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Smith College

Department of History

Spring 2007

Table of Contents

introduction 3
The Program in History 3
Requirements for the Major in History 3
Requirements for the Minor in History 4
Study Abroad 4
Course Descriptions 6
100-Level Courses 6
200-Level Courses 6
Seminars 16
Special Studies Options in History 16
Cross-Listed Courses 17
Departmental Honors Program 18
Recent Honors Thesis Titles 19

The Faculty 21
Scheduled Retirements and Leaves of Absence for Faculty Members 29
Departmental Activities 30
Student Liaisons 30

Awards and Prizes 31

Directory of Addresses, Student Majors and Minors 33

This handbook contains a description of the major and minor, a discussion of departmental activities and programs, a description of the honors program, descriptions of courses and course requirements, a directory of the members of the faculty, and a directory of students majoring or minoring in programs in the department.
Requirements for the Major in History
The History major comprises 11 semester courses, at least six of which shall normally be

taken at Smith, distributed as follows:

1. Field of concentration: five semester courses, at least one of which is a Smith

History department seminar. Two of these may be historically oriented courses at the 200-level or above in other disciplines approved by the student’s adviser

Fields of concentration: Antiquity; Islamic Middle East; East Asia; Europe, 300-1650;

Europe, 1650-to the present; Africa; Latin America; United States; Women's History; Comparative Colonialism.

Note: A student may also design a field of concentration, which should consist of courses related chronologically, geographically, methodologically or thematically, and must be approved by an adviser.
2. Additional courses: six courses, of which four must be in two fields distinct from

the field of concentration. Two of these six may be cross-listed courses in the

History department.
3. No more than two courses taken at the 100-level may count toward the major.
4. Geographical breadth: among the 11 semester courses counting towards the major

there must be at least one course each in three of the following geographical



East Asia and Central Asia


Latin America

Middle East and South Asia

North America

Courses both in the field of concentration and outside the field of concentration may be used to satisfy this requirement. AP credits may not be used to satisfy this requirement.

The S/U grading option is not allowed for courses counting toward the major.

A student may count one (but only one) AP examination in history with a grade of 4 or 5 as the equivalent of a course for 4 credits toward the major.

A reading knowledge of foreign languages is highly desirable and is especially recommended for students planning a major in History.

Requirements for the Minor in History
The minor comprises five semester courses. At least three of these courses must be related chronologically, geographically, methodologically or thematically. At least three of the courses will normally be taken at Smith. Students should consult their advisers.
The S/U grading option is not allowed for courses counting toward the major.

Study Abroad

The History department encourages all students to consider studying abroad, especially in an institution that teaches in a language other than English.
A student planning to study away from Smith during the academic year or during the summer must consult with a departmental adviser concerning rules for granting credit toward the major or the degree. Students must consult with the departmental adviser for study away both before and after their participation in Junior Year Abroad programs.
Adviser for study away: Joachim Stieber

In recent years History majors and minors have studied on Smith's own Junior Year Abroad Programs in

France: Paris

Switzerland: Geneva

Italy: Florence, and

Germany: Hamburg, as well as on consortial programs in

Spain: Cordoba,

Japan: Kyoto and

Mexico: Puebla
They have also studied independently in

Egypt: Cairo

Senegal: Dakar

South Africa: University of Natal at Pietermaritzburg

Tanzania: Dar-es-Salaam

Morocco: Rabat

Israel: Ben Gurion University

China: Beijing

Korea: Yonsei


Dominican Republic

Australia: Trinity College Parkville, Adelaide, Sydney

New Zealand: Otago

Austria: Vienna

Czech Republic: Prague

Denmark: Copenhagen

England: Bristol, London School of Economics, University College London,

Royal Holloway, King's College London, School of Oriental and African Studies,

Oxford, East Anglia, Queen Mary and Westfield, Sussex, York

Greece: Athens

Ireland: Galway, Cork, University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin,


Netherlands: Amsterdam

Portugal: Coimbra

Russia: Yaroslavl, Saint Petersburg

Scotland: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Saint Andrews

Spain: Madrid

New York and Paris

For more information on these and other programs, visit the Study Abroad Office and consult with seniors who have returned from study elsewhere. As most programs are not designed specifically for History majors, it is necessary for the student to consult closely with the Adviser for Study Abroad.
100-Level Courses
Colloquia with a limited enrollment of 18 and surveys with open enrollment, both designed to introduce the study of history to students at the beginning level. Emphasis on the sources and methods of historical analysis. Recommended for all students with an interest in history and those considering a History major or minor.

