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SPRING 2015

ADHS 109201  Modern History II
ADHS109201 Syllabus
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 for more detailed information.
Survey of Europe's tumultuous history from the French Revolution to the revolutions of 1989. The focus develops modern ideologies (from conservatism and capitalism to Marxism and fascism), the role of technological change in accelerating globalization, and the role of the individual as citizen in modern society as well as the great challenges and achievements of the twentieth century.
Thurs 6:15–9:15, Jan 15–May 7, Martin Menke

ADHS 111101  The Vietnam Experience

ADHS111101 Syllabus
Constant references to Iraq and Afghanistan as America’s new Vietnam suggest an examination of America’s thirty year military involvement in Southeast Asia, a most controversial episode in U.S. history. This course looks at the origins of the Cold War, the Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon presidencies, antiwar activism and other Vietnam era movements, the American soldier’s experiences during and after service, and relevant parallels and differences with our current involvement.
Mon 6:15–9:15, Jan 12–May 11, Alex Bloom

ADHS 114101  Defining Moments
ADHS114101 Syllabus
This course looks at decisions, events and expectations that influenced the evolving direction of the United States. The course explores the framework, incentives, barriers, personalities, positions and power brokers determining the emerging presence of the United States in the world. Topics include America’s spreading influence before and after WWI; the Great Depression; US and WWII; Vietnam, the Cold War. Some readings: Michael Adams, The Best War Ever; Tim O’Brien, The Things They Carried; Emily Rosenberg, Spreading the American Dream; M. Walker, Cold War.
Sat 9–12 p.m., Jan 17–May 9, 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 14–May 6, Lorenz Reibling

ADHS 119101  History of Jazz in America
ADHS119101 Syllabus
This course explores the evolution and development of jazz from its origins in the 19th century through its rise in popularity to become America’s most popular music. It will also trace its further evolution during the post war period. It looks at American history and culture through immigration, society, popular culture and entertainment. It examines jazz through texts and performances as a distinctly American contribution – from its West African roots, spirituals, work songs, its West Indies’ influence, through New Orleans, Kansas City, Chicago and Harlem, its urban blues, swing, bebop, Afro-Cuban rhythms and rock and roll. The students will develop an understanding of our nation’s history through this distinctive American music.
Tues 6:15–9:15, Jan 13–May 5, Chris Hannan

ADHS 300101  Brahmins to Bosses to Busing: City of Boston 1822-2015
ADHS300101 Syllabus
The history of Boston from its height as "the Hub of the Universe" in the 1820s, through the tumultuous Civil War and post-war periods. The course will then examine 20th century Boston and the great events and figures which have shaped its destiny as one of America's most important cities. It will include the era of forced busing in Boston and assess the lasting impact of this period for Boston.
Wed 6:15–9:15, Jan 14–May 6, Chris Hannan

 


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