. Theoretical and methodological approaches, social and political factors, which shape our understanding and management of the cultural heritage. Examination of local and global, international and national institutions which deal with cultural heritage, the relevant legislation and conventions that impact the management of these resources.
Credits: 3

HIST 404 / HISTORIOGRAPHY

Historical methods and assumptions, concentrating on historiography from the seventeenth century to the present.
Credits: 3
Prerequisite: HIST. 103 or consent of the instructor

HIST 405 / CULTURE HERITAGE MANAGEMENT II

Continuation of ARHA 404. Examination of case studies and specialized topics.
Credits: 3

HIST 406 / EUROPEAN DIPLOMACY AND THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE

European diplomatic history since the French Revolution focusing on the impact of 19th century European diplomacy on the Ottoman Empire. Concepts such as the "Balance of Power" and the "Eastern Question" are studied by investigating European policy vis-à-vis the Ottoman Empire and the Ottoman response.
Credits: 3

HIST 409 / GENDER, CULTURE AND POLITICS

The role of gender in public and private life and its political, cultural and social implications.
Credits: 3

HIST 410 / HISTORY OF IDEOLOGIES : NATIONALISM, SOCIALISM AND FASCISM

Deals with ideologies such as Marxism, Fascism, Liberalism & Social Democracy. This course also compares nationalism in European and non-European countries.
Credits: 3

HIST 411 / COLONIALISM AND IMPERIALISM

Concentrates on the age of High Imperialism, analyzing the policies pursued by European powers and the United States in regard to Africa, Asia and Latin America, as well as the indigenous movements in reaction to these policies and the impact of decolonization.
Credits: 3

HIST 412 / CULTURAL HISTORY

Examines theoretical and working paradigms from anthropology, art history and critical theory to explore different approaches to selected issues in cultural history.
Credits: 3

HIST 413 / COMPARATIVE STUDY OF REVOLUTIONS

Main theoretical perspectives on social and political revolutions, comparing historical examples such as the French, American, Russian and Iranian Revolutions.
Credits: 3

HIST 415 / MODERN HISTORIOGRAPHY OF THE LATE ANTIQUE AND BYZANTINE WORLDS

The course examines perceptions and representations of the Late Antique and Byzantine worlds in modern times. Approaches and transformations in the study of the discipline will be analyzed. Modern methods in history writing form an integral part of the course.
Credits: 3

HIST 420 / LATE ANTIQUE AND BYZANTINE HISTORY WRITING

This course analyzes the broad range of historical documents contributing to the making of Late Antique and Byzantine histories.
Credits: 3

HIST 425 / CONSTANTINOPLE 330-1453

The history and the archaeology of the Byzantine imperial capital from its foundation to the Ottoman conquest. The functions of the built environment in relation to both historical time and urban space: the imperial palaces, the public churches, civic ritual and entertainment, economic and social services, the provision of welfare and defense, and the role of monasteries in the life of the community.
Credits: 3

HIST 427 / PAINTING IN THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE

Introduction to painting in the Ottoman Empire through the centuries, the art of miniature painting, manuscript illustration and album making in the Ottoman palace, the formation of a distinctive style developed through the interactions of the visual traditions of the East and West. The adoption of new techniques and styles such as murals and canvas painting as a result of encounters with Western art.
Credits: 3

HIST 433 / STATE AND SOCIETY IN THE 19TH CENTURY OTTOMAN EMPIRE

This course surveys the 19th century Ottoman Empire. It emphasizes political ideologies produced by the Ottoman ruling elite such as Ottomanism and the birth of Turkish nationalism. It raises the following questions in the context of the Ottoman empire in a comparative perspective: How did the Ottoman empire control its populations in the 19th century? What state policies and political ideologies became decisive in maintaining state control? Was the collapse of multi-ethnic empire inevitable in the 20th century?
Credits: 3

HIST 440 / RISE AND FALL OF THE SOVIET UNION, 1917-1991

Exploring the nature and significance of the Soviet experiment, the controversies to which it has given rise, and the forces, processes, and personalities that shaped the formation, transformation, and ultimate collapse of both the Soviet system and the Soviet Union.
Credits: 3

HIST 445 / US-TURKISH RELATIONS

The course focuses on the history of foreign relations between the United States and Turkey with a particular emphasis on the Cold War era to the present.
Credits: 3
Prerequisite: INTL. 203 or consent of the instructor

HIST 450 / SELECTED TOPICS IN HISTORY I

Detailed examination of current topics in History.
Credits: 3

HIST 451 / SELECTED TOPICS IN HISTORY II

Detailed examination of current topics in History.
Credits: 3

HIST 452 / SELECTED TOPICS IN THE HISTORY OF ASIA

Examines the history of a selected region of Asia from prehistoric times to the present; investigates the distinctive religious, social, economic, cultural, and political traditions of the selected region.
Credits: 3

HIST 460 / OTTOMAN IMAGINATION: A CULTURAL HISTORY

Introducing the social uses of the production and the consumption of "imaginary realms" in the early modern Ottoman Empire. Included topics: readers, writers and production of knowledge; poetry, history and political uses of rememberence; dreams, fortune-telling and establishment of social networks. Examination of recent approaches to the early modern cultural history and Ottoman studies, Ottoman sources in translation, and Ottoman architecture through class trips to historical sites.
Credits: 3

HIST 475 / ART AND ARCHAEOLOGY OF SELJUK PERIOD

Introduction to the material culture of the Seljuk Period in Anatolia. Detailed examination of the architectural remains of the Seljuks, such as palaces, caravanserais, tombs, mosques, madrasas, khans and hospitals, the urbanization, art and architecture of the Seljuks.
Credits: 3

HIST 483 / NUMISMATICS

Introduction to the science of numismatics, both technical and applied aspects. Emphasis on the importance of coinage for an understanding of the economic, social and ideological history of the ancient world and on their significance to the archaeologist in the field.
Credits: 3

HIST 490 / INDEPENDENT STUDY II

Work on the research proposal resulting from HIST 390 with the guidance of an instructor, culminating in a research paper suitable for presentation.
Credits: 3

HIST 491 / HONORS PROJECT

Available to students with a GPA equal to or greater than 3.00 and with consent of the instructor.
Credits: 3

HIST 495 / INDEPENDENT STUDY


Credits: 1.5