{H} 4 credits
HST101 (C) Introduction to Historical Inquiry

Topic: Latin America and the United States

An overview of U.S. policy in Latin America from the 19th century to the present. Main focus is on Latin America; it is intended to be a view from the south. From the Monroe Doctrine and Manifest Destiny to the Cold War, the drug war and the war against terrorism, how Latin American governments and citizens have collaborated with, challenged and resisted U.S. hegemony in the hemisphere. Enrollment limited to 18 students, first-years and sophomores. {H} 4 credits

Ann Zulawski

TTH 3:00-4:20 p.m.

200-Level Courses
Lectures (L) are unrestricted as to size. Colloquia (C) are primarily reading and discussion courses limited to 18. Lectures and colloquia are open to all students unless otherwise indicated. In certain cases, students may enroll in colloquia for seminar credit with permission of the instructor.
HST201 (L) The Silk Road

Today we are constantly informed by the media that we live in a global age characterized by intensified contacts between civilizations from different parts of the world. But even in the pre-modern period there had been opportunities for different forms of exchange to take place between societies far removed from each other in geographical and cultural terms. This is a survey course that aims to explore the variety and extent of contacts between civilizations within and on the fringes of the Eurasian continent before the Age of European Exploration and Colonization. We will begin with horse nomads in the prehistoric period and end with the travel account of Marco Polo, a Venetian merchant who made a journey to the court of the (Mongol) Great Khan in China in the late Thirteenth Century. Such a historical survey cannot be exhaustive -- we will not try to cover everything. Instead, several select themes will receive most of our attention: the nature of pastoral nomadism on the Eurasian Steppes, the interactions between settled (agricultural) peoples and nomads, and the nature of nomadic empires; some reasons why, during periods when most people lived and died within miles of where they were born, certain individuals and groups traveled either by sea or by land along the Silk Road stretching from the Mediterranean to China; and, finally, how the experiences of travel informed various peoples' knowledge of others and of the world, and how this knowledge in turn reinforced their notions of civilization and identity.

The two weekly sessions will generally combine lecture and discussion of the readings. There will be three written assignments (two short papers and one longer final paper) and no examinations. {H} 4 credits

Richard Lim

MW 2:40-4:00 p.m.
HST205 (L) The Roman Empire

This course is a historical survey of Roman history from the establishment of the Principate, or Empire, by Augustus in first century BC to the rise of Christianity in the Roman world in the fourth century AD.

Lectures and readings will be devoted to the exploration of particular topics: civil war and the end of the Republic; the career of Julius Caesar; Augustus and the creation of an imperial regime; the Julio-Claudian emperors from Augustus to Nero; Roman historical writings; Tacitus and Suetonius; the cult of the Roman emperor and its reception; the grand strategy of the Roman empire: assimilation and resistance; Jews and Judaism in the Roman world; the High Roman empire; the Roman army; life in Rome and Italy; life in the provinces; Roman women, family and society; Roman traditional religion (paganism); the persecution of Christians; Diocletian, Constantine and the Later Roman Empire; towards a Christian Roman Empire.
We will be reading from a variety of primary historical documents and secondary sources, including Suetonius, The Twelve Caesars (Penguin); Tacitus, The Annals of Imperial Rome (Penguin); Josephus, The Jewish War (Penguin); Apuleius, The Golden Ass; N. Lewis & M. Reinhold, eds., Roman Civilization. II. The Empire (Columbia Univ. Press ); and Averil Cameron, The Later Roman Empire (Harvard Univ. Press).
Most of our meetings will combine lecture presentations with discussions, while a number of designated sessions have been set aside for discussion. The written work consists of two short papers (5 pages each), a midterm and a final examination. {H} 4 credits

Richard Lim

MW 1:10-2:30 p.m.
HST208 (L) The Shaping of the Modern Middle East, 1789-1956

A survey of Middle Eastern history from the decline of the Ottoman Empire to the end of the era of European imperialism. The historical background necessary to understand the major movements, figures and ideologies of the modern Middle East; the rise and impact of European imperialism and fascism; the emergence of Arab and Turkish Nationalism, the impact of Zionism, and the development of new nation states and ideologies after World War I. {H} 4 credits

Daniel Brown

TTH 3:00-4:20 p.m.

HST212 (L) China in Transformation, A.D. 750-1900

Chinese society and civilization from the Tang dynasty to the Taiping rebellion. Topics include disappearance of the hereditary aristocracy and rise of the scholar-official class, civil service examination system, Neo-Confucian orthodoxy, poetry and the arts, Mongol conquest, popular beliefs, women and the family, Manchus in China, domestic rebellion, and confrontation with the West. {H} 4 credits

Daniel Gardner

TTH 10:30-11:50 a.m.

