HIS 382N • History and Memory
5:30 PM-8:30 PM
This course is divided into two parts. During the first part we will read and discuss different theories related to the issue of memory in historical context touching on such topics as remembering and interpreting the past, collective and personal memories, the political construction of ad hoc memories in support of political agendas, the heritage of traumatic memories from the Holocaust to the Chinese Cultural revolution, historical amnesia and nostalgia in post-Communist countries. During the second part of the course the students will prepare a research paper that they will present and discuss in class. This course privileges a wide comparative approach but will give particular attention to China in the twentieth century. Students are, however, encouraged to write papers in their area of specialization.