— M.A., The University of Texas at Austin, B.A, Yale College
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A native of Leawood, Kansas, Peter Hamilton graduated from Yale with Distinction in History in May 2007. Having already lived in Beijing and Shanghai, Peter then spent two years teaching English literature, composition, and U.S. history at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. At the University of Texas, Peter is pursuing studies in modern U.S. and modern Chinese history, with a particular focus on American expatriate communities in China and Hong Kong.
HIS S315L • The United States Since 1865
MTWTHF 100pm-230pm GEA 105
In this course, students will be immersed in a survey of the highlights of modern US history from Reconstruction through 2000. Through readings, lectures, discussion of primary sources, films, music, and the visual arts, students will think critically about modern American identity and interpret competing visions of its past. In learning to think as historians, students are expected to question prior assumptions, to weigh primary sources and dueling texts, and actively engage with instructors and fellow students. Major themes include democracy and capitalism, empire and race, culture and identity.
Paul Johnson, A History of the American People (HarperPerennial, 1998).
Howard Zinn, A People’s History of the United States, 1492-Present (HarperPerennial, 1999).
Weekly Reading Quizzes 20%
Exam 1 15%
Exam 2 15%
Final Exam 30%
HIS 364G • Global Hong Kong
MWF 1100am-1200pm GAR 1.126
(also listed as
AAS 325, ANS 361 )
This course examines the history of Hong Kong from a global perspective, stretching from the First Opium War (1839-42) to the present day. Through lectures, discussions, films, and readings, we will foreground Hong Kong’s place on the world stage—as a trading entrepôt, a migration hub, a political sanctuary, and an economic powerhouse. We will study the evolution of the British colonial regime, the lives of diverse Hong Kong residents, and the trades and industries that have sustained the territory. We will pay keen attention to the world migrations, economic developments, and catastrophes in which Hong Kong has played an important role, such as the opium trade, the Chinese diaspora, China’s political upheavals, the Cold War, the Vietnam War, and mainland China’s post-1978 economic reform and takeoff. Finally, as the historic embarkation point and logistical nexus for Chinese migrants to the United States, Hong Kong holds a special significance for Asian American studies. Throughout the course, special attention will be paid to Hong Kong’s links with the United States.
1. Eric Jay Dolin, When America First Met China: An Exotic History of Tea, Drugs, and Money in the Age of Sail(New York: Liveright, W. W. Norton, 2012).
2. Elizabeth Sinn, Pacific Crossing: California Gold, Chinese Migration, and the Making of Hong Kong (Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2013).
3. Leo Ou-fan Lee, City Between Worlds: My Hong Kong (Cambridge, Mass. and London: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2008).
4. Martin Booth, Golden Boy: Memories of a Hong Kong Childhood (US Edition)/ Gweilo: A Memoir of a Hong Kong Childhood (UK Edition)
Map Quiz 10%
Pop Quizzes 10%
Reading Responses 15%
Book Review 20%
Final Essay 35%