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ADHS 109201  Modern History II
This is a hybrid course, which combines some in-person and some online class meetings. Please refer to the course syllabus on the Woods College website or on the course Canvas page for more detailed information.
ADHS109201 Syllabus
Survey of European history in global context from the revolutionary movements of the late enlightenment in Europe and in the Americas to the revolutions in Europe, Africa, and elsewhere at the end of the 20th century. The focus will be on the post enlightenment responses to the fundamental questions of human existence as well as economic social and political organization from conservatism and capitalism to Marxism and fascism, as well as the relationship between Westerners and peoples all over the globe.
Thurs 6:15–9:15, Jan 18–May 10, Martin Menke

ADHS 112701  America Between the Wars
ADHS112701 Syllabus
A survey of the years 1918–1945, covering the roaring 20s, the Stock Market Crash, the Depression, the New Deal and the American involvement in World War II. Course investigates the political events of these years, the changing patterns of American life, the social and cultural trends, and the emergence of America as an international power.
Mon 6:15–9:15, Jan 22–May 14, Alex Bloom

ADHS 113001  History of Boston: Puritans to Patriots
ADHS113001 Syllabus
Course covers the history of Boston from its founding through the momentous events of the 17th and 18th centuries when Boston became the second most important city in the British Empire. During the tumultuous 18th century, Boston significantly expanded financially and geographically, becoming the capital of New England before facing a number of difficulties in the mid-1700's. Course traces Boston's central role in the American Revolution, with an emphasis on Adams, Revere and others, as well as the Boston Massacre, the Tea Party and the Battle of Bunker Hill. We will then focus on how Boston reinvented itself after independence to become by the 1820's, the "Hub of the Universe."
Wed 6:15–9:15, Jan 17–May 9, Chris Hannan

ADHS 114201  An Emerging World
ADHS114201 Syllabus (Updated)
Focuses on events in Europe to view how the world community of nations defined their role in and came to terms with the twenty-first century. Novels, memoirs, essays and documentaries reveal the events and decisions that forced or allowed nations to define themselves in the modern world. Topics include Europe and World War I; the Great Depression; World War II; decolonization and the Cold War; and resurgent nationalism and the “new world order, globalization and terrorism.” Books include Regeneration, Pat Barker; The Road to Wigan Pier, George Orwell; The European Home Fronts, Earl Beck; Blood and Belonging, Michael Ignatieff; and brief readings.
Sat 9–12 p.m., Jan 20–May 12, Michael Paul
NOTE - Saturday class

ADHS 117701  Resistance: Call to Action
ADHS117701 Syllabus
This course explores the lives, motivations, and outcomes of individuals who for a myraid of reasons responded to the emerging Nazi catastrophe. The course defines resistance from religious, ethical, moral, political as well as military perspectives identifying the main protagonists, their moral or ethical dilemmas and final composite failure. What makes resistance permissible, legitimate or even manda-tory? Do the gospels encourage resistance? The course looks at religious organizations, political groups, and student movements during this tumultuous period in history. Analyzing confrontation, adaptation and alternative strategies enriches class insight. Guest speakers.
Wed 6:15–9:15, Jan 17–May 9, Lorenz Reibling

ADHS 118501  A Half-Century of American Film
ADHS118501 Syllabus
A brief history of American film from the days of the silent nickelodeon through the end of the Romantic years of the 50s. Films are viewed, analyzed and discussed.
Tues 6:15–9:15, Jan 16–May 8, Chris Hannan

ADHS 211001  Art, Politics, and Propaganda: Birth of the Nation State 1300-1700
ADHS211001 Syllabus
This course examines the crucial role of Art and Politics in the creation of the Nation State during the Renaissance. We will look specifically at the Tudor and Stuart era in England and Scotland in order to examine the intersection of Art and artists and the politics of the time. In placing Art in its historical context, we will investigate how the Tudor and Stuart dynasties used Art (paintings, poetry, plays, and literature) as a way of engendering and solidifying the concept of the Nation State. We hope to discover the role played by political factors, and various art forms, in confirming the legitimacy of the Nation State in England between 1300-1700.
Thurs 6:15–9:15, Jan 18–May 10, Michael Paul

ADHS 302201  From the Mongols to the Manhattan Project: The History of our Globalized World
ADHS302201 Syllabus
This course traces changes in political, economic, and cultural ideas and realities from the thirteenth century to the modern era. Focusing on global themes and their regional impact, we will examine the development of political and social structures, the establishment of global trade and empires, the use of violence to create order, the changing roles of religion, and the impact of large scale migration. World-changing ideas do not emerge in isolation; examining political, economic, and cultural interactions as they developed in the early modern and modern world will begin to provide insight into the origins of today’s interconnected world. The goal of this course is to help students understand the world in which we live by studying the broad trends of global history over the past 800 years. We will begin by examining the complex and dispersed legacies of Early Modern empires, then follow the flow of global change that resulted from human exchange and conflict through the Age of Discovery, the Enlightenment, the Industrial and Political Revolutions of the 18th Century and the Age of Empire before exploring the extremes of the twentieth century, where human ingenuity hit new heights of creativity and destruction.
ONLINE, Jan 16–May 14, Peter Moloney
FULLY ONLINE COURSE - Asynchronous. No days or times are specified; students must participate weekly per all communications and instructions from the professor, must adhere to course schedule, and submit all course work on time.

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