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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 Course Information and Schedule page in AGORA and on the Woods College website for more detailed information.
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 21–May 12, Martin Menke

ADHS 112701 America Between the Wars: Good Times and Hard Times
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 25–May 16, Alex Bloom

ADHS 113001  Puritans to Patriots: Town of Boston 1630-1822
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 20–May 11, Chris Hannan

ADHS 114201  An Emerging World: Political, Economic and Cultural Trends in the 21st Century
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 23–May 14, Michael Paul

ADHS 117701  Resistance: Call to Action
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 20–May 11, Lorenz Reibling

ADHS 118501  A Half Century of American Film
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 19–May 10, Chris Hannan

ADHS 221001  For God and Country
FULLY ONLINE COURSE. No day/times are specified; students must participate weekly per all communications and instructions from the professor; students must adhere to course schedule and submit weekly course work on time.
“For God and Country” seems self-evident, but what if obeying God requires disobeying the country’s government?  Can a person of faith endorse the slogan “my country, right or wrong?” In this course, historical examples serve to achieve a greater understanding of the tension between religious and civic imperatives. Historical examples will range from Christian martyrdom in the Roman Empire or the Jewish uprising at Masada to Christians resisting the Nazi regime. Examples from the three monotheistic religions of the West will be analyzed. Required readings consist of historical documents.
This course is fully online and class discussions will occur synchronously and asynchronously.
Jan 19–May 16, ONLINE, Martin Menke

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