HIS 389 • 19th Century U.S. in a Transnational Context
6:00 PM-9:00 PM
We will read both canonical works and recent innovative scholarship on such topics as slavery and abolition; nationalism; industrialization and the development of market economies; the Irish and native American diasporas; frontiers and empires; and the rise of popular politics and culture. We will compare the effects of 'traditional' interpretations that concentrate on the purely domestic aspects of these issues, and approaches that highlight cross-national, international or comparative themes.
This reading course will investigate important topics in nineteenth century U.S. history by situating them in a transnational context. PLEASE NOTE: Time and location to be arranged by negotiation.
The course grade will be based on weekly short papers and participation in class discussion.