History



HST 095C ~ Gandhi and the Politics of Indian Nationalism
CRN: 93410

What is nationalism? And what does nationalism mean in a country like India that is divided by geography, religion, caste, language, and more? In this course we will explore how Mohandas K. Gandhi and others tried to answer those questions in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Examining the ties of education, idealism, religion, and anti-colonialism, we will look at how nationalists tried to forge a sense of unity among a heterogeneous and divided country; analyzing the deep fissures that eventually split British India into independent India and Pakistan in 1947, we will investigate what made a united India impossible. Throughout the course we will pay particular attention to the iconic figure of Mohandas Gandhi. Described variously as a saint, traitor, savior of the poor, or upper-caste oppressor, Gandhi personifies the contradictions and problems of a national leader in a country like India. His life and goals will thus help us make sense of the politics of Indian nationalism during the colonial period.

Requirements Satisfied: non-European Cultures and one Humanities course
Meets: Tuesday, Thursday 2:30pm-3:45pm
Contact: 802-656-3532, Abigail.McGowan@uvm.edu

Abby McGowan: Assistant Professor of History, is an avid collector of Gandhi kitsch of all kinds. A gardener, runner, and native New Englander, she's made numerous long trips to India, most recently in the summer of 2008 to start new research on domestic decoration and design in early twentieth-century India.


HST 095D ~ History and Memory: The Vietnam War through Film and Literature
CRN: 93413

The Vietnam War was a seminal event in post-war U.S. history. In this course, we shall explore the relationship between "history" and "memory" by viewing and reading key works of film and literature relating to the Vietnam War. Films include Hearts and Minds, Apocalypse Now, Platoon, The Deer Hunter; books include In Pharaoh's Army, The Things They Carried, A Rumor of War, Chickenhawk. Intensive writing and discussion format; films will be viewed during the class period.

Requirements Satisfied: one Humanities course
Meets: Monday 4:05pm-7:05pm
Contact: 802-656-4497, denise.youngblood@uvm.edu

Denise Youngblood: Professor of History, is a 20-year veteran of the UVM History Department. A cultural historian, she specializes in teaching film and history plus Russian and East European history. She has published extensively on the history of Soviet cinema and is presently co-writing a book on American and Soviet film during the Cold War. She grew up in a small town near Louisville, KY and received her graduate education at Stanford. She doesn't have much of a life outside the university, but she enjoys travel, cooking, reading detective novels and, of course, the movies.


HST 095E ~ Animal Nature: Humans and Other Animals throughout History
CRN: 93414

The lives of humans have always been entwined with those of our animal cousins. They have been our predators, prey, pets, and beasts of burden. Some animals have flourished under the reign of Homo sapiens, while others have diminished or disappeared altogether. What sorts of needs and conditions have shaped our relationship with animals throughout history? What factors help determine whether we consider an animal useful or useless, sacred or profane, lovable or threatening, a pet or source of protein? Roaming widely through space and time-- from pre-Neolithic Africa to ancient Greece to modern America--we will examine such questions from the perspective of both environmental and cultural history.

Requirements Satisfied: one Humanities course
Meets: Wednesday 4:05pm-7:05pm
Contact: 802-656-8517, frank.zelko@uvm.edu

Frank Zelko: Assistant Professor of History and Environmental Studies, has at various times been a predator and prey, a devout vegetarian and an enthusiastic meat eater, a tender-hearted pet owner and a ruthless exploiter of animal labor. He has written about the anti-whaling movement and is currently finishing a book on the history of Greenpeace. Originally from Australia, he is still on a quest to spot his first Vermont moose.


HST 095G ~ Due North: An Introduction to Canada
CRN: 93494

Canada is cold, and Canadians play hockey. Beyond this, most Americans know precious little about our northern neighbor, which is located just 40 minutes north of Burlington by car. In fact, Canada is the United States' largest trading partner and a close political ally, which also holds a richly interesting landscape and national experience. This seminar will introduce a select group of UVM students to Canada. We'll study Canada's unique physical and political geography, history, and political system. Then we'll make a three-day field trip to Ottawa, the nation's capital, to explore Canada firsthand. Upon our return, we will share our observations and artifacts with one another, continuing to explore Canadian culture, art, and literature. Students will emerge from the course with a nuanced understanding of our neighbor to the north, as well as bearing sharpened reading, research, writing, and communication skills.

Students participating in this course are invited (but not required) to apply to reside in Canada House, part of Living/Learning's Global Village Residential Learning Community.

Note: In order to participate in this class, students must have/or obtain a passport no later than October 1, 2009. This is due to new regulations coming into effect in the summer of 2009 which mandate that passports be shown when re-entering the United States.

Requirements Satisfied: one Humanities course
Meets: Thursday 4:00pm-6:45pm
Contact: 802-656-4527, david.massell@uvm.edu

David Massell: Associate Professor of History, is a historian of Canada and can be found in the summer months exploring his subject by canoe. He teaches courses in Canadian, American, and environmental history, and is also the father of three girls, a former middle and high school teacher, a soccer coach, and a French speaker. His research explores the industrial exploitation of natural resources in Canada's North.


HST 095J ~ Modern European Intellectual History
CRN: 94567

What is the role of ideas in helping to define and shape the modern world? Working from a close reading of several exemplary texts, this course will explore some of the main currents of European thought from the eighteenth century to the present. We will examine themes such as social criticism in the Enlightenment period; reactions to the French Revolution and industrial production, from romanticism to utopian socialism; the rise of Marxism and classical sociological theory; the late-nineteenth-century "revolt against positivism"; and intellectual responses to the two catastrophic wars of the twentieth century. Particular attention will be devoted to the writings of Voltaire, Rousseau, Shelley, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Weber, Freud, and Foucault.

Requirements Satisfied: one Humanities course
Meets: Tuesday 4:00pm-6:45pm
Contact: 802-656-4488, ian.grimmer@uvm.edu

Ian Grimmer: Lecturer in History, is currently involved in a research project on views of cultural politics in the German Left between 1880 and 1919. In addition to teaching, Ian also enjoys road bicycling, black and white photography, and gardening in Montpelier, Vermont.