HST214 (C) Aspects of Chinese History

Topic:Culture and Power in Imperial China

An examination of the artistic, literary, philosophical, religious, and scholarly expression of the Chinese before the 20th century. {H} 4 credits

Daniel Gardner

T 1:00-3:30 p.m.

HST220 (C) Japan to 1600

The history of premodern Japan is often associated with samurai, geisha, cherry blossoms and Mt. Fuji. These associations may tell us more about ourselves than about Japan’s premodern past. In this course, we will explore how individuals of different backgrounds in premodern Japanese society—elites and commoners, men and women, warriors, priests, aristocrats, agriculturalists, and fisher-folk—conceived of themselves and their world.

The course begins in prehistoric times and ends with the development of an early-modern state in the seventeenth century. Key topics include the creation of a centralized state, the emperor and the aristocracy, the rise of the samurai, rebellion, religion, sexuality, and “national seclusion.” The course will function as a colloquium, a discussion course which focuses on the readings as the core of the work. Our discussions will be supplemented by lectures and occasional audio-visual presentations.

Work for the course will consist of a midterm exam, a final exam, several short papers, and a presentation. {H} 4 credits

Marnie Anderson

M 7:00-9:30 p.m.

HST223 (L) Women in Japanese History: From Ancient Times to the Nineteenth Century

The dramatic transformation in gender relations is a key feature of Japan’s premodern history. In this course, we will examine how Japanese men and women have constructed norms of male and female behavior in different historical periods, how gender differences were institutionalized in social structures and practices, and how these norms and institutions changed over time. Due to the current state of the field, our focus will be primarily on women. Our goal is to understand the relationship between the changing structure of dominant institutions and the gendered experiences of women and men from different classes from approximately the seventh through the nineteenth centuries. Consonant with current developments in gender history, we will explore crucial variables such as class, religion, and political context which have affected women’s and men’s lives. The interaction of these variables with gender, rather than gender alone, has created the world in which Japanese women and men actually lived. Throughout the course, the feminist and historical scholarship of the last twenty years will help us to understand the ongoing conflict between textual prescription and reality.

Though the course will center on lecture, discussion will also be important. Work for the course will consist of one short critical essay, a midterm exam, a presentation, and a final research paper. The final paper will require that you design and answer a significant question regarding the history of gender in Japan. {H/S} 4 credits

Marnie Anderson

MW 9:00-10:20 a.m.
HST225 (L) The Making of the Medieval World, 800-1350

While often portrayed in modern popular culture as an undifferentiated world of castles, knights, and swooning maidens, the European Middle Ages were in fact a period of transformation and creation, marked by the rise of beliefs and institutions (such as individualism, bureaucracy, and "the State") that continue to define us and our world today. This course examines the development of medieval society from the dawn of the second millennium through the early years of the fourteenth century. Through the discussion of primary texts, students will explore two broad themes--the formation and definition of the Christian community, or "Christendom", and the social bonds linking medieval men and women (in particular, how notions of lordship and community were defined, refined, and resisted by rulers and subjects throughout Europe)--as well as how the broad concepts of "Christiandom" and "secular society" intersected in theory and practice during the European Middle Ages. {H} 4 credits

Sean Gilsdorf

MWF 10:00-10:50 a.m.

HST230 (L) Europe from 1300 to 1530 and the Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy

Latin Christian society in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, emphasis upon the theory and practice of government, in the Church and in secular society. The formation of new cultural ideals in Renaissance Italy, set against the background of traditional Latin Christian civilization in western and central Europe.

A survey of the economy and geography of late medieval Europe, including a study of the Bubonic Plague as a traumatic event with major economic and cultural consequences. Through course readings students will participate in the fourteenth-century debates over absolute monarchy versus constitutional government in the Church and in secular society. The emergence of a new outlook toward ancient Rome and Greece will be studied in the writings of humanists like Petrarch, Machiavelli, and Castiglione who created new literary forms (the sonnet) and perfected old ones (the letter, the dialogue) as they challenged traditional religious norms of political analysis and elaborated new norms of conduct and of education for the dominant groups in society and for all with ambition.

Films on war and on the culture of the aristocracy in late medieval France and the Low Countries, and on Renaissance art in Florence will be shown during class and complement the assigned reading and lectures.

Requirements: (1) Two Short Essays (3-5 pages) based on the regularly assigned reading during the first six weeks of the semester. (2) A Course Essay (6-8 pages) on a topic of the student's choosing, due in Week XI. There is no mid-semester examination but a (3) self-scheduled written final examination, based on study questions distributed in advance.

{H} 4 credits

Joachim Stieber

MWF 9:00-9:50 a.m.

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